Social institutions such as gender are widely recognized within the social sciences to affect the operation of the world we study. Yet they also affect how we conduct our work as scholars, from how research is conducted to how networks of collaboration and esteem function within the profession, and many other aspects of our lives as scholars. This panel, cosponsored by ISSR and the Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst, 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. Lunch will be served.
Joya Misra is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is a past Editor of Gender & Society, and is the Vice President-Elect of the American Sociological Association. Her research focuses on 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.
Sarah Jacobson is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Williams College. She works on environmental economics, especially public goods and common pool resource dynamics, experimental economics and microeconomics. Prof. Jacobsen has been involved in recent initiatives to reform the undergraduate environment for economics students and has written on inclusion and professional standards within the economics profession.
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.