To highlight the voices of not just the published authors in the journal but other academics, Bhattacharya plans to collaborate with academics to shape themes behind special issues highlighting different niches in qualitative research.
“It’s really rewarding to expand my capacities, go beyond my comfort zone, and hold space for others when they do the same,” she said. “This is what’s driving me, it’s so important and so connected to my purpose. It’s a very privileged place to be in where I am invited to do passion projects.”
In addition to this editorship, Bhattarcharya has recently released a book she co-edited with Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Professor at Linfield University in Oregon. The book, “Civility, Free Speech, and Academic Freedom in Higher Education,” features essays from marginalized faculty and staff members on their experiences.
“The topic had been very close to me because this idea of civility can be used well when talking across differences but can also be used to attack people,” she said. “Like if people were to say something that was challenging certain status quos, then people can be attacked with you’re not being civil, you’re not being nice.”
To provide an interdisciplinary perspective within higher education, the book includes stories from not just academics – but communications, liberal arts, and psychology professionals in higher education.
Bhattacharya hopes that these essays will illuminate the discourse on free speech and civility within academia and how it has become a means of suppression for many.