Academia can be overwhelmingly foreign and hostile to those who have poor or working-class backgrounds. For people who are from the working class and also queer, the obstacles to earning a graduate degree may prove insurmountable…. Resilience offers inspiring personal stories of those who made it: thirteen professors and administrators provide their moving accounts of struggle, marginalization, and triumph in the accomplishments that their parents, guidance counselors, and sometimes even they themselves would have thought out of reach. These scholars write in a manner that will enable readers to reconsider their own assumptions and to empathize with the oppression that accompanies being defined as “other.”

Includes work by Bonnie R. Strickland, Felice Yeskel, Timothy J. Quain, Renny Christopher, and others.

Resilience: Queer Professors from the Working Class. Kenneth Oldfield & Richard Greggory Johnson, III (Eds.), SUNY Press. Download the introduction (in .pdf format) from the SUNY Press site.