A.W. Peet's contact details

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 activities.

Choosing the right communication channel

There are three broad categories of strangers who try to contact me in an average year. Please read all three lists below and then pick the category that best describes you. (Choose carefully: those who misrepresent themselves will be ignored and/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.
People working to support and build up marginalized communities at the local, provincial, national, or international level.
Progressives interested in building a friendship, after chatting on twitter or at some local event.
3. Others
Anyone making a commercial solicitation.
Anyone expecting me to tutor them privately about a topic that they can Google instead.
Anyone feeling automatically entitled to as much of my professional time as they desire at a time of their choosing.
Anyone wanting to inject themselves into my personal life without my consent.
Anyone itching to criticize me on the basis of my trans human rights activism or political beliefs.

1. For students, research/university colleagues, and journalists

Prof. A.W. Peet
Department of Physics
University of Toronto
60 St. George Street
Toronto   ON
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)

2. For comrades and potential friends

(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 lulls in my job activity allow.

3. For others

I do not list any contact details for you here because I do not actually want to hear from you. If this policy upsets you, please seek emotional assistance from a trusted family member, friend, or therapist. I do not indulge people who carelessly waste my time, and I do not tolerate harassment or abuse of any kind from anyone. Here are some recent examples of what not to do.

  1. Do not try to sell me something. If I want a product or a service, I will find out about it on my own, and I will purchase it without your interference.
  2. Do not ask me to do your homework for you. That work is your responsibility, not mine.
  3. Do not ask me to provide personalized tutoring on demand, either free or paid, in physics or gender or any other subject. Offering such a service is my decision to make, not yours.
  4. Do not try to be my groupie. Example: a person with disordered thinking and bizarre ideas about superiority of blonde blue-eyed theoretical physics researchers harassed me by telephone for several years. This is why my university phone line does not have voicemail: they would fill it with garbage. The harassment escalated into a physical assault in my office and a death threat. This person is still banned from entering the UofT Physics building despite repeated attempts to lift the ban.
  5. Do not be that pushy over-entitled parent who encourages their kid to write to an academic expecting help with a science fair project on extremely short notice. When one set of parents did this to me, and I said I was too busy to suddenly drop everything else in my work queue to do their bidding, both of them threw extended tantrums. The mother sent torrents of abuse, and the father reported me to my Department Chair and the Provost (a university's chief academic officer) for refusing to help!
  6. Do not stalk me for non-sexual reasons. 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 later restarted his harassment by email in December 2015. My hypothesis is that this guy was trying to get revenge for me besting him in a competition existing solely in his own mind.
  7. Do not stalk me for sexual reasons. Some dude in Germany stalked me online after seeing a livestreamed public lecture I gave, and in April 2016 sent a long and extremely intrusive fan email to my university account. In it, he tried to inject himself into my personal life and declared a 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!
  8. Do not send me transphobic nastygrams. After I spoke up publically against brazen transphobia from another UofT professor, members of the Lobster Cult harassed me on the basis of my gender identity for months that turned into years -- via twitter, email, SMS, and phone. This kind of harassment is a violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  9. Do not try to get me fired for being a political lefty. Angry conservatives have tried more than once to get me fired from my tenured job for advocating in favour of trans human rights and for expressing leftist political opinions on twitter. They fail to understand that my employer has zero interest in regulating what its professors say on their personal social media feeds (for proof, see how they handled the Lobster Cult Leader himself).