[SIGCIS-Members] What happened on the list last year

Sarah Roberts roberts at gseis.ucla.edu
Wed Nov 28 12:15:54 PST 2018


Dear Joy -

As a party to the excellent and inspiring talk at the CHM, and as a witness to the ensuing targeted harassment on this list, I want to commend you for your brave public denunciation of your treatment by both individuals and institutions. I believe the AAUP should be looking to the specious claims that led to an inappropriate “misconduct” investigation. How sadly ironic that that occurred against the backdrop of sexual misconduct being perpetrated upon you. I am so sorry for what you have endured.

Congratulations on the publication of your book, which I have just received. I look forward to your next steps in the field and beyond.

Sincerely,
Sarah


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On Nov 28, 2018, at 11:53, M. Hicks <mhicks1 at iit.edu<mailto:mhicks1 at iit.edu>> wrote:

Joy (and all)--

I am appalled by what you've been through and I want to commend you on your honesty and strength. As Barbara notes, accounts like this are a critical part of our history as a field, as a discipline, and as a (highly imperfect) knowledge-producing endeavor. Thank you for all the work you have done, including your pathbreaking book. I am sorry we couldn't make things work out better. But I look forward to your future work--whatever form that may take--because you have an insightful, courageous voice, and the way you use it enriches us all.

Thank you.

Best,

Mar

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On Nov 28, 2018, at 2:35 PM, Barbara B Walker <bbwalker at unr.edu<mailto:bbwalker at unr.edu>> wrote:

Dear Joy,

Thank you for writing out this important piece of professional and institutional history, painful though it must be to relive these experiences and to share them. It is a valuable read because of its thoughtful exploration of the context and implications of the very disturbing events in your recent professional life.

Sending warmest regards and support, Barbara

Barbara Walker
Associate Professor
Department of History/308
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557

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From: Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org<mailto:members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org>> on behalf of drjoy <drjoy at joyrankin.com<mailto:drjoy at joyrankin.com>>
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:49 AM
To: "members at lists.sigcis.org<mailto:members at lists.sigcis.org>" <members at lists.sigcis.org<mailto:members at lists.sigcis.org>>
Subject: [SIGCIS-Members] What happened on the list last year

Hello SIGCIS Colleagues,

First, thank you for your many on- and off-list messages of congratulations and support for my book. I deeply appreciate them, especially in the context of what I'm about to share.

Those of you who were on the list last spring saw my work savaged by a man named Brian Dear. Even then, I received on- and off-list messages of support for my scholarship. But what happened publicly was only one piece of a terrible, terrible year.

Here is a fuller picture: https://medium.com/@drjoy/why-im-firing-michigan-state-sexual-harassment-online-harassment-and-utter-institutional-6663a6bde68e<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmedium.com%2F%40drjoy%2Fwhy-im-firing-michigan-state-sexual-harassment-online-harassment-and-utter-institutional-6663a6bde68e&data=01%7C01%7Cbbwalker%40unr.edu%7C2d18d2fe7bff48d57fdc08d655623e71%7C523b4bfc0ebd4c03b2b96f6a17fd31d8%7C1&sdata=6br6xCXaZnuVqbC%2F0FxNA6VlB%2F%2BdXtSuqBVjGc5E78k%3D&reserved=0>

SIGCIS as an organization did the right thing, and for that, I'm grateful.
Regards,
Joy
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