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.
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
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 School of Social
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 how...
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 ThePolitics of the Veil (2007), an examination
of the French government's ban on the wearing of "conspicuous
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 conditions under
which new public policy mechanisms...
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, and...
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?”