Edited By sj Miller and Nelson M. Rodriguez
Chapter Twenty: Being Queer in Academia ←→ Queering Academia
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Being Queer in Academia ←→ Queering Academia
DANA M. STACHOWIAK
Queer is who I am. It is how I behave. And how I misbehave. Queer is what I embody. Queering is my way of mind, of body, and of soul. Queering is how I work. It is how I disrupt. And it is how I stay sane. This chapter is intended to be queer and to queer. What follows are queer stories of my life and work, experiences of queering and being queer, from my pre-academia life to my current life in academia as an assistant professor of diversity/multicultural education.
BEFORE I WAS AN ACADEMIC, OR, WHEN I WAS A QUEER TERRORIST
“Now, we know you aren’t going to call any media outlets and make a big deal out of this,” he said, hands folded, prayerlike, on top of his oversized cherry desk. His voice was smooth, with every word he said edging slowly over the coil of his southern drawl. He had a serpentine smirk, and he squinted his eyes like he was trying to put me in a trance.
I stared, wide-eyed. Nodded in agreement. I looked at the Bible on the corner of his desk, darted my eyes between his squinted eyes and praying hands. I just kept nodding.
Just like that, the public school district took the conference funding they previously awarded me and pulled...
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