The Gang of 88 was a group of 88 professors at Duke University who signed an inflammatory advertisement that appeared in the Duke Chronicle (the university's student newspaper) shortly after black stripper Crystal Gail Mangum falsely claimed she was raped by white members of the Duke lacrosse team.
Here's an update on the infamous 88, roughly eight years since the publication of their ad:
Albers, Benjamin (University Writing Program) - Currently teaching "Community Studies; Gender, Crime and Justice, Public Security and Insecurity" at Bridgewater College in Virginia. His "special interests" are the "American Militia Movement, Interactionist Theories of Identity, and Gun Policy." Can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison, Anne (Cultural Anthropology) - Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology; Professor of Women's Studies at Duke. Her "specialties" include "Transnationalism" and Marxism. Can be contacted at email@example.com
Aravamudan, Srinivas (English) - Professor and Dean of the Humanities at Duke. Contributed to the book "Jameson on Jameson: Conversations on Cultural Marxism" in which he asks Mr. Jameson the following question:
Your interest in allegory, fourfold medieval hermeneutics, and also the evocation of Dante's selva oscura at the Bonaventure Hotel has sparked a recent discussion in PMLA about your religious unconscious. Is there something to this?
This maniac can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Baker, Houston (English; African and African American Studies) - Now a "Distinguished University Professor" at Vanderbilt University teaching African American Literature. Can be contacted at email@example.com
Baker, Lee (Cultural Anthropology) - Still Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke. Also Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College. His "specialties" include race, identity, ethnohistory, race studies, and African Diaspora. Can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Berliner, Paul (Music) - Still Professor of Music at Duke. Received PhD in Music from Wesleyan University in 1974. Has apparently been working on a book entitled "The Art of Mbira: A Biography of Musical Knowledge Featuring the Repertory and Artistic Practices of Mbira Master Cosmas Magaya" for the last seven years. Can be contacted at email@example.com
Blackmore, Connie (AAAS) - Currently Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies at Duke's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences in the Physics Department. (This either means she's a very powerful person, or a secretary. Can't say for sure.) She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Boa (Religion & University Writing Program) - Could not locate
Boatwright, Mary T. (Classical Studies) - Currently Professor of Ancient History at Duke. Received Phd in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 1980. Wrote an article entitled "Women and Gender in the Forum Romanum" that was published in the journal "Transactions of the American Philological Association" in 2011. Can be contacted at email@example.com
Boero, Silvia (Romance Studies) - Currently Assistant Professor of Italian at Portland State University in Oregon. In 2010 she received a fellowship from something called the Liguria Study Center to "pursue a semiotic investigation of the works of the anti-fascist Italian sculptor Eugenio Baroni." This kook can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo (Sociology) - Still a Sociology Professor at Duke. This is how he describes his career:
[M]y work in the last 20 years has been in the area of race. I have published on racial theory, race and methodology, color-blind racism, the idea that race stratification in the USA is becoming Latin America-like, racial grammar, HWCUs, race and human rights, race and citizenship, whiteness, and the Obama phenomenon among other things.
His most recent publication is entitled "Racism Without Racists," which sounds like a joke, but we can be confident that he is completely serious. He's currently working on a book entitled "White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Methodology (with Tukufu Zuberi)." He received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His Duke Graduate School profile is headlined "Creating an Environment of Support," which leaves one wondering - support for what? And for who? He can be contacted at email@example.com
Brim, Matthew (University Writing Program) - Currently Assistant Professor of Queer Studies at the College of Staten Island. From his profile page:
Students in his courses can expect to explore complex narratives of sexuality, gender, race, and ability. Recent courses include “Queer Studies,” “LGBT Literature,” “Black Gay Male Literature,” and “Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.”
He has a forthcoming publication in Women's Studies Quarterly entitled “Queer Pedagogical Desire: A Study Guide.” This clown can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chafe, William (History) - Currently Professor Emeritus of History and Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History, Emeritus at Duke. Received his PhD from Columbia University in 1971. He can be contacted at email@example.com
Cooke, Miriam (Asian & African Languages and Literatures) - Currently Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Duke. From her profile page:
I have written about war and gender in Arabic literature and film and also about Islamic feminism.
Islamic feminism? Must have been a short book. Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Curtis, Kim (Political Science) - Lecturer at Northern Arizona University's University College. Received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1991. Apparently is/was married to Rom Coles. Was not popular with Duke students. Contact - Kimberley.Curtis@nau.edu
Davidson, Cathy (English) - John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Ruth F. Devarney Professor of English at Duke. Was appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities in 2010. Contact - email@example.com
Deutsch, Sally (History) - Still a History Professor at Duke (in the Women's Studies Program). Her "specialties" include Race and Ethnicity, Gender, and Labor and Working Class History. Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorfman, Ariel (Literature & Latin American Studies) - Still a Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies at Duke. Is the "Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature." Has his own "celebrity" website hosted by Duke University. Big fan of the late Marxist Chilean President Salvador Allende. Contact - email@example.com
Edwards, Laura (History) - Still a History Professor at Duke. Won the 2013 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Her "specialties" include Gender, Race and Ethnicity, and Labor and Working Class History. Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellin, Luciana (Romance Studies) - Associate Professor of the Practice of Italian, and Director of Italian Language Program and Director of Undergraduate Studies Romance Studies at Duke. Contact - email@example.com
Fulkerson, Mary McClintock (Divinity School) - Professor of Theology at Duke's Divinity School. From her profile page:
An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Professor McClintock Fulkerson is a member of the national Advocacy for Women Task Force of the PC (USA). She is faculty sponsor of the Divinity School’s Sacred Worth group, a student organization for LGBT concerns, director of the Program in Gender, Theology, and Ministry, and faculty sponsor of the Women's Center.
She is currently involved in the “Pauli Murray Project: Activating History for Social Change,” a Duke Human Rights Center project on racial healing and reconciliation in Durham County through history-telling.
Heh. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabara, Esther (Romance Studies) - Currently the "E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies, and Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, Romance Studies" at Duke. Contact - email@example.com
Gavins, Raymond (History) - Still a History Professor at Duke. Under "recent publications," there is just one entry, from 2009: "A Historical Overview of the Barriers Faced by Black American Males in Pursuit of Higher Education." (Publish or perish, they said.) Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Greer, Margaret (Romance Studies) - Still a Professor at Duke. "Professor of Spanish & Latin American Studies and Theater Studies." Received her PhD from the University of Texas - Austin in 1983. "Specialities" include Gender Studies, Feminism, Women Studies, and Queer Studies. From her profile page: "Other research interests include the function of theatre as a cultural institution and psychoanalytic and feminist literary theory." Contact - email@example.com
Hardt, Michael (Literature) - Still a Literature Professor at Duke. Currently teaching a course called "Marxism and Society." Co-wrote a book titled "Empire" which has been called the "Communist Manifesto of the 21st Century" by the sort of people who would consider that a compliment. Was a big fan of the Occupy movement. Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Holloway, Karla (English) - James B. Duke Professor of English, Professor of Law, and Professor of Women's Studies at Duke. Played a central role in the rape hoax scandal. Conceived the idea of the advertisement. Received her PhD from Michigan State University. "Specialties" include African American Literature and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Wrote a book in 2011 titled "Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics" that is currently selling on Amazon for a mere $65.83 (and has zero reviews...and is ranked #6,078,621 in Books). She has served as a member of Duke University's Board of Trustee's Committee on Honorary Degrees. Contact - email@example.com
Holsey, Bayo (AAAS) - Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies and Cultural Anthropology at Duke. Her "specialties" are Africa, African Diaspora, Politics of Memory, and Race. Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hovsepian, Mary (Sociology) - "Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology" at Duke in the Women's Studies Department. Received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2004. "Areas of Interest" are Economic Change and Third World Development, Globalization, Political Sociology, Gender and Work, and Area Studies: Middle East. Contact her at email@example.com
James, Sherman (Public Policy) - Still at Duke, and apparently thriving. He is the "Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Sociology; Community and Family Medicine; African and African American Studies, Faculty Affiliate Duke Population Research Institute." Publications include "Discrimination and Psychological Distress: Does Whiteness Matter for Arab Americans?" in 2012 and "Cross-Sectional Association between Perceived Discrimination and Hypertension in African-American Men and Women: The Pitt County Study" in 2008. Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Khanna, Ranjana (English) - "Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor, English, Literature and Women's Studies" at Duke. Her "specialties" include Critical Theory, Postcolonial Literature, and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Contact - email@example.com
King, Ashley (Romance Studies) - Now known as Ashley King Scheu. Apparently an Assistant Professor of French at Eckerd College. Prior to that, was apparently an Adjunct Professor of French at The George Washington University. Unable to locate her on either college's website, however, so maybe she's an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of World Languages and Cultures at American University. If that's the case, she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Koonz, Claudia (History) - Professor Emeritus of History and Peabody Family Chair at the Duke Department of History. Under the "Research Summary" section of her profile page: "Contemporary Islamophobia, Nazi racial politics, genocide." Contact this font of joy at email@example.com
Lasch, Peter (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies & Latino/a Studies) - Now goes by the name Pedro Lasch. Apparently the brains behind "The International Day Without English," which was "celebrated" on December 18th, 2011. From his list of Articles Published:
P. Lasch (and 16 Beaver Group). "Free Association/Means in Common." Rethinking Marxism, Special Issue: The Commons and the Forms of the Commune.
You may contact Peter, uh...I mean Pedro at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leighten, Patricia (Art, Art History, and Visual Studies) - Still Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke. Her areas of interest include art and politics, anarchist theory, primitivism, and postcolonialism. Contact - email@example.com
Light, Caroline (Institute for Critical U.S. Studies) - Currently the (deep breath) Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Has a book coming out soon entitled "That Pride of Race and Character: The Roots of Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South." She is currently researching a history of the New Orleans Jewish Children’s Home, and a genealogy of contemporary “castle” doctrines, which I'm certain will be completely fair and unbiased. Currently teaching a course called "Sex and the Citizen: Race, Gender, and Belonging in the United States." Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Litle, Marcy (Comparative Area Studies) - CURRENTLY "SELF-EMPLOYED." Employment with Duke University ceased in 2012 (she claims that she "retired"). She is now an abstract painter, blogger, and writing coach (or in other words, unemployed). You can contact her by filling out this little form here
Litzinger, Ralph (Cultural Anthropology) - "Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Women's Studies; Faculty Director of Global Semester Abroad; Coordinator, Duke Undergraduate Initiatives in China; Director, Duke Engage, Beijing." His Facebook page suggests that he may not be a big fan of Michelle Obama, which is rather surprising. Contact - email@example.com
Longino, Michele (Romance Studies) - Still at Duke. "Professor, Romance Studies and Campus Director, Duke in France Program." "Specialties" include Gender Studies, Feminism, Women Studies, and Queer Studies. Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lubiano, Wahneema (AAAS and Literature) - Composed the Gang of 88 advertisement. Still an Associate Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke. Probably female (difficult to determine from either the name or the photo). Currently teaching a course called "Teaching Race, Teaching Gender." Contact him/her at email@example.com
Makhulu, Anne-Maria (AAAS) - Still at Duke. "Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African & African American Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor, The Fuqua School of Business." From her profile page:
Her research interests cover: Africa and more specifically South Africa, cities, space, globalization, political economy, occult economies, neoliberalism, Marxism, anthropology of finance, as well as questions of aesthetics, including the literature and cinema of South Africa.
You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
McClain, Paula (Political Science) - Currently a professor of political science and public policy and Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education at Duke. She was appointed Dean of The Graduate School in 2012. She is also program director of the Race, Ethnicity and Politics Program, and co-director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences. Her profile is headlined "Setting the Standard for Scholarship." Contact - email@example.com
Mignolo, Walter (Literature and Romance Studies) - William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature at Duke with joint appointments in Cultural Anthropology and Romance Studies. Appears to have a fondness for South American leftist strongmen like Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, and Rafael Correa. Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Moreiras, Alberto (Romance Studies) - Currently a member of the faculty in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. Has been published in the journal "Rethinking Marxism." Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Neal, Mark Anthony (AAAS) - Still a Professor at Duke in the African & African American Studies Department. Hosts a weekly webcast called "Left of Black." He also has a blog. Appears to be more of a Black Nationalist than a Marxist, which is oddly refreshing. Contact - email@example.com
Nelson, Diane (Cultural Anthropology) - Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke. Has really unusual hair. Currently teaching a course called "Gender and Sexuality in Latin America." In the upcoming Fall Semester, she will be teaching a course called "Cyborgs." Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Olcott, Jolie (History) - Associate Professor of History in the Women's Studies Program at Duke. Now goes by the name Jocelyn H. Olcott. Received her Doctor of Philosophy in History from Yale University in 2000. The "keywords" on her profile page are Mexico, gender, feminism, labor, United Nations, and transnational history. Contact - email@example.com
Payne, Charles (AAAS and History) - He is currently the Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Peebles-Wilkins, Wilma ("visiting scholar") - RETIRED. Apparently she took a sabbatical from Boston University in 2005, and went to Duke University to conduct "research." While there, the false rape accusation was made and she signed the advertisement despite not actually being a Duke professor. It looks like her sabbatical never ended, and so she's retired now. You can contact the "Dean Emerita" here (if you have InMail, which you probably don't)
Radway, Jan (Literature) - She is the (deep breath) Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication Studies and a professor of American studies and gender studies within the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. Contact - email@example.com
Rankin, Tom (Center for Documentary Studies) - He is "professor of the practice of art and documentary studies, director of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University, and former director of the Center for Documentary Studies (July 1998-June 2013)." Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rudy, Kathy (Women’s Studies) - Still a Professor in the Women's Studies Program at Duke. Her "Areas of Interest" are Ethics, Animals, Feminism, Religion, Food Politics, Conservation, and Ecofeminism. According to her profile, her current project is "Loving Animals." Yikes. Contact - email@example.com
Schachter, Marc (English) - Left Duke in 2009, now a Visiting Assistant Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon. Wrote a book titled "Voluntary Servitude and the Erotics of Friendship: From Classical Antiquity to Early Modern France." Contact this fruitcake at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sigal, Pete (History) - Currently a member of the faculty in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke. Teaching "History of Sexuality" in the upcoming Fall Semester. Author of the book "Infamous Desire: Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America." Had the following article published in the journal Ethnohistory: "Queer Nahuatl: Sahagún's Faggots and Sodomites, Lesbians and Hermaphrodites." You may contact this barking madman at email@example.com
Silverblatt, Irene (Cultural Anthropology) - Still a Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke. From her profile page:
She is particularly interested in the relation of gender, racial discourses, and historical memory to the construction and experience of power.
Strike up a conversation with this moonbat at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thorne, Susan (History) - Associate Professor in the Women's Studies Program at Duke. Teaches a course called "Race, Class, and Gender," which at least gets right to the point. Contact - email@example.com
Viego, Antonio (Literature) - Associate Professor of Literature at Duke. Research Interests: "Latino/a Literatures, Latino/a Studies, Critical Race Studies, and Gender & Sexuality." Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vilaros, Teresa (Romance Studies) - Now known as Teresa Maria Vilaros-Soler. Currently employed as a Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. Participated in the "Marxism and Society Seminar" workshop while at Duke. Contact - email@example.com
Wallace, Maurice (English and AAAS) - Still an Associate Professor of English at Duke. Teaches a course called "African American Lit." Doesn't appear to have an email address, so you can just call him at 919-684-3939
Wow. Eighty-eight professors signed that letter over eight years ago, and as far as I can tell, 85 of them are still employed in academia. Two are retired, and another has apparently dropped off the face of the earth. But 96.6% are still employed in their field. This, despite the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, the Great Recession that followed, and a national unemployment rate that is still near 7%.
Looks like race-baiting Marxist academics enjoy pretty good job security! I guess commies are like cats, always landing on their feet.