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Ilana Redstone

Professor, Author

Ilana Redstone is an Associate Professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also co-director of the Mill Institute at UATX. She is the creator of the “Beyond Bigots and Snowflakes” video series and the author of the Certainty Trap (coming out in summer 2024). She has a joint Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. You can find out more about her work at

“The lack of viewpoint diversity in the media and higher education, the lack of civil discourse, the rise in political polarization, the decline in social trust, and the decline in trust in institutions can largely be traced to the problem of certainty. Certainty distorts our sense of the world and gives us permission to be sloppy in our thinking.

Fortunately, this problem is solvable.”

Ilana Redstone