Why I Am Committed To Fighting Oppression In Academia

“Facts about the Black vagina — the hardest working vagina in America.” A few days ago, I watched in awe as activist and legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw read her poem, “The Black Vagina,” at a production of The Vagina Monologues in Harlem, NY.  Unfortunately, I did not actually observe from the audience in the infamous […]

Intellectual Violence In Academia

For over a year now, I have been seeing a therapist to work through the trauma that was my graduate training. I have a knack for discussing personal troubles publicly, so I have been writing about the recovery process over the past year, as well. I figure, since the structure and culture of the academy […]

Opposition To “Trigger Warnings” Reinforces The Status Quo

Please don’t be fooled by the surprisingly firm assertion made in this post’s title.  I prefer to pose it as a question because I do not actually know for certain.  You see, I decided to stay out of the debates over the use of “trigger warnings” in college classrooms since first reading an argument against […]

On Being A Black, Dyslexic, And Unstoppable Academic

Note: this blog post was originally published on our Inside Higher Ed column. Shawn Anthony Robinson is an independent scholar and dyslexia consultant who brings a wealth of academic experience, training and knowledge about the psychological development of dyslexia. His research has been highlighted in NBC News in an article titled “This Man Is Searching […]

On Being Bipolar: A Different Kind Of Recovery Narrative

Seth is a PhD candidate and lecturer at a large public university. His work tackles issues of affect, psychiatry, and sexuality in the post WWII American novel. He has taught courses on gendered violence, feminism, and American sexuality. Seth was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 7 years ago. He has been sober for over 19 months. […]

On “Coming Out” As Bipolar In Academia

Seth is a PhD candidate and adjunct professor at a large public university. His research lies at the intersection of feminist, queer, and affect theories, exploring the emotional experience of reading. He has taught classes in feminist theory, American sexuality, and gendered violence. In Seth’s first guest blog post, he wrote about navigating academia with […]

Invisibly Ill: Notes on Being Academic and Bipolar

Seth is a PhD candidate and adjunct professor at a large public university. His research lies at the intersection of feminist, queer, and affect theories, exploring the emotional experience of reading. He has taught classes in feminist theory, American sexuality, and gendered violence. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder six years ago.  In this guest […]

Dr. Adrienne Milner On Being Invisibly Disabled In Academia

Dr. Adrienne Milner is a teaching assistant professor in sociology at the University of Alabama Birmingham (see her full biography at the end of this post).  In her guest blog post below, Dr. Milner writes about navigating academia with an “invisible” disability, driven, in part, by her determination to “tough it out” as a former […]

101 Big And Small Ways To Make A Difference In Academia

Let’s set aside the debate over whether one can, or even should, be an activist in academia.  If you recognize that inequality and other problems exist within academia, then I do not need to convince you that someone should be working to make change.  But, some scholars are skeptical of “rocking the boat,” either because […]

“Passion, Perseverance, and Power” – Reflections By Erin Breedlove

Below, Erin Breedlove reflects on her experiences in college as student with disabilities, and her aspirations to become a tenure-track professor. See Erin’s full biography at the end. You can find her on Twitter @erinrbreedlove or via email. Passion, Perseverance, and Power Background I just graduated from college. As in, a little over a month […]