I was one of the eighty students
who worked on The Witch-Hunt Narrative with Professor of Political Science Ross Cheit, and I have to say that working with Professor Cheit was perhaps my most rewarding experience as an undergrad (“Research by the Dozens,” Elms, September/October).
Professor Cheit’s instruction, commitment to his students, and passion for his work epitomize what I loved so much about Brown. He did indeed treat undergrads like grad students, in that he gave us responsibility, had high expectations, and valued our thoughts and contributions. What more could I, as a young, eager person, have wanted from my undergraduate experience? So proud to now call Ross a friend and to see his important, gutsy work come to fruition.
I have been involved in child protection cases since 1987. It is very gratifying to read about Professor Cheit’s work and his undergraduates’ deep involvement in work of this kind. Children of any age who disclose such abuse are fragile and vulnerable; they react and act out in myriad ways. Thorough investigation and research of the kind reported here is essential to find the “some truth” in the allegations.