Whiteness as an Institution: Publics and Pedagogies


Date(s) - 09/27/2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


As colleges and universities face more scrutiny and critiques under the guise of “freedom of speech” and diversity terms are co-opted beyond recognition, it is more important than ever that faculty reevaluate their subject positions in the classroom and reconsider teaching practices that need to be reoriented for contemporary students. Based on her essay in Profession (“Academic Freedom in the Classroom: Students and the Trouble with Labels”), Professor Matthew’s talk offers faculty productive ways to think about whiteness as an institution that move beyond the language of “privilege” and “intersectionality.”

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Patricia MatthewPatricia A. Matthew is an associate professor of English at Montclair State University. She teaches courses in British Romanticism, the history of the novel, and British abolitionist literature. She is the co-editor of a special issue for Romantic Pedagogy Commons and has published essays and reviews in Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and the Keats-Shelley Journal. She’s the editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and has published essays and books reviews on diversity in higher education in PMLA, The ADE Bulletin, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, The New Inquiry and The Atlantic. Her work on diversity has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. In addition to essays on race and popular culture, she is currently writing a monograph about sugar, gender, and British abolitionist literature.