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Questions tagged [ethnicity]

On interacting with people of various ethnicities and races in an academic context.

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A social experiment. What is the worst that can happen? [closed]

I am a postdoc and I have been applying for jobs in both industry and academia. My h-index is good enough for junior faculty (~7). Along my academic CV I have an industry-oriented CV and send both of ...
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Telling where I am originally from at the first lecture?

I am going to start teaching next year in a university in the UK. One common question I get with students in one-to-one conversations is about my origin. I certainly have an accent, and they are ...
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Does ethnic diversity of the academic staff affect the productivity of the faculty?

Are there any studies where the effect of ethnic diversity on the productivity studied? If so, what are the criteria? Do universities with more diversity tend to prepare better publications, or the ...
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For STEM fields, is there self-segregation in United States academia?

I notice that often a lot of Chinese mathematicians collaborate with other Chinese, and Americans collaborate with other Americans. Many of the journal papers that I look up seem to indicate this ...
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Is this statistic about how many Latinos/Hispanics have a PhD in the USA correct?

According to Ileana Freytes-Ortiz, < 2% of people in the US have a #phd Of those, 6.5% are Hispanic By defending my PhD yesterday, I just became part of the 0.13% in the US that is #...
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How to conduct research as a non-Latino in a Latino-studies research institute?

I will be conducting research in a Latino-studies research institute next summer. I will probably be the only non-Latino researcher in the institute that summer. I’m also approaching my research from ...
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A seminar about women in STEM fields [closed]

I'm attending a talk that will be given by a professor that runs a social-cognitive development lab at our school, and the topic will be about his work that attempts to explain why women are less ...
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Using my ethnically misleading name in a field where it's relevant

I'm a white person researching Asian history. Let's say I'm married and have taken my husband's name, which is unambiguously Asian (I'll use "Leung" for the examples). I'm unsure whether I should use ...
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Are universities strongly associated with ethnic minority groups a thing outside the USA?

This question asks about the history of why Howard University in Washington, DC, USA has remained a school whose student and faculty bodies are predominantly African-American. Do "historically [...
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Could it be beneficial for me to not disclose my gender/ethnicity in an REU application?

I am an undergraduate in the US applying to REUs in mathematics. Every REU I am applying to through MathPrograms has a section where you can choose to fill out your gender/race, along with a message ...
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If you're black, how do you answer “Oh you're a professor? So you teach African Studies?”

In a comment to How do you answer "Oh, you're a professor? What do you teach?", @JohnSmith wrote I'm black so it generally goes "Oh you're a professor? So you teach African Studies?" ...
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What can I do to prevent ethnic conflicts in research groups?

Many research groups are international. While I hope that academics are in general open-minded and tolerant, there might still be a potential for conflicts when researchers from different ethnic ...
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Are academics more tolerant of biological and philosophical differences?

My internal model of academia is that (1) as a group we are one of the most tolerant of biological and philosophical differences (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, and religion) and (2) that we are ...
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What can academics and students do to reduce racism in academia?

I am a postdoc at a university in the UK. Before I came here, a friend warned me that racism is common in the UK. True enough, during my first few months here, I have already received a couple of ...
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Are ethnic “minorities” given preference in PhD admissions in the US?

I have a question about college education, or more specifically, admittance into college education in the US. Since as far as I remember, I've always heard that colleges or universities in the US ...
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Why is Howard University still predominantly black?

Today, I read the name “Howard University” on a list, and since I had no idea where it was, I looked it up. I was amazed from their website because, well, most people on the photos there are black! ...
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Why are some research groups not so ethnically diverse?

Some research groups, especially the ones at lower tier schools in the United States, contains an excessive amount of students who have the same nationality as the professor. Some Chinese professors' ...