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Welcome to The Academic Pub!

WELCOME TO THE ACADEMIC PUB! Where everybody cites your name (but still has to look at your conference badge)   BURGERS AND OTHER MAINS The Adjunct: The leftover half of someone else’s over-cooked burger. Special sauce made from tears of rage and frustration and topped with shredded rejection letters. Server will promise that they’ll bring … Continue reading Welcome to The Academic Pub!

Top Five Looks for the 2018 AHA/MLA

If you're off to the American Historical Association meeting in Washington, D.C. or the Modern Language Association meeting in New York City this week - godspeed. May you experience no travel disruptions and may you not freeze to death waiting for hotel shuttles or Lyft rides. To help with the not freezing part, consider donning … Continue reading Top Five Looks for the 2018 AHA/MLA

Too Many PhDs, Too Few Jobs: Proposals for Fixing a Broken System

This week, graduate students across the country are sighing with relief - in the final version of their rushed, written-in-secret, barely intelligible tax plan, the GOP decided not to count graduate tuition waivers as taxable income. The inclusion of this provision in the House bill a month ago provoked loud protests and anxious conversations; these … Continue reading Too Many PhDs, Too Few Jobs: Proposals for Fixing a Broken System

History in Public

As a historian of American culture and of the Civil War in particular, it has been hard to know how to feel about the events of the past year. On the one hand, the 2016 election, with its shocking (at least to me) and devastating effects, has resulted in an almost daily onslaught of destructive … Continue reading History in Public

Hey Academics, Please Stop Calling Me an “Independent Scholar”

I didn’t know how much I hated the term “independent scholar” until people began to use it to describe me. I left academia four years ago to try to make it as a full-time writer; when anyone asks me what I do, I say, “I am a writer.” Academics, however, still seem to struggle with … Continue reading Hey Academics, Please Stop Calling Me an “Independent Scholar”