Social Exclusion as (Un)anticipated Consequence? Gender, Race, and Mertonian Mechanisms in Wikipedia



Julia Adams

How to best advance and communicate scholarly knowledge in the 21st century? Democratizing strategies--like Wikipedia--promise a real utopia of public access, inclusion, and improvement in the quality and diffusion of academic knowledge.  Yet as Julia Adams's and Hannah Brueckner's research shows, women and scholars of color are systematically disadvantaged on this and other digital platforms.  Adams's lecture explores problems of representation on Wikipedia associated with race and gender and how they might be remedied.

Julia Adams is a Professor of Sociology and International and Area Studies and head of Grace Hopper College at Yale University. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of state building, gender and family,social theory and knowledge, early modern European politics, and colonialism and empire.  Her talk is drawn from current research with Hannah Brueckner on gender, race, and the representation of academic knowledge on Wikipedia and other digital platforms.  

Sponsored by the PSTC, the Department of Sociology, the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.