Joan Wallach Scott

Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science, first joined the Institute Faculty in 1985. Scott’s work has challenged the foundations of conventional historical practice, including the nature of historical evidence and historical experience and the role of narrative in the writing of history, from gender and questions of difference to underlying ideological systems.

Book cover for "Knowledge, Power, and Academic Freedom" by Joan Wallach Scott

In my lifetime, academic freedom has been repeatedly under threat. In the 1950s, in the McCarthy era, hundreds of teachers were interrogated about their political beliefs and summarily fired, whether or not those beliefs had anything to do with...

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Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science, has authored Knowledge, Power, and Academic Freedom (Columbia University Press, 2019).

The book presents essays that explore the...

This article is a slightly edited excerpt of the lecture given on the occasion of the awarding of the Edgar di Picciotto International Prize of the Graduate Institute of Geneva to Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the...

We can respect the right of free speech without having to respect the ideas being uttered. Critical thinking is precisely not a program of neutrality, not tolerance of all opinion, not an endorsement of the idea that anything goes. It is about...

As controversy swirls in the wake of the revelations about the abuses of women by powerful men in the arts, politics, media, academia, restaurants, and elsewhere come to light, it is important to remember that we are dealing not with exceptional...

Editions Amsterdam has published La Politique du Voile (2017), a new translation of Professor Emerita Joan Wallach Scott's book The ...

Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science, has co-authored Les Défis de la République: Genre, Territoires, Citoyenneté (Presses De Sciences Po, 2017), which examines the...

Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science, has authored Sex and Secularism (Princeton University Press, 2017), which draws on a wealth of scholarship by second-wave feminists and historians of religion, race,...

In 2007, when Ségolène Royal announced her candidacy to the Socialist primary for the presidential election, Laurent Fabius, former prime minister under President François Mitterrand, ironically commented: “But who will take care of the kids?” an...

Presses Sciences Po has published Les défis de la République. Genre, territoires, citoyenneté, coedited by Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science. The book explores the...

This book was written when I spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study. It is hard to imagine an environment that is more stimulating or more congenial to writing. Many colleagues at the Institute helped shape my thinking, but six...

The official French preoccupation with the veil exceeds that of most other countries in Western Europe. In the Anglo-American world, even post-9/11, the veil is not seen as the flag of an insurrection; nor is the suppression of ethnic, racial,...