Oxford Prof Resigns After Finding Out School Named For Trump Donor by the Forward

Oxford Prof Resigns After Finding Out School Named For Trump Donor

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Bo Rothstein resigned from his endowed professorship in government at Oxford University after learning that his school had been named in honor of a supporter of President Trump who had donated tens of millions of British pounds to the institution.

“I’ve never had so much applause in my life,” said Rothstein, a Swedish-Jewish political scientist who has distinguished himself for his research on corruption, in comments to the Guardian.

He was a professor at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, named for the Ukrainian-born Jewish billionaire Leonard Blavatnik.

Blavatnik, now a British citizen, donated the equivalent of almost $100 million to the institution. Blavatnik also donated $1 million to President Trump’s inaugural committee.

Rothstein said that he’s had a smooth landing since ditching Oxford, with many new job offers coming in.

“I’m not a big hero. I had a safe job to go back to in Sweden, so I’m not paying a high price for this,” he told the Guardian.

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Daniel J. Solomon

Daniel J. Solomon is the former Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.

Oxford Prof Resigns After Learning About Trump Donor

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