I started this blog in 2009 as a place to write and reflect on the day-to-day realities of getting a PhD in literature.
By 2011, after spending seven years studying Japanese film and literature in grad school and learning a lot more about the realities of the job market and the life of an academic, I decided not to seek an academic job.
I did manage to finish my dissertation and my PhD in 2012. I’m now happily employed in Tokyo by a company that produces English language educational materials for children and adults.
These days I hope this blog can just be a window into the life of someone who got a PhD but opted out of an academic career. I try my best to keep up with the current (really, long-running) “crisis in higher education” and frequently post links and commentary related to that subject.
I also write a lot about food, books, and film.
If you are considering applying to a humanities grad program, I recommend clicking on the “Good Reasons to Go” and “Bad Reasons to Go” links in the “Pages” section. I do my best to give it to you straight–something that isn’t often true of humanities grad program recruiters.
If you’re a grad student who’s stressed about about finding a job or just trying to figure out what your options are beyond academia, check out the “Grad Life” category, in particular a series of posts entitled “Alternative Academic Careers.” “Postacademic” is also one of my favorite blogs, sadly discontinued now, but a great archive of information for PhD’s employed inside and outside of academia. The Versatile PhD is also a great resource.
Comments and questions are more than welcome–you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, but really the best way to get in touch is just to leave a comment.