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.”

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”

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”

Another 5 Signs of an Abusive Advisor

This mini-series is an adaptation of 15 signs of an abusive relationship from a romantic context to an academic context. Each installment will adapt 5 signs to an academic context. For more familiarity with the signs please check out the original article over at HuffPo. You can also see the previous entries in this seriesContinue reading “Another 5 Signs of an Abusive Advisor”

5 Signs of an Abusive Advisor

This mini-series is an adaptation of 15 signs of an abusive relationship from a romantic context to an academic context. Each installment will adapt 5 signs to an academic context. For more familiarity with the signs please check out the original article over at HuffPo. Love Bombing. Love bombing is where an abuser showers theirContinue reading “5 Signs of an Abusive Advisor”

Signs of an Abusive Advisor

Talking about abusive advisors is hard for a lot of reasons. One reason why this series has dragged on for so long is because it has been personally difficult for me to compile these stories of abusive advisors. Many of them come from people I care about quite a bit and listening to them recountContinue reading “Signs of an Abusive Advisor”

Harm

First, do no harm. I think about that phrase a lot. It’s part of the foundation of Western medicine. It’s part of the foundation of the Western academy. If you talk to me for any length of time you’ll find out that Feminist Standpoint Theory is my jam. I love it. I relate everything toContinue reading “Harm”

You’re Not Supposed to be Miserable

First of all, you beautiful mothercluckers, thank you for sticking with this site in it’s first year through formatting changes and breaks both planned and unplanned. One of the scary things about taking a long break from posting (or from grad school) is the unassuageable fear that everyone will forget you while you’re gone. PostingContinue reading “You’re Not Supposed to be Miserable”

Manage Out

One of the wisest pieces of advice I got while I was writing my dissertation was from a senior faculty member who observed that, “Sometimes, through no fault of their own, advisors and advisees get stuck in a loop rehashing the same issues in the text.” Again, in it’s own way, this can be aContinue reading “Manage Out”

Toxic Advisors

As mentioned in our last post, the medieval system of apprenticeship employed in academia can give dissertation advisors a truly terrifying degree of control of the lives of their advisees. There are many good people in academia who do not abuse this power. There are many good people in academia who seek to subvert theseContinue reading “Toxic Advisors”