Bret Weinstein

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Bret Weinstein
Nationality American
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Occupation Professor

Bret Weinstein is an evolutionary theorist and a professor of biology at The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington. He received a PhD in biology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor under Prof. Richard D Alexander, NAS[1]. He was mentored at UC Santa Cruz by notable biologist Robert Trivers and conducted dissertation work on tent making bats[2] in Panama with Elisabeth Kalko. With a rigorous understanding of evolutionary trade-offs, he has advanced an important hypothesis in senescence in vertebrates[3].

He became the subject of a national news story[4] when he became the focus of a group of students demanding his resignation[5] for his objecting to white faculty, staff and students being invited by traditionally underrepresented groups to leave campus for a day as a part of a program called Day of Absence, which historically has asked students, staff, and faculty of color to leave campus for the day[6]. Weinstein saw this act of inviting others to leave on the basis of skin color as an inappropriate act of oppression, and said so in an email[7] to Evergreen faculty, leading to weeks of back and forth discussion and conflict on the all staff and faculty email chain, which eventually went viral after videos of students confronting him were shared on Facebook.[8].

On July 25, 2017 he filed a $3.8M tort claim against Evergreen State College.[9]


  2. Finkbeiner, Ann (2001-10-07). "Why So Many Creatures?" (in en-US). The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  3. Weinstein, Bret S.; Ciszek, Deborah (May 2002). "The reserve-capacity hypothesis: evolutionary origins and modern implications of the trade-off between tumor-suppression and tissue-repair". Experimental Gerontology 37 (5): 615–627. ISSN 0531-5565. PMID 11909679. 
  5. Weinstein, Bret (2017-05-30). "The Campus Mob Came for Me—and You, Professor, Could Be Next" (in en-US). Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. 
  7. "Read the email exchange that sparked protests against an Evergreen professor" (in en). thenewstribune. 
  9. "Professor Bret Weinstein Files $3.8 Million Claim Against Evergreen State College" (in en). 2017-08-02. Resistance Radio with Derrick Jensen Retrieved 2017-09-10