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Surviving the Job Market as PhD Students, Visiting Professors and Untenured Faculty:

I gave this presentation at the Southern Sociological Society 2018  annual meeting. At the request of attendees, I am posting it here for all who are interested. Advice for the newly minted So much of what you can do to increase your prospects on the academic job market occurs long before you are actually on the marke...

Body Cams Won’t Fix Anything

The other night my 17-year-old son came home from a party. He arrived home ahead of the agreed upon time and came upstairs to speak to my wife and me about his evening. “Why didn’t you tell me that you were leaving the party and going to M’s house?” I asked him. “I gave M. a ride home and decided to go inside...

These are Very Sad Times

Last week, I was teaching my seminar when a man walked into the room. I was sitting with my back turned toward the door, across from me sat my students who were actively engaging the week’s assigned reading. As the door shut behind him, the man stood there looking at us for what felt like an eternity. In reality, it ...

What I Wish I’d Known before Becoming an Academic

In my first week of graduate school, I got a phone call from my grandmother. Up until then, I’d spent a lot of time accompanying her to doctor’s appointments, translating and advocating for her, fighting with insurance companies that wanted to cut off her benefits or refused to approve the latest medication prescri...

Teaching Evaluations. I’m Over It

When I was applying for tenure, I had to compile all of my teaching evaluations. I have rarely found teaching evaluations helpful, but as I looked at the evaluations across semesters and across years, I started to see an interesting pattern. As happens with many of us, my evaluations show very little middle ground. The...

Lactation Space Anyone?

Three months after my second child was born, I was scheduled to be at an academic conference. Unlike most conferences I attend, this one did not require me to travel out of state. However, it did require that I leave my baby for upwards of eight hours, during which time I would have few opportunities or space for pumpi...

White People, Your Silence Speaks Volumes

Charlottesville has brought with it even more divisions on the issue of confederate monuments than we had seen in recent months. Somehow, an act of domestic terrorism carried out by white supremacists has become a debate about preserving confederate monuments. Those opposed to their removal argue that these monuments a...

What’s Going on in Queer and Lesbian Stepparent Families?

What’s Going on in Queer and Lesbian Stepparent Families? Data collection for the queer and lesbian stepparent study is drawing to a close. In total, I conducted 50 interviews with families that include: four moms, three moms and a dad, two moms and an uncle, one-mom-one-dad and one-parent, and everything else in bet...

Pulse: A Space for Resilience, a Home for the Brave

I originally wrote this for QED: A Journal for GLBT Worldmakers. It appeared in their Fall 2016 special issue. In light on the one year anniversary of these tragic events, I thought I’d share it with you. Pulse: A Space for Resilience, a Home for the Brave Katie L. Acosta How many nights have I spent at Latinx n...

On Moving Past the White-Washed Academy

On Moving Past the White-Washed Academy The first time I went on the job market I became acutely aware of the unique space faculty members of color inhabit within it. I had spent years preparing for that first tenure-track job; taken all the right classes, focused on publishing and followed the rules of networking. I h...