‘White Genocide’ prof takes role as ‘Visiting Scholar’ at NYU
- A professor who recently resigned from Drexel University after repeatedly courting controversy with inflammatory remarks on social media has taken a role as "Visiting Scholar" at a New York University institute.
- George Ciccariello-Maher originally rose to notoriety for tweeting that "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide," and subsequently expressed disgust at showing courtesy to service members and blamed "whiteness" for mass shootings.
- NYU clarified that the Visiting Scholar role is an unpaid position, saying Ciccariello-Maher was appointed by a faculty member and is unlikely to have any teaching duties.
Less than two weeks after resigning from Drexel University, the infamous “white genocide” professor has landed a gig as a “visiting scholar” at New York University.
In a New Year’s Day Facebook post, George Ciccariello-Maher announced that he had officially started as a Visiting Scholar at the NYU Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, a social justice-oriented network of 60 universities and cultural centers that “offers an anti-colonial model for engagement between ‘north’ and ‘south’ by promoting multi-sited, multilingual collaborations and acknowledging everyone as a potential producer of art and knowledge.”
Ciccariello-Maher drew national criticism on Christmas Eve of 2016 for tweeting that “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide,” and has continued to court controversy in other tweets throughout 2017, culminating with his resignation on December 28.
In March, for instance, Ciccariello-Maher tweeted that he wanted to “vomit” after watching an airline passenger give up his first class seat for a service member.
“Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier,” he scoffed in the tweet. “People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul.”
Additionally, following the church massacre in Texas that killed 26 people, Ciccariello-Maher blamed “whiteness” and white “entitlement” for mass shootings.
An NYU spokesperson, John Beckman, confirmed with Campus Reform that Ciccariello-Maher has been brought on as a Visiting Scholar, but also noted that the position is unpaid, and is unlikely to involve any teaching duties.
"NYU has not hired Professor Ciccariello-Maher. Rather, during calendar year 2018, he will have an unpaid appointment as a visiting scholar affiliated with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, a scholarly consortium of over 20 North and South American universities that is headquartered at NYU,” Beckman explained. “Visiting scholar appointments are made by faculty involved with the Institute, and typically do not entail classroom or other academic duties."
Ciccariello-Maher did not reply to a request for comment from Campus Reform.
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