Below you will see the announcement for the Mansbridge Awards.  FP also received a note headed by this

Dear Colleagues who have been calling institutions to account on sexual harassment,

The American Political Science Association Women’s Caucus would like to share with you this year’s citation for the Mansbridge awards, a new award given by the Caucus for improving conditions for women in political science.

Although you are not mentioned by name in the citation pasted in below, it does mention those who have worked to call harassers to account, and mentions that these people know who they are. We hope you all know you have made a difference this year, and we are sure, in other years.

Further, let me note that the articles about the philosopher named below were done almost entirely by Jenny Saul. (One was done by the indefatigable K. Pogin!)


Committee: Kristen Monroe (Past-President), Laurel Weldon (President), Denise Walsh (President-elect)
The 2016 Mansbridge Awards Committee of the National Women’s Caucus for Political Science is pleased to recognize two awardees. This year’s theme honors those who work to promote public accountability for gender equality and inclusion in the Profession and beyond.
The first awardee is Women Also Know Stuff (WAKS). Women Also Know Stuff is dedicated to promoting the work of women political scientists. These brilliant women have devised a social media strategy to hold accountable those who construct expertise in our society without appropriately including women political scientists. They have both prompted greater discussion of the importance of including greater expertise, and they have provided a resource that enables those so inclined to identify appropriate speakers and experts. For more information see
The editorial board of WAKS includes: Emily Beaulieu, University of Kentucky, Amber Boydstun, University of California, Davis; Nadia Brown, Purdue University; Kim Yi Dionne, Smith College; Andra Gillespie, Emory University; Samara Klar, University of Arizona (founder of Women Also Know Stuff); Yanna Krupnikov, Stony Brook University; Melissa Michelson, Menlo College; Kathleen Searles, Louisiana State University and Christina Wolbrecht, University of Notre Dame. We thank them, and all the WAKS supporters and followers, for their work promoting women in political science.

The second group we would like to recognize are the people who blew the whistle this year on sexual harassment, both in Political Science and beyond, again holding our profession and our institutions publicly to account. This includes the many women in the field who took it upon themselves to approach the APSA leadership about sexual harassment at national conferences last year, the women and others in APSA leadership who helped craft the response over the last year, as well as the many women fighting battles at their own institutions across the country, including, for example, the public discussion of Philosopher Thomas Pogge (see professor?utm_term=.rrV0Av8vY#.pw30V2a2G). This is a more diffuse group, but these women know who they are. Thank you from the Caucus.
The Mansbridge Awards were established by the Caucus in 2015 to honor political scientist Jane Mansbridge. The Minutes read that “The National Women’s Caucus for Political Science voted to establish a new award, named after Jane Mansbridge, past WCPS President, former APSA President and a tireless worker, dedicated to opening new opportunities for women. The Jane Mansbridge Award will be given on special occasions to extraordinary individuals who perform service above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the WCPS and to advance opportunities for women in general. Recipients of the Mansbridge Award will be chosen by the WCPS President, President-elect, and past-president. Nominations may come from any member of the WCPS.”

CFP: APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy

Call for Papers: APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy Spring 2017

Due Date: November 15, 2016

Feminism and Policing
Co-Edited with Julinna Oxley, Coastal Carolina University

The Spring 2017 issue of the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy will focus on the issue of policing from a feminist perspective.

In recent years, scholars have focused their attention on different aspects of the criminal justice system and proposed reforms. Feminist scholars have examined racial bias in prosecution, the effects of poverty and class in the justice system, and the treatment of women in prison. However, the practice of policing has received less attention. What can feminist scholars contribute to the critique of current police practices? How might feminist scholarship enrich the debate over how to reform law enforcement training programs, practices, and protocols?

Philosophers are invited to submit short essays on the topic of policing. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyses of how stereotypical gender norms affect the dynamics of policing protocols and practice.
  • Critical intersectional approaches to how citizens and communities experience surveillance, including race, gender, social class, ethnic background, religious orientation, and other vectors of oppression.
  • Critical evaluations of how white masculinity and white supremacy function in the reporting of crimes, arrests, and other dimensions of law enforcement.
  • Proposed normative ethical approaches to policing, which may include feminist principles and methods
  • Examination of community-relations outreach initiatives that seek to build trust, cooperation and social harmony between citizens and law enforcement
  • Feminist proposals for how to improve mandatory police trainings or police protocols, such as threat assessment, traffic stops, stop and frisk, the use of deadly force, etc.
  • Feminist analysis of the police industrial complex, and the increasing militarization of police forces (including SWAT teams)
  • Critical discussions of the (personal) experience of female and/or LGBTQ police officers, in their training, treatment as law enforcement officers or their approach to policing.
  • Feminist approaches to curtailing abuses of power in an attempt to maintain social order.
  • Critical discussion of the gender imbalance in law enforcement.

Papers on any aspect of the topic are welcome. Papers on other topics related to feminism and philosophy will be considered as well. Because of the nature of the newsletter and the fact that it is only available in electronic form now, articles of any length are acceptable. All papers are peer-reviewed.

Book Reviews

I welcome reviewers for the books listed below. I am looking for reviewers with specific expertise on the subject of the text. Please keep in mind that book reviews are not the same as book reports. They should engage with the subject of the text in the context of other texts on the subject.

If you are interested in reviewing one of these texts, or wish to review a text not included here, please email me at with an attached C.V. and an explanation of your particular interest in and qualifications for reviewing the chosen text. If you do not own the book, I will request a copy from the publisher. Deadlines for reviews are negotiable.

Ahmed, Sara. The Cultural Politics of Emotion. Routledge 2014.

Barthold, Lauren Swayne. A Hermeneutic Approach to Gender and Other Social Identities. Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.

Bianchi, Emanuela. The Feminist Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos. Fordham University Press, 2014.

Brake, Elizabeth, ed. After Marriage: Rethinking Martial Relationships. Oxford University Press 2015.

Butler, Judith. Senses of the Subject. Fordham University Press, 2015.

David, Miriam E. Feminism, Gender and Universities-Politics, Passion and Pedagogies. Institute of Education, University of London, UK, 2014.

Dea, Shannon. Beyond the Binary: Thinking about Sex and Gender. Broadview Press, 2016.

Harbin, Ami. Disorientation and Moral Life. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Nussbaum, Martha. Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Meyers, Diana. Victims’ Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights. Oxford Univeristy Press, 2016.

Oksala. Johanna. Feminist Experiences: Foucauldian and Phenomenological Investigations. Northwestern University Press, 2016,

Potter, Nancy. The Virtue of Defiance and Psychiatric Engagement. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Shrage, Laurie and Stewart, Robert. Philosophizing about Sex. Broadview Press, 2015.

Sowaal, Alice and Weiss Penny A. Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell. Penn State University Press, 2016.

Tarver, Erin and Sullivan, Shannon. Feminist Interpretations of William James. Penn State University Press, 2015.

The format for submissions of papers and book reviews is in previous issues of the Newsletter, available on the APA website:

Send submissions to:
Serena Parekh
Editor, APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy Northeastern University, Department of Philosophy and Religion