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Harvard Crimson: Three Renowned Harvard Anthropologists Face Allegations of Sexual Harassment
Unsurprising in the fields of anthropology and archaeology, where such issues are still rampant.7 replies
An internal department report compiled by a student committee last year documented how those disparities affected female students’ outcomes. Since 1990, female archaeology students have taken longer to complete their Ph.Ds, withdrawn at higher rates, published fewer articles by graduation, and undertaken a disproportionate workload as teaching fellows, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Crimson.
Anthropology is a tight-knit field, students in the department said, one where advisors can either open doors for young anthropologists or close them forever.
Because of that dynamic, women who were made uncomfortable by faculty in the department said they faced a persistent dilemma. Report, and risk their career aspirations in anthropology. Continue, and face greater obstacles than their male counterparts.
Several of those interviewed said hiring practices like the ones outlined in the 1986 study on the “hierarchy of prestige” remain at the root of the problems female students face in the Harvard Anthropology department, pointing particularly to a lack of female faculty. Just three of 21 tenured faculty who hold appointments in the department are female. Within its archaeology wing, there are no tenured female faculty. Across FAS’s social sciences division, 32 percent of tenured professors are women, according to a 2020 Harvard report.