Current Call For Papers

December 2018: Special Issue on Indigenous Americas (this call for papers is now closed)

The Journal of Working Class Studies will feature a special issue on Indigenous America edited by Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish; deadline for submitting proposal: July 15, 2018. Final submission due: October 15, 2018.

The Journal of Working-Class Studies accepts works which have an emphasis on working-class issues, people, history, literature, and/or pop culture; for this issue, we ask that submissions respond to working-class topics as they intersect with the Indigenous Americas such as, but not limited to, the following: representation/lack of representation of Indigenous people as working-class; analysis of Native identified working class people; Indigenous people in class/labor movements; effects of relocation on Indigenous class-identification; Indigenous literatures/film/music and class; personal class narratives; class issues in education of Indigenous people, Indigenous communities (formerly?) sustained by working-class jobs (mining, manufacturing, small farming, etc).

Creative writing is welcome; however, we especially encourage submissions of essays: academic/critical writing, personal essays, or hybrid personal/academic essays.

To submit your work:

First, please send an ‘Intent to Submit’ email with a short description of your proposed submission to the following address (a Dropbox upload email address). Please include within the body of the email your submission description, your name, your bio, and your email address.

If your proposal is accepted, you will receive an email on or before August 10 with instructions on sending your complete submission.

We look forward to reading your contributions.




June 2018 Issue: Open Call, No Theme (this call for papers is now closed)

The Journal of Working-Class Studies seeks submissions that explore working-class life around the world. Submissions should explore topics that actively involve and serve the interests of working-class people. We welcome submissions that promote critical discussions of the relationships among class, race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other structures of inequality. We also welcome interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and disciplinary explorations of working-class experience.

We endeavour to publish timely, as well as academically rigorous articles, therefore the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018.

Send submissions and inquiries to

Please consult the Instructions for Authors page prior to submission.



Special Issue, December 2017: The Poverty of Academia: Exploring the (Intersectional) Realities of Working Class Academics (this call for papers is now closed)

Educational attainment is often framed as positive, having the liberatory potential to free the socio-economically marginalized from their constraints. There is little if ever any mention of the unchained slavery of debt and low wages that ties working-class academics to perpetual bondage. Once working class academics become subsumed into the Ivory Tower, assumptions of class privilege are immediately attached to their bodies: they are perceived as solidly middle class. But many individuals within academic settings occupy marginal positions. This marginalization has led to the creative use and understanding of an “outsider within” status.  This special issue attempts to uncover the influences of class status (among other axes of identity) on academics who still occupy this socioeconomically disadvantaged position. Far too often, these stories exist in siloes of private messages, listservs, and Facebook groups. This CFP hopes to move these singular stories of pain and struggle to a forum where the commonalities among these stories as well as the structural influences sustaining these realities can be collectively recognized.

As Deborah Warnock (2016) illustrates, working-class academics describe the precarious nature of their existences inside the tower. In the work she conducted, she identified five key themes that comprise the marginal existence of working-class academics: 1) alienation, 2) lack of cultural capital, 3) encountering stereotypes and microaggressions, 4) experiencing survivor guilt and the impostor syndrome, and 5) struggling to pass in a middle-class culture that values ego and networking. Two additional narratives are also emerging as part of this interlocking web of marginality: student debt and increased exploitation of adjunct labor.

This special issue, continuing along the path charted by Warnock and others, seeks to center these working class scholar narratives. We pay particular attention to the intersecting reality of working class scholars, highlighting the impossible web that many women, LGBT individuals, disabled scholars, people of color, religious minorities, etc. navigate to exist within academia.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Publishing AND perishing
  • Negotiating while Woman
  • Cultural capital
  • Employment and debt​ (including student loan debt)
  • Parenting while poor and professor
  • Navigating immigration
  • Failed academic job search/ faltering academic job market
  • Demands of travel (relocation, conference travel, speaking, etc)
  • Family (broadly defined) (changing relationships, perceptions of family/by family, finances)
  • (Hiding) Class and sexuality
  • Class concerns at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions
  • Negotiating want vs need/ relative poverty
  • Part time/contingent/adjunct faculty income/debt
  • Perceptions of competence (impostor syndrome)
  • Sharing/community building
  • Stigma (covert or overt)
  • “Bad and Boujee”
  • “All poor but the Prez”

We endeavour to publish timely as well as academically rigorous articles, therefore the deadline for submissions is September 1st 2017.

Submissions and inquiries via

Please consult the Instructions for Authors page prior to submission.


Special Issue, June 2017:  Popular Revolt and the Global Working Class (this call for papers is now closed)

Epitomised by Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and Australia’s hard line on asylum seekers, we are living in a time of global revolt against establishment systems of governance. Working-class, poor, and other disenfranchised people are appearing as both agents and casualties of change.

What can help explain this moment? Economic precarity, nationalism, protectionist sentiments, xenophobia, anti-elitist resentment, or a combination of these elements? Who truly suffers, and who benefits, from times when, as Michael Moore suggested, the masses throw a ‘human Molotov cocktail’ like Trump at politics-as-usual, or use the Brexit referendum as a way to send a message? And how is class uniquely shaping this moment of popular revolt, reaction, and — on a more hopeful note —potential ‘consciousness raising’ around the intersection of class with issues like immigration, refugee sanctuary, health care, environmental degradation, and human rights more generally?

This issue of The Journal of Working Class Studies seeks essays including, but not limited to, investigations of:

·      The impact of protectionist trade policies on working-class people

·      The effects of hard-line immigration policies on working-class communities

·      The impact of Brexit, Trump’s presidency, or other disruptive political events on working-   class people of color, the LGBTQI community, and/or other marginalized communities

·      How nationalist racism operates in working-class communities

·      Voting patterns of working-class people

·      Working-class attitudes toward immigration policies

·      ‘Anti-elitism’ and class

·      The role of working-class activism in resisting nationalism and protectionism

We endeavour to publish timely as well as academically rigorous articles, therefore the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.

Send submissions and inquiries to

Please consult the Instructions for Authors page prior to submission.