Mary Grabar was born in Slovenia (then part of communist Yugoslavia). Her parents fled the communist regime with Mary and settled in Rochester, New York. She moved to Georgia in 1985 and earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia in 2002.
In graduate school, Grabar became a dissident to the reigning political correctness and Marxism taking over the humanities. She came to conservatism after witnessing the deliberate destruction of our literary heritage and respect for the West and the United States by radical professors in her graduate seminars.
While teaching as an adjunct instructor (low pay, no benefits, no security), Grabar wrote about the corruption in education—and lost teaching jobs.
In 2011, she founded the Dissident Prof Education Project, Inc., dedicated to “resisting the re-education of America.” Dissident Prof filed for 501(c) (3) status on February 8, 2013. Caught up in the persecution of dissident groups, notably those using the term “tea party” in their names, Dissident Prof met stonewalling and unreasonable demands for information from the IRS and did not receive nonprofit status until the Fall 2014. Dissident Prof participated in a successful class action lawsuit against the IRS that was settled in late 2018.
Mary Grabar moved to Clinton, New York in 2014, and became a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, where she continued to write about education for publications and the AHI website. One of the topics that she researched was the corrosive effect of communist historian Howard Zinn, whose A People’s History of the United States has broken records in sales and adoption for classroom use since its initial publication in 1980.
Grabar’s book Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America was published by Regnery in 2019. Her forthcoming book, Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America, published by Regnery, will be available in September 2021.
The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass began his career as a speaker on the abolition circuit by relating his experiences as a slave, sometimes revealing to shocked audiences his whip-scarred back. A large photograph of such a back of a slave is featured in The 1619 Project, a special [...]