Gender Representation and Strategies for Panel Diversity: Lessons from the APSA Annual Conference

18 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2018

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Sara Wallace Goodman

University of California, Irvine - Department of Political Science

Thomas B. Pepinsky

Cornell University - Department of Government

Date Written: December 7, 2018

Abstract

Gender representation is a pervasive problem in political science. We draw on evidence from the 2017 and 2018 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting programs to discuss diversity and representation in large political science disciplinary conferences. APSA program divisions differ substantially in their gender representation: although some are representative of their organized section membership, others are not, and some sections are particularly likely to feature "manels." We present representation data by organization section, with discussions of what representation looks like and identifying different kinds of representation goals. We conclude by offering guidelines for increasing gender representation, both for future submitters and program chairs.

Keywords: gender, political science, diversity, representation

Suggested Citation

Goodman, Sara Wallace and Pepinsky, Thomas B., Gender Representation and Strategies for Panel Diversity: Lessons from the APSA Annual Conference (December 7, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3297654 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3297654

Sara Wallace Goodman (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine - Department of Political Science ( email )

Irvine, CA 92697
United States

Thomas B. Pepinsky

Cornell University - Department of Government ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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