List of sexual harassers in academia

Julie Libarkin has compiled a remarkable database of known sexual harassers in academia. Her criteria for inclusion are strict.

The database only includes cases in which there is “an institutional finding of some sort of sexual misconduct,” Libarkin said. She finds the cases in news reports and by combing through Freedom of Information Act results from media outlets, among other sources.

NOTE: I’d welcome discussion of the methodology used to assemble this list. I’ve always argued against trying to do something like this because I thought it was too hard to get it right.

3 thoughts on “List of sexual harassers in academia

  1. Hmmm. Has this been thoroughly fact checked by fp? Don’t we want to know the actual charges or does sexual harassment and assault all get painted with the same brush here? I’m just not sure this is completely responsible.

  2. I’m posting this so that we can have exactly this sort of discussion about methodology. If you click through and look at the list, she gives more details and links to further information. I really want to know what people think about the way she’s doing this. I failed to make this explicit when I posted, and thanks to your comment I’ve now been explicit about it.

  3. I would think that if the information is all already in the public domain, and all that’s being done is gather it together in one place, it should be ok. Open to other views on this, though. The data-analysis this resource is making possible strikes me as potentially very useful.
    Here’s a new sexual harassment information-sharing resource from downunder (specifically: Victoria University, Wellington) which is taking a somewhat different approach. The blog is open for a month. Information submitted is not posted, but held until the end of the month, at which time it will be shared with the University and the City Council:

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