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Coping with Microaggressions and Harassment in the Profession

AAEA annual meeting track session

In the 2023 AAEA Annual Meeting track session (sponsored by the AAEA Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics and Graduate Student Section) “Coping with Microaggressions and Harassment in the Profession” panelists discuss how academia and the economics profession has left historically underrepresented and marginalized populations feeling out of place and without a voice. Diversity enables enhanced awareness, critical thinking, and benefits to the students and stakeholders we provide services to. While diversity is the first step, equity ensures that the system uplifts each of its members and enables them to succeed. Universities and workplaces that foster inclusion promote mental health by advocating for representation and valuing input from marginalized members of the institution. A sense of worth within one’s institution and the space to discuss concerns promotes a healthy work environment and the well-being of its members. However, there are systemic issues within the economics profession that can allow for microaggression and harassment. This session will address how to cope with these issues and what we can do to break the cycle. 

Panelists in this session:

  • Panelist: Dr. Anna Josephson
  • Panelist: Dr. Stephen Devadoss

Josephson and Devadoss will cover microaggressions and how can they present themselves; address systemic issues related to microaggressions and harassment; actions people take if they experience microaggressions and/or harassment; increase diversity, equity and inclusivity in research and in our profession; initiatives that support equal opportunities and help survivors of harrasment within our field; and advice would for early career professionals who what to advocate for themselves and others.

This session will take place on Monday, July 24 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern in the Marriott Marquis Washington DC in the Gallaudet University room.

If you are interested in attending the 2023 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington DC, please send a completed complimentary media registration to Allison Ware in the AAEA Business Office. You can also learn more on our Annual Meeting Media Kit page.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes three journals, the Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (an open access journal), the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

Contact: Allison Ware
Senior Communications & Membership Manager
(414) 918-3190