Pach: Academic Writing Needs to be More Accessible

My first year at Northwestern convinced me I couldn’t read. It wasn’t the amount of reading — although that in itself was alarming — but the style in which social science articles are written. I study journalism and history, with a healthy dose of gender studies thrown in. By now I’ve learned to understand most of my assignments, but it was a rough start and it took me almost four years to get to that point. Anyone with experience reading queer theory or critical race theory knows it’s a struggle at the beginning. I would read for hours and feel like I’d learned nothing. Read More