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Northwestern prof Jackie Stevens says she’s been banned from campus

Reader TheBleader [EDUCATION / NEWS]

Posted By Deanna Isaacs on 09.02.16 at 12:30 PM


Jacqueline Stevens Courtesy of Jacqueline Stevens
Jacqueline Stevens
Courtesy of Jacqueline Stevens

Northwestern University professor Jacqueline Stevens hasn’t been shy about activism that shines a spotlight where the university might not welcome it.

A couple of years ago, for example, she was an outspoken supporter of the undergrad who brought a sexual harassment complaint against high-profile philosophy professor Peter Ludlow—it ended his career there.

And last year she was at the forefront of a successful campaign to squelch the appointment of retired U.S. Army lieutenant general Karl Eikenberry—a career officer whose military and government connections were stronger than his academic background—as head of Northwestern’s newly expanded research center, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies.

A tenured professor and recent Guggenheim fellow, Stevens founded Northwestern’s Deportation Research Clinic and has studied the operations of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), private prisons, and “the militarization” of her own field, political science. An article she published last year in the journal Perspectives on Politics used Northwestern as an example of a private university with what she calls a “militarized Board of Trustees,” who have a complex tangle of corporate ties and interests. She continues to investigate those ties.

Jackie Stevens

Her efforts have not been universally appreciated on the Northwestern campus. And now, Stevens told me by phone this week, in retaliation for her activism and criticism, people in her department and the NU administration are trying to get rid of her. She says her research funds were cut last spring, and in late July she received a letter from dean Adrian Randolph banning her from campus and from any contact with students. According to Stevens the letter charges that other faculty members feel “unsafe” around her, and orders her to see a psychiatrist of Northwestern’s choosing to determine if she’s “fit for duty.”

Stevens has posted a detailed account of her Kafka-esque predicament, in which she writes that she has “never physically threatened, much less assaulted anyone.” She’s asking people who know her—colleagues and students who can vouch for her mental fitness and behavior—to write to Dean Randolph on her behalf.

Northwestern spokesman Alan Cubbage, responding to a request for comment, e-mailed: “Out of respect for due process and to protect Professor Stevens’ privacy, Northwestern will not be making public statements on the matter.”

Read Stevens’s story in her own words here.

Jackie 'Zack' Stevens UNSHACKLED


   The requirement to see a mental health professional of the university’s choosing is not unique to Northwestern. It’s used when people with tenure start acting unstable. There’s not much you can do to them unless you can show that they’ve gone nuts.

This might be in retaliation for her activism. It might also be that she’s an effective activist and a nutter.

    “This might be in retaliation for her activism. It might also be that she’s an effective activist and a nutter.”

I read her blog; they haven’t scheduled a psychiatrist to test her. Prof. Stevens is afraid that they want to keep her off campus for this semester, then fire her later. NU is a private university and I’ve noticed that administration in such institutions see themselves as having the power of gods over faculty and students.

   Oh Ben:”It’s used when people with tenure start acting unstable. There’s not much you can do to them unless you can show that they’ve gone nuts.” Do you mean that it occurs often that “people with tenure start acting unstable?” So there is a standard procedure to deal with these unstable tenured people? I hope not.

Claiming that dissidents were psychiatric cases was a well-known method used by rulers of the (luckily, now former) Soviet Union. (Anybody opposing the system must be crazy, no?) In the absence of visible problems, the insinuation of psychiatric problems in a professor looks indeed like an excuse to get rid of a critical tenured faculty member. This is exactly the reason why we have tenure for university teachers, to give them the freedom to voice unpleasant truths.

   “In the absence of visible problems…” Well there you have it. If you knew Stevens, you’d know the problems are long-standing, have nothing to do with the Buffett center, and only seem to escalate as time goes by.

   Jackie Stevens: “Yes, inspiring research, scholarship, and teaching occur here. Every day I wake up excited to work with the wonderful colleagues and the students I have encountered here, including in the Political Science Department. The Mafia-owned Rao’s restaurant served great food, but even a four star chef wouldn’t last if the family felt its illicit deals were being exposed.”

I’m a bit slow. What exactly is she saying there?

  It sounds like she has very strong feelings, and a lot of words to say, about things that most people would ignore or fail to even notice.

  Worth hearing Tillery’s perspective, which is completely missing from this piece:

  “The politics of the university are so intense because the stakes are so low.”…

   Ah AAA, you make my point while trying to refute it. Are you, by any chance, an academic?

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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 03: U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wearing “Trump Won” face mask pulled down awaits the swearing in ceremony on the year’s opening session on January 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. Both chambers are holding rare Sunday sessions to open the new Congress as the Constitution requires. (Photo by Erin Scott-Pool/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 3: Q Anon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) sports a Trump Won mask at the U.S. Capitol on the first day of the new Congressional session January 03, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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