This symposium addresses a longstanding and urgent question: how to diversify leadership and end discrimination in academe. While the symposium targets the political science profession, the new strategies advanced here are likely to be applicable across disciplines and perhaps in the workplace more broadly. Women and racial minorities are underrepresented among political science faculty in the United States and internationally. Underrepresentation both manifests and perpetuates discrimination in multiple ways. Not surprisingly, white women, women of color, and members of other marginalized groups in political science often encounter a hostile workplace environment and obstacles to career advancement. This symposium offers innovative strategies that include how to prompt a commitment to change among leaders in academe. The symposium’s contributions apply insights from political science about how to diversify institutions to the discipline itself. The symposium provides novel answers to the questions: What new strategies might political science research offer for advancing diversity and equity? Which organizations and actors can take the lead in promoting change? What steps should they take to maximize the probability of change? The symposium thus launches an original approach in answer to the enduring and pressing question: how can academe become more diverse?
How Political Science Can be More Diverse by Carol Mershon and Denise Walsh, guest editors, appears in PS: Political Science & Politics / Volume 48 / Issue 03 / July 2015, pp 441 – 444.