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. I’m now happily employed in Tokyo by a company that produces English language educational materials for children and adults. I’ve tried to remain connected to the academic world through blogging, doing guest lectures, and keeping up with the latest research in my field, though that’s been a bit of a challenge at times.
These days I hope this blog can just be a window into the life of someone who got a PhD but isn’t currently affiliated with a university. 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.