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Educators Queering Academia

Critical Memoirs

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sj Miller and Nelson M. Rodriguez

The memoirs in this collection represent a cross-section of critical reflections by a queerly diverse set of individuals on their experiences inhabiting a variety of spaces within the field of education. In their stories, the authors share how they queered and are continuing to queer the academy in relation to questions of teaching, research, policy, and/or administration. Their memoirs speak across generations of queer educators and scholars; collectively their work highlights an array of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. As snapshots in time, the memoirs can be taken up as archive and studied in order to gain perspective on the issues facing queers in the academy across various intersections of identities related to ethnicity, culture, language, (a)gender, (a)sexuality, (dis)ability, socio-economic status, religion, age, veteran status, health status, and more. By way of the memoirs in this volume, a richer body of queer knowledge is offered that can be pulled from and infused into the academic and personal contexts of the work of educators queering academia.
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sj Miller is Deputy Director of Educational Equity Supports and Services at the Metro Center of NYU and Associate Professor of Literacy Studies at Colorado University Boulder. sj is a committee member, consultant, advisory board member, mentor, co-editor, and co-chair of numerous organizations, committees, and publications. sj is the recipient of numerous awards with works appearing in a number of journals. Nelson M. Rodriguez teaches sexuality and queer studies in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at The College of New Jersey. His research areas span queer studies and education, critical masculinity studies, and Foucault studies. His most recent publications are Queer Masculinities: A Critical Reader in Education and Queering Straight Teachers: Discourse and Identity in Education.

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