NEW ARTICLE: “Oh, how specific!”: Explaining your (obscure?) topic this holiday season

Howdy everyone!  It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me on this side of the blog, but I’m happy to announce that I have a new article up in The Activist History Review. It’s a short piece about the perils graduate students face in answering questions from friends, family, and acquaintances about what exactly they’re working on.  

I hope to publish more stuff about graduate life in the future.  As I move further towards the dissertation phase of my career, the distance allows me to be more fair and even-handed in my representations.  Later this spring I’m planning on writing something about comprehensive exams.

If you have a topic you’d like to see me address on here, I’d love to hear about it.  What’s your favorite elevator speech encounter.  How do you think graduate students with highly, er, “specialized” topics should navigate the holidays?  Let me know in a comment; your feedback is really helpful!

Have a wonderful festive season!

NEW POEM: dimondale friday afternoon (et intravit israel), in a New Journal!

Hey all!

I have a new poem out, but it’s not here! It’s been published in a journal of poetry and literature called Vessel.  It’s spearheaded by Mike Breger, a friend of mine from high school now in graduate school at Stanford University.  You can read my poem here, alongside all the other excellent contents of Vessel, issue 1.  I’m really impressed with the final product, and I wish Mike all the best with Vessel.  Long may she sail.