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Trump, academia and its sexual politics

I find myself often thinking about the sexual politics of academia. This is not simply because of the barrage of sexual harassment cases to have appeared in the limelight in the last few years, but also because of the systemic aspects and contextual culture that make certain kinds of dynamics possible, and normalized to begin with. 393 more words


Damning with faint praise

A paper out in Nature Geoscience analyzed reference letters written for recent PhD’s seeking postdocs. Women geoscientists are less likely to get letters with ‘ 760 more words


Only connect: Academia and isolation

Last week I was feeling a little down-in-the-mouth. It was just before the start of term in Oxford, and so my inbox was filling up with circulars about upcoming seminars, invitations to drinks evenings, notices about upcoming dinners… Most of which I can’t attend. 1,060 more words


Do field ecologists need field stations to do research?

One of the most limiting factors I have found so far as a field ecologist is getting access to land to collect data. Most of my research is on how insect communities influence ecosystem function. 1,072 more words


Pipelines, Intellectualism, and Educational Feminism

This post consists of two parts. First, it is an enhanced revision of a social media post. Secondly, it reflects my struggles with intellectualism and working in an semi-literate workspace. 2,474 more words


Gorillas in the dissed: Primate images banned in U. of Kansas dorms because too "masculine"

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Harambe: First killed, then turned into a non-person

Campus Reform reports:

“An RA at the University of Kansas was advised against incorporating an image of a gorilla into a jungle-themed floor decoration because the animal apparently represents ‘a very masculine image.’…

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Cultivating networks of care and accountability in the academy

I just started my PhD (I believe it’s the third week now), and I am already able to see the differences in lifestyle, outlook and social norms that differentiate it from my Master’s experience. 1,018 more words