Welcome to my blog about leaving academia. I’m at the finishing stages of a Ph.D. in English. After one disastrous stab at the job market, I realized that I no longer felt like my life was compatible with life in the academy. I have only vague fantasies about what I will do instead, and part of this will be about sharing the process of turning those into something more concrete. For the moment, I find myself writing a lot about the emotional, personal side of the career-change process. There is a lot of analysis of academia available on the interwebs, but reading about other people’s affective experience has been one of the most helpful things for me. And I’m still in the thick of my dissertation so my analysis brain is a little preoccupied. As a trained feminist and queer studies scholar, I do not actually think that analysis and personal experience are discrete categories, anyway. I imagine that over time the focus will shift in various ways.
I made a conscious decision to keep this anonymous. Those who know me well would no doubt recognize me here, since I’m not making a huge effort to hide details about my life. I think there’s a significant benefit to people putting names to their decisions to leave academia, but I’m just not there right now for both personal and practical reasons.
I welcome discussion, dialog, or venting about these topics. Either leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.