Cover for McKee: Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School. Click for larger image

Degrees of Difference

Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School

A go-to resource for helping women of color survive, and thrive, in grad school

University commitments to diversity and inclusivity have yet to translate into support for women of color graduate students. Sexism, classism, homophobia, racial microaggressions, alienation, disillusionment, a lack of institutional and departmental support, limited help from family and partners, imposter syndrome, narrow reading lists—all remain commonplace. Indifference to the struggles of women of color in graduate school and widespread dismissal of their work further poison an atmosphere that suffocates not only ambition but a person's quality of life.

In Degrees of Difference, women of color from diverse backgrounds give frank, unapologetic accounts of their battles—both internal and external—to navigate grad school and fulfill their ambitions. At the same time, the authors offer strategies for surviving the grind via stories of their own hard-won successes with self-care, building supportive communities, finding like-minded mentors, and resisting racism and unsupportive faculty and colleagues.

Contributors: Aeriel A. Ashlee, Denise A. Delgado, Nwadiogo I. Ejiogu, Delia Fernández, Regina Emily Idoate, Karen J. Leong, Kimberly D. McKee, Délice Mugabo, Carrie Sampson, Arianna Taboada, Jenny Heijun Wills, and Soha Youssef

"The informed editors of this collection, Degrees of Difference, utilize all their tools and the most renowned feminist theorists (Ahmed and Anzaldúa) to incorporate the book within a body of literature that has precedents, however precedents that have somewhat left out a group in academia: graduate students, which this collection remedies. Graduate students, ABD, professors to be, often work under the worst conditions, in structures of power that invisibilize them. In its invaluable introduction Degrees of Difference, the editors beautifully encapsulate the importance of a varied array of titles that set a precedent for this innovative feminist, diverse and inclusive manuscript. The personal and the political are addressed in this multifaceted collection, which is a blanket of resources for graduate students and tenure-track academics, as well as for seasoned and tenured committee members, serving on university rank and tenure committees. Bravas! This is a great addition to a collection of groundbreaking literature in this area, I applaud the press. This collection honors all women academics, especially in times like these."--Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, editor of Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia

"Read this book! Degrees of Difference is a compelling collection of testimonies accompanied with sharp analyses and just the right amount of real talk. It offers both vulnerable and empowered reflections on the experiences of women of color and indigenous women in graduate school."--Nitasha Tamar Sharma, author of Beyond Ethnicity: New Politics of Race in Hawai i


Kimberly D. McKee is an associate professor in the Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department at Grand Valley State University and the author of Disrupting Kinship: Transnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States. Denise A. Delgado received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and works as an analyst and trainer.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/37xtz2qt9780252043185.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
A Hero on Mount St. Helens - Cover
A Hero on Mount St. Helens

The Life and Legacy of David A. Johnston

Melanie Holmes

Journal of Education Finance - Cover
Journal of Education Finance

Edited by Kern Alexander

Leaders of Their Race - Cover
Leaders of Their Race

Educating Black and White Women in the New South

Sarah H. Case

Hungry Translations - Cover
Hungry Translations

Relearning the World through Radical Vulnerability

Richa Nagar

In a Classroom of Their Own - Cover
In a Classroom of Their Own

The Intersection of Race and Feminist Politics in All-Black Male Schools

Keisha Lindsay

Building Womanist Coalitions - Cover
Building Womanist Coalitions

Writing and Teaching in the Spirit of Love

Edited by Gary L. Lemons

Teaching with Tenderness - Cover
Teaching with Tenderness

Toward an Embodied Practice

Becky Thompson

Journal of Aesthetic Education - Cover
Journal of Aesthetic Education

Edited by Pradeep Dhillon

When the Light Is Fire - Cover
When the Light Is Fire

Maasai Schoolgirls in Contemporary Kenya

Heather D. Switzer

Transforming Women’s Education - Cover
Transforming Women’s Education

Liberal Arts and Music in Female Seminaries

Jewel A. Smith