Parity Movement


The Academic Parity Movement is a non-profit organization born out of a need for justice, and the protection of students', postdocs', and early career academics' (including junior faculties) most basic human rights within academic institutions. We are a group of people from all different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences fighting to end academic discrimination, violence, and bullying with help of legal professionals, psychologists, researchers and our legislators.

Parity aims to uproot academic bullying, discrimination and violence by empowering students, postdocs, and early career academics (including junior faculties) themselves with the tools to defend their most basic rights. Historically, minorities such as women, people of color, and immigrants have been disproportionately devastated by the magnified societal prejudices and pressures that are only exacerbated in the lab environment. Together we must take a stand to make the academic world an equitable, accepting, and safe environment. We are a group of people from all different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences fighting to end academic discrimination, violence, and bullying with help of legal professionals, psychologists, researchers and our legislators.

What is The Academic Parity Movement?

Our Timeline

Our Timeline

Short-term Goal

To increase awareness among stakeholders.

2019 - 2023

Mid-term Goal

To establish support platforms (e.g., psychological and legal help) for targets.

2023 - 2028

Long-term Goal

To provide integrative functioning approaches to diminish diversity issues and bad behaviors of any kind in academia.

2028 - 2033

Morteza Mahmoudi

Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD

Co-Founder & Director

Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Precision Health Program at Michigan State University (MSU). Prior to coming to MSU, he was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He was a target of academic bullying. His specific research interests include, nanomedicine and regenererative medicine for prevention and treatment of life-threatening conditions. He is among the 2018 most highly cited researchers as reported by Clarivate Analytics.

He and Saya founded the Academic Parity Movement to ensure that no researcher would suffer from violence, discrimination, or academic bullying without sufficient support.

Saya Ameli Hajebi

Saya Ameli Hajebi

Co-Founder and Director

Saya Ameli Hajebi is an artist, graphic designer, and environmental activist. She is currently a national Spokesperson, and local media lead for the Sunrise Movement. She has interviewed with The GuardianAl JazeeraBBC, and Buzzfeed News to raise awareness about the climate crisis and represent the Sunrise Movement. 

She hopes to incorporate activism and social change in academia, and make a safe learning environment for all with the Academic Parity movement.

Sherry Moss

Sherry Moss, PhD


Sherry Moss, PhD, is currently Professor of Organizational Studies in the School of Business at Wake Forest University. Her research interests include leadership, feedback, abusive supervision, multiple job holding, authenticity and meaningful work. She has also served as the Director of the Full Time MBA Program at Wake Forest and as the Area Chair for the Management Faculty.

Her research has been published in prestigious academic journals such as Journal of Applied PsychologyAdministrative Science QuarterlyJournal of Organizational BehaviorAcademy of Management JournalJournal of ManagementOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesAcademy of Management Executive, and Nature. Her most impactful research has been about abusive supervision (bully bosses).

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Our International Representatives & Advisory Board

Our International Representatives & Advisory Board


Jennifer Swann, PhD

Advisor, United States

Jennifer Swann, PhD, has been a professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA for over 25 years.  While studying the neurobiology of sex differences she has actively pursued roles within and without higher education that promote equity and inclusion.  For example, she has campaigned for inclusion at the university for students, faculty and staff as the founding chair of the Student Diversity Task Force, the Council for Equity and Community and  Lehigh’s Faculty and Staff of Color Network.  And as the inaugural Director for Student Success in Lehigh University’s College of Arts and Sciences, she has been instrumental in revamping advising for first-year, low income and first-generation students. Professor Swann currently serves on Lehigh Faculty senate where she is working to create a faculty code of ethics and more equitable positions for non-tenured faculty.

Professor Swann is also an active member of her community promoting social justice through participation in End Mass Incarceration,  the Allentown Environmental Advisory Council, the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation and the NAACP. She has served on professional development committees for the Society for Neuroscience and the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.  Her work includes a number of advisory boards – including the Capstone Institute at Howard University, the Neuroscience program at Delaware State, the Ascend program at Morgan State and the Penn State Eberly School of Science. Professor Swann is an accomplished neuroscientist has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, book chapters and proceedings in the neurosciences, endocrinology and circadian rhythms.

Alison E. Vogelaar

Advisor, Switzerland

Alison E. Vogelaar is the Newsletter Editor at the Academic Parity Movement. She is an independent researcher and communication consultant. Her research and writing focus on the themes of representation, activism, labor and environmental communication. She has published numerous academic articles, one manuscript and two co-edited volumes. She was a member of the faculty at Franklin University Switzerland from 2008-2021 where she taught in the Communication and Media Studies program, founded and directed the university’s SAFE Allies program, co-directed the Center for Sustainability Initiatives and advocated for the development of institutional mechanisms for reporting, prevention and education around matters of discrimination and harassment in an international organizational context. She has been both a witness and target of academic bullying. She is presently a communication consultant for a tech start-up.

Leah P. Hollis, EhD

Advisor, United States

Leah P. Hollis, EdD, is a noted national expert on workplace bullying and associate professor at Morgan State University. Her most recent book, The coercive community college; Bullying and its costly impact on the mission to serve underrepresented populations, which was released by Emerald publications in 2016 is an extension of her work on bullying in higher education. Other notable work includes, Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education is based on independent research on 175 colleges and universities. Findings reveal that workplace bullying occurs at an even higher rate in higher education. She has spoken nationally and internationally to help over 200 schools address incivility on campus. She earned her Doctorate of Education from Boston University, as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. She is the president and founder of her own consultant group Patricia Berkly LLC, a healthy workplace advocate at Diversity Training Consultants. 

Explore her electronic portfolio here. 

Loraleigh Keashly

Loraleigh Keashly

Advisor, United States

Loraleigh Keashly, PhD, is a Professor, Associate Dean (Curricular and Student Affairs), and Distinguished Service Professor at the Department of Communication, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, Wayne State University, Detroit. Her research and consulting focus on quality of work relationships particularly the amelioration of uncivil, hostile and bullying behaviors. She has a particular interest in developing bystander efficacy to address negative work relationships and build constructive work relationships. Most recently, she has focused her attention on problematic behaviors in academic environments and works with universities on these issues.

Pooya Sereh

Pooya Sareh, PhD

Advisor & Representative , United Kingdom

Pooya Sareh, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Creative Design Engineering Lab (Cdel) at the University of Liverpool, UK. Prior to these current appointments, he was Course Leader and Lecturer of Engineering Design in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London (2016-18), and a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. He graduated from Cambridge University with a PhD in Engineering (Structural Mechanics) in 2014, during which he also attended the Florence Academy of Art, Italy. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in Robotics. He holds BSc (First Class Hons.) and MSc (Distinction) degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and the University of Sheffield, UK, respectively.

He has a special interest in investigating cases of bullying, mobbing, and discrimination in academic environments.

Janet Hering

Janet Hering, PhD

Advisor, Switzerland

Janet Hering, PhD, is the Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag) and professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ) and Lausanne (EPFL). At Eawag, she oversees a staff of over 500, including approximately 165 researchers and 100 technical staff members. Eawag’s research focuses broadly on water and the water environment, from relatively unperturbed aquatic ecosystems to fully engineered water and wastewater management systems. In addition to its research activities, Eawag’s mandate encompasses both education and expert consulting. Eawag contributes to tertiary education in cooperation with degree-granting institutions and hosts about 150 Ph.D. students for their thesis research.

Prof. Dr. Hering’s research interests include the biogeochemical cycling of trace elements in natural waters, treatment technologies for the removal of inorganic contaminants from drinking water, and knowledge exchange at the interface of science with policy and practice. Previously on the faculty at Caltech and UCLA, she is a former Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology and a current member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. She is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (foreign member), and Academia Europaea. 

Ursula Keller

Ursula Keller, PhD

Advisor, Switzerland

Ursula Keller, PhD, has been a tenured professor of physics at ETH Zurich since 1993 ( and also a director of the Swiss multi-institute NCCR MUST program in ultrafast science since 2010 ( She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1989 and the Physics “Diplom” from ETH in 1984.  She was a Member of Technical Staff (MTS) at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1989 to 1993, a “Visiting Miller Professor” at UC Berkeley in 2006 and a visiting professor at the Lund Institute of Technologies in 2001. She has been a co-founder and board member for Time-Bandwidth Products (acquired by JDSU in 2014) and for a venture capital-funded telecom company GigaTera (acquired by Time-Bandwidth in 2003). She was a member of the research council of the Swiss National Science Foundation from 2014-2018. She is the founding president of the ETH Women Professors Forum (WPF).

The focus of her group (foto) in research is exploring and pushing the frontiers in ultrafast science and technology (online info). Awards include the OSA Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize (2020) – OSA’s (resp. OPTICA’s) highest award for overall distinction in optics, SPIE Gold Medal (2020) – SPIE’s highest honor, IEEE Edison Medal (2019), European Inventor Award for lifetime achievement (2018), two ERC advanced grants (2012 and 2018), member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, German Academy Leopoldina and Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences. She supervised and graduated 88 Ph.D. students (list), published > 490 journal publications (list) and according to Google Scholar, an h-index of 114 with more than 49000 citations.

Linda R. Crockett

Linda R. Crockett, MSW, RSW, SEP

Advisor, Canada

Linda R. Crockett, MSW, RSW, SEP, is the founder of the Canadian Institute of Workplace Bullying Resource Centre. Her work began in 2010 and she has worked diligently to build awareness, advocate for psychological safety in all workplaces, and help improve legislation in Canada. Linda is a consultant, coach, trainer, and trauma therapist, who offers a variety of services to leaders, groups, and individual employees. She believes in a holistic perspective offering resources to the injured complainants, struggling witnesses, and the respondents. Whether cases are substantiated or unsubstantiated, services are needed. Linda collaborates with similar specialized services worldwide. In 2021 she gathered 14 other countries to join her workplace bullying awareness week every October. She states …”There is nothing greater for change than a worldwide voice on this worldwide issue.” 

Tim Noakes Banting

Timothy David Noakes, MD

Advisor, South Africa

Timothy David Noakes, MD DSc, best known for his work in sports science and for his support of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, is a South African scientist and emeritus professor at the University of Cape Town in the division of Excercise Science and Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the National Research Foundation (South Africa), and listed as one of their highest-rated members.

His research in sports science has lead to the publication books including, The Real Meal Revolution and Lore of Nutrition: Challenging Conventional Dietary Beliefs.

Suzanne Tauber

Susanne Täuber, PhD

Advisor, Netherlands

Susanne Täuber, PhD, is Rosalind Franklin Fellow and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). She graduated from Friedrich-Schiller University Jena (Germany) with a Ph.D. in Social Psychology. She studies the effects of organizational and societal change on polarization and social cohesion, particularly when change concerns moral norms and values.

Dr. Täuber is interested in the dynamics that undermine the effectiveness of diversity initiatives and anti-harassment policy. She is a member of the Dutch national advisory committee on diversity in higher education and research. Her advocacy for culture change in academia has been published for instance in Women’s Higher Education NetworkNature and The Lancet.

Saman Hosseinpour, PhD

Advisor & Representative, Germany

Saman Hosseinpour, PhD, is the surfaces and interfaces group leader at the Institute of Particle Technology at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany). He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in material science and engineering in Iran and later was promoted as a faculty member of the Department of Material Science at Azad University. After finishing his Ph.D. at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-Sweden) he moved to Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP-Germany) as a postdoc.

He has always been keen on supporting young researchers against academic bullying and actively works toward increasing the awareness regarding scientific and personal misconduct in academia.

Nafisa M. Jadavji

Nafisa M. Jadavji, PhD

Advisor, United States

Nafisa M. Jadavji, PhD, is a Neuroscientist. She is an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University (US) and Research Professor at Carleton University (Canada). In 2012, she completed her doctoral training at McGill University in Montréal, Canada.  Her laboratory investigates how the brain responds to different biological processes throughout the lifespan.

Dr. Jadavji has been interested in the prevalence and consqeuences of academic bullying. She lead the eLife Ambassador Anti-bullying initiative in 2019 to 2020, which accomplished creating a bullying awareness video as well as writing a blog post on what academic bullying looks like. These resources are available on GitHub.

Jillian Richmond

Jillian Richmond, PhD

Advisor, United States

Jillian Richmond, PhD, earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University, and her doctoral degree in Pathology & Immunology from Boston University School of Medicine. She performed a postdoctoral fellowship in chemokine biology at Massachusetts General Hospital before moving to the Harris Lab at UMass to study chemokines in vitiligo, an autoimmune disease characterized by CD8+ T cell-mediated destruction of melanocytes. She has also studied formation of autoreactive resident memory T cells that make vitiligo refractory to treatment. Her laboratory now focuses on T cell migration and function in other autoimmune skin diseases including Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus and Morphea.

Arianna Gianakos

Arianna Gianakos, DO, PhD

Advisor, United States

Arianna Gianakos, DO, PhD, is currently a foot and ankle orthopedic surgery fellow at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and will be completing her surgical training internationally as the first IONA and Sports Medicine International Travel Fellow.  She is completing her Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam with her area of focus on Gender Studies & Gender Equity in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Gianakos is one of the founding members of #SpeakUpOrtho where she is leading a SpeakUp Coalition Call to Action Initiative with leaders in various medical specialties across the country aiming to improve the culture of residency training to effect policy change. She is a physician advocate in Physician Just Equity providing peer-support to physicians who experience workplace conflicts, through education, research, empowerment and advocacy while facilitating institutional culture change. Dr. Gianakos is actively involved in leading several collaborative research projects regarding residency education and improving the medical work environment and has given numerous lectures on the topics of gender discrimination, bullying in medicine, and residency education. She has recently been awarded the first ever Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society Courage award for her work. She serves as a leader in mentorship programs including the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society Professional Development Committee, and the AOFAS Humanitarian Committee and is a member in both the Women in Orthopaedics Worldwide group and the International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance.

Taulant Muka

Taulant Muka, MD, PhD

Advisor, Switzerland

Taulant Muka, MD, PhD, is a medical doctor and epidemiologist, currently working as Associate Professor in Preventive Medicine. He integrates knowledge from different disciplines and approaches that include epidemiology, population-based studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, nutrition, epigenetics, sex differences, reproductive health, cardiometabolic disease, and the pharmaceutical industry to manage interdisciplinary projects. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, co-authored three books on Elsevier in epigenetics, and supervised over 30 MSc, MD, or PhD students. His scientific work has been covered by the BBC, CNN, Reuters, the Times of London, and the New York Times.

Dora Kostakopoulou

Dora Kostakopoulou, PhD

Advisor, United Kingdom

Dora Kostakopoulou, PhD, is the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU and has had Jean Monnet Professorial positions in the United Kingdom. She has been British Academy, Thank Offering to Britain Fellow (2003-2004) and recipient of an Innovation Award by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2004-2005). She is the author of Citizenship, Identity and Immigration in the European Union: Between Past and Future (2001, Manchester University Press), The Future Governance of Citizenship which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008 (Law in Context Series), Institutional Constructivism in Social Sciences and Law: Frames of Mind, Patterns of Change (2018, Cambridge University Press) and European Union Citizenship Law and Policy (2020, Elgar, European Law Series). Her articles have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Law and JurisprudenceColumbia Journal of European LawOxford Journal of Legal StudiesModern Law ReviewEuropean Law JournalEuropean Law ReviewJournal of Common Market StudiesPolitical StudiesEuropean Political ScienceJournal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesJournal of European Public PolicyEuropean Journal of Migration and LawEuropean SecurityPerspectives on European Politics and Society, International Journal of Law in Context and the Journal of Political Philosophy. Further information can be found at:

Steven Zanganeh

Steven Zanganeh, PhD

Advisor, United States

Steven Zanganeh, PhD, is currently an assistant professor of bioengineering in the school of engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His research goals are directed toward developing immunoengineering systems for high-dimensional analysis of tumor microenvironment, immuno-imaging, and uncovering the overlooked factors in sex-specific variations in nano-immunotherapy.

Natacha Chetcuti-Osorovitz

Natacha Chetcuti-Osorovitz

Advisor, France

Natacha Chetcuti-Osorovitz, sociologist, Senior Lecturer – HDR (Habilitation to direct research) – Centrale Supélec and researcher at the IDHES Laboratory (Institutions and Historical Dynamics of the Economy and Society) – ENS-Paris-Saclay (France). Her work focuses on prison sociology, feminist epistemology and gender violence. Her latest book is on the prison experience of women serving long sentences: Femmes en prison et violences de genre. Résistances à perpétuité, Paris, Ed. La Dispute, 2021. She coordinates with Valérie Icard a monthly seminar at the MSH Paris-Saclay laboratory at the IDHES of ENS-Paris-Saclay: “Genre et monde carcéral” (

Some of her publications from 2019 to 2022: She published in 2022 with Sandrine Sanos (ed.): Le genre carcéral : Pouvoir disciplinaire, agentivité et expériences de la prison, XIX-XXIe siècles, Paris, éditions EMSHA ; in 2020 with Patricia Paperman Genre et monde carcéral : perspectives éthiques et politiques (ed. ), collection ” Actes “, MSH-Paris-Saclay, n°6, November 2020 ; with Sarah Jean-Jacques ” Usages de l’espace public et lesbianisme : sanctions sociales et contournements dans les métropoles françaises “, in Cahiers de Géographie du Québec – Université de Laval, vol 62, n°175 ; 2019, ” Reflections on historic lesbian feminisms “, in Niharika Banerjea, Kath Browne, Eduarda Ferreira, Marta Olasik, and Julie Podmore (sous la dir. ), Lesbian Feminism. Essays Opposing Global Heteropatriarchies, London, Zed Books, pp. 230-249. She also coordinated, in 2019, with Pauline Delage and Marylène Lieber, “Violences de genre: retours sur un problème féministe,” Cahiers du Genre journal, n°66.

Maral Mahdad

Advisor, The Netherlands

Maral Mahdad is an Assistant Professor of Innovation Management at the Technical University of Eindhoven, having previously served as an Assistant Professor at Wageningen University and Research. Her research centers around collaboration dynamics in ecosystems and stakeholder engagement in sustainability transition initiatives.

Dr. Mahdad’s commitment to fostering positive change extends beyond her research activities. She actively participated in the employee council of the Social Science Group, representing Tenure Trackers, where she played a role in addressing important issues and advocating for the rights and interests of her colleagues. Additionally, she contributed to the Strategic Committee focused on creating a safe and pleasant work environment for academics, demonstrating her dedication to enhancing the overall academic system.

Dr. Mahdad firmly believes in actively engaging in this discourse to elicit positive transformations within the academic system. By being involved in discussions, she aims to contribute to the ongoing improvement and evolution of academia, bringing out the best in the field and nurturing a vibrant and progressive academic community.

Junya Ono

Advisor, Japan

Dr. Junya Ono is a distinguished scientist and entrepreneur renowned for his contributions to the allergy-related biomarker development field and his vehement commitment to combating academic bullying and harassment in Japan.

With a career spanning almost two decades in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Ono’s illustrious tenure from 2002 to 2021 saw him deeply involved in cutting-edge research in immunoassay development. His body of work is regarded as seminal and continues to have significant implications in allergy research.

Recognizing the critical social issue of academic bullying and harassment in Japan, Dr. Ono transitioned his focus towards fostering a supportive and conducive environment for researchers and academia. In 2022, he founded an initiative dedicated to providing research support. The initiative has provided assistance in hundreds of cases, helping researchers who have faced academic bullying and harassment within university institutions.

Dr. Ono’s dedication and unwavering resolve in addressing the challenges researchers face have earned him plaudits and respect within the academic community. His impact is characterized by the tangible difference he has made in the lives of many researchers and his relentless pursuit of creating an inclusive and progressive academic ecosystem in Japan.

Romane Cristescu

Advisor, Australia

Romane Cristescu is a veterinarian and a conservation ecologist with a wide range of research areas – all centered around investigating how we can best help wildlife in a world dominated by humans. She has a strong focus on innovations to maximize conservation outcomes. In particular she has developed, tested and deployed: i) new survey methodologies including detection (sniffer) dogs and drone-mounted thermal imaging; ii) non-invasive molecular analyses (genetic, pathogens and hormones measured in scats); and iii) innovative technologies to monitor movement – both ear tag and collar based.  

She endeavors to work with varied partners and stakeholders to test and apply these innovation in on-the-ground management to maximize limited funding and accelerate implementation e.g. comparison of detection rates of methods, genetic measures for conservation genetics, using mass produced technology and adapting it for conservation. Her work also includes analyzing legislation and legislative loopholes to propose feasible solutions.