Are You a Woman or an Historian?: A Feminist's Guide to Surviving the Academic Job Interview

  • Diana Pedersen Concordia University


The academic job interview is far from being a neutral proceeding that effectively and inevitably determines "merit." It is, in fact, a highly gendered construction that disadvantages women candidates and poses special problems for feminists. Gender imbalance on hiring committees, gendered questions and criteria of evaluation, a perceived conflict between "femininity" and "professionalism," and overt hostility to feminism all add to the difficulties faced by female candidates. This paper provides a step-by-step guide to the academic job interview for the benefit of the female graduate student and recent graduate just entering the academic job market.
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