This column will feature issues of concern to women of color political scientists and will feature the scholarship of women of color political scientists. The column grew out of the Task Forces on Best Practices by APSA Presidents Carole Pateman and Jane Mansbridge, with support fro the Women’s Caucus for Political Science (WCPS) and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession (CSWP), and was approved by the APSA Council when John Aldrich was APSA President.
Columns will appear once a quarter on the APSA website and will be reprinted and circulated to all WCPS members via its Newsletter. The specific focus of the column is to advance women of color in the academy. The purpose of this column is to highlight the ways in which women of color navigate within the discipline to ultimately alter both the social and cultural environment of the academy. By producing scholarship on women of color, other marginalized identities, and/or by inhabiting bodies that are deemed out of place in academe (Puwar 2004), the writers of this column will seek to show how the full incorporation of these populations and ideas into political science are necessary to stretch the traditional boundaries of the discipline. Through pioneering scholarship, transformative pedagogy, conscientious service and mentoring, women of color in political science contribute to institutional change. The ultimate goal of the column is to showcase women of color as both scholars and research subjects as well as intersectional issues as deserving respect, support, and inclusion within political science. Columns may be controversial both in the questions and presentation. For example, this column can also be used to publicize connections to scholarship written by or on women of color that has particularly salient connections to current events and political phenomena.
Advisory board members are welcome to serve as the guest of the editor of the column. The sister column, “Wondering Woman,” is edited by Kristen Monroe (University of California, Irvine) and offers advice on issues of concern to primarily women and other minorities. This column has an explicit focus on WoC as well as other intersectional identities and issues. However, we anticipate some overlap between the two columns and welcome collaboration when possible.
We thank the APSA for its support of this column and encourage APSA members to send questions to the column for consideration. Warmest Regards, Nadia E. Brown