Friday, July 29, 2016

How academic research is subject to racism, sexism - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

by Darah Hansen 
Originally published: July 26, 2016

From the rise of social media campaigns such as #blacklivesmatter and #oscarssowhite to the anti-immigration rhetoric fuelling the Brexit and U.S. presidential campaigns, race has dominated conversations worldwide in 2016.

Karl Aquino, the Richard Poon Professor of Organizations and Society at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, delves into that discussion with new research that seeks to identify some of the unconscious byproducts of bias.

The study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, focuses on the world of academia and, specifically, how the race and gender of scientists affect our perception of the credibility of their work.

The research began as a personal journey. Dr. Aquino, who is Filipino-American, says he’s experienced first-hand the harsh judgment of others regarding his professional abilities – based on assumptions formed around his ethnicity.