Carol Iannone

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Carol Iannone is a conservative writer
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 and literary critic. She first made her mark as a strong critic of feminism
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 in articles such as "The Barbarism of Feminist Scholarship." She has published extensively in Commentary, National Review
National Review
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, First Things, Modern Age, The American Conservative
The American Conservative
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, Academic Questions, and other conservative and neoconservative publications. She espouses traditionalist Roman Catholic ideology in her work.


She is the founding Vice President of the National Association of Scholars
National Association of Scholars
The National Association of Scholars is a non-profit organization in the United States that opposes multiculturalism and affirmative action and seeks to counter what it considers a "liberal bias" in academia...

, and an editor of Academic Questions, the quarterly publication of NAS. She is a regular contributor at the Phi Beta Cons blog
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 at National Review Online.

In 1991 President George H.W. Bush nominated her to be on the board of the National Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities
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, which was strongly opposed by officers of the Modern Language Association
Modern Language Association
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 and other academics; they argued that she was not a distinguished scholar. She had virtually no record of publication in scholarly journals, and had never authored a scholarly book. The campaign against her, backed by many liberal academics and by Sen. Edward Kennedy
Ted Kennedy
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. Serving almost 47 years, he was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and is the fourth-longest-serving senator in United States history...

, succeeded in defeating her nomination.

Iannone's interests have gone beyond literature. In her article, "Bryan was right", she wrote that Christian
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s are mistaken when they say that God
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 and Darwinian evolution are compatible.

In recent years she has written increasingly on issues of national identity
National identity
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, criticizing the neoconservative belief that America is an idea rather as a culture.