Dr. Moss-Rancusin

Event Information

Date & Time
January 15, 2014 - 2:00pm
Clark Center Auditorium
318 Campus Drive
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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The Myth of Meritocracy? Gender Stereotyping and Subtle Bias in Academic Science


Despite efforts to recruit and retain more women, a stark gender disparity persists within academic science. In this talk, Dr. Corinne Moss-Racusin, Assistant Professor, Skidmore College Department of Psychology, will describe the ways in which gender stereotypes contribute to this disparity, and present research providing the first evidence of science faculty members' gender biases against female students. She will also discuss the results of an evaluation testing an intervention designed to ameliorate these biases, and highlight implications for academic meritocracy, diversity, and gender parity across science fields.

Dr. Moss-Racusin was the lead author on the landmark paper describing a study documenting gender bias among male and female science faculty at research institutions (Moss-Racusin, C. A., Dovidio, J. F., Brescoll, V. L., Graham, M., & Handelsman, J.  Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 16474-16479).

This public lecture is organized by the Office of Diversity and Leadership, School of Medicine and WISE Ventures. Open to all interested. 

In addition, a special discussion for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in Dr. Moss-Racusin's research will be held immediately following the public lecture, 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.  -- if you would like to attend, please RSVP to Michelle Pualuan at mpualuan@stanford.edu