Chaumtoli Huq: Women of Color and the Precarity of their Intellectual Labor

Chaumtoli Huq, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Law at the Margins, writes about the precarious nature of women of color’s academic labor

On faculty diversity, the America Federation of Teachers reported in 2010 “that a disproportionate number of underrepresented faculty members continue to be hired as contingent rather than full-time tenured faculty” which often marginalizes the contributions they could make to their institutions and provides them with grossly inadequate pay and working conditions.”  Of the 10.4 percent of faculty positions held by faculty of color, 7.6 are contingent positions, which means 73 percent of faculty of color do not receive adequate wages, benefits, job security, and meaningful academic freedom.”


Additional labor is expected and extracted from women of color such as committee service burdens, administrative tasks, mentoring, and academic advisement to underrepresented students, but this labor is not valued, compensated, and often not acknowledged in terms of promotion. Scholars have defined this as “cultural taxation” a price faculty of color have to pay to remain in the academy (Canton 2013).

From Women’s Studies Quarterly. Check out the article on Project Muse

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