Barb Voss has written a 2-article series about harassment in archaeology for American Antiquity. The articles are published Gold Open Access for maximum accessibility. The article abstracts below.
Voss. B. L. 2001. DOCUMENTING CULTURES OF HARASSMENT IN ARCHAEOLOGY: A REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH STUDIES American Antiquity 86(2). https:/doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2020.118
This article is the first of a two-part series to analyze current research on harassment in archaeology. Harassment has shaped the discipline of archaeology since at least the late 1800s. Since the 1970s, harassment has been recognized as a significant factor impacting gender equity in archaeology. Recent qualitative and quantitative research has verified that harassment occurs at epidemic rates in archaeology. Archaeologists are primarily harassed by other archaeologists, and harassment occurs not only in field research settings but also in classrooms, laboratories, museums, office workplaces, and conferences. While a higher frequency of women are harassed in archaeology, both men and women report harassment at disturbingly high rates. Archaeologists of color, LGBTQIA+ archaeologists, nonbinary archaeologists, and archaeologists with disabilities are also disproportionately harassed. As reflected in the author’s own career experiences, harassment creates a cognitive burden for survivors and reduces access to professional opportunities, directly impacting diversity within archaeology. Fortunately, there are evidence-based interventions and policies that can reduce harassment and support survivors; these are discussed in the second article: “Disrupting Cultures of Harassment in Archaeology.”
Voss, B. L. 2021. DISRUPTING CULTURES OF HARASSMENT IN ARCHAEOLOGY: SOCIAL-ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACHES TO DISCIPLINARY TRANSFORMATION. American Antiquity 86(3). https:/doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2021.19
This article is the second in a two-part series that analyzes current research on harassment in archaeology. Both qualitative and quantitative studies, along with activist narratives and survivor testimonials, have established that harassment is occurring in archaeology at epidemic rates. These studies have also identified key patterns in harassment in archaeology that point toward potential interventions that may prevent harassment, support survivors, and hold perpetrators accountable. This article reviews five key obstacles to change in the disciplinary culture of archaeology: normalization, exclusionary practices, fraternization, gatekeeping, and obstacles to reporting. Two public health paradigms—the social-environmental model and trauma-informed approaches—are used to identify interventions that can be taken at all levels of archaeological practice: individual, relational, organizational, community, and societal.