Finished my PhD in English in 2010. Now I’m getting a life, post-academic style. I work part-time outside the academy, I write, and I am a political activist with a special interest in labor and debt. Preferred pronouns are she or ze.

You can email me at <postacademicinnyc@gmail.com>

11 Responses to Who is PAINNYC?

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  2. James says:

    Hey Post Academic,

    I mentioned your blog in my post–the “best non academic blogs to read in 2012” http://www.selloutyoursoul.com/2012/01/05/best-non-academic-blogs/ keep up the good posting. Also, I wrote a new book for post-grads called How to Find a Career With Your Humanities Degree in 126 Days and would love your opinion on it. If you drop me an email at selloutyoursoul6@gmail.com, I will send you a free copy.

    James from Selloutyoursoul.com

  3. post-ac says:

    Thanks! I’ve read and admired your blog for a long time. Will write to you soon.

  4. Z says:

    “the good people who do everything right will get jobs in academia.”

    First off, that is statistically false.

    Second, even if it were true, it ignores the fact that just any academic job is NOT necessarily what will satisfy one.

    I’ve been guilt tripped so much about not just being happy with and grateful for whatever, it makes me ill.

  5. Jeanette Monaco says:

    Thank you for your blog. It means I do not feel alone in my decision to leave academia in the UK not long after completing my PhD. After so many feelings of self-blame it is a breath of fresh air to come across others who have experienced or are experiencing what I am. Good luck in your life after academia.

  6. As an academically-inclined undergrad with 4 PhD’s in my nuclear family (neuroscience, microbiology, German/comparative literature, and political science), blogs like these help me realize the truth about life in academia before I spend ten years of my life trying to feel smart while earning minimum wage with no hope of job security. The job market is not what it was when my dad entered the field…thanks so much for your insights, my generation desperately needs them!

  7. just another failed academic says:

    I finished a PhD in 2004, and strung out postdoc-ing at an elite university in increasing misery, watching all the better-educated, more intelligent, more driven people overtake me. I’m now nearly at the end of an unrenewable assistant professor contract and wondering what on earth comes next. Except in this town at the end of the universe, there are no NGOs or Skyscraper offices. None of the local secretaries harbour dreams of going to grad school to discuss gender politics. They’re too busy bitching in the tearoom about mid-30s female academics who must have something wrong with them because they don’t have kids in high school. The university is depressingly mediocre. But the only jobs in the local paper are maternity cover for schoolteachers in the local pretentious and crappy schools, or welders, electricians, care home workers, or “ladies for our great business”. I’d give anything to be temping and running courses at the university.

    • Liza says:

      Another failed academic, I hear you. I spent the last two years adjuncting in a smaller university and the way I was treated by some of the female secretarial staff was disgraceful. I felt like they were doing me a favor by letting me work there, often being difficult if I required assistance or admonishing me if I did something that they didn’t like. Shit, for peanuts a year, who needs it! I decided to leave academia last month and I have felt better than I have felt in years. I can now spend time with my family and get my body in shape after all the damage I did to it in pursuit of the “holy grail” academia career. The only regret I have now is that I didn’t leave that ponzi scheme sooner. LEAVE academia while you still can.

  8. bianca385 says:

    I’m enjoying your blog, thank you. I appreciate your approach to post-academia because you 1) don’t incessantly rail against the unfairness of not exercising your PhD in a tenure track position and 2) cogently point out what is so boring and usual about the position of non-academic PhD holders. Aloha – Bianca

  9. Brent Nelson says:

    I’ve been there, done that. Ph.D. in 1973, subsequently an adjunct at 3 different colleges. Entered librarianship. Another dead end.

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