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.

Freeman's Challenge: The Murder That Shook America's Original Prison for Profit

July 18, 2024

Freeman's Challenge

Robin Bernstein

Today’s book is: Freeman’s Challenge: The Murder That Shook America’s Original Prison for Profit (U Chicago Press, 2024), by Dr. Robin Bernstein, whic…

Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism—and What Comes Next

July 11, 2024

Preparing for War

Bradley Onishi

Watching the footage of the January 6 insurrection, Professor Bradley Onishi wondered: If I hadn't left evangelicalism, would I have been there? To…

Leaving Academia: Pursing Life Abroad

July 4, 2024

Leaving Academia: Pursing Life Abroad

Anne Boyd Rioux

Have you had that dream—the one where you just leave academia? You quit your job, sell all your stuff, and board a plane for somewhere far, far away. …

Sorayya Khan, "We Take Our Cities with Us: A Memoir" (Ohio State UP, 2022)

June 27, 2024

We Take Our Cities with Us

Sorayya Khan

Today’s book is: We Take Our Cities With Us (Ohio State UP, 2022), by Sorayya Khan. After her mother’s death, Sorayya Khan confronts her grief by revi…

PhDing While Parenting

June 20, 2024

PhDing While Parenting

Sisanda Nkoala

An increasing number of students worldwide attend graduate school while simultaneously navigating a variety of competing responsibilities in their per…

More Than A Glitch: Confronting Race, Gender, and Ability Bias in Tech

June 13, 2024

More than a Glitch

Meredith Broussard

Today’s book is: More Than A Glitch: Confronting Race, Gender, and Ability Bias in Tech (MIT Press, 2024), by Meredith Broussard. When technology rein…

The Artist’s Joy: A Guide to Getting Unstuck

June 6, 2024

The Artist's Joy

Merideth Hite Estevez

Today’s book is: The Artist’s Joy: A Guide to Getting Unstuck, Embracing Imperfection, and Loving Your Creative Life (Broadleaf Books, 2024), by Dr. M…

Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Equity and Justice

May 30, 2024

Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Equity and Justice

Gina Ann Garcia

What makes Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) uniquely Latinx? And how can university leaders, staff, and faculty transform these institutions into …

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…