This narrative essay is about presumptions of (im)morality in academic settings. Such biased presumptions affect our abilities, even as educators, to work together and foster a society built on principles of justice that could help us work, live, and play better together. Learning to understand, work with, live near, and care about others are goals to which many of us would say we aspire. As law professors, we consider collegiality to be one of the factors we use in evaluating candidates for hiring and promotion decisions. However, these evaluations may rest not on the worthiness or respected humanity of others, but on our preconceived notions or presumptions about them. Developing an understanding of these presumptions can be quite difficult and stressful, especially when it is cross-cultural or cross-racial presumptions of (im)morality that we seek to challenge.
29 Berkeley J. Gender L. & Just. 295 (2014).