Author Archives: Sarah Kendzior

The Nerdiest Black Market Around

My latest for the Chronicle of Higher Education is on the post-PhD library access lockout: The hardest thing about doing the revisions for my final scholarly article was not the research, or the writing, but obtaining access to basic materials. … Continue reading

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The Future of Central Asian Studies: A Eulogy

Yesterday I gave the keynote speech at the 22nd conference of the  Association of Central Eurasian Students at Indiana University. I am an alumnus of the Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) program at IU so it was exciting to get to … Continue reading

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Institutional bias in academic hiring

My latest for the Chronicle of Higher Education is on institutional bias, which has come, in academia, to function something like inherited wealth: What that means is something every Ph.D. from a less-prestigious institution knows all too well: No amount … Continue reading

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Ferguson Inc — a story of money and a movement

Months of research and interviews went into my latest for Politico Magazine, which is on the sustainability of the Ferguson protest movement, the participants of which are struggling to survive: Ferguson began as a movement led by the people who had … Continue reading

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Why city boycotts are a bad idea

For Quartz, I wrote about calls to boycott Cleveland to protest their stance on the death of Tamir Rice: To boycott an entire city—particularly a rust belt city like St. Louis or Cleveland with a majority black population—is to strike … Continue reading

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Best of 2014

2014 was a very hard year – for the world, for my city, and for me. I am grateful to everyone who read and shared my work. Here are the articles that seemed to resonate most: The peril of hipster … Continue reading

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A Bosnian Murder, in Black and White

Umar Lee and I investigated the tragic murder of Bosnian immigrant Zemir Begić for Quartz, and analyzed the case in the context of race relations in St. Louis before and after the Ferguson events: “What about black on black crime?” … Continue reading

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No “healing” in Ferguson

My third in a series for Politico: In order to “heal”, St. Louis has been asked to have “a conversation on race.” This conversation has already been happening, and it is angry and uncomfortable. The conversation on race is whispered … Continue reading

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Nothing left to boycott

For Quartz, I wrote about the Black Friday boycott in St. Louis: In the St. Louis metropolitan region, three malls were temporarily closed. The first, the Galleria, is in the commercial suburb of Richmond Heights and is popular with black … Continue reading

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Ferguson on fire

My latest for Politico: Darren Wilson will never be on trial. Black St. Louis always was. For 108 days, there were protests in St. Louis. The vast majority of the protests were non-violent. Looting and arson, limited to the initial … Continue reading

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