Reducing Bias in Wikipedia’s Coverage of Political Scientists

Published: Jan 12, 2022
Contributor: Samuel Baltz
License: CC BY NC ND 4.0 license – Allows redistribution but no additions or revisions to content. Forbids commercial use.

One in five political scientists with biographies on Wikipedia are women and almost half are American. Biases on Wikipedia can cause real harm, so I created or expanded a political science–related Wikipedia article every day for a year, focusing on writing new pages about political scientists from underrepresented groups. This article shows that Wikipedia’s coverage of political scientists remains skewed by gender and nationality, and I suggest ways for political scientists to improve Wikipedia’s representation of the discipline.

A Note From APSA Educate: This resource is part of a larger set of supplemental resources associated with the April 2022 PS: Politics & Political Science Teaching Symposia, “Wikipedia & Political Science.” Anyone can download & read the full article for free until March 1, 2022. APSA Educate thanks Cambridge University Press and the PS Editors  for their help organizing this collaboration.


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