CV NEWS FEED // A complaint accused Harvard University Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Sherri Ann Charleston of at least 40 instances of plagiarism.
The allegations come less than two months after photographic evidence surfaced suggesting that Charleston’s former boss, now-ex Harvard President Claudine Gay, had plagiarized much of her doctoral thesis.
Charleston “plagiarized parts of every publication she wrote,” reported The Daily Wire. “She quoted or paraphrased nearly a dozen other academics without proper attribution in her 2009 dissertation submitted to the University of Michigan.”
“Sherri Ann Charleston’s dissertation contains a lot of other scholars’ language verbatim without quotation marks,” stated the anonymous complaint against Harvard’s inaugural diversity chief.
“Parts of Charleston’s dissertation were published previously, word for word, by her advisor, Rebecca Scott, and others,” the complaint continued:
Charleston will lift whole sentences and paragraphs from other scholars’ work without quotation marks, then add a correct reference somewhere in the footnote ending the long paragraph.
The Daily Wire also noted that in her “only peer-reviewed journal article, written in 2014 with her husband,” Charleston “lifted parts from a 2012 study her husband published, presenting it as new research.”
“Through that sleight of hand, Sherri Ann Charleston effectively took credit for her husband’s work,” The Washington Free Beacon stated.
The Free Beacon added that Charleston’s husband LaVar currently serves as “the deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.” Sherri Ann Charleston ran the affirmative action program at the Wisconsin university before Harvard hired her.
National Association of Scholars’ (NAS) Peter Wood observed that the Charlestons’ 2014 paper “appears to be entirely counterfeit.”
“This is research fraud pure and simple,” stressed Wood, an academic integrity expert and former Boston University associate provost.
Charleston became Harvard’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer in August 2020, in the wake of that summer’s George Floyd protests.
The website for Harvard’s Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB) calls her “one of the nation’s leading experts in diversity and higher education.”
“Dr. Charleston is a historian trained in U.S. history with a focus on race, women, gender, citizenship, and the law, and an attorney with a specialization in constitutional and employment law,” the Harvard EDIB website adds.