Category Archives: Research

The Past 110 Years: Historical Data on the Underrepresentation of Women in Philosophy Journals

My co-authored paper, “The Past 110 Years: Historical Data on the Underrepresentation of Women in Philosophy Journals” has been accepted for publication at Ethics and is now forthcoming. This research is a part of the Demographics in Philosophy ProjectWomen-In-Philosophy.org

You can find out more information about our recent work on my website.

Abstract: This paper provides the first large-scale, philosophy specific, longitudinal study examining publication rates by gender across a broad range of philosophy journals. It analyses data from the JSTOR database from 1900 to 2010. We divide our data into three distinct categories: “Top-Philosophy” journals, “Non-Top Philosophy” journals, and “Interdisciplinary” journals. The paper makes five points while providing an overview of the historical trends of women authorships in philosophy. First, since 1900, the proportion of women authorships across all types of philosophy journals has increased, but the proportion of women publishing in philosophy has plateaued since the 1990s, which counters the trends in most other fields of study. Second, Top-Philosophy journals publish the lowest proportion of women authors over time. Third, the proportion of women authorships is typically less than the proportion of US women faculty for Top-Philosophy journals but not lower ranked philosophy journals. Fourth, the proportion of women faculty in the US who specialize in Value Theory is much higher than the proportion of women authorships in Value Theory. Fifth, journals practicing different review types publish different proportions of women depending on journal category. We conclude that, although the proportion of women authorships in philosophy has increased over time, there are still measurable disparities in publication rates between men and women in different kinds of journals in philosophy.

Citation: Hassoun, N., Conklin, S., Nekrasov, M., & West, J. “The Past 110 Years: Historical Data on the Underrepresentation of Women in Philosophy Journals.” Ethics (Forthcoming).

The State of the Discipline: New Data on Women Faculty in Philosophy

My co-authored paper: “The State of the Discipline: New Data on Women Faculty in Philosophy” has been accepted for publication at Ergo and is now forthcoming. This research is a part of the Demographics in Philosophy ProjectWomen-In-Philosophy.org

You can find out more information about our recent work on my website.

This figure depicts the percent of women philosophy faculty at PGR Top-20 Programs, PGR Ranked Programs, Non-PGR Programs, and All Programs in 2004, 2006, 2008, 20102011, and 2015.

Abstract: This paper presents data on the representation of women at 98 philosophy departments in the United States, which were ranked by the Philosophical Gourmet Report (PGR) in 2015 as well as all of those schools on which data from 2004 exist. The paper makes four points in providing an overview of the state of the field. First, all programs reveal a statistically significant increase in the percent women tenured/tenure track faculty, since 2004. Second, out of the 98 U.S. philosophy departments selected for evaluation by Julie Van Camp in 2004, none in 2015 has 50% women philosophy faculty overall, while only one has 50% women who are tenured/tenure track. Third, as of 2015, there is a clear pyramidal shape to the discipline: Women are better represented as Assistant than Associate and Associate than Full professors. Fourth, women philosophy faculty, especially those who are tenured/tenure track, are better represented at Non-PGR ranked programs than at PGR ranked and PGR Top-20 programs.

Citation: Conklin, S., Artamonova, I., & Hassoun, N. “The State of the Discipline: New Data on Women Faculty in Philosophy.” Ergo, 30.