Harvard President Claudine Gay’s Ph.D Dissertation Violates School’s Plagiarism Standards

Conservative activist and CRT expert Christopher Rufo joins forces with journalist Christopher Brunet to resolve the thorny issue of possible plagiarism in embattled Harvard University president Claudine Gay's doctoral dissertation. I raised it. paper.

As dean and then-provost, Gaye bullied colleagues, suppressed free speech, oversaw racist admissions programs, and most recently on campus in the wake of the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attack on Israel. accused of failing to confront unabashed anti-Semitism in .

Now, yet another concern has arisen: plagiarism. questioned The report was written by author and New College of Florida board member Christopher Rufo, who had obtained documents showing portions of Gay's dissertation, and Rufo and journalist Christopher Brunette. They argue that it violates Harvard's own policies regarding academic integrity.

Gay's dissertation, “Taking Responsibility: Black Electoral Success and Redefining American Policy,” dealt with white and black political representation and racial attitudes, was published in 1997, and was published in 1997 at Harvard University. was part of his Ph.D. in political science.

However, “as evaluated under the university's plagiarism policy, this paper contains at least three questionable usage and citation patterns,” Rufo claims.

The New College of Florida board member said Gaye “quoted almost verbatim a paragraph from Lawrence Bobo and Franklin Gilliam's essay “Race, Sociopolitical Participation, and Black Empowerment,'' and paraphrased it in her own way. “They are pretending to be words.”

Here are the words of Bobo and Gilliam's work:

Using 1987 National Sample Survey data. . . The results show that blacks in neighborhoods with high black empowerment (as indicated by control of the mayor's office) are more active than blacks in neighborhoods with lower empowerment or whites of comparable socio-economic status. It shows. Furthermore, the results show that empowerment influences Black participation by contributing to a more reliable and effective orientation to politics and significantly increasing Black people's attentiveness to political issues. I am.

The text of Gay's paper is as follows:

Using 1987 survey data, Bobo and Gilliam find that African Americans in “high black empowerment” neighborhoods, as indicated by mayor's office controls, outperform African Americans in low empowerment neighborhoods and their peers. found that they were more active than whites of all socioeconomic levels. situation. They conclude that empowerment influences Black participation by contributing to a more authentic and effective orientation toward politics and significantly increasing Black people's attentiveness to political issues.

Professor Rufo said that although Gay mentions Bobo and Gilliam, “she uses their words verbatim, without quotation marks and with a few minor synonym substitutions.” He pointed out that this was a clear violation of Harvard University policy.

The policies of Ivy League universities are as follows:

When paraphrasing, your job is to distill the ideas of the source into your own words. It's not enough to just change a few words here and there and leave the rest as is. Instead, you have to completely restate the idea in the passage in your own words. If your language is too close to the original, it is plagiarism, even if you provide a quote.

Additionally, Gay continues this violation “throughout the document,” as she reuses the work of Bobo and Gilliam, as well as the work of Richard Singles, Susan Howell, and Deborah Fagan, Ruffo said. claim.

In some instances, Gay seems to have adopted phrases and words almost verbatim from Swain's book. black face, black profitwhile summarizing the difference between “descriptive expression” and “substantive expression” — but this time she does not provide any kind of quotation.

The text of Swain's work is as follows:

Pitkin distinguishes between “descriptive expressions,'' which are statistical correspondences of demographic characteristics, and more “substantive expressions,'' which are correspondences between representatives' goals and voters' goals.

The text of Gay's paper is as follows:

Social scientists have improved their concentration. . . between descriptive expression (statistical correspondence of demographic characteristics) and substantive expression (correspondence of legislative goals and priorities).

In yet another example cited by Rufo, Gay appears to directly quote an entire appendix from Gary King's book. Solutions to ecological reasoning problems.

Although Gay cites King's book, she “does not explicitly acknowledge that Appendix B is based entirely on King's concepts, and instead presents it as if it were her own original work.” “Gay quotes phrases and entire sentences directly from King's book, without quotation marks or quotes,” Rufo said.

“In total, Gay borrowed material from King for at least six paragraphs,” declares the New College of Florida board member.

As reported by Breitbart News, Harvard University's campus is in the throes of a rampage of anti-Semitism after Hamas terrorist attacks against Israel left more than 1,400 Israelis dead. The president of Harvard University has recently come under fire for failing to condemn the genocide against Jews.

When Gay testified at a Congressional hearing last week, he joined the presidents of the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in declining to say whether it would be permissible to advocate for the genocide of Jews on campus.

After that, calls for the resignation of the three university presidents grew louder. On Sunday, University of Pennsylvania President Liz McGill resigned as president.

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