The #MeToo Movement in Academia

MeToo in Academia, Universities and MeToo, MeToo on College Campuses

A Harvard economics professor is under investigation for sexual harassment (photo credit: Chensiyuan).

While the #MeToo movement may have been birthed in the entertainment industry, its message continues to spread like wildfire across sectors of our economy…and apparently departments of economics. From The Weinstein Company to The Spotted Pig to Dartmouth College’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences department, the influence of the #MeToo movement isn’t subsiding anytime soon…and we’re good with that! The latest antagonist in the #MeToo movement within the realm of academia is a Harvard University professor of economics, Roland G. Fryer, Jr.

Star Harvard Economics Professor Under Investigation

As Shera S. Avi-Yonah and Angela N. Fu report for “The Harvard Crimson” in a piece entitled “Star Economics Prof Fryer Facing Harvard and State-Level Investigations, Barred from Lab He Heads,” “Economics Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is being investigated separately by Harvard and the state of Massachusetts and has been barred by University officials from setting foot in the research lab he heads, according to individuals with knowledge of the situation and documents obtained by The Crimson. The Harvard investigation—led by the University’s Office for Dispute Resolution, which investigates allegations of sexual and gender-based harassment—is based on at least one Title IX complaint filed with the office.”

They go on, “Fryer is the subject of at least two Title IX complaints, according to two of the individuals who filed the complaints. One of the complaints specifically alleges Fryer committed ‘egregious’ acts of verbal sexual harassment, according to Monica R. Shah and Naomi R. Shatz, lawyers at Boston-based firm Zalkind, Duncan, and Bernstein who are representing the woman who filed that complaint. The woman’s complaint alleges Fryer spoke about sex in the workplace, made ‘sexually inappropriate comments’ to and about employees and others, and ‘objectified and sexualize’” women including female staffers, according to the lawyers.”

Have our readers read of other #MeToo horror stories within the realm of academia of late? It can be hard to keep up with all of the developments. But if we haven’t reported of some do let us know by posting a Comment below.


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