Only a few months ago, Professor George Ciccariello-Maher made waves when he called for “White Genocide.” The educator who teaches politics and global studies was formerly employed as a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And on the first day of 2018, the professor announced that he had a new and better job. He was hired as a visiting scholar at the esteemed New York University.
To the disdain of the people who found his “white genocide” comment both threatening and offensive, the professor will be working as a member of the school’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
He shared the following on Facebook to announce his new employment to his family and friends:
“I’m glad to announce that, starting today, I will be a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Happy New Year!”
Professor Ciccariello-Maher was thrust into the limelight when he shared on Twitter last year, “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.”
The NYU announcement came after Ciccariello-Maher announced that he would be leaving Drexel University because he was a massive target for the “right-wing white supremacist media outlets.”
He wrote in the December 28th post:
“After December 31st, 2017, I will no longer work at Drexel University. This is not a decision I take lightly; however, after nearly a year of harassment by right-wing, white supremacist media outlets and internet mobs, after death threats and threats of violence directed against me and my family, my situation has become unsustainable. Staying at Drexel in the eye of this storm has become detrimental to my own writing, speaking, and organizing.”
He then wrote:
“We are at war, and academia is a crucial front in that war. This is why the Right is targeting campuses with thinly veiled provocations disguised as free speech. My case and many others show just how cynical such appeals are, and how little the Right cares about academic freedom. They will continue to attack me and many others, but from these attacks, new unities spring dialectically forth.”
He ended his letter to his colleagues and students with:
“In the face of aggression from the racist Right and impending global catastrophe, we must defend our universities, our students, and ourselves by defending the most vulnerable among us and by making campuses unsafe spaces for white supremacists.”
Ciccariello-Maher, who self-identifies as a troublemaker on Twitter, has shared many comments that have received harsh criticism and feedback. One includes the following anti-military one: “Some guy gave up his first-class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul.”
After announcing his new job at New York University, Ciccariello-Maher received a lot of praise from his followers. Hundreds liked his announcement, and dozens commented on his new chapter.
Most issued words of congratulations. And one person jokingly asked, “Whaddya belatedly want for Xmas this year?”
Do you think this professor will continue to have a career in academia after his visiting session is completed at NYU?