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Stop Giving Your Power Away

Academic oppression is breaking us. Nearly every social justice-based scholar I know goes through it—especially junior BIPOC scholars. Despite our expertise, many of us question the very worth of our scholarship within the university. The university’s competitive, capitalist structures lead us to believe that we are never enough. Writing under the scrutiny of evaluations, gatekeeping, …

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The 3 R’s of Activist Research: Responsible, Relational, and Revolutionary (Part 1)

Scholars working within or outside the university tend to have access to radical theories about topics like abolition, decolonization, intersectionality, queer justice, disabilty justice, and beyond. Yet far less opportunity exists to learn and develop radical methodologies.  This problem has grave implications not only for scholars but also for the communities with whom scholars conduct …

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SAKINA for Easing Internalized Academic Oppression

Over the years, I have been paying attention to the anxieties radical scholars face: imposter syndrome, overwhelm, and fear. Over and over, people tell me things like: I spend 50% of my writing time constrained by these anxieties.  I go through complete despair. It feels like torture. I  waste so much of my time anxious …

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How to Name and Claim Your Theoretical Approach

Since I launched Liberate Your Research, one thing is now more clear to me than ever before. Radical scholars, especially interdisciplinary activist scholars, face disproportionate levels of overwhelm and anxiety in academia. Lacking go-to theories, or theoretical blueprints, contributes to these challenges. Compounding matters, fields like Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, and/or Gender Studies often lack …

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