Expectant and nursing academics: The interview experience of moms in political science

Academic Article


  • The challenges that women in academia face are well documented. However, there is a dearth of research on the experiences of female academics particularly on job interviews as expectant or nursing mothers. This study sought to document the experiences of these women. Considering the grueling nature of the academic job interview, do expectant or nursing mothers ask for accommodations on the interview, and if so, how do departments respond to their request? We find that women refrain from job interviews as expectant mothers while others suggest using the hidden pregnancy phenomenon. Nursing mothers had more positive experiences, although experiences were less than desirable. Based on the findings, we offer a list of recommendations to departments to help improve this critical step in starting a career in academe. © 2013 American Political Science Association.
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  • 19117939
  • Author List

  • Lewis AK
  • Start Page

  • 370
  • End Page

  • 375
  • Volume

  • 46
  • Issue

  • 2