Rebecca Schuman’s Response to Criticism of Thesis Hatement “What maddening responses do you get when you tell someone you’re a grad student in your field
I think readers who saw “Thesis Hatement” as whiny just didn’t go for my attempt at gallows humor. I completely understand—I annoy myself on most days, too.
Your Slate article, “Thesis Hatement,” generated a slew of reactions. Many blatantly dismissed your article as whiny; some aggressively attacked it (and you for taking such a stance), while yet others (in great numbers) showed support. How do you explain such a varied response to what seemed to be a personal essay? What suggestions can you provide to graduate students in the modern
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Rebecca Schuman is an ardent commentator on the current state of the humanities. Schuman earned her PhD in German at the University of California, Irvine in 2010 after which she held a post as a Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Ohio State University under the auspices of the ACLS New Faculty Fellow program. Following a series of realizations about the nature of academics in the humanities, Schuman composed a series of articles about her personal experience. Most influential in this regard was her piece in Slate entitled, "Thesis Hatement," which incited a flurry of responses. These articles, along with subsequent blog entries expose the hardships and inconvenient truths about everyday life in academia. The Graduate Caucus Chronicle interviewed Schuman in order to find out more about her own personal experience as a graduate student, her perspectives on and reasons for pursuing an of alt-ac career path, and the changes that she would like to see take shape within the academy in order to prepare graduate students for the harsh realities of life in academia.I can think of several careers off the top of my head for which a PhD is not an overqualification but rather a regular-qualification: grant writer, researcher or research analyst, undergraduate adviser, writing program director/instructor, translator, dissertation consultant (that is a thing!), academic proofreader/editor, certain museum jobs, and of course teacher. I know PhDs or ABDs who do every single one of these things—many of whom reached out to me after “Thesis Hatement” to tell their stories.For an inside look at what happens when you get your Ph.D., I highly recommend the blog (She has a twitter feed as well and writes extensively at .) Her "Thesis Hatement" is a must-read for any would be Ph.D. candidate.From Nonsite, a special issue on in higher education. More than half of all college instructors are now , with low pay and no job security — is the two-tier faculty system harming students, too? Thesis Hatement: will turn you into an emotional trainwreck, not a professor. From , a look at why professors at San Jose State won't use a (and a by Michael Sandel). The psychology of lying: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee on . Martin Kich by Adrianna Kezar. David Leonhardt on how the hurts the economy. Maria Konnikova on why should require students to blog.