Archive for the ‘academia broadly’ Category

It’s that time of year again, folks. The perfect storm of MLA/AHA meetings/interviews and graduate school applications have once again thrown up a series of blog posts about how to deal with the fact that graduate schools churn out significantly more PhDs than jobs available, particularly in the difficult-to-transition-into-the-nonacademic-world fields of English and history, departments […]

For what’s ostensibly an academic blog, there’s been very little in the way of academic topics for the past few months. Part of that is probably because the kind of stuff I’m supposed to be working on at this stage in my program is so specific that I can’t really write about it. If I’m […]

Maybe it’s because I’m on a high from the Australian Open final (yay Rafa!) but this post (and the subsequent comments), over at Historiann’s blog, struck a nerve with me. Without revealing too much, I can say that I went to a university where sports were a vital part of the college experience. If you […]



The most difficult thing about the third year of graduate school is trying to transition into the more adult work schedule required to write a dissertation.  My work habits during the coursework phase of the program were chaotic but somehow focused.  Work was more focused because all I had to do was look at the […]

bad decisions


What do you do when you finally allow yourself to accept the fact that you made a bad decision about the graduate school you chose to attend, particularly when it’s too late to fix the situation? I should never have come to this institution for graduate work.  My work straddles a few regional, national, and […]

I don’t know what it is about the word “epistemology” and its derivatives that makes me always run to the dictionary to check out its meaning (I could say the same for “heuristic” as well). Every single time I see those words, even when I remember having looked them up the last time I ran […]

so everybody who commented agreed that i should take the week off. but of course, in typical academic form, i couldn’t allow myself to not work. so i went to the archives on monday but mentally i had checked out. luckily, i quickly came to the end of the list of things i wanted to […]