Reviews, Press, Essays

Tricia on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show Campus Diversity’s Unspoken Clash with University Tenure

#10 Library Journal Education Bestsellers, August 2017

“I don’t think there has been a more important higher education book in the last thirty years than Patricia Matthew’s Written/Unwritten, which obliterates the notion that all we need in our nation’s colleges and universities is more black and brown professors. In pieces that are at once brilliantly personal and critical, Matthew and her contributors show us how professors of color, and primarily black women professors, are critiqued and disciplined so much more harshly while being asked to do work their male colleagues would never be asked to do. We’ve been waiting generations for this book. This book will change the way evaluation and value are ritualized at America’s colleges and universities.”–Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

“As you read this book, it is important to understand that if you have a soul, it will tug at it, and if you are a white faculty member, you may not be able to move forward in your career without changing the way you think and act around issues that your colleagues of color regularly face.”–Marybeth Gasman, Wellesley Centers for Women: Women’s Review of Books

“An impressive volume that investigates a wide range of issues confronted by underrepresented groups in the professorate.”–Journal of Political Science Education

Written/Unwritten: Tenure and Race in the Humanities is a game changer in the burgeoning public conversation on diversity in the humanities. This fine collection will sit on the table in my office to be perused, jotted in the margins, and possibly ‘stolen’ by students and junior colleagues because it is the sort of work that can shift a person’s perspective and save more than careers.”–Jafari Allen, author of iVenceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba

“These essays are now, more than ever, a timely and courageous contribution to the exploration and critique of the operation of power as it refracts against diverse, non-dominant identities in American higher education.”–James H. McDonald, NY Journal of Books

“The powerful testimony from veteran and young scholars in Written/Unwritten illustrates the barriers that still must be shattered, while also pointing the way forward to creating a more inclusive, diverse and intellectually vibrant academy.”–Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

About Written/Unwritten

Review Wellesley Centers for Women: Women’s Review of Books (Marybeth Gasman)

Review Journal of Political Science Education (Aldophus G. Belk, Jr.)

Review Diverse Issues in Higher Ed (Susan Smith)

Review New York Journal of Books (James H. McDonald)

Tenure Denials Set Off Alarm Bells, and a Book (paywalled) The Chronicle of Higher Education (Sarah Brown)

Separate and Not Equal Inside Higher Education (Colleen Flaherty)

About Tricia

Revealing the Unwritten Obstacles Faced by Academics of Color Literary Hub (Lakshmi Ramgopal)

Tenure and Diversity: An Interview Los Angeles Review of Books (Colin Dickey)

A course primer on police shootings goes viral in the academy Education Dive

By Tricia

Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure – Guest Post The Professor is In

What Is Faculty Diversity Worth to a University? The Atlantic