Welcome to Bias in Linguistics.
We are interested in looking at types of bias in the academic field of linguistics. Obviously, many types of bias are difficult to quantify. This website specifically looks at gender proportions at various stages of the academic career, from undergraduates through faculty and conference invitees, the idea being that conference invitees are those people who have received the most recognition for their work in their subfield. Our goal with this webpage is to raise awareness of the issue and to make available data that we collected so that anyone can explore the data on their own. The project is ongoing and more data is being collected. Specifically, we are considering ways to crowdsource data and are gathering more data on faculty positions (adjunct through emeritus), LSA fellows, and graduation rates.
We encourage everyone to be aware of the biases that exist in academia and make positive changes where they see an opportunity. Additionally, we’d like to encourage those who are interested in the project to make suggestions on how to improve the website, data collection, awareness raising, or any other aspect of the project.
Please feel free to contact us! Our contact information is below:
- Bethany Dickerson (
bethd [æt] umd [dɑt] edu)
- Karthik Durvasula (
durvasul [æt] msu [dɑt] edu)
- Adam Liter (
io [æt] adamliter [dɑt] org)
We also have a Google Group that we use as listserv to make announcements about this project, and we hope that such a listserv might also foster more conversation around this topic.
If you would like to join the Google Group to receive updates about the projects and join the conversation, please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can do so by clicking on this link. You can just send a blank email. Afterward, you will receive an email asking you to confirm that you really do want to subscribe to the list. After affirming that you wish to join, your request to join must be approved by a moderator of the list. Everyone is welcome to join!
When you do join, be sure to set the email delivery preference to whatever you’d like. You might wish to change the default so that it is not “Don’t send email updates”:
Code of conduct
In an effort to make the listserv friendly, inclusive, and productive, we ask that everyone who joins the listserv abide by the following code of conduct.
We are dedicated to making this mailing list a harassment-free forum for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.
Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:
- Using welcoming and inclusive language
- Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
- Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
- Focusing on what is best for the community
- Showing empathy towards other community members
Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:
- The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
- Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
- Public or private harassment
- Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
- Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting
We (Bethany, Karthik, and Adam) take responsibility for clarifying standards of acceptable behavior on the mailing list and for taking appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.
Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting one of us. All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. We will maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident.