By Kara Hisatake and Katie Trostel

(H-Net is receiving no compensation for reviewing the tools and platforms featured in the blogpost below).

How to Present Yourself Professionally (on a budget), Part II

Building an Online Presence: Personal Websites, LinkedIn, Twitter …


Both Kara and Katie elected to build their own, personal websites that highlight their scholarship and research interests using WordPress. This platform also allows for links to various other social media and professional platforms, including LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram. WordPress lets you to display your CV in a

Spring Break

Kent Peacock Blog Post

            For many graduate students, at least in the United States, March usually brings some form of a scheduled break. Whether in the middle of a semester or in-between terms, Spring Break has become a regular event in the academic calendar. (Why a similar break does not typically exist in the fall is up for debate.) In the United States this break often equates to fantasies of sunny beaches and palm trees. With my week long reprieve from my regularly scheduled programming happening now, I began to think about my experiences as a graduate student on Spring Break—or really any extended

If you’re like me, getting back to dissertation writing after a long summer can be a challenge...

...particularly as the fall quarter tends to be full of other distracting tasks (Job market! Fellowship applications! Getting your teaching materials ready! Conference abstracts!)

As many of my academic advisors over the years have pointed out, you don’t have to write that much a day to get the job done. If you can sustain regular hours of productive, writing sessions at set intervals throughout the week, you will finish the dissertation! The key is motivating yourself to stick to your writing

A quick note... 

In the coming months, I will be writing a series of "How-To" blog posts, each of which will focus on a digital tool that has been helpful to me in my graduate career. (Airtable! Scalar! StoryMaps! Medium! ...)

My aim is that these reviews spark conversation within our community, and that you'll share some of the resources that you've found useful, too. I located these tools through word of mouth, and I hope that by collectively engaging in conversation around this topic, we can help each other to discover new ways of engaging with and organizing our scholarship and research!


Nestled between Dunning Street and Jackson Street on Atwood Avenue, right along the Capital City Trail in Madison, Wisconsin, sits a grinning larger-than-life mushroom and a bright blue and red dragon urn. The creator of this public art is Sid Boyum, artist and eccentric extraordinaire, whose public art has been delighting Madisonians since the 1960s. Sid was a prolific artist with works that extended far beyond his public art; he was undeniably creative with visionary and artistic friends. His home was a veritable wonderland filled with art of all kinds, his and friend’s alike.

Man Eating

“This is a book for finding your way” (4).

By Kara Hisatake, Sarah Papazoglakis, Katie Trostel, and Tsering Wangmo


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In the spring of 2015, several graduate students in the Literature Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz got together to address the topic of academic writing. Each of us wanted a space in which to improve our writing at the level of style and structure, but many of us felt that our institution and department lacked the resources with which to address the technical side of academic writing. While we had composed many end-of-the-quarter papers before advancing to

Society for Romanian Studies

Valentin Sandulescu Blog Post

The Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) is an international inter-disciplinary academic organization founded in 1973 to promote professional study, criticism, and research on all aspects of Romanian culture and civilization, particularly concerning the countries of Romania and Moldova. The society holds annual meetings to promote Romanian studies, generally in conjunction with the meetings of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, publishes a newsletter to keep its membership informed, and carries out other activities designed to foster advancement of the field.