Searching for humanity/the humanities: Why I pursued a Ph.D.

Searching for humanity/the humanities: Why I pursued a Ph.D.

As my legal battles perhaps draw nearer to a close (but, of course, now that I’ve written this, it will most likely drag on for another 6 months—special s/o to the plaintiff-turned-defendant in my case), I’ve been thinking a lot about endings and beginnings. How I ended up here has been an oft-visited thought pattern in my mind of late.

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When PhDs tackle the Business World: Why Alt-Acs are the Ultimate Asset in the Workforce.

When PhDs tackle the Business World: Why Alt-Acs are the Ultimate Asset in the Workforce.

I’ve agonized over what to write in this post. Truth be told, I’ve been overwhelmed by the many spinning plates I’ve eagerly taken on in the past few months. And then, after my 5th or 6th in-person or email conversation with fellow alt-acs about the process of professionalizing ourselves, converting not just our CV into a resumé but also translating our hard-earned academic language skills into business language skills. It’s like the work of translation, you can’t just look up the word in the dictionary and call it translation. You have to immerse yourself.

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It Gets Better: Ph.D. to Freelance Writer

It Gets Better: Ph.D. to Freelance Writer

Since leaving academia, I have been: only part-time employed as a tour guide, a receptionist, unemployed, an editor, and lately I’ve been learning the ropes of business writing, web copy, and content writing. In the effort to help my fellow alt-acs who are thinking about editing and writing for their next career, here is how I stumbled into it.

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Academic Fragility & The Strength of Those Who Left

Academic Fragility & The Strength of Those Who Left

Academic Fragility is what maintains the status-quo, much like the concept of White Fragility. This is for all of my fellow scholars who have left academia: We are goddamned heroes, not failures.

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Teaching Under Trump: One Adjunct's Story

Teaching Under Trump: One Adjunct's Story

This post is by Kevin Allred. What happened to him strikes me as the type of epistemological violence that is contributing to the demise of higher education. His story is important. The way in which he was discredited, shut off from his own work, and exploited just tells me that academia thinks it wants radical thinking, but just not too much.

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The Myth of Meritocracies

The Myth of Meritocracies

I think it’s time we recognize that academia never has been, and never will be, a meritocracy. Is it something to aspire to? Absolutely. Does revealing the myth of a meritocracy imply that those who have been successful within academia did not earn it? Absolutely not.

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Why I Am Still Fighting

Why I Am Still Fighting

I believe in the power of knowledge to transform life. I believe in academia. I believe in the importance of earning a Ph.D. This is why I am still fighting. And looking for collaborators.

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Why This Conversation Matters: Adjuncting & Systemic Breakdown

Why This Conversation Matters: Adjuncting & Systemic Breakdown

This post is about the need to continue discussing adjunct and graduate student exploitation. The mistreatment and exploitation of graduate students and adjuncts is atrocious, but it is made even more egregious that they are treated this way under the false promise of a permanent job.

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Call for Support: Keep Post-Ph.D. The Blog Up

Call for Support: Keep Post-Ph.D. The Blog Up

I am being sued for defamation and conspiracy. 99 people who are current or former graduate students of my former university are listed as co-conspirators. This is what happens when you speak uncomfortable truths. But I will not be silenced.

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Alt-Ac Realness: On Leaving

Alt-Ac Realness: On Leaving

People keep asking what has happened to me since I posted my story. I am always unsure how to answer that question; the writer side of me says that I can’t respond yet because it’s too soon. There is no neat and tidy resolution to my story yet, which is frustrating in both a narrative and personal sense.

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'No One's Interested in Backstories'

'No One's Interested in Backstories'

This post is about my own former department’s response to my blog. Their response reveals entrenched and willful blindness. Thus, they are a perfect example of exactly what is wrong with academia.

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Panic at the Ivies: Graduate Student Unions

Panic at the Ivies: Graduate Student Unions

This post introduces the question of why is it Ivies are so adamantly against Graduate Student Unions? The ferocity of their reaction to the unionization of graduate students suggests that there is something very powerful to be earned with collective bargaining.

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Burn it Down: Emails of Adviser & Professor Abuse Expose Systemic Crisis in Academia

Burn it Down: Emails of Adviser & Professor Abuse Expose Systemic Crisis in Academia

This is a post about how systemic the abuse and exploitation of adjuncts and graduates students is: Know if this is happening to you, or in your department, you are not alone.

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Mob Mentality and Toxicity in Academia

Mob Mentality and Toxicity in Academia

This is a post about the toxic culture of academia, how it perpetuates systemic abuse, and how this ultimately thwarts both scholarship as well as education.

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A Field in Which the Old Devours the Young is a Field that is Dying: A Post about Graduate Student Empowerment

A Field in Which the Old Devours the Young is a Field that is Dying: A Post about Graduate Student Empowerment

This is a post about Graduate Student Empowerment. A professor once told my friend: you have no idea how much the faculty is afraid of you graduate students. Know your power. Use it.

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Why I Left Academia: Part III, The Aftermath

Why I Left Academia: Part III, The Aftermath

Part III of Why I Left Academia. What happens in the aftermath of intellectual trauma.

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Why I left Academia: Part II

Why I left Academia: Part II

The second part of Why I Left Academia: My attempts to follow procedure, and how the institutional procedure did not protect me, but rather the aggressors.

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Why I left Academia: Part I

Why I left Academia: Part I

This is my personal story of why I decided to leave Academia. While sad, I know I'm not the only one to have experienced this. This is why I am sharing the story of my Ph.D.

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Thoughts on What the F to do with a Ph.D. beyond Academia

Thoughts on What the F to do with a Ph.D. beyond Academia

Since I made the decision to leave academia, like any good researcher, I have obsessively looked into what my options are, what I can do about with a Ph.D., or more generally, what I could do for a living that I would get some satisfaction and a decent paycheck from. Here are some interesting jobs that I've come across in my search and networking adventures.

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The Facts about Adjuncting (and the Academic Job Market)

The Facts about Adjuncting (and the Academic Job Market)

According to the American Association of University Professors, today more than 50% of all faculty appointments are part-time. Adjuncts constitute 76.4% of U.S. faculty. Let that sink in. For those of us used to grading: that's barely a passing grade. That means that tenured faculty comprise only 23.6% of the instructional labor force. My question is: as Ph.D.s, we are trained to question everything, to research, to write with conviction, and to work incredibly hard. Aren't we too smart to fall for this?

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