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Feeling Like an Impostor

Published at Women in Higher Education on Oct. 30, 2019. I knew I was an expert, even if I didn’t feel like one. After all, I’ve been working on this topic for nine years. One book down, another left to go. Yet, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was the moment that everyone would know I’ve always been […]

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Citation Matters

Published at Women in Higher Education on Sept. 30, 2019. The more I thought about it, the larger the issue became. For better, or, likely, worse, citations hold sway in academia. They determine scholarly reputation. They identify whose work matters and has significance. They offer prestige in what is clearly a prestige economy. Citations matter.

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Risks and Rewards of Doing Work in Public

Published at Women in Higher Education on Sept. 10, 2019. Knowing I helped someone is a reward of doing public work on social media and in my writing. Yes, I want to educate, but what I learned is that I’m helping people by being human, in a world that tries hard to dehumanize us.

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A Classroom Not My Own

Published at Women in Higher Education on July 31, 2019. With every new question and every new answer, I begin to feel comfortable in this space again. My nerves settle. And I start to remember all the things I forgot about myself as a teacher.

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A World Not Made for Us

Published at Women in Higher Education on July 3, 2019. When I began writing about sexism, I confronted evidence about how things are actually designed for men: seat belts, air bags, the dosage of medicines, particular medical interventions and policies on hiring and advancement. And yet, the fact that the world is not made for women isn’t at […]

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There Are No Bears

Published at Women in Higher Education on May 31, 2019. My partner developed a system to help me cope. It’s simple. It’s all about bears. Really. When I started to panic about letting my work into the world (or anything else, minor or major, that I was afraid to do), he would say, “What’s the worst that […]

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