So you want to go to grad school?! It’s the episode you’ve been waiting for: Brendane and Alyssa talk all things PhD life while incorporating that critical analysis you know and love. In our What’s the Word segment, we discuss the four waves of feminism and why people have got intersectionality à la Kimberlé Crenshaw all the way messed up. For What We’re Reading, we discuss the essay “Sitting at the Kitchen Table: Fieldnotes from Women of Color in Anthropology” by Tami Navarro, Bianca Williams, and Attiya Ahmad in order to discuss the Self/Other problematic of anthropology that excludes and alienates women of color the discipline, as well as the particular racialized and gendered experiences that make the academy an unwelcoming place. Finally, in What In the World?! we answer your questions and we spill the tea on our application process, our journey to the PhD, shout out the folks that helped us get here, and why you need friends both inside and outside of the Ivory Tower. We also talk the best advice we received about grad school, and self-care where Alyssa shares how her hot girl semester helped her have a healed girl summer.

Get ready – it’s a long one! And also, apologies for the audio – we’re still learning our new mics and audio software!

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Discussed this week:

Sitting at the Kitchen Table: Fieldnotes from Women of Color in Anthropology (Tami Navarro, Bianca Williams, Attiya Ahmad, 2013)
The Anti-Black Pinnings of Ableism (Devyn Springer and Dustin Gibson 2020)

Resources for Grad School:

Black Girl Does Grad School
Hooded: A Black Girl’s Guide to the PhD (Malika Grayson, 2020)
Back-to-School Beatitudes: 10 Academic Survival Tips (Crunk Feminist Collective, 2011)
The Professor Is in: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job (website) (Karen Kelsky 2015)
57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School: Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students (Kevin D. Haggerty and Aaron Doyle, 2015)
Institute for Recruitment of Teachers

Grad school merch available here and the syllabus for ZD 102 is here!

Transcript will be available on our website here.

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