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The dean of the Harvard Kennedy School is reportedly forcing “misinformation expert” Joan M. Donovan from her position at the school’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, as well as ending her research project.
Three sources that are staff members at the Harvard Kennedy School told The Harvard Crimson that Donovan, who is not a tenure-track professor has been told that she has until the summer of 2024 to end her Technology and Social Change Project, and leave her role at the school.
Donovan serves as the Shorenstein Center’s research director, and has led the project since its creation in 2019. She has also served as an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Donovan was reportedly told that her prominence at the school led to Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf ending her time at the center, according to The Harvard Crimson.
In an email statement, Harvard Kennedy School spokesperson James F. Smith confirmed that the project is coming to an end.
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