The Connected PhD, Part Three


How can a PhD program pivot from a professoriate-apprenticeship system, to one that is mindful of students’ post-grad career goals? This episode completes our three-part series on The Connected PhD, and explores:

  • The positive effect on professors when their graduate students can prepare for multiple career options.
  • How speaking one-on-one with students helped one program reexamine what “support” is, and what it needs to be.
  • The importance of restructuring PhD timelines.
  • Why the future of humanities PhD programs matters.

Our guest is: Dr. Ulka Anjaria, who teaches and researches South Asian literature and film. She is the author many articles and books, including Realism in the Twentieth-Century Indian Novel: Colonial Difference and Literary Form (Cambridge University Press, 2012); Reading India Now: Contemporary Formations in Literature and Popular Culture (Temple University Press, 2019); and Understanding Bollywood: The Grammar of Hindi Cinema, First Edition (Routledge, 2021). She is a professor of English, and the director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender.

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Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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