‘Multiple instances of plagiarism’ found in Jamaal Bowman’s Ed.D. dissertation: report 

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was hit with allegations of plagiarism Friday after several portions of his 2019 Ed.D dissertation were found to be nearly identical to work from other academics. 

An analysis of the far-left “Squad” lawmaker’s Manhattanville College dissertation, conducted by the Daily Wire, discovered “multiple instances” of apparent plagiarism, including some passages that replicate the writings in earlier academic papers nearly word-for-word, along with a number of other obvious blunders.    


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The Daily Wire uncovered several instances of possible plagiarism in Bowman’s 2019 Ed.D dissertation. AP

In one example taken from Bowman’s 141-page dissertation – “Community Schools: The Perceptions and Practices that Foster Broad-Based Collaboration among Leaders with the Community School Ecosystem” –  the former Bronx middle school principal appears to lift University of Delaware Professor Rosalie Rolón-Dow’s summary of an introductory book on critical race theory. 

“The CRT movement drew heavily on the critical legal studies movement, radical feminism, and civil rights ideas to develop a framework that squarely challenged the racialized ways in which law affects people of color (Delgado & Stefancic, 2001; Parker, 2003; Rolon-Dow, 2005),” Bowman wrote.

By comparison, Rolón-Dow’s article reads, “The movement drew heavily on the critical legal studies movement, radical feminism, and conventional civil rights ideas to develop a framework that more squarely challenged the racialized ways in which laws affect people of color (Delgado & Stefancic, 2001; Parker, 2003).”

Bowman includes Rolón-Dow in his citation but does not use quotation marks in the parts of his text that are verbatim to the academic’s. 

In another section of his dissertation, Bowman’s limited changes to Rolón-Dow’s writing, include adding in a typo, capitalizing “Critical Race Theory” and substituting “Latino” with “Latinx” while leaving “Latina.”

Bowman: “Further, from the perspective of Puerto Rican girls in middle school, Rolon-Dow (2005) explored the intersection between race/ethnicity caring [sic] in the educational experiences of middle school Puerto Rican girls. Critical Race Theory and Latinx/Latina critical theory are used as data analysis frameworks because of their emphasis on the roles of race/ethnicity and racism in shaping the circumstances of individuals and institutions.”

Rolón-Dow: “In this article, the author explores the intersection between race/ethnicity and caring in the educational experiences of middle school Puerto Rican girls. Critical race theory and Latino/Latina critical theory are used as data analysis frameworks because of their emphasis on the roles of race/ethnicity and racism in shaping the circumstances of individuals and institutions.” 


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Bowman has not commented on the allegations the he plagiarized parts of his dissertation. Luke Rosiak/X

The Daily Wire discovered at least two other instances of apparent plagiarism, where Bowman again summarizes the research of others by copying their exact text rather than paraphrasing. 

“In further explaining authentic care, Antrop-Gonzalez and De Jesus (2006) stated that a powerful combination of high academic expectations and meaningful student- teacher interpersonal relationships form the basis of authentic caring as an alternative to traditional schooling, which is generally rooted in more aesthetic forms of care,” Bowman wrote. 

The 2006 piece by Rene Antrop-Gonzalez and Anthony De Jesus reads, “This powerful combination of high academic expectations and meaningful student-teacher interpersonal relationships form the basis of authentic caring as an alternative to the traditional schooling that many students of color in urban schools experience on a daily basis.”

In yet another part of his paper, Bowman, borrowing from a 2017 article by Tenah K.A. Hunt , Kristen S. Slack , Lawrence M. Berger, wrote:  “This study also found that relatedly, risk for exposure to adversity is not evenly distributed across racial and ethnic subgroups. Hispanic and Black children have disproportionally high rates of maltreatment victimization (USDHHS, 2016) and disproportionally grow up in disadvantaged communities. (p. 392).”

The authors he cribbed from wrote: “Relatedly, risk for exposure to adversity is not evenly distributed across racial and ethnic subgroups. Hispanic and Black children have disproportionally high rates of maltreatment victimization (USDHHS, 2015) and disproportionally grow up in disadvantaged communities.”

The allegations against Bowman come after earlier this year he defended disgraced former Harvard University President Claudine Gay, who resigned in January amid a plagiarism scandal of her own and criticism over her handling of antisemitism at the Ivy League school. 

“This isn’t about plagiarism or antisemitism,” Bowman wrote on X on Jan. 2, the day Gay stepped down. 

“This is about racism and intimidation. This makes no one safer. The only winners are fascists who bullied a brilliant & historic Black woman into resignation,” he added. “2024 will be a battle for truth, democracy and our shared humanity.”

Bowman, 48, is facing off against Westchester County Executive George Latimer, 70, in the June 25 Democratic primary for New York’s 16th Congressional District.

A recent Emerson College/WPIX poll showed Bowman trailing Latimer by 17 points — 48% to 31% — among likely primary voters, with 21% undecided.

Bowman did not respond to The Post’s request for comment. 

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