“Economics professor emeritus Daniel Hamermesh will withdraw from his position next fall, citing concerns with campus carry legislation,” dailytexanonline.com reports. “’With a huge group of students, my perception is that the risk that a disgruntled student might bring a gun into the classroom and start shooting at me has been substantially enhanced by the concealed-carry law,’ Hamermesh wrote in the letter.” [Click on the link for his resignation letter.] And when, pray tell, will Hamermesh rid the University of Texas of his presence? . . .
Hamermesh, who said he is under contract to teach his course in fall 2016 and fall 2017, said he will complete the semester at UT and will teach at the University of Sydney next fall . . .
“My guess is somebody thinking about coming to Texas is going to think twice about being a professor here,” Hamermesh said. “It’s going to make it more difficult for Texas to compete in the market for faculty.”
Hamermesh has taught at several universities since 1969, and his research has been published in more than 100 scholarly journals, according to the Economics Department.
What does that tell you? Meanwhile, I wonder why The Daily Texan didn’t include a photo of Professor Hamermesh. [h/t DH]