Sarah Kendzior is a journalist with a Ph.D. in anthropology who lectures on politics, the economy, and the media. Since 2006, she has regularly given talks and keynotes at universities and policy forums around the world. She is the author of the best-selling book The View From Flyover Country, which was re-released in 2018 after originally being published as an eBook in 2015 and becoming a bestseller the following year, and her new book Hiding in Plain Sight. In 2017, Sarah gave dozens of talks in eight countries, mostly focusing on encroaching autocracy and what to expect in the Trump era.
Sarah Kendzior received her Ph.D. studying the authoritarian states of the former Soviet Union and has since had to put that expertise to use in explaining what is happening to the United States. After receiving her Ph.D. in 2012, she became a columnist for Al Jazeera English, and also began freelancing for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and Quartz. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent much of 2014 and 2015 covering the Ferguson uprising and its aftermath. In 2016, Sarah became a columnist at the Globe and Mail, focusing on the US election, and also covered US affairs for the Dutch outlet De Correspondent. Today she continues to write regularly for the Globe and Mail, NBC News, and Fast Company.
Sarah has over 350,000 followers on Twitter and is regularly interviewed by the media both in the US and abroad. In summer 2018, she launched the Gaslit Nation podcast with Andrea Chalupa. She is a recurring guest on the MSNBC show AM Joy, where she discusses corruption in the Trump administration as well as the Russian interference scandal. Sarah has a very large and diverse audience and has been an invited speaker at policy forums, grassroots activist groups, universities, film festivals, and think tanks.
Hiding in Plain SightThe Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America
Sarah Kendzior’s Hiding in Plain Sight pulls back the veil on a history spanning decades, a history of an American autocrat in the making. In doing so, she reveals the inherent fragility of American democracy – how our continual loss of freedom, the rise of consolidated corruption, and the secrets behind a burgeoning autocratic United States have been hiding in plain sight for decades.
The View From Flyover CountryDispatches from the Forgotten America
In 2015, Sarah Kendzior collected the essays she reported for Al Jazeera and published them as The View from Flyover Country, which became an ebook bestseller and garnered praise from readers around the world. Now, The View from Flyover Country is being released in print with an updated introduction and epilogue that reflect on the ways that the Trump presidency was the certain result of the realities first captured in Kendzior’s essays.
The View From Flyover Country Sarah Kendzior critiques the labor exploitation, race relations, gentrification, media bias, and other aspects of the post-employment economy in America that gave rise to a president who rules like an autocrat.
Sarah Kendzior is a guest on Swing State to talk about her book.
WUWM chats with Sarah Kendzior.
Listen to Sarah Kendzior on the Rick Smith Show discussing President Trump’s Helsinki comments
Read the Hyperallergic review of The View from Flyover Country
Learn more about Sarah on her website
Follow Sarah Kendzior on Twitter
Watch Sarah Kendzior talk about The View From Flyover Country on C-Span Book TV
Check out this interview with Sarah on From PhD to Life
Read this article by Sarah on The Guardian in which she discusses the affects of the Trump administration on national parks
Take a look at some of Sarah Kendzior’s political journalism on Muck Rack
— New York Times Book Review
“The talented Kendzior…writes intelligently and with great empathy about problems faced by the Midwest.”
— New York Post
"Hers is a crystalline voice of reason and appraisal in a world that shifts further into unrecognizable territory minute-by-minute."
— Carol Haggas, Booklist
"A collection of sharp-edged, humanistic pieces about the American heartland...Passionate pieces that repeatedly assail the inability of many to empathize and to humanize."
“Authoritarianism does not happen in a vacuum. Kendzior gives us valuable information about conditions in the forgotten parts of our countr y, which provided fer tile ground for the rise of Trump.”
—Amy Siskind, author of The List
“Urgent and beautifully expressed . . . What makes Kendzior’s writing so truly important [is that] it documents where the problem lies, by somebody who lives there. Read her.”
- The Wire
“Kendzior is no psychic. She’s just whip-smart and an expert on authoritarian governments. She’s also that rare writer with an analyst’s brain and an empath’s heart… Though the essays are topical and political…one senses they’ll stand the test of time, just for the beauty of the prose and the soundness of the philosophy.”
—Stefene Russell, St. Louis Magazine