Advocating Professionalism or Muting Mental Health Problems?

Academia’s Elephant in the Room A study conducted by the University of California Berkeley in 2014 found that 47 percent of graduate students showed signs of depression. Around the same time, a study published in Academic Psychiatry found this to be the case for up to one-third of graduate students at Emory and that 7.3 […]

Beyond the Criminal Discourse in Title IX Procedures

On September 22, 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rolled back the Title IX guidelines implemented under the Obama presidency. The shocking implications of this are too numerous for this short article, however, I want bring to the fore one key concern: changes to what constitutes as the standard of proof for a violation in […]

The Disastrous End for DACA Students and Workers

Early morning on September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, issued to protect over 800,000 undocumented persons who arrived to the United States as minors from deportation and provide them with temporary work-permits. Sessions claimed that DACA had been “an unconstitutional exercise […]

Deconstructing the Millennial Classroom

While I was in the field in the Fall of 2015, Deloitte University Press, a source of authority in business management, released a report titled, “The Radical Transformation of Diversity and Inclusion: The Millennial Influence.” Management consultants and human resource professionals in workshops and conferences cited this and other similar reports at length: Millennials only […]

The Zero-Sum Game of White Supremacy

Sexuality and gender-based civil rights and religion are now largely considered incompatible. In the United States, the media consistently poses this as a case of irreconcilable values, beliefs, and practices. However, this is not a problem of conflicting essential differences. Rather it is a flawed framework for thinking about citizenship and belonging. Much like the […]

Racial Projects

Classifying Racial Ambiguity for Equal Employment I write this particularly after the Rachel Dolezal phenomenon, with attempts to push forward the conversation on race by asking how it operates through its social construction. At the heart of this story and the fieldwork are debates between identity and race, our tendency to conflate the two, and […]

Managing Hope after Affirmative Action

What “Diversity of Thought” Reveals About the Disappearing Corporate Ladder   In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg took the media by storm with the publication of her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Many in the diversity management profession applauded her, despite critiques by intersectional feminist scholars that her purported universal advice offered […]

Notes on the Political Divide

Disentangling Antiracism from Capitalism Was it racism or class that gave Trump the election? Much has been written about this topic, including articles that deconstruct the white working-class, analyze the opportunism in whiteness, and claim racism was to blame. Yet, our attempts to understand the rise of Trumpism have not assuaged our fears of institutionalized and […]

Six Ways Anthropologists Can Challenge White Supremacy

Recently, white supremacists attempted to defame Boasian Anthropology and its historic role in challenging scientific racism. This article proposes some concrete steps by which to challenge whiteness as a category of power and status, and is a follow-up to last month’s Diversity and the Rise of the Alt-Right. While this list is short, do not […]