Contributors to the Book

Kate Ragon

Kate Ragon is a Sociology PhD student, Graduate Assistant, and proud member of GEU-UAW Local 6950 at the University of Connecticut. Her dissertation research explores the social movement nature of labor activism in U.S. higher education. Her current activism focuses on Resistance to 45 and improving working conditions for GAs at UConn. Her chapter for The Precariat & The Professor, “Making Positive Change: Pleasures and Paradoxes of Organizing in the Corporate Academy,” discusses how to envision positive change for precarious academic workers by drawing on her own experience of organizing a union with her fellow graduate assistants at UConn.

Dr. Lara McKenzie

Dr. Lara McKenzie is a Research Associate in Anthropology and Sociology at The University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on relationships, gender, and age in Australia. She has published a book based on her PhD, Age-dissimilar couples and romantic relationships: Ageless love?, and is currently conducting a study on recent PhDs’ experiences of looking for stable academic work, addressing the themes of personal life, precarity, and audit. Her chapter for The Precariat & The Professor, “Unsettled Intimacies: Insecure Careers and Intimate Lives,” centers on “…aspiring academics’ intimate lives in relation to their often-uncertain careers, unstable jobs, insecure finances, and unsettled locations.” Tweet at her at @lara_mckenzie


Ana Hartman, Adjunct Prof. of Writing

Ana Hartman is an adjunct writing professor at many institutions of higher education, must currently, Stockton University and Temple University. She earned her MA in English from Rutgers University, and will receive her MFA from Farleigh Dicksinson University in 2018. Ana is currently working on a collection of short fiction. Her work has been published in The St. Petersburg Review, Gingerbread House, and The Watershed Review. Her chapter for The Precariat & The Professor “draws connections between the insights George Orwell so concisely records in his memoir ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ to modern adjunct professorship… and is based on the thesis that, when surrounded by stimulating and inspiring colleagues on a daily basis, an intellectual thrives, but when dependent on secondary modes of employment, that intellect becomes guilty and silent.”