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”

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!    

Notes from the Writing Life: To Conference or Not to Conference?

As I pack my bags to go to the Western Association of Women Historians conference in Denver, I ask myself: why am I doing this? I don’t need another line on my cv. In fact, I don’t even need a cv these days. And conferences are expensive. The plane flight, hotel, transportation to and fro, … Continue reading Notes from the Writing Life: To Conference or Not to Conference?