Publication Pressures and Unique Challenges Faced by Underrepresented Scholars


Keisha Ray, PhD

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Tag(s): Legacy post
Topic(s): Professionalism Webinar

At the 2021 meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the American Journal of Bioethics hosted a session on the unique challenges facing underrepresented scholars in bioethics, particularly when they try to publish their academic work. Watch the video here: link

Hosted by Dr. John Lantos, panelists Dr. Patrick Smith, Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Dr. Barry DeCoster, and Dr. Nanibaa’ Garrison reflect on the challenges they faced and continue to face in academia as members of marginalized and underrepresented groups, including Black people, Native Americans, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people.

Some of the topics the panelists discuss include:

  • Difficulty finding proper advisors and mentors
  • The minority tax
  • How to align cultural values and up-bringing with scholarly interests
  • Politically, socially, and academically underrepresented groups
  • Getting a job when your work is on topics specific to underrepresented groups
  • Disagreement about what counts as appropriate research
  • Finding appropriate reviewers for work on underrepresented groups

Watch the video to see the full presentation.

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