Thoughts on life after the PhD
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.
I managed to finish my dissertation and my PhD in 2012, but my academic job prospects were bleak. From 2011-2014 I was happily employed by a Japanese company that made educational products for children and adults, and though I tried to remain connected to the academic world through blogging, doing guest lectures, and keeping up with the latest research in my field, I generally considered myself post-ac.
Then in mid-2014 a university position became available, I applied, and I got it. I’m now happily employed at a university in Tokyo teaching a variety of classes and catching up on neglected research.
These days I hope this blog can just be a window into the life of someone who got a PhD but hasn’t exactly followed a traditional academic path. 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 use this blog as a place to write film reviews and play with new research ideas.
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.
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