Author Archives: Sarah Kendzior

My new book – The View From Flyover Country

Big news! I’ve collected the best of my essays from my time at Al Jazeera into an ebook, available as a Kindle download for $5.00. If you would like to support my work – or simply want a copy of … Continue reading

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Beverly Hills, Missouri

I’ve been moving away from op-ed lately to concentrate more on original feature reporting. My latest for the Guardian is on the impoverished town of Beverly Hills, Missouri, which has a population of under 600 but whose police wrote over 3800 … Continue reading

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As the Whirl turns

My debut article for the Guardian is on the 77-year-old St. Louis crime tabloid the St. Louis Evening Whirl: “Pow. Pow. Pow. Pow. Pow. That’s how three street goons came at a dude as he said goodbye to his lovely … Continue reading

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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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