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Carolyn Dicey Jennings
University of California, Merced
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Interests: Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
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FYI, I reported it to the police on July 13th, the day I found the package in my mailbox. I am not sure where BL is getting his information, but it is factually inaccurate.
This is the threatening part: " I do hope Prof. Jennings will return to her scholarship and stop digging her hole deeper in this matter. Having secured a tenure-track job at a UC Campus, following a prestigious post-doc, she is undoubtedly a very capable scholar. But her obsession with this issue, and her repeated misrepresentations, usually at my expense, are doing her no good." Now, one might ask, why are her "misrepresentations" "doing her no good"? (I am putting aside here the fact that I strongly disagree that my posts contained misrepresentations at Brian Leiter's expense.) Is society generally intolerant of misrepresentations? Is it intolerant of Brian Leiter's misrepresentations, for example? Was he doing himself no good when he presented me as a liar? Should we be concerned about Brian Leiter's future in philosophy given this misrepresentation? Obviously not. Here is a more plausible reading: my "misrepresentations" are doing me no good because Brian Leiter is ensuring as much, and will continue to do so. It is a vague threat, but a threat nonetheless. I am not alone in reading the passage this way. This is how Jaded, PhD read the passage. You can see that she links it to the threats aimed at both Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins and Noelle McAfee. And, in support of this reading, the passage was removed once I took down my post.
Nick--thank you. This really does mean a lot to me.
You are welcome to your perspective, Matt, which I am sure is shared by others. Your perspective may be partly based on incomplete knowledge. In case that is true, I will provide more context for my claim of harassment. At the time of the events in July 2014 I put up a post at this blog, "Why I believe that Brian Leiter intentionally attacked me." I took it down later because of what I perceived to be a threat by Brian Leiter at his own blog, posted at the same time as this tweet: Since that tweet propagates a falsehood that is clearly intended to make me look bad (I did not even utter the statement he ascribes to me), I took the threat on his blog to mean that he would continue to say false things about me if I did not remove that post. I saw my options as to either take down the post or take legal action, which I did not want to do for various reasons. When I took down the post, he removed the threat. It is captured in a screen shot here: . I have also received emails from people reporting falsehoods Brian Leiter has told them about me and these events. So my perspective is not limited to the blog posts you mention. But in the blog posts you mention I believe he is trying to damage me and my reputation and I believe this is a form of harassment which makes my work environment more hostile than it should be. That is my perspective. As for David Wallace--he did not criticize my statistical analysis, but offered a different one that answered a different question. (In that part of the post I was discussing a set of programs, and he wanted to redirect the conversation to a question about whether individual programs should close, which I did not really want to discuss for various reasons.)
There have been numerous news stories about packages I and others received this past summer. I am not sure that any of them capture just how troubled I have been by this. I have been so troubled, in part, because of its apparent connection with what I take to be... Continue reading
How has the academic job market for philosophers changed in the recent past? I noted last year that it looked as though fewer tenure-track or equivalent jobs were being offered year to year from 2013 to 2015. This job market has just started, and if we look at the period... Continue reading
APDA has released this year's APA report and has added an application to the website (but we are still working on its auto-update feature, so the data it represents is a few days old as of today). In keeping with our program-specific reports released in April, here are some basic... Continue reading
I like this hypothesis. But note that while women appointed 1930-1979 were more likely to be in historical fields, the women faculty in these programs in 2014 were more likely to be in value theory.
Thanks for this--it is a good suggestion.
In order to update my post from January, I contacted Mark Fiegener of the NSF (National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics) who was kind enough to supply me with information from the Survey of Earned Doctorates on gender for graduates of doctoral programs in philosophy using a shorter time... Continue reading
Eric Schwitzgebel alerted me to a post at the Leiter Reports blog on the work of Jonathan Strassfeld (University of Rochester), who has compiled a document with philosophers appointed at 11 doctoral programs in the United States between 1930 and 1979: Berkeley, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Michigan, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA,... Continue reading
As noted in the APDA update posted over a week ago, we are in the middle of two important projects: We are adding individual editing to the website in May 2016. Up to March 2016, placement data were edited by project personnel, placement officers, or department chairs. In the future,... Continue reading
This is a brief notice that APDA has finalized its update for the 2015 report. Here is the report from 2015 and here is the update. Please contact me (cjennings3 at with feedback or leave comments and suggestions below. Update: I replaced one of the links as I noticed... Continue reading
It looks like I lost the source file, but I have now linked to the larger image file that was uploaded into the blog. Thanks for pointing this out.
Thanks, Dan! Yann Benétreau-Dupin had a similar worry to 1, and I found this site: I am now planning to use that to manually set hex values that are colorblind safe. I will fix 2 (I thought the SQL query I had didn't yield this info and was waiting for a new one, but it does!). On 5, how do you feel about ordered versions? Here is a scatterplot of the data for comparison--I take it that this will be off-putting for some, but perhaps I should include both for all 4 sets of data?
This is just to note that I think there is much of value to the comments here and intend to write a follow-up post based on these ideas and also examples I can find online. I will put up a comment on this thread when I finally do so! Thanks for all of your help!
As I noted in a previous post, APDA is in the middle of finalizing data for a new report. This will be a follow up to the report released in August 2015. We hope to include data on graduates with no listed placements and Carnegie Classifications, among other improvements. It... Continue reading
The Academic Placement Data and Analysis project (APDA) hopes to release program specific placement rates in the next week or two (before April 15th). These placement rates compare placement data to graduation data, so good graduation data are crucial. Yet, finding consistent graduation data is surprisingly tricky. The project currently... Continue reading
When I first took philosophy of mind at St Andrews in 2002 as an undergrad, we discussed the mind-body problem, behaviorism, identity theory, functionalism, modularity, and qualia. I wrote my term paper on anomalous monism and strong supervenience, entitled: "Is it possible for someone to be in a particular mental... Continue reading
That makes sense. The programs listed with 1 graduate are smaller than those that didn't make the list--I listed programs by the percentage of Black graduates to overall graduates (who were permanent residents/citizens). UC Davis, for example, had 1 graduate out of 59, and so just missed the list (compare to Kentucky, which had 1 out of 51).
Good point. That was a supposition of mine that should be better grounded in fact. As for the numbers--I think it is 19 of the 96 that have not had a Black graduate (among permanent residents and citizens of the United States), at least as self-reported to the Survey of Earned Doctorates. Also, if I understand the way that NCSES used these categories, graduates who identified as "two or more races" would not have shown up in this category, even if they identified one of those races as Black. So it is possible that those 19 programs did have graduates who identified as Black in this time period.
Thanks again for your input--I added a note of caution to this and a new post to help readers keep at least one of your concerns in mind.
Thanks for your comment--I changed the cut off for the above lists to mean program % based on the ideas you present here.
Thanks again for your suggestion--I put up a new post: Please let me know if you have further thoughts and suggestions.