Jill Abramson, the ousted former executive editor of the New York Times, will begin teaching at Harvard University this fall, the Ivy League university announced on Thursday.
Abramson, herself a Harvard graduate, will teach a narrative nonfiction class focusing on journalism at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. She has spoken about her love for the university in the past, and has a tattoo of the Harvard “H” on her back, alongside a symbol of the “T” in the New York Times masthead. (Which Abramson said there is "not a chance" she will be removing.)
“I’m honored and excited to be teaching at Harvard in the coming academic year,” Abramson said in the statement. “Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever. Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.”
Last month, Abramson was abruptly fired from her position as executive editor by New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr.; who replaced her with managing editor Dean Baquet. Her unexpected firing shocked the media world, leading to weeks of speculation as to Sulzberger's reasoning. The ensuing media frenzy was particularly occupied with the possibility that Abramson was the victim of insidious gender discrimination, particularly as she had recently hired a lawyer to address what she saw as a discrepancy between her own compensation and that of her male predecessors.
In a statement, Sulbzerger denied that gender had anything to do with Abramson's firing, which he instead blamed on her management style.
It appears that Abramson's Harvard job offer was fairly recent. Less than a month ago, Abramson delivered the commencement address at Wake Forest University, and said she was still unsure of her next step.
"I'm in exactly the same boat as many of you," she told the graduates. "Like you I'm a little scared but also excited,"