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Who’s Intolerant? Hamilton, Trump, and a Klan Essay Contest

Published on November 22, 2016 at the University Press of Kansas blog. The danger the Klan feared was too much faith in fellow human beings. Suspicion of others is easier than trust. Intolerance is easier than tolerance. The Klan could claim the mantle of tolerance as long as its members did not have to practice […]

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From Religious Studies PhD to Editor of WIHE

Published at Women in Higher Education on October 3, 2016. As editor, I plan to continue the hard work that our former editor, Liana, put into this newsletter. I want WIHE to be both feminist and a little more edgy. I hope all of you, our readers, want it to be both too. WIHE is a […]

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I’m With Her, Too

Published at Women in Higher Education on November 1, 2016. Rather than telling both of my kids that a woman can be president, I’ll be able to point to a living and breathing woman president, not just the possibility of one. Knowing a woman can be president is not the same as actually seeing it happen. We know that […]

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Cruelty and Kindness in Academia

Published at Chronicle Vitae on October 11, 2016. In that climate, your own career success is of the utmost importance. Unkindness becomes a buffer between you and all the other people seeking those elusive tenure-track jobs, grants, promotions, book contracts, prestigious journal articles, named chairs, editorships, and so on. Your career begins to matter more […]

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Staking Monsters: Killing the Racist Trope in Horror and Reality

Published at Sacred Matters on October 28, 2016. In this age of white police killing black people, Romero’s unintentional message about racism still resonates today, though I wish it wouldn’t. I wish the film were less relevant with every passing year. Yet Romero shows us in a film about zombies the high costs of dehumanization in the […]

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