I know, I’ve been gone a long time. But I am pleased to announce that I passed my comprehensive exams and am now officially a Ph.D student at the University of Virginia! I am now moving on to presenting my dissertation prospectus, locating archives and grants, outlining dissertation chapters, and all the other aspects of working towards a Ph.D that I’ve never experienced before. I must admit, this comparatively free-form manner of study is a bit overwhelming with its manifold possibilities, but I am sure to find my feet and direction in due time. Onwards!