Four Takeaways from the AAR / SBL Jobs Report

The American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature released a new report about the job market based on data drawn from the AAR/SBL job listings for the 2013-2014 academic year. The report builds on previous data that dates back to January 2001. Graduate programs in religious studies and theology should hand this … Continue reading Four Takeaways from the AAR / SBL Jobs Report

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On Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birthday: Beginnings and Endings

Tomorrow marks Swami Vivekananda's 150th birthday. Vivekananda haunts me. He was a man who meant and continues to mean many things to many people. But for me, Vivekananda will always represent a limit or a boundary. When I started the research project that became my dissertation, I started with Vivekananda and then turned and looked … Continue reading On Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birthday: Beginnings and Endings

When Grading Graduate Student Papers, Kick Ass and Leave Comments

This is exactly what I liked seeing from professors on my papers: So the graduate paper deserves extensive comments, like those of a peer-reviewed article. I just write about a single-spaced page outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the paper. Everything is fair game, from the format and prose-style to the substance of the argument. … Continue reading When Grading Graduate Student Papers, Kick Ass and Leave Comments

Getting Back to the Writing

I passed my exams. Hooray! For me, the exciting part is that I get to go back to writing. I got into this whole grad school thing for the writing. I enjoy the teaching. I like the reading. Seminar classes are fun. But I love the writing. From the research to the bibliography to the … Continue reading Getting Back to the Writing

My “Hinduism: Colony, Metropole, and America” exam list

This is the fourth of my four exam list I've been posting over the past couple of weeks. This exam is technically a "dissertation specific" exam and so it is a combination of readings on Hinduism in America and India as well as some studies of how Hinduism has been represented in America and Britain. … Continue reading My “Hinduism: Colony, Metropole, and America” exam list

My Outside Area Exam List: “Media Studies and Religion”

This is the third of four posts which include my various exam lists for my preliminary exams. This exam is in my "outside area" of Media studies. There's some great theory on here as well as a lot of  stuff dealing with ethnography and representation. It is a little light on the religion side but … Continue reading My Outside Area Exam List: “Media Studies and Religion”

My “American Religious History” Exam List

Continuing where I left off on Friday, here's the second of four exam lists. I think it's important we help each other out with these sorts of things so that our doctoral programs can be as useful to us as possible. So, hopefully this is a help to some other struggling Americanist. It's a bit … Continue reading My “American Religious History” Exam List

My “Theory and Method In the Study of Religion” Exam List

Over the next couple of days I'm going to be posting the various exam lists I've been working through and will continue to work through until my preliminary exams in November. If anyone out there is also studying for exams or just likes these books and wants to chat, talk, exchange outlines, or whatever let … Continue reading My “Theory and Method In the Study of Religion” Exam List

Hacking the Ph.D. Degree

How is/should/could digital technology change the Ph.D. program in the humanities? Tanya Roth's great Hacking the Academy post on "Hacking the Dissertation" pushed me to think through how one might hack graduate training.  Roth has seen the light on the other side of ADB (all but dissertation) and she does a good job rethinking the … Continue reading Hacking the Ph.D. Degree