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Educators Queering Academia

Critical Memoirs


Edited By 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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Michael Borgstrom is associate professor and chair of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, where he also co-directs the university’s LGBTQ Research Consortium. He teaches and writes about American literature, sexuality and gender studies, African American literature, and critical race theory—interests that inform his book Minority Reports: Identity and Social Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan as part of their Future of Minority Studies series. Additional work has appeared in journals such as PMLA, African American Review, ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, Journal of Homosexuality, and Pedagogy.

Douglas Bristol, Ph.D., is an associate professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Maryland, where he studied under Ira Berlin. He is a scholar of the African American experience and race relations. In his first book, Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom (2009), Bristol examined the relationship between black barbers and the prosperous white men whose throats they shaved with straight-edged razors from the colonial period to the Great Migration. He is currently working on his next book, The Black Greatest Generation: African American Men and Women in Uniform during World War II. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Institutional ← 217 | 218 → Diversity Committee and the faculty advisor to the Alliance for Equality, which is a student organization on the Gulf Coast campus of the University of...

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