Stanford University (Photo/File)
Stanford University (Photo/File)

Stanford lecturer who singled out Jews after Oct. 7 will not return, university says

Ameer Loggins, the Stanford lecturer at the center of a classroom incident involving Jewish students soon after the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks in Israel, will not continue his employment there, the university confirmed Tuesday.

University spokesperson Dee Mostofi told J. that an investigation into Loggins is ongoing but that Stanford has “no plans” to hire him further.

The Oct. 10 incident, during which Loggins allegedly singled out Jewish students in a required class for first-year students, was widely reported in the press, including in J. Details have only been reported through secondhand accounts, as the Jewish students involved have not spoken directly to the media.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle and the Forward, Loggins asked Jews and Israelis to identify themselves in class. He then asked multiple students to stand separately from their classmates as an academic exercise, comparing their segregation to how Israel treats Palestinians and using his lecture to discuss Israel as a “colonizer.”

The Stanford Daily, the student newspaper, suggested that the matter had been somewhat blown out of proportion. The newspaper also reported that a student-organized petition for Loggins’ reinstatement had accumulated 1,700 signatures between mid-November and Jan. 10.

Loggins was removed from classroom duties after the incident, Mostofi said, and he has not returned for the current quarter, which started Jan. 8.

Despite his absence, Loggins’ profile remains on Stanford’s site.

Stanford administration responded to the incident in a statement on Oct. 11, in which they announced that an unnamed instructor had been removed from the classroom and was being investigated because he was “reported to have addressed the Middle East conflict in a manner that called out individual students in class based on their backgrounds and identities.”

Loggins has a distinguished educational record, with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in African American and African diaspora studies from UC Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student teacher. He is also apparently friendly with former 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, who congratulated him on completing his doctorate.

According to several online bios, he also lectured in the sociology department at Mills College. He has written opinion pieces published in the Guardian and is a prolific poster on X. He generally posts about African Americans and U.S. history, but frequently posts about Israel and Palestinians including his view on Oct. 8 about media coverage.

Loggins did not respond to J.’s request for comment.

The incident underlined the extreme tension on campus immediately after Oct. 7. While the shock of the massacre was still fresh, pro-Hamas banners were hung on the student union and clock tower and anti-Israel chalk messages were scrawled on Meyer Green, where students earlier held a vigil for Israeli victims.

At the time, Rabbi Jessica Kirschner, executive director of Hillel at Stanford, told J. that students were very stressed.

Students are wondering, “‘Can I trust the people who live in the room next to me because they put something up on the wall that negates my existence?’” she said.