A piece written in today’s NY Times by the authors of the study shed more details about the experiment.
As we mentioned last month, researchers sent emails seeking advice and mentoring to 6,500 university professors from students with names most people would associate with particular ethnic groups and genders.
The study found that white males were more likely to get a response than women and minorities.
The study also found that Indian Americans and Chinese Americans were the most likely to be discriminated against despite the model minority stereotype.
Now we’re learning this discrimination took place across almost every discipline and in all types of universities.
Perhaps equally disturbing is the bias took place even if someone emailed a professor from the same ethnic group or the same gender.
The only exception to that appeared to be when Chinese students emailed Chinese professors.
This discrimination also took place even when professors from diverse disciplines were emailed. There seems to be no difference in the level of discrimination between diverse disciplines or less diverse disciplines.
Underrepresented applicants also didn’t enjoy any advantage when seeking mentors. In other words, there’s no hidden advantage to being a minority or women.
The authors of the study did not explain why they think this bias takes place. What are your thoughts?
Does any of this surprise you?