Author Archives: Sarah Kendzior

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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The disappearing middle-class college student

From my latest for Chronicle of Higher Education Vitae: In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama announced his intent to make college affordable. “We’re shaking up our system of higher education to give parents more information and … Continue reading

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Hashtag activism and Twitter feminism

Why does the US media portray foreign Twitter activism as empowering but black Twitter activism as “toxic”? My latest for Al Jazeera English takes on — among other things — the Nation article on the alleged hazards of Twitter: Social … Continue reading

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In the news

My thanks to Matthew Clayfield for this profile of me and my work in the Australian news website Crikey. An excerpt: Since the op-ed columnist and self-described “recovering academic” began publishing opinion pieces on the news channel’s English-language website nearly two years … Continue reading

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What ‘counts’ in academia?

For the Chronicle of Higher Education, I debunked the myth that publishing in academic journals will get you a job, and encouraged scholars to take a broader perspective to research and writing: Most scholars hesitate to take this approach even … Continue reading

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When the mainstream media attacks

I took a couple of weeks off to recover from surgery, but I’m back with a new article at Al Jazeera English on how the mainstream media is really the fringe: The terms of public debate are rarely set by … Continue reading

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The price of creativity

From my latest, Expensive cities are killing creativity: New York – and San Francisco, London, Paris and other cities where cost of living has skyrocketed – are no longer places where you go to be someone. They are places you … Continue reading

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Best of 2013

I want to thank the hundreds of thousands of people who read and shared my work this year. I never expected that so many long-form op-eds on corruption, repression and inequality would go viral. I was startled to learn that … Continue reading

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