Empirical EDI

A growing collection of empirical papers and guidance regarding EDI and academia.

Please e-mail us if there are resources we can add.

Thanks to Lauren Guillette for contributions.



Archer L, Dewitt J, Osborne J. (2015). Is Science for Us? Black Students’ and Parents’ Views of Science and Science Careers. Sci Educ, 99(2):199-237.

Chaudhary, V. B. & Berhe, A. A. (2020). Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab. PLoS Computational Biology, 16: e1008210.

Coate, K & Howson, CK (2014). Indicators of esteem: gender and prestige in academic work. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37, 567-585.

Eaton, A.A., Saunders, J.F., Jacobson, R.K. et al. (2020). How Gender and Race Stereotypes Impact the Advancement of Scholars in STEM: Professors’ Biased Evaluations of Physics and Biology Post-Doctoral Candidates. Sex Roles 82, 127–141.

Etienne, A. et al (2021). Novel Electrodes for Reliable EEG Recordings on Coarse and Curly Hair. bioRxiv.

Franco, MC, Helal, L, Cenci, MS, Moher, D (2021) The Impact of Gender on Researchers’ Assessment: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

Heffernan, T. (2022). Abusive comments in student evaluations of courses and teaching: the attacks women and marginalised academics endure. Higher Education.

MacNell, L, Driscoll, A, & Hunt, AN (2015). What’s in a Name: Exposing Gender Bias in Student Ratings of Teaching. Innovative Higher Education, 40, 291-303.

Masur, SK (2015) Invisible woman? Trends in Cell Biology, 25, 437-439.

Moneta-Koehler L, Brown AM, Petrie KA, Evans BJ, Chalkley R (2017). The Limitations of the GRE in Predicting Success in Biomedical Graduate School. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0166742.

Moss-Racusin, C, Dovidio, JF, Brescoll, VL, Graham, MJ, & Handelsman, J (2012) Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 16474-16479.

Murray D, Boothby C, Zhao H, Minik V, Be´rube´ N, Larivière V (2020) Exploring the personal and professional factors associated with student evaluations of tenure-track faculty. PLoS ONE 15(6): e0233515.

Pownall, M. et al. (in press). Navigating Open Science as Early Career Feminist Researchers. Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Quadlin, N (2018) The Mark of a Woman’s Record: Gender and Academic Performance in Hiring. American Sociological Review 2018, Vol. 83(2) 331 –360.

Riegle-Crumb, C., King, B., & Irizarry, Y. (2019). Does STEM Stand Out? Examining Racial/Ethnic Gaps in Persistence Across Postsecondary Fields. Educational Researcher, 48(3), 133–144.

Rivera, LA, Tilcsik, A (2019) Scaling Down Inequality: Rating Scales, Gender Bias, and the Architecture of Evaluation. American Sociological Review, Vol. 84(2) 248 –274.

Roberts SO, Bareket-Shavit C, Dollins FA, Goldie PD, Mortenson E. (2020). Racial Inequality in Psychological Research: Trends of the Past and Recommendations for the Future. Perspect Psychol Sci, 15(6):1295-1309.

Schmader, T., Whitehead, J., & Wysocki, V. H. (2007). A Linguistic Comparison of Letters of Recommendation for Male and Female Chemistry and Biochemistry Job Applicants. Sex roles, 57(7-8), 509–514.

Sibener, L. J. et al (2022). Lessons from the stories of women in Neuroscience. Journal of Neuroscience ,42, 4769-4773

Willis, LM Mehta, D & Davis, A (2020) Twelve Principles Trainees, PIs, Departments, and Faculties Can Use to Reduce Bias and Discrimination in STEM, ACS Central Science, 6, 2294−2300.

Wood S, Henning JA, Chen L, McKibben T, Smith ML, Weber M, Zemenick A, Ballen CJ (2020) A scientist like me: demographic analysis of biology textbooks reveals both progress and long-term lags. Proc. R. Soc. B 287: 20200877.


NSERC Guide for Applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your

Inclusive Curriculum Design and EDI (Jenn Passey, University of Alberta)


First Peoples’ House (University of Alberta)

Racial Trauma Toolkit (Boston College)

Gender-bias language calculator (by Tom Forth; based on Schmader et al, 2007)