Why I’m Participating in #ScholarStrike

Although I’m not a tenured professor, I am participating in the Scholar Strike for Racial Justice, a mass action of higher education professionals protesting racist policing, state violence against communities of color, mass incarceration and other manifestations of racism. Scholar Strike is meant to disrupt the everyday routines of academia and show solidarity for otherContinue reading “Why I’m Participating in #ScholarStrike”

What I’m Reading — August 2020

The semester is starting soon so I’m taking August off from posting to focus on that, but I here’s what I’m reading this month: Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition — Glen Sean Coulthard The Obelisk Gate — N. K. Jemisin Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About RaceContinue reading “What I’m Reading — August 2020”

Why Teaching Sovereignty Matters

On July 9, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma, which held that under the Indian Major Crimes Act, lands reserved for the Creek Nation in eastern Oklahoma constituted Indian Country. This decision was a major win for Indigenous peoples in the U.S. Legal scholarship is not my area ofContinue reading “Why Teaching Sovereignty Matters”

My Letter to the Board of Trustees

This is a letter I sent to Purdue’s Board of Trustees this morning regarding the formation of a task force to address racial equity on campus. My name is Stephanie Masta and I’m an assistant professor in the College of Education, with courtesy appointments in the College of Liberal Arts and the School of EngineeringContinue reading “My Letter to the Board of Trustees”

The Fetishization of Historical Actors

As someone who studies how we talk about a particular type of history (Native/Indigenous) I wasn’t surprised when I found myself typing the following tweet: “All statues are is visual proof of the never-ending fetishization of single actors (which starts in elementary school, particularly the ‘founding fathers.’ they should all come down.” I deleted itContinue reading “The Fetishization of Historical Actors”

Seeking Manuscript Reviewers

I’m guest editing an issue of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education featuring manuscripts authored by graduate students using critical/Indigenous methodologies. if you’re willing to review, please provide your information here. For many students, this is their first solo-authored paper, and the first time they’ve explored this part of their scholar identity. Reviewers should beContinue reading “Seeking Manuscript Reviewers”

The Diversity, Inclusion, Equity Paradox

First, I know that it’s typically referred to as “diverity, equity, and inclusion” because DEI sounds better than DIE. but honestly, DIE is how I feel when campus conversations arise on this particular topic 🙂 Below is an except from a keynote I gave in February. I want to say something about the status ofContinue reading “The Diversity, Inclusion, Equity Paradox”