Stella Rouse, Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics and Director of the Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement, is part of a team of researchers aiming to increase the visibility and raise the profile of women political scientists in the United States.
Rouse and colleagues received a grant from the American Political Science Association’s Centennial Special Projects Fund for their project entitled, “Broadening the Impact of Women Also Know Stuff.” (WAKS) is a non-profit organization that promotes the work of women for political science. The project’s goal is to enhance the presence of women political scientists in the media by hosting a gathering in Washington, DC bringing together representatives from local and national media outlets, foundations and women political scientists, with a focus on members of historically marginalized communities, such as Black women from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Following the gathering, the team will update the website —a database of women in the field of political science—and provide an accompanying media guide.
“We are grateful that our discipline’s largest organization, The American Political Science Association, is supportive of our efforts to enhance and promote women political scientists and to bring visibility to their work,” Rouse said. “This is another way that we can make strides toward creating gender equity in our profession and across academia.”
The American Political Science Association announced a total of $140,000 in Special Projects Fund grants to be presented to six teams of political scientists working to advance the discipline. The grants awarded support projects focusing on a wide variety of topics, including advancing the impact of political science research through public engagement, expanding professional development opportunities and scholarly collaboration around civically engaged research, mixed-methods research, world politics research, and advancing diversity and inclusion in the profession.