The impact of the #MeToo movement has reached the highest court in the land as claims of sexual assault by a former high school acquaintance jeopardize the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the details of the assault, which allegedly took place more than 35 years ago when they were both teenagers. (Most recently, another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has also accused Kavanaugh of acting inappropriately toward her while both were classmates at Yale.) Judge Kavanaugh, a Trump nominee, strongly denies the allegations, calling them “smear.”
Hofstra professors are available to discuss the legal, political, and social implications of these developments, which has parallels to the sexual harassment claims brought by law professor Anita Hill during the 1991 confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas.
Kara Alaimo Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
Kara Alaimo, PhD is a global public relations consultant, trainer, professor, and author.
Meena Bose Professor of Political Science
MEENA BOSE is Executive Dean of Hofstra University’s Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
James Sample Professor of Law
Professor Sample focuses on voting rights and constitutional issues
Kristal Brent Zook Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
Prof. Zook is an award-winning journalist and author who covers social justice, race, and gender issues in media and politics.
Rosanna Perotti Professor, Department of Political Science
Professor Perotti's expertise is in American politics, including Congress, elections and political parties.