Author Archives: Sarah Kendzior

The boarded buildings of Ferguson

My latest for Quartz addresses the economic and racial issues behind the boarding up of storefronts along Ferguson’s West Florissant Ave: Since August, the media have described Ferguson in apocalyptic terms. The region has been compared to Gaza and Iraq, … Continue reading

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The crash of the helicopter parents

I have a viral article in Quartz about the rise and fall of “helicopter parenting”, an elite practice peddled as normal that most parents could never afford: About 25 years ago, when the era of irrational exuberance allowed enough disposable income for irrational anxiety, … Continue reading

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The attention economy and the politics of language

My latest is for The Common Reader, a new journal you should read. Their debut issue is on the politics of language, and my article is on online protest in Uzbekistan. What happens when you tweet a protest and no … Continue reading

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Ferguson and the Politics of Fear

For my first article at Quartz, my writing partner Umar Lee and I interviewed white supporters of Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. We also wrote about white flight and St. Louis’s politics of … Continue reading

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You are not immune from the adjunct crisis

My latest for the Chronicle of Higher Education is on the broader implications of the adjunct crisis: There is no escaping the consequences of academia’s reliance on contingent labor. If you do not experience the adjunct crisis directly as an … Continue reading

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No recovery in sight

My latest for the Chronicle of Higher Education is on the academic job market recovery that never came: We are at the point where the academic job market has been dismal for so long that one could have entered a … Continue reading

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Thanks, Riverfront Times!

My thanks to the Riverfront Times for naming me best online reporter of 2014. Their write-up below: It’s a bit limiting to pin down local writer Sarah Kendzior as simply being a “reporter.” Though she does longform, in-depth work, like … Continue reading

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This is not the 1960s

My latest in Al Jazeera English is on Ferguson, fast food protests, and comparisons between now and the civil rights movement of the past: In the United States, they say it is like the 1960s: Civil unrest at home, war … Continue reading

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St. Louis, race and grief

From my latest for Al Jazeera English: A shooting in St Louis is never surprising, but it will always be shocking: that the cruelty of the act is complimented by the callousness of the reaction; that when a community cries, … Continue reading

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Sarah and Umar go to White Castle

As the media converged on Ferguson, my cowriter Umar Lee and I decided to see what was going on in the rest of North County. We drove around towns near Ferguson  – Berkeley, Kinloch, Jennings, Florissant, Riverview Gardens – and … Continue reading

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