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From Me Too to What Now: Advancing Research on Sex Harassment

Special issue call for papers from Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Call for Papers:
Special Issue of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: An International Journal
(EDI is a peer-reviewed academic journal publishing research on racial, sexual, religious, disability and age discrimination, equal opportunities and affirmative action. Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Ed Ng)
From Me Too to What Now: Advancing Research on Sex Harassment

Submission proposal (2 pages) due May 16, 2018
Deadline for final submission:  September 7, 2018

Guest Editorial Team

Margaret S. Stockdale, Ph.D., IUPUI, [email protected]
Jennifer Berdahl, University of British Columbia, [email protected]
Faye J Crosby, University of California Santa Cruz, [email protected]

In 1991, the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court catapulted sex-based harassment to national attention.  To her great credit, Anita Hill responded to the call to testify during the confirmation hearings about the persistent harassing conduct of her erstwhile colleague and boss. Despite passing a polygraph test that Thomas refused to take, Hill’s credibility and sanity were questioned and Thomas was confirmed. 
Fast forward a quarter century to the #MeToo movement.   Tens of thousands of women are speaking out about their experiences of sex-based harassment by powerful men, with new men accused and resigning on what seems like a daily basis for months on end.  Many Americans – including those elected to Congress -- now find sex-based harassment intolerable and inexcusable. Now women’s stories are seen as credible, and men’s denials that are not.
Attention to sex-based harassment has not been limited to the United States. The #MeToo movement and media attention has spread in Egypt, Japan, Turkey, Australia, Canada, the European Union and beyond (Bell, Quick & Cycyota, 2002; Park, 2017).
While the attention of the general public has waxed and waned as events erupt and then issues become resolved, the attention of scholars to sex-based harassment has been more or less constant since the 1980s. Over 6,000 scholarly articles and books show the words "sexual harassment" or "sex harassment" in the title (Google Scholar searches, 2018), and 10 of these were published in the first two weeks of 2018. Several important and well-cited special issues of scholarly journals have focused on sex-based harassment.
What sets apart this special issue is how it will incorporate the concept of power to understand historic and current practices of, and resistance to, sex-based harassment. We ask all contributors to pay attention to how power inequities may or may not be shifting to challenge the social narrative of a world divided between dominant men and submissive women.  The contributors may study and comment on the #MeToo and other movements in their analyses.
The intertwined purposes of our special issue are to:
(1)    Publish research on the causes and catalysts of sex-based harassment as now understood in the #MeToo era.
(2)    Advance theorizing about sex-based harassment by highlighting the concept of power.
(3)    Disseminate conceptualizations and research that will help abate the occurrence and impact of sex-based harassment.
Like prior edited works, this special issue will include both well-known and emerging scholars.  We seek contributors from many disciplines, including, but not limited to, psychology, law, sociology, management, and economics.  We hope to receive manuscripts from outside the United States as well as within it. We will strive for a blend of theory, research, and practice.  Indeed, we envision a balance of comprehensive literature reviews (including meta-analyses, theory, and concept papers) and empirical research, with the hope of possibly filling two full issues of the journal.
Potential topics may include but are not limited to:
•    The role of social media in sex-based harassment
•    Intersectional issues in sex-based harassment
•    Power, voice, and legitimacy in sex-based harassment narratives
•    The role of social identity threat in sex-based harassment
•    Leadership’s role in exacerbating or attenuating sex-based harassment
•    The promise and pitfalls of bystander support and reporting
•    Cultural and historical contexts shaping practice and resistance
•    Generational divides in defining and responding to sex-based harassment


Authors interested in submitting a paper to this (or these) special issue(s) should send a 1-2 page description of their paper to the editors by May 16, 2018. This description should articulate the contribution their paper will make to this issue and the form of their contribution (e.g., theory, literature review, meta-analysis, empirical study report).
Submissions are opened from September 7 to October 7, 2018. Please select Special issue and submit under the title listed with the title: Advancing Research on Sex-based Harassment. Manuscripts should be submitted online at and should follow the Submission Guidelines available at: Please note that all submissions will be subject to the standard EDI double-blind review process.
For questions regarding this special issue, please contact any of the Guest Editors.


Bell, M. P., Quick, J. C., & Cycyota, C. S. (2002). Assessment and prevention of sexual harassment of employees: An applied guide to creating healthy organizations.  International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 10, 160-167l

Park, A. (2017). #MeToo reaches 85 countries with 1.7M tweets. CBS News, October 24.