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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiii

I owe a debt of thanks to my family and friends for their wisdom and support during the course of this project. My coeditor, Mary Yu Danico, has consistently demonstrated both passion and vision for this project as well as a deep and enduring dedication to our friendship. Mike Armato...

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1. The Ivory Tower Paradox: Higher Education as a Site of Oppression and Resistance

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pp. 1-30

The academy is often imagined as an idyllic place, neutral and untarnished by the ugly inequalities that mar the “outside world.” Yet the “ivory tower” is a part of the world and, like other institutions, is a site of oppression, resistance, and transformation. As educators and scholars...

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2. Transforming the Place That Rewards and Oppresses Us

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pp. 31-52

Whenever anyone asks me about what I find most troubling in my experiences as a professor of color, my usual response is the observation that I almost never get “mistaken” for a professor. That is, many people who do not know me, especially even on my campus, oftentimes assume that...

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3. Telling Our Stories, Naming Ourselves: The Lost María in the Academy

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pp. 53-65

To name is to identify. It is to make real; to give a name is to recognize. When no name is given, or a name is forgotten or confused with another, then there is no existence. One is rendered invisible—insignificant, unworthy. Naming brings order...

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4. Striving to Be Queer: Challenging Inequality from Positions of Privilege

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pp. 66-83

I should begin by acknowledging that I am White, heterosexual, and male. Given the privileged categories that have structured my life, I appear, at least on the surface, among the least likely of contributors to a volume on challenging privileges in the ivory tower. Nevertheless...

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5. One Activist Intellectual’s Experience in Surviving and Transforming the Academy

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pp. 84-105

My survival in higher education has its roots in the connections between my lived experience as the immigrant son of farm worker parents and the lessons learned in overcoming systemic obstacles as a community organizer and intellectual activist. Whenever the road in academia got rough...

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6. Activist-Scholar Alliances for Social Change: The Transformative Power of University-Community Collaborations

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pp. 106-119

Since 1985 I have been intimately involved in struggles against environmental racism and human rights abuses occurring in the United States and globally. My activism began with a youth movement organization in my hometown, Nashville, Tennessee, and continued with my participation...

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7. Transformative Disjunctures in the Academy: Asian American Studies as Praxis

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pp. 120-144

Nothing in my early childhood narrative indicated I would become a professor at an American university teaching about racial paradigms. During the Vietnam War, I lived with my grandmother in a rural village in South Vietnam, and she did her best to protect my sister and me...

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8. Queering the Ivory Tower: Tales of a Troublemaking Homosexual

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pp. 145-182

This reaction to my research presentation on prison AIDS activism during a job interview illuminates the complexity of homophobia and anti-activist bias in the ivory tower. Being gay and being an activist, a prison AIDS activist no less (think anal sex, intravenous drug use, prisoners...

References

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pp. 183-200

Contributors

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pp. 201-204

Index

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pp. 205-216