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Gender Bias in Political Science

- August 31, 2013

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

By many measures, women in political science do not achieve the same success as men. Their ranks among full professors are lower; their teaching evaluations by students are more critical; they hold less prestigious committee appointments; and, according to a new study, their work is cited less frequently.

Why? And what can be done to change this? Those questions absorbed two panels here at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting on Thursday. The problems are not new, and most likely not limited to political science. But the researchers who presented their findings hope that hard data and some serious self-reflection will spark change within the discipline.

Inside Higher Ed also has very good coverage of the same panels. Both articles contain links to the various papers on which the discussion was based, including this article forthcoming in International Organization (Cambridge has generously ungated it) by Daniel Maliniak, Ryan Powers, and Barbara Walter on the gender citation gap.