Social institutions such as gender are widely recognized within the social sciences to affect the operation of the world we study. Yet gender also affects how we conduct our work as scholars, from how research is conducted, how networks of collaboration and esteem function within the profession, and many other aspects of our lives as scholars. This panel examines new research on how gender operates within the social science professions, features perspectives from a variety of different disciplines, and explores what might be done to address differences and inequities among social scientists. The event features presentations by each panelist and is followed by an open discussion.
Joya Misra is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on social social inequality, including inequalities by gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, citizenship, parenthood status, and educational level.
Mala Htun is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Mexico and heads the American Political Science Association Presidential Task Force on Women’s Advancement in the Profession. Htun’s scholarly work focuses on comparative politics, the rights of disadvantaged groups, political inclusion, and gender equality.
Laurel Smith-Doerr is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research at UMass Amherst, coordinating the University's groundbreaking NSF-ADVANCE grant on Advancing Women and Underrepresented Faculty in Science and Engineering. Her work investigates how science, gender, and organizations are connected and become institutionalized in contemporary knowledge-based communities.
About ISSR's Social Science and Social Location Series
Social scientists are very much part of the world they study. They have beliefs, values, are part of communities and have their own identities. This workshop series focuses on the "positionality" of researchers, asking how our social location informs the way in which we go about our scholarly lives, the questions we ask, the approaches we take to inquiry, and the way that we conduct our scholarship more broadly.