Petition: Academics in Support of Carole Vance

Academics in Support of Professor Carole S. Vance

To: Lee C. Bollinger, President
Seth Low Professor of the University
Columbia University

John H. Coatsworth, Provost
Professor of International and Public Affairs Professor of History
Columbia University

Dear President Bollinger and Provost Coatsworth,

We are writing as colleagues of Dr. Carole S. Vance to express our shock and dismay regarding the letter of “non-renewal” that Dr. Vance received, terminating her position as of June 30, 2014 – without cause and without compensation. After more than 27 years of exemplary service to Columbia, this decision strikes us as unethical and shortsighted.

On January 23, Provost Coatsworth received a letter from more than 30 prominent scholars protesting this action and requesting his intervention. We are disappointed that there has been no response to that letter.

We will not detail Dr. Vance’s formidable contributions, which were amply documented in the Scholars’ Letter previously delivered to you, as well as in petitions from her current and former students and post-docs. Instead, we confine this petition to these key points:

• Dr. Carole Vance is an internationally-respected, path-breaking medical anthropologist.
• Dr. Vance has been crucial in shaping multiple academic fields for three decades — gender and sexuality studies, medical anthropology, public health, and human rights.
• Dr. Vance has taken serious intellectual and political risks in presenting scholarship that has always been ahead of its time, and that has engaged highly-charged issues such as pornography, American domestic policies on sexuality and freedom of speech, conceptual biases in epidemiological studies of HIV/AIDS, and more.
• For more than a decade, Dr. Vance has been a global thought leader on human trafficking, challenging scholars and activists to find ways to address sexual violence and exploitation without inadvertently re-energizing sexual ideologies such as female sexual purity which strengthen the sexual strictures on socially marginalized groups.
• Dr. Vance’s longstanding Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health, and Human Rights inaugurated a new field of study at the same time that it galvanized an interdisciplinary and international network. By bringing together scholars from diverse academic fields (law, history, anthropology, women’s and gender studies, art history, literature and cultural studies), public health practitioners, activists and lawyers working in or directing non-governmental organizations, no one has done more to foster thoughtful relations among those working on sexuality and on international human rights.
• Carole Vance is beloved as a teacher, having taught some 100 courses and over 1,300 students in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University.
• Columbia University has benefitted immeasurably from Dr. Vance’s meticulous and tireless work, judging from the fact that she has been awarded many of the highest faculty honors at Columbia University: the 1999 Outstanding Teacher Award at the Mailman School of Public Health, the 2005 Tannenbaum-Warner Award for exceptional service to the University Seminars, and the 2007- 2008 Faculty Mentoring Award from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
• In Columbia’s Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Dr. Vance has done far more than her share of student mentoring, running the methods exam committee for many years, and directing the Sexuality Studies track within the M.P.H. program.
• Dr. Vance is a rare academic who has consistently reached beyond the university to include legal, clinical, and public health practitioners as well as advocates and activists in focused and sustained conversations about how to advance justice and human freedoms.
• From extensive international work and a strong commitment to international students, Dr. Vance enjoys the wide respect of scholars, practitioners, and activists, and is known for her brilliant and respectful engagements with colleagues all around the globe.

We have learned that the decision to terminate Dr. Vance has been framed as a budgetary issue, and is part of a larger move requiring non-tenured faculty to raise the majority of their salaries from external grants. This cynical decision sends two key messages to scholars at Columbia and elsewhere. First, because teaching and mentoring do not bring in grant money, faculty who prioritize students will be actively punished for that. Students do not matter. Second, brilliant, transformative scholarship is unimportant in the corporate university.

As scholars across an enormous array of fields, we have learned from, taught, and drawn fresh inspiration from Carole Vance’s work over and over again. We urge you to recognize and reward—rather than punish—this great scholar for the risks she has taken. Columbia has drawn ample benefit from Carole Vance’s work over the decades, both directly in her service to the University and also by the stature that she brings to the institution. We urge you to do the right thing and reinstate her contract.

Respectfully signed by (List in progress):
[NOTE: To sign the petition, enter your name and title in the ‘name’ field, and your academic affiliation and any additional comments in the ‘comment’ field. Titles and affiliations will be noted as “for identification purposes only.”]

Elazar Barkan

Professor of International and Public Affairs

Director, Human Rights Concentration, School of International and Public Affairs

Director, Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights


Lee Anne Bell

Professor and Barbara Silver Horowitz Director of Education

Barnard College


Jonathan Beller


Humanities and Media Studies

Graduate Program in Media Studies

Pratt Institute


Judith Butler

Tam Mellon Visiting Professor in the Humanities

Columbia University


Mary Ann Case
Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law

University of Chicago Law School


Yvette Christiansë

Professor, Africana Studies & English Literature

Chair, Barnard International and Global Sub-Committee

Barnard College


Christina Crosby

Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Wesleyan University


Arlene Davila

Professor of Anthropology and Social and Cultural Analysis

New York University


Ellen DuBois

Professor of History and Gender Studies



Alice Echols

Barbra Streisand Professor in Contemporary Gender Studies and

Professor of English and History

Chair, Gender Studies & Director, The Center for Feminist Research

University of Southern California


Michelle Fine

Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology

The Graduate Center at CUNY


Kate Flint

Provost Professor of English and Art History

Chair: Department of Art History

University of Southern California


Jean Franco

Professor Emeritus English/Comparative Literature

Columbia University


Elizabeth Freeman

Professor of English and Editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

University of California, Davis


Hillevi Ganetz

Professor, Director

Dept. of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies

Stockholm University


Larry P. Gross

Vice Dean; School of Communication Director and Professor

Annenberg School of Journalism

University of Southern California


Lori Gruen

Professor, Philosophy, FGSS, and ENVS

Coordinator, Wesleyan Animal Studies

Wesleyan University


Kim F. Hall

Lucyle Hook Chair

Professor of Africana Studies and English

Barnard College


Holly Hughes

Professor, School of Art & Design

Professor, Department of Theatre and Drama

University of Michigan


Lynn Hunt

Distinguished Research Professor



Janet Jakobsen

Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women

Barnard College


Lynne Joyrich

Professor, Department of Modern Culture and Media

Brown University


Ellen Lewin

Professor of Anthropology

University of Iowa


Nicola Mai

Professor of Sociology and Migration Studies

London Metropolitan University and Aix-Marseille University


Emily Martin
Department of Anthropology
Director, Institute for the History of Production of Knowledge
New York University


Randy Martin

Professor and Chair

Department of Art and Public Policy

Tisch School of the Arts

New York University


Kathleen A. McHugh

Director, Center for the Study of Women

Professor, Department of English

Program in Cinema and Media Studies



Sally Engle Merry

Silver Professor

Department of Anthropology

New York University


Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D.

Senior Scholar for Public Policy

Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy

UCLA School of Law


Kristina Milnor

Professor and Chair

Department of Classics and Ancient Studies

Barnard College


Dr Anne Mulhall

Director, Centre for Gender, Culture and Identities

University College Dublin, Ireland


Dianne Otto

Professor  and Francine V McNiff Chair in Human Rights Law

Melbourne Law School,

The University of Melbourne


Esther Newton

Professor of Anthropology

University of Michigan


Ann Pellegrini

Director, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Professor of Performance Studies & Religious Studies

New York University


Rosalind Petchesky

Distinguished Professor Emerita

Hunter College & The Graduate Center, CUNY


Sheila Rowbotham

Professor (ret.) and Honorary Fellow, Manchester University

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.)


Susan Riemer Sacks

Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Emerita Professor of Education

Barnard College


Bambi B. Schieffelin

Collegiate Professor

Professor, Anthropology

New York University


Nayan Shah

Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies of Ethnicity

University of Southern California


Sally Sheldon 

Professor, Kent Law School

Eliot College

University of Kent


Alisa Solomon

Professor, Graduate School of Journalism

Columbia University


Arlene Stein

Professor of Sociology

Rutgers University


Neferti X. M. Tadiar

Professor and Chair

Dept. of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Barnard College, Columbia University


Miriam Ticktin

Associate Professor of Anthropology

The New School for Social Research


Deborah L. Tolman

Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology

Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College


María Elena Torre, Phd 

Director, The Public Science Project

Faculty, Critical Social Psychology

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Prof. dr. Mieke Verloo

Professor of Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues

Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands)


Laura Wexler

Professor of American Studies

Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Director, The Photographic Memory Workshop

Yale University


Barbara Winslow


Secondary Education Department

Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Brooklyn College


Rebecca Jordan-Young

Tow Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Barnard College


Todd Shepard

Associate Professor of History

The Johns Hopkins University


David Valentine

Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of Minnesota


Joan Nestle

Co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives

Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia


Charlotte M. Canning

Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor in Drama

Senior Editor, Theatre Research International

Director, Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism

Head, Performance as Public Practice MA/MFA/PhD programs

Department of Theatre and Dance

University of Texas at Austin


Gayatri Reddy

Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies & Anthropology

University of Illinois at Chicago

Elizabeth Bernstein

Associate Professor of Sociology and

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Barnard College

Emanuela Bianchi

Assistant Professor

Department of Comparative Literature

New York University

Evelyn Blackwood

Professor of Anthropology

Purdue University

Christa Craven

Chair of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

The College of Wooster

Margaret Wiener

Associate Professor of Anthropology

UNC Chapel Hill

Jigna Desai

Associate Professor and Chair of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies

University of Minnesota

Margot Weiss

Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology

Wesleyan University

Kale Bantigue Fajardo

Associate Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies

University of Minnesota

Rudolf Gaudio

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Purchase College, SUNY


Bonnie S. Anderson

Professor Emerita of History

Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Paisley Currah

Professor of Political Science

Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center

City University of New York

Lisa Jean Moore

Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies

Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor

Purchase College, State University of New York


Deborah Elliston

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and of Women’s Studies

Binghamton University

Kevin Murphy

Associate Professor of History

University of Minnesota

Katherine Frank

Scholar in Residence , Department of Sociology

American University

Jennifer Tucker

Associate Professor, Department of History and Science in Society Program

Wesleyan University

Dr Amade M’charek

Associate professor at the Department of Anthropology

University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Cynthia Kraus

Maître d’enseignement et de recherche

Institut des sciences sociales

Faculté des sciences sociales et politiques

Université de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Ashwini Tambe

Associate Professor, Dept. of Women’s Studies, University of Maryland-College Park

Affiliate faculty, Dept. of History and Asian American Studies Program

Editorial Director, Feminist Studies

Rianne Mahon

Professor and CIGI Chair

Balsillie School of International Affairs and Political Science

Wilfrid Laurier University


Joseph Lowndes

Associate Professor of Political Science

University of Oregon

Ângela Maria Carneiro Araújo

Full Professor, Department of Political Science

State University of Campinas (UNOCAMP) Brazil


Judith Frank

Professor of English and Elizabeth W. Bruss Reader

English Department Director of Studies

Amherst College

Rosemary Hunter AcSS

Professor, Kent Law School

University of Kent

Jennifer Gaboury

Associate Director, Women and Gender Studies Program

Hunter College, CUNY

Sarah E. Chinn

Professor of English

Hunter College, CUNY

C.J. Pascoe

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

University of Oregon

Chair, Sex & Gender Section of the American Sociological Association

J. Keith Vincent

Associate Professor of Japanese, Comparative Literature, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Boston University

Carla A. Pfeffer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Purdue University North Central

Laurel Westbrook

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Grand Valley State University

Dr. Kate Drabinski

Gender and Women’s Studies Lecturer

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Leslie Salzinger, Associate Professor

Gender and Women’s Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Jessica Fields

Associate Professor of Sociology

Graduate Studies Coordinator in Sexuality Studies

San Francisco State University

Dr. Kate Bedford

Reader in Law

Kent Law School

University of Kent

Jeffrey Escoffier

Director, Health Media & Digital Communications, NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene

Adjunct Instructor, Sociology, Barnard College

Caroline Arnold

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Brooklyn College-CUNY

Portia Seddon

Adjunct Lecturer, Women & Gender Studies

Hunter College, CUNY

Laurie E. Naranch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Political Science Department

Director, Women’s Studies Minor

Siena College (London)


Rupal Oza

Director, The Women and Gender Studies Program

Hunter College, CUNY

Linda Martín Alcoff

Professor of Philosophy

Hunter College

CUNY Graduate Center

Matt Brim

Assistant Professor of Queer Studies

Department of English

College of Staten Island, CUNY

Co-editor, WSQ

The Feminist Press, CUNY

Ann Braithwaite, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Coordinator

Diversity and Social Justice Studies (formerly Women’s Studies)

University of Prince Edward Island

Louis van den Hengel, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Literature and Art / Centre for Gender and Diversity

Maastricht University (The Netherlands)

Ritty Lukose

Associate Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies

Affiliated Faculty, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Gallatin School of Individualized Study

New York University

Kyla Bender-Baird

Ph.D. Student, Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

Graduate Teaching Fellow, Sociology, City College of New York

Adjunct Instructor, Women’s Studies, Brooklyn College

Brenda Roche, PhD

Director of Research

Wellesley Institute (Toronto)

Dr. Julie Passanante Elman

Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

University of Missouri, Columbia

Katherine De Lorenzo

Women and Gender Studies Program

Hunter College, CUNY

Marc Siegel

Asst. Professor, Film Studies

Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Dawne Moon

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Marquette University

Kimberly Kay Hoang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Boston College

Sandra Moog

Lecturer in Management and Sustainability

Essex Business School, University of Essex (UK)

Sameena A. Mulla

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Department of Social and Cultural Sciences

Marquette University

Brian Connolly

Assistant Professor of History

University of South Florida

Geertje Mak

Assistant Professor of History and Gender Studies

Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

Sandra Eder, PhD

Institute and Museum for the History of Medicine

University of Zurich

Dominique Vinck

Professeur ordinaire

Faculté de Sciences Sociales et Politiques

Institut des Sciences Sociales

Université de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Cristina Reyes Iborra

Sociology-Anthropology Gender and Development Studies

Université Paris 7 – Diderot

Deborah L. Little

Associate Professor, Dept of Anthropology and Sociology

Adelphi University

Sara McClelland, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor, Women’s Studies & Psychology

University of Michigan

Barbara A. Barnes

Gender & Women’s Studies

UC Berkeley

Christina Hanhardt

Associate Professor of American Studies

University of Maryland, College Park

Heather Levi

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Temple University

Elise Chenier

Associate Professor of History

Simon Fraser University

Don Romesburg

Associate Professor

Queer Studies Minor Advisor

Women’s and Gender Studies Department

Sonoma State University


Jessica R. Cattelino

Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of California, Los Angeles


Daniel Skinner, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Health Policy

Department of Social Medicine

Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine


Caroline Yezer

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA


Minette Church

Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


Kimbra Smith

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


Professor B Scherer, PhD

Chair in Comparative Religion, Gender and Sexuality

Canterbury Christ Church University


Vasuki Nesiah

Assoc. Prof. of Practice

The Gallatin School, NYU


Greta LaFleur

Assistant Professor of American Studies

Yale University


Dr Carolyn D’Cruz

Senior Lecturer,  Program Convenor

Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies

School of Social Sciences

La Trobe University (Victoria, Australia)


Cindi Katz

Professor and Executive Officer

Earth and Environmental Sciences Program

CUNY Graduate Center


Dr Red Chan

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Translation

Lingnan University, Hong Kong


Alvaro Jarrin

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Union College


Kerwin Kaye

Department of Sociology

SUNY Collage at Old Westbury


Marylène Lieber

Associate Professeur, Institute for Gender Studies and Department of Sociology University of Geneva (Switzerland)


Dr Melinda Chateauvert

Fellow, Center for Africana Studies

University of Pennsylvania


Benjamin Balthaser

Assistant Professor of English

Indiana University, South Bend


Teresa Kuan

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

Chinese University of Hong Kong


Judith Owens

Assoc. Professor

University of Manitoba


July Chaneton

Facultad de Ciencias Sociales

Universidad de Buenos Aires


Amy L. Brandzel

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women Studies

University of New Mexico


Daisy Deomampo

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology

Fordham University


Patrick R. Grzanka

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Tennessee


Aren Aizura

Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies

Arizona State University


Sara Warner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Performing and Media Arts

Cornell University


Anu (Aradhana) Sharma

Chair and Associate Professor of Anthropology

Wesleyan University


Gregory Mitchell, PhD

Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Williams College


Nayla Vacarezza

Faculty of Social Sciences, Sociology Department

University of Buenos Aires


Katherine Broad, Ph.D.

Department of English

CUNY Graduate Center


Miranda Joseph

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Gender & Women’s Studies

University of Arizona


Scott Morgensen

Associate Professor

Department of Gender Studies

Queen’s University


Gabriel Giorgi

Associate Professor

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures

New York University


Katie King

Professor, Women’s Studies Department & Program

Affiliate, Comparative Literature, American, LGBT, and Performance Studies

Fellow, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)

University of Maryland, College Park


Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic

School of Management

University of Leicester


Meryl Altman

Professor of English and Women’s Studies

DePauw University


James-Henry Holland

Asian Studies

Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Suzanne Bergeron

Professor of Women’s Studies and Social Sciences

Director of Women’s and Gender Studies

Book Review Editor, International Feminist Journal of Politics

University of Michigan Dearborn


Kari Lerum, PhD

Associate Professor

School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

University of Washington, Bothell

Ellen Gruber Garvey, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of English

New Jersey City University

Amanda Swarr

Associate Professor

University of Washington

Yukiko Hanawa

East Asian Studies

New York University

Katrina Karkazis

Senior Research Scholar

Center for Biomedical Ethics

Stanford University

Lucinda Ramberg

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Cornell University

Georgiann Davis

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Ian Carter

Associate Professor

California College of the Arts, SF and Oakland

Sally Markowitz

Professor of Philosophy

Willamette University

Heather N. Lukes

Assistant Professor, Critical Theory and Social Justice

Occidental College

Molly K. McGarry

Associate Professor of History

UC Riverside

Hugh Miller, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy

Loyola University Chicago


Frann Michel

Professor of English


Willamette University


Cari Carpenter

Associate Professor of English

West Virginia University


Debra Schultz

Department of History

Kingsborough Community College


Caitlin Cahill, PhD

Assistant Professor

Urban Geography & Politics

Social Science & Cultural Studies

Pratt Institute, New York


Dr Emily Grabham

Senior Lecturer

Kent Law School

University of Kent


Dr. Maria CANDEA

Assistant professor, Linguistique française

Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, France


Dr Vincent Pidoux

Senior Lecturer, Institute for Social Sciences

University of Lausanne


John Protevi

Phyllis M Taylor Professor of French Studies

Professor of Philosophy

Louisiana State University


Prof. Francesco Panese

Associate professor of social studies of science and medicine

University of Lausanne (Switzerland)


Marie Helene Bourcier

Faculty Member, Art and Culture

Lille 3 university-France


Nigel Paneth MD MPH

University Distinguished Professor

Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Pediatrics & Human Development

College of Human Medicine

Michigan State University


Ellen Pollak

Professor Emerita

Department of English

Michigan State University


Davide Morselli

Lecturer / Maītre Assistant

Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES

Bātiment Géopolis – University of Lausanne (Switzerland)


Alba Brizzi

Institut des sciences sociales

Faculté des sciences sociales et politiques

Université de Lausanne (Switzerland)


Séverine Rey, PhD

Professor (Anthropology)

University of Health Sciences / University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Lausanne, Switzerland


Sharon Thompson

Independent Scholar

Co-Editor, Powers of Desire


Maxime Cervulle

Associate Professor, University of Paris 8

Vincennes – Saint-Denis


Robbie Duschinsky

Reader in Psychology & Society

Northumbria University


Ellen Hertz

Professeure, Institut d’ethnologie

Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)


Sheila Dauer

Adjunct Asst. Prof. at the Graduate Program in International Affairs

The New School for Public Engagement


Jay Arena

Department of  Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

College of Staten island


Stephanie Pache

Chercheuse invitée / Visiting scholar

(Paris) and

Institut universitaire d’histoire de la médecine et de la santé publique

University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

Sarah Elspeth Patterson

PhD student, CUNY Graduate Center

Tamara Williams Van Horn

Doctoral Candidate, University of Colorado-Boulder


Matthias Lehmann

PhD Candidate

Faculty of Law

Queen’s University Belfast


Hanna Secher Fromell (MSc in Biogeosciences)

Department of Gender Studies

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

University of Lausanne, Switzerland


Hannah Klaas

PhD student in psychology

University of Lausanne (Switzerland)


Leo Parascondola

Dept of English

William Paterson University


Richard S. Pressman

Professor  of English

St. Mary’s University (Texas)


Rustem Ertug Altinay

Doctoral candidate

Department of Performance Studies

New York University


Alexander E. Thornton

MAS candidate, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (’14)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD


Jennifer J. Reed

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Department of Sociology


Patricia CAILLÉ

Maîtresse de Conférences

Département Information-Communication

Université de Strasbourg (FRANCE)


Simon Dubois

Responsable de recherche

Laboratoire des sciences de l’éducation

Université de Lausanne


Dr. David Frier

Senior Lecturer in Portuguese

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

The University of Leed


Jessica Auerbach

Mailman school of public health (2009)

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Barbara Chubak, MD (Columbia College, Class of 2002)

Montefiore Medical Center

Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Elizabeth Anne Wood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology

Nassau Community College


Cara Herbitter

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

UMass Boston


Simone Kolysh, MPH, M.Phil

The CUNY Graduate Center


Christoph Hanssmann (MPH)

Sociology Doctoral Student, UCSF


Jill Leigh

Wellbeing Adviser,  Student Support and Wellbeing

University of Kent


Claire Bond Potter

Professor of History

The New School for Public Engagement


Nancy Barnes

Humanities, School for Undergraduate Studies

The New School for Public Engagement

Tom Boellstorff

Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

former Editor-in-Chief, American Anthropologist

Debbora Battaglia

Professor of Anthropology and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor

Mt. Holyoke College

Leora Auslander

Professor, Chair, Collegiate Affairs Committee

History Department

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Center for Jewish Studies

University of Chicago


Bettina Bock von Wülfingen

Associate Professor, Institute for Cultural History and Theory

Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin


Lila G. Braine

Professor Emerita (Psychology)

Barnard College


Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D.

Director, Barnard College Center for Toddler Development

Associate Professor, Psychology

Barnard College


Tina Campt

Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Director of the Africana Studies Program

Barnard College


Katie Glasner

Co-Chair, Senior Associate

Department of Dance

Barnard College


Anupama Rao

Associate Professor, Department of History

Barnard College

Senior Editor, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East


Fanny Ambjörnsson, PhD

Associate Professor, Gender Studies

Stockholm University, Sweden


Janne Bromseth, PhD

Associate Professor, Gender Studies

Stockholm University, Sweden


Renita Sörensdotter, PhD

Gender Studies

Stockholm University, Sweden


Ulrika Nilsson, PhD

Associate Professor, Gender Studies

Stockholm University, Sweden


Elin Abrahamsson

PhD student, Gender studies

Stockholm university, Sweden


Maria Margareta Österholm, PhD

Gender studies

Stockholm university, Sweden



Lauren Porsch, MPH

Mailman Class of 2005, Barnard Class of 2001


Meredith Linn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Urban Studies Program

Barnard College and Columbia University


Sabine Pakora

Master 2 Genre Politique et sexualité


Ecole des hautes études en sciences  sociales

Paris, France


Rebecca ROGERS


Université Paris Descartes


Isabel Boni

Sociologist, Docteure EHESS

Research Fellow of Centre Maurice Halbwachs (CNRS/EHESS/ENS)

Paris, France


Prof. Dr. Sigrid Schmitz

Professur Gender Studies

Universität Wien (Austria)

Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften

Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie


Katharina Beclin Mag.a Dr.

Institut für Strafrecht und Kriminologie


Abteilung für Kriminologie


Hanna Hacker, Prof PhD

Professor of Social and Cultural Development Studies

University of Vienna, Austria, Europa

Department of Development Studies



Political Science

Université Paris 8, France


Dr.Joan Mencher

Emerita Professor

CUNY Graduate Centre and Lehman College of CUNY


Dr. Wolfgang L. Gombócz

Professor of Philosophy (Retired)

University of Graz, Austria

Henry Abelove
Willbur Fisk Osborne Professor of English, Emeritus
Wesleyan University


263 thoughts on “Petition: Academics in Support of Carole Vance

  1. Peter Odell Campbell
    Department of Communication Studies
    Northeastern University

  2. Visiting Lecturer, Cornell University Law School
    doctoral candidate, Cornell University Department of Human Development
    alumna of Columbia College and Columbia University School of Law

  3. Professor of Philosophy
    University of Minnesota

    Funding models that value faculty for the revenue they bring in rather than the research, teaching, and mentoring that they do is a sure way to destroy what matters about a university–as the shocking dismissal of these two stellar scholars and teachers demonstrates.

  4. Shilpa Phadke, Assistant Professor, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

    Carole Vance’s work has been central to the development of my own ideas around not just sexuality and pleasure, but also women’s right to public space and the ideas of risk that I was articulated. I feel privileged to have sat in her summer school classrooms.

    • My Ph.D. is from Mailman School of Public Health, Sociomedical Sciences (1997). Dr. Vance was a first rate teacher and dissertation advisor.

      • Marian Reiff
        Sr. Research Investigator
        Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, PA

  5. Sheryl McCurdy
    Associate Professor
    Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
    University of Texas School of Public Health
    Houston Health Science Center

  6. Michele Aina Barale
    Thalheimer Professor of English and of Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies
    Amherst College

  7. Vincent Palliez
    PhD candidate
    Faculty of Law, University of Liège, Belgium
    Faculty of Political Science, University of Antwerp, Belgium

    • W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality
      Professor of English, Women’s Studies, Comparative Literature
      University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  8. Disturbing and all too consistent with current economic reorganizations. Has anyone calculated Vance’s financial contributions to Columbia over 27 years through grants and the modeled value of supervision, instruction etc (using the University’s own monetization schemes)? I expect it exceeds by far what she has been paid or spent, and would easily support her to and through retirement, and that’s not counting the things that matter more, like knowledge production, scholarly training outcomes, fruitful collaborations, field-founding, discovery, institutional recognition and prestige, etc. Odd whose monetizing gestures count and whose don’t. It wouldn’t be a pleasant exercise but it would be revealing.

    Sincere thanks and support to Vance and to her colleagues signing on to the Senior Scholars letter .

  9. Greggor Mattson
    Assistant Professor of Sociology
    Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Institute
    Oberlin College

    Summer Institute for Sexuality, Culture and Society 1998
    University of Amsterdam

  10. I *strongly* support this petition.

    Laura Ciolkowski
    Associate Director
    Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
    Adjunct Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature
    Columbia University

  11. I support this petition.

    Ryan R. Judkins
    Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
    University of Massachusetts – Boston

  12. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Student of Carole Vance at University of Amsterdam’s Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, & Society, 2008.

  13. Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Postdoctoral Fellow;
    Student of Prof. Carole Vance at University of Amsterdam’s Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, & Society, 2008.

  14. Dr. Vance has had an enormous impact on my academic work, for which I am continually grateful.

    Student of Professor Vance at University of Amsterdam’s Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture & Society, 2008

  15. A Visiting Fellow of Prof Vance’s Rockefeller Program in Gender, Sexuality, Health & Human Rights, 1999

  16. Beate Slok-Andersen
    Gender Equality Officer, University of Copenhagen,
    Student of Carole Vance at University of Amsterdam’s Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, & Society, 2008.

  17. Tomomi Yamaguchi
    Associate Professor of Anthropology
    Department of Sociology and Anthropology
    Montana State University

  18. Aleza Summit
    Mailman School of Public Health alum (MPH, 2012)
    Center for Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center

  19. Please add my name! Trude Bennett, Associate Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health, UNC Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health

  20. Dear President Bollinger,

    I am writing to ask you to reinstate Dr. Carole Vance’s position at Columbia University. I continue to be forever indebted to her for her intellectual generosity and scholarly expertise on art, visual culture, independent filmmaking, human rights/women’s criminalization, censorship and sexuality studies. Thanks to your generosity of spirit and Carole Vance’s intellectual power and passionate activism on behalf of artists and scholars across the U.S. for decades, I am a tenured professor at the University of Michigan. Please do not let her go from Columbia. She is too valuable a Columbia scholar to too many artists and scholars and students for you to lose her.

    Yours sincerely,

    Carol Jacobsen

  21. I entirely support this petition.

    Ragnar Anderson
    MPH Class of 2011
    Advisee of Carole Vance
    Guttmacher Institute
    New York City
    Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3)
    University of Chicago

  22. Doctoral Candidate in History
    University of Michigan

    The decision to fire these two incredible scholars also sends a very clear message to doctoral students on the job market: Your academic worth is based on the corporate university’s bottom line.

    This is not what higher education should be about. If it is, then undergraduate students deserve a refund.

  23. Assistant Professor, Literary Studies
    The New School

    I have always thought of Carole Vance as among Columbia’s most distinguished faculty and as representing the most admirable side of the University. Her contributions are enormous and unmatched; I find it inconceivable that she should be required to raise grant money for her truly revolutionary work and scholarship.

  24. I support this petition.
    Anne Walsh
    Associate Professor, Department of Art Practice
    University of California, Berkeley

  25. Carole Vance’s influence has been widely felt in multiple fields, including public health, sociology, art, gender studies, and history. She is much respected as an excellent professor and an important thinker. In many ways, she is the standard. It’s a mystery why Columbia is so determined to damage its reputation.

    Simon Leung

  26. I was shocked and saddened to learn about the firing of Carol Vance. I urge Columbia University to reverse their decision and to review their guidelines for according merit and employment status to untenured faculty!

  27. Lisa R. Rubin
    Associate Professor, Psychology
    New School for Social Research.

    Carol Vance an immensely influential and inspiring scholar. This would be a great loss for Columbia and its students. I sincerely hope the decision is reconsidered.

  28. Columbia needs to offer these two brillant educators tenor, not dismiss them.

  29. Ken MacLeish
    Assistant Professor
    Center for Medicine, Health and Society and Department of Anthropology
    Vanderbilt University

  30. Matias Viegener
    Professor, Critical Studies
    California Institute of Arts

    I’ve taught Carol Vance’s work in graduate seminars. It’s absurd that academics like Vance and Kim Hopper are in these precarious positions at what we consider major research universities. I’m a Columbia grad & I expect better of my alma mater.

  31. Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Anthropology, and Comparative Literature
    University of California at Irvine

    Over the past three decades, Dr. Carole Vance’s research and teaching have advanced novel methods and profoundly deepened the fields of gender and sexuality studies, public health, and medical anthropology. Columbia University should apologize to her for such a colossal act of disrespect and reinstate her immediately.

  32. Associate Professor of Japanese History and Literature
    Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
    Columbia University

  33. Eric Fassin Professor of Sociology
    Department of Political Science and Gender Studies Center,
    Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis University

    Nacira Guénif
    Full Professor, Université Paris 8, France

    Prof. Sabine Hark
    Chair in Gender Studies at Technische Universitaet Berlin

    Laura Affolter
    PhD candidate, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Berne

    Prof. Dr. Julia Eckert
    Institute for Social Anthropology
    University Bern

    Todd Sekular, MPH (CU 2007)
    Doctoral candidate, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    Cornelia Möser, Ph.D.
    Research Associate, Centre de Recherches Sociologiques et Politiques de Paris

    Nanna Heidenreich, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Media Studies, University of the Arts in Braunschweig

    Damon Young, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan

    Gabriele Dietz, Ph.D.
    Guest Professor, Dartmouth College

    Dorothea Dornhof, Ph.D.
    Lecturer, Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    Chris Tedjasukmana, Ph.D.
    Research Associate, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Freie Universität, Berlin

    Beate Binder, Ph.D.
    Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    Mathias Danbolt, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
    University of Copenhagen

    Katrina Köppert, M.A.
    Doctoral Candidate, Lehrstuhl für Mediengeschichte
    Universität Siegen

    Ulrike Klöppel, Ph.D.
    Research Associate, Humboldt Universtität zu Berlin

    Pat Treusch
    Doctoral Candidate, TU Berlin; Germany and Tema Genus, Linköping University, Sweden

    Jan Hutta, Ph.D.
    Research Associate, Lehrstuhl für Kulturgeographie, University of Bayreuth

    Marietta Kesting
    Doctoral candidate, Research associate
    Exzellenzcluster Bild Wissen Gestaltung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    Friedrich von Bose
    Research Associate, Doctoral Candidate
    Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    Dagmar Fink
    Vienna Austria, Board Member, Association of Feminist Scholars in Austria

    Boel Berner
    Professor em
    Department of Thematic Studies
    Linköping university, Sweden

    Laura Kay
    Ann Whitney Olin Professor
    Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
    Barnard College

    Dr. Doris Allhutter
    Elise Richter Senior-Postdoc

    Austrian Academy of Sciences,
Institute of Technology Assessment

    Popho Eun Sil Bark-Yi, Ph.D.
    Research Fellow, Hanshin Academy
    Hanshin University, South Korea
    Comment: I, as one of scholars who deeply appreciates what Carole Vance has influenced on feminism and politics of sexuality, was in shock to hear such a news.

  34. PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan

    Shocking. Carole Vance is an important public intellectual, a brilliant scholar and still finds the time to be an amazing professor and generous mentor. Mailman is making a tremendous mistake that will have long-term implications for the institution’s reputation.

  35. Prof. Vivek (Vik) Kanwar
    Associate Professor of Law, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS)
    Executive Director, Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence (CPLJ)
    O.P. Jindal Global University
    Sonipat, Haryana, 131 001
    NCR of Delhi, India

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  37. Carol Vance’s contribution to Gender and Sexuality Studies in India is invaluable. Columbia University’s decision is shameful. We demand that they revoke the order of termination.

  38. Assistant Professor, Sociology and Social Anthropology
    Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

  39. The ability to study public health and social justice issues with professors like Kim Hopper and Carole Vance is the reason that people choose Mailman over other schools of public health. Letting them go is Columbia’s shameful loss.

  40. Linda Briskin, Phd
    Professor Emeritus, Social Science Department/School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
    York University, Toronto, Canada

  41. Postdoctoral Fellow, Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research Program
    National Development and Research Institutes
    New York City

  42. Wendy Coburn
    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Art, OCAD University
    Toronto, Canada

  43. I have had the honor to work with Professor Vance during my last two semesters at Columbia. Without her committed support, I would not have been able to conduct my current thesis research. Moreover, as an aspiring practitioner in the field of human rights and gender equality, it cannot be understated that Professor’s Vance’s contributions to these fields, and to my and many students’ personal development, are immeasurable. Columbia would not be the same without her intellectually formidable presence.

    Sidra Zaidi
    M.A. Candidate, Human Rights Studies, Columbia University

  44. Dr. Carol Williams, Associate professor, Chair of Women & Gender Studies, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, CANADA says:

    Shocking news and this decision certainly casts a shadow on Columbia’s administration. Vance is an influential scholar in many disciplines

  45. Carol Vance is one of the great leaders among feminist academics. Her writing and her constant political engagement pressed feminist thinking and action forward in innumerable ways. Her sometimes-controversial insistence on integrating sexuality into sex equality debates, as well as her infinitely sophisticated thinking about transnational equality, have made her one of my role models for a long time. She should be venerated, not fired.
    Darren Rosenblum, Professor Pace Law School

  46. Sue Lloyd, Associate Professor, Visual Studies, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

  47. Allyson M. Lunny
    Assistant Professor
    Law and Society program
    Graduate program in Socio-Legal Studies
    York University
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  48. Saint Louis University School of Law

  49. Institute of Sexuality and Gender,
    Renmin University of China, Bei Jing

  50. Jerry Yung-Ching Chang
    PhD Student
    Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory
    The University of Pennsylvania

  51. Amy Schrager Lang
    Professor of English & Humanities
    Syracuse University

  52. Professor, Department of Public Health, William Paterson University of N.J.
    Affiliated faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, William Paterson University of N.J.
    Past President, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

  53. We need to stand up to make sure we can do good quality research and ensure knowledge is shared and used by all who can benefit from it

  54. Universities are for mentoring the future generations. Knowledge is power but without excellent educators and mentors there is no success. Dr. Vance is the ultimate professor, and has brought more students to Columbia BECAUSE of her widespread research, writing and mentoring.

    Konstance McCaffree, PhD
    Retired Professor Widener University
    Past President Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
    President – Elect of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists

  55. Margaret Nichols, Ph.D. President, Institute for Personal Growth, New Jersey, Sex Therapist/Teacher.
    Carole Vance’s work has been seminal in my field. This would be a great loss to our field, I urge you to reverse the decision

  56. Silke Heumann, Assistant Professor, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam

  57. Outrageous! This is the result of the corporatization of academia. Unless we all stand up…!

  58. Katherine Tamminen, PhD
    Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  59. Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.
    Carole Vance has inspired generations of activists and academics around the world. Without reducing the complex history of the Queer movement in India, it must be said that the influence of her thought and her engagements have been tangible and very significant. the question of value of a person and her/his work being reduced to budgetary calculations is grotesque and myopic.

  60. James S. Ferraro, Ph.D.
    Director of Undergraduate Studies in Physiology
    Dept. of Physiology
    School of Medicine
    Southern Illinois University
    Carbondale, IL 62901

  61. Laura Ferguson
    Assistant Professor
    Program on Global Health and Human Rights
    University of Southern California

  62. I almost could not believe my eyes when I read of Columbia University’s demeaning policy towards Carol Vance, a scholar of uncontested international fame and a wonderful and inspiring colleague at that – if qualifications like these no longer matter at Columbia, I wonder why it keeps calling itself University

  63. Mary Goldsmith, Professor, Research Area of Women, Identity and Power & MA in Women's Studies, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City says:

    This news is appalling. Vance has been a key reference for gender studies, feminism and sexuality in Latin America.

  64. Professor, Master’s Program in Women’s Studies, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Research Area of Women, Identity and Power.

  65. Aaron H Devor, Ph.D.
    Founder and Academic Director, The Transgender Archives
    Professor, Sociology Department
    University of Victoria
    Victoria, BC, Canada

  66. I am retired from teaching High School English, and I am shocked! Not only should Columbia re-instate Dr. Vance, but she should be given long overdue tenure! My respect for Columbia U. is gone! How crass to value money beyond scholastic excellence! This is what’s wrong in our Universities today, and why I applaud investigative reporting in The Nation.

  67. Agnieszka Koscianska
    assistant professor, vice-director, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw, Poland

    Dr. Vance greatly inspired the development of gender and sexuality studies in Central Europe.

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  69. Columbia University Club of Chicago (SIPA)
    Senior Editor, Business, Economics, and Finance
    ABC-CLIO | Praeger | Greenwood
    Santa Barbara, CA

  70. Amos Oyedokun (PhD)
    Department of Demography and Social Statistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

    I met Carol in Amsterdam sometimes in 2008 at a summer school. A person like Carol or any other person should not be treated this way.

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