(CTN News) – Amid the recent controversy surrounding Claudine Gay’s resignation from Harvard University, Neri Oxman, who is married to Bill Ackman, has also faced accusations of plagiarism in her dissertation.
These allegations were brought to light by Business Insider this afternoon.
Neri Oxman has been a tenured professor at MIT since 2017 and completed her PhD dissertation there in 2010. Business Insider reports that several paragraphs in Neri Oxman dissertation appear to have been plagiarized, as they contain direct quotes from sources without proper attribution.
According to reporters, Neri Oxman 2010 dissertation allegedly includes plagiarized text from a 1998 work by Israeli scholars Steve Winer and H. Daniel Wagner.
Additionally, her dissertation is said to have lifted text from two separate articles by NYU historian Peder Anker, published in 1995 and 2006. Oxman is also accused of plagiarizing text from a 1998 book by German physicist Claus Mattheck.
In one particular instance, Business Insider states that Oxman copied a paragraph from Mattheck’s book without using quotation marks or providing any attribution.
These instances, according to MIT Handbook’s guidelines, are considered plagiarism. In response to these allegations, Neri Oxman took to social media to address the situation.
Bill Ackman, a hedge fund manager and the husband of Neri Oxman, has recently expressed strong opposition to plagiarism.
Therefore, it is ironic that he himself is now facing allegations of plagiarism. This situation is particularly noteworthy in light of similar incidents involving Claudine Gay, the former president of Harvard University, which Ackman has been vocal about.
Following Gay’s congressional hearing on December 5, 2023, regarding anti-Semitism at Harvard, conservative media pundits, along with Ackman, who is a prominent donor to Harvard, called for Gay’s resignation.
These calls gained traction when right-wing journalists, including Chris Brunet, Aaron Sibarium, and Christopher Rufo, uncovered allegations that Gay had plagiarized parts of her PhD dissertation from 2010.
Rufo and Sibarium, writing for The Free Beacon, used these allegations to fuel hostility towards Harvard’s first Black president. This article has been updated to include Neri Oxman’s response on social media.