I don't plan on getting into the habit of following the lead of the APA, but I've heard now from several graduate students and junior faculty that they've been bullied and harassed by philosopher Mark Lance (Georgetown) on various social media platforms, especially Facebook, that I thought it was time to raise the issue in public. He apparently has a particularly bad habit of intimidating vulnerable people (students, untenured faculty) if they happen to post a link to something on this blog. If you've been a victim of Lance's bullying, please take a screen shot and pass it on me, I'll prepare a dossier perhaps for future publication here (I'm happy to remove identifying information, of course).
UPDATE: Several readers have pointed out that philosopher Rebecca Kukla--Lance's colleague, co-author and friend--assured others on Facebook that the reports of Lance bullying and harassing junior faculty and grad students on social media were not true--though she then admitted that "Mark can argue hard and come down harshly or even dismissively at times." Alas, sometimes the targets experience that as bullying, especially when the "hard" and "harsh" arguer is a tenured full professor. Unsurprisingly, the bully's friends didn't notice.
ANOTHER: Professor Kukla writes: "I agree that what is experienced as bullying is partly a subjective affair that can't be fully determined from the outside, and I don't wish to make any statements about Mark's capacity to bully. What I specifically found absurd, knowing him, was the idea that he picked junior 'targets' or that he especially had it out for people who sent things to your blog." Almost all of this is consistent with my initial post: it is quite possible that Lance is not conscious of the pattern or of his bullying behavior. However, as anyone who has encountered Lance on social media knows, he is quite clearly obsessed with me, and never misses an opportunity to insult or defame, also doing the same to those who do not share his view.
AND YET ANOTHER: An alert reader points out that before I posted either update, above, Prof. Kukla had already responded to the initial post on Facebook as follows:
Rebecca Kukla My new plan is to bombard him with screenshot after screenshot of me typing things like go fuck yourself Brian and mind your own fucking business Brian and what the ever-living fuck are you even talking about Brian.
Goodness, such tough and scary talk; so surprising that the e-mail she sent me, by contrast, was so benign. I'm sure the APA ombudsperson will get on this abuse and harassment right away.
BEYOND PARODY: Apparently some anonymous person somewhere in cyberspace made vulgar sexist remarks about Prof. Kukla after she posted in defense of Lance on Facebook. According to the moral genius Mark Lance, this is my fault. Really. Let me quote the explanation: "Leiter, of course, knew that this was the predictable reaction...just as Trump knows perfectly well what the results of his incitements will be." You can see examples of Trump inciting violence here (it starts at about 3:40). And after viewing them, you will see that "obviously" the post, above, is exactly analogous. Really. His Holiness Monsignor Lance said so.
FINAL UPDATE: Thanks to a couple of folks who wrote about their experiences with prissy Mark; I agreed that posting the FB exchanges would risk exposing them, and since they are, in contemporary lingo, "vulnerable" people, they asked me to refrain--and I can hardly blame them, given what a sanctimonious jackass Lance has shown himself to be on more than one occasion. The good news is that my original post appears to have put a stop to his bullying behavior.