I just returned from the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C. and was not disappointed! Interesting keynote sessions, polished papers, and fantastic discussion at the poster, ahem, “gallery” sessions. This was my first year not presenting a long paper format and I was not sure what to expect…. I loved it. The informal tone and 2-hour session gave participants plenty of time to discuss and share ideas. Hopefully we’ll see the Gallery Sessions grow to meet the cache they have in other disciplines.
Anyway, I had a great meeting with an editor and our team anticipates we’ll submit a manuscript before the New Year (yes, profs have a “final week” as well)…. stay tuned, but in the meantime, you can view a high resolution copy of the poster by clicking on it, below.
2017 American Anthropological Association, Annual Meeting: Gallery Session (formerly Poster Session)
(4-0565) The Gatekeeper Project: Crowdsourced Examination of the Gender Composition of Anthropology Journals
(Link to AAA Abstract)
Friday, December 1 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Location: Marriott, Marriott Foyer
CoAuthors: Heather Fullerton – College of Charleston; Giselle Kiraly – Western Washington University; Emilio Bruna – University of Florida
Abstract: The editorial boards of academic journals act as gatekeepers to maintain the scientific integrity and standards of journals while identifying emerging and innovative research. We introduce The Gatekeeper Project (Bruna 2017, http://brunalab.org/gatekeepers/) as an attempt to crowdsource data collection on the composition of the boards. We seek to understand how and why board composition varies within and across disciplines and use these data to help scholars, academic societies, editors, and publishers in their efforts to make the boards of our journals more inclusive and diverse. In this presentation we address findings from an examination of 40 years of anthropology journals. Data on Editorial Board composition was collected in two databases. Role based analysis included individuals serving multi-year terms in one editorial role, however, each individual was only counted once. Time based analysis included all board members for each year, and individuals were counted independently each year. All data was analyzed and graphed with R version 3.3.2 with the gplots and corrplot packages. Although the trend was towards improvement over time, particularly following the formation of the AA Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology (CoGEA) in 1995, there was surprising variation between journals, including those with similar subdisciplinary foci. We also address correlation between editorial roles and gender, where female Editors in Chief are drivers for female Editorial Boards. While demographic changes in academia may reduce these disparities over time, we argue journals should proactively strive for gender parity on their editorial boards.