Back from the brink of dissertation madness

It felt appropriate to resurrect this blog a day after President Trump tweeted insults about a female reporter, given that it is named after one such disparaging remark.

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Can we talk about how crazy this is? I’ll have to get more into this later, mainly because I need to wade through what everyone else is saying to see if I have anything original to add to this conversation. But here are a few of my favorite Twitter highlights:

So what have I been up to for the past four months?


  • I finished writing a dissertation. I had an epic battle with my advisors in the process – at one point telling them I was either going to defend or leave academia.
  • I finally defended in late May, and turned in the revisions earlier this week. Fingers crossed that I have met all their demands, and I can send it off to the Graduate School.
  • I taught a six-week summer course in public policy. It was exhausting, teaching 75 minutes, five days a week. But it reaffirmed my love of teaching.
  • I gave up on my job search, and reluctantly accepted a lecturer position at the same university I went to for graduate school.

There’s a lot more to say about all of those things, and maybe now I’ll have the chance to write about them. Or maybe I will fall back into old habits of writing a few posts, going silent for a few months, and coming back when the President has been super offensive to women. Here’s hoping it’s not that.


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