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Diversity in academia: It takes raindrops to make a river

Jessica Smith (Birkbeck), Communications Officer for the PSA Early Career Network, reflects on the ECN's recent workshop on 'Demystifying and Navigating Early Career Academia', held at the University of Manchester on 3 February 2017.  In February, the Political Studies Association’s Early Career Network hosted a day of workshops and panels at the University of Manchester aimed at… Continue reading Diversity in academia: It takes raindrops to make a river

Blogs & Commentary, Gender and Politics in the media, News Items

AN UNLIKELY ADMIRER – AND ALLY – OF THE GOOD PARLIAMENT: RICHARD LITTLEJOHN

By Sarah Childs I am the unnamed woman he couldn’t ‘make up’; I am the author of The Good Parliament Report; and my name is Sarah Childs. I am Professor of Politics and Gender at the University of Bristol, not ‘gender politics’ as was inaccurately reported, although to be honest I’m happy with that label. You… Continue reading AN UNLIKELY ADMIRER – AND ALLY – OF THE GOOD PARLIAMENT: RICHARD LITTLEJOHN

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Diversity, Inclusion, and Doctoral Study: Challenges Facing Minority PhD students in the United Kingdom

By Kate Mattocks (Liverpool Hope University) & Shardia Briscoe-Palmer (University of Birmingham) “I would like to stay in academia; however the future is very bleak for black female academics within political science. I would have to break that glass ceiling which will be another hard struggle on top of all the other struggles I face.… Continue reading Diversity, Inclusion, and Doctoral Study: Challenges Facing Minority PhD students in the United Kingdom

Blogs & Commentary, Gender and Politics in the media

Who’s Afraid of Identity Politics?

PSA Women and Politics member Jonathan Dean (University of Leeds) assesses the problematic messages behind - and alarming consequences of - recent debates over 'identity politics'[i] Amidst the recriminations and collective shock in the face of Trump’s victory (and the myriad other reverses suffered by progressives in 2016), a consensus is emerging: the weakness of the left is attributable to… Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Identity Politics?

Blogs & Commentary, Gender and Politics in the media

Won’t Someone Think of the Men? A Reply to Jack Grove and the Times Higher Education

Dear Jack (can we call you Jack?), Thanks so much for your unsupported musings article on the ridiculously wittily phrased ‘anti-bloke bias’ in academia. It is always rage-inducing refreshing to see a bloke mansplain explain privilege to wimmin. Let’s start with the opening, Jack (can we call you Jack?) To even ask the question risks… Continue reading Won’t Someone Think of the Men? A Reply to Jack Grove and the Times Higher Education

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X marks the spot but the Ys have it: referendum coverage as a boys’ own story

  By Karen Ross, Newcastle University Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman (/feminist political communication scholar) because most of my time is spent on absences, peering into the black hole of women’s silencing. Any number of men, both politicians and journalists, regularly claim that this or that election will focus on the mumsnet vote… Continue reading X marks the spot but the Ys have it: referendum coverage as a boys’ own story

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Congrats, you have an all-male book prize!

The W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Prize is awarded annually by the UK Political Studies Association to the best book published in political science in each calendar year. Yet, until 2016, the prize has only ever been awarded to men. [UPDATE: Congrats to Ruth Dixon, who in 2016, became the first female co-recipient of the MacKenzie Book Prize,… Continue reading Congrats, you have an all-male book prize!