James Fetzer frequently brags about the quantity as well as alleged quality of his book’s contributors, usually as a way of deflecting attention away from the actual quality of his research (or lack thereof). After all, a book written by multiple doctors couldn’t possibly be wrong, could it?
One of the book’s more flagrant chapters – Chapter Two – is written by someone calling themselves “Dr. Eowyn”, who goes to great lengths to remain anonymous not only throughout this book, but on their own crank website, “Fellowship of the Minds”. But I wanted to know a bit more about the kind of person who could shit out something so vile and have the audacity to commit it to print. Were they actually a professor and professional author, as they so proudly claimed? Without a name, we have only their word, and can we really trust the word of someone capable of making so many elementary mistakes? So I did some digging and it wasn’t long before I found the information I was looking for.
The e-mail address currently listed for “Dr. Eowyn” on “Fellowship of the Minds” didn’t lead to much as it was likely set up specifically for the site. So I used the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to pull up the oldest available snapshot of the site from January, 2010 and found a different address:
Much like “Fellowship of the Minds” appears to be a “Lord of the Rings” reference, “Rivendell” is an “Elven outpost” in Middle Earth. These Tolkien references play an important role in establishing the identity of “Dr. Eowyn” (yet another LOTR reference), so bear with me.
Searching on the “eorivendell” e-mail address was a bit more fruitful. Within those results was an e-mail chain, saved as a PDF, regarding a garage in Berkeley, CA:
While some of the e-mail addresses were not directly linked to names, I was still able to determine that the “eorivendell” address belonged to Maria Chang. Although it’s publicly available information, I’ve censored her address, as listed in the document. Now armed with a name, I was able to locate her Blogger profile:
Maria’s Blogger profile is very revealing as we see more of her LOTR obsession on display as well as some personal information, including her background as a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. This is confirmed on the University of Nevada, Reno’s website:
This certainly lines up with the claims of “Dr. Eowyn”. Also in Maria’s profile, listed under “My blogs”, we find “Fundamental Option”, which not only shares the same look and tone as “Fellowship of the Minds”, but also links directly to “Fellowship” in Maria’s final entry, dated February 1st, 2010:
While Maria claims to only “frequent” the site, that’s likely just a way of separating herself from the “Dr. Eowyn” persona as her views get more and more outrageous.
There were a few more ways in which I was able to link Maria Chang to “Dr. Eowyn”, but I believe the evidence presented above is as direct as necessary and does not require any further explanation.
Just for fun, here are some of Maria’s more… interesting reviews from RateMyProfessors.com:
What about her career as an author? Amazon lists her as the author of four books, all of which are about Chinese politics:
“Falun Gong: The End of Days”
“Return of the Dragon: China’s Wounded Nationalism”
“The Labors of Sisyphus” (available for only $0.01! What a bargain!)
“The Chinese Blue Shirt Society” (available for only $95.00! What a bargain!)
Here’s a very telling customer review of “Falun Gong: The End of Days”:
If you’d like to hear and see Chang’s twitchy ramblings in the flesh, there is video of her (about 13-14 minutes worth) speaking in front of the International Security Council at the Supreme Court building in early June of 1990, and it is currently still available on C-SPAN’s website. The video is unable to be embedded, but you can view it by clicking on the following (horrifying) still:
What’s up with those eyebrows? Thank you to Arie Fique for the find.