Harvard University President Claudine Gay, who has been criticized over accusations of plagiarism and anti-Semitism, is now seeing her work come under greater scrutiny after it was revealed that two professors questioned a data method which she used in a 2001 Stanford paper, which often resulted in “logical inconsistencies.” – and she refused to share her research with them.
The 2001 study, titled “The Effect of Black Representation in Congress on Political Participation,” was one of four peer-reviewed papers that helped secure gay mandate at Stanford University, but its merit could not be correctly assessed by everyone, according to an article on the Dossier by Christopher Brunet.
In 2002, Michael C. Herron, the Remsen ’43 Professor of Quantitative Social Sciences at Dartmouth, and Kenneth W. Shotts, the David S. and Ann M. Barlow Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, claimed to debunk the same principle. foundation of Gay’s research.
At a Society for Political Methodology (PolMeth) conference that year, Herron and Shotts presented their research, finding inconsistencies in Gay’s paper in which she concluded that the election of black Americans to Congress affects negatively affects white political engagement and rarely increases black political engagement. people.
According to both professors, Gay’s analysis and extrapolations were based on the statistical practice known as ecological regression (El-R), which Herron and Shotts spent years demonstrating led to “inconsistencies logical”.
While Herron and Shotts pointed out mistakes made by other researchers using El-R, they noted that their investigation into how Gay arrived at her conclusions and the statistics she listed was limited because it refused to share his research with them.
“We were unable to examine Gay’s results, however, because she did not want to release her data set to us,” the researchers noted in their 2002 paper.
Herron told the Post on Tuesday that he and Shotts published several reports between 2000 and 2004 on how researchers used El-R and what kind of results it could produce.
Gay and Stanford did not respond to The Post’s request for comment regarding the inconsistencies pointed out by Herron and Shotts.
Brunet also noted that the 2002 PolMeth program that included Herron and Shotts’ paper was missing from the conference website – although all other programs from 1984 to 2021 are available. PolMeth did not respond to The Post’s request for comment on the missing year.
Gay’s 2001 article is one of two papers recently requested by Harvard’s president, following allegations that she plagiarized numerous papers during her academic career.
For the 2001 article, Gay noted that she failed to properly attribute and cite a source from a 1990 article. The educator was accused of lifting entire paragraphs without providing citations while she was studying for her doctorate at Harvard.
When The Post looked into the accusations, it received a threatening legal letter from the school denying that Gay had engaged in any plagiarism.
Scrutiny of Gay’s career and research began when she faced backlash following her testimony before the House Education Committee, during which she evaded questions about whether whether anti-Semitic chants violated the campus code of conduct.
With controversy surrounding Gay, Harvard’s board of trustees faces calls for resignation from faculty, while critics say the Ivy League university’s reputation has been “significantly damaged » by the allegations surrounding its president.
The university did not respond to The Post’s request for comment on the latest allegation against Gay.
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