APSA 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Hackathon

Mad about bias, exclusion, and harassment? Join the Diversity and Inclusion Hackathon, to be held during APSA’s annual meeting on August 31, 2018 from 12-6 pm. Co-sponsored by CSWP, hackathons are events where communities of scholars, activists, programmers, and others come together to exchange ideas and work collaboratively to brainstorm and develop solutions to a common problem. At the hackathon, teams will build partnerships to address key challenges facing the profession. Scholarships are available! https://connect.apsanet.org/hackathon/

New CSWP Blog Page!

February 24, 2018

The CSWP would like to announce the addition of a new Blog Page to our website offerings. This page will feature guest columns and allow visitors and members the opportunity to interact more closely with regard to gender issues in the Political Science discipline. The website also underwent a few structural changes! The Organizations Page and the Grants Page, formerly included in the menu of the CSWP website, are now navigable via the Resources Page.


CSWP Recognizes Political Communication Research Section

January 26, 2018

The CSWP would like to commend the Political Communication Research Section for its achievement avoiding all manels (all male panels) during the 2016 APSA conference. Avoiding manels was not a one-off event but an ongoing strategy, so these results are likely to occur again. The CSWP thanks the Political Communication Research Section and the current, incoming, and outgoing program chairs Stephanie Burkhalter, Jessica Feezell and Danny Hayes, and encourages all APSA Research Sections to follow the lead of Political Communications.


APSA – CSWP Statement about Sexual Harassment

January 8, 2018

As members of the APSA Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, we know that many women have experienced sexual misconduct, including harassment and assault, in the context of their careers as professional political scientists. We support the right of women political scientists to speak of their experiences. We deplore the harassment that thwarts women’s abilities to rise to their potential as scientists and scholars and contributes to enduring gender inequalities in our profession. The experience of harassment, particularly by a trusted teacher, mentor, or senior colleague, can reduce a woman’s productivity, deny her recognition, undermine her confidence, and limit her access to professional networks. While we recognize that each episode is unique, we are confident that our disciplinary associations, including but not limited to APSA, as well as the universities where we are faculty members, will take proper steps to investigate and adjudicate each allegation. Find out more here!

Amy Atchison, Kathleen Cunningham, Magda Hinojosa, Mala Htun, Denise Walsh, Wendy Wong


Who We Are:

The APSA COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE PROFESSION monitors the status of women in the profession at all levels, including faculty members and graduate students. It reports to the membership periodically on its findings, works to advance research on women as well as on issues of particular concern to women, and works closely with other groups like the women’s caucus for political science to share information and ideas and to ensure fair and equal treatment of women throughout the profession.


Our Columns:

Wondering Woman

Women of Color

On My Own Terms

Guest Columns


Committee Members (please contact us with questions or suggestions):

Term expiring August 31, 2020

Magda Hinojosa, Arizona State University Mala Htun, The University of New Mexico (Chair)

Term expiring August 31, 2018

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Denise Walsh, University of Virginia Amy Atchison, Valparaiso University

Term expiring August 31, 2019

Kathleen Cunningham, University of Maryland Wendy Wong, University of Toronto


WIA Report: Tracking the Progress of Women in Academia

See what our women are up to here!


On this site:

Graphs to make you gasp!

Women of color in the profession:

LGBT women:

  • Committee on the Status of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders in the Profession. Take a look!
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Caucus (LGBT Caucus) available for viewing.
  • Sexuality and Politics Section here!
  • “Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and the Transgendered in Political Science: Report on a Discipline-Wide Survey” (2010). Check it out!

Data on women in the profession – includes: 

  • The yearly NSF survey of women and minorities in political science is up here!
  • A survey of women and minorities in the 20 largest PhD granting political science departments
  • Studies and surveys of women in the profession. View them!
  • See MORE under Data tab and Gender Bias Research tab above.

Pipeline Practices: 

At the department and university level, these are practices that can help advance women and minorities.  Newly compiled!


View others’ syllabi and upload your own. Here!


(1) “Wondering Woman”– An advice column by and for women in Political Science.

(2) “Women of Color” – A column directed at highlighting and addressing issues of color across disciplines.


This webpage and microsite was made possible by NSF ADVANCE and the Yale University MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, which provided the funding. We also thank Carol Mershon and Denise Walsh, along with Radu Simion of Political Pursuits, Inc. and Dan Gibson, for their continued support.