Architecture professor fired last year blames ‘cancel culture’ as Princeton cites ‘neglect of duty’

Amy Ciceu
Daily Princetonian

Excerpt: On Sept. 11, 2021, Alejandro Zaera-Polo uploaded the first installment of a seven-part video series, titled “A Gonzo Ethnography of Academic Authority.” Over the course of nearly five hours, Zaera-Polo speaks to the camera, navigating viewers through myriad documents, screenshots, and images, all sourced from a 856-page file he authored.

A few minutes into the video, Zaera-Polo, a renowned architect who once served as a professor and dean in the University School of Architecture, reveals a convoluted diagram that he claims includes all the characters at the heart of the story he wants to tell — trustees, administrators, and former colleagues at the School of Architecture. On July 19, 2021, an eight-year saga came to a climax when Zaera-Polo was terminated from the Princeton faculty.