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Rochelle Wijesingha, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, presenting on Equity Myth and cultural taxation.

Graduate Student Rochelle Wijesingha receives best article of the year award

Congratulations to Sociology PhdD candidate Rochelle Wijesingha for her award winning, co-authored paper in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education!

Jun 18, 2018

The Canadian Journal of Higher Education's Edward F. Sheffield Award (2018) for the best article of the year was given to Rochelle Wijesingha, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, McMaster University and Dr. Howard Ramos, Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology,Dalhousie University.

The title of their paper is “Human Capital or Cultural Taxation: What Accounts for Differences in Tenure and Promotion of Racialized and Female Faculty?”.



Achieving tenure and promotion are significant milestones in the career of a university faculty member. However, research often indicates that racialized and female faculty do not achieve tenure and promotion at the same rate as their non-racialized and male counterparts. Using new original survey data on faculty in eight Canadian universities, this paper examines differences in tenure and promotion among racialized and female faculty  and investigates the extent to which explanations of human capital theory and cultural or identity taxation account for these disparities. Logistic regression confirms that controlling for human capital and cultural or identity taxation washes away the differences between male and female faculty for achieving both tenure and promotion. However, differences for racialized faculty remain, thereby offering evidence of discrimination in the academic system. 

Read the full article in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education.