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Real life does not imitate the joke

August 20, 2008

There’s a well-known joke about a beautiful young student’s attempt to trade… um… favors for grades.

I suppose it’s inevitable that the real-life variant would neither cast a positive light on the professor nor, in all likelihood, end at all happily.

Scratch that; really unhappily.

… Good hearsay and war stories about the general phenomenon over at LGM.

He’s now considered a “missing person.”

… Back to the original suspected outcome: hiker finds body, presumed to be University of Iowa professor, in park.

… And it was Arthur Miller.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.