NOLA 2011(125 posts) (3 voices)
I just read Pinello's CV. He spent three years at the University of New Orleans right out of graduate school at Yale. He published no book or peer-reviewed article during that time He was an assistant professor from 1988-91 at U. New Orleans, yet did not receive his PhD until 1991.
My supposition is that he was denied at the third year renewal due to no publications and not finishing his PhD dissertation in three years on the tenure track, or he left because he was going to be denied tenure. At that time, UNO had goals of being a 2nd-tier research school.
It would not surprise me if he has a personal axe to grind against New Orleans given his time there. Is New Orleans's laws really the problem, or was this Yale grad thinking he was underplaced back in 1988 when in fact he was overplaced led to this boycott?
I favor same sex marriage, but realize New Orleans is one of the few gay-friendly places in the southeast U.S. I also realize that no boycott of other cities/states with similar laws has taken place.