Crowley plagiarized parts of Ph.D. dissertation

Conservative commentator Monica Crowley, who is slated to serve in a top national security communications role in Donald Trump’s presidential administration, plagiarized thousands of words of her 2000 dissertation for her Columbia University Ph.D., a CNN KFile review has found.

On Monday, Politico reported that it found more than a dozen examples of plagiarism in Crowley’s Ph.D. dissertation. CNN’s KFile has found nearly 40 lengthy instances of Crowley lifting paragraphs from numerous sources, including several scholarly texts, the Associated Press, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The revelation comes on the heels of another CNN KFile investigation, which found more than 50 instances of plagiarism in Crowley’s 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened.” On Tuesday, the book’s publisher, HarperCollins, announced that it would stop selling the book until “the author has the opportunity to source and revise the material.”

Crowley’s first plagiarism scandal came in 1999, the year before she submitted her dissertation. After The New York Times reported a reader found that a column she wrote in the Wall Street Journal strongly resembled a 1988 article in the neoconservative magazine Commentary, a Journal editor said that the paper would not have published her piece if it had known of the parallels. Crowley denied the charge but acknowledged that the language is similar.

Neither Crowley, nor the Trump transition team, responded to requests for comment.

Columbia also declined to comment in a statement, saying that all reviews of University research were kept confidential.

“We have no comment on Monica Crowley’s dissertation, which was submitted in 2000 and is publicly available,” the statement said. “The University’s process for addressing concerns raised about University research preserves the confidentiality of any review, and even the fact of a review’s existence is confidential while it is underway. Columbia is committed to upholding the very highest standards of integrity and credibility in academic research.”

Trump has tapped Crowley, a syndicated radio host, columnist, author, and longtime Fox News contributor to be his senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.

The Trump transition team’s statement announcing Crowley’s selection hailed her reputation as a scholar.

It said, “Dr. Crowley, a renowned scholar who holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University, is a foreign affairs and political analyst for the Fox News Channel. She is also a New York Times bestselling author and a columnist and online opinion editor of The Washington Times.”

In her dissertation on America’s China policy under Truman and Nixon, entitled “Clearer Than Truth,” Crowley, whose Ph.D. is in international relations, lifted multiple passages from Eric Larson’s 1996 book, “Casualties and Consensus: The Historical Role of Casualties in Domestic Support for U.S. Military Operations.” She also repeatedly plagiarized James Chace’s 1998 book, “Acheson: The Secretary of State Who Created the American World,” as well as a 1982 book by Yale’s John Lewis Gaddis called “Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy during the Cold War.” Crowley’s dissertation also contains passages taken from a 1996 book by Thomas Christensen of Princeton, Useful Adversaries: Grand Strategy, Domestic Mobilization, and Sino-American Conflict, 1947-1958.

Crowley cited these and other sources in footnotes at various points in her dissertation, but often failed to include citations or to properly cite sources in sections where she copied their wording verbatim or closely paraphrased it.

Crowley’s dissertation includes plagiarized paragraphs from commentary in a 1998 collection of transcripts of Henry Kissinger’s declassified conversations with other diplomats and world leaders. She also lifted material from Henry Kissinger’s 1979 memoirs, using Kissinger’s language to summarize Kissinger’s descriptions of the Nixon administration’s thought processes without quoting him.

Crowley’s dissertation contains parts of a January 1999 Associated Press article copied word-for-word.

Other sources she plagiarized include an August 1977 issue of the Libertarian Review, a 1982 report by Brookings fellow Raymond L. Garthoff, a 1971 academic article by John E. Mueller, and a 1971 article in the magazine Foreign Affairs.

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