Reading Time: 5 minutes I’m not disabled. Not yet. If I had to state it succinctly without referencing any diagnoses: my body is punitively fine-tuned—which doesn’t work well in academia, or anywhere else.
‘The Chair’ on Netflix: Thoughts from a disenchanted academic
Reading Time: 3 minutes I am what you might call a “disenchanted academic.” I went straight from high school to undergrad to grad school, and finished my PhD in 2012. I only found job stability a few months ago, and it’s as a lecturer at a wonderful liberal arts college, not as the tenured professor I’d dreamed of becoming. […]
My new fairy-tale research: all queer, all the time
Reading Time: 3 minutes Ah, summertime, when academics everywhere finally get to work on our research. Mine, I realize, is focused on queer identities in fairy tales, since that’s the most exciting thing to me right now.
If providing vax proof bothers you, you’re showing your ableist privilege
Reading Time: 6 minutes Turns out it’s not just anti-vaxxers getting on my nerves these days, it’s also vaccinated people who are being dangerously ignorant about the world that disabled folks also navigate.
Reflections on Teaching First-Year Writing
Reading Time: 5 minutes Since I’m teaching First Year Seminar this year, I’m teaching academic writing skills through a variety of assignments…but of course, this is making me reflect on when and how I first learned to write.
Looking Forward to Another Year Teaching
Reading Time: 3 minutes I just received a contract in the last week to stay on at my university, and I’m relieved to have at least that much stability while wondering what the future holds.
What I’ve Been Up to in the Folklore World
Reading Time: 5 minutes A lot of academic work is invisible and goes unrewarded…well, somehow a bunch of rewards just dropped into my lap all at once, so I thought I’d share them here (since my blog varies in its folklore content but that’s kinda my main profession, at least for now!).
What Is the Point of Academia If Not the Community?
Reading Time: 4 minutes The pandemic is making us all rethink many things; for me, a major point of reflection is the role of community in university life, and what to do when we are without it.
Why You Should Care About Dr. Jill Biden’s Title Even If You Think Academia Is Elitist
Reading Time: 6 minutes I know the ivory tower can seem insular and out of touch to some people, but I assure you, there are good reasons to care when a woman with a PhD is being publicly demeaned.
Teaching and Trauma Recovery Are Both Fishtanks
Reading Time: 5 minutes I know the metaphor (a goldfish will grow to fill its tank) is flawed, but boy does it work well for activities like teaching and trying to recover from trauma. I’m sure we’ve all heard something like this: a goldfish will grow to the size of its tank (not quite true, but as ubiquitous an […]