A.W. Peet's contact details
Greetings, Earthling. I work as a Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto (UofT) in the province of Ontario in Canada. I also have non-physics and non-university interests and a private life. To improve efficiency, I use different communication channels for different types of activities.
Choosing the right communication channel
There are three broad categories of people who try to contact me in an average year. Please look at all three lists below and then pick the one that best describes you. (Choose carefully: those who misrepresent themselves will be ignored or blacklisted.)
- 1. Students, research/university colleagues, and journalists
- Currently enrolled UofT students, especially those taking physics courses I teach.
- Academic physics researchers, especially those in my field.
- Journalists seeking input on physics-related stories or other academic matters.
- Prospective UofT students, especially those interested in physics.
- Alumni of UofT (or my almae matres) interested in (re)connecting.
- Laypeople of any age interested in becoming a physicist.
- Students/postdocs/faculty/staff working to imagine and co-create a genuinely inclusive, pluralistic university.
- Organizers inviting me to speak to their group on the basis of my academic expertise and lived experience.
- 2. Comrades and potential friends
- Trans/nonbinary/queer/disabled people seeking solidarity from a trans, nonbinary, queer, disabled person.
- Fellow progressives interested in building a friendship, after chatting on social media or at some event.
- People working to support and build up marginalized communities at the local, provincial, national, or international level.
- 3. Others
- Anyone making a commercial solicitation.
- Anyone expecting custom tutoring on demand.
- Anyone wanting to be my physics groupie.
- Anyone feeling entitled to my romantic/sexual attention.
- Anyone itching to criticize my trans human rights activism.
- Anyone desiring to get me fired for my personal political beliefs.
- Prof. A.W. Peet
Department of Physics
University of Toronto
60 St. George Street
Canada M5S 1A7
(briefly describe what you want and when in the subject line)
- +1 416 978 3911
(0900-1800h Mon-Fri, 0900-2100h Mon-Sun if urgent)
(briefly describe what you want and when in the subject line)
- +1 416 561 0579
(1800-2100h Mon-Fri or 1200-2100h Sat-Sun)
Note: I answer personal emails intermittently, when my health and lulls in job activity allow.
I do not list any contact details for you here because I do not actually want to hear from you. If this fact upsets you, please seek emotional assistance from a trusted family member, friend, therapist, etc. to help you cope. Like most reasonable people, I do not enjoy others carelessly wasting my time, nor do I tolerate harassment or abuse from anyone. Here are some true-life examples of what not to do to me:-
- Do not try to sell me something.
- If I want a product or a service, I will find out about it and buy it on my own initiative, without any interference from you. This policy is not negotiable. Please take your sales skills and exert them elsewhere. Thanks.
- Do not expect custom tutoring on demand.
- I already have a full time job that keeps me extremely busy and pays me better than most Canadians. Accordingly, I do not offer private tutoring for strangers, free or paid, online or in person, about physics or gender or any other subject. If I offer to tutor a friend or acquaintance, I charge $0.
- Every busy professional has a triage/queueing system for requests that should be respected. Parents should refrain from encouraging their children to write to academics expecting custom help on demand unless they first help them understand that the answer could be
no. One set of parents threw extended tantrums after I declined their child's request: the mother sent torrents of abuse, and the father reported me to my Department Chair and to the Provost (a university's chief academic officer). Kindly avoid emitting a stink of entitlement this strong.
- Do not try to be my academic groupie.
- I am not interested in having any groupies. Generally, I welcome appropriate chats with students (current or former), and find it rewarding when strangers like my outreach communication efforts, but I do not desire to have fans per se.
- One member of the general public attended every class, seminar, and outreach talk I gave locally, for months turning into years, and asked intellectually inappropriate questions in almost all of them. They eventually became so cumulatively disruptive that I revoked permission for them to attend, which is something I very rarely do to auditors.
- Another member of the general public determinedly harassed me by telephone for several years with waves of rambling incoherence and bizarre requests, eventually forcing me to disconnect my voicemail. Subsequently, they escalated their harassment into a physical assault in my office and a death threat. They are still banned from entering the UofT Physics building, despite repeated attempts to lift the ban.
- Do not stalk me.
- Some dude in the USA stalked me online and harassed me for over four years on twitter, starting circa 2009. His pattern was to take potshots from hundreds of sockpuppet accounts, couched as grandiose criticisms of my perceived behaviour. He also tried to gaslight supportive social media friends. Later on, in December 2015, he restarted his abuse by email. The most charitable interpretation I can muster overall is that he felt inadequate in a competition existing only in his own mind and needed nontrivial help.
- Some dude in Germany stalked me online after seeing a livestreamed public lecture I gave at the Perimeter Institute, and in April 2016 he sent a long and extremely intrusive
fan email to my university account. In it, he tried to inject himself into my personal life without my consent and declared a sexual fetish for my gender identity. He apparently lives under the misapprehension that I and others he obsesses about online exist for his consumption and enjoyment. Ewww, dude -- get a better hobby!
- Do not send me transphobic nastygrams.
- After I spoke up publically in 2016 against brazen public transphobia from another UofT professor, members of his Lobster Cult harassed me intensely and for prolonged periods on the basis of my gender identity and gender expression, using every electronic and telephone communication channel they could find. This kind of harassment is a violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
- Do not try to get me fired for my personal political beliefs.
- Angry conservative reactionaries have tried more than once to get me fired from my tenured faculty job for expressing progressive/leftist political opinions on my personal twitter feed. They fail to understand that my employer has zero interest in -- or legal basis for -- regulating what tenured professors say on our personal social media feeds. For proof, just look at how they handled the Lobster Cult Leader himself.