Most recent signatures are listed first.
Dr Catherine Eschle University of Strathclyde
Kirsty Alexander University of Strathclyde
Lauren Hollenstein University of California Berkeley
This is an exceptional disappointing move by St. Andrews to take advantage of a contract worker to develop an entire curriculum for the college, and then let her go retaining all of her hard work.
Madhavi Nevader University of St Andrews
Sophie Jones University of Strathclyde
Fiona Killalea University of St Andrews
Blair Harbour University of St Andrews
Sharon Cowan University of Edinburgh
Do not make this excellent scholar, who has achieved far more than she was employed to do, redundant.
Tamara Trodd University of Edinburgh
alillyf University of Ediburgh
Gender Studies programs and departments are crucial to a flourishing university that supports student interest, interdisciplinary academic conversations, and does not merely pay lip service to diversity and inclusion. Disbanding this initiative would be an appalling step in the wrong direction.
I completed an MLitt in Women’s studies at Strathclyde University over 20 years ago. It changed my life and it has informed my leadership and my commitment to striving for equality and equity of opportunity for all young people in secondary education. That this could happen in one of the oldest universities in the world is heartbreaking and sends a very poor message regarding the values of the university – backward move that will impact on many lives. How can a university not have this course? It is mind boggling.
Charlotte Brand University of Sheffield
I completed my MSc and PhD at the University of St Andrews, my PhD explored sex differences in confidence and risk-taking. I have always proudly spoken of St Andrews as an incredible place to work, but I am shocked, appalled and bewildered by this decision. Please think again.
Amber Ward University of St Andrews
Zsuzsa Lugosi University of Stirling
Rita Tojeiro University of St Andrews
Gemma Scammell Cardiff met
As a PhD student I find it heartbreaking that this is the future for female academics.
Mario Agustin Sgro National University of Córdoba
Sinem Semsioglu Koc University
I recently came across the work of Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr and then the news about her situation in St. Andrews. It is deeply upsetting that she hasn’t been treated fairly. I hope this letter will be taken into consideration and she continues her great work without being hindered.
Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research FAC Research, Athens, Greece
Caitlin Donnelly University of St. Andrews
Kim St andrews
You do this to students and build your reputation on being faux inclusive while watching even your student representatives be bullied by people on their cohort. You do this to staff too in an already stupidly stressful academic work environment and it’s just enough! stop tooting your own damn horn and stand by your own faux principles.
Daniel LeBlanc University of Western Ontario
Yimao Liu Brandeis University
Offer holder of St Andrews (from another department). Eager to meet Dr. Kerr in the fall and beyond! She is the only one working on feminist philosophy, how is that redundant?(fwiw feminist philosophy is my major AOI).
Jacques Laverty University of Dundee
Cat Wayland University of Edinburgh
Andre Phillips University of Edinburgh
Ryan O’Connor University of Edinburgh
Ruth Forrester University of Edinburgh
I am surprised and concerned to hear about this poor employment practice by the University of St Andrews
Mirza Nathoo University of Edinburgh
JosÃ© Miguel Figueroa-O’Farrill University of Edinburgh
Christos Perivolaropoulos University of Edinbugrh
Sophia Lycouris University of Edinburgh
Julian Goodare University of Edinburgh
James Evershed PhD Student at UC Berkeley
NÃ©e Skinner. I did the MPhil in philosophy at St Andrews, and this is an appallingly bad decision. Malcolm X famously distinguished between the fox and the wolf. Whereas the wolf openly says that they are no friend of equality, the fox pretends to be for its own benefit. And yet, when it’s time to put words in action, the fox acts no differently from the wolf. St Andrews, you’re a fox.
How appalling! What a kick in the face to someone who has created such a lucrative opportunity for the university. How will anyone be able to take St. Andrews gender program seriously if they fire not only the program’s creator, but the only female professor within the program. Shame on St. Andrews administration!
Britt Currie UIUC
Sarah Bruckler University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Zoe Ammendolia Humboldt University Berlin (St Andrews PhD)
Ange Pitteroff Maine Legislature
Jennine Crane Saint Martin’s University
Erin Tierno Smith College
Dr. Karl A. Traul Expert Consultant in Toxicology
It appears that the University came down on the wrong side of this matter. Dr. Kerr appears to have benefitted the University far more than it appreciates.
Lazarus Boutis Formally, of CCNY and others.
Penny wise and pound foolish on your part.
Signing in solidarity with Alison and all the other hardworking researchers who have been made redundant from St Andrews recently despite going above & beyond their contractual research project duties.
James Hart University of Bristol
Maria Pantelidou University of Athens
I agree completely with the above content
Christiane Thiry Master en études de genre (Belgique)
Dr. Adam C. Podlaskowski Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV, USA
I support Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr, and hope that the University of St Andrews decides to ultimately do the same as well. Doing so would be both just and better realize the relevant portions of the institution’s mission.
Lester Salberg University of California
E. Allyn Smith University of Quebec (Montreal)
Amy Hill Cosimini St. Olaf College
carlabcb University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Andres Zambrano-Bravo Interkative Demokratie
Former StA student here. This is madness!
Yvette Taylor University of Strathclyde
Professor Janik Bastien Charlebois Université du Québec à Montréal
Jess Anderson University of Strathclyde
I worked with Alison several times in the planning process for Equalitree, a rural skills program for women and marginalized communities within St Andrews, and was always impressed by her kindness, passion, and hardworking attitude. She is an enormous boon the university, and she would be sorely missed by the community if made redundant. I have only the highest praise for her and know many others feel the same, and I can only hope the university recognizes this shared sentiment!
L. KLüter Equality Office
Pauline Spatz Berlin
Nina Nissen University of Southern Denmark
Ulrike Nack University of Hildesheim
Tabea Louis University of Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Veronika Wöhrer University of Vienna
Dr. Katharina Jacke Humboldt University Berlin – research associate
Libora Oates-Indruchova University of Graz
Emma Rees Institute of Gender Studies, University of Chester, UK
Dagmar Fink Vienna
This is a disgrace, shame on you, decision makers of St. Andrews. You are harming not only Dr. Duncan Kerr, the quality of Gender Studies at St. Andrews but also your institutional reputation. Reinstate Dr. Duncan Kerr.
Elisabeth Holzleithner University of Vienna
There needs to be more regard for interdisciplinary gender and intersectional studies and for the people engaged in these timely and socially important fields.
Doris Allhutter Austrian Academy of Sciences
I stand against every redundancy in Higher Education at a time when Higher Education has become still more of a priority as a result of the Covid crisis and its impacts on young people who urgently need a wide range in University courses towards a society which has learned from the current crisis. Given that women will inevitably play a larger role in that new society than in the past I particuarlly reject St Andrews University’s blatant step back into a male-dominated past. How can such a prestigious university behave like this?!
L.J. Müller Humboldt-University Berlin
Sofie Fleischer Georg-August Universität Göttingen
Ane Maria Døhl University of Oslo – St Andrews alumna
Dr. Marianne Kriszio Humboldt Universitat Berlin
Professor Deborah Philips University of Brighton
Susan Freeman Western Michigan University, USA
Chloé Nahum-Claudel LSE
Nastassja Mrozinski Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Emanuela University of Glasgow
John Barton University of St Andrews
Swetlana Torno Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University
Caleb Ward Stony Brook University
Lauren Ackerman Newcastle University
Now more than ever it is crucial to establish and maintain a cite of feminist philosophy on gender. It impacts all areas of work, study, and life. In the UK and particularly Scotland, the rise of sexism cloaked in trans exclusionary feminism requires study and analysis. St Andrews is perfectly situated now, but this threatens to undo their excellent standing.
Friederike Mehl Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin
Matteo Zicchetti University of Bristol
Aaron Smith-Walter University of Massachusetts Lowell
Bridget Crawford Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace Univeristy (USA)
signed in an individual capacity only; my signature does not represent the views of my employer
Joan Vogel Vermont Law School
Antje Géra University of Hildesheim
Juliette Aubin University of the New Sorbonne
Gender is becoming an increasingly crucial field not only in philosophy, but in social sciences as well. It is appalling that someone who has literally contributed to establishing an institute dedicating to its studies would be made redundant, given her relevancy and dedication to her domain.
Andrew Guertin Northeastern University
The way Alison Duncan Kerr was treated from a professional standpoint was, and continues to be, disgraceful, not only from a public-facing, morality standpoint (not to mention the boldness of doing this, having to have expected blowback), but also from a purely business standpoint. The quality of your services suffer and your institutional reputation suffers. I hope those in a position to, make the decision to do the right thing and reinstate Dr. Duncan Kerr.
José Renkens Radboud University Nijmegen – Gender & Diversity studies
Dr Patrick Adamson University of St Andrews
Geraint Morgan University of St Andrews
Pilar Lopez Cantero Tilburg University
Emily Baxter University of St Andrews
Isn’t this just common human decency? Knowing that this sort of thing goes on there, I feel bound by conscience to warn others away from applying to the university until the issue is redressed.
TJ Boisseau Purdue University
Elsje van Kessel St Andrews
Agnieszka Graff University of Warsaw
Marc Neel Bruxelles
Sabine Grenz University of Vienna
As an interdisciplinary gender scholar I strongly support the case.
Mary Lou Rasmussen Australian National University
Nadje Al-Ali Brown University
Molly Borrett The University of St Andrews
Zoë Ray St Andrews University
Maite Lopez University of St Andrews
Yeonjoo Choi Pohang University of Science and Technology
Inigo Chancellor St Andrews
Josie Hilton University of St Andrews
Sarah Hutchison Former University of St Andrews student
Anna Cresswell St Andrews
Cassie Smillie St Andrews
Thomas M Bunting St. Andrews
Tom Kaspers University of St Andrews
Dr Aurora Ganz University of St Andrews
Allison St andrews
Siska De Baerdemaeker
Jessica Bainbridge University of St Andrews
Ned Fiennes University of St Andrews
Steve Macek North Central College, IL, USA
eleanore hamilton st andrews
Melissa St andrews
Let her stay
Sonja Ruottunen University of Glasgow
Robyn Clark University of Dundee
Souradeep Roy Queen Mary, University of London
Rowan T Milligan St Andrews University
As a woman hoping to have a career in academia and currently at St Andrews the treatment of female staff members and the lack of regard for interdisciplinary feminist studies is dismaying yet unsurprising. Do better.
Antonis Vradis University of St Andrews
don’t be misogynists. thanks.
Freya St Andrews
Alexandra Chapman University of St Andrews
David Hayes University of St Andrews
Alex Duckworth University of St Andrews
Lily von Geyer St. Andrews University
Louise Emory University
Gary Brymer St Andrews University
Margaret A University of St Andrews
Bethany Isles Edinburgh Napier University
Becca Phillips University of St Andrews Alumna (Class of 2019)
Christopher David Howard Universal Service Administrative Company
Connor Wallace Letovo School
Good luck, Alison!
Ruth Hawthorn University of Lincoln
Jessica Hogan University of St Andrews
Pujarinee Mitra University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Lauren payne University of St Andrews
Alice Palfreyman University of St Andrews
Gillian University of St Andrews
Veronica McTernan St Andrews
Rose Kleeger University of St Andrews
Mhairi McCracken St andrews
Charlotte Howell St Andrews
Hannah Vanderstappen Univeristy of St Andrews
Clara St. Andrews
As a former senior student ambassador, I would always tout with pride that our university had such strong gender work, especially with the new institute for gender studies. That wouldn’t have been possible without Dr Kerr. This is absolutely outrageous and a failing on the university’s part. At a time when leading women in higher education are few and far between, removing a gender scholar after that scholar has led the charge in the field is truly appalling.
Fanny Bourge University of St Andrews (student)
Rei Halverson University of St. Andrews Recent Grad
Every tenured professor I ever had was an old white man, but the most I ever got out of my learning was from incredible women in the social anthropology department who challenged and motivated me.
Lana St Andrews
Dr Kerr has worked over and above what was needed and her contribution to the future of St Andrews is so crucial
Glinne Département fédéral de la Recherche (Belgique)
Anne Vanweddingen Brussels
Zoé Devaux Brussels
Matthew Waites Sociology, University of Glasgow
I work as Reader in Sociology at University of Glasgow. I’m concerned about the trend in top universities also seen at Goldsmiths to employ people on short term contracts to set up new Masters programmes which are then run by others. Having set up a new Masters myself and acted as Postgraduate Taught Courses Convenor in Sociology at university of Glasgow I know the volume of work involved. Gender Studies should be taken seriously by universities, which means a serious commitment to the staff teaching.
Amanda Musolf University of St Andrews
Luis Andueza University of St Andrews
Absolutely shameful, it makes me embarrassed to be a graduate from here.
Danielle Bergmann University of St. Andrews (M. Litt class of 2016)
Sean Carroll Resonance (PR firm), alumni of St. Andrews
It’s disgraceful that within this current political climate St. Andrews chose to make this decision. Gender studies are a critical part of our education and should not be treated any less so.
Millie Leadbetter-Wilcock St Andrews
Brodie Bennett St Andrews
Sophie St. Andrews uni
Lochlann Walford Glasgow Caledonian University
Dr. James F. Downes Lecturer in Comparative Politics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Megan Prins Thompson Rivers University
There is a chance to correct this wrong, to lead by example, admit poor judgments and enable this remarkable female scholar to continue to build a meaningful legacy at your institution
Max Dashu Director, Suppressed Histories Archives
This university, like so many others, has failed to recognize the contributions of a female scholar and advance her as she so manifestly deserves. They should reconsider, especially since their gender balance is severely out of kilter. It’s time for this injustice and prejudice against women to stop.
Carolyn La Rocco St Andrews
Prof Raimund Karl Prifysgol Bangor University; University of Vienna
It is ridiculous to not renew the contract of Dr Kerr and would put St Andrews University in a very bad light. It reeks of exploitation of a female academic to create a gender studies programme that permanent staff couldn’t, only to ditch her once the programme has been established.
Oscar McCallum Del Priore University of St Andrews
Emmanuelle Hardy Ligue des droits humains
Cindy Clardy Ford Motor Company, retired
It is so critical for younger women to have role models. I still remember when I hired into Ford Motor Company in 1994 after a long career as an industrial engineer, and one of my older male coworkers telling me he didn’t realize that there were any women with so much engineering experience, as if women were only recently allowed to attend university. Please reinstate Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr in her position so future generations don’t have to fight the same battles that I did.
Jocelyn B Houghton
Abigail Richards University of St. Andrews
Lisa Dörner Rheinische-Friedrichs-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Alexandra Rego University of St Andrews, University of Chicago
Sharon Sekhon the Studio for Southern California History; California State University Fullerton
I stand with Alison because I have seen far too many times far too many women removed from positions of power after doing a stellar job, so someone else — usually a man — can waltz in and take credit for years of work. No more gaslighting. The work she has accomplished is hers and she used a variety of skills to create a powerful network of scholars and those invested in this scholarship. Those skills are the most valuable right now in our world. Shame on the university for attempting to remove Alison and for not crediting her for revolutionizing a somewhat stale department of confident men.
Kathleen Fitzgerald University of North Carolina
Morgan Davis Korea
Rebecca Anne Barr Cambridge University
Laura McAtackney Aarhus university
It is not ok to use and abuse women academic’s extreme labour and for universities to reap the rewards before handing it over to someone else. Do the right thing and make Alison permanent.
I would hope you would continue this important work. The idea of spending all the money to establish the programme and then promptly abandon it seems a terrible waste of University funds.
Meghan Kane Queen’s University Belfast
Dr David Clare Mary Immaculate College, UL
Johannes Nickl University of St Andrews
Christopher Masterman University of Oslo & St Andrews
Laura MacPherson Zieger Glasgow University
Keith Hughes University of Edinburgh
Doubtless Alison will go on to brilliant things elsewhere, and St Andrews will regret this callous decision. But this really is so regressive and reactionary a move in so many ways. Shameful.
Fiona Eason University of St Andrews
Ashten Scheller University of Edinburgh
Marilena Papalamprou The University of St Andrews
Mike Simpson University of St Andrews
Kaj Brown Australian National University
Jennifer Mason TDPC
If you proceed with this it makes a complete mockery of your claims of progress towards becoming a more diverse elite institution. I wonder, how diverse was panel of decision makers who formented this plan?
Marlies Humpelstetter University of Glasgow
Tallulah Cunningham University of Newcastle
Michiko Okada University of Edinburgh
Sarah Ehman University if Victoria
Pascale Brady Maryland USA
Nancy Burke Northwestern University
True diversity is shown through commitment and dedication. Shame on St Andrews.
Monica H. Green
David Miles St Andrews alumnus
Eliska Bujokova University of Glasgow
As a member of the Centre for Gender History at Glasgow, I fully support the above letter and add my own personal experience of the acute need for a specified role representing gender studies within humanities departments. The redundancy of Dr Kerr really is the most unfortunate step back in the fight for gender equality within academia, both in relation to staff, students, and taught curricula. I truly hope that with so much support across Scottish academia already mustered, this decision can be reconsidered.
Ren Ewart St Andrews
Maggie English University of Glasgow
This is disgraceful after all the work this lady has done for the uni
Hatsuki Aishima National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka
Rosie Salkeld Home
An important area of study clearly led by a dedicated and knowledgeable person. Students have had a really challenging experience since the pandemic and losing their study guide part way through their course seems particularly cruel and unnecessary.
Helen Street Open university (study), music teacher
I support the campaign to keep Dr Kerr.
Alex Marshall Glasgow University
Helen Parker Kingswood house school
This is outrageous and directly contradicts your own equality policies. I urge you to reconsider.
Equality and utter fairness when assessing a member of staff for the faculty- that should be an overriding criteria for any institution
Richard Sowden University of Birmingham, Birmingham Museums Trust
St Andrew’s can’t be called a world class university if it doesn’t see the error in such a policy. As a graduate of two such institutions I find this embarrassing.
Kurt Bassuener University of St. Andrews (tutor)
Alegria Spencer Courtauld Institute, London
Anne Erdunast Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Trust
Good luck with this, seems like a dreadful Injustice and shortsighted decision
Wiktoria Tunska University of York
KM University of St Andrews
Dr Ash K Stokoe University of Birmingham
Megan Briers University of St Andrews
Antonis Maronikolakis Ludwig Maximilians University
Prof dr Violet Soen KU Leuven
Rahayu Adzhar Imperial College London
Lucy may Warwick
Dr Emma King University of St Andrews (BSc Hons. 2009)
I urge the university to consider the huge beneficial impact Alison has had on the department and the university’s reputation in the field
Emanuela Vai University of Oxford
Mia-Belle Tierney St. Andrews
Nathan McAllister University of St Andrews
Caroline Nachman University of St Andrews
Molly Pimm St Andrews
Taylor Burnett University of St Andrews
Claire Nelson University of St Andrews
Eilidh McGlashan University of St Andrews
Judith Somerville University of St. andrews
Mikhael Klassen Queen’s University
Julia Lurfová University of St Andrews
M st Andrews uni
Carys St Andrews Alumni
Ella Rosenkranz Colorado Mesa University
Eilidh Keay University of Aberdeen
Ekua Aning University of Reading
Zelda Frances Tobias-Kotyk St. Andrews Alumni
Wilf Wheatley St Andrews (Philosophy MA)
Dr Alison Kerr has been outstanding at all times I have met her. Dr Kerr often spoke at student events and gave some of the most engaging talks I have seen whilst at university. She has also been an excellent adviser of studies for some of my academic years at the University. The University’s actions have displayed a disregard for gender studies for Dr Kerr and her area of study, the institute she was tasked with setting up has been gutted by their decision.
Graham MacDougall University of St Andrews
Jone St Andrews
Natasha Lozano University of Washington
Julia McClure University of Glasgow
Ella Ackroyd University of St Andrews
This seems like an obvious miss. I’m sure you can do better here.
Julianna Joss St Andrews Alumna – MSc in Sustainable Development ’18
Natasha Chan University of Essex
Charlotte Howard University of St Andrews
James Laing University of York
Sophie Meatyard Hymans
Hannah Shirley St Andrews
Kirsty O’Neill Strathclyde University
Layli Naghdy St Andrews
Roger Clarke Queen’s University Belfast
Paul Secular University of Bath
Duncan J Kerr Retired
This is a significant injustice. A poor reflection on the University. Promotes prejudice.
Angelina Todaro University of St Andrews
To follow through on making Dr. Kerr redundant in June 2021 would be 10 steps backward and would blatantly show where the University’s dedication to equality lies. This is no way to treat your staff, especially those who are making strides in diversifying the scope of academia at this University. Know that the students of this University are watching and will not accept this regressive action.
As a transgender university student myself, it seems like a great loss that Uni of St. Andrews would neglect gender philosophy, while also leaving their department so heavily skewed.
Several years ago, I graduated from St Andrews. It is a wonderful institution, with strong academics, as well as a brilliant faculty and student body. Its people, reputation, and ability to create possibility is simply unique. However, by going against its own on gender research, the university lets us–the global and academic community, and the students past and present–know where it stands on diversity, inclusion, and the keeping of a strong academic community.
Gender is a fundamental aspect of humanity and deserves dedicated and inspired research focus from every top-tier academic institution. Will St Andrews meet that challenge and keep Alison Kerr?
I support the letter wholeheartedly!
Katarina Krajcirovicova Regus, London (former student; Alumni)
Kerys Bettles Univeristy of St Andrews
Juliette Weyand St Andrews University, Humboldt University Berlin
Sidney Wilson University of St Andrews
I was a student in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and still consider the University my home. I am very disappointed to see the University going so brazenly against the spirit of the offer made to Alison, especially when they are currently hiring for so many positions in philosophy.
Zachary Williams SUNY Cortland
My economics department at my school is a female led program and it’s incredible. They need to see how inclusivity works as a successful model and effectively balanced skewed public discourse.
Kiki Kennedy-Day, Ph.D. NYPL (but home this year)
Hello, I cannot believe the university is not making Dr. Kerr full-time, after her work in setting up the gender studies program. I studied philosophy at St. Andrews (1968-70) as an undergraduate. While the dept. was excellent, it was severely lacking in female professors. There was one. I took that to mean that studying philosophy would not lead to jobs for women, regardless of accomplishment. I have seen the same hold true in the U.S. Time to get with the program people, it’s 2021!
Joanna Moodie University of St Andrews
Natalie Stone University of Exeter
Benjamin Kupka University of Cambridge
As a former student of St Andrews, and as someone who has worked with the Department of Philosophy, I find this fiercely disappointing. St Andrews has always had more work to do, particularly on the front of diversity and inclusion, and seeing them abandon one of the hardest working members of staff, one who worked tirelessly to advance these causes and the department as a whole is utterly unacceptable. I hope the University accedes to the public pressure and follows through on its employment policy and on its stated commitment to addressing the systemic issues still present at the University.
Karen Rowlands British Red Cross
Nathalie Demirdjian St Andrews alumna
I am both outraged and unsurprised that St Andrews is defending its decision to engage in the intellectual exploitation of untenured faculty. From a public image standpoint if not one of basic morality, alienating an academic from such a substantial, personal contribution to the University is truly unconscionable.
Sophia University of St Andrews
Jo Stapleton University of St Andrews
Laura L Downs European University Institute
Georgina St. Andrews
Kelly Anderson University of Glasgow
Demian Whiting University of Hull
Briana King University of St Andrews
Zowie Davy DMU
We need critical gender studies programs which are interdisciplinary and experts with passion to run them
Sarah Groves Weston super Mare
Dr. David Allsopp
Francis Franklin Newcastle University
Daisy Zeijlon Postgraduate Student, New York University; University of St Andrews Class of 2014
Khira MacWatt University of Glasgow
Maya St Andrews
Be on the right side of history! Please consider how your wrongful act will impact others.
Aniqah Ahmed King’s College London
Isabella DiPietro University of St Andrews
How the university has treated Dr. Allison Kerr is a perfect example of how St Andrews practices performative activism. I hope that the university understands the true importance of professors like Dr. Allison Kerr and reconsiders.
Bethany Mackay St Andrews student
So disappointed to hear about this. Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr sounds like someone with real vision, and the ability to put that vision into practice. I am adding my name to the list of people calling upon the university to reconsider this decision, urgently.
Cate Crossland University of St Andrews
Meg Dolan St Andrews
Fedra Benoli University of Applied Arts Vienna
I was a visiting student at St Andrews, Dr Kerr’s contribution to the university is crucial for the development of the university going forward.
Liz Ablett UCD
Claire Carroll The University of St Andrews
Rohan Date University of St Andrews
Marta Ortega Llebaria University of Pittsburgh
Kian Mintz-Woo University College Cork
Megan Holl Postgraduate at St Andrews.
Tamsin Kiouzelis St Andrews class of 2020, LSE Gender class of 2021
Thomas Munley University of St Andrews, Class of 2018
Disappointing to see my alma mater take such a regressive step.
Rebecca Kirkwood Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada)
Tet Murphy Bern, Switzerland
Tiaan Scott DeVilliers Bentley Firrhill High School
Leo Rein Merrill Lynch
I was philosophy student representative in my senior year at St Andrews, and I was one of two students who worked with Allison directly to research other postgraduate gender study programs in colleges and universities across the world. I took her class, the Philosophy of Love and Sex, which was the last philosophy course I took in my degree. All these were fantastic experiences, and I felt fortunate to round off my time at St Andrews this way. I know firsthand as well as anybody how much time and effort Alison has put into St Andrews, and how deep and genuine her passion is for her subject and her students. In polite terms, this is a staggering injustice and an absurd way to show gratitude to a phenomenal teacher that did so much to promote the values this university claims to exalt. It is a grave injustice, as ironic as it is hypocritical, that a woman who has worked endlessly to reverse gender inequalities by creating a degree on that very subject has been sacked. I as well as a thousand others call on the university to reverse their decision. Simply put, she is the best person for the job.
Celeste St Andrews uni
Charlotte James Robertson University of Glasgow
Marjana Johansson University of Glasgow
John McFadden Kelvin college
This seems very short sighted thinking more worthy of other organisations trying to avoid making an employee permanent. That a contract terms has expired is inescapable. Looking though at all the post holder has achieved for the University, it’s reputation, here and internationally, the subject demand for study and its student body support – this seems unseemly, given the make up of the academic & student body; faintly misogynistic prioritisation for cuts and far from reassuring that the University is in good hand as a business operation. I hope the University listens carefully to the growing opprobrium and do itself, it’s students and Doctor Kerr the position and status so very hard won.
Emily Wellings Tutor (and a St Andrews graduate)
Julian Fliegler University of Nevada, Reno
Katherine University of St Andrews
Alexander Yates University of St Andrews
Luke Patterson St. Andrews University
MHAIRI RODGER St Andrews
Rebecca Davidson University of St Andrews Class of 2019
Ruth Owens Royal Northern College of Music
Alastair Bowyer St Andrews University
James Thompson Royal Mail
Henry Thompson University of St Andrews
Peter St Andrews
As a graduate of the University of St Andrews, I’m ashamed that the university I went to has exploited one of its staff members, let alone one who has single-handedly attracted students and good press to the university. We all know St Andrews has its issues with inclusivity. It defies all logic for Dr Kerr to be underpaid and now terminated after all her work in making St Andrews a more inclusive place.
Francesco Piazza University of orleans
Emily St Andrews
Shi Lin Loh National University of Singapore
Malhaar Shah University of Oxford
Elizabeth Van de Kleut
Alon Lischinsky Oxford Brookes
Solidarity from Manchester.
Olivia R Phillips
Miles Wright University of St Andrews
Laura University Collect Dublin
Ez McEvoy University of Sussex
The University’s reputation is being damaged by poor management decisions. Admit to and fix your mistake here.
Órla Meadhbh Murray Imperial College London
Sam Lallman University of Nebraska at Omaha
Alex Carroll LIFT-Sport (former St Andrews Philosophy Graduate)
Diana Craciun UCL
Florence Reedy University of Hull
Kristýna Kociánová Charles University in Prague
Mac Cheminais University of St Andrews
Stephanie King University of Bristol
You can’t just put a diversity statement on you university webpage and not act on it. It’s about time universities started building a culture that does not discriminate against anyone who isn’t a white, western male.
Beulah Willemsen University of Exeter
Karoline Kingsbury St. Andrews
Nathaniel Rashbass University of St. Andrews
Save my academic advisor!
Kace Omolade Na
She was unfairly TERMINATED!
Ez Fordyce Self Employed
Bridge the gap. Woman with obvious passion, and teaching from experience, can only be a good thing.
Hanna Cousins University of St Andrews
These temporary positions aren’t meant for institutions to have cheap, dedicated staff for three years, work them to the bone and fire them before you have to hire them permanently. On top of that, less than a quarter of your tenured Phil. Dept. are women? And none of them research gender? How do you expect to run an effective Gender studies program? Oh, you’re planning on stealing the curriculum Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr created for her students, I see. It is a travesty, a stain on your institution and academia as a whole that you are even considering letting this motivated and inspiring professor go. I implore you to reconsider, make a better choice.
Harry Howell University of Bath
Katayoun Jalilipour Central Saint Martin’s
Emma University of St Andrews
Rebecca White Manchester Metropolitan University
Thomas Catton University of Edinburgh
Bruno Leipold LSE
Corran MacCorran Governor State University
May Norwood St Andrews
Gayle Davis University of Edinburgh
Sadira Pyne-Bailey University of York
Ilias Foskolos Aarhus University, Denmark
Adam James Durham University
Having already seen talented and hardworking lecturers have their contracts pulled out from under them here at Durham, seeing Alison’s predicament leaves an incredibly bad taste in the mouth. UK universities need to end their insecure labour practices and provide respect and dignity to their staff.
Camila Torres Carrillo University of Innsbruck
By dismissing Dr. Kerr, you’re undermining your reputation. Do right by women in academia, especially the one set up a program from which you’ll profit.
Claire Elder University of Glasgow
Matthew Mesley Plymouth
John Barnes St Andrews Philosophy Graduate
Dr Kerr’s teaching greatly enriched my university experience.
Charlotte Dunn Bahamas
Caitriona Hastings St Andrew’s University
Francesco Piazza University of orleans
I totally stand by Dr kerr’s side and wholeheartedly endorse the case for the university of st Andrews to fulfil their obligations.
Valentina Calvi University of St Andrews
Malika University of St Andrews
Luca Mezossy-Dona University of Oxford (St Andrews alum)
Phoebe Soulon Alumni, University of St Andrews
Alex Nora Esculapio University of Brighton
Xiyuan Meng St Andrews
Olivia Jackson Master’s student at the University of St Andrews
David Lee University of St Andrews
Guy Woods St. Andrews
Eric-Ross McLaren University of St Andrews
Don’t you dare let her go.
Rachel Flynn St Andrews University
Currently MLitt student
Annabel St Andrews
There’s something ridiculous and farcical about this situation which seems to reveal a lack of genuine commitment to gender equality and instead just performances of it.
Grant Marshall University of Edinburgh
Aniela Soszyńska University of St Andrews Alumnus
James Norrie University of Birmingham
Anna Stricker University of St Andrews
Paul Gorby University of St. Andrews
Martha Murdock NY, USA
I support this petition.
James Leak Edinburgh Napier University
Claire Brown Teesside university
Alix Beeston Cardiff University
Rodrigo Silva Universidad de Chile
Nora Burges University of St Andrews
Chris Dobson The Open University
Michael P. Lynch University of Connecticut
Jonathan Pettitt University of Aberdeen
Rebecca Now Webster University
Lyndsay MIller University of Glasgow
Jonathan Loyd University of Louisville
ora callaway paris college of art
Kathleen University of St. Andrews
Cristina Vanciu Université du Québec à Montréal
Alys Roberts Manchester Metropolitan University
Cathryn Hall St andrews (94 – 99)
Utterly appalled to see my alma mater in the news, for such shameful treatment of one of their professors.
Julija Silyte University of St Andrews
Dr Karin Koehler Bangor University
Dr Roxani Krystalli
Annalise A McWilliams
Jennifer van der merwe
Lucy University of St Andrews
Gabi University of St Andrews
Marianna Golinucci University of Glasgow
Jan Jakub Gutkowski University of St Andrews
Louise Clayette University of East Anglia
Sara Pearce University of St Andrews
Katie University College London
Hannah Medical Student at The University of St Andrews
Victoria Burlison Investec Private Bank
Dr H. M. Altorf
Eleanor Gillis University of St Andrews
Hella Péter University of Kent
Vikita Khetani University of St. Andrews
Suzanne Elliott University of Edinburgh
Friends of mine have benefited heavily from Dr. Kerr’s guidance and passionate work ethic. In addition, gender studies remains a crucial part of arts fields and should not be treated as secondary.
Kelli Hata Fresno Pacific University
Nat Raha University of St Andrews
Katie Carlson Gender specialist, international consultant
Nahid University of York
Sarah Bracke University of Amsterdam
Alex Schellekens University of St Andrews
Kanya University of Melbourne
I’m sad seeing this injustice happens at a top university. I hope Dr Kerr would retain her position and receive full time contract. #StAndWithAlison
Emma Whitefield University of St Andrews
Toby University of St Andrews
Molly Uzzell St Andrews graduate (MA Hons. Philosophy, 2009)
The programme Dr Kerr set up appears to have greatly benefited the department, and it’s appalling that they would choose not to keep her around to run it.
Caitlin O’Neill University of St Andrews
Sally Haslanger MIT
Matthew Singer C+K
Karoline Strauch University of St Andrews
Rachel Cristy King’s College London
Harriet Coles St Andrews
Joel Michael Reynolds Georgetown University
Darcie Heller n/a
I believe that Dr. Kerr (the work she has accomplished and the stigmatized people she advocates for) has been treated in an unprofessional, targeted, and irregular manner. Additionally, planfully eroding future work and eliminating this departmental position will be an immediate loss within St. Andrew’s and damage the future of the academic community at large.
I stand w Alison. Philosophy departments are so heavily male dominated and to see someone so successful and competent be given the shaft is disappointing.
Holly McDavid University of Glasgow
Abby lamb University of St. Andrews
Marta L. De Ninno-Rodríguez Cordero University of South Florida Alumni-Comparative ReligiousStudies
Axel Mueller Dept of Philosophy, Northwestern University
This decision is very harmful to the shy attempts to reduce the scandalous under-representation of women in Philosophy (which is worse than in STEM fields) and to foster the study of concepts and frameworks to understand such discriminatory situations. St Andrew’s will diminish its reputation if it doesn’t succeed in maintaining a first rate study of gender and its effects run by specialized faculty in a professionally secure and standard way.
Lara Balikci McGill University
Rachel Schmidt University of Calgary, Canada
Judith Gerson Rutgers University
Emeritus Professor Glenn Bowman University of Kent
Be decent, be professional!
Adelaide Crosby University of St Andrews
L. del Rosso New York University
Greg Restall The University of Melbourne
Stop the sexism now.
Jeanne Moskal Univ of N. Carolina Chapel Hill
Administrative work like establishing a new program should be done by permanent faculty. Your action against Dr Kerr is exploitive and hypocritical. It demonstrates the very bias that a Gender Studies program is designed to correct.
Lily Christensen St Andrews Alumnus
I studied gender under Matt Southern which was a good course but was the only one of offer in the whole course, buried deep in the geography dept. St Andrews needs stronger female representation and female led gender studies program as a leading institution.
Abe LeGrant St Andrews
Polo Moji University of Cape Town
Jefferson Molléri Simula – Oslo, NO
Gia Kaisa University of St Andrews
Kimberley Bennett Senior lecturer at Abertay; St Andrews alumna
I am appalled at the actions of the university, which are exploitative and fly in the face of any apparent commitment to improving gender equity.
Virginia Annette Jenkins Tsuda University
Stand up and stand out against discrimination of women of genius.
Sabela Mendez NHS Lothian
Karin Bowie University of Glasgow
Academia must address its diversity issues, and in this case the colleague is generating student income to cover the costs. There is no reason not to continue her contract.
Izzy Langley SMRU
Hannah Open University
Caitlin Morris University of St Andrews
As an alumna of the university who has now returned to study on a gender-specific program at Masters level, I am absolutely disgusted by this move by the university. They cannot be allowed to hire a woman, benefit from her incredibly hard work, then send her packing and let people with no expertise take over what she set up. It’s unacceptable that they would even try, and makes me ashamed of this institution I’ve spent so much of my life in and was once proud to attend.
Jennifer Andreacchi University of St Andrews
Luke Rendell University of St Andrews
I call on the University to review this decision in the context of the current debate on precarity in academic employment.
Deirdre Ní Cheallaigh Dublin, Ireland
sarah wachter Communications Consultant
This situation is all too common in intellectual professions where women’s talent is exploited and then the big jobs with all the perks and security get paased on to men, often part of an effectively closed network.
Dr Ruth Pearce Trans Learning Partnership
Universities win awards and build institutes, courses, and reputations on the back of insecure, fixed-term labour – disproportionately undertaken by women and migrants. It is unacceptable to use people like this and then throw them away, especially while the institution continues to profit from what they have built. If St Andrews’ Athena SWAN awards are to mean anything, they will value the study of women and gender, and provide academics like Dr Kerr with a pathway to secure employment.
I enjoyed my time studying philosophy at St Andrews; the university should retain such a valuable expert, especially now when Britain needs greater understanding of the philosophy of gender
Victoria Turner St Andrews
Dr Sheena Vachhani University of Bristol
Vivianne Ong University of St Andrews
Emma Ritch Engender
Caitlin Woombs St Andrews
stephanie mcalea CEO, Stygian Fox (publishing)
Eve Grady University of Manchester
Alice Nuttall Oxford Brookes
F.Simon Rhur-University Bochum
Emma Schutze University of Oxford
Lauren Cooper University of Glasgow
Why the university would want to remove such a dedicated and passionate member of staff from the institute and the courses Dr Kerr has developed is baffling. Give students the quality of education and staff they are paying for.
Fred Beverley 6th form college
Roseanna Kettle University of York
Waseet Naser Waingels College
Shannon Sutorius SUNY Oswego
As a TA hoping to further my own education postgraduate, Dr. Duncan Kerr’s dismissal is an offensive display of the undervaluation of education, research, teaching and most of all labor that goes into our higher educational institutions that are meant to progress our society. How can these institutions claim to be the benefit of common knowledge if they directly turn their backs on it?
Adam Maric-Cleaver University of East Anglia
Mikey Barnes University of Birmingham
Catriona Wheelaghan MLitt Gender Studies graduate from the University of Stirling 2020
Melanie Prieß Leibniz Universität Hannover
Yazmin Safatle University of Brasília
William Henry Banks Lancaster University
This behaviour is why many of us choose to leave academic careers. If universities do not stop this behaviour then, combined with the effects of brexit, we will suffer a brain drain in the UK HE sector relegating it to a shadow of its former self in the name of a profit driven business model that has no place in education and research.
Cass Beirne MacsMAD
She deserves better than this, done so much for the university only to be tossed aside.
Outrageous in this current climate that such a decision can be made. I hope St Andrews will see sense and reverse this decision immediately.
Lorenzo Dalla Costa Cervelin UFSC
Fran Amery University of Bath
Nicolas Boivin MLitt Offer Holder
Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr is a major reason I applied to study at St. Andrews. I will have to reconsider accepting my offer if she does not stay at the university.
Tom Williams Student, Sheffield Hallam University
Billy Cowan City, University of London
Everybody has the right to stable employment, and HE establishments which supposedly pride themselves on fairness and equality should be setting an example in this regard, not helping sustain the inequality they state they are against.
Eleanor Kashouris Doctoral Candidate, University of Sussex
Madilyn Sadie Lunsford
Daryl Hodge Liverpool
Oskar Zeino Bsc. Computer Science, TU Dortmund University, Germany
Luke Townend University of York
Jade Burnett The University of Sheffield
Joshua Curnett Lancaster University
I support Dr. Duncan and urge the institution to pause, reconsider, and then do the right thing: hire her permanently.
Misha de Broux
Stephen Read University of St Andrews
The university has yet to prove that its claim to promote diversity has substance.
Kimberley Kerr N/A
Naomi Beecroft University of Wollongong, Australia
Andrea Rahardja MSc Psychology Conversion ‘17
Shen-yi Liao University of Puget Sound
Clara Richter Queen’s University Belfast
Jaye Michaela Brink
Dr Giles R Greenway Formerly UCL/KCL/Brunel
Alison Hall Independent researcher
I was once in a similar position but I was given a secure full time contract. Conditions for Uni staff have declined. Stop exploiting uni staff. Act for diversity. Positive action for women.
Dr. Ciarán McFadden-Young Edinburgh Napier University
Mieszko Kulczyński VLO Poznań
Emma Puranen University of St Andrews
Maria Araújo University College London
Universities should, by principle, be the first institution to acknowledge – because it has the most tools to do so, intellectual, monetary, and political – the right of workers to have their labour respected and unexploited. It should be the first institution to make use of its sociological, historical and economic research and ensure that all its employers are met with basic job security, which will allow them to lead dignified lives, where they can make meaningful plans for the future and be able to perform their job, everyday, without the mental and emotional stress of a career to be soon interrupted, and the desillusionment brought about by abusive employers.
Peter Sedlak Translation
As an alumnus it saddens me to see that my alma mater appears to be taking a step back when it comes to achieving meaningful diversity among its staff. Losing Dr. Kerr would be a significant loss for the university; academic excellence, which allegedly stands at the heart of the university’s identity, cannot be achieved if the scope and breadth of teaching and research are diminished and specialists are lost. I hope the university reconsiders this decision.
Jan Philip Sindel University of St Andrews
Mairi Hamilton University of Glasgow
Miguel Ohnesorge University of Cambridge
Matthew J Biley Oxford Brookes
Let’s not go backwards…
Amy Folkard University of Cambridge
Anita Widdowson Nottingham Trent University
Mariana Jimenez-Ontiveros Wang MAZdesigns, UNÍ st A
Claire Jensen University of St Andrews
Emma Karen Kåvik University of Edinburgh
Tamarisk Kay Birmingham University
Kate Sang Heriot Watt
Now is not the time to lose such an important field of study or member of staff.
Sunil Hutchin-Bellur University of Glasgow
Hilda McNae University of St Andrews
Elizabeth Berry Leeds City College
Dr Sarah Parry University of Edinburgh
Gabrielle McKenna University of St Andrews
Rosie Burton University of St Andrews
Kamila Bera SARC
Frankie Lawrence MA RHBNC
Alison Kerr is an expert in her field. She should not be replaced by two lesser men.
Liz shotter Lancaster university
I can’t believe we still have to do this to protest and highlight sexism. How tiresome and disappointing that it’s a university perpetuating misogyny this time.
Professor Victoria Fontan American University of Afghanistan
Being under attack from the Taliban is one thing, but for Gender Studies to also be under attack at the University of St Andrews is another. Replacing a specialized, dedicated scholar, with other non-related, yet I am certain equally accomplished in their own field, male scholars, reflects badly upon a Top Tier UK institution that should know better. This is poor academic management: it is never too late to revert a bad decision.
Kathleen Stock Department of Philosophy, Sussex University
Lauren Quigley Lantra
Prof. Mata Haggis-Burridge Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas)
Dr Lynne F Baxter University of York
How dare you do this! Give the woman her job back!
Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr created the St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies (StAIGS) programme and it has been very successful because of her expertise and skills! Now the males in charge have decided to dismiss Dr. Kerr and replace her with two non specialist males whose only aptitude is fact they are men! Yet again men are arrogantly stealing women’s work and claiming it for themselves!
Alexandra Kenyon University of St Andrews
Adinda Remalya University of Amsterdam
Claire Heuchan Author
I stand in full support of Alison Kerr. It is disgraceful that St Andrews would not only dismiss the only female academic teaching their Gender Studies course, but the female academic who put in the immense work of founding it. This incident is entirely in keeping with wider patterns of misogyny in the academy and – ironically – teaches us more about how gender continues to function as a hierarchy than any reading list ever could.
Clare McKeown PhD Researcher, Universities of Stirling & Strathclyde
Kate McBride University of St Andrews
Clare Beckett-wrighton University of Bradford
The story of Universities encouraging gender specific researchers to create new initiatives and then attempting to mainstream those initiatives among non-specialised staff is not new and should never be allowed to happen again. Development of gender studies is central to understanding the social world as it is lived and is a valued strand of sociology. I hope that the St Andrews’ management re-think this crazy move and value the resource they have already paid to develop.
Jacqueline Rappoport Queen Mary University of London
Does this really surprise anyone?
Claire Percival University of St. Andrews
Helen Bishop Graduated MA St Andrews 1968
This is shocking and an affront to the female students at St Andrews. Please reinstate her immediately with a permanent contract. and shame on the two male staff in Philosophy Dept who agreed to take on her work. Do they understand what equal rights actually means?
Miriam Austin Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford
Lauren Steimer University of South Carolina
Josh Wilson University of St Andrews
Siobhan Lydon Law
I stand with women fighting against gender inequality
Megan Kinsey University of St Mary’s, Twickenham
This sends out totally the wrong message to young and aspiring women. Yet again, women’s voices are being stifled and replaced by male voices. No matter how excellent the male replacements are they cannot have any direct experience of how women are affected by gender inequality on a daily basis (just check out the call for impact studies on the Covid 19 regulations on women as opposed to men). Badly timed and ill-advised move, St Andrew’s.
Lenore Todd University of Leiden
Amanda Gillingwater CEO of My Crazy, Amazing and Wonderfully Loving Family
I stand with Alison and all inequalities bestowed upon Women by the Too Old, Too Male and Too Misogynistic Dinosaurs Bribery Club.
Alexandra Sadler St George’s University London
I am disappointed to read that this has occurred at St Andrews, my alma mater. My memory from my time at St Andrews was that it was an innovative place of study, which fought for equality and to break existing barriers in academia. Reading Professor Kerr’s credentials, this decision is a terrible blow to the Gender Studies Department and the University as a whole.
Cerys Minogue University of Cambridge
The university of St Andrews has lost all credibility with this decision. Women’s studies must be rum by WOMEN.
Morag Robertson Retired
Simone Gigliotti Royal Holloway, University of London
Lee Purvis Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Shruti Narayanswamy University of St Andrews
Mary Carr University of St Andrews
Carole Jones University of Edinburgh
As director of the Gender and Culture programme at Edinburgh university I am fully aware of the need for scholars such as Dr Kerr and programmes such as this MLitt in Scotland; there is much demand, especially internationally, and this highlights, along with the flouting of its own policies, the perversity of St Andrews decision. If just for the sake of your own reputation please reverse this backward and revisionary move.
Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson Loyola Marymount University
Joe Hunt St. Andrews
This woman is doing a good job, St. Andrews sucks for diversity, I have lived in this town for nearly 30 years, and I am also a student here, so I don’t need to be told that this is not an issue, or it is under control, because that would be laughable. Do the right thing, and reverse the decision, also I think the University should apologise for the complete lack of foresight.
Benjamin Bateman University of Edinburgh
Olivia Wiggins University of St Andrews
Sarah Bernstein University of Edinburgh
Jessica Farrell-Jobst University of St Andrews
Jack Travers University of St Andrews
Zuza Rosłońska University of Oslo (St Andrews alumna)
Ruth Batten St Andrews Class of 2020
As my honours dissertation supervisor in 2020, Alison was immensely supportive, knowledgeable and went above and beyond in her role. She is a credit to the Philosophy department and this decision is a slap in the face to every female Philosophy student who looked to her as a role model. It is now clear to me that the university cares very little about inclusion, and believes that exploiting the labour of passionate individuals through short-term contracts is acceptable behaviour.
Francesca Paini University of St Andrews
Shannon Vallor University of Edinburgh
Ellie Holland University of St Andrews
Dr Kerr’s insight was an invaluable contribution to our medical education and she is a true asset to the university
Mahi Hardalupas University of Pittsburgh
Matthew Hill Liverpool John Moores University
Jiwon Kim Lund University
Isla Neilson Oxford University
Amber University of St Andrews
Sam Hancock University of St Andrews
Lorna Maclean University of Strathclyde
Euan Dolan University of St Andrews
Mairi Paterson University of St Andrews
Marion Maurer Brussels
Karin Sofia Johansson University of St Andrews
Patrick Campbell University of Warwick (Previously St Andrews)
Meg Dyson University of St. Andrews
Emmeline O’Gorman St. Andrews
Bennett Collins University of St Andrews
Caitie Glasgow Caledonian university
Emily Finer University of St Andrews
Kim Wong University of St Andrews
Brodhie Molloy University of Amsterdam
Tara Rowan University of St. Andrews
Gah-Kai Leung University of Warwick
Dr Andrew F Wilson University of Derby
David Hyder University of Ottawa
I’m quite puzzled why the University would let someone like this go. Her recent paper in Synthese on KR and relevant logics is superb.
Anita Leirfall University of Bergen
Hiya Sachdev SNDT Women’s University
It’s unfair to take advantage of dedicated teachers. If we don’t give the due credit to academics who work hard, what kind of culture are we promoting? What kind of values do we want the world to learn?
Melissa Wright South Coast Community Services
To whom it may concern: To replace the woman who helped advance St. Andrews by creating, building, promoting a phenomenal gender studies program, is tone deaf and fitting of an Era that does not value the insight and contributions of women in academics. I stand with Alison. This was a poor judgement. She poured her heart into this program and it shows. Correct your mistake.
Kate Ferris University of St Andrews
Kerry McKenzie UCSD
Brett Greenfield, Open University
The university must stand by its own equality agenda whilst ensuring that the philosophy of gender is properly represented and open to students.
Alison is an amazing person and even better professor and leader. This is unjust and should not be happening
Dr Andrew Slack
Jin Seo George Washington University
Shiwen Li University of Oxford
Isaac Hickford University of St Andrews (MLitt 2019/20)
Alison is a fantastic person and a hard worker. She deserves far more than the end St Andrews have given her.
Cheryl Apperson Retired teacher & adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis
I have known Alison from the time she began her own graduate studies. Through the years, her commitment and enthusiasm for her field of study, to her students and now to St. Andrews is unyielding and exemplary. She should be rewarded, not rejected. I am in my 70’s now and years ago when I attended college, my field of study (molecular biology) included very few women. I experienced a great deal of gender bias. I have watched and experienced the changes since then and much of the progress is due to people like Alison. I would have been so thankful to have a energetic and innovative professor such as Alison teaching not only me but my fellow students about all types of gender bias. Today’s students (and their families) look to world class universities now more than ever to provide them with a broad, enlightening education as they go forward in a ever-more connected and complex world. This makes her an especially valuable asset to your philosophy department. She is the future – please don’t reject that.
I support the protection of this program
Alison Pullen Gender, Work and Organization journal
Ciara Cremin University of Auckland
Michela Cozza Mälardalen University
Pauliina Jääskeläinen University of Lapland
Carole Elliott University of Sheffield
Peter Bloom University of Essex
Sara Persson Södertörn University, Sweden
Zoe Hemming-Clark University of st andrews
Rosemary Deem Royal Holloway University of London
Please do not make Dr Alison Duncan Kerr redundant – her work to date on gender studies has been exemplary and she should by now be receiving a permanent post, not redundancy.
Rebecca Holmes University of St Andrews
Lauren McCarthy Roy Holloway University
Very concerning news. All the best to Alison and the team who are refusing to be silent.
Taylor Cooperman University of St Andrews
Elizabeth Whitworth St. andrews university
Ora Matushansky CNRS
Michaela Ernst Philosophy student at the University of St. Andrews
CHT University of St Andrews
Brannon Ingram Northwestern University
Sorcha Eble St Andrews
Teresa Morton Retired Principal with Los Angeles Unified School District
Katharina Newbery Leipzig University, University of St Andrews alumna
Ezzeddine Bakhit St Andrews
Cody J Britson University of Maryland
Alexandra Herrtage St Andrews
Dustin O’Hara Western Washington University
Lucile Galliano Dublin City University
Lily Sussex university
Andreea Miscov University of St. Andrews
Linda M Blum Northeastern University
Nicole Dular Franklin College
Duncan MacGregor University of Edinburgh
In Edinburgh we often hold up St Andrews examples of progressive practises in teaching and staff management which makes this all the more disappointing. Please reconsider, particularly in an age when gender studies is such an important part of progressing our civilisation.
marton littmann University of St Andrews
Prof. Anna Klosowska Miami University
Julia Driver University of Texas/St. Andrews
Annette Martín University of Illinois at Chicago
Natalia Trujillo Columbia university
Gender programs are the bedrock of empowering marginalized groups.
Finn University of St Andrews
João Lemos Faculty of Engineering University of Oporto (FEUP)
All fields of study are important to the development of human knowledge. No scientific field should be extinguished specifically at a time when families are in such a delicates state and Colleges are saving money by having their physical spaces closed.
Moya Bailey MIT
Eleanor Grant University of St Andrews
Annecy Stevens University of St Andrews
Robert Robinson United Nations ( retired)
Having been introduced to the work of Dr. Kerr thru various sources, I have been impressed with her efforts and achievements to forge networks and dialogue advancing the subject of Gender studies. I am not familiar with the process leading to the decision of the school to make Dr. Kerr redundant but it seems that her contributions to the school and community should be carefully reviewed and hopefully reconsidered.
Hannah Smyth St Andrews
Emily Yuodsnukis University of St Andrews
Katie Peebles Marymount University
Jessica St Andrews
Oliver Hann St Andrews
This is wrong and unjust
Harry Gillespie University of St Andrews
Finn Wheatley St Andrews University
Jake University of St Andrews
Amy Agigian Suffolk University
Angharad Davis Yale University (lecturer)
Ailsa Calder St Andrews University Student
From my point of view, as a woman, we need all the representation we can get and it would be a huge loss to the university and it’s students to make Dr Kerr redundant. From the university’s perspective, it will not look good on the uni to let go of a gender specialist, it will give the university a bad name and there will no doubt be inevitable repercussions. Though the reason we shouldn’t be getting rid of Dr Kerr is because of the excellent work she has contributed to philosophy, the university and it’s students, for the staff looking to promote the university, making a successful gender philosopher redundant will certainly impact the appearance of the university negatively.
Rebecca Spence St Andrews University
Gianluca Giammei St. Andrews Alumnus
As a former student highly involved in the St. Andrews community, I am aware of the impact that certain academics can make. Especially in times like this, it is pivotal to retain employees who can make such a significant contribution to promoting equality.
Agrima Makharia St. Andrews
Lauren Holmes University of St Andrews
Teigan Cairnie St Andrew’s University
Oliver Rowlands University of St Andrews
Kasumi S University of St Andrews
Fredrik Hasselgren St. Andrews University
Stefanie Kaptue St Andrews University
Pekka Väyrynen University of Leeds
Colette Auyang St. Andrews
Eddie Soye Dublin
Fraternal Greetings from Dublin Solidarity Forever
Arts faculties in general are being closed in many universities, and Philosophy has been particularly affected. In Queens University, Belfast, it was reduced to one lecture a week in the Lifelong Learning dept., which I attended for seven years, and found life-changing. I don’t know if even this one course will recommence next autumn.
Shanen University of Edinburgh
Rohan French University of California, Davis
Lewis Christopher O’Neill University of St Andrews
Timothy McDonald University of St Andrews
Elizabeth St. Andrews
Kristin Käuper University of Stirling
I had been considering St Andrews for postgraduate study precisely because of the focus and active community around gender and feminist philosophy, so this is a very disappointing development.
Moa Carlsson University of Edinburgh
Peter Grey University of St. Andrews
Melisa Miranda Edinburgh University
As a tutor at the University of Edinburgh and as prospect academic, I believe that this situation is unacceptable in an institution such as St Andrew. All the circumstances surrounding the problem that Dr Allison faces are extremely irregular. I express my full support to Dr Allison
Nadja Duhacek Center for Women’s Studies, Belgrade
Andrea Sangiovanni Professor of Philosophy, King’s College London
Pablo Schyfter The University of Edinburgh
Andrea Oliani University of St Andrews
Colm Tan University of St Andrews
Dr Marika Rose Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, University of Winchester
Bahrathi Keeping University of St Andrews
Tom Reed St Andrews University
Bojana Malinovska Faculty of political sciences
Colin Jakob Rittberg Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Emma Murray University of St Andrews
Mara van der Lugt University of St Andrews
Dora Osborne University of St Andrews
Tom Smith University of St Andrews
Hannah Weir University of St Andrews
Matt Taghon Université de Lorraine
Catarina Fontoura Falmouth University
Alexandra Layne Metropolitan State University
Giulia Lorenzi University of Warwick
Vladica Jovanovic Belgrade
Jorge Sanchez-Perez Mcmaster University
Jonny McIntosh Oxford
Heather Nelson Self-employed
Alistair Welchman University of Texas at San Antonio
Adam Bumstead University of St Andrews
Arne Flåøyen NordForsk
Both gender balance among researchers and gender perspectives on research topics increase the quality of research and of policy decisions with implications for society. Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr’s contribution to gender research and studies at St. Andrews is invaluable. It is a great shame she looses her job.
Pls don’t fire her thanks
W. Verdery Kerr Retired
This striking disconnect reminds of my daughter’s experience in a religion & philosophy Ph’D program less than a decade ago. Before completing her discertation, she decided enough is enough. Left the program. Her advisor noted to her “my best students leave.”
Laura Papish George Washington University
I’m a father of a transgender child that appreciates all that Dr. Kerr has done. Won’t we let Dr. Kerr continue to positively impact the lives of so many children like mine?
Matty Rosenlicht UC Berkeley
Daniel Korman University of California, Santa Barbara
Britt Paris Rutgers University
Emma Johnston University of St Andrews
Misty Fujii-Carr Permanente Dental Associates
Standing with you Allison!
Cheryl Kaplan New York
It is important that Alison’s position with the University be maintained. She is doing critical work. Thank you.
Zhazgul Kochkorova Women and Gender in Global Affairs Network
I stand with Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr and ask for revision of her working contract to make it permanent given the obvious contribution she has made to enrich the curriculum and reputation at the St Andrews University.
Helen Egan Birmingham City University
The fact that gender studies are being sidelined in this way is precisely the reason that voices such as Dr Kerr’s need to be heard.
Gary Ostertag Graduate Center, CUNY and Nassau Community College
Amy Unett Social Anthropology and Psychology
Katie Brown University of Dundee
I stand with Dr Alison Duncan Kerr. I hope for her cohort of students and for the legacy she is building through her hard work and setting up of this Masters programme, that St Andrews reconsider her redundancy and offer Alison a full time contract.
Tamara Harvey George Mason University
Sonia Kelly St Andrews
Scotland has a reputation worldwide for excellence in education. The impact of the Scottish enlightenment led to key constitutional concepts of due process and equal protection of all, especially by governmental and educational institutions.
Elinor Layne University of St Andrews
Zoe Drayson University of California, Davis
Aleksandra Eriksen Isham University of St Andrews
Patrick Cairns Aarhus University
Dr. Anne Savage Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University
Dr. Kerr has shown leadership in her highly successful program. The termination of her appointment reflects badly on St. Andrews. AES
Stacy E. Wood UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry
Kirsty Hardwick University of St Andrews (MA), University of Cambridge (MPhil)
Incredibly disappointing decision after all of Dr Kerr‘s innovation and hard work for St Andrews. Decisions like these are why I left academia.
Lindsay Nielsen University of St. Andrews Scotland UK
Paul Bloomfield University of Connecticut
Daniel Star Boston University
Katie Muth Durham University
Dr. Simone Gubler University of Nevada, Reno
Evelien Geerts University of Birmingham
Jessica Feldman American University of Paris
Jose Ortiz-Angeles University of Oregon
Teresa Mendes Out of work
Do not ever give up Allison!
The subject at risk is in very great need of being discussed, so that sexual descriminaton stops once & for ever…we, the general public, must fight for acceptance & for that we need KNOWLEDGE !!!!! Many hugs & kisses to you & your family
Helena Goundry Four Corners
Iain Campbell University of Dundee
Jack Newman St Andrews
Méabh Lonergan University College Cork
Prof Alex Shepard University of Glasgow
Maud Anne Bracke Glasgow University / Ghent University
Matthew Charles University of Westminster
Michelle Felich University of St Andrews 2018 Graduate
Katharine Beutner The College of Wooster
As someone who studied gender as an undergraduate in St Andrews, at the time of my graduation there was no MLitt available to me should I wish to continue my studies at St Andrews. As a result I was forced to continue my studies elsewhere. Professor Kerr’s work for the university is a remarkable achievement, one that makes this university attractive to students both domestic and international. Professor Kerr should be lauded rather than made redundant.
Dylan Howel St Andrews
Alan Schrift Grinnell College, USA
This professor has proven herself as a teacher and a scholar. St. Andrews is a respected institution. She deserves a permanent appointment in your Department of Philosphy.
Kristie Poon University of St Andrews
Susan Fischer City University of New York
Dr. Kurt Brandhorst George Mason University
Monika Kovács Eötvös Loránd University Budapest
Jonny Cottrell University of Edinburgh
Milo Farragher-Hanks University of St Andrews
Dr J E Wolff University of Edinburgh
Daniella Meehan University of Glasgow
Sailee Khurjekar University of Warwick
Minja Bujakovic Central European University
Kinjal Sheth University of St Andrews, Class of 2020
Rachel Jones George Mason University
Matthew Peter Cichella
Zehra Kazmi University of St Andrews
Naima Fenderl University of St Andrews
Twana jamal University of St. Andrews
Joao Seixas University of St. Andrews
Amna Iqbal University of St Andrews
Maeve Klersfeld University of St Andrews alumn
Peter Easton Independent Enviromental Consultant, Brussels
This does not seem right at a time when we are driving for more diversity and equality, especially in the ‘old’ institutions. We still have a long way to go.
Dr. Stanley Nadel University of Portland Salzburg Austria Center
Dr. Erin Millions University of Winnipeg
Christine Byron Cardiff University
I cannot see any reason other than sexism and trying to save money by making the most senior person redundant. I am dismayed that a University with such a good reputation is willing to throw that away in making Alison redundant.
Shivalika Tiwari UNSW
Dana Trusso City University of New York
Dr. Anoosh Khan University of Peshawar, Pakistan
Although I’m a complete outsider but academia binds us together. Being a professor of Gender Studies I believe that this discipline should not be closed down in any University of the world. If we don’t facilitate Gender Studies programs and/or departments that shows how much we believe in equality and equity and hence human rights!
Teresa Roversi Università di Parma
Reverend Bethany Lowery
In my doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, the Gender Studies department was an important interlocutor. I was grateful for the conversations, research, and encouragement I received from my Gender Studies colleagues across campus. For undergraduate students, a relationship with an engaged mentor/teacher can positively change their experience of university and greatly impact the adults they become. Alison has been that for the students of St. Andrews. She and the Gender Studies department are great assets that should not be let go.
Katie Cross University of Aberdeen
Jonathan Gingerich King’s College London
Gayle Fallon Auburn University
Dr. Sarah Cummins-Sebree University of Cincinnati
Wish I was the chancellor of a university so I could hire you…
John Williams University of St Andrews
Max de Blank CEU Gender Studies alum ’19
Alexandra Balcazar Smith College (BA) University of Sussex (MA)
Issa Sayegh University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Kenza Fares University of Potsdam (Germany)
Henry Schiller UT Austin (former St Andrews visiting student)
Joseph Duncan Leiden University
Jack McGrath University of St. Andrews/University of Stirling
The planned redundancy of Dr. Kerr is at once baffling and disappointing. Dr. Kerr is by all accounts an outstanding academic who has never been less than exceptional in her commitment to her work, the university, her students, and her colleagues. Mistakes are made by us all. There is no doubt about that. I only hope that for Dr. Kerr and for the integrity of the University of St. Andrews that the plans to make the Dr. redundant are recognised as mistakes in their own right and are speedily withdrawn.Do not let the plan to make Dr. Kerr redundant manifest and prove to be emblematic of the low esteem that members of the academic community are unfairly and ignorantly sometimes held in.
Gareth Williams University of St Andrews
Luke Ryan St Andrews
Amelia Cook Goldenhill
Alison was my FAVOURITE lecturer in a sea of dinosaurs at St. Andrews.
Gustavo Theriaga Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
May the force be with you!
Jenna Geddes University of St Andrews
Katrina Parker University of St Andrews
Michaela Lobo University of St Andrews
Qiu Lin Duke University
Katherine Trinkaus University of St Andrews
Griffin Pion SASP (St Andrews and Stirling)
Charles Hill University of St Andrews
Katryna Wilson University of St Andrews
Sumeet Patwardhan University of Michigan
Carolyn Dicey Jennings University of California, Merced
I am an alumna of St Andrews (class of 2004). It is clear to me that Dr. Duncan Kerr offers the philosophy programme something that wasn’t available when I was a student, to my detriment. I hope that the university doesn’t miss the opportunity to retain this talent.
Jessica Isserow University of Leeds
Erin Wiebe University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Kathryn Skivington University of Glasgow
Felix Langley University of St Andrews
Dr Kelly Kilpatrick University of Oxford
Marcy P. Lascano University of Kansas
Heather Logue University of Leeds
Yang Bingjing KU Leuven
Dr Sara De Benedictis Brunel University London
Sage Coles St Andrews
Cutting someone off like this is unacceptable. The university owes her and her field more than that.
Rona Broadhead University of Strathclyde
It is really disappointing to hear that St Andrews engages in such exploitative, misleading and unfair employment practices. This redundancy decision is damaging to not only Alison but the students on the course and the department. As a gender studies student at another Scottish university I would be very disappointed and disillusioned with my institution in these circumstances.
Olivia Dunderdale University of St Andrews
Konrad Lawson University of St Andrews
This is deeply disappointing. I was delighted to come across Dr Kerr’s work and invite her to contribute to the Global Social and Political Thought masters programme. Her expertise and involvement in the new Gender studies programme represents exactly the direction St Andrews should be going. This is a huge step backwards.
Samantha Harper University of St Andrews
Julie Mahaffey Healthcare
Hannah Langdon University of St Andrews
Sarah Jean hammond
I stand with Alison
Jasmine Hawkins University of Edinburgh
Zsolt Tóth University of Szeged
Léa Université d’Angers
Remie Christ NYC; degrees from Yale University, Dartmouth College, Tufts University
Lucy St Andrews
Elizabeth Faltischek NYC DOE
Charlie Mone University of St Andrews
Gender Studies is an integral part of the curriculum in most 21st century universities. It’s disappointing to learn that St. Andrews has decided not to lead with Dr. Kerr’s forward thinking but instead has chosen to fall back to past.
Rosalind Paton University of St. Andrews
I am shocked that such a dedicated, inspirational member of staff can be treated in such a dismissive and exploitative fashion. Any institution willing to flout its own policies in this manner should expect far-reaching consequences, not least the damage to its reputation. For that reason, and also because Dr. Kerr would clearly be a major loss to the university, I am hoping that sense and decency will prevail and this decision will be overturned.
David Wyper University of St Andrews
Xiang Yu Ohio State University
Mabry Sansbury University of St Andrews
As a female philosophy student, it pains me to see women steadily edged out of an already male-dominated field. A man’s perspective is not the only one I should hear, especially when contributions to major philosophical theories are predominately attributed to men, while women are relegated to fringe theories that take up a single slide.
Benjamin Kao University of St Andrews
Dr. Elizabeth Bounds Emory University
Ronan Hagar University of St Andrews
Stacy Self Missouri State University
Please show Dr. Alison Kerr the respect that she deserves. Honor her dedication and value her service.
Jared Israel Amphorae Publishing
Rebecca Coulter University of Western Ontario
What a large stain on the reputation of St. Andrew’s this leaves. How unfair and unjust that St. Andrew’s would use precarious labour in such an exploitive way and then fail to implement its own employment policies on conversion. For shame!
Sacha McMillan University of St Andrews
Rae University of St Andrews
Anna George PhD student at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Henry Jackman York University
Ram Neta University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Maggie Herzig Associate Emerita, Essential Partners, Cambridge, MA
Dr Ekaterina Heath Sydney university
Benjamin Henwood University of Southern California
Melissa Miller The University of Notre Dame
Daniel Weltman Ashoka University
Allen Kong University of California, Santa Cruz
A.M. McCarthy UCLA
Daphne International developmentstudies / gender studies
Professor EJ Renold Cardiff university
Karen Boyle University of Strathclyde
Magdalene Dimitriadou University of Massachussets Amherst
Clare Guilding Newcastle University
Natacha Kennedy Goldsmiths College, University of London
Hana Dao Stanford University
Helen Lovett Member of the public
Nadia Jones-Gailani CEU
Imke von Maur University of Onsbarück
Chia Longman Ghent University
Oliver Frank University of St. Andrews
Absolutely shameful behavior. It makes every promotional material the university puts out about being a world class and diverse institution ring hollow.
Julien Murzi University of Salzburg
Armando Lavalle Institut Jean Nicod
Janset Ozun Cetinkaya University of Nottingham
Saski Giraud-Reeves University of St Andrews
Dr Jessica Leech King’s College London
Laura Caponetto San Raffaele University
Adrian Alsmith King’s College London
Anna Hotter St. Andrews
Alex Kay University of St Andrews
Hana Filip Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf
Helen Beebee University of Manchester
Filipa Melo Lopes University of Edinburgh
Julia Whalen The University of St Andrews
Stella Sandford Kingston University
Khrisha Patel University of St. Andrews
Martha Morgan University of Edinburgh
Professor Kathleen Lennon University of Hull
Varya Sycheva University of St Andrews
Julia University of St Andrews
Philippa Orme University of Glasgow
Cindy Lau University of St Andrews
Rosie Cromwell University of St Andrews
Adam Carr Self-employed, director/writer
I would like to see Alison’s position at St Andrews be continued in order to fulfil St Andrews’ own aspirational claims to address diversity and representation amongst its staff and programme. Otherwise, to speak to the self-interest of St Andrews itself as an institution, St Andrews risks losing currency and credibility in any future claims, commitments and mandates.
Abbie Parish University of St Andrews
Bethany Laursen Michigan State University
I heartily agree that St Andrews should honor its promises from the Athena SWAN Action Plan and do the right thing to move Dr. Kerr to a permanent contract. The University and its students can only benefit by doing so.
Trevor Erlacher University of Pittsburgh
Jessica Albrecht University of Heidelberg
Dr Saoirse O’Shea The Open University
Dr Rebecca Mason University of Glasgow
Valerie Hey University of Sussex
Eugenia Siapera University College Dublin
Joshua Alexander Siena College
Vanita Sundaram University of York
Ayna Taira New College, University of Oxford
Mirko Prokop University of St. Andrews
Professor Jayne Osgood Middlesex University
Noemie Jouas University of St. Andrews
Kai Hsieh University of Glasgow
Samuel Jeffries St Andrews University
Please I am begging yall to stop making dumbass decisions which directly contradict the Uni’s supposed values.
Maria de Fátima Kerr Retired
The ill-advised decision by the management team of the University of St. Andrews, to deny a permanent position with tenure, to Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr, is an indelible black mark in the NOW, NOT SO prestigious and highly regarded institution! Earn some respect and do the right thing by Dr. Kerr and your deserving students! Reverse this grave error!
Maya Marie University of St Andrews
Steven Seegel University of Northern Colorado
Ivy Turinsky University of St Andrews
Maria Velez-Serna University of Stirling
Josh Cockayne University of St. Andrews
Petr Pavlik Charles University Prague
Iliana Balabanova Bulgaria
Thomas Brouwer University of Leeds
Rami El Ali Lebanese American University
Robert Aston University of St Andrews – Class of 2017
Dr Dani Adams
Eva Reimers University of Gothenburg
Susan V. H. Castro, Ph.D. Wichita State University
My signature does not represent the views of my university. It represents the expert judgment of an ethics professor.
Dr. Kate Marston Cardiff University
Helen wood Lancaster university
Dillon Landi University of Strathclyde
ben stanford university
Melanie Stewart Oxford University
Jesse Gardiner University of St Andrews
Zimeng Wu Currently: University of Warwick (MA); Previously: University of St. Andrews
Rosa Terlazzo University of Rochester
Brian Weatherson Michigan
Maria Júlia Brito Lima Cascais
Maureen Jack St Andrews resident
As a former academic from many years ago, I am surprised at the level of responsibility a temporary member of staff was expected to undertake. For the university to expect to continue to reap the benefits of her work after making her redundant seems to me unethical.
Emily Michelson University of St Andrews
The university clearly would like to be proud of its record on equality, diversity, and gender. It has the chance to act on its statements. I love St Andrews adn would like to be proud of the university for doing the right thing here.
Yuwei Xu Gender and Education
Nikki Fairchild University of Portsmouth
Prof. Laurie Shrage Florida International University
Kristen Irwin Loyola University Chicago
Lawrason Anne Clement Eckerd College
Leigh-Anne Lakehead University
Gender studies programs are ever more crucial in this time in history!
Neil Tennant The Ohio State University
This is reprehensible treatment of highly qualified, hard-working talent. St. Andrews should do the right thing by Alison Kerr and both current and future students, by making her position permanent.
Marnina Gonick Mount St Vincent University, Canada
We need Women and Gender Studies more than ever. It is the wrong time to be considering shutting down this essential programme!
Haley Dutmer University of Notre Dame
Ramil Zamanov Charles University in Prague
Dr Lizzie Swarbrick University of Edinburgh
Universities subsist on the labour of precarious academics, but choose not to prioritise making new permanent appointments. This seems to be a particularly egregious case.
Professor Christine Griffin University of Bath
Natalie N Cornett Brandeis University
Steven Brown The Ohio State University
Having worked with Alison as a graduate student, and seen the influence she has had on students in our program, I can affirm that it would be foolish to lose her unique contribution to your philosophy department.
Dr Efpraxia Zamani The University of Sheffield
Paula falcao de lima Escola d. Joao Il .Portugal.Secondary School
Ellie King University of St Andrews
Dr Ruth Boeker University College Dublin
Victor Ma University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Prof Fiona Blaikie Brock University
Dr. Barbara N. Beck
Professor Kirstein Rummery University of Stirling
At a time when Gender Studies and interdisciplinary feminist scholarship are badly needed, growing in popularity and under epistemic attack, this seems a questionable decision from a prestigious institution that should be leading the way.
Georgette Central European University, Gender Studies alumna of 2018
A. Richardson-Todd Université catholique de Louvain
Zoe Berkeley University of St Andrews
Thank you Alison
Kai Milanovich University of Missouri Kansas-City
Elizabeth Scarbrough Florida International University
Yasemin Uluşahin University of St Andrews
Jennifer Clarke Robert Gordon University
Damon Stanley The Ohio State University
Julia Ruiz University of St Andrews
Marina Farima Eötvös Loránd University
Kathryn McFarland Center for Ethics and Human Values, The Ohio State University
Tommy J. Curry University of Edinburgh
Mixie Billina University of St Andrew’s
Jodie Sutherland University of St Andrews
Elise Woodard University of Michigan
Masha Shpolberg Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina–Wilmington
Jack Sands University of St. Andrews
Luna Centifanti University of Liverpool
Solidarity! This work is really valuable and she’s the right person to do it!
Aisvarja Eassey University of California, Berkeley
James Shearer University of St. Andrews
Ana Carina Guerra
Hugo Falcão de Lima
Alexandra Baff University of St Andrews
Betsy Cornwell National University of Ireland Galway
Gender Studies is a vital component of any well-rounded university curriculum.
Nioma Robertson University of St Andrews
Caroline Erolin University of Dundee
Sarah Barthélemy Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles
Preston Firestone University of St Andrews
Professor Carrie Paechter Nottingham Trent University
Sarah Stewart-Smith University of St Andrews
Peter Beckett University of St Andrews
Alex Graham University of St Andrews
Patrick O’Donnell Oakton Community College
Florence Ashley University of Toronto
Rebecca Li Elizabethtown College
Daisy Sankey University of St Andrews
Maitreyi Tusharika University of St Andrews
Amy Jordan University of St Andrews
This is an absolute outage and I am thoroughly disappointed in the University.
Laura Minor University of Leeds
Eilidh Fyfe University of St Andrews
Alex Columbia University
Bas Tönissen University of California, San Diego
Callum Robertson University of St Andrews
Marni Kerr Music Educator
Jonathan Barth University of St Andrews
As a recent graduate of St Andrews, I am frankly distraught that the university would choose to terminate the employment of such a distinguished and dedicated scholar. After instituting onslaught of austerity policies targeting pensions, the university seems determined to undermine its own reputation and discourage initiative, integrity, and dedication from its faculty.
It’s time to live in this century and stop treatment like this!
Amie evans Owner at union ramsgate
I agree that it is very for feminism and gender studies to be an integral part of education. Good luck Alison x
Barbara H. Partee University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tommy Zhang University of Oxford (student)
William Geffroy Dashe University of St Andrews
Jeffrey Flynn Fordham University
Sam St Andrews
Sophie Duncan-Shepherd University of Strathclyde
Sarah Millar University of St Andrews
Michael O’Connor Balliol college, Oxford
As an elderly, complete outsider I was shocked to read that such a prestigious University could dispense with an expert studying one of the most important subjects to have arisen during recent times. Someone with experience who can prepare her students to take their knowledge out into the world to help confused young people make life changing decisions.
Schneur Newfield Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York
Sisi Huang University of St Andrews
Sarah Greer University of St Andrews
Justin D’Arms Ohio State University
Adam J Roberts King’s College London
Wesley Kirkpatrick University of St Andrews
Justin Weinberg University of South Carolina
Maria Pavlovec LSE – London School of Economics and Political Science
Matthew Bosica University of St Andrews
Sam Thomson University of St Andrews
Emily Winchip Zayed University
Dr. Mark T. Lafrenz Marian University
Helena Matza University of St Andrews
Layne Garrelts Ohio State University
Lea Kristin Würtenberger Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Paul Flaig Film Studies, University of St Andrews
Fiona Stevenson University of St Andrew’s 4th year
Nikki Ernst University of Pittsburgh
Tuan H. Nguyen Copy Editor at The Interpreter (the-interpreter.org)
Academia in the 21st century must embrace the equitable education and employment instead of eliminating ethical and dedicated individuals. I’d like to ask the University of St. Andrews to have a fair treatment with Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr.
Isabelle Sturt University of St Andrews
Jasmine Lees University of St. Andrews
Sherri Makhijani University of St Andrews
Selim Heers University of Oxford
Bethany Hitchen University of Stirling
Dr. Dana Rognlie Worcester State University
Dr. James Humphries University of Glasgow
Willow Baxter University of St Andrews
Will Fleisher Northeastern University
Ailsa Wrinn University of St Andrews
Ayumi Taniguchi Tokyo
I am a prospective student considering Gender Studies MLitt. I was shocked to hear this news, because I wanted to take her class some day at St. Andrews. I hope I will be able to meet Dr. Kerr at St. Andrews!
Please consider closely your values on display through this decision.
Daniela Jauk University of Akron
Takaharu Oda Trinity College Dublin
Dr Stuart Lawson Edinburgh Napier University
Prof. Dr. Roe Fremstedal NTNU
Michelle Ciurria UMSL
Vidya Ravilochan The New School for Social Research
John Fan University of Oxford
Liz Morrish Visiting Fellow, York St John University
Mark Pendleton The University of Sheffield
Professor Anna M. Klobucka University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Chiara Martini University of Oxford
Hadeel Naeem The University of Edinburgh
Meriam Mabrouk Birkbeck University of London
Zoey Lavallee CUNY Graduate Center
One would think such a prestigious institution would have no issue following through on its promises. Some promises are hard to keep , but when it comes to such a person like Dr. Kerr, it is the least one could do.
Emeli Smith University of Edinburgh
Nathanial Gawthrope Edinburgh Napier University
Robert N. Johnson University of Missouri
Zoe du Bois
Louise Antony University of Massachusetts and Rutgers University
The breadth and depth of campus support for the Institute for Gender Studies testifies to the importance of this field for scholars and students across the disciplines. In my 30+ years in academia, I have found again and again that students find their work in gender studies to be central to their educational development, regardless of their main field of study. Prof. Kerr has done an outstanding job creating and nurturing the Institute. She should be cherished and rewarded, not fired. Shame on St. Andrews.
Dr. Lilith Acadia National Taiwan University
As a St Andrews alumna, I am embarrassed on the university’s behalf, and urge them to reconsider this mistake.
Emma Sarantopoulos University of St Andrews
Do the right and decent thing for this woman.
Amanda Stewart University of St Andrews
Emma Dalhuijsen Uni of St Andrews
Hope Penwell University of St Andrews
Professor Alison Stone Lancaster University
Joseph Levine University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Ryan Olsen UMass Amherst
Ann Ferguson Professor emerita, Philosophy and Women,Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst
Samantha insall University of st andrews
T Sherlock University of St Andrews
Callie Phillips University of Notre Dame
P.J. Gorre New School/Pratt Institute
Anya St George Fonstein
Emily Lacey University of St Andrews
Ben Logan University of St. Andrews
Simone Picenni University of Bristol
Conor McHugh University of Southampton
Andrea Pető CEU
Gender Studies is under attack globally. Very sad that this is also happening at University of St. Andrews. May be it is not too late to change this decision.
Catherine webber Retired teacher of Philosophy at a Bradford Secondary school
I would urge a reconsideration of this decision.
James Camien McGuiggan Trinity College, Dublin
St Andrews is one of my almae matraes, making this particularly disappointing.
Henna Auerbach University of St Andrews
Joshua Clarke University of Cambridge
I had the fortune of being taught By Dr Duncan-Kerr during my undergrad at St-Andrews. Her module on the philosophy of Feminism and Gender was deeply eye-opening to me at the time and has continued to influence the way I view the world. It was one of the hardest modules I studied, but encouraged the most reflection. If education cannot embrace equality amongst its own ranks, how can it be expected to educate the future on the importance of tearing down institutionally discriminatory barriers? Dr Duncan-Kerr has gone above and beyond the demands of her role, this deserves to be recognised.
Professor Tristram McPherson Ohio State University
Yelena Furman UCLA
Anita M Superson University of Kentucky
Robert Graham Retired, NYC
I support Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr in this matter and kindly request that the University re-examine anew their commitment to fairness and the issues raised above.
Anuj Puri University of St Andrews
Christine D. Worobec Northern Illinois University
Anna Malavisi Western Connecticut State University
Gergana Hardy George Mason University student
Jessica Ringrose UCL
Jana Michaličková Charles University, Prague
Ľubica Kobová Charles University, Prague
Marylyn Rosenvist University of St Andrews
James Bastone The Open University in Scotland
This academic has gone above and beyond for the University of St Andrews, producing value far exceeding her wage. It appears not only unfair to her and those she works with but also to be a very poor business decision to let such a valuable colleague go.
Niël Conradie RWTH Aachen University
Dear St Andrews please don’t be an institution that knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Buck the neoliberalism trend and start valuing your people. And the value they in turn bring to you.
Anna cowan University of Glasgow
Melanie Hartley Campaign Against Living Miserably
Greg Rupik University of St. Michael’s College
Maja Juszczakiewicz lewis St. Andrews student
Joseph Luke St Andrews
Grace Betteridge University of St. Andrews
Cassidy University of St Andrews
Gigi Atkins Owen Mumford Ltd.
Please follow through the words you have spoken.
Janet Lovett St Andrews
A Geyer University of Dundee
Alana Foster University of St. Andrews
Adam Rektor Polanek University of St Andrews
Andrew Blaikie University of st andrews
Dr. Nick Brancazio University of Wollongong
Marianna Panteli University of St Andrews
Grayce Butterworth University of St Andrews
Lily Coleman University of St Andrews
Tim Wilson St Andrews
This is unfair and the University of St Andrews management should be ashamed of itself.
Will Hornett University of Sheffield
Dr Jamie Cawthra University of York
Martyna Majewska School of Art History
I have attended feminist reading groups run by Dr Kerr and it proved an experience of immense interdisciplinary and community-building value. She is an invaluable asset to our university.
Catarina Dutilh Novaes VU Amsterdam/University of St. Andrews
Caitlin Whiteley St. Andrews
Sohni Chakrabarti University of St Andrews
Dr. Alison Duncan Kerr’s contribution towards University of St Andrews is enormous. StAIGs is one of the most diverse, interdisciplinary and inclusive research networks I have been a part of.
Reverse the decision to make Dr Kerr redundant, she is an asset to the university and should be supported accordingly.
Charlotte Davies University of St Andrews
Ben McAuley University of St Andrews
Juliet Floyd Boston University, Philosophy
Keep her and enjoy future successes.
Dr Nina Kane University of Huddersfield
Emily Dow St Andrews University
Sophie Nagler University of Oxford and Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy
Rosie Manford University of St Andrews
Justin Snedegar University of St Andrews
Rosalind Carr Birkbeck, University of London
Dr. Eliza Steinbock Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society
I stand in solidarity with my Gender Studies colleague, with precarious university workers everywhere. You must repair the harm done!
Ana Maria Sapountzi University of St Andrews
Calder McClure University of St Andrews
Marta Suarez Manchester Metropolitan University
Rohit Rao University of Glasgow
Diana Cox Self employed
Chinmaya Nagpal University of St Andrews
Steven Diggin University of Oxford
Freddie Johnson Edinburgh college
Hampton Toole University of St Andrews
Imran Hashmi University of Birmingham
Nicole Matthews Macquarie University
Samia Hesni Boston University
Mark Alfano Macquarie University
Dr Alex Miller Tate King’s College London
A scoot University of St. Andrews
Alasdair Mulholland University of glasgow
Temporary contracts are no excuse to treat your staff poorly and shouldn’t be used in the first place, stand by your commitment to diversity
Dr Hannah Holtschneider University of Edinburgh
Tristan Henderson University of St Andrews
Franz Berto University of St Andrews
John Boy Leiden University
solidarity in precarity
Ditte Marie Munch-Jurisic Aarhus University
Aura Lehtonen University of Northampton
Professor Kay Standing Liverpool John Moores University
Lauren Crichton University of Glasgow
Dr Louise Livesey University of Gloucestershire
Having been through the closure of two similar gender programmes, I ask you to reconsider. I continually get asked by students why there are not more gender programmes available in the UK – I struggle to find another answer other than sexism. Please don’t join the list of Universities which blatantly ignore the hard work of women in hard University recruitment times to suceed in making such courses successful, undermine their own purported equality agenda and further exacerbate inequities and inequalities.
Dr Phil Burton-Cartledge University of Derby
Annalisa Muscolo University of St Andrews
Erin Turnbull University of St. andrews
Olivia Cuevas University of St Andrews
Hana Schloz University of St Andrews
Andrew Tedder Czech Academy of Sciences
Leigh-Ann Booth St Andrews
Fiona Williams University of Dundee
In a world that is getting smaller, it is vital that academia and interdisciplinary work expands to signify the constantly changing environment in which we operate. By making Dr Alison Duncan Kerr redundant, the university is risking narrowing the field that she teaches in and closing down opportunities for women in academia.
Pema I’Anson University of St Andrews alum
Anna McEwan University of Glasgow
Lena Wånggren University of Edinburgh
Eilidh Harris University of Glasgow
Liam Rogers University of Warwick
fayaz kacho PhD International Relations University of St Andrews
Acknowledging the contribution, working on plurality, diversity and acting on it is the first step towards inclusivity. I am sure the university will act accordingly.
Dr. Will Gamester University of Leeds
Dayton Kinney Duke University
Zanna Clay Durham University
Lj Gray University of Stirling
We stand with Alison in dismantling the prejudices faced by women in academia.
Dr. Jennifer Gleason The Ohio State University
Lottie Doherty St Andrews
Ellery Haak St Andrews
Katie Campbell University of Glasgow
Laura Fearnley Glasgow university
David Archibald University of Glasgow
Alejandra López Michigan State University
Lynsey McCombe University of Strathclyde
I stand with Alison.
Nicholas Drake Australian National University
Sarah Budasz Durham University (St Andrews Alumna)
Kate Chedgzoy Newcastle University
Erin McCarthy St. Lawrence University
Alex Deich University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
Tawny Whaley Sdsu
A. Joseph Layon, MD Univ Central Florida College of Medicine
David García Aguiar Universidad Iberoamericana León
Dyani Johns Taff Ithaca College
Kevin Timpe Calvin University
William H. Jellema Chair
Department of Philosophy Gender Studies Faculty
Rena Leizerman University of Toledo, OH – Lecturer in Law
Barbara Cohn Cornell University
Janette Dinishak University of California, Santa Cruz
Jordan MacKenzie Virginia Tech
Dr Mark Thakkar University of St Andrews
If Alison’s contributions are not sufficient for her position to be made open-ended after 3 years’ service, it is hard to imagine how anyone’s could be. The university should put its money where its “policy on the use of fixed term and standard contracts” is.
Fiona McNevin University of St. Andrews
George Cooper University of St Andrews
Simon Evnine University of Miami
Candice Amich Vanderbilt University, USA
Sonia University of St Andrews
Jeanette Scharp Retired MSW
We have seen Alison’s commitment to students and the program she created. It is hard to believe the University has chosen to eliminate her position. The honor she has brought to St Andrew’s is broken and will not go unnoticed by the philosophy community.
Dr. Eric Carter North Carolina State University
R A Briggs Stanford University
Zeinab Bhamjee University of St Andrews
Nathaniel Krenkel Team Love Records
Read the room…
M.A. Parks UC Davis
Carlotta Moro University of St Andrews
Matt Weiner University of Vermont, Department of Philosophy
Threatening Alison Duncan Kerr’s position sends a chilling message about the university’s view of the importance of feminist philosophy. She should be kept on to keep running the program that she has been clearly running well.
Clare Horrocks Liverpool John Moores University
Amy Gilligan University of Aberdeen
A Khela University of St Andrews
Pauline Dobson (ME) Newcastle NSW Australia
I fully support the retention of Alison and her important work on gender equality.
Eleanor Farley University Schools Trust
As a St Andrews alumna from the School of English Women, Writing, and Gender cohort, I am appalled at the treatment of Dr Kerr. I expect this letter and all others received about her position within the university to be considered dutifully and carefully and I call upon the university to stand by its own equalities agenda, honour the commitment to the Athena SWAN charter, honour the commitment to the School’s Athena SWAN action plan, and to stop taking advantage of the hard work of early career academics in insecure contracts – but also to recognise the importance of Gender studies within the university and the blatant gender bias of staff within your university.
Dr Mirna Solic University of Glasgow
Catherine Trinity College Dublin
Gender studies is inherently interdisciplinary, and thus difficult, and the establishment of a successful Centre and M.Litt in only three years shows an extraordinary ability to collaborate and manage differing academic interests and expectations. To make an academic redundant after extracting such an enormous labour from them suggests a capitalist cynicism unworthy of such a great university, and utterly contrary to any institutional work on equality and diverdity.
Sebastian Rand Georgia State University
Cllr Graham Campbell Rector Candidate Glasgow University
Dr Bridget Vincent University of Nottingham
There is a clear case for continued employment here: not to continue it would contravene the University’s own guidelines.
Nicholaos Jones University of Alabama in Huntsville
Kate Symons University of Edinburgh
Brian Hay (Retired) formerly St. Peter’s College
I stand with Alison.
Kristin Hopley University of St Andrews
David W. Scharp, MD Prodo Laboratories, Inc, Scharp Lacy Research Institute
The importance of Alison Kerr, PhD in establishing such an important new academic program at St Andrew’s Gender Studies over the last 4 years that has achieved such a positive international academic reputation in its first operational year that is already bringing such a positive response to the University makes the decision to drop her from the University’s faculty is one that is simply ignorant and foolish. Please rethink this very poor decision, as St Andrew’s reputation is at stake. I was formerly Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO
Anna McLeod University of St. Andrews
Marija Spirkovska Justus Liebig University, Germany
Anna Moffat University of St Andrews
Eyja M. Brynjarsdottir University of Iceland
Ethan Dodd University of Exeter
Nicky Reeves University of Glasgow
Helen Compton York St John University
Subrena Smith University of New Hampshire
I have known Prof. Duncan Kerr for many years. I regard her highly as a philosopher. I was disturbed to hear that her employment is to be terminated. I strongly urge the university administration to reconsider. Prof. Subrena Smith
Zhao Zhao PhD L’Oréal China
Diversity is key to humanity and social development. While the internet is losing diversity and gaining restrictions, philosophy and academia should be going down the same route.
It’s important that the University continue a programme that supports diverse student and practitioner thinking around gender and equality. Dr. Kerr created a perfect environment to continue these studies, she’s passionate about their importance for the students and university, and is willing to continue all the hard work she has already invested. Her position must be made permanent.
Eilidh Marshall University of St Andrews
Elvira Basevich University of Massachusetts, Lowell
James H Taylor Univ. of Central Missouri
Elisa Magri Boston College
Harriet Isherwood St Andrews
Susannah Moore Eastern Mennonite University
Aleta Quinn University of Idaho
Steven Morrison University of Nottingham
Elizabeth Zacharias Owens
Julie Webber Illinois State University
Victoria Corrêa Tavares UFSC – Brazil
Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson Syracuse University
Sarah Robins University of Kansas
Ben Pershouse Woburn
Please take a good look at your priorities and this woman’s achievements. She is an asset to your university. Thank you.
Dr. Ann Garry Calif State Univ Los Angeles
Jennifer Beveridge Disney World of English (Hong Kong)
Catherine Wearing Wellesley College
Julia Ann Voss Santa Clara University
Josh Hunt University of Michigan
Jessica Lewis Yale University
This is unacceptable treatment of faculty.
Helen Daly Colorado College
Evan Thomas The Ohio State University
Rebekah Sinclair University of Oregon
Huang Zhengyue Universität Wien
Elyse Zavar University of North Texas
Manasa Gopakumar Temple University
Katherine Luking Washington University in St Louis
Colin Elliott Washington University in St. Louis
Nausheen Pasha University of Houston
Julia Istomina Yale
Margaret Cotter-Lynch Southeastern Oklahoma State University
As a gender studies scholar, I am horrified to hear of Dr. Kerr’s dismissal, and attendant devaluation of St. Andrew’s gender studies program.
MECHTHILD NAGEL SUNY Cortland
Jennifer Sacco Quinnipiac University
Elise Robinson University of Georgia
Caroline Shaw Bates College
Erica Preston-roedder Occidental College
Angela Colistra Large academic health network
Gender studies and education is needed now more than ever.
Luke Roelofs New York University
Sarah Trocchio Ridee University
Sukhman Chahal University of British Columbia
Susan Stark Bates College
Amanda Adams Muskingum University
Paul Hayes University of Missouri
Heather Olson Beal, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Trotz I work from hone as a potter and a theatre writer.
Do not let this happen. Alison deserves a much better support from the university. With all of the work that she has done on gender issues, she should be lauded for this work, and not be pushed out of the university.
Michael O’Rourke Michigan State University
Sara M Wolff University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Abbie Meikle University of Glasgow
Eva Kittay Stony Brook University—retired
Elizabeth Hoag Cleveland, Ohio
Evelyn Hoon University of St Andrews
St Andrews cannot continue to preach diversity and equality when it’s behaviour, as shown in the case of Dr Kerr, directly opposes these values. It’s high time for these values to be put into action, not disregarded under the term “redundancy”.
Agnese Di Riccio The New School
Aryn Bartley Lane Community College
Yin Fung Ng st andrews
Chelsea Rae Kerr
Vanessa Silvera University of St Andrews
Jessica Ford University of Newcastle, Australia
Dominika Komender University of St Andrews
Dr Christos Hadjioannou University of Cyprus
Emily Jane Hogg University of Southern Denmark
Dr. Elizabeth Allison California Institute of Integral Studies
Eric Schliesser University of Amsterdam
Dr Elizabeth Tapscott Lindsey Wilson College
Elly Vintiadis Deree- The American College of Greece
Huaming Xu University of Leeds
Paul Thompson PhD candidate, School of English, University of St Andrews.
Eric Lybeck University of Manchester
Geoff Keeling Stanford University
Dr Pete Cannell Open University
Cristina Costa Durham university
Please do the right thing. Acknowledge this scholar’s contribution to the success of your institution
Biagio Mazzella University of Bologna
Sasha Corr Alumni of St Andrews
Dr João Florêncio University of Exeter
Fiona Mackay University of Edinburgh
As Director of GenderED, the University of Edinburgh’s interdisciplinary hub for gender and sexuality studies, I urge St Andrews to revisit its decision.
Jeremy Wyatt University of Waikato
Dr Lydia Farina University of Nottingham
Helena Kobayashi-Wood University of St Andrews
Bren Markey University of St Andrews alumnus
Emma K. Atwood University of Montevallo
Yvonne Huetter-Almerigi University of Bologna
Matteo Catanzano UCL
Aaron J Cotnoir University of St Andrews
Francesca Perkins-Taylor University of St Andrews
Gair Dunlop DJCAD, University of Dundee
Jack Slater GMB
Rachel Stocker Newcastle University
Callum Clarke University of St Andrews
Melissa Kerr Chiovenda Zayed University Abu Dhabi
Dr Anna Notaro University of Dundee
Patrick Barth University of St Andrews
Steven French University of Leeds
Geertje Bol University of Oxford
Yuri Cath La Trobe University
David Ripley Monash University
Abhi Ruparelia University of Richmond
Alexanne Dieu London School of Economics
Zoey Dunmore Leicester
Dr Graham Lee University of Bern
As an alumni of the University of St Andrews, it is extremely disappointing to hear of Dr Kerr’s pending redundancy. I hope the university can reverse course and retain this highly accomplished scholar.
Reinosuke Kusano University of St Andrew’s
Mhairi Wild University of Dundee
Dario Mortini University of Glasgow
Ilinca Vanau University of St Andrews graduate
Fiona Morton St. Andrew’s University
Anouschka Foltz University of Graz
Anna Vittinghoff University of Edinburgh
Timothy Scriven The University of Sydney
Ben Sachs University of St. Andrews
Dr. Kerr is a major asset to the Department of Philosophy and to the University, and her departure would be an enormous loss to absorb.
Sofia Gurevich Univeristy of St Andrews
Calum Stewart St Andrews
Saffron Taylor University of St Andrews
Deming Rohlfs University of St Andrews
Elisa Sajed University of Strathclyde
Dr Rose Harris-Birtill Birkbeck, University of London
Mairi Edwards University of Strathclyde
Michael L. J. Greer Graduate Center, CUNY
Solidarity from an unemployed Unite member.
Casey Johnson University of Idaho
Eilidh MacDonald University of Strathclyde
Katie Young University of Strathclyde
Dr Lydia Hayes University of St Andrews
Sanford Eigenbrode University of Idaho
Karl Aho Tarleton State University
Sarah Firisen UiPath
Rhiannon Quinn University of Stirling
Diana Flemming University of Strathclyde
The MSc Applied Gender Studies programme at the University of Strathclyde StAndWithAlison.
Janelle Gagnon Doctoral student, Stony Brook University
Dr. Manuel Gustavo Isaac University of St Andrews
Signed in my own capacity, with full support!
Kate Wright University of Edinburgh
Soyeong An The Ohio State University
Paul B Rimmer University of Cambridge
Aine Markham MSF International
Sameera Kalra New York, NY
Chantelle Lau St Andrews
Mx Avery Hawkins University of St Andrews
Robin McKenna University of Liverpool
Azzurra Crispino Austin Community College, Philosophy
Emma Bond University of St Andrews
Pedro Monque CUNY Graduate Center
Theo Day St. Andrews University
This is a disgrace. Not how the university should represent themselves.
Mary Mickley State of Ohio
Julz Donald I stand with Alison
Mark Winter St. Andrews
Sivilay Phommisouk University of Strathclyde
Lewis Selfridge University of St Andrews
Jack Lyness University of St Andrews
Zoe Ashton The Ohio State University
Professor Jane Greaves Cardiff University
Pamela Snite Kerr Northwestern University
You and your institution will be judged by how you treat those who labor tirelessly to advance academia.
Tom Cochrane Flinders University, Adelaide
Nicholas J. Tucker Career Coach
As a member of the Alumni Board of Monmouth College, I understand and the support these types of studies to help ensure the next generations of leaders are better prepared to be more inclusive for all.
Christiana Gregoriou University of Leeds
Paul-Michael Irvin UC Berkeley
Tao Chen University of St Andrews
Katherine Caldwell CUNY Grad Center
Kate Manne Cornell University
Robyn Harris University of Strathclyde
I stand in solidarity with Dr. Kerr as a student of gender studies and as a feminist. Her work is invaluable and it would be at a great cost to St. Andrews’ reputation to go ahead with her dismissal.
Jakub Sokolowski University of St Andrews
Lynn CHIU University of St. Andrews Visiting Scholar & Consultant
Seamus Parratt University of St Andrews
Robert Colter University of Wyoming
shay welch spelman college
Daisy Richards De Montfort University
Eloise Pearson Leeds Teaching Hopsitals
Dr Dafina Paca Cardiff University
Make her permanent!
Maxence Terrollion Université du Québec à Montréal
Such a behaviour from a university shall not be tolerated as it encourages a decaying state of affair in which masculinity is priotirized over academic skills. I stand with Alison and with the equality that shall be respected in every university across the globe.
Keroline Gnandt University of Cambridge
Kim McKee Stirling University
Adam Etinson University of St Andrews
Dr Kate McMillan King’s College, London
Tracy Tylka Ohio State University
Emma McClure University of Toronto
I stand with Alison.
Helen Morris Edinburgh University
Caroline Gatt University of Aberdeen & National Lottery Community Fund
Giulia Borrini University of St Andrews
Anne University of St Andrews
Belinda Reilly University of St Andrews
Camryn Kruger Valley Beth Shalom, Los Angeles
As the Director of Youth Engagement at one of the largest Conservative Synagogues in the United States, I believe it is imperative that the study of gender and gender identity is available to all. Understanding the science and cultural evolution of gender creates a space for exploration and deeper knowledge and acceptance of the subject. It is vital to the social-emotional mindfulness curriculum being taught world-wide.
Maddie University of St andrews
Sebastian Tatum MSc Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews
Luz Cáceres University of Glasgow
Ally Day University of Toledo
Yixuan Wu LMU Munich
Dr. Taine Duncan University of Central Arkansas
Jeff Engelhardt Dickinson College
Bobbi M Wilds Marion City Schools – Special Education EBD unit
Ali Morshedlou University of Cincinnati & Mississippi State University
Dr Bee Hughes Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University & Artist in Residence, IGS, Centre for Contemporary Art & School of Art History, University of St Andrews
This redundancy will be a huge loss to the university, in terms of expertise, student experience and gender diversity. I urge the University to reverse this decision.
Erin K Carlile
Lina Weber St Andrews
Lauren Stark Bowdoin College
Olivia Mckenna St. Andrews
BERLAND Jean-Marc Limoges- France
Dr Linda Andersson Burnett Uppsala University
Tiana Fischer NUI Galway, alumna of St Andrews
Josh Mcloughlin UCL
Zuzana Sekeráková Búriková anthropology
Dr Kate Antosik-Parsons Trinity College Dublin
Carolina Flores Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Anna Bernard King’s College London
Tilly Leeman University of St Andrews
Karen Frost-Arnold Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Vanessa Wills George Washington University
Dr. Kerr has done groundbreaking, necessary work to launch and foster Gender Studies research at the University of St. Andrews. It is work that directly serves the university’s mission and that contributes immeasurably to the academic community in Scotland and internationally. I call upon St. Andrews to make good on its commitment to recognize Dr. Kerr’s dedication to her work at the school with an offer of permanent employment. It is a question of what’s right and also of what is right for the university and for the academy. The university’s current plan to go back on its commitments will strike quite a deep blow to StAIGS, the Gender Studies MLitt program, and a scholar whose demonstratedly visionary and unique contributions to the academy are clear.
Daniel Garibay Garcia University of St. Andrews
Thomas Reid University of St Andrews
Teia Swan University of St Andrews
Lucy Coatman University of St Andrews
Catherine Villanueva Gardner University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
It is hard to imagine how the administration justified this decision to themselves. Even harder to imagine how they can sleep at night.
Alper Yavuz Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul
Harry S St Andrews
Fay Niker Stirling
Summer Jameson University of St Andrews
Heather Taylor University of Lancaster
Alison taught one of my favourite modules in my final year at St Andrews – the philosophy of love and sex. It turned everything I thought I knew on its head and had one of the most interesting and diverse reading lists I ever came across while a student at St Andrews. The quality of teaching I experienced with Alison was exceptional, so much so that I wrote to her upon my graduation to thank her for inspiring me and express my interest in enrolling on her Gender Studies postgraduate programme after a couple of years of work experience. I am now actively applying for postgraduate programmes and to think Alison wouldn’t be a part of gender studies at St Andrews going forward is hugely disappointing to say the least. I urge you to reconsider this decision!
Catherine Spencer University of St Andrews
Bhavesh Ralmil University of St.Andrews Graduate 2020
Samuel Reid-Harper University of St. Andrews
Jami Warren University of Kentucky, US
Patricia Cipollitti CUNY Graduate Center
Julie Abayomi Edge Hill University
P Dehal St Andrews
Kieran McConaghy University of St Andrews
Adrian Aboyoun Université Catholique de Louvain
Shane Henckel University of Massachusetts
Chris Hu University of Edinburgh
Nina Del Rivero Universidad La Salle
Octavia Chappell University of St Andrews
Joe Lippitt University of St Andrews
Lisa Kretz University of Evansville
Jade Fletcher New College of the Humanities
Naomi Scheman University of Minnesota, USA, emerita
Dr Jessica A. Volz Independent Scholar; Senior Communications Administrator (Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP)
Gender Studies and Women’s Studies are critical if we are to foster a more equitable world. For the University to suspend such an area of focus is philosophically unsound.
Maureen Eckert UMASS Dartmouth
Joshua Paschal Indiana University
Another example of why contingent employment contracts are deeply exploitive and should have no justifiable place in academia.
Megan McCully University of St Andrews
Elizabeth Bowie University of St. Andrews
Professor Nasar Meer University of Edinburgh
Beth Watson Hurstpierpoint College
Kirsten Lloyd The University of Edinburgh
Andrew D Kerr Retired
Retired CFO of Lake Forest Academy, a four year prep school in USA. I stand with Alison. Schools need to support their teaching staff. Alison has done a wonderful job for her profession, for her students and profitable for her institution. This should be recognized and hailed and supported by university administration. And Alison should receive tenure.
This is a difficult time. But universities should preserve the people who make them great!
Ava Killbourn Uni of St Andrews
Zoe Schodder University of St Andrews Graduate, now at TU Berlin
Tara Byrd New York University
Dr/Professor Lorraine Code York University Toronto Canada – Professor Emerita
This distinguished scholar deserves to be feted, not to be summarily dismissed!
Kathryn Carpenter Rech Princeton University
Yang Yang University of St Andrews
C Ravenhill Former Student at University of St Andrews
Jess Denniff Domestic Violence Partnership
GEOFFREY KERR MBA, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
A very poor business decision.
Valerie Schiller Reynolds HS, Portland, OR, US (M.Litt grad from St. Andrews)
Gender studies is becoming only more relevant to young people today and should not be lost as a central area of philosophical study at St. Andrews. Reconsider
I stand with Alison!
Edgar Cardenas Michigan State University
Celia Hindley Civil Service UK
Catherine Thines University of Amsterdam
Anna Herbelin Former St Andrews student
This is shameful behaviour on the part of the University. Honour your teaching staff.
Dr Aness Webster University of Nottingham
Dipanjali Roy University of St Andrews
Sasha Garwood University of Nottingham
Rafal Urbaniak University of Gdansk
Faith Chalk Chico State University
Please keep her! She is a hardworking staff member that will benefit from a stable position at your university.
Zoë Nash University of St Andrews
Sophie Taylor University of St Andrews
Helena Lang McGill University
Andrea Rehberg Newcastle University
Dr Felicity Gee University of Exeter
Isabel Seguí University of Edinburgh
Christa Johnson University of Dayton
Lulu Eseka University of st andrews
Amy Quinn University of St Andrews
Maggie Fife The CUNY Graduate Center
Ali Kaveh Aenehzodaee Ohio State University, Department of Philosophy
Dr Rebecca Davnall University of Liverpool
Adam Stromme Trinity College, Dublin
Katie Azarow Children’s center
Kevin Scharp University of St Andrews
I stand with Alison. Always have.
Izzie Merrie St Andrews School of Medicine
Annie Ring University of Oregon
Matt Rosen University of Oxford
This decision is extremely disappointing and will doubtless detract from St Andrews’ reputation as a leader in feminist philosophy and as an institution that values those who work hard to better it and to serve its students. I urge St Andrews’ administration to reverse course.
Denish Jaswal Harvard University
Sarah Routley University of St Andrews
Isabelle Bakam University of St Andrews
Caroline Vestergaard University of St. Andrews
Nathan McGovern University of St Andrews
Alexandra Vail University of St Andrews
Stephanie Yardley University College London
Peter West Durham University
Vartika University of St.Andrews
Dr. Patricia Smith Century College, Mahtomedi, MN
Daniel Johnstone University of Edinburgh
Claire Taylor University of st andrews
Claudia Baldelli University of St ANDREWS
Tom Rae University of St Andrews
Teresa Kouri Kissel Old Dominion University
Tanya Coffield Ala Costa Centers
I stand with Dr Alison Duncan Kerr.
Sophia Woodman University of Edinburgh
Dr Matthew Augustine University of St Andrews
Maia Rakovic University of St Andrews
Allison Kerper The Open University
Rachel B University of At Andrews
Logan Carnegie St Andrews
Nick Gelos University of St. Andrews
Ashab Ahmad University of St Andrews
Ariana Peruzzi University of Michigan
Ben Spigel University of Edinburgh Business School
Hadden Goodman USA
Please reconsider your decision to make Dr. Kerr redundant. Re-evaluate all she has to offer.
Andrew Whitehouse University of Aberdeen
Surina University of St Andrews
“ever to excel”
Soohyun Ahn University of Calgary
Megan Peal Neuroscience BSc
Kelly Clancy Nebraska Wesleyan University
Karoline Paier University of British Columbia
Victoria Angelici University of Glasgow
Rachel Boote St Andrews
Orla Emberson University of St Andrews
YU Xuelian SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY
Emma McConville St. Andrews
Helen Cammack University of St Andrews
Ben Laurence University of Chicago
Bert Baumgaertner University of Idaho
Nico Orlandi UC Santa Cruz
Craig M Stenson
Keep Alison she is amazing!!!
Dr Sophie Keeling University of Barcelona
Felicity Dean St Andrews
Philipp Schoenegger University of St Andrews
Santiago Gutiérrez Guillén Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
I find it incredibly nonsensical to lose such a valued academic meanwhile a fameinist wave rolls throught latin America with legalisations to abortion and the recognition of feminicides. As gender studies becomes a mainstream topic discussed by the general public and not only by academics and niche groups we will and have been relaying on this academics to show us the way, so now more than ever we need people like Dr. Alison to teach us about this topics
Luke Brunning University of Birmingham
Joel Butcher University of St Andrews
Emily Barclay University of StAndrews
Nicole Wyatt Head of Department of Philosophy, University of Calgary
Dr. Stephanie Derrick
Dominic Goymour St Andrews
Professor Serene Khader City University of New York
Riana Olson Work: UCLA; previously studied at: University of Glasgow and Smith college
This is truly upsetting to hear, as I hold the University of St. Andrews in high regard and this seems like a direct message against diversity and further opening students’ minds to topics that are more important than ever.
Dr Lotta Purkamo Geological Survey of Finland
This is outrageous! I would not have thought that my postdoctoral home, the academic institution that I find so prestigious could be even thinking about this!
Leonor Capelier University of St Andrews
As the co-president of the feminist society at the University of St Andrews I am truly disappointed at the decision. In my degree, I have been able to expand my passion for gender studies and hope to pursue it after my undergraduate. This decision makes a precedent that the university does not value this field of academia as highly as others and that it is not worthwhile. I have had the pleasure of hearing Dr Duncan Kerr speak at this university and she is a brilliant professor. Losing the singular professor dedicated to this field is a tragedy in my eyes.
Axel Neau Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3
Dr. John Beavers Department of Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin
Dominic Salzedo St Andrews
Andrew Duncan Kerr Jr University of Oregon
E Ibrahim University of Exeter
Alicia Whitty University of St Andrews
Xintong Wei University of St Andrews and Stirling
Dr Rachel Handley Trinity College Dublin
Rongzheng Liu University of St Andrews
Aimee Joyce University of St Andrews
Sarah Carter, Indiana University Bloomington
Sabrina Au SOAS University of London
Rebecca Clark University of Oxford
Mary Peterson University of Edinburgh
Sophia Brousset University of St Andrews
Lorenzo Sapochetti University of St Andrews
Dr Jake Wojtowicz Monroe Community College
J Adam Carter Philosophy, University of Glasgow
Aiyana D’Arcangelo University of St Andrews, MLitt 2012 (School of Management)
Lillian Perkins Ohio State University, Philosophy Department
Molo Brice EHESS
Josh Replogle University of St Andrews
I Stand with Dr Allison Duncan. Please reinstate her to her former position.
Dr Elliot Director Elevated Media LLC
Julian Leidy University of St Andrews
Corey J. Maley, Ph.D. University of Kansas
Laurie Woods Self employed
I have a college age daughter. She and her friends base many of the views and ultimately college selections on a university’s diversity of faculty as well as educational options supporting gender studies and diversity.
I urge you to acknowledge Dr Kerr’s outstanding work and dedication to St Andrews and name her a permanent member of your faculty.
Lisa Ryan Coronado Unified School District
Dear Decision Maker,
Choose to be a leader and let Dr Kerr continue to make the University thrive.
Heather Borland University of St Andrews
Jared Lindahl Brown University
Philippa Lovatt University of St Andrews
Anushrut Ramakrishnan Agrwaal University of St Andrews
I have experience of working with Dr Duncan Kerr on an EDI committee, and have also attended multiple StAIGS events. She would be a major loss to the University
David W. Bird Saint Mary’s College of California
Natalie Smith University of St Andrews
Kathie Rose Honeywell International
Professor Emma Hart University of Pennsylvania
Kelly Thomson St Andrews University
Alfredo José Asali Infante Academia de música Fermatta, México
Maddie D University of St Andrews
Liam Kofi Bright London School of Economics
Jo Zubrow University of Memphis
EC Feiss UC Berkeley
Dana E Weir-Guffey University of Missouri
Nicola Newcastle University
Gabriella Ascanio Otero
Duncan Kremer University of St Andrews
Markus Christian Hansen Lund University
Dr Kerr was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, and was one of the few individuals I met during my time at uni that actually changed my view of the world.
Dana Howard Ohio State University
Dr Michelle Deininger Cardiff University
The university should be setting an example here. It is simply exploitative to give someone this level of responsibility (establishing a thriving research institute and a growing postgraduate programme) and then not make the position permanent. The stats on the composition of the department are woeful and point to a broader context in which female researchers are neither valued nor promoted.
Juliette Ferry-Danini University of Toronto
Dr Natasha Saunders University of St Andrews
Dr. Michael D. H. Yates Rikkyo University, Tokyo
Academics, internationally, stand with Dr. Kerr.
Jeanne Political Science
Long Tran St Andrews
Vivek Sivadev St Andrews
Anna West Fordham University
Santiago Gutiérrez Guillén ITAM
I find it incredibly nonsensical to lose such a valued academic meanwhile a fameinist wave rolls throught latin America with legalisations to abortion and the recognition of feminicides. As gender studies becomes a mainstream topic discussed by the general public and not only by academics and niche groups we will and have been relaying on this academics to show us the way, so now more than ever we need people like Dr. Alison to teach us about this topics
Felicity Dean St Andrews
Philipp Schoenegger University of St Andrews
Santiago Gutiérrez Guillén Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
I find it incredibly nonsensical to lose such a valued academic meanwhile a fameinist wave rolls throught latin America with legalisations to abortion and the recognition of feminicides. As gender studies becomes a mainstream topic discussed by the general public and not only by academics and niche groups we will and have been relaying on this academics to show us the way, so now more than ever we need people like Dr. Alison to teach us about this topics
Dr. Jean M. Pacewic Oregon Health Sciences University
Angus Allan University of Edinburgh
Theron Pummer St Andrews
Jamie Locke-Jones University of St Andrews
Laura Frye-Levine, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nicôle Meehan University of St Andrews
Denise Kelly University College Dublin
Sending solidarity from the UCD MAP chapter.
Assoc. Prof Katherine O’Donnell University College Dublin
Caitlin Ridgway University of St Andrews
Joel Chow National University of Singapore
Dr. Kerr has demonstrated both research, teaching, and administrative excellence. It stands to reason that she should be a permanent faculty. Her commitment and passion is clear for all to see, and a university truly committed to equality and diversity should recognize her efforts and significant constributions.
Julieta Sierra Banegas Prepa IBERO
Niamh Moore University of Edinburgh
Ally Barber Southern Methodist University
Felicia Martinez Saint Mary’s College of California
Emma Craig University of St Andrews
Why would I want to be part of an institution that takes advantage of the hard work and passion of female professionals and blatantly does not value the importance of gender studies?
Bernard Lee University of St Andrews
Amy Barrett University of Missouri
Anna Ewing University of St Andrews
Dominik Boll University of St Andrews/University of Stirling (SASP)
Jennifer Hefner, PhD Assistant Professor, Ohio State University
Sophie Bretagnolle Université du Québec À Montréal
Elizabeth Hawken St Andrews
Luna Komatsuda Williams University of St Andrews
Kristina L Gladfelter U of Central Missouri, USA
Kimon Sourlas-Kotzamanis University of Oxford
Lauren Leydon-Hardy Amherst College
Annie Adair University of St Andrews
Harry Dyer University of East Anglia
Alessandro Rossi University of St Andrews
Matthew W. G. McClure University of Edinburgh
Rachel Cripps University of St Andrews
Hitanshi Badani University of St. Andrews
Melissa Hejazi University of California, Berkeley
Jakob Ohlhorst Universities of Cologne and Glasgow
Noah Friedman-Biglin San José State University
Zara Petranova University of St Andrews
Arola Moreras University of St Andrews
Sally Bachner Wesleyan University
Tomasz Herok Lancaster University
Fiona Spencer ILLC, University of Amsterdam (University of St Andrews graduate)
As a woman pursuing postgraduate study in logic, I can strongly attest to the importance that movements such as MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) can have in deciding to continue in a field of academia with such a significant gender imbalance. Such movements genuinely provide hope that the landscape of our field can change to become more inclusive and diverse. Dr. Kerr’s redundancy is shocking and severely discouraging. I strongly encourage the University to reconsider their decision.
Anna Campbell St Andrews
Ricky Mouser Indiana University
Karen Lewis Barnard College, Columbia University
Anna Harris The University of St Andrews
Joshua Wood University of St Andrews
Jennifer Harvey St. Andrews university
Julia Goetze University of Redlands
James Rodgers University of St. Andrews
Hug Nicolas APSAJ (France)
Tom Burdge University of St Andrews
Harry Hughes St. Andrews
Dr Katherine Cooper University of East Anglia
Emily Mann The University of Edinburgh
Savannah Pearlman Indiana University – Bloomington
Stanley Parker St Andrews University
William Innes Former St Andrews Philosophy Student
Jacob Stillings University of St Andrews
Disgraceful behaviour from a university of St Andrews standing. Shocking treatment treatment to Dr Kurr and her students who are half way through what is already a very difficult year.
Yvette Philosophy PhD, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Hanna Palya University of St Andrews
Edward Backman St Andrews
Dr. Anna Shope University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Dr. Rebecca Bamford Quinnipiac University
Sebastian Stuart St Andrews
Exploitative work practices in academia must be exposed and brought to an end!
Meghan Bowling-Johnson University of St Andrews
Teigan Aitken University of St Andrews
Karl Steel Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center CUNY (full professor)
Alice Rickless University of St Andrews
Dr Sheena MacRae
Meiyue Liu University of St. Andrews
Vanessa Wolosz University of St Andrews
David Anderson University of St Andrews
George Watts University of St Andrews
You cannot parade as a university that cares about equality whilst you slash the groundbreaking work that makes this move from archaic learning possible.
Beth Lord University of Aberdeen
Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer Ohio State University
Neil Fox Falmouth University
Zara Anwarzai Indiana University
Dennis Caouki St Andrews
Dewi Evans Queen Mary University of London
Idil Galip University of Edinburgh
Solidarity with Alison
Adriana Disman Queen Mary University of London
Chloe Currie University of St Andrews
Dr Panas Karampampas École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris
(formerly, university of St Andrews)
Finlay O’Neill University of St Andrews
Oliver Blewett St Andrews
Harry Wade University of St. Andrews
Cormac Mathieson University of St Andrews
Emily Watson MLitt Classics, University of St Andrews
Vimala Pasupathi Hofstra University
Nora Epstein University of St Andrews
Karl Egerton University of Nottingham
Kathryn Darby University of St Andrews
Andy Camargo Ibero, Mexico City
Michael Taylor University of St. Andrews
Annie Smith University of St Andrews
Celeste Murillo Williams College
Dr Claire Field University of Stirling
I am shocked to learn of how Alison has been treated, and of the contempt for Gender Studies displayed. Losing Alison would be a great loss to St Andrews. Absolutely disgraceful.
isaac bateman University of St Andrews
Catherine Mullner University of St Andrews
I can only imagine to one day have the positive social impact Dr. Kerr has had on this University, and it is staff like her that made me want to come this institution in the first place. Making her position redundant is the wrong step for St Andrews, and especially its students.
Delaney Flanigan University of St Andrews
Bridget Bradley St Andrews
Kaja Andersen University of St Andrews
Nina McNicol University of St Andrews
Natalia Juarez Chavez
Emily Berman University of St. Andrews
Jennie Wang University of St Andrews
Colin Troesken University of St. Andrews/University of Stirling (SASP)
Rory Gibb University of St Andrews
Julia van Leuven
Anindya Raychaudhuri University of St Andrews
Travis Manuel University of St Andrews
Eli Thayer University of St Andrews
Holly Muir University of St Andrews
Alasdair Richmond University of St Andrews
lakshmi keswani university college london
Helen Garnett University of St Andrews
Lorelei Boston University of St Andrews
L. Avery Randall
Sarah Routley University of St Andrews
As a female first-year Philosophy student, I am shocked to learn that the diversity of the Department and University is being challenged in this way. Whilst I have not been taught by Dr Kerr, I feel strongly that her work with MAP has made the department and course more inclusive, especially in an academic tradition that has a long history of ignoring female voices. Furthermore, I was excited to learn of the MLitt in Gender Studies, an area in which I have a particular interest, and am shocked that its founder and lecturer may not be there if I chose to apply in the future. Such a decision may mean that I would turn to post-graduate study elsewhere, at a university who stands by experienced and dedicated lecturers to deliver the highest level of teaching. She will be a major loss to Philosophy at St Andrews.
Hannah Crowe Student at the University of St Andrews
I am a second year theological studies student, one of my favourite areas being feminist theology. A member of staff in the philosophy department to study and focus on Gender issues is uplifting to say the least. She should be supported rather than made redundant! If she was to run a undergraduate module focusing on this area of study I would guarantee it’s popularity among students all over the university. Give our university a chance to make a difference in Gender issues and become a lead in the field.
Grace Lavery UC Berkeley
Sarah Gan University of St. Andrews
Emma Stitt Queen‘s University Belfast
Thomas Randriamahazaka University of St Andrews
Isabelle McNeill Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
Artemis Eales University of St. Andrews
If only one person is researching an important topic, then maybe don’t make them redundant?? Dr. Kerr is allowing philosophy students to access a wider range of knowledge which is key to their subject, don’t remove that resource by making am incredible person redundant.
James McNinch St Andrews University
Dr Kerr is my academic advisor, and was extremely helpful in giving advice when I really needed it. She performed so well in her job,despite working from home with young children. The uni’s decision is upsetting, and I put my name to this letter as they clearly don’t know what they will lose.
Jemima Askew University of St Andrews
Charlotte Young Queen Mary University of London
Mariam Mahmood Civil Service, UK
Harris Hutchison University of St Andrews
Robin Dembroff Yale University
Katherine Perry University of Aberdeen
Lia Da Giau St Andrews
Hannah Dineen St Andrews.
Dr Kerr is my advisor and has always been lovely, her absence to this university will be noticed – don’t let it be!
Eugenio González Flores Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Nathan Tsang University of St Andrews
Hagar University of St Andrews
Ashley Woodward University of Dundee
Chloe Chuck University of St Andrews
Akshika kandage University of St Andrews
In order for St Andrews to actualize it’s goals of enabling students to excel , they need to invest in teachers like Dr .kerr and send a message to their students that exploring more academic fields is not redundant and should not make you redundant . Contributions need to be accepted and encouraged to set a good precedent and inspiration for students to purpose their academic interests . I also think that university of St Andrews has a duty to its students to offer the best education to its students , which it has done and can only continue to do so if professors like Dr Kerr are included within our academics .
Muireann Crowley University of Edinburgh
Euan Higgins University of St Andrews
Emma McKeown University of St Andrews
As a Philosophy student, it’s clear that the people that have made Alison redundant do not understand that the Philosophy of Gender deserves its own treatment and cannot be relegated to being taught by other people. Gender is not something that you â€˜add and stirâ€™ into academia; it is a legitimate subdiscipline that requires someone, like Alison, to think through its nuances. This thinking-through is especially pertinent in the present, now that more and more people are talking about gender critically; we need specialists, like her, to guide the discourse and do the work that they do so well. Moreover, from a league table standpoint, Philosophy at St Andrews is ranked so highly in the UK in large part because of Alisonâ€™s efforts, so to make her redundant would be to severely limit the intellectual strength of the department, which would be a huge shame because they are fantastic. I implore you to reinstate Alison to her position.
Tanya Horeck Anglia Ruskin University
Alec Hudson University of St Andrews
Julie Rose Bower QMUL
Gender Studies is an important area of academic research with an exciting future ahead of it. Reverse this decision!
Nina Windgaetter University of New Hampshire
Eva Willson University of St. Andrews
Corran Wineberg St Andrews University
Rory Bannerman University of St Andrews
Noah Katz Lancaster University
Dr. Karen Gregory Edinburgh University
Rasa Davidaviciute SASP
Colm Boyle University of St Andrews
Andrew Halyburton University of St Andrews
Sam Osborn University of St Andrews (Modern Languages)
Enrico Galvagni University of St Andrews
parker hansen study: St andrews SD/GEOG (studying gender things!), work: St andrews Students association
Adi Arora St. andrews University
Dr Sanghita Sen University of St Andrews.
Juliana Zaharevich University of St Andrews
Sara Weissel University of St. Andrews
Sarah McMahon University of St Andrews
Rosie Landon University of St Andrews
Janis Schaab University of Groningen
As a recent PhD from SASP (graduated 2019), I support this letter.
Ewan Reynolds University of St Andrews
Arantzazu Asali Infante University of St Andrews
I stand with Alison!
Chloe Lawson University of St Andrews
Federica Crescenzi University of St Andrews
Hannah Koegler Art History and Philosophy
Ilja Kaspers St Andrews & Stirling
Catherine Cooper Spar
Elisha Herring St Andrews 2020 Graduate
Alessandra Fassio The University of Edinburgh
Caitlin Brown University of St Andrews
Margret Stidham University of St. Andrews
Eva Halliday University of St Andrews
Fabian Whitaker University of St Andrews
Dr Janet Foggie MA BD PhD University of Stirling
There is a need to reconsider who is “pooled” for redundancy and to stop picking off the progressive staff from the departments that really need them. This is a very retrograde step.
Spencer Albert University of Toronto
Andrew Fish University of Amsterdam (formerly, university of St Andrews)
Kyle van Oosterum University of Cambridge
Daniel Simons Oxford University
Miranda Wilson University of St Andrews
Aparna Sharma University of California Los Angeles
In solidarity with Dr. Kerr.
Jamie Roberts University of St Andrews
Sophia Rommel University of Cambridge
Anna University of St Andrews
Ella Curston University of St Andrew’s
Eline Gerritsen University of St Andrews
Danil Flewelling University of St Andrews, Philosophy
Sofia Johnson University of St. Andrews
Michael Logue University of St Andrews
Theron Pummer St Andrews
Eleanor Pitt University of St Andrews
Aleks Scholz School of Physics & Astronomy
Mark Brough University of St Andrews
Joseph Ehrlich University of St Andrews
Luis Roberto Garcia Martinez University of St Andrews
Josh Smith Dundee University
Aniruddh Lodha University of St Andrews
Sophie Annabelle Walker University of Dundee (formerly University of St Andrews)
Dr. Nessa Johnston Edge Hill University
Katharina Hunfeld University of St Andrews
Anna Backman Rogers University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Holly Patrick Alumnus
Anh-Quân Nguyen University of St Andrews
Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik University of Leeds
Emily Savage University of St Andrews
Dr Yemisi Akinbobola Birmingham City University
Taskeen Bailwal University of Dundee
Dr Lizzie Reed University of Southampton
Matthew Cull University of Sheffield
Dr Anna Hájková University of Warwick
Nick Küspert University of St Andrews & University of Stirling
Lucy Osler University of Copenhagen
Duncan Morin University of Edinburgh
Absolute shambles from supposedly the best university in the country. Shame on St Andrews
Max Klaassen University of Bonn
Tabitha Benton-Evans University of St Andrews
Jean Gové University of St Andrews
Josh Heron Abertay University
Mallika Balakrishnan University of Cambridge
Grant Buttars University of Edinburgh
M. Jimena Clavel Vázquez University of Tartu
Andrew Fyffe University of St Andrews
Jann Paul Engler University of St Andrews
Lixiao Lin University of St Andrews
Helena Slanickova St Andrews & Stirling Universities
Emma St Andrews University
Matthew Ogden University of Dundee
Dr. Houman Sadri University of Gothenburg
Emma Bairstow University of St Andrews
This is abominable. I can’t believe that a university this esteemed, where we claim to value equality and fair treatment, is doing this. Also it’s illegal to offer up a post someone has been made redundant from.
Amy Illson Mlitt Gender Studies, St Andrews
Rebecca Harrison University of Glasgow
Elsa Kivinen University of Edinburgh
Fenner Tanswell Loughborough University
Matthew Clark University of St Andrews
Dr. Justin Vlasits University of Tübingen
Fionna Saintraint Parliament of Brussels
Anthony Morgan Editor, The Philosopher
John MacDonald University of Aberdeen
This is such a pertinent area of study ! It cannot be set back even an inch !
Alan MacDonald University of Dundee
Dr. Sara L. Uckelman Durham University
Christoph Schuringa New College of the Humanities
Dr Scott Burnett University of Gothenburg
Aidan McGlynn Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
Fionn Kennedy Philosophy graduate student, University of Oxford
I spent 5 years at St Andrews philosophy from 2015-20. This decision is deeply disappointing, and will tangibly damage both the reputation of the university in my own eyes and those of others. I urge those responsible to reconsider their decision.
Prof. Martin Lenz University of Groningen
Solidarity to Dr Kerr. St Andrews should have a rethink on this.
Antoine Saintraint Morocco
Caeleen Saintraint MLitt Gender Studies
Elizabeth Ventham University of Liverpool
Leonie Smith University of Manchester
Adriana Alcaraz Glasgow university
Lauren Slater Birkbeck UOL
Marley Lobambola University of Glasgow
Paolo Savino University of St Andrews & University of Stirling
Melissa Demian University of St Andrews
Dr Katharine Jenkins University of Glasgow
Signing in a personal capacity.
Aimee Lewis University of St Andrews
Matthew Chrisman University of Edinburgh
Dr Isaac Castellano Boise State University
Dr. Duncan Kerr by all standards is well deserving and qualified scholar and professor. It is with complete disbelief that an esteemed and enlightened institution such as St. Andrews cannot see that.
Rebecca Som Castellano Boise State University
The situation sadly illustrates why we need continued attention given to power, including as it relates to gender. Dr. Kerr is deserving of better, as is St. Andrews.
Cassie Herbert Illinois State University
Matthew Andler Lafayette College
Professor Jennifer Saul
Professor Charlotte Witt University of New Hampshire
Dr Esa Díaz-León Universitat de Barcelona
Elinor Mason UCSB
As a colleague and fellow feminist philosopher, I would like to voice my support and respect for Dr Alison Duncan Kerr. As the external examiner for the Gender Studies MLitt I want to stress how valuable this program is, and what a shame it would be to squander all the work that Dr Duncan-Kerr has put into it.
Joan W Scott Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton New Jersey
Wesley Cray Texas Christian University
Ethan Landes University of St Andrews
Carrie Jenkins University of British Columbia
Eric Fassin Professor, Paris 8 University
In the age of #MeToo, and when the pandemic mobilizes care workers, we need gender studies more than ever!
Dr Alexander Douglas University of St Andrews
As Alison’s colleague in the Department of Philosophy, I wholeheartedly believe in her contractual right to a permanent position after her years of service to the department and the university.
Julinna Oxley Coastal Carolina University
Serena Parekh Northeastern University
Andrea Westlund Florida State University
Dr. James Taylor University of Warwick
Dr Catherine Lester University of Birmingham
Matt Denny The university of warwick
Charlotte Stevens Birmingham City University
Peter A Gildenhuys Lafayette College
Sally McConnell-Ginet Emerita Professor, Linguistics Cornell University, USA
Alison has done an extraordinary job and more than merits a permanent position at St Andrews
Niklas Becker St Andrews
The fact that Alison is made redundant goes completely against the – at least official – position of the University to increase diversity. Almost as if the Uni does not care as much for diversity as they say…
Nick Allen University of St. Andrews
Kirsty Sinclair Dootson University of St Andrews
Zoë Shacklock University of St Andrews
Atif Khan University of Strathclyde
Tom Roberts University of Exeter
Prof. Richard Samuels Philosophy Department, Ohio State
Sara Protasi University of Puget Sound
Dr. Cathleen Muller Marist College
Petronella Randell University of St. Andrews
Katharina Bernhard University of St Andrews
Clotilde Torregrossa University of St Andrews
As a young female academic myself, having Alison in my department has been truly inspirational. Seeing her hard work, her passion, and her immense attention and care for the students of St Andrews dismissed in such a way by the University has been a shock. It sends the terrible message to people like myself in precarious employment in Academia that our work is not seen or valued. I hope the University does not actually stand by this message and that it rectifies the situation.
David MacDonald University of St Andrews
Morgan Currie University of Edinburgh
St. Andrews administration, shame on you. That you can’t see the injustice of Allison’s situation – of not rewarding her for the innovative work she’s done for the University by starting a new Institute and degree program, nor for the difference she’s made in the lives of the first cohort of gender studies MLitt students, nor for her years of service in the Philosophy department – that instead, she has been demoted and told to leave, putting the program in jeopardy, is a clear and shameful case study of gender discrimination and exploitation of a vulnerable early career researcher. That you haven’t inspected or are not concerned for how this flouts the University policies aspiring towards greater diversity and gender parity is also appalling – you’ve created precisely the kind of case study that gender studies programs such as this one are designed to study and guard against. The only course of action is to do what is just, to hire Allison on staff and to support her to lead the institute and program she created and has led with such skill and vision.
Quentin Pharr St Andrews and Stirling Universities
So much hard work and so much genuine care should not be dismissed – it should be rewarded. I wholeheartedly stand with Alison.
Joel Krueger University of Exeter
Emilia Wilson University of St Andrews
Lucy Donaldson University of St Andrews
Deryn Mair Thomas University of St. Andrews
Camille Fouche University of St Andrews
Lara Jost St Andrews and Stirling
Laura Roe University of St. Andrews
Gabriela Manley University of St. Andrews
Sonja Dobroski University of St Andrews
Dr. Christa L McKirland Carey Baptist College, Aotearoa NZ
I stand with Alison.
Stewart Shapiro The Ohio State University
Gillian Russell University of St Andrews/ACU Melbourne
Dr. Graham Hubbs University of Idaho
Joe Slater St Andrews Philosophy Department
I am very disappointed by this decision. Alison has been a wonderful presence at the university. I hope those with the ability to reverse this decision see sense.
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa University of British Columbia
Professor Craige Roberts The Ohio State University
Alison Duncan Kerr is an outstanding young scholar who has dedicated herself and her work in good faith to developing an excellent, timely interdisciplinary program for St. Andrews’ students. To discard her as the university plans to do thoughtlessly devalues women’s place in academia at a time when the university is supposed to be committed to its promotion. Shame.
Prof. Bradford Cokelet University of Kansas
Dr Carol Hay University of Massachusetts Lowell
Judith Tonhauser University of Stuttgart, Germany
Dr Lindsey Mason Ohio Dominican University
My signature represent my personal beliefs and not the beliefs of my university. Alison has my support 100%.
Leshu Torchin University of St Andrews
Mike Arrowsmith University of St Andrews
Dr Lauren Ware University of Kent