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  • Popplestone, Ann
    November 3, 2007 Embattled Barnard Anthropologist Is Awarded Tenure By ALAN FINDER
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      November 3, 2007

      Embattled Barnard Anthropologist Is Awarded Tenure


      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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