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.
Committee Members (please contact us with questions or suggestions):
WIA Report: Tracking the Progress of Women in Academia
See what our women are up to here!
On this site:
Women of color in the profession:
- 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:
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.