Why Did Dr. Cornel West Resigning His Job From Harvard?

Dr. Cornel West

The doctor went viral after posting his resignation letter on Twitter to his 1million followers. He also accused the Harvard University of ‘Spiritual rot.’

Who Is Dr. Cornel West?

Dr. Cornel West is a philosopher and political activist from America. He is also a social critic and public intellectual. The doctor mostly focuses on social activities like racism, gender, and class in American society. 

West was born in 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He grew up in the neighborhoods like Kansas, California, and Oklahoma. While studying high school, he got scholarships to excel there. From Harvard University, he earned his A.B. 

He completed his doctorate from Princeton University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a 1980 graduate and is popular for writing many books. In total, the doctor has written 20 books. Some of them include

  • Race Matters
  • Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud
  • Democracy Matters
  • Black Prophetic Fire
  • Keeping the Faith: Philosophy and Race in American
  • Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin
  • The Future of Race

Also, the man frequently appears as a guest on the Bill Maher Show. Additionally, he also appears on C-Span, CNN, and Democracy Now. Furthermore, he made his appearance in more than 25 movies and documentaries. 

West loves to communicate to a vast group of people to tell them about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout his career, he worked in various places. He taught students at different prestigious schools and colleges. Some of them include

  • Harvard
  • Princeton
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • Yale

Personal Life:

In West’s life, he is married four times. At first, he married Hilda Holloman in 1977. But soon, he married another woman in 1981 without getting a divorce from Hilda. She was Ramona Santiago, whom West married second.

Again this married life lasted for five years and they got a divorce in 1986. Again in 1992, West married Elleni Gebre Amlak. But this is unknown that how long he lived with her. After getting a divorce from her, he married Leslie Kotkin.

The relationship lasts from 2016 to 2018 for Leslie Kotkin and West. Cornel has a son from his first marriage with Holloman. His name is Clifton West who was born in 1977 and at present, he is 44 years old. 

West has a daughter, Deilan Zeytun and she was born to West and Aytul Gurtas. At present, she is 20 years old. Almost, after 24 years, West was blessed with a second child. Thus, he married four times in his life.


When West was a graduate student, he started his teaching profession. He worked as a teaching assistant in ethics and humanities at Harvard. Then, in 1977 he went to Union Theological Seminary in New York. He worked as a faculty and taught contemporary philosophy.  

Then, from 1984 to 1987, he worked at the Yale University Divinity School. He worked as a director of the African-American Studies Program. The man became an expert in the teaching field. Thus, he started accepting appointments from various colleges such as

  • Barnard College
  • Williams College
  • City University of New York
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • University of Paris

Moreover, the doctor lectured around hundreds of colleges and universities.

Why Did Cornel West Resign From Harvard?

On July 12, 2021, Dr. Cornel tweeted that he sent a resignation letter to the Harvard Dean. He even listed out the reasons for resigning from the job. The reason for his resignation is politics and it is influencing Harvard to not extend the tenure.


Thus, the above article would provide you with the necessary information about doctor Cornel West.

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