The latest from GW’s provost. This blog will continue to follow the story.

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14 Responses to ““Dr. Krug has resigned her position, effective immediately.””

  1. wayward Says:

    Curious how they made that happen — did they have something to threaten her with, like stuff they could hand over to law enforcement?

  2. Michael Tinkler Says:

    Maybe threatened fraud charges for fellowships received? Where did Krug go to grad school? When did the actual imposture begin?

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    wayward, Michael: Far as I can tell, the blackface happened in grad school, if not before. She has been ransacking minority-intended fellowships, residencies, whatever, for years and years. But as to what precisely went on to get her to “resign” —

    Pure speculation comes next: I’d be WAY surprised if GW didn’t give her money to go away, along with the school’s promise to reveal nothing about the many additional appalling and maybe actionable behaviors and practices about which the school has been informed since the story broke. Her life is maybe ruined (except that it’s not, because she’ll write a book/screenplay about all this while she still has the world’s attention, and it’ll be a stunner cuz it’ll be full of sensational lies, and so she’ll make a reasonable pile of money from that) so she’s after real money in exchange for stopping the incredible pain GW has been in since she wrote her bs confession.

    Let’s say GW gave her around $300,000. Not a huge amount for pre-covid GW, but with all their pandemic losses it’s a chunk of change. I think the history dept. should be made to reimburse the school for it. I especially think the chair of the dept (i.e. whoever was chair when this went through) should have salary docked and should step down (if still chair) in favor of someone who doesn’t usher bedlamites through to tenure. I also think the deans/provosts who passed on the tenure appt should take a salary hit.

    But – you know – people are fond of pointing out that not one (well, one) of the money criminals responsible for the 2008 economic disaster has gone to jail. It’ll be like that here: The grasping little capitalist Krug will take her money and run; the grossly negligent professors and administrators who created the Jessica Krug disaster will live to tenure another moral cretin who they believe has street cred.

    Will there be any effort at institutional reform at a university that almost tenured one fraud (the one I helped get rid of – Carrillo) and incredibly enough DID tenure another, all within a few years? Will GW at least see whether any other people like that are on the faculty?

  4. theprofessor Says:

    So Krug is canceled, making it easy on both her and the Columbian Department of History at GWU (when, BTW, does the History Department cancel itself over “Columbian”?).

    The issue remains, since, as the department grandly announced, “The discipline of history is concerned with truth telling about the past,” exactly how Krug’s publications and teaching fell short of being truthful other than her personal racial fakery. What exactly of her public/published positions is the department claiming to be untrue and repudiating? If the department’s position is that her race is in fact foundational to her research and teaching, have they begun an investigation to see how she managed to get hired and tenured? It also follows that in the future, the department needs to demand that applicants take genetic tests to verify their claims of ethnicity.

    I wonder what would have happened if she had followed the lead of Shaun “Talcum X” King instead of outing herself? Claim that her mom had cucked her white dad-of-record with a black guy and then dare the department to prove otherwise.

  5. theprofessor Says:

    I think you’re right about the payoff, UD. When everyone clams up like this, it’s a telling sign.

  6. Jonathan Mayhew Says:

    I found a copy of her cv, and at Portland State as an undergrad she had a McNair fellowship, which is designed for under-represented minorities.

  7. charlie Says:

    What if students organized and demanded refunds for classes taught by Jessica Krug? I’m guessing her grad students are enraged their advisor is a fraud, and that all their work and money they paid is now probably useless.

    It’s WAY past time students militate to end the uni practice of treating them as nothing but tuition cattle and sources of cheap labor. If they want guidance to what can be done, research the Free Speech Movement instigated by UC Berkeley students of the mid 60s. One of the overlooked aspects of those protests was holding the administration and the faculty accountable for their corruption and failure to maintain the institution as a public asset. GWU is private, nevertheless, student loans and research grants are public. The uni must serve a public good, and not as a sinecure for grifters..

  8. wayward Says:

    And let’s be honest — some of the dumber members of the woke mob could give QAnon followers a run for their money. Do you think Krug at some level recognized that as something she could easily exploit?

  9. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Thanks, Jonathan. A precocious, enterprising, lass.

  10. Margaret Soltan Says:

    charlie: I don’t think they should have to organize. Of course they can keep the credit — they paid dearly for it — but I think GW should offer them, at no cost, an actual course taught by an actual professor in the putative subject of the Krug course they took. Apparently, no matter the name of the course, she just did her Fuck the Man thing. GW owes it to its students to teach them history.

    As to her grad students: gevalt. There are actually a few universities – Rutgers Newark springs to mind – where being the spawn of Jessica Krug might well be considered a plus. So they might want to just brazen it out. Otherwise: time for the memory hole!

  11. wayward Says:

    “There are actually a few universities – Rutgers Newark springs to mind – where being the spawn of Jessica Krug might well be considered a plus.”

    Would this be related to Nancy Cantor?

  12. Margaret Soltan Says:

    wayward: I think Krug was mainly about correctly sizing up a certain zeitgeist, having not much to do with mass stupidity.

    But you only have to listen to off the grid rads in Oregon talk about vaccines to know that on the mental deficiency scale they rank even lower than QAnon.

  13. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Barbara Foley?

  14. wayward Says:

    “wayward: I think Krug was mainly about correctly sizing up a certain zeitgeist, having not much to do with mass stupidity.”

    Maybe so. From my own encounters with a troubled and manipulative woman, I learned that “victim status” can confer a lot of power.

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