Transgender philosopher on the job market

An important article by Rachel McKinnon, which will be eye-opening to most of those who haven’t faced these issues. Just one example:

You might think that trans status won’t be evident on a CV or in an application package, but that isn’t true. Many job candidates are approaching the job market with publications. I had two before I finished my Ph.D., for example. But they were published pre-transition under my male name. I’m a little lucky that my male name isn’t obviously male. If it had been something like “John” or “Dave,” there would be a clear disconnect on my CV between my current, legal name (Rachel) and my old name. That would effectively out me as a transgender person. I’ve since added a third publication to my CV, written under my current name, and one journal has agreed to change the name on one of my previous publications (another journal could not do so).

I have an acquaintance who was told by a senior faculty member to remove all mention of her male name from her CV—thus eliminating her past work and accomplishments under that name. It diminished the quality of her CV, removing evidence that she is a fantastic academic. That is not good advice, but we can see the motivation for it: Search committees will wonder about a candidate whose publications are under a characteristically male name, and whose CV and application package are under a different, characteristically female name.

Thanks, S!