Posted by Jay Livingston
I don’t know Larry Summers (though my father was a very good friend of his uncle), but I always sensed he was the kind of guy I wouldn’t like even when I agreed with him. And that was before I read this:
It’s from a Boston Globe piece in 2006, when Summers, as president of Harvard, was busy alienating much of the faculty.
Over lunch not long after Summers took over the presidency in 2001, Ellison said, Summers suggested that some funds should be moved from a sociology program to the Kennedy School, home to many economists and political scientists. “President Summers asked me, didn’t I agree that, in general, economists are smarter than political scientists, and political scientists are smarter than sociologists?” Ellison said. “To which I laughed nervously and didn't reply.”
A major critique of Summers by faculty has been that he plays favorites with subject areas.
Hat tip to Henry at The Monkey Cage, who is, I suppose, smarter than the average sociologist Boo Boo.