Letter to Provost McLaughlin

Letter to Provost McLaughlin
November 17, 2013

 To: Provost McLaughlin

From: Members of FASP

In recent months, you have expressed highly critical opinions about the reports of FASP, and have circulated commentary by John Beckman that is even more disparaging. The faculty members in question have been accused of “incivility,” “factual misrepresentations,” and “false claims.”

We are disappointed to see NYU’s chief academic officer construct, or endorse, these charges against his own faculty. Faculty opinion is a matter of academic freedom, not a test of civility or institutional loyalty. More to the point, we take issue with the often voiced allegation that FASP’s research is “verifiably untrue.” Mr. Beckman’s language is more colorful yet–he has accused us of “gleeful malice,” “vitriol,” and of “Swift-boating.”

Leaving aside Mr. Beckman’s ad hominem rhetoric, we believe it is important to set the record straight, and that the university community deserves to hear a debate about the disputed facts. The issues in question go to the core of NYU’s identity, and so they should not be treated lightly.

A public dialogue is the best forum to address them, and so we are asking you, along with one or more administrators, to participate in such an event. Doing so will be a genuine service to faculty and students alike. Please let us know if you will accept the invitation.

(On Behalf of NYU-FASP)

Anna McCarthy, TSOA

Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin

Christine Harrington, FAS

Rebecca Karl, FAS

Mark Crispin Miller, Steinhardt

Marie Monaco, SOM

Andrew Ross, FAS

To the Board of Trustees

To Members of the NYU Board of Trustees,

We are writing in the spirit of the Board’s recent resolve to improve communications with faculty. As elected officers of the university’s AAUP chapter, we are advocates for principles that are commonly recognized by U.S. colleges and universities as the gold standard of academic process. (See http://www.aaup.org/report/1940-statement-principles-academic-freedom-and-tenure).

As NYU-Shanghai is opening its doors, we are obliged to record some grave concerns expressed by our members about the prospects for academic freedom in China and at the new campus. These concerns have been triggered by recent arrests of Chinese academics, the removal from the classroom of a law professor for advocating a functioning constitution in China, and by top-level announcements about constraints–known as the “Seven Silences”– now placed on academic speech in and outside of classrooms nationwide. The latter refers to broad topic areas that will be forbidden in classrooms in Chinese universities as well as in scholarly, internet, and mass media outlets, all but extinguishing the possibility of a learning environment governed by free inquiry. The press has reported that the American co-administrators of NYU-Shanghai have been given formal assurances that academic freedoms will be protected in classrooms and for our students (although the extent of those protections is not at all clear). However, it is difficult for us to imagine the campus can subsist as a bubble on an information landscape that is so severely constrained. Under such circumstances, self-censorship of instructors and students is certain, even if formal state surveillance can be kept at bay, at least within the confines of the campus.

Many of these concerns arise because, like NYU-Abu Dhabi, the Shanghai initiative was conceived and shaped with minimal faculty consultation and with few faculty concerns about freedoms permitted to enter the discussions. Even now, we have not been given any formal evidence of the kind of agreement signed between our NYU Administration and the Chinese authorities (national, municipal or district). Simple questions, such as whether Chinese students are exempted from the nationally-mandated ideological courses that all Chinese students must take to gain a Ministry of Education degree, have not been clarified. We have learned from press coverage that Chinese students will be forced to fulfill their first summer requirement to serve in military camps, and so we wonder if there are other provisions that treat Chinese and international students unequally. These are all questions and issues that should have and would have been raised had NYU-NY faculty with expertise in China and with longstanding experience of the Chinese education and research environment been part of the conversation about the Shanghai campus from the very beginning of its conceptualization.

As a result of these exclusions and black holes in our communication environment, both the

NYU-AD and the NYU-SH campuses are widely viewed by faculty purely as administrative initiatives of John Sexton, rather than organic offshoots of the scholarly community that is the core of New York University. This outcome is unfortunate under any circumstances, but all the more so when the university’s reputation, and all its employees, risk being tainted by association with rights violations in authoritarian countries like China and the UAE.

To some degree, the sullying of NYU’s name has already occurred, notably after the arrests of pro-democracy Emirati academics. Despite the urging of Human Rights Watch, and the AAUP, along with a hundred of our colleagues, there has been no public expression of concern from the NYU-Abu Dhabi administration. Not surprisingly, this refusal to comment on these flagrant assaults on academic freedom has been widely noted, and put down to fear of jeopardizing NYU’s favorable financial arrangements with the Abu Dhabi government. Accepting vast sums of money from foreign governments puts NYU and every scholar affiliated with the University in a morally compromising situation, and academic freedom is usually the first casualty.

We fear that a similar pattern will develop in China. The Chen Guancheng affair shows how easy it is for the university’s name to get entangled in a human rights imbroglio. Again, the public perception, accurate or otherwise, is that the NYU administration has made commitments in order to operate in China that cannot be imperiled. If that is the case, it is better to know about them now. As faculty, we are in the dark about such matters, though we trust that you are cognizant of them.

Academic freedom is not well-understood, and is often misconstrued by many academics themselves. At root, the protection of academic freedom is not confined to speech in the classroom alone. Like other professionals, faculty have an obligation to share their knowledge and expertise with the public, and it is this extra-curricular interface that is usually most in need of protection. Safeguarding that obligation is the true test of academic freedom and it is why universities cannot operate within a bubble, as they are obliged to do in countries that are hostile to free speech.

We bring these concerns to your attention as a matter of record, and with the open invitation to consult us further on these topics on which the AAUP has almost a century of active engagement.

In our experience, President Sexton has not been attentive to such concerns, and his public comments suggest that he favors a highly selective approach to the protection of academic freedom, invoking it only when it is convenient to do so.

There is a better way to pursue international education, based on initiatives that are guided by faculty interests, faculty expertise, and faculty concerns rather than by administrative fiat. We urge you to advocate for that better way.

Yours respectfully,

Andrew Ross, president, NYU-AAUP

Molly Nolan, vice-president, NYU-AAUP

Marie Monaco, secretary, NYU-AAUP

Anna McCarthy, treasurer, NYU-AAUP

Rebecca Karl, at-large executive member, NYU-AAUP

To the Trustee Subcommittee

Letter to the Trustee Subcommittee
April 30, 2013

We are writing to thank you for meeting with us on April 15th, and to reiterate our request for a copy of the subcommittee report, when it is complete. Making the report available would set a model tone for the open, transparent culture we think needs to be introduced more generally to NYU. In addition, we would like to reiterate our view that, as a step towards the creation of such an open governing culture, a faculty-trustee committee is necessary. This will be particularly important in the search for a new president, to be undertaken, we hope, in the near future.

We would also like to take the opportunity to urge the Trustees not to minimize the breadth and depth of the faculty’s loss of confidence in John Sexton. Even among faculty not committed to a vote of no confidence, there is real concern about John Sexton’s loss of credibility within the University itself. And this concern is not limited to FAS. Last week, the faculty in Gallatin and Steinhardt both voted by wide margins to conduct a vote of no confidence. This week, the Silver School of Social Work voted the same way, and Tisch faculty are expected to do the same. The votes are unlikely to end there. When faculty are allowed to express their opinions freely, without fear of reprisals from their chairs and deans, we believe the majority will voice their lack of confidence in the current president.

In our estimation, one anecdote will suffice to remind us all of the perils of ignoring faculty opinion. On the eve of the GSOC-UAW strike in the Fall of 2005, a group of faculty (some of us were there) met with John Sexton. We pleaded with him to take action to avert the strike. But the administration took a unilateral decision to break the union, expressly against the majority faculty support for respecting the democratic right of graduate employees to choose their own representation. We warned the president that the strike would put the campus in turmoil for the entire academic year, and that the exposure would stain NYU’s reputation. The union would not go away, we pointed out, and the legacy of his decision would leave bitter divisions on campus for many years to come. Our advice was not taken, and all of these things have come to pass, exactly as we predicted. For many of us and our colleagues, President’s Sexton’s disregard for faculty opinion at that time was the first of a series of grave mis-steps that have led to the votes of no confidence and the current impasse.

The trustees can prudently avoid the same mistakes this time around by heeding, and acting decisively on, the faculty’s desire to see the appointment of a less divisive president. We cannot overstate the urgent need to restore faculty morale, modernize the university’s culture, and re-build NYU’s reputation. The AAUP is a source of essential knowledge about the state of the academy, and we are committed to sharing that knowledge with you as the process of review continues. Don’t hesitate to draw on our resources

Yours Respectfully,

Andrew Ross, president, NYU-AAUP

Molly Nolan, vice-president, NYU-AAUP

Marie Monaco, secretary, NYU-AAUP

Anna McCarthy, treasurer, NYU-AAUP

Rebecca Karl, at-large executive member, NYU-AAUP

Mott Letter

We welcome the decision to appoint a third-party compliance monitor for NYUAD. Over the last few years, NYU faculty and students have clearly stated their desire to see non-instructional employee rights protected in the construction and maintenance of the NYUAD campus. We would like to see NYU lead the way in setting this kind of ethical model for all of its overseas branches, including the proposed NYU–Shanghai campus.

The choice of Mott MacDonald raises some questions for us, however. It is imperative that a monitor be perceived as truly independent for its audit reports to be regarded as reliable. Mott does not appear to have a track record of public reporting in its labor compliance work elsewhere, so we cannot assess its prior performance in this capacity. So, too, the firm has a sizable portfolio of existing UAE contracts in public works and other large-scale projects. To some, the extensive range of these contracts might suggest that the company is already quite invested in the norms of the construction industry in the UAE, which are the very source of the problem for the migrant workers. Alternately, this familiarity with the industry might be viewed as an asset. But to preempt the appearance of any conflict of interest, we think it would have been better to avoid appointing a firm whose profits in the region depend directly on securing government or government-approved contracts. As we had earlier recommended, a third-party monitor without any discernable ties to NYU or government agencies in Abu Dhabi would have been a more appropriate choice.

We do not presume to prejudge Mott MacDonald’s actual performance, but, in light of the above factors, we think it is appropriate that the following information be made public (on the website) or be made available to any member of the NYU community who desires it:

1) The terms of reference between NYU and the monitor. (i.e. Does the monitor have the right to do random spot checks? Can the monitor interview workers outside the presence of their supervisors? Does NYU have to sign off on any reports before they are made public, and can it ask the monitor to remove findings from those reports?)

2) The nature of the monitoring methodology and the scope of the public reporting.

3) An account of the remedial measures to be taken if violations are uncovered.

These are all fairly typical components of labor compliance contracts, and so, since transparency is the goal we all desire, we encourage the administration to make this information available.

Andrew Ross, president, NYU-AAUP

Mary Nolan, vice-president, NYU-AAUP

Marie Monaco, secretary, NYU-AAUP

Anna McCarthy, treasurer, NYU-AAUP

Rebecca Karl, at-large committee member, NYU-AAUP

Rana Jaleel, graduate representative, NYU-AAUP

On Graduate Student Strike

Faculty Statement on Graduate Student Strike
February 20, 2006

Dear Colleagues;

Regardless of our individual opinion about unionization for graduate assistants, we (the undersigned NYU faculty members), believe that in order to protect academic freedom and to maintain an open and collegial atmosphere at the university, graduate students should be free to express and follow their beliefs about unionization without any fear of reprisals. At a time when this institution is under heightened public scrutiny, it is all the more important to preserve this enviable tradition of freedom at NYU.

Participating in union activities — including striking — is a good faith decision that each individual makes according to his or her conscience. We therefore call on colleagues, on the faculty and in the administration, to guarantee that there will be no effort to intimidate students who choose to participate in a strike or other union activity.

Specifically, we ask our colleagues to ensure that such students are not penalized with regard to grades, credits, academic funding, letters of recommendation, future teaching opportunities, eligibility for academic awards, among other things. More subtle forms of intimidation–such as offering pastoral advice to students about the impact of union involvement on their professional careers–should also be eschewed. In our opinion, neutrality on these issues is a stance we morally owe to our students.


Thomas Abercrombie, Anthropology, FAS
Gerard Aching, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Rodolfo Aiello, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Gwendolyn Alker, Drama, TSOA
Richard Allen, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Julian Everett Allgood, Bobst Library
Edwin Amenta, Sociology, FAS
Emily Apter, French, FAS
John Archer, English, FAS
Adam Becker, Classics and Religious Studies, FAS
Thomas Bender, History, FAS
Lauren Benton, History, FAS
Edward Berenson, History and French Studies, FAS
Renee Blake, Linguistics, FAS
Eliot Borenstein, Russian and Slavic, FAS
Neil Brenner, Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, FAS
David Brimmer, Drama, TSOA
Barbara Browning, Performance Studies, TSOA
Joy Gould Boyum, Humanities Education, Steinhardt
Jane Burbank, History, FAS
Eduardo Capulong, Lawyering Program, Law School
Herrick Chapman, History and French Studies, FAS
Una Chaudhuri, Drama, TSOA, and English, FAS
Vivek Chibber, Sociology, FAS
Robby Cohen, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jan Cohen-Cruz, Drama, TSOA
Christopher Collins, English, FAS
Joy Connolly, Classics, FAS
Frederick Cooper, History, FAS
Catherine Coray, Drama, TSOA
Pam Crabtree, Anthropology, FAS
Patricia Crain, English, FAS
Suzanne Cusick, Music, FAS
Laura Daigen-Ayala, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Arlene Davila, American Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Patrick Deer, English, FAS
Mark Dery, Journalism, FAS
Dipti Desai, Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt
Angela Dillard, Gallatin
Carolyn Dinshaw, Gender and Sexuality and English, FAS
EL Doctorow, English, FAS
Georgina Dopico Black, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Ana Dopico, Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Thomas Drysdale, Drama, TSOA
Lisa Duggan, American Studies and Gender and Sexuality, FAS
Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin
Troy Duster, Sociology, FAS
Ada Ferrer, History, FAS
Hartry Field, Philosophy, FAS
Alla Fil, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
JoEllen Fisherkeller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Miriam Frank,General Studies, SCPS
Elaine Freedgood, English, FAS
Sharon Friedman, Gallatin
Everett Frost, Film and Television, TSOA
Norm Fruchter, Education Policy, Steinhardt
David Garland, Law School and Sociology, FAS
Brett Gary, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Kathleen Gerson, Sociology, FAS
Michael Gilsenan, Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Faye Ginsburg, Anthropology and Culture and Media, FAS
Jeff Goodwin, Sociology, FAS
Linda Gordon, History, FAS
Manu Goswami, History, FAS
Greg Grandin, History, FAS
Adam Green, American Studies, and History, FAS
Ed Guerrero, Cinema Studies, TSOA and Africana Studies, FAS
Douglas Guthrie, Sociology, FAS
Sally Guttmacher, Health Studies, Steinhardt
Lynne Haney, Sociology, FAS
Phillip Brian Harper, American Studies and English, FAS
Harry Harootunian, East Asian Studies and History, FAS
Martin Harries, English, FAS
Christine Harrington, Politics, FAS
Vicki Hart, Drama, TSOA
Barbara Heyns, Sociology, FAS
Robert Hinton, Africana Studies, FAS
Martha Hodes, History, FAS
Ruth Horowitz, Sociology, FAS
Philip Hosay, International Education, Steinhardt
Diana Hughes, Psychology, FAS
Kathy Hull, General Studies, SCPS
Bernd Huppauf, German, FAS
Virginia Jackson, English, FAS
Walter Johnson, American Studies and History, FAS
Marion Kaplan, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, FAS
Rebecca Karl, History and East Asian Studies, FAS
Eric Klinenberg, Sociology, FAS
Terry Knickerbocker, Drama, TSOA
Barbara Krauthamer, History, FAS
Karen Kupperman, History, FAS
Andrew Lee, Bobst Library
Susie Linfield, Journalism, FAS
Zachary Lockman, Middle Eastern Studies and History, FAS
Laurence Lockridge, English, FAS
Michele Lowrie, Classics, FAS
Robert Lubar, Institute of Fine Arts, GSAS
Steven Lukes, Sociology, FAS
Richard Maisel, Sociology, FAS
Robert Malgady, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jane Malmo, Drama, TSOA
Emily Martin, Anthropology, FAS
Randy Martin, Art and Public Policy, TSOA
Paul Mattingly, History, FAS
John Mayher, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
John Maynard, English, FAS
Anna McCarthy, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Robert McChesney, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, FAS
Micki McGee, Draper Program, FAS
Elizabeth McHenry, English, FAS
Mark Crispin Miller, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Toby Miller, American Studies and CLACS, FAS
Bella Mirabella, Gallatin
Timothy Mitchell, Politics and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Sylvia Molloy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Harvey Molotch, Metropolitan Studies and Sociology, FAS
Jim Morgan, Fine Arts, FAS
Jose Munoz, Performance Studies, FAS
Fred Myers, Anthropology, FAS
Judith N?ethy, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
EugPne Nicole, French, FAS
Lara Nielsen, Drama, TSOA
Molly Nolan, History, FAS
Pedro Noquera, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Lorie Novak, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Tavia Nyong=o, Performance Studies, TSOA
Bertell Ollman, Politics, FAS
Christopher Otter, History, FAS
Crystal Parikh, American Studies and English, FAS
Carol Parness, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Cyrus Patell, English, FAS
Michael Peachin, Classics, FAS
Marta Chaves Peixoto, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Ann Pellegrini, Religious Studies, FAS, and Performance Studies, TSOA.
Kimberly Phillips-Fein, Gallatin
Dana Polan, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Mary Louise Pratt, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Arvind Rajagopal, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Rayna Rapp, Anthropology, FAS
Christopher Ratte, Classics, FAS
Nancy Regalado, French, FAS
Timothy Reiss, Comparative Literature, FAS
Fred Ritchin, Photography and Imaging, TSOA
Moss Roberts, East Asian Studies, FAS
Susan Rogers, Anthropology, FAS
Avital Ronell, German, FAS
Renato Rosaldo, Latino Studies and Anthropology, FAS
Andrew Ross, American Studies, FAS
Kristin Ross, Comparative Literature, FAS
Kathleen Ross, Spanish and Portugese, FAS
Jeffrey Sammons, History, FAS
Sukhdev Sandhu, A/P/A and English, FAS
Bambi Schieffelin, Anthropology, FAS
Martin Schain, Politics and European Studies; FAS
Ned Seeman, Chemistry, FAS
Richard Sennett, Sociology, FAS
Svati Shah, Gender and Sexuality, FAS
Karen Shimakawa, Performance Studies, TSOA and A/P/A, FAS
Beth Shinn, Psychology, FAS
Ella Shohat, Art and Public Policy, TSOA, and Middle Eastern Studies, FAS
Patrick Shrout, Psychology, FAS
George Shulman, Gallatin
Richard Sieburth, Comparative Literature and French, FAS
John Singler, Linguistics, FAS
Lok Siu, A/P/A and Anthropology, FAS
Robert Sklar, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Trika Smith-Burke, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Alan Sokal, Physics, FAS
Jeffrey Spear, English, FAS
Judith Stacey, Gender and Sexuality and Sociology, FAS
Robert Stam, Cinema Studies, TSOA
Mitchell Stephens, Journalism, FAS
Guenther Stotzky, Biology, FAS
Lisa M. Stulberg, Humanities and Social Sciences, Steinhardt
Eduardo Subirats, Spanish and Portuguese, FAS
Constance Sutton, Anthropology, FAS
Diana Taylor, Performance Studies, TSOA
Jack Tchen, A/P/A and Gallatin
Paul Thompson, Film and Television, TSOA
Sinclair Thomson, History, FAS
Elayne Tobin, General Studies, SCPS
Diana Turk, Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt
Jim Uleman, Psychology, FAS
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt
Keith Vincent, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS
Robert Vorlicky, Drama, TSOA
Joanna Waley-Cohen, History, FAS
Daniel Walkowitz, History and Metropolitan Studies, FAS
Marc Walters, Chemistry, FAS
John Waters, English, FAS
Ellen Willis, Journalism, FAS
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Psychology and Public Policy, FAS
Marilyn Young, History, FAS
George Yudice, American Studies and CLACS, FAS
Caitlin Zaloom, Metropolitan Studies and American Studies, FAS
Xudong Zhang, Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies, FAS
Edward Ziter, Drama, TSOA
Angela Zito, Religious Studies and Anthropology, FAS

On University Leadership Team Policy

Regarding University Leadership Team Policy
February 2006

To the New York University Community: In the past week the University Leadership Team (ULT) has announced two policies, one on grading, the other on punitive consequences for graduate student union (GSOC) members. In neither case was the faculty as a whole consulted. Both of these policies encroach upon a sphere of academic decision making that traditionally and logically belongs to faculty. The threatened consequences in particular deny departmental officers the right to make and maintain teaching appointments. This continues a pattern of unilateral ULT action of which the recent Blackboard incident is only the most highly publicized example. Such policies force graduate students to choose between being fired and defending their right to representation. Such policies threaten to destroy our graduate programs.


Molly Nolan

Anna McCarthy

Greg Grandin

Dana Polan

Hartry Field

Andrew Ross

Andrew Lee

Linda Gordon

Tim Mitchell

Ana Dopico

Adam Green

George Yudice

Alan Sokal

Marion Kaplan

Steven Lukes

John Singler

Ann Pellegrini

Sylvia Law

Robert Hinton

Edwin Amenta

Norm Fruchter

Steve Hutkins

Thomas Bender

Manu Goswami

Suzanne Cusick

Judith Stacey

Bernd Huppauf

Christine Harrington

Virginia Jackson

Jeff Sammons

Marita Sturken

Don Kulick

Randy Martin

Richard Allen

Rebecca Karl

Martha Hodes

Eliot Borenstein

Herrick Chapman

Paul Mattingly

Mary Louise Pratt

Walter Johnson

Sinclair Thomson

Elaine Freedgood

Jim Uleman

Allen Hunter

Lisa Duggan

Nick Mirzoeff

John Archer

Kristin Ross

Jeff Goodwin

Diana Taylor

Ed Guerrero

Crystal Parikh

Connie Sutton

Ada Ferrer

José Muñoz

John Waters

Ned Seeman

Marilyn Young

Emily Martin

Martin Harries

Stephen Duncombe

Harry Harootunian

Moss Roberts

Arlene Davila

Joanna Waley-Cohen

Philip Harper

Nina Cornyetz

Miriam Frank

Michael Shenefelt

Diana Turk

Mark Crispin Miller

Fred Myers

Barbara Heyns

Amy Bentley

Keith Vincent

Lorie Novak

Philip Hosay

Christopher Ratte

Sally Guttmacher

Zachary Lockman

Una Chauduri

Karen Shimakawa

Bretty Gary

Nancy Regalado

Thomas Abercrombie

Rebecca Rosenfeld

Neil Brenner

Patrick Deer

Khaled Fahmy

Eduardo Capulong

Carolyn Dinshaw

Beth Shinn

Marta Peixoto

Robert Sklar

Vivek Chibber

Claudie Bernard

Robby Cohen

Bertell Ollman

Rita Wright

Gerard Aching

JoEllen Fisherkeller

Mark Tuckerman

Karen Kupperman

Christopher Colling

Ellen Willis

Jane Malmo

Tavia Nyong’o

Adam Becker

Massimo Porrati

Charles Affron

Michele Lowrie

Timothy Reiss

John Maynard

Robert McChesney

Angela Zito

Matthew McKelway

Georgina Dopico Black

Chris Rzonca

Avital Ronell

Emily Apter

Richard Arum

Robert Cohen

Patricia Crain

Mark S. Smith

Antonia Lant

Arvind Rajagopal

Jean Graybeal

Cyrus Patell

Kathryn Smith

Elizabeth McHenry

Jeffrey Spear

Gabriela Basterra

Eduardo Subirats

Sylvia Molloy

John Mayher

Sibylle Fischer

Nancy Morawetz

Holly Maguigan

Alyshia Galvez

Dipti Desai

Daniel Walkowitz

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Jairo Moreno

Richard Pollack

Joy Gould Boyum

Susie Linfield

Maria de Lourdes Davila

Hasia Diner

Jonathan Kahana

Kim Phillips Fein

Bella Mirabella

Xudong Zhang

Sharon Friedman

Everett Frost

Kathleen Ross

Lynne Haney

Robert Vorlicky

Toby Miller

Joy Connolly

Gwendolyn Alker

Zvi Ben-Dor

George Shulman

Jan Cohen-Cruz

Caitlin Zaloom

Kathleen Gerson

Richard Sieburth

Lara Nielsen

Lok Siu

Karl Appuhn

John KuoWei Tchen

Michael Nash

Yukiko Hanawa

Eric Klinenberg

Assia DjebarYael Feldman

Iris Fodor

Eugène Nicoole

Edward Ziter

Angela Dillard

E. L. Doctorow

Michael Westerman

Michael Gomez

Paul Thompson

Abed el-Rahman Tayyara

Michael C. Gilsenan

Tycho Sleator

MaryAnn Dicker

Margot Ely

Ernest Gilman

Jeff Strabone

Thomas Heise

Angela A. Frattarola

Robert Malgady

Tania Friedel

Troy Duster

Esther Katz

Michael Dinwiddie

Radha Hegde

Karen Hornick

Stacy Pies

Protest of Proposed Punitive Actions

Concerned Citizens and Scholars Protest Proposed Punitive Actions

February 20, 2006

The following individuals are among the many concerned citizens and scholars who have written to John Sexton registering protest at the proposed punitive actions against striking GSOC members after December 5.

Geoff Eley
Sylvia L. Thrupp Collegiate Professor of Comparative History
University of Michigan

John Comaroff
Harold H. Swift Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and
the Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Atina Grossmann
Professor of History
Faculty of Humanities and
Social Sciences, Cooper Union

John Womack,
Department of History,
Harvard University

Hector L. Delgado
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of La Verne

Jocelyn Olcott
Department of History
Duke University

Renate Bridenthal,
Emerita Professor of History
Brooklyn College, CUNY

Richard White
Margaret Byrne Professor of American History
Stanford University

Arthur MacEwan
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics
University of Massachusetts Boston

Sanford M. Jacoby
Professor of Management & Public Policy

Allen J. Scott
Distinguished Professor of Geography

Lisa Wedeen
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
The University of Chicago

Matthew Frye Jacobson
Professor of American Studies and History
Yale University

John L. Hammond
Professor of Sociology
Hunter College, CUNY

Professor Lorraine Schmall
Northern Illinois University College of Law

James G. Pope
Professor of Law & Sidney Reitman Scholar
Rutgers University School of Law

Peter Ranis
Professor Emeritus

Barry Shank
Professor of Comparative Ethnic and American Studies
Ohio State University

Geoffrey D. Miller
NYU Law `02

Benjamin Isitt
PhD candidate, Canadian history
University of New Brunswick

Rose Daitsman
Program Manager, Emerita
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Christopher C. Lowe
Adjunct Professor of History
Portland State University

Steve Estes
Assistant Professor
History Department, Sonoma State University

Brian Rothgery
VP for Negotiations
Dept steward for Communication
Milwaukee Graduate Assistants Association, AFT Local 2169, AFL-CIO
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Ann Eagan
Chair, West Queens Greens
Green Party local

Max Obuszewski
Baltimore, MD

Elizabeth Williamson
University of Pennsylvania

Sarah M. Roberts
Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2278
PhD candidate, Department of Geography
University of British Columbia

Andrew J. Hamilton, Ph.D., J.D.
Columbus, Ohio

Carl Arnold
Member, Park Slope Greens and
New York State Green Party

Daniel E. Bender
NYU, Ph.D. (History, 2001)
Canada Research Chair in Urban History
University of Toronto

Dr. John Marsh
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Joseph A. McCartin
Georgetown University

Mathieu Brûlé
University of Ottawa

Devorah Tarrow Carduner
NYU alum

Carl Lindskoog
Department of History
Queens College CUNY

Norman Markowitz
Rutgers University

Hugo du Coudray, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
Portland State University

Deborah Cohen, Ph.D.
Daniel Lukas
Missouri State University

Henry Foner
Retired President, Fur, Leather and Machine
Workers Union
President, The Paul Robeson Foundation

Dr. David Palmer, Senior Lecturer
American Studies, Social Sciences
Flinders University
Adelaide, Australia

Ned Bertz
University of Iowa

Jonathan Sterne
Associate Professor
Department of Art History and Communication Studies

Maria Svart
Brooklyn, NY

Sylvia Rackow
Dr. Brian Greenberg
Monmouth University

Ty Geltmaker, Ph.D.
Los Angeles, CA

Kerry Taylor
(UE) United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers Union, Local 150A
Department of History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Shirley R. Rausher. Ph.D.(’70)

Rebecca M. Trussell, MA, New School University, 2004

Susan Thorne
Associate Professor
Department of History
Duke University

Eric Fure-Slocum

Stephen Kantrowitz
Associate Professor, History
University of Wisconsin-Madison

David McMurray
Chair, Anthropology Dept.
Oregon State University

David H. Serlin, Ph.D. (NYU ’99)
Assistant Professor, Communication
University of California at San Diego

Stephen Leberstein
Professor of History (retired)
The City College of New York
Member Professional Staff Congress AFT # 2334

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Associate Professor of Government
Cornell University

Marc Stein, Associate Professor
Department of History
York University

Alex Urquhart
Ph.D. Student in American Studies, University of Minnesota
Managing Editor for the Queer Twin Cities Book Project

Ryan Murphy
Twin Cities Northwest Workers Solidarity Committee
Ph.D. Student
Department of American Studies
University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Freeman
Associate Professor of English
University of California, Davis

Kathleen McHugh
Associate Professor
Department of English
University of California, Los Angeles

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Maxine Elliot Professor
University of California/Berkeley

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William A. Lane Professor of Comparative Literature
Duke University

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Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

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Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
CUNY Graduate Center

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Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities

Paul Gilroy
Anthony Giddens Professor of Social Theory
London School of Economics

Donna Haraway
Professor of History of Consciousness
University of California/Santa Cruz

Immanuel Wallerstein
Professor of Sociology

Etienne Balibar
Professor of Political Philosophy
Université de Paris, Nanterre

Stuart Ewen
Distinguished Professor in History and Sociology
CUNY Graduate Center

Richard Flacks
University of California/Santa Barbara

Jill Lane
Assistant Professor of American Studies and Theatre
Yale University

Elaine Tyler May
Professor of American Studies and History
University of Minnesota

Michael Steven Smith

Peter Marcuse
Professor of Urban Planning

Gillian Hart
Professor of Geography and Chair, Development Studies
University of California/Berkeley

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Distinguished University Professor, Geography
University of British Columbia

Don Mitchell
Macarthur Fellow, Professor and Chair of Geography
Syracuse University

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Professor Emerita of History

Craig Greenman
Assistant Professor of Humanities
Colby-Sawyer College

Stefanie Lopez-Boy

Sonya Michel
Professor of History
University of Maryland and Fellow
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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Professor Emeritus of History
John Jay College

John F. Stephens
Executive Director
American Studies Association

David M. Halperin
W. H. Auden Collegiate Professor of English
University of Michigan

Marv Waterstone
University of Arizona

Pete Daniel
Curator, National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution

Ethan Lowenstein, NYU PhD 2003
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Eastern Michigan University

Barbara Ransby
Professor of History
University of Illinois/Chicago

Stephen Kantrowitz
Associate Professor of History
University of Wisconsin/Madison

James Green
Professor of History and Labor Studies
University of Massachusetts/Boston

Carole Joffe
Professor of Sociology
University of California/Davis

David McMurray
Chair of Anthropology
Oregon State University

Gabriel Piterberg
Alastair Horne Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford
Associate Professor of History, UCLA

Elliot G. Mishler
Professor of Social Psychology
Harvard Medical School

Marcus Rediker
Professor of History
University of Pittsburgh

Nancy Folbre
Professor of Economics
University of Massachusetts

Tim Tyson
Professor of African American Studies
University of Wisconsin/Madison
Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture
Duke University

Paul Sutter
Associate Professor of History
University of Georgia

Renate Bridenthal
Professor Emerita of History
Brooklyn College

John Bruni
Assistant Professor of English
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Tovah P. Klein
Director, Barnard College Center for Toddler Development
Department of Psychology
Barnard College

Ian Hansen
University of British Columbia

Susan Englander
Assistant Editor, Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project

Gwen Moore
State Representative

Sarah Deutsch
Chair, Department of History
Duke University

Jen Schneider
Nature and Human Values
Colorado School of Mines

Michele Mason
Institute for International Studies

Philip T.Niesser
Chair, Department of Politics

Michael Schwartz
Professor of Sociology
Director, College of Global Studies

Corey Robin
Associate Professor of Politics
Queens College

Eileen Boris
Hull Professor of Women’s Studies
University of California/Santa Barbara

Mark D. Naison
Professor of History
Fordham University

James Hatley
Salisbury University

Sarah Kaiksow
Oxford University

Larry G. Gerber
1st Vice-President, AAUP
Professor of History
Auburn University

SooJin Pate
University of Minnesota

Sarah C. Chambers
Associate Professor of History
University of Minnesota

Virginia Ravenscroft-Scott
Harvard University

Aysha Fatima

Patricia Morton

Sacha Crittenden

Elizabeth Jameson
Imperial Oil & Lincoln McKay
Professor of History and American Studies
University of Calgary

Peter Cole
Western Illinois University

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Senior Tutor in Linguistics
Auckland University

Dexter Arnold

Jon Curtiss
Organizer, AFT, AFL-CIO

Nitin Govil NYU PhD 2005
Assistant Professor of Communications
University of California/San Diego,

Ranjani Mazumdar NYU PhD 2000

James L. Secor

Anna Marie Smith
Associate Professor of Government
Cornell University

Thomas W. Volscho, Jr.
University of Connecticut

Marc Stein
Associate Professor of History
York University, Toronto

Laura Briggs
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Arizona

Cindi Katz
Environmental Psychology
CUNY Graduate Center

Jon Wiener
Professor of History
University of California/Irvine

Claudia Koonz
Professor of History
Duke University

Bruce Robbins
Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Ashley Dawson
Center for the Humanities
CUNY Graduate Center

Ruben Flores
University of California/Berkeley

Hugh Lusk
Lecturer, Department of Planning
Auckland University

Jan R. Lambertz
Associate Editor, Eleanor Roosevelt Papers
George Washington University

Zoe Lake
University of California/Berkeley

Jessica Johnson
American Civilization
Brown University

Arthur MacEwan, Chair
Department of Economics
University of Massachusetts/Boston

Hester Eisenstein
Professor of Sociology
Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center

Hector L. Delgado
Sociology and Anthropology
University of La Verne, California

Bill Mullen
Professor of English

Van Gosse
Professor of History
Franklin and Marshall College

Atina Grossmann
Professor of History
Cooper Union

Lisa Wedeen
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Chicago

Steve Leberstein
Professor of History Emeritus
CUNY City College

Chad Allen Goldberg
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Wisconsin/Madison

Mark Kesselman
Professor of Political Science
Columbia University

Nan D. Hunter
Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School

Sandra Addickes

Peter Ranes
Professor Emeritus

Michael Bader
University of Michigan

Joel LeFevre

Dr. Philip T. Neisser
Chair, Department of Politics
SUNY Potsdam

Stefanie Lopez-Boy
Member of UAW 2320

Chad Alan Goldberg
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Wisconsin

Jane Buck

Barbara Weinstein
Professor of History, University of Maryland
President-Elect (2006)
American Historical Association

Norma Field
Robert S. Ingersoll Professor, Japanese Studies
The University of Chicago

Ron Eglash
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Jeff Ballinger

Julia Mickenberg
Assistant Professor of American Studies
University of Texas at Austin

Ryan Murphy
Twin Cities Northwest Workers Solidarity Committee
Ph.D. Student
Department of American Studies
University of Minnesota

Andrew Urban
Graduate Student in History
University of Minnesota

Slavoj Zizek
International Center for Humanities
Birkbeck College, University of London

Tia Kolbaba
Assistant Professor, Department of Religion
Director, Modern Greek Studies Program
Rutgers University

Allen M. Howard
Professor of History
Rutgers University

Alex Urquhart
Ph.D. Student in American Studies
University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Freeman
Associate Professor of English
University of California, Davis

Kathleen McHugh
Associate Professor
Department of English
University of California, Los Angeles

Andreas Huyssen
The Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Cindi Katz
Environmental Psychology Program
CUNY Graduate Center

Carol Duncan
Professor Emerita
Ramapo College of NJ

Alan Wald
Professor of American Culture
University of Michigan

Tyler Curtain
Department of English and American Literature
University of North Carolina

Fred Moten
Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity
University of Southern California

Adrian Rifkin FRSA
Professor of Visual Culture
School of Arts
Middlesex University UK

Jeremy Stolow
Department of Sociology &
Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia
McMaster University

Felice Lifshitz
Professor of History
Florida International University

Melani McAlister
Associate Professor of American Studies and International Affairs
George Washington University

Amy Dru Stanley
Associate Professor of History
University of Chicago

Robert K. Massie
Pulitzer Prize winning author

Kathryn Burns
Associate Professor of History
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Tani Barlow
Professor of History & Women’s Studies
University of Washington

Ken Kawashima NYU PhD
Asst. Professor of History & East Asian Studies
University of Toronto

Bryna Goodman
Associate Professor of History
University of Oregon

Miranda Massie
NYU LAW alumna
Civil Rights Lawyer

Laikwan Pang
Assoc. Professor of Cultural & Religious Studies
Chinese University of Hong Kong

David Chioni Moore, PhD
Associate Professor and Incoming Chair
International Studies Department
Associate Professor of English
Macalester College

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