October 4, 2023

USA: Black Criminology Professor Popular With The Far-Left For His Research On White Racism Fired From His $190k-a-year Job At Florida State Because Grad Student Uncovered He Faked The Data.

Human Events
written by C.G. Jones
Wednesday April 12, 2023

A criminology professor at Florida State University suddenly left his lucrative position after it was discovered that he skewed statistical data to make racism seem more prevalent than it actually is.

Eric Stewart, who left his $190,000-a-year job, has had five of his six studies taken down after allegations that he fabricated information by altering sample sizes. Though Stewart has denied these allegations, his sixth study, conducted in 2020, drew the attention of an FSU committee, who gathered to discuss Stewart’s findings, per the Daily Mail.

Stewart has not shown up to work in the last months, which could mark the end of his 16-year career at the institution and his long history of academic malpractice. Additionally, it is curious why Stewart would feel the need to fabricate data if racism was truly as prevalent as he made it out to be in his so-called study.

The Florida Standard reported that in 2011, Stewart had co-authored a study with Justin Pickett, a fellow criminologist working at the University of Albany, suggesting that there was a correlation between black and Hispanic population growth and longer criminal sentences for black and Hispanic people.

However, Pickett later said that the original, non-fabricated information revealed that there was no correlation between population growth between these groups and heavier prison sentences. Pickett apparently published his own paper that addressed the errors made in the joint paper, some of which was reportedly added just before publication, per the report.

Pickett wrote: “The data were also altered - intentionally or unintentionally - in other ways, and those alterations produced the article's main findings.”

But there were other errors, too. Pickett noted that though the study claimed that there were 1,184 respondents, there were actually only 500. He also notes that Stewart cherry-picked data from just 91 countries instead of including the full 326 that were originally included in the research.

Pickett noted: “There is only one possible conclusion from reanalyzing the data I have: the sample was not just duplicated in the analysis for the published article; the data were also altered, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and those alterations produced the article's main findings.”

Pickett allegedly reached out to Stewart to address the glaring issues, but he was ignored for four months, per the report.

Stewart’s action raises questions about the overall integrity of academic research, especially in fields that rely heavily on population input. If research data and findings can so easily be fabricated without strict oversight, it has to make one wonder how many other academic research projects have been altered in order to push a particular ideological worldview. The fissures of academic integrity have been exposed many times, including the Grievance studies affair, where, in 2018, three academics deliberately fabricated material that successfully passed through academic peer review because it bolstered the institution’s leanings on specific ideological positions.

However, four additional articles by Stewart, published between 2006 and 2015, were taken down by Florida State University. The university reportedly carried out a three-person inquiry into Stewart’s dealings. Stewart went on to say that Pickett “lynched me and my academic career.”

The university did not take any action initially, but a new debacle was introduced in 2020 when Stewart was involved in yet another paper.

Pickett noted that there is a “huge monetary incentive” to fabricate data, and there is “no accountability.” He said that there was only a tiny chance that anyone who does this would be caught.

Florida State University should have taken action after the first discovery of Stewart’s research fabrication, but they continued to allow him to fabricate material while making a lucrative living by maintaining his professorship at the institution. His exit from the university should have happened a long time ago.
written by Rikki Schlott
Friday August 4, 2023

Florida State University criminology professor Eric Stewart was a guru of the claim that “systemic racism” infests America’s police and American society.

Now he’s out of a job on account of “extreme negligence” in his research.

The academic was fired after almost 20 years of his data — including figures used in an explosive study, which claimed the legacy of lynchings made whites perceive blacks as criminals, and that the problem was worse among conservatives — were found to be in question.

College authorities said he was being fired for “incompetence” and “false results.”

Among the studies he has had to retract were claims that whites wanted longer sentences for blacks and Latinos.

To date, six of Stewart’s articles published in major academic journals like Criminology and Law and Society Review between 2003 and 2019 have been fully retracted after allegations the professor’s data was fake or so badly flawed it should not have been published.

The professor’s termination came four years after his former graduate student Justin Pickett blew the whistle on his research.

Pickett said they had worked together in 2011 researching whether the public was demanding longer sentences for black and Hispanic criminals as those minority populations grew, with the paper claiming they did. But Stewart had fiddled the sample size to deliver that result when the real research did not, Pickett said.

When the investigation into Stewart began in 2020, he claimed he was the victim and that Pickett “essentially lynched me and my academic character.”

After sixteen years as a professor of criminology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Provost James Clark formally notified Stewart he was being terminated in a July 13 letter.

“I do not see how you can teach our students to be ethical researchers or how the results of future research projects conducted by you could be deemed as trustworthy,” Clark wrote to Stewart, who has been absent from his role since March.

Clark said as well as the six officially retracted studies, other work by Stewart was “in doubt.”

The retracted studies looked into contentious social issues, like whether the public perceives black and Latino people as threats and the role of racial discrimination in America’s criminal justice system.

One 2019 study, which has been retracted, suggested historical lynchings make white people today perceive black people as threats.

Stewart floated the idea “that this effect will be greater among whites… where socioeconomic disadvantage and political conservatism are greater.”

Another retracted 2018 study suggested that white Americans view black and Latino people as “criminal threats,” and suggested that perceived threat could lead to “state-sponsored social control.”

And in a third, Stewart claimed Americans wanted tougher sentences for Latinos because their community was increasing in numbers and becoming more economically successful.

“Latino population growth and perceived Latino criminal and economic threat significantly predict punitive Latino sentiment,” he concluded in the 2015 study, which has now been retracted.

Stewart’s research also delved into the relationship between incarceration and divorce, street violence, the impact of tough neighborhoods on adolescents, whether street gardens reduce crime, and how race impacts student discipline in schools.

But the disgraced professor was able to rise to prominence as an influencer in his field despite his studies from as early as 2003 now being retracted.

Stewart was a widely-cited scholar, with north of 8,500 citations by other researchers, according to Google Scholar — a measure of his clout as an academic.

He was vice president and fellow at the American Society of Criminology, who honored him as one of four highly distinguished criminologists in 2017.

He was also a W.E.B. DuBois fellow at the National Institute of Justice.

The professor received north of $3.5 million in grant support from major organizations and taxpayer-funded entities, according to his resume.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the National Science Foundation, which is an arm of the federal government, and the National Institute of Justice, which is run by the Department of Justice, have all funneled money into research Stewart presided over.

The National Institute of Mental Health, a branch of the NIH, poured $3.2 million into research on how African Americans transition into adulthood.

Stewart presided over that initiative as co-principal investigator from 2007 to 2012.

Meanwhile, he reportedly raked in a $190,000 annual salary at FSU, a public university.

While there he served on the school’s diversity, promotion and tenure committees, giving him a say over who got ahead on campus.

He even passed judgment on students accused of cheating and academic dishonesty themselves, as a member of FSU’s Academic Honor Policy Hearing Committee.

The fired professor, 51, graduated from Fort Valley State University and earned his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 2000.

His colleagues believed he would become an editor of Criminology, the premier journal in the field.

The journal did not respond to a request for comment.

FSU and Stewart also did not respond to request for comment. Pickett declined to comment.

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