Day 14: How does one of your identity categories inform what you're studying or how you're studying it?

This post is from the 30-day reflective writing series I made for Academic Writing Month (November 2018). For background on the series and links to all the videos, visit this page. To turn on subtitles: On a computer, hover at the bottom of the video window to make the row of icons appear; click on the “settings” icon (which looks like a cog), and select “Subtitles.” On a phone, the “subtitles” icon is in the bottom right corner of the screen.


  • Think about the identity categories that help explain who you are. These may include categories of class, race, ethnicity, and gender, as well as less “studied” categories like your Myers-Briggs type or zodiac sign. Choose just one of your identity categories to focus on in this reflection; this can be any category you identify with that helps explain some aspect of who you are.

  • Reflect on how this aspect of your identity informs your work in some way, whether the subject you’ve chosen to study, the way you study it, or both. This reflection adds another dimension to our reflection from a few days ago, when we considered what is totally unique about our perspective on our subject.

  • Research is always conducted by human beings, and there is no such thing as a default human. So, by definition, researchers always have a perspective. Being aware of our positionality is essential to our integrity as researchers.

Posted on November 14, 2018 and filed under #AcWriMo, reflection questions.