Allison harbin is a freelance writer & editor based in Brooklyn
Post-PhD is a blog about academia, graduate student rights, and reform in higher education.
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During my Ph.D., a former professor misappropriated my work and used it to get a generous grant and multiple publications. When I learned about what had happened, I tried to alert the appropriate authorities at my university. Rather than helping me, they encouraged me to drop it and told me my reputation would be ruined if I reported anything officially. During the defense of my dissertation, I was told I would not be awarded my doctorate until I removed the portion that had been stolen from me. Here is my story.
I am incredibly privileged to have been able to fight back, to publish this blog, and to fight the frivolous defamation suit filed against me. I want to use that privilege to advocate for those who in similar circumstances who cannot fight back. If you have a story to tell, or need to learn more about how advocate for your rights as a graduate student, adjunct, VAP, or early professor, get in touch with me.
I believe in the power education and the tremendous importance of higher education. We have to collectively unite against current trends and funding re-directions.