There are 56 people listed as members of the "advisory board" as of this posting.
- Why are FOUR of the board members (7%) from NYU? Which just so happens to be the #1 department? (Go them!)
- Why are FIVE of the board members (nearly 10%) from Rutgers? Which just so happens to the #2 deparment? (Go
- Two more of the board are from Princeton.
I have a lot of friends among that group. So, to you, I ask: WTF?
Let's move on.
- Two more are from Harvard (though one of them is not a member of the philosophy department);1 one is from Pitt; one is from MIT; two are from Yale; and one is from Stanford.
How is this not a problem? Whether there is in fact a conflict /of interest here is irrelevant. As has often been said, it is enough if there is an appearance of such a conflict.
Moving on again....
- Two are from UCLA. Three are from CUNY. We have one each from Cornell, Notre Dame, Chicago (not including Leiter himself), and Texas.
- So TWENTY-EIGHT members of the board, exactly half, come from the top twenty-one (due to ties) departments.
I really would like to know.
[Added 9/29] I note further that only 9 of the 56 board members are women.
1 Although no-one has contacted me to say so, this was previously stated in a way that might reasonably have been interpreted as making a negative comment about the person in question. I regret my poor choice of wording and hope I gave no offence.