Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Understanding and Dismantling Privilege arose out of a need to share ongoing research and practices that are at the forefront of the Annual White Privilege Conference. The annual White Privilege Conference has grown into the premier venue for activists, scholars, teachers, and students to engage in challenging dialogues around privilege and oppression.  Understanding and Dismantling Privilege will provide a forum for extending theses dialogues, sharing the strategies and ideas with a wider audience, and providing a space for publishing work that advances social justice for an interdisciplinary audience.


This new journal brings together articles, reflections, creative work, curriculum, tools and strategies. Like the WPC, the journal is committed to examining not only white privilege and oppression, but the intersections of systems of privilege based on race, gender, sexuality, class, and other axes of inequality. Bringing together voices across generations and workplaces, the journal is committed to advancing social justice and dismantling privilege.



An interdisciplinary journal focusing on the intersectional aspects of privilege, Understanding and Dismantling Privilege works to bridge academia and practice, highlight activism, and offers a forum for creative introspection on issues of inequity, power and privilege.


1. To create a forum for research and creative work that critically examines issues of privilege, power, oppression, white supremacy, and social justice.

2. To encourage examination of the intersections of systems of privilege and oppression, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, sex/gender, sexuality, class, nationality and ability/disability.

3. To provide a space for self-reflection, bridging the personal and political.

4. To bridge theory and practice we will provide a forum for sharing curriculum, programming, tools, strategies, and best practices.

5. To foster interdisciplinary dialogue.

6. To encourage the development of and provide opportunities for learning from youth voices.



Section Policies

Conference Keynote Addresses

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue: Critical Content Analysis

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Tools & Strategies

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Creative Work & Self-Reflection

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Youth and Student Voices

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

2017 Special Issue: Academics & Activists

This section is specific to papers being submitted for the special issue theme "Academics & Activists: Advocating for Equity, Justice and Action." Deadline for article submission is: December 20, 2016. The assigned Editor upon initial submission is Abby Ferber at aferber@uccs.edu

  • Abby Ferber
Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

2014 Special Issue: Resistance to Teaching Antiracism

Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The refereeing process for the journal is double blind:  neither the author nor the referee are provided each other’s identity.  ‘Double blind’ refereeing cannot be guaranteed if the author uses the same title on their paper that they use at the WPC. In general, it is expected that each paper will be reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers.

Role of the Referee
Referees are requested to observe the following guidelines:

1. Expertise: Papers are not always sent to a referee whose field is identical to the subject matter of that paper. You don’t have to be precisely qualified in a field to be a constructive referee. In fact, an excellent paper will speak beyond its narrowly defined field. If, however, a paper is so distant from your field that you do not feel qualified to judge its merits, please return it to the publishing manager for the journal, who will locate another referee.

2. Confidentiality: Referees receive unpublished work, which must be treated as confidential until published. They should destroy all electronic and printed copies of the draft paper and referee report once they have received confirmation that their reports have been received by the publishing manager (in case we can’t open the report files you send us). Referees must not disclose to others which papers they have refereed; nor are they to share those papers with any other person.

3. Conflict of Interest: Referees must declare any conflict of interest or any other factor which may affect their independence—in cases for instance, where they have received a paper of a colleague or an intellectual opponent. In cases of conflict of interest, please notify the publishing manager of your inability to referee a particular paper.

4. Full Explanation: Critical or negative judgments must be fully supported by detailed reference to evidence from the paper under review or other relevant sources.

5. Plagiarism and Copyright: If a referee considers that a paper may contain plagiarism or that it might breach another party’s copyright, they should notify the publishing manager for the journal, providing the relevant citations to support their claim.

6. Recommendation form: Referees are provided with a recommendation form which requests specific information as well as leaves room for you to insert feedback. Referees also have the option of uploading supplemental documents.

7. Procedures: Referees receive an email request to review a submission which provides the abstract of the submission for consideration (all identifiers are removed). Referees are required to accept or decline performing a review by email response or logging into their UDP account. Access to the submission is only given if the referee accepts to review. Referees must complete the review by the specified deadline unless otherwise stated. Failure to communicate availability when requested to review can result in automatic resignation from the position.

If you would like to referee papers submitted to WPC Journal, then contact us with your professional details, areas of expertise and contact details. If we feel you are qualified and we require refereeing for papers within your expertise, we will contact you.


Publication Frequency

Inagural edition August 2010.
Subsequent editions to be published biannually.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Journal Sections

The Understanding and Dismantling Privilege Journal contains four sections:

1. Research Articles – Original research in any area of privilege and social justice studies, which either makes a new contribution to research or significantly supports, extends or critiques other established research.

2. Tools and Strategies – Articles about innovative tools or strategies in teaching privilege and social justice, that disrupt or dismantle privilege and advance equity. Articles may focus on specific tools in a specific context or tools that could be applicable in a range of setting.

3. Creative Work and Self-Reflection – Various forms of artistic expression in the area of privilege and social justice, including poetry, prose, short stories, and personal experiences and growth narratives.

4. Youth and Student Voices – Articles from young people (up through college level undergraduate) in any of the categories listed – research, tools and strategies or creative work and self-reflection – concerning some aspect of privilege and social justice.  

Note: Rebuttals to the work previously published with UDP are also acceptable for submission.