Allegations of sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct rocked one industry after another in recent months. It usually doesn’t garner the same headlines as Hollywood stars or federal legislators, but several high profile scientists have been the subject of these kinds of accusations. And sexual abuse and harassment appear to be prevalent in academia.
A 2014 survey found that more than a quarter of female field researchers had reported sexual assault while working in the field, and almost three quarters had reported harassment.
Our guest, Dr. Kathryn Clancy, an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, was part of the team that conducted that survey and she has joined a federal legislative effort to require universities to report findings of sexual misconduct by faculty to federal funding agencies.