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”

Top Ten Eyewear Looks for the AHA and MLA 2017

Given that the two major academic conferences are convening this week in Denver (American Historical Association) and Philadelphia (Modern Language Association), I present my annual fashion post: this year, a list of recommended looks for that accessory almost all academics sport: glasses. Sure, there are probably academics out there with perfect vision. But even those folks likely have a pair with … Continue reading Top Ten Eyewear Looks for the AHA and MLA 2017

The Magical Unicorn Roundtable, and How to Find It

At the Southern Historical Association last month, between stops at the beachside bars and breaks to fill out my Beach Blanket Bingo cards, I went to sessions. I know, it seems crazy. But after working at home or in cafés alone for months over the summer and fall, I needed to be a part of … Continue reading The Magical Unicorn Roundtable, and How to Find It

SHA 2016 Beach Blanket Bingo

This week, hundreds of academics will descend upon St. Pete's Beach, Florida, ready to slather on the sunscreen, order some umbrella drinks, and talk about history at the Southern Historical Association meeting. In honor of this annual academic ritual, I offer participants the SHA 2016 Bingo Card. Click to download a printable copy: sha-beach-blanket-bingo Enjoy!    

Historians, TED Thyselves

The air is crisp. The leaves are falling. In New England there are cider donuts. All of this is delightful. And it means that it is – praise be! – the beginning of my Academic Conference Season. And you know I love to write about conferences. Should I go to them? What should I wear - or not to … Continue reading Historians, TED Thyselves