Stop Working So Hard

You are working too hard on teaching and you need to stop. I know you think you’re not doing enough, but I promise you that you are doing too much. How do I know this? Because all new professors do too much. (And, yes, if you have yet to defend your dissertation I’m counting youContinue reading “Stop Working So Hard”

How to Fail

Earlier this week we shared that a crucial part of making progress on your dissertation isn’t just letting go of perfection but actively giving yourself the freedom to fail. Today, we’re going to share our favorite ways to fail. If you take lessons in acrobatics, stagecraft, or tumbling, one of the first things you willContinue reading “How to Fail”

What You Can Do. And What You Can’t.

Dear Readers, We have reached the end of our series on abusive PhD advisors in the humanities (See here, here, here, here, and here.) We here at abd2phd are humbled by the positive feedback this series has received and are glad that it has seemed to be helpful to so many people. Thank you for yourContinue reading “What You Can Do. And What You Can’t.”

Surviving Summer: Try Something

As we’ve discussed earlier in our series on surviving summer, humanities PhDs often trade money for time. That is, summers for PhD students are often unpaid but full of “free” time. Up to this point, we’ve covered a few ways to save money and reduce your cost of living over the summer (see here, here,Continue reading “Surviving Summer: Try Something”

Dealing With An Abusive Advisor

Names have power. Interdisciplinary scholars know this. This is why our programs and our dissertations exist. If names did not matter than American Studies would not exist with its PhDs, its journals, and its conferences. American Studies does exist, with its PhDs, its journals, and its conferences, precisely because it is inadequate to call theContinue reading “Dealing With An Abusive Advisor”

Surviving Summer: Eat Something

Welcome back to our series on surviving summer on the low or no income of a humanities graduate student. A lot of our previous posts have focused on food (here, here, and here). This probably isn’t surprising. You need to eat. I need to eat. We all need to eat. When we’re looking at cuttingContinue reading “Surviving Summer: Eat Something”

The Absent-Minded Abuser

We just completed a series on what 15 abuse tactics can look like in academia. (Feel free to check it out here, here, and here.) I wanted to include a special post about The Academic Bumbler. This post is derived from Lili Loofbourow’s brilliant piece “The myth of the male bumbler.” You should absolutely readContinue reading “The Absent-Minded Abuser”

Surviving Summer: Share Something

One time, in another life, I was listening to a husband and wife missionary team talk about how they saved money to go on their mission trips and one of the things they said has always stayed with me as a very practical piece of life advice: If I’ve got beans and you’ve got riceContinue reading “Surviving Summer: Share Something”