Your call for restorative justice is admirable but it’s a harder path in light of Bethany M. Coston’s allegations about Kimmel’s behavior described here:

What Coston describes is plagiaristic and exploitative professional behavior by a senior faculty member and graduate academic advisor. Publishing work produced by your graduate students (without appropriate acknowledgement) is verboten in academia. Kimmel should be brought up on ethics charges before the appropriate faculty senate disciplinary committee at his university, and if the charges are found credible, barred from advising any future graduate students and employing them in his research. He’s clearly not to be trusted as an academic advisor or professional mentor.

I think it’s a little premature to move to the “healing” stage of restorative justice so long as allegations of inappropriate behavior are still coming to light. And, given the potential professional consequences, we’ve probably only seen the tip of the iceberg. For my part, I will find it very hard to “work” with other academics who have engaged in that kind of behavior, apology or no apology. Others are free to differ.

But I joined The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas a long time ago…

Michael J. Murphy, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield. He is the author of many book chapters, and encyclopedia and journal articles. Most recently, he edited Living Out Loud: An Introduction to LGBTQ History, Society, and Culture (New York: Routledge, 2019). He lives in St. Louis with his husband.

Professional homosexual. Professor. Writer. Scholar. Activist. Husband.

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