Category Archives: grad school

transferring graduate schools: making it or breaking it

In case you missed it, I had another guest post up at Kosmos recently on the topic of transferring graduate schools.

thinking about academia like an economist

Today, some grad school advice I wrote for Kosmos went live. Check it out: Thinking About Academia Like An Economist

have your college and eat it too: consuming education

Today, I want to make what, to my economics-ish friends, are probably some painfully obvious points. However, I had never explicitly considered this angle on college/education before taking economics of education last semester, and I suspect that it’s something many others of even my rather intelligent friends and colleagues have also failed to consider in […]

ed policy amateur hour

The biggest thing going on for me academically these days is that I’m taking my first education policy course. It’s this: HUDF 5645 Policy seminar I Conceptualization and identification of social and educational problems that can be subjected to policy interventions. Design and evaluation of alternative policy choices. Effective strategies for presenting policy analysis to […]

semester roundup, fall 2010

Well, things sure have been busy the past couple of months. I’ve gotten off to a solid start in my new PhD program. Here’s a roundup of this semester’s activities, for posterity and just in case anyone is interested (hello, fellowship committee!): Economics of Education: This was a fantastic class. We learned about human capital […]

new school year’s resolutions

Here we are again, at the start of another school year. This seems like a more appropriate time for students to make resolutions than at the beginning of the calendar year, and it is especially important to form good study habits at the beginning of a new program. So, just for the record, here are […]

Teachers College & social justice

Recently, Adam Kissel of FIRE (who I recently started following on Twitter) asked me: “What do you think about Teachers College’s idea that one isn’t qualified to be a teacher without believing in social justice?” I had previously seen FIRE’s roundup on free speech issues with TC, I think before I had even accepted my […]

changing gears

As you might know, I’m beginning a new PhD program this fall. This one is in philosophy and education, instead of just philosophy. I’ve been very interested in education for a few years now, and I know some things about it, but basically just enough to be dangerous and to write a decent admissions application. […]

grad school ch-ch-changes

You, as my friend and/or reader, may have seen me post stuff on Twitter and Facebook suggesting that I am currently applying to graduate schools. Indeed, I am. I figured I’d explain the situation here, once and for all. Very shortly after I began a PhD program in philosophy in the fall of 2007, my […]

it's all been done

This is my lament. I am posting it in the hopes that some of my fellow grad students can commiserate. Do you ever get the feeling that, for every new topic in which you develop interests, you later find that it’s all been done by someone else? It’s happened to me at least twice in […]