Is it just me, or do any of you who are also in grad school/adjuncts/tenure-track professors/tenured professors experience an inordinate amount of politics and bullying in the academy?
I ask because I (and my entire cohort, for that matter) are being continually bullied by an assistant professor in the department, and no one seems to have the backbone to either (1) stand-up for us, or (2) stand-up to her. And the bullying is totally without reason (we are not a particularly shitty cohort or anything), and I know this because she is doing her best to tarnish our reputations in the department after only having met us for a couple of seminar sessions (both of which she talked through the entire time). Seeing as how she is only an assistant prof, you might think that her power is relatively limited. I will only say, at the risk of betraying some identifier about her (and signing my academic death knell, should anyone I know find out who I am and what I wrote), that she has other forms of leverage. And she uses it to bully the grad students.
Of course, I'm not so naive as to think that there is some place where this kind of shit doesn't happen, but I am getting the impression that it is of a particularly irrational and powerful form in academia.
Edit: Also, my example is only one example of many that I've experienced during my time in the department. There are many, many more.