NYTimes on Barnard College Anthropologist
- November 3, 2007
Embattled Barnard Anthropologist Is Awarded Tenure
By ALAN FINDER
An assistant professor of anthropology at Barnard College
nard_college/index.html?inline=nyt-org> whose scholarship on the use of
archaeology in Israel
s/israel/index.html?inline=nyt-geo> has attracted both fierce criticism
and scholarly support has been approved for tenure, Barnard officials
said in a statement released yesterday.
The professor, Nadia Abu El-Haj, who was born in America and is of
ians/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier> descent, contended in her first
book, "Facts on the Ground," that Israeli archaeologists searched for an
ancient Jewish presence to help build the case for a Jewish state. In
their quest, she wrote, they sometimes used bulldozers, destroying the
remains of Arab and other cultures.
Her bid for tenure set off petitions supporting and opposing her
candidacy; some opponents accused her of shoddy scholarship, while some
supporters said her opponents were engaged in an ideological witch hunt.
Barnard officials said in their statement that Dr. Abu El-Haj had passed
a rigorous tenure review by scholars from Barnard and Columbia
umbia_university/index.html?inline=nyt-org> , as well as independent
scholars in her field. Tenure, college officials said, "gives scholars
the liberty to advance ideas, regardless of their political impact, so
that their work may be openly debated and play a critical role in
shaping knowledge in the scholar's academic field."
Ann Popplestone AAB, BA, MA
CCC Metro TLC
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