Graduate Student Shrimps on the Doctoral Barbie: The View from Tenure (A Guest Post)

Kathleen Lowrey, a recently tenured prof at the University of Alberta, got in touch with thoughts on the contradictions of the tenured subject position, inspired by my post on Tenured Privilege.  I asked her to consider contributing a guest post, … Continue reading

Who Is “Us”? Thoughts on the MLA

I’ll start with two observations about the MLA, since so many have asked for my impressions as an anthropologist attending for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Because I have no years of psychic wounds connected to the MLA, … Continue reading

Really? An #MLA14 Panel on Interviewing

So I’m at the MLA, and I went to my first panel, Demonstration Interviews for Job Seekers in Foreign Languages.  Professors Sibelan Forrester of Swarthmore College and Patrizia C. McBride of Cornell led two mock interviews with two folks playing … Continue reading

When I Left the Academy I Felt Like I Had Died (A Guest Post)

An email-turned-guest post from a former client. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This year, as a postdoc, both the NIH fellowship and the NSF grant I wrote were funded, and one of my papers was shortlisted for the Outstanding Paper of the Year Prize … Continue reading

On Leaving the Cult (A Letter From a Client)

I get a pretty regular stream of fan mail from clients and readers, and I read all of it, respond to all of it, and deeply appreciate all of it.  When I get a letter from someone telling me how … Continue reading

“Write Like a Motherfucker”

I’ve been post-academic now for just about exactly three years. Three years since I left my tenured position at University of Illinois to move back to Eugene, Oregon with no job and no idea what I’d do next. This summer … Continue reading

Chronic Illness, Disability and Heternormativity on the Tenure Track (A Follow-Up Guest Post)

This post is a follow-up to the guest post earlier this week, “The Real Life of a Tenure Track Faculty Person.”  That post generated an enormous amount of reaction and comment that is still going on.  One of the commenters … Continue reading

The Real Life of a Tenure Track Faculty Person (A Guest Post)

This guest post came out of a conversation that’s been percolating among readers on the blog, facebook page, and over email, about the actual financial risks and repercussions of doing a Ph.D..  Indeed, last week’s blog post, Should You Go … Continue reading

Should You Go To Graduate School?

The “don’t go to graduate school” debate has flared up again this past week with the publication of this piece in Slate, “Thesis Hatement: Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Turn You Into an Emotional Train Wreck, Not a Professor.  The … Continue reading

The Baggage We Bring: An Email From A Bootcamp Client

This email from a client, following on an Interview Bootcamp with Kellee, is an insightful articulation of the ways that anxieties, resentments, and insecurities about your work and the profession can seep into your ability to prepare for and perform … Continue reading