Matt Brim has won the Jake Ryan and Charles Sackrey Award from the Working-Class Studies Association for his book, Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University (Duke University Press, 2020). The award recognizes books by writers of working-class origins or work that speaks to issues of the working-class academic experience. Poor Queer Studies focuses on underclass queer education at CSI and CUNY as it reorients the field of queer studies away from exclusionary institutions of higher education and toward working-class colleges, students, theories, and pedagogies.
Brim is Professor of Queer Studies in the English Department at the College of Staten Island and in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He accepted the prize on Tuesday, June 8 at the annual meeting of the WCSA, where he also presented the conference’s keynote address.