With Friends Like These: Edley and Dowd Throw Kagan Under the Bus

What a brutal week Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has had. In a Washington Post op-ed Berkeley Dean Christopher Edley uses her to front an incoherent apologia on behalf of academic “elites.” Dean Edley’s essay, a gloating reminder of just how much power certain admissions officers wield, does nothing to enhance Miss Kagan’s chances for […]

Will Justice be Served? The Parallel Cases of the Professors Okosun and Kagan

Earlier this week The Chronicle of Higher Education broke startling news: May 11, 2010, 10:31 AM ET Tenured Professor at Northeastern Illinois U. Has Bogus Ph.D. A professor with a Ph.D. from an unaccredited, now-defunct institution was given tenure last year by Northeastern Illinois University. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Theophilus (T.Y.) Okosun, a professor […]

More “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Hypocrisy: Why Elena Kagan Should Tell All…even if she has nothing to tell and it’s none of our business anyway…

I wish Supreme Court Justice-nominee Elena Kagan all the best, just as I do any woman being considered for a tough, important job. I even feel a passing kind of kinship with her, perhaps because she is from New England and the academy and she’s unmarried. Full disclosure: I’m pudgy, too. But you know what? […]