Claudine Gay has resigned as Harvard University’s President, marking the shortest presidency in the university’s history.


Claudine Gay, born on August 4, 1970, is a renowned American political scientist and academic administrator​​.


She is married to Christopher C. Afendulis, an information systems analyst at Stanford University. The couple has a son born in 2006​​​​.


Gay recently resigned as Harvard University’s President. Her tenure was marred by controversies, including plagiarism allegations and criticism over her handling of antisemitism on campus​​.

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Gay faced significant plagiarism accusations, particularly concerning her 1997 doctoral dissertation and other scholarly works. A Harvard Corporation subcommittee found instances of “duplicative language without proper attribution” in her dissertation. Despite these findings, an independent review requested by Gay concluded that these actions did not constitute “research misconduct”​​.


Gay’s career at Harvard University was illustrious, spanning various roles. She was named Dean of Social Studies in 2015, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2018, and finally, in 2023, she became Harvard’s 30th President and the first black president in the university’s history​​​​.

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Before Harvard, Gay was an assistant professor, then a tenured associate professor at Stanford University’s Department of Political Science from 2000 to 2006. She joined Harvard in 2006 as a professor of government and was appointed professor of African American studies in 2007. Her research primarily focuses on American political behavior, including voter turnout and the politics of race and identity​​.

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Gay grew up as the child of Haitian immigrants in the United States. She is also related to the writer Roxane Gay. Her academic journey and professional milestones reflect her commitment to understanding and teaching political science, particularly in the context of race and identity politics.