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

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

24 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2012 Last revised: 28 Mar 2012

Carmen G. Gonzalez

Seattle University School of Law

Angela P. Harris

University of California, Davis - King Hall School of Law

Date Written: March 6, 2012

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.

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

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2017249

Carmen G. Gonzalez (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

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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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