APSA Presidential Task Force on Systemic Inequality in the Profession Issues Recommendations

In January 2020, former APSA President, Dr. Paula D. McClain, assembled an APSA Presidential Task Force on Examining Issues and Mechanisms of Systemic Inequality in the Discipline.

The task force conducted research in the following four areas of concern, lead by four co-chairs:

  • Tenure and Promotion Standards: Burdens of Faculty of Color: Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago
  • Citation Patterns and Inequities, John A. Garcia, ICPSR
  • Climate and Context, Carol A. Mershon, University of Virginia
  • Graduate Training and Graduate Student Experiences: Niambi Carter, Howard University

Using a variety of methodological approaches, APSA survey data and original survey data and datasets, the task force co-chairs and members explore how systemic systems of inequality, that have manifest overtime in the discipline, affect scholars’ career trajectories, tenure and promotion and professional experiences. Dr. McClain and task force co-chairs presented their report, findings and recommendations to the APSA Council during the Fall 2021 Council Meeting.

The report asks how marginalized members of our discipline experience their scholarly lives in the discipline, at annual and regional meetings, and in their home departments in light of the identified systemic inequalities. The task force members issue recommendations for APSA and for departments of political science regarding strategies for ameliorating the effects of, and removing, systemic inequalities.

Read the Executive Summary and Recommendations here. The full Task Force report will be available in January 2022.