Are minority women sociologists in double jeopardy?

Stephen Kulis, Karen A. Miller

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We examine whether minority women in academic sociology face disadvantages that exceed those that would be expected by simply compounding the disadvantage of being a woman with that of being nonwhite or Hispanic. In a national survey of sociology departments, evidence of such "double jeopardy" appears in minority women's severe underrepresentation among full professors, in both very small and very large departments, in undergraduate programs, in the Northeast, and in public institutions. Minority women are somewhat better represented among graduate students, but disadvantaged relative to minority men in their share of financial support. A pool of doctoral students now exists from which minority women faculty may be recruited, but these women appear to be leaving faculties faster than they are being replaced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-339
Number of pages17
JournalThe American Sociologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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