[URPE] Job Ad Censorship by AEA
Stephanie.Seguino at uvm.edu
Thu Oct 12 13:16:46 MDT 2006
Dear URPE members:
The Economics Department at the University of Vermont placed an ad for a
tenure track faculty in JOE at the end of September. JOE edited this ad
(without any notice), deleting the latter half of the last sentence, in
particular the phrase that the Department "welcomes applications from
women and underrepresented ethnic, racial and cultural groups and from
people with disabilities." (To see
When we queried AEA on this, John Siegfried, Director of JOE, responded
that that phrase was edited out because it is discriminatory, and indicated
that AEA has a policy to not publish advertising that discriminates on the
basis of race, sex, color, religion, and sexual preference. He has
therefore at this time refuses to reinstate the entire ad. Our lawyer has
reviewed this ad and indicates that this ad is in no way discriminatory. We
are now considering our response.
I am therefore writing to the URPE listserve to inquire as to how URPE or
academic institutions may have or are responding to this position of the
AEA. Please contact me directly with your comments at:
<mailto:stephanie.seguino at uvm.edu>stephanie.seguino at uvm.edu.
Thanks very much.
Best, Stephanie Seguino
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
438 College St.
Burlington, VT 05405-4160
Email: Stephanie.Seguino at uvm.edu
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