The introduction of Degrees of Difference argues that while there exists research on women of color professors and women of color in the STEM fields, work on women of color in graduate school, particularly scholarship that places women across disciplines and geographical borders in conversation with each other is rare. Yet women of color in graduate school often encounter similar struggles and roadblocks to success, whether it is an external issue such as racism and a lack of support from a department or institution, or an internal struggle with alienation and imposter syndrome felt by many women of color in higher education. The introduction engages with the concept of the feminist killjoy to explain the raw, unapologetic narratives featured within the book as well as the feminist killjoy’s ability to be transformative by bringing hidden, hard truths to light in order to create change.
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