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Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia


Carmen G. Gonzalez


Seattle University School of Law

Angela P. Harris


University of California, Davis - King Hall School of Law

March 6, 2012

PRESUMED INCOMPETENT: THE INTERSECTIONS OF RACE AND CLASS FOR WOMEN IN ACADEMIA, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Angela P. Harris, eds., Utah State University Press, June 2012
Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 12-14

Abstract:     
Presumed Incompetent is a pathbreaking account of the intersecting roles of race, gender, and class in the working lives of women faculty of color. Through personal narratives and qualitative empirical studies, more than 40 authors expose the daunting challenges faced by academic women of color as they navigate the often hostile terrain of higher education, including hiring, promotion, tenure, and relations with students, colleagues, and administrators. One of the topics addressed is the importance of forging supportive networks to transform the workplace and create a more hospitable environment for traditionally subordinated groups. The narratives are filled with wit, wisdom, and concrete recommendations, and provide a window into the struggles of professional women in a racially stratified but increasingly multicultural America.

The downloadable document contains the Introduction to Presumed Incompetent co-authored by Angela P. Harris and Carmen G. Gonzalez.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: higher education, faculty, critical race theory, feminist theory, gender, race, class, sexuality, intersectionality, stereotyping, tokenism, inequality, women of color, unconscious bias, identity, neoliberalism, corporatization, affirmative action, discrimination, tenure

JEL Classification: J7, I24, J115, J116

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Date posted: March 12, 2012 ; Last revised: March 28, 2012

Suggested Citation

Gonzalez, Carmen G. and Harris, Angela P., Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (March 6, 2012). PRESUMED INCOMPETENT: THE INTERSECTIONS OF RACE AND CLASS FOR WOMEN IN ACADEMIA, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Angela P. Harris, eds., Utah State University Press, June 2012; Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 12-14. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2017249

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Carmen G. Gonzalez (Contact Author)
Seattle University School of Law ( email )
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

Angela P. Harris
University of California, Davis - King Hall School of Law ( email )
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
530-752-3276 (Phone)
530-754-5311 (Fax)
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