Addressing the impact of controversy on collaborators, co-authors, students

May 1, 2018

Masha Fedzechkina writes about her experience with having a long-term collaborator and adviser accused of sexual harassment, and the impact on her career. In the months following the public coverage of the accusation, Fedzechkina reflects on the pressures to publicly address the issue or obscure her association with her collaborator. The author goes on to discuss the increased impact on graduate students working under the accused’s supervision. While commending the industry for its focus on sexual harassment, Fedzechkina calls on the sector to “also talk about the people we often don’t talk about [...] and how we can make sure that their careers do not become collateral damage because of such events.”

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