Academic Life

Academic Life

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A podcast for your academic journey—and beyond! Created and produced by Dr. Christina Gessler, the Academic Life podcast is inspired by today’s knowledge-producers around the world, working inside and outside the academy.

The Translator's Daughter: A Discussion with Grace Loh Prasad

May 23, 2024

The Translator's Daughter

Grace Loh Prasad

Today’s book is: The Translator’s Daughter: A Memoir (Mad Creek Books, 2024), by Grace Loh Prasad, which is a unique immigration story about the lonel…

At Every Depth: Our Growing Knowledge of the Changing Oceans

May 16, 2024

At Every Depth

Tessa Hill and Eric Simons

Today’s book is: At Every Depth: Our Growing Knowledge of the Changing Oceans (Columbia UP, 2024), by Tessa Hill and Eric Simons, which takes readers …

Book Banning: A Discussion with Christine Emeran of the National Coalition Against Censorship

May 9, 2024

Book Banning

Christine Emeran

Book bans and book challenges are both on the rise. And they are increasing at unprecedented rates. But why is this happening? Dr. Christine Emeran of…

Leading from the Margins: College Leadership from Unexpected Places

May 2, 2024

Leading from the Margins

Mary Dana Hinton

Today’s book is: Leading From the Margins: College Leadership from Unexpected Places (Johns Hopkins UP, 2024), by Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, which is a gui…

Stitching Freedom: Embroidery and Incarceration

April 25, 2024

Stitching Freedom: Embroidery and Incarceration

Isabella Rosner

Today’s book is: Stitching Freedom: Embroidery and Incarceration (Common Threads Press, 2024), by Dr. Isabella Rosner, which considers how for centuri…

The Things We Didn't Know: A Conversation with Elba Iris Pérez

April 18, 2024

The Things We Didn't Know

Elba Iris Pérez

Today’s book is: The Things We Didn’t Know (Gallery Books, 2024), by Dr. Elba Iris Pérez. A cross-cultural coming-of-age story, The Things We Didn’t K…

100 Years of Radio in South Africa: Then and Now

April 11, 2024

100 Years of Radio in South Africa

Sisanda Nkoala

Today’s book is: 100 Years of Radio in South Africa, Volume 1: South African Radio Stations and Broadcasters Then & Now (Palgrave MacMillan, 2023), ed…

Stylish Academic Writing: A Discussion with Helen Sword

April 4, 2024

Stylish Academic Writing

Helen Sword

Today’s book is: Stylish Academic Writing (Harvard UP, 2012), by Helen Sword, which dispels the myth that you only get published by writing wordy, imp…

Contingent Faculty and the Remaking of Higher Education: A Discussion with Claire Goldstene and Maria Maisto

March 28, 2024

Contingent Faculty and the Remaking of Higher Education

Claire Goldstene and Maria Maisto

Today’s book is: Contingent Faculty and the Remaking of Higher Education: A Labor History (University of Illinois Press, 2024), which is an essay coll…

Is Grad School for Me?: Demystifying the Application Process for First-Gen BIPOC Students

March 21, 2024

Is Grad School for Me?

Yvette Martínez-Vu and Miroslava Chavez-Garcia

Today’s book is: Is Grad School for Me? Demystifying the Application Process for First-Gen BIPOC Students (U California Press, 2024), by Dr. Yvette Ma…

Secret Harvests: A Hidden Story of Separation and the Resilience of a Family Farm

March 14, 2024

Secret Harvests

David Mas Masumoto

Today’s book is: Secret Harvests: A Hidden Story of Separation and the Resilience of a Family Farm (Red Hen Press, 2023), by David Mas Masumoto. In hi…

The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You

March 7, 2024

The Ungrateful Refugee

Dina Nayeri

Today’s book is: The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You (Catapult, 2020), by Dina Nayeri, a book which asks “what is it like to be a r…

Get PhDone! Proven Strategies for Tackling Your Writing Roadblocks

February 29, 2024

Get PhDone! Proven Strategies for Tackling Your Writing Roadblocks

Briana Barner

Are you facing writing roadblocks? There are many guides on how to make your writing match academic standards, so why aren’t there any on how to make …

Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There

February 22, 2024

Look Again

Cass R. Sunstein

Today’s book is: Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There (Atria/One Signal Publishers, 2024), by Tali Sharot and Cass R. Sunstein, a b…

Deborah Taffa, "Whiskey Tender: A Memoir" (Harper, 2024)

February 15, 2024

Whiskey Tender

Deborah Taffa

Today’s book is: Whiskey Tender: A Memoir (Harper, 2024), by Deborah Jackson Taffa, who was raised to believe that some sacrifices were necessary to a…

Where is Home?: A Discussion with Zed Zha

February 8, 2024

Where is Home?

Zed Zha

When Zed Zha came to the United States for her education, she faced barriers to medical school admission and financial aid, and to establishing a sens…

Black Women, Ivory Tower: Revealing the Lies of White Supremacy in American Education

February 1, 2024

Black Women, Ivory Tower

Jasmine L. Harris

Today’s book is: Black Women, Ivory Tower: Revealing the Lies of White Supremacy in American Education (Broadleaf Books, 2024), by Dr. Jasmine L. Harr…

Inside Addiction and Sobriety in Academia

January 25, 2024

Inside Addiction and Sobriety in Academia

Alicia Andrzejewski

How do the pressures of academia affect our relationships with ourselves, our work, and with substance use? Dr. Alicia Andrzejewski joins us for a can…

Black and Queer on Campus

January 18, 2024

Black and Queer on Campus

Michael P. Jeffries

Today’s book is: Black and Queer on Campus (NYU Press, 2023) by Michael P. Jeffries, which offers an inside look at what life is like for LGBTQ colleg…

Montana Lee, a Journey to Togo, and the Duke Diary Dispatches

January 11, 2024

Montana Lee, a Journey to Togo, and the Duke Diary Dispatches

Montana Lee

Does time abroad teach you something about the world, or about yourself? Whether you are a student, staff, or have gone alt-ac, you’ve likely consider…