Author Archives: Sarah Kendzior

The politics of water: Detroit, West Virginia, Gaza

My latest for Al Jazeera, on the water crisis in Detroit and beyond: Detroit is one of the poorest cities in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Detroit is also surrounded by the largest supply of fresh water in … Continue reading

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Political princesses

For Politico, I wrote about how the portrayal of female political leaders in media, noting that the coverage of mainstream outlets is little different from the preening profiles of fashion magazines. An excerpt: In 1963, Look magazine published a series of photos of President John F. … Continue reading

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Mourning the mall

My latest for Al Jazeera English is on the fall of the American mall: The mall has long been derided by those with the luxury of an alternative. When the US industrial economy faltered in the 1970s, downtowns in many … Continue reading

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The Infantilization of Graduate School

I have a new article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on parenthood and PhDs: It is no surprise that an academic culture that infantilizes does not welcome infants. In academia, pregnancy is often presented as a series of cautionary tales (dropout … Continue reading

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On being a thing

I do not write personal essays. This is the first, and likely the last, you will see. I write articles that have resonated with millions of people, often in an emotional way. But I never write about myself or my … Continue reading

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Hipster economics and the problems with gentrification

My latest for Al Jazeera English is on gentrification: Gentrifiers focus on aesthetics, not people. Because people, to them, are aesthetics. Proponents of gentrification will vouch for its benevolence by noting it “cleaned up the neighbourhood”. This is often code … Continue reading

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The broken promise of college education

For Al Jazeera English, I bravely reread David Brooks’ 2000 scifi masterpiece, Bobos in Paradise, and extracted a few lessons for the modern era: According to Brooks, baby boomers had surmounted class and ethnic barriers through the accumulation of credentials. … Continue reading

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Minimum wage workers and the struggle to maintain

Some of you have been wondering why I’ve been writing for Al Jazeera and other outlets with less frequency. The answer is my in-depth article on the fast food workers of St. Louis, “The Minimum Wage Worker Strikes Back”. An excerpt: … Continue reading

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Where are the women in foreign policy? Here’s your answer, from one of them

I have a new article for Al Jazeera English on the dearth of women in U.S. foreign policy. I was originally asked to write about this for Foreign Policy, who instead last week published a piece asking where the women … Continue reading

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The age of the apocalypsticle

My first article for Politico is on “disaster porn”, with Ukraine coverage as a key example: The Kyiv protests were also starting to look like clickbait. By the end of the day on Wednesday, Business Insider, Talking Points Memo, Buzzfeed and Mashable had all published their … Continue reading

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