Whiteness at Work

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez
contact email: 

Call for Submissions: Essays on "Whiteness at Work"

The name on your résumé. The way you style your hair. The sound and style of your voice. The wording and punctuation you use in emails. How you carry yourself in the hallway or during a presentation. These are just a handful of the considerations that researchers have found disproportionately burdensome to people of color pursuing employment and advancement in the workplace.

This is, of course, by design. It is whiteness at work.

We are seeking essays that disclose the personal consequences of whiteness in the workplace. Contributors should describe and analyze their lived experiences and should connect those experiences purposefully to relevant academic/scholarly/government research and data points. With this volume, the editors wish to add to the continuum of resistance literature in such texts as Presumed Incompetent, Not White/Straight/Male/Healthy Enough: Being “Other” in the Academy and Telling to Live.

Nonfiction essays must be written in English. If translation is necessary, please include both the original and the English versions. The deadline for completed chapters is March 29, 2019. The final word count for completed chapters is 5,000-6,000 words.

Below are some areas of interest, but submissions on all aspects of whiteness in the workplace will be considered:

  • Careful self-presentation at work
  • Codeswitching in the presence of colleagues, clients or others
  • The intersections of gender and racial/ethnic identity at work
  • The construction of neurodiversity as solely a white phenomenon 
  • The dangers of walking to/at work while black/brown/etc.
  • Americanness and/or patriotism questioned
  • When people of color perpetuate whiteness at work
  • Colorism as a consequence of whiteness
  • Physical and/or mental health effects of workplace discrimination
  • Being a “token hire”
  • Diversity in the workplace meaning people of color work harder and longer

Please email submissions for consideration to editors Michael Moreno (michael.moreno@faculty.umuc.edu), Michele Shaul (shaulm@queens.edu) and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez (ksanchez@georgian.edu) by March 29, 2019. Include your email, address and phone number. Please include a recent CV and a brief bio with your submission as well.