Claudine Gay Resigns as President of Harvard University

Claudine Gay announced on January 2 that she is stepping down as Harvard University president. Dr. Gay had served as president for only six months. She was the first African American to lead Harvard in its nearly 400-year history.

The resignation came after Dr. Gay faced harsh criticism from many members of the Harvard community for her handling of anti-Semitism on campus and for her testimony before Congress on the issue. Dr. Gay also was accused of plagiarism in her Ph.D. dissertation and in some published works.

“This is not a decision I came to easily,” Dr. Gay said in a message to the Harvard community. “I have looked forward to working with so many of you to advance the commitment to academic excellence that has propelled this great University across centuries. It has become clear that it is in the best interests of Harvard for me to resign so that our community can navigate this moment of extraordinary challenge with a focus on the institution rather than any individual.”

Dr. Gay served as an assistant professor and then tenured associate professor at Stanford University before being recruited to Harvard in 2006 as a professor of government. She was also appointed a professor of African and African American Studies in 2007. In 2015, Dr. Gay was named the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government. In 2018, Dr. Gay was named the Edgerley Family Dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Gay is recognized as a highly influential expert on American political participation. Her research and teaching explore how various social and economic factors shape political views and voting behavior. She is the co-editor of Outsiders No More?: Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation (Oxford University Press, 2013).

The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Dr. Gay grew up in New York and Saudi Arabia, where her father worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Gay received her bachelor’s degree in 1992 from Stanford University, where she majored in economics. She received a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.

Dr. Gay will return to the Harvard faculty, where she has served as a professor of government since 2006.

Related Articles


  1. Jah & Jahes love. Thank you very much for this excellent article about Dr. Gay’s work. I cannot wait to read everything that she’s written. I am aspiring to study political philosophy and I feel very inspired by her work. I also feel very sad that she decided to resign her position as President of Harvard University. As a New York City born woman of Haitian descent, especially since our parents also met there in the 1960s, I feel so inspired by her achievements but devastated by her resignation. Blessed love.#Ayiti#1804

    • It’s quite apparent you’re totally oblivious to the academic affairs administrative malfeasance Claudine Gay has been intimately involved while at Harvard. For those who dissent, I challenge you to ask Harvard professor Roland Fryer.

      What I find most interesting is that most African or Caribbean immigrants love to boast about their Third World country as if it’s a “Shining city on Hill” while in the USA. When in fact, those places are mired in crime, disease, political corruption, public safety, food scarcity, and public defecation.

      More important, those so-called Black academics need to be honest and publicly say why Claudine Gay was forced to resign because she didn’t acquiesce to the Zionists narrative concerning the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Further, it appears that Claudine Gay socially, intellectually, and culturally identified with the White establishment class even though she’s a Haitian immigrant whose married to European man. Then, you wonder why Haiti is still ranks as one of the world’s poorest countries.

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Recruited for Federal Student Pathway Program for Careers in Public Service

The Pathway Public Service Program was established in 2019 to develop the next generation of diverse, qualified, and motivated public health servants. Over the past five years, the program has hired over 100 student interns.

Five Black Scholars Selected for New Faculty Positions

The five Black scholars who aer taking on new roles are Khadene Harris at Rice University in Houston, Nakia Melecio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bettina Drake at Washington University in St. Louis, Arlette Ngoubene Atioky at Goucher College in Maryland, and Kandi Hill-Clarke at the University of Memphis.

Getty Images to Preserve Digital Photo Archives at Delaware State University

Currently, Delaware State University's photo archives contain thousands of photographs taken over the course of the university's 133 year history. Thanks to a new partnership with Getty Images, those images will be digitized and made available on

Porché Spence Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Advancing Diversity in Ecology

Dr. Spence currently serves as an assistant professor of environmental studies at North Carolina A&T State University. Throughout her career, she has developed several educational programs geared towards introducing students of color to environmental science fields.

Featured Jobs