Harvard drops professor as faculty dean after he joins Harvey Weinstein’s defense team

May 12, 2019 by

  • In 2009, Ronald Sullivan Jr and wife Stephanie Robinson became the first African-American faculty deans at Harvard’s residential college Winthrop House 
  • However, the pair have now been dropped from their roles after Sullivan joined the legal defense team of Harvey Weinstein
  • Students at Winthrop House staged a sit-in protesting the fact Sullivan is defending an accused rapist
  • A Harvard spokesperson cited ‘serious and numerous concerns about the climate at Winthrop House’ as cause to end Sullivan and Robinson’s contracts

A Harvard professor has been dropped from his role as dean of a residential house after joining Harvey Weinstein’s legal defense team.

Ronald Sullivan Jr signed on to become of the Hollywood mogul’s lawyers back in January, sparking backlash from many students at Winthrop House –  the Harvard residential college where he has worked since 2009.

Sullivan and his law school lecturer wife, Stephanie Robinson, became the first African-American faculty deans in Harvard history when they took their positions at Winthrop a decade ago.

However, in a statement on Saturday, a university spokesperson said neither of their roles would be renewed after June 30.

Ronald Sullivan Jr (center left) and his wife Stephanie Robinson (right) have been dropped as faculty deans at Harvard’s Winthrop House. They are pictured at the Ivy League university in 2017

Sullivan (right) signed on to the legal defense team of disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein (left) in January of this year

‘Over the last few weeks, students and staff have continued to communicate concerns about the climate in Winthrop House to the college,’ College Dean Rakesh Khurana stated.

Source: Harvard drops professor as faculty dean after he joins Harvey Weinstein’s defense team | Daily Mail Online

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