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PCA/ACA Recap Vlog

This year, I had the privelege of presenting my paper about Pixar and the American frontier at the National Popular Culture Association American Culture Association conference in New Orleans.  I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about my (super awesome) experience, but the end of the semester crunch put that on the back-burner.  Instead, I […]

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The University’s Burden of Proof; or, Universities Need To Market Ph.D Holders Like Undergraduates

Recently, I was part of a LinkedIn brouhaha discussion about whether having a Ph.D makes you more marketable as an employee in private enterprise.  Unsurprisingly, the debate got very heated very quickly: with the state of the academic job market these days, finding a job is a hot button topic. Many commenters had recently earned […]

The Humanities Need a Communications Director

Two weeks ago, columnist Kelly J. Baker published this piece on The Chronicle Vitae’s website. Its call to action is straightforward–Baker believes that the humanities are rapidly declining and can only be “saved” by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. (Yes to this. The only person I’d rather have rescue me is Ambrose Bierce, but he’s dead. Maybe.) […]