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How You End Up Leaving a Contingency Task Force

Published at Chronicle Vitae on April 14, 2016. You leave not with a grand exit — a clear resolution to the problem of contingent labor in religious studies — but with repeated sighs of frustration (and private rants to your beleaguered partner). Your exit from the task force you were asked to lead in your disciplinary society […]

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Academic Waste

Published at Chronicle Vitae on February 23, 2016. The doctorate becomes not the beginning of an academic career, but the end of one. Ph.D. holders, Bousquet explains, are “the actual shit of the system — being churned inexorably outside: not merely disposable labor but labor that must be disposed of for the system to work.” Let that […]

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Teaching as Liberation

Published at Chronicle Vitae on January 19, 2016. Academia, hooks shows us, is not an inherently safe space for students or faculty. The classroom only seemed safe for those who fit its mold. Diversity appears threatening because it made the preferred norms visible. Some of us never had the illusion of fitting in, so education […]

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One More Set of Recommendations

Published at Chronicle Vitae on March 8, 2016. In short, I would be both the recommender and the recommended. That turn of events left me unsettled. For a moment, I felt simultaneously ancient and young. After all, my student was at the beginning of a potential career, and I am still trying to figure out what I […]

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On Academic Pandering

Published at Chronicle Vitae on December 9, 2015. Academics trade in pander, too. We pander to professors, advisers, dissertation committees, search committees, department chairs, deans, provosts, university and college presidents, and chancellors. We indulge them and make choices to gratify them. We try to do what they want us to do: to graduate, be recommended, get […]

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