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Ana Maria Candela

Binghamton University

Dr. Ana Maria Candela is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University. According to her university biography, Dr. Candela’s research focuses on Chinese History, Society, and Migrations.

A leaked syllabus for Dr. Candela’s class—“Social Change-Introduction to Sociology”— announces that in class discussions, priority will be given to people of color and women.

The syllabus—first reported on by Campus Reformasks students who are “white, male, or someone who is privileged by racial or gender structures” to yield their questions or comments to women and “non-white folks” under the section titled “Class Discussion Guidelines.”  Dr. Candela describes the practice as “progressive stacking,” which grants preferential treatment to individuals based on skin color, sexuality, gender, and race.

“We practice progressive stacking when calling on people to participate in class discussions. This means we try to give priority to non-white folks, to women, and to shy and quiet people who rarely raise their hands. It also means that if you are a white male, or someone privileged by the racial and gender structures of our society, to have your voice easily voiced and heard, we will often ask you to hold off on your questions or comments to give others priority and will come back to you a bit later or at another time.” 

Professors across the country have adopted this tactic. Students considered marginalized by society are called on before white males. The tactic appears to have begun during Occupy Wall Street in 2011 before spreading to academia.

Earlier in the same section, Dr. Candela quotes Chinese dictator Mao Zedong favorably,

“Mao Zedong is famous for having once said, “No investigation, no right to speak.” While a bit harsh, it helps to convey the idea that speaking during class discussions should be based on having done your investigative work.” 

Mao—who chaired the Chinese Communist Party from 1935 until his death in 1976—is considered one of the deadliest heads of state in history. An estimated 65 million Chinese perished during his regime. Mao’s farming collectivization—known as the “Great Leap Forward”—contributed to upwards of 40 million of these deaths during the largest man-made famine in history.

During China’s “Cultural Revolution”, Mao enlisted students—dubbed the “Red Guard”—to target teachers, intellectuals, workers, government officials, and civilians deemed insufficiently supportive of the Communist Party. Millions were publicly shamed. An estimated 1.5 million people were killed before the purges ended in 1976.

The syllabus takes further care to note that masks are mandated during class. If any students arrive without a mask, Dr. Candela threatens to dismiss everyone in attendance and cancel the lecture entirely.

In a statement, a Binghamton University spokesman told Fox News the syllabus violates the faculty staff handbook and the term “progressive stacking” has been removed.

The Professor Watchlist reached out to Binghamton University for comment but has not received a response by publication.


Students and Parents may contact the Department of Sociology at (607) 777-2628 or at [email protected] 

Updated – February 22nd, 2022


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