How To Deal With Structural Inequality in Academia


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In this episode, you’ll hear: a discussion of the book Presumed Incompetent and Presumed Incompetent II; the intersecting roles of race, gender and class for academic women of color; structural inequalities; and the barriers to being hired and getting tenure.

Our guests are: Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann, who is the Interim Chair and Professor of the Department of Psychology at University of North Texas. And Dr. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, who is the Theilene Pigott McCone Chair for the Humanities and professor of modern languages and women studies in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at Seattle University. They are co-editors of Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, and of Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia.

Your host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender and sexuality.

Listeners to this episode may also be interested in:

  • Barlow, F. K. and Sibley, C.G. The Cambridge Handbook of The Psychology of Prejudice, Concise Student Edition.
  • Boyd, Beth, Caraway, S. Jean, Niemann, Yolanda Flores, Eds. Surviving and Thriving in Academia: A Guide for Members of Marginalized Groups.
  • Caroline Kieu-Linh Valverde. "Fight the Tower: A Call to Action for Women of Color in Academia," Seattle Journal for Social Justice: Vol. 12 : Iss. 2 , Article 5.
  • Niemann, Y.F., & Carter, C. Microaggressions in the Classroom.
  • Njie-Carr, V. P. S. Niemann, Y.F., & Sharps, P. W. Eds. Disparities in the Academy: Accounting for the Elephant.
  • Kimberly D. McKee and Denise A. Delgado, Eds. Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School.
  • Kerry Ann Rockemore and Tracey Laszloffy, Eds. The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure-Without Losing Your Soul.
  • Takaki, R. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (Revised Edition).
  • Vest, Jennifer Lisa. "What Doesn't Kill You: Existential Luck, Postracial Racism, and The Subtle and Not So Subtle Ways the Academy Keeps Women of Color Out," Seattle Journal for Social Justice: Vol. 12 : Iss. 2 , Article 7.

Your Host

Christina Gessler

Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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