Request for help: Data on hiring?

I remember a couple of years ago seeing some data related to demographics and hiring in philosophy (i.e., the number of jobs that went to men versus the number of jobs that went to women, as well as data on the demographics of the candidate pool) but now I can’t seem to find it, or anything more recent.

Does anyone have information on this?

California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race

The California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race goes to Chicago!

October 10-12, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Lucius Outlaw, Professor of Philosophy

Vanderbilt University

 Call for Papers

The California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race announces a call for papers for its ninth annual roundtable. This roundtable brings together philosophers of race, and those working in related fields in a small and congenial setting to share their work and to help further this sub-discipline of philosophy.  Philosophical papers are invited on any issue regarding race, ethnicity, or racism, and including those that take up race in the context of another topic, such as feminism, political philosophy, ethics, justice, culture, identity, biology, phenomenology, existentialism, psychoanalysis, metaphysics, or epistemology.

Submissions are encouraged from junior scholars and philosophers of color. We seek to foster a productive and intellectually stimulating environment for those working in philosophy and race. The Roundtable also aspires to bring together junior and senior scholars to develop and enhance constructive mentoring relationships.

Submission Deadline: Feb 24, 2013

Please see for submission instructions

For questions, please contact us at



Darrell Moore, Philosophy, DePaul University

Mickaella Perina, Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Falguni A. Sheth, Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College

“I am loving those earrings on you!”

My friend paying me this compliment led to a discussion about our fashion choices as women in philosophy. My friend and I, both women, both feminist philosophers, both now tenured professors, admit to purposefully neglecting personal style while in grad school and during the prove-yourself-pre-tenure phases of our careers. Lots of black. Plain clothes. Nothing too flashy or feminine. But I recall being pretty damn funky and fashion free as an undergraduate and I miss those days (for many reasons, of course). Tenure is freeing me up a bit, and thankfully not only in terms of dress code!  But how limited are fashion choices in the academy?  And how gendered are those limits?

Tim Gunn bemoans the academy’s “frump and circumstance” and seems to think fashion is an issue for virtually all academics regardless of gender.  Some women in philosophy admit to dressing towards a stereotypically masculine ideal in order to be taken seriously as philosophers (i.e., as opposed to choosing such style as a free expression of their fashion sense).This recent post at Inside Higher Ed (thanks, b!) suggests that professional women shouldn’t dress down to the casual norm. When we do, we do so at our own peril. There is also the wonderful Hypatia article by Karen Hanson on philosophy’s contempt for fashion in which she maintains that philosophers’ disdain for fashion comes from fears and insecurities about change, the transient, the ephemeral.  She thinks feminist philosophy can help traditional philosophy overcome these fears and embrace the human-all-too-human pleasures of fashion.

Do you think the pressure on women in philosophy (or the academy more generally) to shun fashion is real or imagined?   Are the dress codes gendered or are all academics expected to be more concerned with high ideas than high fashion?  Is fashion frivolous and trivial, “beneath” the proper concern of academics?  In the words of Tim Gunn, how should philosophers “make it work”?