About Us

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):

Term expiring August 31, 2021

Brooke Ackerly, Vanderbilt University Laurel Weldon, Simon Fraser University

Term expiring August 31, 2020

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

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.