Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Call for reinstatement of Temple University's Dr. Anthony Monteiro


“REINSTATE A GREAT,” Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Commentary on Dr. Monteiro’s Struggle (from Prison Radio). See below, to sign the educators’ Call for Monteiro.








Dr. Anthony Monteiro
Dr. Anthony Monteiro

Associate Professor of African American Studies, Dr. Anthony Monteiro, Ph.D., a  long-time advocate for Mumia Abu-Jamal, distinguished W. E. B. Du Bois scholar and community activist, has been dismissed from his position in Temple University’s African-American Studies Department. It is clearly a case of a “retaliation firing,” even though Temple administrators deem it simply “end of term” for Dr. Monteiro. For one report on the firing see this story at The Philadelphia Tribune.The National Call, below, contests the dismissal, protests the retaliatory firing and seeks Dr. Monteiro’s reinstatement.

If you are an educator and wish to sign this Call, send your name to johanna.fernandez@baruch.cuny.edu AND mark.taylor@ptsem.edu, subject heading: “Signature Monteiro.”  Please give your name as you would like it listed and your institutional affiliation (which will be shown for identification purposes only).




 A Call for the Reinstatement of

 Temple University’s Dr. Anthony Monteiro

WE UNITE with Philadelphia faculty members, labor, community and student organizations to call for the immediate reinstatement of Professor Anthony Monteiro as Associate Professor in African-American Studies. After Dr. Monteiro’s 10 years of distinguished service in Temple University’s historic Department, the first to offer a doctorate in African-American Studies, he has been informed that his contract will not be renewed, in a letter of Jan 6, 2014 from Dean Teresa Soufas of Temple’s Liberal Arts College. No reason was given for dismissal of so highly respected a scholar, particularly for his Du Bois scholarship, but also in African American Studies, generally.

WE DENOUNCE AND DEPLORE this apparent violation of Dr. Monteiro’s academic freedom and this disparagement of his dignity as scholar and person. In the absence of any reasons for Dr. Monteiro’s dismissal, this refusal to renew his contract must be labeled a “retaliation firing” based on the following indicators:

  • Retaliatory and threatening moves against faculty by administrators have recent precedent at Temple, especially from this Dean. Professor Monteiro’s dismissal came after he helped spearhead public campaigns that challenged the Dean’s attempt to strip the faculty of autonomy in administering of its department. In particular, Dr. Monteiro helped defend public efforts to secure African American scholars to Chair the African American Studies department, in spite of the Dean’s objection to the department’s own proposed candidates.

  • Scholar, Lewis Gordon, previous holder of Temple’s distinguished Laura Carnell Professorship, resigned protesting racist practices and “a series of retaliatory actions” that he and other Black and Jewish staff experienced from this Dean and other administrators. He recounted these at his website and in Temple’s own Faculty Herald publication.

  • Gordon, who had also served on Temple’s Great Teachers Award Committee, resigned along with his wife, an award-winning scholar and teacher in political science, also reports along with others, that, on at least two occasions the Dean ordered surveillance of Black and/or Jewish faculty in their classes and on campus, and also called the police to campus when another professor mentioned Dean Soufas’ ongoing attacks against black male faculty.

  • Not only was no reason given for Dr. Monteiro’s dismissal, administrators also appear to hold contempt for Dr. Monteiro’s work on community issues of mass incarceration, public education, and police corruption. Following two major events organized by Dr. Monteiro on political prisoners, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Russell Maroon Shoatz, which drew large participation from the local Black community, Temple began to prohibit Dr. Monteiro from reserving campus rooms. As a result, he has been prohibited from continuing to host important gatherings on campus, like his long-standing Free Saturday School for students and community, entitled “Philosophy and Black Liberation. This policy now prohibits his  organizing the W.E.B. Du Bois lectures and symposia, for which he has become known in scholarly circles. This essentially targets Monteiro’s academic freedom as well as his interaction with the community as a scholar, which in fact is called for by African American Studies’ own Mission Statement.  Dean Soufas has said publicly to the Department, “I do not see a Black Community.”

  • Graduate students in the African-American Studies Department have organized with Black Philadelphia groups to protest what they view as a series of attacks on the Department, reporting hostility and a climate of threat designed to intimidate them.

  • At a Department meeting before Dr. Asante had become Chair of African American Studies, the Dean pointed her finger, disparagingly, in Dr. Asante’s face. On at least two other occasions she threatened Dr. Asante with dismissal from his faculty post.

WE RECOGNIZE, CELEBRATE AND WILL NOT SEE DEMEANED DR. MONTEIRO’S SCHOLARSHIP AND SERVICE, in the light of which his recent firing can only appear as an act of flagrant racism and repression of academic freedom. Dr. Monteiro’s eminent record includes:

  • A distinguished publication recordfeaturing over 100 published articles and essays in varied journals. He is among the most frequently cited in his department, not only in African-American and Du Bois Studies, but also in political science, history, urban education, race and feminist studies, to name a few. Already, Monteiro has produced five articles on Nelson Mandela and Amiri Baraka, just since their recent deaths.

  • Ten years of exemplary and creative professional achievements at Temple since 2003serving as Associate Professor without tenure, after having left a tenured position at another institution for a promise of tenure at Temple. He was one key architect of the Center for the Study of Race and Social Thought at Temple, becoming its Associate Director in 2005. Although supporting Dr. Asante’s appointment as Department Chair, Professor Monteiro, along with others, was himself also nominated for that role. Further, he has served on five dissertation committees, and chaired one.

  • National and international renown for conceiving and directing scholarly events on W. E. B. Du Bois at Temple, hosting the annual Du Bois Lectures and Du Bois Symposia. These draw scholars from Columbia, Princeton, Drexel, UPENN and elsewhere. As a leader in Du Bois studies, the University of Pennsylvania selected Monteiro to bestow upon Du Bois its Emeritus Professorship in Africana Studies and Sociology. He is especially respected for his fresh theorization of Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction in America as form of “historical logic.”

  • Unusually strong student respect and support at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Monteiro’s Du Bois seminars are deservedly popular, as also his graduate course in Black Social and Political Thought. These draw students from multiple departments. In 2005 and 2007 he received merit points for scholarship and teaching. Understandably many of his students are in the forefront of today’s struggle for his reinstatement.

  • Innovative Planning of University & Community Relations in Temple’s North Philadelphia community. Dr. Monteiro started the ongoing Free Saturday School, granting Temple students of many disciplines a vibrant interaction with the community. He leads neighborhood studies of Martin Luther King’s work, and consistently shows up at public events, often bringing his sociological expertise to bear on mass incarceration issues. Monteiro thus embodies the Department’s own commitment to linking its discipline to “positive change in our communities” (“Mission,” second paragraph).

  • An embodying for our time of Du Bois’ tradition of political critique and public resistance in the face of systems of domination, whether in society or the academy. In this regard, we note his forming “The Radical Philosophy Circle” for Temple students, his decades of public support for innocent political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal (even hosting campus screenings of the award-winning documentary on Abu-Jamal, and featuring phone conferences with Abu-Jamal in his classes). He hosted at Temple a book party for Maroon the Implacable, a volume of essays by political prisoner, Russell Maroon ShoatzMonteiro also organizes support for the community’s political leaders, as with his conference in 2012, “Pam Africa: Our Revolutionary Daughter of the Dust.”

WE SCHOLARS STAND VIGILANTLY BEHIND DR. MONTEIRO knowing that today, throughout the U.S. academy and nation, programs in African American and Ethnic studies are all too frequently attacked or neglected by small groups of deans, provosts and board members. These often use their power to foster or tolerate misrepresentation, harassment, repression and removal of reputable scholars of color and conscience – those most necessary for equipping us all with knowledge for promoting and guarding a truly just society.

The reinstatement of Dr. Anthony Monteiro is essential for Temple University now to safeguard its historic reputation in African American Studies.

*This National Call is a project of Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal and was drafted by its coordinators.

Signatories (with institutions listed for identification purposes only):

Lewis R. Gordon. Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies, and Judaic Studies at University of Connecticut, Europhilosophy Visiting Chair, Toulouse University, France; Nelson Mandela Distinguished Visiting Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa.

Johanna Fernandez, Ph.D.Department of History and Department of Black and Latino/a Studies, Baruch College CUNY. EMAJ Coordinator.

Mark Lewis Taylor, Ph.D.
Departments of Theology, Religion & Society, Princeton Theological Seminary. EMAJ Coordinator.

Vanessa Agard-Jones, Ph.D.Columbia University
Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Biko Agozino, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech University
Africana Studies Program, Sociology

Leslie M. Alexander, Ph.D.
Ohio State University, African American & African Studies

Abdul Alkalimat, Ph.DAfrican American Studies

Ernest Allen, Jr., Ph.D.University of Massachusetts/Amherst
Emeritus Professor of Afro-American Studies

Robert Aponte, Ph.D.Indiana University, Sociology

John Arena, Ph.D.College of Staten Island (CUNY)Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

Elisabeth Armstrong, Ph.D.Smith College, Women & Gender Studies

Robert Aponte, Ph.D.
Indiana University, Sociology

Thabiti Asukile, Ph.D.University of California/Berkeley

Subhasis Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.
Bengal Engineering and Science UniversityDept. Humanities & Social Science/India

Mary Barr, Ph.D.
Clemson University, Sociology

Allen H. Barton, Ph.D.Columbia University, Sociology Department (former Chair)

Michael Becker, Ph.D. cand.
Duke University, History

Matt Birkhold
Executive Director, Brecht Forum

Yaba Blay, Ph.D.
Drexel UniversityCo-director, Africana Studies (Temple alum)

Lemah R. Bonnick, Ph.D.St. Mary’s University (London, England)

Marc Boswell, Ph.D. cand.
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Sem.
Virginia Commonwealth University

Stephan Braswell
City Year Corps Member, Americorps
Temple University Alum

Johanna Brenner, Ph.D.Portland State UniversityProf. Emerita, Sociology & Women’s Studies

Rose M. Brewer, Ph.D.University of Minnesota, Afro-American & African Studies

Sheila Briggs, Ph.D.
University of Southern California, Religion & Gender Studies

George Caffentzis, Ph.D.University of Southern Maine
Professor Emeritus, Philosophy

Tameka Cage-Conley, Ph.D.Literary Artist/Independent Educator & Scholar

Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell, Ph.D. cand.
University of Massachusetts/Amherst

W.E.B. Dubois Dept. of Afro-American Studies

Noel A. Cazenave, Ph.D.University of Connecticut, Sociology

J. Vern Cromartie, Ed.D.
Contra Costa College, SociologyCo-chair, Social Sciences Department

Isaac Curtis, Ph.D. cand.University of Pittsburgh, History

Richard Curtis, Ph.D.Seattle Central Community College

Lennell R. Dade, Ph.D.Lincoln University, Psychology & Human Services
Temple Alum

Jamie Owen Daniel, Ph.D.
Independent Scholar and Educator, English

Alfred Duckett, DMA.
Cameron University, Dept. of Music

Barry Eidlin, Ph.D.
American Sociological Association

National Science Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Wisconsin/Madison, Sociology

Hester Eisenstein, Ph.D.
Queens College and the Graduate Center (CUNY)Sociology

David G. Embrick, Ph.D.
Sociology, Loyola University of Chicago

Frank Emspak, Ph.D.University of Wisconsin ExtensionSchool of Social Work, Professor Emeritus

Joe Feagin, Ph.D.Texas A&M University, Sociology
(former President, American Sociological Association)

Ann Ferguson, Ph.D. Emerita Professor
University of Massachusetts/AmherstWomen, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Douglas Ficek, Ph.D.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Philosophy

Ariane Fischer, Ph.D.Temple University, Intellectual Heritage Program

P. Gabrielle Foreman, Ph.D.
University of DelawareEnglish, Black Studies, Senior Library Fellow

V. P. Franklin, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of History and Education
University of California, Riverside

Rhone Fraser, Ph.D.Delaware County Community College
African American History and

Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Ph.D.Duke University Divinity School

Hermon George, Jr. Ph.D.
University of Northern Colorado, Africana Studies

Joan P. Gibbs, Esq.Medgar Evers College (CUNY)

Rafael Gomez, Ph.D. Cand.
University at Albany/SUNY
Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latina/o

Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D.Kent State University
Chair, Professor, Pan-African

Victor Goode, Esq.City University of School of Law
Associate Professor of Law

Jane Anna Gordon, Ph.D.University of Connecticut (Storrs)Political Science & African American StudiesPresident, Caribbean Philosophical Association

Emery C. Graham, Jr. M.Ed., M.A.Instructor, American National Red CrossSoutheastern Penn Chapter

Ellington T. Graves, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech, Africana Studies/Sociology

Farah Jasmine Griffin, Ph.D.Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature,
African American

Jean Halley, Ph.D.
College of Staten Island
Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

Darrick Hamilton, Ph.D.New School of Social ResearchEconomics and Urban Policy

Juliane Hammer, Ph.D.University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
Islamic Studies and Religious Studies

Margaret Hanzimanolis, Ph.D.City College of San Francisco, English
De Anza College, 
Cañada College

Robert L. Harris, Jr., Ph.D.Cornell University, Africana Studies and Research Center
Robyn J. Hayes, Ph.D. The New School
Non-Profit Management, Media Studies,
International Affairs and Urban Policy 

Stephen N. Haymes, Ph.D.DePaul University, School of Education

John Higginson, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts/Amherst, History

Bob Hodges, MA, Ph.D. cand.
University of  Washington, English

K. Kim Holder, Ed.D.
Rowan University
Teacher Education & Africana Studies

 John D. Holst,Ph.D.University of St. ThomasDepartment of Leadership, Policy & Administration

Rochell Isaac, Ph.D.Independent Scholar/Educator
Temple Alum

Walter R. Isaac, Ph.D.Marquette University, PhilosophyTemple University alum

M. Thandabantu Iverson, Ph.D.Indiana University School of Social WorkLabor Studies Department

Marvin X, M.A.Community Archives Project
Academy of Da Corner, Oakland CA

Joy A. James, Ph.D.Williams College

Ryan Cecil Jobson, Ph.D. cand.Yale University, Anthropology & African American Studies

Wonhee Anne Joh, Ph.D.Garrett Evangelical TheologicalAffiliate, Northwestern University

Sandra Joy, Ph.D., LCSWRowan University, Sociology

George Katsiaficas, Ph.D.
Wentworth Institute of Technology

Waldo Katz-Fishman, Ph.D.Howard University, Sociology

Lasana Kazembe, Ph.D.Kennedy-King College (Chicago, IL), Philosophy

Sean M. Kennedy, Ph.D. cand.
Lehman College/CUNY, English

Andre E. Key, Ph.D.Paine College, History

David Kyumin Kim, Ph.D.Connecticut College, Religious Studies
Program in American Studies

Jina Kim, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Asian American Studies

Julian Kunnie, Ph.D.
University of Arizona, Religious Studies/Classics
Affiliate: Latin American, Middle Eastern & North African Studies

Kwok Pui Lan, Th.D.
Episcopal Divinity School, Theology

Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW, LSW, LCSW
University of PennsylvaniaPresident, Black Men at PennSchool of Social Policy & Practice

Gregory Laynor, Ph.D. cand.University of Washington, English(Temple alumni)

Whitney N. Laster, Ph.D. cand.
Vanderbilt University, Sociology

Boyung Lee, Ph.D.
Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union
Practical Theology, Education & Spiritual Formation

Sonia S. Lee, Ph.D.Washington University, History

R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Ph.D.
CUNY, Sociology & Black Studies

David Lloyd, Ph.D.University of California/RiversideDistinguished Professor of English

Toussaint Losier, Ph.D.
University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
Department of African American Studies

Clarence Lusane, Ph.D.
American University, International Relations

Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D.Harvard University
History, Literature and Public Policy

Keon M. McGuire, Ph.D. cand.
University of Pennsylvania/Education & Africana Studies

Patrick McHenry, PhDGeorgia Institute of Technology
School of Literature,  Media & Communication

Michael McIntyre, Ph.D.
DePaul University
Chair, Dept. of International Studies

Steve Macek, Ph.D.
North Central College (Naperville, IL), Urban and Suburban Studies

Daryl Joji Maeda, Ph.D.University of Colorado/Boulder
Dept. Ethnic Studies, Chair & Assoc. Prof.

Lionel Mandey, Ph.D.
California State, Africana Studies

Joan M. Martin, Ph.D.
Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge
Temple University Ph.D. 1996

Gerald Meyer, Ph.D.
Hostos Community College (CUNY).

Gregory Meyerson, Ph.D.
North Carolina A&T State University, English

Brett Miller, Ph.D. cand.
Temple University, Political Science

Nicole M. Monteiro, Ph.D.
University of Botswana

Fred Moten, Ph.D.
University of California/RiversideEnglish

Dwight Murph, Ph.D.
John Jay College (CUNY), Philosophy

Joshua Myers, Ph.D.Howard University, Afro-American Studies

Mechthild Nagel, Ph.D.SUNY Cortland, Philosophy
Director, Center for Gender & Intercultural Studies

Ajamu Nangwayu, Ph.D.
Seneca College, Social Services

Safiya Umoja Noble, Ph.D.
University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
Media and Cinema Studies & Institute of Communications Research

Mary Northington, Research AnalystFARE Independent Writer

Yusuf Nuruddin, MBA, Ph.D. cand.
University of Massachusetts/Boston. Lecturer in Africana Studies

John O’Connor, Ph.D.
Central Connecticut State University

Gary Y. Okihiro, Ph.D.Columbia UniversitySchool of International and Public Affairs

Alex Ortega, Ph.D.
UCLA, Health Policy & Management

Keun-Joo Christine Pae, Ph.D.Denison University,
Religion, Women and Queer Studies

Lena Carlos Palacios, Ph.D.
McGill UniversityDepts. of Integrated Studies in Education, andArt History and Communication Studies

Courtney J. Patterson, Ph.D. cand.
Northwestern University, African American Studies

James W. Perkinson, Ph.D.Social Ethics, Ecumenical Theological Seminary (Detroit)
Oakland University, Communication Studies

Imani Perry, PhD.Princeton University
Center of African American Studies

Anthony B. Pinn, Ph.D.
Rice UniversityProfessor of HumanitiesProfessor of Religious Studies

Kamala Platt, Ph.D., MFA
Independent Scholar, educator & author
Meadowlark Center, KS & San Antonio, TX

Tatiana Poladko, Ph.D. cand.
Temple University, Sociology

Vijay Prashad, Ph.D.Trinity College
South Asian History, International Relations

Michael P. Predmore, Ph.D.Stanford UniversityIberian and Latin American Studies

Richard Pressman, Ph.D.St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, TX)

Michael Principe, Ph.D.
Middle Tennessee State, Philosophy

Joseph G. Ramsey, Ph.D.University of Massachusetts/Boston

Kamau Rashid, Ph.D.
National-Louis University
Educational Foundation & Inquiry

Anthony Reed, Ph.D.
Yale UniversityEnglish, African American Studies

Conor Tomás Reed, Ph.D. cand.Medgar Evers College, CUNY Grad. Ctr.

Hannah Reseger
Rhode Island Commission on Prejudice & Bias, EducatorRhode Island College, former Africana Studies professor

Russell Rickford, Ph.D.
Dartmouth College, Ass’t. Prof., History

Joerg Rieger, Ph.D.Perkins School of Theology, SMU

Marco Roc, Ph.D. cand.University of Illinois/Chicago, Sociology

David Roediger, Ph.D.University of Illinois, History

Suzanne Ross, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist/EducatorFormerly of CUNY & NYC Board of Education

Damon “ProfessorD.us” Sajnani, Ph.D. cand. 
Northwestern U, African American Studies

Aisha D. Sales, Ph.D.Westchester Community College (SUNY)
Senior Adjunct Professor of Mathematics

William W. Sales, Jr., Ph.D.
Seton Hall University, Africana & American Studies

Rosaura Sanchez, Ph.D.Literature, UCSD

P. Khalil Saucier, Ph.D.Rhode Island College, Sociology
Director, Program in Africana Studies

Don Schweitzer, Ph.D.St. Andrews College, Theology

Joy M. Scott-Caroll, Ph.D.University of the Witwatersrand-Johannesbury, Gauteng, South AfricaInternational Gifted Education Teacher Development Network 

Christina Sharpe, Ph.D.
Tufts University, English, Africana Studies
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Louise Simmons, Ph.D.University of Connecticut, Professor of Social Work

Santiago Slabodsky, Ph.D.
Claremont School of Theology
Religion, Ethics and Society

William Smaldone, Ph.D.
Willamette University, History

James Smethurst, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts/Amherst, 
Afro-American Studies

Andrea Smith, Ph.D
.University of California/RiversideMedia and Cultural Studies

Anthony Paul Smith, Ph.D.
La Salle University, Religion
Philadelphia, PA

Stephen Samuel Smith, Ph.D.
Winthrop University, Professor
Department of Political Science

Lester Spence, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University, Political Science & Africana Studies

Robyn C. Spencer, Ph.D.Lehman College, History Department

Brandon Stanford, Ph.D. cand.Temple University, African American Studies

Amy C. Steinbugler, Ph.D.
Dickinson College, Sociology
Dave Stewart , Indiana University
IU Custom Publishing – Staff

David Stovall, Ph.D.University of Illinois/ChicagoEducational Policy Studies and African-American Studies

Mary Stricker, Ph.D.
Temple University, Sociology

Paul C. Taylor, Ph.D.
Penn State University
Depts. of African American Studies &

Robert Thompson,Ph.D.Oregon State UniversityAfrican American & Comparative Ethnic Studies

Christopher M. Tinson, Ph.D.Hampshire College, Africana Studies

Saadia Toor, Ph.D.
College of Staten Island (CUNY)
Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

Luke Tripp, Ph.D.
St. Cloud State University
Ethnic and Women’s Studies

Heather M. Turcotte, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut, Political Science
Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Chair, New England Women’s Studies Association
Co-chair, Anti-White Supremacy Task Force, National Women’s Studies Association

Ronald A. Tyson, Ph.D.
Raritan Valley Community College, English

Thomas Volscho, Ph.D.College of Staten Island (CUNY), Sociology

Rinaldo Walcott, Ph.D.
University of Ontario
Chair, Dept. of Sociology & Equity Studies

Alan Wald, Ph.D.
University of MichiganUniversity Professor of Collegiate StudiesEditor, Against the Current

Victor Wallis, Ph.D.Berklee College of Music, Liberal Arts Department

H. Alexander Welcome, Ph.D.
LaGuardia Community College, Sociology

Johnny E. Williams, Ph.D.
Trinity College, Sociology

Linda F. Williams, Ph.D.
South Carolina State University
Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Howard Winant, Ph.D.UC Santa Barbara, Sociology
former Temple U. professor

Carolyn Nur Wistrand, MFADillard University, School of the Humanities

John Woodford, M.A. HarvardIndependent Scholar/EducatorContributor, Black Scholar Journal

Connie Wun, Ph.D. cand.
University of California/Berkeley
Graduate School of

Sandra Yeager, Ph.D.
Millersville University (PA)
Professor Emerita, Chemistry

Jasmine Zine, Ph.D.
Wilfrid Laurier University, Sociology

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