May I say that, having been over these first 48 on the internet, this appears to be a collection of real nuts and flakes, some of them quite extreme nutcases. Another thing to note: quite a few who's department is given as "History" or "Literature" are actually members of the faculty of the Duke African & American Studies department. Or maybe it's a school, or a college, I don't know, and Duke doesn't make it easy to find out. Here's the list:
1. Stan Abe - Art, Art History, and Visual Studies. Still there.
2. Benjamin Albers - University Writing Program. Still there.
3. Anne Allison - Cultural Anthropology. Still there.
4. Srinivas Aravamudan English. Still there.
5. Houston Baker - English and African & African-American Studies. Still there.
6. Lee Baker - Cultural Anthropology. Still there.
7. Christine Beaule - University Writing Program. Still there.
8. Sarah Beckwith English. Still there.
9. Paul Berliner Music. Still there.
10. Connie Blackmore - African & African-American Studies. Still there; shes an Adminstrative Assistant, not a professor.
11. Jessica Boa - Religion & University Writing Program. Is making herself scarce, both at Duke and on the internet.
12. Mary T. Boatwright - Classical Studies. Still there.
13. Silvia Boero - Romance Studies. Has moved on. Portland State University.
14. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Sociology. Still there.
15. Matthew Brim - University Writing Program. Has moved on, to The College of Staten Island. This guys intellectual life is tied up with his homosexual lifestyle.
16. William Chafe History. Still there.
17. Leo Ching - Asian & African Languages. Apparantly still there, but on leave for 2010-2011 academic year.
18. Rom Coles - Political Science. Appears to have moved on, to Northern Arizona University. Is married to Kim Curtis (see below).
19. Miriam Cooke - Asian & African Languages. Still there.
20. Michaeline Crichlow - African & African-American Studies. Still there. Wears shades in her Duke webpage photo, even though shes indoors. Food seems to be a focus of her life.
21. Kim Curtis - Political Science. Was sued by Kyle Dowd, one of the falsely accused Duke LAX athletes, for flunking him. Has left Duke, along with her husband Rom Coles (see above).
22. Leslie Damasceno - Romance Studies. Still there.
23. Cathy Davidson English. May still be there, but has been shuffled off to something called the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. Its webpage includes this notice: Weve Moved. The FHI has relocated to the Smith Warehouse on Duke East Campus, near the heart of downtown Durham.
24. Sarah Deutsch History. Still there.
25. Ariel Dorfman - Literature & Latin American Studies. Still there.
26. Laura Edwards History. Still there.
27. Grant Farred Literature. Still there, an associate professor.
28. Luciana Fellini - Romance Studies. Still there.
29. Mary McClintock Fulkerson - Divinity School. Still there.
30. Esther Gabara - Romance Studies. Still there.
31. Raymond Gavins History. Still there.
32. Meg Greer - Romance Studies. On sabbatical 2007-2008. On leave 2010-2011. Not hanging around on campus too much these days, but still apparantly employed by Duke University.
33. Thavolia Glymph History. Still there. Associate Professor, African & American Studies.
34. Michael Hardt Literature. Still there. This is a real flake.
35. Joseph Harris - University Writing Program. Still there.
36. Karla Holloway English. Still there.
37. Bayo Holsey - African & African-American Studies. Still there, although listed as on leave for 2010-2011 academic year.
38. Mary Hovsepian Sociology. Still there.
39. Sherman James - Public Policy. Still there. African American Studies.
40. Alice Kaplan Literature. Still there; Emeritus.
41. Keval Kaur Khalsa - Dance Program. Has moved on to who knows where.
42. Ranjana Khanna English. Now appears to be in the Literature Program.
43. Ashley King - Romance Studies. Now lists her name as Ashley Elizabeth King-Scheu, and lists her field as Graduate Student in Absentia, French. Not sure what this means, but it doesnt sound like fast-tracking to me.
44. Claudia Koonz History. Still there.
45. Peter Lasch - Art, Art History. Still there.
46. Dan A. Lee Math. Has moved on.
47. Pat Leighten - Art, Art History, and Visual Studies. Still there.
48. Frank Lentricchia Literature. Appears to still be there. Got his Ph.D. from Duke in 1966, which would mean hes gettin up there.
49. Caroline Light - Institute for Critical U.S. Studies. May have moved on, may have changed her name. Her association with Duke seems to be tenuous, but cannot be said to have been broken.
“Nuts and flakes” describes the vast majority of the modern liberal arts professoriate, and an even larger majority of those with “Studies” in their college’s/school’s title.