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Academics Anonymous: Hi, My Name is ____ and I'm an Academic

Academics Anonymous: Hi, My Name is ____ and I'm an Academic

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the toxic by-product of academia, which is to say, the elitist mindset that justifies poor behavior. In many ways, I think a helpful lens to discuss this is that of Alcoholics Anonymous. So with that, here is a fun little diddy I’ve worked up for this week’s post. Of course, recovering from academia is not the same process of recovering from addiction, but it is a useful framework to discuss the sticky and less-discussed problems inherent to both leaving academia and academia itself.  

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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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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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On Leaving the Academic Pyramid Scheme

On Leaving the Academic Pyramid Scheme

If you are reading this post, chances are, you are a graduate student, or recent graduate. You have probably been surfing the web, as I did, obsessively with search words like “post-ac” and “alt-ac” and reading your fill of the ills of higher education.

It’s a difficult decision to leave, even if it might not have been a decision at all, but rather a necessity. It’s scary to leave something around which you have based your entire sense of self and identity for so long.

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