Friday, July 21, 2017

Ep. 70 - Sarah Kendzior

Hello and welcome to The Rob Burgess Show. I am, of course, your host, Rob Burgess.
On this, our 70th episode our guest is Sarah Kendzior.
Here’s her biography:
“I am a writer. I am best known for my critical take on the “prestige economy”, my reporting on St. Louis, my coverage of the 2016 election, and my academic research on authoritarian states in Central Asia. My best-selling essay collection, The View From Flyover Country, was published in 2015.
“I am currently an op-ed columnist for the Globe and Mail, where I focus on US politics. I also am the US correspondent for the Dutch news outlet De Correspondent. Previously I was an op-ed columnist for Al Jazeera English, where I wrote about exploitation, particularly in higher education, the diminishing opportunities of America’s youth, and gentrification. I have also covered internet privacy, political repression, and how the media shape public perception.  My April 2013 article “The wrong kind of Caucasian” is the most popular AJE op-ed of all time.
“I have also written for POLITICO, The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe GuardianForeign Policy, QuartzSlateThe AtlanticMediumRadio Free EuropeOpinio JurisAlternet, HRDCVR, POLITICO Europe, The Chicago Tribune, The BafflerBlue Nation Review, Alive MagazineEthnography Matters, Registan.net, The Common ReaderThe New York Daily NewsLa Stampa, World Policy JournalThe Brooklyn Quarterly, The Diplomat, Marie Claire, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Teen Vogue, City AMWorld Politics Review and The New York Times.
“In August 2013, Foreign Policy named me one of “the 100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events”. In October 2013, St. Louis Magazine profiled me as one of 15 inspirational people under 35 in St. Louis. In September 2014, The Riverfront Times named me the best online journalist in St. Louis. In June 2017, St Louis Magazine named me the best journalist in St. Louis.
“In addition to working as a journalist, I am a researcher and consultant. I have a PhD in anthropology from Washington University in Saint Louis and an MA in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University. Most of my work focuses on the authoritarian states of the former Soviet Union and how the internet affects political mobilization, self-expression, and trust.
“My research has been published in American EthnologistProblems of Post-CommunismCentral Asian SurveyDemokratizatsiyaNationalities Papers, Social Analysis, and the Journal of Communication. I am a program associate for the Central Asia Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and a research associate at the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“I am frequently interviewed by the media and have been a guest on NPR, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, CBC News, BBC World Service and other broadcast outlets, and am a recurring guest on the MSNBC show “AM Joy”. I have given talks all over the world as an invited speaker at academic conferences and forums on foreign policy, politics, education and technology.
“I occasionally serve as an expert witness in asylum cases involving applicants from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.”
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