Louis Howard Porter

Articles by Louis Howard Porter

The Contingent Problem: A Counter-Narrative on Race and Class in the Field of Slavic Studies

There is no doubt that the recent focus on diversity and race in our field has had a positive impact, providing much needed–but hitherto absent–institutional support for mentoring and recruiting Black students who can bring fresh perspectives to the study of the region. Yet because of contingency, these up-and-coming experts risk falling into the same kind of precarious employment that education promised to bring them out of. Instead of helping these young scholars, the recruitment of them risks reproducing the racial-class hierarchies of the broader economy in our own field, luring Black and other underrepresented students into a profession with a declining number of opportunities for stable employment. 

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