Misrepresentation on Campus: A Conversation with Michelle Cyca


When a professor is not who they say they are, what does it take to get them to resign? This episode explores:

  • How an anonymous twitter account and a media investigation helped Ms. Cyca reveal the truth about a professor misrepresenting their identity.
  • Why professors can fail to fully acknowledge all the harm done to the students, staff, and community even after they are exposed.
  • A discussion of the article The Curious Case of Gina Adams: A “Pretendian” Investigation.

Our guest is: Michelle Cyca, a former employee at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, who currently works as a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist. For over 15 years she has written for numerous print magazines, digital publications, brands and creators. She is the author of The Curious Case of Gina Adams, and many other articles.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender.

Listeners to this episode may also be interested in these other articles by Michelle Cyca:

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Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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