CALL FOR PAPERS for book on First-Gen Experiences in U.S. Doctoral Programs

Abstracts are invited for an edited anthology on the experiences of individuals who are in the first-generation (first-gen) of their families to earn Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees in the United States. While we invite submissions from first-gens nearing completion of their doctoral degreesas well as those who have earned a doctorate within the past 8 yearswe will prioritize submissions from working-class People of Color, LGBTQ, Two-Spirit and Gender Non-Conforming people, and People with Disabilities—as well as individuals who embody lives at the intersections. Access the Call for Proposals flyer here.

All disciplinary backgrounds welcome. Abstracts from individuals working outside of academia are also welcome, as we do not assume that all first-gens work in higher education.

We seek narrative pieces where contributors illuminate their embodied experiences of socialization to the professoriate through the lenses of two or more social identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and citizenship—in addition to socioeconomic background—while highlighting the ways in which multiple forms of structural oppression impacted each author’s capacity to navigate graduate student life. As Audre Lorde stated, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.”

  • A 500 word abstract and two paragraph bio should be submitted to Jaye Sablan <> by January 30, 2019.

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