“While ungovernability takes many paths, here it approximates living in and as refusal.”
In this interview series, public scholars talk about how they found their path and how they communicate to a wide audience.
“My reckoning with the Black South was an attempt to give integrity and texture to my belief that I was an Afrikan with a ‘k.’”
“The survival of the world depends on the gendered work of subsistence and reproduction, carried out predominantly by women in the global South.”
Nostalgia is both a threat and a refuge.
“It is precisely because we are unlike, or we haven't had the same experiences, that solidarity can be built.”
“Keep your cosmetic change, if you’re making no attempt to deal with the underlying practices that perpetuate harm.”
"One of the things that is interesting about Keats' letters to Fanny Brawne is that you can't infer a damn thing that’s happened between them."
“Disabled people have long made their own hacks.”
"My first book was used by actual librarians, planners, architects. I realized, wow I can do work that matters beyond the academy."
“One of my objectives in writing the book was a plea to immigrants to not become settlers.”
”When you work here, you work in the interest of the people in the community, not just your own personal goals.”
“Campaigns matter in part because of who meets whom, about the social networks that are shaped by that campaign as well as shaping it.”
“You can have really intense intimacy over distance, sometimes only because distance is there.”
“At the end of the day, the America project was about an encounter with abundance that was responded to with greed and brutality.”
“As often the most vulnerable in our cities, immigrants face struggles that reflect the wider landscape of housing precarity.”
“You fall short and then you wonder, 'what could I do differently next time that gets us a little bit closer?' I love that process.”
“What state and federal environmental regulatory agencies in the US have not yet done is reform the way agency staff make decisions.”
“What if we identified the politics of municipal debt as circumscribing political horizons and futures?”
"You cannot talk about race without talking about cotton. The materials that I use are desperately important as a layer of meaning in the work that I make."
“One way to think about the act of annotating is that you are that meddlesome party gossip, telling the reader how to draw connections between the different parts of the text.”