1st Edition

Me Too Political Science

Edited By Nadia Brown Copyright 2020
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Me Too Political Science: An Introduction

    Nadia E. Brown

    2. What’s Wrong with Us? Sexual Misconduct and the Discipline of Political Science

    Patricia Strach

    3. Sexual Harassment Trajectories: Limits of (Current) Law and of the Administrative State

    Carol Nackenoff

    4. Law, Policy, and Sexual Abuse in the #MeToo Movement: USA Gymnastics and the Agency of Minor Athletes

    Julie Novkov

    5. Sexual Coercion, Gender Construction, and Responsibility for Freedom: A Beauvoirian Account of Me Too

    Claire McKinney

    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

    Shauna Shames

    10. Ending Sexual Harassment: Protecting the Progress of #MeToo

    Kristen Renwick Monroe

    11. Political Science’s #MeToo Moment

    Rose McDermott

    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

    Vanessa Tyson

    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

    Tiffany Willoughby-Herard


    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.