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Sexual Harassment in the Academy: Harnessing the Growing Labor Movement in Higher Education to Address Sexual Harassment Against Graduate Workers.

Authors
  • O'Callaghan, Erin1
  • Shepp, Veronica1
  • Kirkner, Anne2
  • Lorenz, Katherine3
  • 1 Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice, 14681University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • 2 141207Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • 3 Department of Criminology and Justice Studies, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
12-13
Pages
3266–3288
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211035793
PMID: 34661481
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Higher education is not immune to the epidemic of sexual harassment in the United States, particularly sexual harassment of graduate workers. This is due largely to power differentials of status and income, as academia relies on low-wage work. While the literature shows sexual harassment is prevalent across disciplines, current work to address the problem does not account for graduate worker precarity. The graduate labor movement, which addresses precarity, is beginning to tackle sexual harassment. We review how the labor and anti-gender-based violence movements in higher education should come together to prevent sexual harassment, presenting recommendations for structural changes to academia.

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