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Meet the GradHackers Week - II

"Meet the GradHackers Week" continues with more introductions from our authors and back-to-school links from the GradHacker archives.

August 12, 2014

Greetings, GradHacker readers! We’re back from our summer hiatus and look forward to another year of conversation about how to make the most of our time in graduate school—both inside and outside the classroom. Please join the discussion here at Inside HigherEd, at our Facebook page, or on Twitter.

We’ll begin regular posting again on Monday, August 18. This week, we invite you to “Meet the GradHackers.” The old hands include both editors and a number of permanent authors. We are also welcoming five new authors, and a new Managing Editor. We’ve asked everyone to share a bit about themselves, their graduate work, and their non-scholarly lives so you could become acquainted with the 2014-15 GradHacker team. At the bottom of each post, check out a few of our favorite back-to-school classics from the GradHacker archives.

Katy Meyers (Editor)

I’m nearing the end of my PhD in mortuary archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. My dissertation will examine the differences between burials practices in Early Anglo-Saxon England from the mid-5th to 7th century. During this upcoming year, I’ll be working on a number of interesting digital projects, teaching introduction to archaeology, and continuing to work on my blog, Bones Don’t Lie. Check out my website and follow me on Twitter @bonesdonotlie.

Andrea Zellner (Permanent Author)

I am entering the last year of my PhD in Ed Psych/Ed Tech at Michigan State University, and I’ve been writing for GradHacker since we first launched. My research focuses on the influence of peers on writing achievement and self-efficacy. I am a former High School English and Biology teacher, and am a proud Teacher-Consultant with the National Writing Project. You can find me tweeting here too often or neglecting my website here.

Kelly Hanson (Permanent Author)

I am entering my sixth year of PhD work in the Department of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. This is my second year at GradHacker. My research focuses intersections of race, performance, and transnational modernism, specifically asking how modernist American conceptions of race were shaped by the U.S. military occupation of Haiti and its cultural permutations. During the semester, I teach courses in writing and composition. This fall, I will be teaching a themed composition course called “The Spy Who Loved Me, Maybe: Sex, Gender, and James Bond.” I tweet (sometimes) and try to balance out graduate work with biking, yoga, and dog walks.

Shira Lurie (New Permanent Author)

I recently moved from Toronto to Charlottesville, VA, where I am beginning my PhD in American History at the University of Virginia. My research focuses on popular politics and dissent in the Early American Republic. This is my first year writing for GradHacker and I am excited to join such an excellent community. Check out and follow my Twitter, Instagram, and blog if you’d like!

Jason McSheene (New Permanent Author)

Time flies (sort of)! I’m in the “final throes” of my PhD work in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University but new to GradHacker. Academically, I study the left-right asymmetric organ patterning of vertebrate embryogenesis using the zebrafish as a model organism. I hope to transition my understanding of developmental biology into the R&D of artificial tissues and organs for therapeutic use. Outside of the lab, I’m interested in improving the graduate school experience via intentional personal and professional growth. The PhD in Progress Podcast embodies this, as does my personal blog. Say hi and tell me about your favorite science and/or beer and/or video game on Twitter @PhDPodcast or e-mail. Thanks for stopping by!

From the Archives

Ruth Fillery-Travis, “Preparing to Teach for the First Time”

Amy Rubens, “First Day of Class Rituals”

Natascha Chena, “How Humor Can Transform Your Classroom”


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