I recently came across an old, harried "Day in the Life of a Grad Student" that I wrote to vent late-night frustrations a couple years ago. It's somewhat amusing to look back on it from the standpoint of an ABD student in the dissertation writing phase who no longer is teaching. On one hand, some... Continue Reading →
It's been a long time since I've posted an update as I've been attempting, amid great groaning, to write my first dissertation chapter. Amid my research this weekend, I came across a great section in Plutarch's Demosthenes about the difficulties of historical research. Enjoy! (or not, depending on where you fall in his criteria...) "However, when... Continue Reading →
Occupational Hazards of Being a Historian 5: Make the mistake of telling someone you are a graduate student at UVA specializing in 19th century U.S. history at a public event-spend the next half hour pinned in a corner being quizzed about graduate student politics, current events, Confederate monuments, and the controversies of the 19th century.... Continue Reading →
I'm happy to announce that a panel I coordinated has been accepted for the Southern Historical Association's conference in Birmingham, Alabama in November, 2018. Dr. Joseph Stoltz, Dr. Miles Smith, Dr. Daniel Feller, and Dr. Harry Watson will join me on a panel delving into the populist, classical, and religious memory of Andrew Jackson. We'll... Continue Reading →
Occupational Hazards of being a historian 4: Others may be toasting in the New Year, you will still be making the final edits on a grant proposal due by midnight on New Year's Eve. Type faster, drink later. Happy New Year my fellow Historians!
Occupational Hazard of Being a Historian 3: Traveling home for the holidays can be difficult, especially if you are taking all your books with you on the plane. "Excuse me, sir - please watch your head while I put my carry-on in the overhead bin.... No, it's not too heavy. There's only about 20 books... Continue Reading →
Occupational Hazards of Being a Historian 2: The fear that the librarians will report you to the counselors for suicide watch because you keep checking out books about death - death in America, Roman death rites, Anglo death culture, death masks of the ancient world, eulogies and elegies in American rhetoric, etc. Yes, I do... Continue Reading →
Occupational Hazard of Being a Historian 1: Search on Youtube for reenactment of George Washington's funeral at Mount Vernon - Get your Youtube feed filled with videos of world leaders' assasinations and funerals. #depressing
Efficiency - that's what separates a beginning scholar from a professional. The pro knows exactly what process to follow to go from an idea to a final product. But I'm a rank beginner - I basically just figured out that a process could or should even exist.