WCPS News and Announcements

Want to promote diversity and inclusion in political science? Sign up for the APSA 2018 Hackathon! We will build partnerships to address key challenges facing the profession.

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.

Join a team now! Teams will focus on a variety of issues and deploy different strategies and tools. So far we have teams organized around the following topics (among others): using genomics to teach about race, improving departmental climates for graduate students, developing institutions to encourage sexual misconduct reporting, strategies to recruit and retain a diverse faculty, and many more!

We have hackathon scholarships available for contingent and community college faculty, graduate students, and international scholars!

The APSA Diversity and Inclusion Hackathon will take place at the APSA Annual Meeting on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, including food, prizes, and a reception. Exact room location TBA.
The hackathon is sponsored by APSA, National Science Foundation, MIT Political Science, 23andme, Women’s Caucus for Political Science, Society for Political Methodology, Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, and MIT Media Lab.

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#MeTooPoliSci: Addressing Gender Discrimination in Political Science
APSA Pre-Conference Short Course Hosted by WCPS

Please register for the #MeTooPoliSci: Addressing Gender Discrimination in Political Science, the APSA pre-conference short course hosted by WCPS.
Sexual harassment and other forms of gender discrimination are critical problems in political science. Research has documented the underrepresentation of women in the field, in top journals, in citations, and on syllabi. Women in the field are more likely to experience discrimination in their departments. Other studies have shown that women also face gender bias in evaluations of their teaching. As a discipline, political scientists must begin to address the issues of structural discrimination. We aim to begin this work. This proposal is for a set of related interventions. Key among these is a pre-conference short course at the APSA 2018 Annual Meeting, where an inclusive group of political scientists will develop actionable strategies for implementation at several levels within the discipline (i.e., professional associations, universities, departments, individuals) in order to address these problems. The requested funding will also support post-conference initiatives to disseminate and implement the strategies developed during the short course. The pre-conference short course will be open to cisgender women and transgender, gender non-conforming, femme-identified, non-binary people, as well as other sexual and gender minorities or others who have been affected by gendered harassment (hereafter referred to as “women+” where appropriate), and allies.
The #MeTooPoliSci short course is designed, first and foremost, to create a safe space in which women+ can discuss their experiences and needs. It will be an empowering space for survivors and their allies. Providing this type of environment is necessary to achieve the key deliverable goals of the short course: (1) to create a prioritized list of goals, (2) to develop specific policy recommendations for our professional associations, (3) to design workable strategies for developing a strong network of allies to improve the culture in the discipline for everyone, and (4) to give participants tools and ideas for localized actions they can take within their departments, universities, and/or other institutions.
To achieve these goals, this full-day event will include: (1) a truth-telling session, (2) a research panel on the current state of the field on themes of gender discrimination and harassment in political science, and the status of women+ in the field, (3) a luncheon with a keynote speaker, (4) a session aimed at developing an external grant proposal to the NSF’s ADVANCE Partnerships program that would “connect the dots” between the gender biases and sexual harassment in and outside of political science and other problematic issues, and (5) a working reception.
We are currently developing the webpage for people to sign up for the conference and access the $10k set aside for travel funds for members. Those interested should register for the pre-conference now (when they register for the APSA conference). It is $25 to registerFurther information will be provided in the WCPS August Newsletter.


People of Color Also Know Stuff (inspired by Women Also Know Stuff!)

People of Color Also Know Stuff are excited to share the launch of their newly renovated website, mission statement, and POC Expert directory. They seek to promote and celebrate POC Experts, as well as foster community and mentoring for grad students and early-career scholars in Political Science.

Check it out!


WCPS Mansbridge Award Nominations

The WCPS is seeking nominations for the Mansbridge Award. The Caucus established the Mansbridge Award in 2015 to honor political scientist Jane Mansbridge, a past WCPS President, former APSA President and a tireless worker, dedicated to opening new opportunities for women. The Jane Mansbridge Award is given on special occasions to extraordinary individuals who perform service above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the WCPS and to advance opportunities for women in general.  The 2016 recipients were Women Also Know Stuff (WAKS) and the many people who blew the whistle on sexual harassment in our profession. Recipients of the Mansbridge Award are chosen by the WCPS President, President elect, and past President.Send your nominations by August 1, 2017 to Denise Walsh: denise@virginia.edu.

The 2017 Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants competition is now underway!

Please click on the link to learn more information.

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APSA 2017 Panel on “The Sexual Division of Labor in the Professor”

We are co-sponsoring an APSA 2017 panel on The Sexual Division of Labor in the Profession. The WCPS hopes that the panel will tackle  important topics like the wage gap and contingent labor. Nancy Hirschmann has agreed to chair the panel. If you or someone you know is doing research in this area, please contact Denise Walsh:  denise@virginia.edu.
UPDATE: WCPS officers are pleased to announce our roundtable for APSA 2017, “The Sexual Division of Labor in the Profession.” The roundtable, co-sponsored with the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, will investigate the ways in which work in the political science profession is gendered, and will address contingent labor, graduate training, methods, leadership in disciplinary associations and status in the profession. Participants include Nancy Hirschmann, Gwendolyn Beetham, Karen Cardozo, Heidi Hardt, Shauna Shames, Amy Atchinson, and Karen J. Alter.

Okin-Young Award 2016 Winner:

Jakeet Singh, Illinois State University
Title: “Religious Agency and the Limits of Intersectionality.” Hypatia, Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 657-674, Fall 2015

CfP: Okin-Young Award, 2017

The Okin-Young Award is co-sponsored by Women and Politics, Foundations of Political Theory, and the Women’s Caucus for Political Science. This award commemorates the scholarly, mentoring, and professional contributions of Susan Moller Okin and Iris Marion Young to the development of the field of feminist political theory. This annual award recognizes the best paper on feminist political theory published in an English language academic journal during the previous calendar year. Papers will be considered by self-nomination or nomination by other individuals. The award carries a cash award of $600. To be eligible, the article must have been published in 2016. The deadline for submissions will be February 15, 2017. To be considered for this award, one copy of the article should be sent to the Chair of the committee.

Committee Members:

Kathy Ferguson (chair) kferguso@hawaii.edu),  University of Hawaii, for the Women’s Caucus in Political Science

Jennet Kirkpatricak (jennetk@asu.edu), Arizona State University, for the Women and Politics Research Section

Sina Jo Kramer (sina.kramer@lmu.edu), Loyola Marymount University, for the Foundations of Political Theory