Academic integrity at UC Davis

Is it poor judgment for a professor to tell the truth?

Brad DeLong is right:

Either the Washington Post needs to fire its reporter Paul Blustein for completely making up a bunch of quotes, or (much more likely) the Chancellor of the University of California at Davis needs to fire the Dean of the Ag School, which I’m told is one of the best in the world.

The very suggestion that there’s something questinoable about the “judgment” of a professor who does competent work that inconveniences a bunch of big donors is contrary to everything a university stands for. Here’s hoping for a faculty revolt at UC Davis.

[I should note, though it’s not directly relevant to the issue, that if California stopped growing cotton the middle of a goddamned desert we wouldn’t have a water shortage.]

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com