Webinar: Facing Precarity: Envisioning Careers in 2020 and Beyond

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October 23, 2020
Rhode Island, United States
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Asian American History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Graduate Studies, Humanities
Facing Precarity: Envisioning Careers in 2020 and Beyond
Brown University Webinar Series: Asian Studies (and beyond) for the Pandemic Age
Friday 10/23 9:00am - 10:30am EDT

What are resources for graduate students emerging into a collapsed academic job market? What kinds of skills and experiences should scholars in global Asian studies and other fields reliant on heretofore comparatively robust academic hiring adopt from extant programs and peers in other fields? What are the differences in hiring and work cultures outside the US? How should degree-holders prepare themselves for possible immigration and work restrictions in an age of economic austerity? And what are some ways that PhD holders have adapted their careers to shifting personal, intellectual, and economic circumstances? This recorded webinar will address these questions from several disciplinary and institutional angles.

Roundtable Participants:

  • John Paul Christy, Senior Director of U.S. Programs, American Council of Learned Societies
  • Ya-pei Kuo, Universitair Docent, University of Groningen
  • Heather Ruth Lee, Undergraduate Coordinator of Humanities; Assistant Professor of History, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU
  • Huwy-min Lucia Liu, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, George Mason University
  • Emily Swafford, Director of Academic and Professional Affairs, American Historical Association
  • Paul Vierthaler, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies, William and Mary


  • Jeffrey Moser, Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture, Brown University
  • Rebecca Nedostup, Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Brown University

Sponsored by The Brown China Initiative and the Cogut Institute 21st-Century PhD Series, with support from Brown University Department of East Asian Studies


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Department of East Asian Studies
Brown University

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