Cricket Keating Receives Fellowship for Her Book and a UW Labor Studies Grant to Develop a New Course

Submitted by Whitney Miller on

Educating for Coalition 

Cricket Keating received a 2022 Second Book Fellowship from the Simpson Center for the Humanities for her book Educating for Coalition: Popular Education and Political Praxis. This fellowship provides funding for associate professors to give intensive attention to second book manuscripts that are near completion. Co-authored with the late decolonial feminist philosopher María Lugones, their book draws upon twenty years of collaborative work in communities of color in the U.S. as fellow members of the popular education collective Escuela Popular Norteña. It is forthcoming in the SUNY Press series Praxis: Theory in Action 

In Educating for Coalition, Keating and Lugones elaborate an approach to deep coalition-building and political solidarity across difference that is grounded in the praxis of becoming interdependently resistant. They explore ways to create and sustain encounters in which people can learn about each other’s varied contexts and resistant practices, as well as to think together about how to link them. “In doing so, we come together not only to pool our collective resources in a mutual fight against oppression but also to transform ourselves and our relationships with each other, recognizing that our own understandings and potential enactments of our lives are deeply tied to one another and to the meanings that we create together.” 

Feminist Theories of Work 

In April 2022, Dr. Keating also received a UW Labor Studies Course Development Grant to create a new undergraduate GWSS course. Feminist Theories of Work will cover topics including racialized and gendered divisions of labor; feminist critiques of the organization of care and reproductive labor; and issues of gender, race, and globalization. In addition to considering feminist critiques of work, the course will also highlight struggles for more equitable and inclusive workplaces, labor movement organizing, and alternative visions for work, with a particular emphasis on decolonial and social solidarity approaches to work. It will offer students a valuable opportunity to learn ways that work—including their own work lives—could be practiced and imagined differently.