Who can sign up to be a listed scholar on this website?
Although there are many excellent women experts in all fields and areas, this particular website is limited to scholars who identify as women who study political science. In particular, we list Ph.D. candidates in political science, political science Ph.Ds employed in academic departments at colleges and universities, and Ph.Ds from other areas employed in or affiliated with political science departments at colleges and universities (including schools of public policy and international relations).

Within this category of people, anyone who is interested in being listed on the website can sign up via the “Become a Listed Scholar” link. People do not receive invitations to sign up, they are not selected to sign up and the editorial board does not choose who appears on the website. Any woman scholar who meets our sign-up criteria can be listed on this website.  If you do not see a scholar listed on this website it is only because she has not signed up.


I know of a scholar who could be listed on this website. Can I sign them up? 

We strongly discourage you from signing up another person. This is because we want the listed scholars to be comfortable with their name appearing on this list.  To ensure that this website only includes people who want to be listed,  the new website is set up such that a new sign-up receives an email notifying them that a record has been generated. If you believe that there is a scholar who should be listed here, please email them directly and encourage them to sign up.


I do not want to be contacted by the media, can I still be on this website?

Yes.  The sign-up form allows you to note whether you want to be contacted by the media. If you do not wish to be contacted, simply select “no media.”


I did not sign up to be part of this but my name appears on this website. Why am I listed? 

This website began as a crowdsourced website, which means that people were able to add any names they wanted to the website. Someone likely added you because they believed that you are an expert in a field. The current website no longer allows people to add names without the knowledge of the person being added. If you are currently on the website and wish to be removed, please click here.


I would like to be removed from this website, how can I do that?

To remove your name from the website please go here.


I listed myself as being available to speak to the media. Does that mean I have to respond to every media request I receive? 

We understand that you cannot answer every request that you receive. We suggest that if you do list yourself as being available to speak to the media you do respond to the initial media contact and, if you cannot /do not want to offer any comments on a topic, suggest a different scholar (or at least let the journalist know that you will not be able to offer any comments).


What do I do if a journalist contacts me? 

Based on our experience (and the experiences we’ve heard from other scholars listed on Women Also Know Stuff ) the bulk of the contacts will be from journalists and other writers working in print or web media.  Contacts from radio outlets are more rare, and contacts from television outlets are even more infrequent. If you are contacted by someone working on a story (news story, feature, op-ed, etc), we can make the following suggestions (note: these are suggestions based on our personal experiences, you may encounter others who have different suggestions):

  • Reply to the initial form of contact in a prompt manner. You will likely be contacted via email, but you may also be contacted via your Twitter account (if you have one).  Since people who are putting together stories are often on a deadline, a prompt reply is likely helpful to them.  We understand that you may not be able to reply right away!  Just reply when you can!
  • In some cases, if you take longer to reply the journalist may have moved on to another source. This is most likely to happen on fast-moving news stories.
  • If you are contacted, it is okay to ask some questions of the journalist to determine if you are interested/comfortable being part of the story.  You may ask, for example, if this is an opinion piece and if your comments will be used to bolster/support some claim or argument (and what that claim/argument may be).
  • If you do not want to be part of the story, simply let the journalist know so that they can move on to another source. If you can think of another person who might be interested in contributing, recommend that person.
  • Sometimes you will see the initial contact from the journalist only after their stated deadline time (i.e. the initial message says their deadline for this story is 5 p.m. E.T. Wednesday, but you only see the message at 7 p.m. E.T. Wednesday). You can let the journalist know that you missed their email,  but (if this is the case) you can note that you are still available if they want to do any follow-ups on the story in the future.
  • You can ask the journalist to identify  you in a certain way.  The journalist will likely identify you by your position and university (i.e. Assistant Professor at [University]). You can ask the journalist to also identify you as the author of a book or a director of a center.
  • If you are asked to comment on a topic that is very much outside your area of expertise,  you can tell the journalist that this is outside your research area — but give a description of your particular research area in case they are doing a story in the future.

I am a journalist. I contacted a number of  experts from this website who said they were available for media contact and none of them would speak to me. What should I do?

If this has been your experience with the website, please email the editorial board at contact@womenalsoknowstuff.com.


I am having a technical issue with this website, what should I do?
Please email support at contact@womenalsoknowstuff.com.


How can I update my user information?
Go here to request your private link, which will allow you to make updates on your profile.


Are there similar websites in other fields?

A list of similar websites in other fields is here. This list is very far from complete, so if you have know of a website or run a website that should be listed here, please let us know (contact@womenalsoknowstuff.com).


Do you have any suggestions for my profile?

Your profile is your chance to describe your research interests in your own words. We suggest you use this space to discuss your research in a way that is accessible to people who may not be experts in your specific area of work. In particular, you may want to describe your research in a way that will be engaging to people from other areas of political science, and if you are interested, journalists and other members of the media.

We also suggest that you make your keywords terms that other people will know, understand, and may be likely to enter in a search field.


Where does the information (keywords, research areas, detailed bios) on this website come from?

Most of the information on the website comes from the scholars themselves. The keyword descriptions and the detailed bios are all generated by the scholars — which is why you may note differences across keyword types (some may be more specific than others). These keywords and detailed bios are the way the scholars themselves choose to describe their own work.

The broad research areas (listed here) are provided by the website. Scholars select up to seven of these broad areas to describe their research from a drop-down menu.


I signed up for this website at some point and I meet all the criteria for being listed. Why am I not listed anywhere? 

If you signed up for the website, and you meet all the criteria for being listed (see the first question on this FAQ page for these criteria) there may be three reasons why you do not appear anywhere on this website.

First, it is possible that you were listed on our old website under an incorrect email address or affiliation. If that was the case, you may never have received an email about the transition to the new website and your temporary account expired due to inactivity. If that is the case, you can simply sign up again here.

Second, if you did receive an email about transitioning to the new website, but never logged in to your account after receiving that email, your temporary account may have expired due to inactivity. If that is the case, you can also sign up again here.

Third, you may be part of our database but do not appear under any research areas on this website because you did not finish filling out your permanent profile. If you did not request your private link or requested the link but did not use that link to select research areas from the drop-down menu, your name will not appear under any research areas despite actually being in the database.  Further, if you started a profile but never completing it, your temporary account may have expired due to inactivity.  If this is the case, create a new profile.


What is up with Women Also Tweet?

Women Also Tweet is a listing of all members of Women Also Know Stuff who have a Twitter handle listed on their profiles.  If you use Twitter, there are likely three reasons why you are not on the list: (1) You are not a member of Women Also Know Stuff, (2) You are a member of the website, but did not list a Twitter handle, or (3) You are a member of the website, but did not complete the research-area part of your profile (i.e. the drop-down menus).  To join the website, go here.  To update your profile, simply request a private link here.  Once you join or add your Twitter handle your name will appear on the Women Also Tweet list.

As Women Also Tweet is designed to be a user-friendly listing of all members who are on Twitter,  every person is listed once, under one research area. The list pulls directly from our database, and relies on the research area you selected as your first choice.

Because the list pulls directly from our database, your Twitter handle is listed exactly as you entered it when you completed your profile.