Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life

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Elrena Evans, Caroline Grant
Rutgers University Press, 2008 - Education - 262 pages
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"Through the voices of those who have weathered the storm, Mama, PhD provides invaluable lessons for young scholars-both men and women-striving to navigate family and academic careers."-Robert Drago, author of Striking a Balance: Work, Family, Life "All those sleepless nights and dirty diapers and baby food in your hair-where's the discursive construction of motherhood when you need it? It's here, in these smart, funny, poignant essays that struggle to balance mind and body, to balance body and soul."-Catherine Newman, PhD, author of Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family "I wish I had this book in the late 1970s when I was a young untenured professor trying to teach five sections of composition and raise a new (adopted) baby. The tales in Mama, PhD could have served as a virtual consciousness raising group for me as I toiled away in academia. Happily the book is available today for women trying to balance the pulls of motherhood and career."-Nan Bauer-Maglin, author of Cut Loose: (Mostly) Older Women Talk about the End of (Mostly) Long-Term Relationships Every year, American universities publish glowing reports stating their commitment to diversity, often showing statistics of female hires as proof of success. Yet, academic life remains overwhelmingly a man's world and the presence of women, specifically those with children, in the ranks of tenured faculty has not increased in a generation. This anthology explores the continued inequality of the sexes in higher education and suggests changes that could make universities more family-friendly workplaces. Candid, provocative, and sometimes with a wry sense of humor, the essays speak to and offer support for any woman attempting to combine work and family. Elrena Evans received her MFA in creative writing from The Pennsylvania State University. Her work appears in such journals as Literary Mama, Brain, Child, Hip Mama, and the anthology Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers. Caroline Grant is an editor and columnist for Literary Mama. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley.
  

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Review: Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life

User Review  - Joan Singh - Goodreads

Absolutely required reading for any new mom or mom to be in academia. It was thought provoking and offered surprisingly on point insights to life/work balance. Being a new mom myself and working in ... Read full review

Review: Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life

User Review  - Cascade - Goodreads

At first, I found this so negative that I put it down for over a year. When I came back to it, I think I had more perspective, personally, and was able to take away strategies that I can consider using myself. Read full review

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Contents

The Conversation JAMIE WARNER
3
In Medias Res SONYA HUBER
11
Scholar Negated JESSICA SMARTT GUILLON
16
StudentBody SHEILA SQUILLANTE
20
Thoughts on Academic Intimacy LAURA LEVITT
25
Engineering Motherhood JENNIFER EYRE WHITE
31
The Wire Mother SUSAN ODOHERTY
39
Fitting In ELRENA EVANS
49
On Being a Teacher and a Doctor and a Mommy ELISABETH ROSE GRUNER
123
Lip Service JENNIFER COGNARDBLACK
129
Body Double LESLIE LEYLAND FIELDS
136
Recovering Academic
143
The Long and Winding Road JEAN KAZEZ
145
The Bags I Carried CAROLINE GRANT
149
One of the Boys MARTHA ELLIS CRONE
159
Finding My Complicated Truth as an Academic Daughter MEGAN PINCUS KAJITANI
168

Confessions of a Late Bloomer AERON HAYNIE
55
That Mommy Thing
61
First Day of School AMY HUDOCK
63
On Theater Academia and the Art of Failure ANJALEE DESHPANDE NADKARNI
66
Living A Life I Never Planned ROSEMARIE EMANUELE
72
Coming to Terms at Full Term NATALIE KERTES WEAVER
77
One Mamás Dispensable Myths and Indispensable Machines ANGELICA DURAN
80
That Mommy Thing ALISSA MCELREATH
89
What Having a Baby Taught Me about Aristotle Advanced Degrees Developmental Delays and Other Natural Disasters IRENA AUERBUCH SMITH
93
Infinite Calculations DELLA FENSTER
103
Tillie Olsen and Maternity in the Classroom JULIA LISELLA
109
The Facts the Stories LEAH BRADSHAW
116
At Home with Children and a PhD SUSAN BASSOW DANA CAMPBELL AND LIZ STOCKWELL
174
A Great Place to Have a Baby REBECCA STEINITZ
184
Recovering Academic JENNIFER MARGULIS
189
Momifesto
199
The Orange Kangaroo NICOLE COOLEY AND JULIA SPICHER KASDORF
201
Negotiating Guilt and Shame in Academe JEANANNE SUTHERLAND
213
On Choosing Children and the Academy LISA HARPER
222
Motherhood Is Easy Graduate School Is Hard TEDRA OSELL
231
Affirmations for the Academic Mother CYNTHIA KUHN JOSIE MILLS CHRISTY ROWE AND ERIN WEBSTER GARETT
237
In Dreams Begin PossibilitiesOr Anybody Have Time for a Change? JUDITH SANDERS
247
Contributors
251
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Elrena Evans received her MFA in creative writing from The Pennsylvania State University, and is a columnist for Literary Mama. Her work also appears in the anthologies Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers and How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel.

Caroline Grant is Senior Editor and a columnist for Literary Mama. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley.

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