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Fat-Shaming Prof Gets to Keep His NYU Job

MillerPhotograph source: Twitter

A visiting professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business who ignited a firestorm of criticism with a fat-shaming tweet did not violate New York University rules governing research, the school said.

Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist on leave from the University of New Mexico, sparked a Twitter revolt on June 2 with his tweet suggesting that “obese PhD applicants” were unsuitable for doctoral programs. The backlash was immediate. Jay Rosen, an NYU journalism professor, called the tweet “astonishing,” and a new blog devoted to the “fatlicious in academia” was started. Miller subsequently deleted and apologized for the tweet, calling it “idiotic, impulsive, and badly judged.” NYU initially called the tweet “regrettable” and said it considered the matter closed.