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Selecting in or Selecting Out? Gender Gaps and Political Methodology in Europe

Gatto, MAC; Gohdes, AR; Traber, D; van der Velden, MACG; (2020) Selecting in or Selecting Out? Gender Gaps and Political Methodology in Europe. PS: Political Science & Politics , 53 (1) pp. 122-127. 10.1017/s1049096519001288. Green open access

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Abstract

Studies investigating gender gaps in the doctoral training of political science students have focused so far overwhelmingly on the US context. Although important research within this context has made strides in identifying the persistent challenges to women’s incorporation in political methodology, much remains unknown about whether women and men have different experiences in methods training during their PhD programs. We contribute to this debate by analyzing data from an original survey on the methods-training experiences of political science PhD students at different European universities. We assess whether gender gaps exist with respect to PhD students’ methods training and confidence in employing methods skills. Our findings show that women cover significantly fewer methods courses in their doctoral training. When women do participate in methods training, they show levels of method employment similar to their male colleagues. We discuss the implications of these findings in the context of European doctoral training.

Type: Article
Title: Selecting in or Selecting Out? Gender Gaps and Political Methodology in Europe
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/s1049096519001288
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/s1049096519001288
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of the Americas
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10088223
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