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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2013005116
pages 95-120

EXPLORING THE ALIGNMENT OF BLACK SCIENTISTS WITH THE AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY: DOES RACE STILL MATTER?

Bryan A. Brown
Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA
Eileen Parsons
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514, USA
Rhea Miles
East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina 27858, USA
J. Bryan Henderson
Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA

ABSTRACT

This study examined Black scientists' characterizations of the relationship between their race and their alignment with the science community. Using exploratory factor analysis, we examined 110 scientists' experiences in accessing science. Over half of the participants (54%) indicated high alignment with the scientific community. By contrast, 46% of Black scientists perceived themselves as having low alignment with the scientific community. Using these grouping for subsequent quantitative and qualitative analyses, we were able to identify how race emerged as a consistent factor for these participants. The results indicate that their perceptions of race were a salient factor in determining their experiences as scientists. We contend that although progress has been made, a post-racial scientific community remains elusive.


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