We are interested in looking at various types of bias in the academic field of linguistics. Obviously, many types of bias are difficult to quantify. This website specifically looks at gender proportions at various stages of the academic career, from undergraduates through faculty. We have also collected data on conference invitees and publication rates, the idea being that both of these are ways in which academics receive recognition for their work in their subfield. At the moment, our project specifically looks at gender bias, but we are actively searching for ways to pursue research on bias based on other factors such as race, native language, or sexual orientation. We encourage everyone to be aware of the biases that exist in academia and make positive changes where they see an opportunity.
Our goal with this webpage is to raise awareness of the issue, provide our analyses and some discussion, and to make available data that we collect so that anyone can explore the data on their own. Check out our various projects using the menu above, or take a look at our current and future directions. We also have a collection of several other resources that have been helpful in shaping our thoughts about these issues.
Additionally, we’d like to encourage those who are interested in the project to make suggestions on how to improve the website, data collection, awareness raising, or any other aspect of the project. Please feel free to check out our collaborators or contact us using the information below: