Date Thesis Awarded


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Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Jennifer Kahn

Committee Members

Martin Gallivan

Molly Swetnam-Burland


My research examines ongoing issues of gender disparity in male-dominated academic professions like archaeology. Specifically, I investigate the link between gender and the publishing of archaeological research in Oceania amongst a broad cross-section of archaeologists: those working in academia, museums, the private sector and CRM, those working in federal agencies, tribes, research institutes, and those working independently. Similar research conducted in North America (Bardolph 2014) has found significant gender imbalances between female and male publishing rates. I explore if similar trends exist amongst archaeologists working in island Oceania. By creating a database to log the number of female-first authored and male-first authored research articles in regional journals, international journals, and edited volumes in addition to recording the occupational affiliation of the first authors, I compare gendered publishing rates and job type. The gender disparities in my regional, international, and edited volume results led me to investigate possible causes for the disparities such as female preference for non-academic jobs that do not require publications for advancement (as with CRM), instances of gender exclusion and harassment at research field sites, and limited undergraduate mentorship opportunities for prospective female archaeologists.

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