I might be endlessly curious but I am also a creature of habit. This page is a record of my favourite favourites.
The following people are very generous public academics who have helped me navigate the academy—from PhD to ECR.
- Pat Thomson—do make the most of her blog, but don’t think you won’t benefit from reading her books as well.
- Patrick Dunleavy—do read this before writing a PhD and read this during and after the PhD.
- Tara Brabazon—be sure not to miss her podcasts and vlogs about life in the academy.
- Inger Mewburn, the thesis whisperer keeps you sane during the PhD.
The following websites always have something interesting to read across a broad range of subjects. As a consequence, I no longer trawl through news sites looking for interesting commentary but check-in regularly with:
I’m trying to find decent podcasts to listen to during my commute. It’s interesting to consider what actually makes for a good podcast and unsurprisingly not all podcasts are created equal. Currently I always listen to:
- The effort report Elizabeth Matsui (paediatrician and medical researcher) and Roger Peng (bio statistician) have great conversations that reveal the invisible workings of the academy to new comers.
- Tara Brabazon and company cover a range of things from their research in Cultural Studies, to completing the the PhD, managing the transition to ECR, learning to become a supervisor and just generally enjoying and getting a grip on ‘the academic life’. Follow her on twitter for updates or subscribe to her podcasts on your phone.