Survey Description


This survey is intended to gather data on sexual harassment and gender discrimination in public history. It is NOT a reporting tool. Anyone who identifies as a public historian or who is training to be a public historian or works (paid or unpaid) in a history organization, such as a history museum, archive or library, historical society, historic site, or government agency is invited to take the survey. Questions about the survey can be directed to Kristen Baldwin Deathridge ( and Mary Rizzo (, or to Stephanie Rowe, NCPH Executive Director (
Note: The next three pages explain the survey in detail, including its development, why we are conducting it, and what we will do with the data.

Overview of Survey

Gender discrimination and sexual harassment are problems in cultural, historical, and educational institutions that take many forms. The survey will ask you to define your experiences in your own words. As a starting point for identifying what sexual harassment and discrimination look like, we include here the definition from the National Council on Public History (NCPH) Events Code of Conduct, which is also echoed in the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Meeting Safety and Responsibility code. This is not meant to be exhaustive. For example, the NCPH code does not include racist and sexist microaggressions. However, if such microaggressions were part of your experience with gender discrimination or sexual harassment, or the experience of someone you know, you can include them in answering the survey. The code defines, 

“discrimination as the unjust or prejudicial treatment of others based on real or perceived characteristics or identities. Harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • intimidation or unwanted attention based on race, ethnicity, color, nationality, religion, age, class, ability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual identity, appearance/presentation, physical disability, and other characteristics or identities;
  • threats or acts of violence;
  • suggestions of retaliation by the harasser if the harassed person(s) reports;
  • deliberate misgendering;
  • unwelcome sexual attention, including unwelcome comments or dialogue of a physical or sexual nature or unsolicited physical contact;
  • derogatory comments in face-to-face and online spaces;
  • sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise discriminatory jokes or language;
  • sustained, non-constructive disruption of programming.”
In partnership with the American Association for State and Local History, the Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination Subcommittee (GDSH) of NCPH has generated this survey as the first step in building a community of care, support, and mutual respect in the public history field. Gathering data and stories will allow the GDSH to raise awareness, identify underserved demographics, and make meaningful interventions. Drawing anonymously on respondents’ testimonies and suggestions, GDSH members will produce a report that directly addresses systemic injustices impacting public historians of all backgrounds. This report will be made publicly available through NCPH, AASLH, and partner organizations. NCPH and AASLH will invite their members to facilitate conversations regarding the report at conferences, through blog posts, and other publications in order to create support networks, educate members of the field, and spur policy change.
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