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Stony Brook Professor Detained in Cameroon

December 11, 2017

Patrice NganangPatrice Nganang (right), associate professor of literary and cultural theory at Stony Brook University of the State University of New York, was detained in Cameroon last week, shortly after publishing a critical article on the country's leaders. Nganang, a U.S. citizen with a wide scholarly following, is from Cameroon and has strong ties there.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., president at Stony Brook, said in a statement that officials there "are working around the clock with the appropriate authorities and elected U.S. representatives to help facilitate the safe return of Professor Nganang." Several hundred scholars have signed an open letter calling for his release, and a Facebook page has been created to promote the campaign on his behalf.

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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