Me Too Political Science explores the multiple manifestations and implications of gendered biases in Political Science by "connecting the dots" between the sexual harassment described in the recent report on 2017 American Political Science Association’s Survey on Sexual Harassment at Annual Meetings and other problematic issues.
Started by Tarana Burke in 2007 to stand with young women of color who survived sexual assault, the MeToo campaign was intended to let women know that they were not alone. In turn, the Women’s Caucus for Political Science used #MeTooPoliSci to bring awareness to sexual harassment, assault and misconduct in the discipline. The essays in this book and the authors’ scholarly activism, harnessed a collective power to dispel the shame, embarrassment and secrecy that surrounds these issues. They focus in particular on bullying, entitled and toxic forms of masculinity; systematic discounting of and dismissiveness and derision toward work on gender and sexuality; biases and inequities associated with hiring, teaching evaluations, service loads, and tenure and promotion; and related and often intersecting forms of harassment but not only those related to race and sexuality. The essays in this volume stem for the 2018 pre-conference held by the Women’s Caucus for Political Science at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting.
Me Too Political Science is of great importance not only to scholars interested in Gender and Women’s Studies, but all those working in the Political Science discipline – and even beyond, to academia as a whole. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy.
Table of Contents
1. Me Too Political Science: An Introduction
Nadia E. Brown
2. What’s Wrong with Us? Sexual Misconduct and the Discipline of Political Science
3. Sexual Harassment Trajectories: Limits of (Current) Law and of the Administrative State
4. Law, Policy, and Sexual Abuse in the #MeToo Movement: USA Gymnastics and the Agency of Minor Athletes
5. Sexual Coercion, Gender Construction, and Responsibility for Freedom: A Beauvoirian Account of Me Too
6. #MeToo in Japan and South Korea: #WeToo, #WithYou
Linda Hasunuma and Ki-young Shin
7. “I Don’t Belong Here”: Understanding Hostile Spaces
Juliana Restrepo Sanín
8. #MeToo What Kind of Politics? Panel Notes
Juliana Restrepo Sanín
9. Why I Do Activist Work within the Discipline
10. Ending Sexual Harassment: Protecting the Progress of #MeToo
Kristen Renwick Monroe
11. Political Science’s #MeToo Moment
12. Policy Learning and Transformational Change: University Policies on Sexual Harassment
J. Celeste Lay
13. Mentoring, Sexual Harassment, and Black Women Academics
Nadia E. Brown
14. Understanding the Personal Impact of Sexual Violence and Assault
15. #MeToo from a Department Head Perspective
Rosalee A. Clawson
16. The National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS): Organizational Empowerment Through Signaling and Valuing Women and Diversity During #MeToo
Shayla C. Nunnally
17. Breaking Out of the Ivory Tower: (Re)Thinking Inclusion of Women and Scholars of Color in the Academy
Jenn M. Jackson
18. Title IX: Help or Hindrance?
Valerie A. Sulfaro and Rebecca Gill
19. Poetic Labors and Challenging Political Science: An Epistolary Poem
Nadia E. Brown is an Associate Professor and University Scholar of Political Science and African American Studies at Purdue University, USA. She is the author of Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making and numerous articles focusing on Black Women's Politics. Dr. Brown's research interests lie broadly in Identity Politics, Legislative Studies, and Black Women's Studies.