transhuman image

Comparative Literature, Digital Humanities, and the Interstitial PhD

“Oh, you have a PhD, so you must be a professor?” Emily McGinn, digital humanities coordinator at the University of Georgia, is not unfamiliar with the question. As she says, “The resulting blank stare is often followed by something like, “So … you scan stuff?” Such is the nature of the alt-ac existence, not quite legible, almost interpretable, nearly recognizable.”

Read More
Alt-Ac in the Archives

Alt-Ac in the Archives

Rachel Wimpee has a PhD in French and French studies from New York University. A former American Council for Learned Societies Public Fellow, she is now a historian in the Research and Education division of the Rockefeller Archive Center.

Read More
From French Professor to Fund-raising and Development

From French Professor to Fund-raising and Development

“I was unsatisfied with many aspects of university work—for example, the isolation and competitiveness—and eventually discovered I’d exhausted the possibilities at my disposal or realized that what I was looking for or enjoyed doing was not there. I decided to bring my love of learning, along with my drive for accomplishment and success, to the world beyond the university.”

Read More
Cultural Programming in NYC

Cultural Programming in NYC

Hanna Griff-Slevin, director of cultural programming and intern coordinator at the Museum at Eldridge Street, on how a combination of PhD training and on-the-ground experience prepared her for a public humanities career.

Read More
Becoming an Administrator

Becoming an Administrator

“My advice to grad students and “doctorants” (as the French say) is that they should gain as much experience in other aspects of the university while finding ways to use their passions and talents beyond the classroom walls. In other words, diversify.”

Read More
Never Write for Free

Never Write for Free

By Katie Rose Guest Pryal

“Your job, starting today, is to value what you’re worth. What you’re really worth. You need to do some research. (You know how to do research? I bet you know how to do research.)”

Read More
From Social Justice to the PhD and Back Again

From Social Justice to the PhD and Back Again

By Eliza Bateman

“Social justice organizations want smart people who can work independently on long projects,” writes lawyer and PhD candidate Eliza Bateman. “People with transferable skill sets. People who can bring together a team of specialists and lead them. People who are flexible and creative, and, most of all, people who already have these skills when they arrive.”

Read More