PhD thesis

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With my PhD defence 17 days away — and in a context where public health officials are urging masking and other precautions even though politicians are too timid to require it — I am going back to my protective protocol from earlier in the pandemic, avoiding all group events, wearing a mask whenever I leave […]

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My PhD dissertation defence is booked for 2–4pm on December 2nd. The defence is conducted by the examination committee, which consists of my PhD research committee plus an internal external examiner (from our department but not involved in my project) and external external examiner (from another university). I will get a report from the external […]

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While my dissertation work is overwhelmingly done, the combination of residual writing up tasks and TA work is making this a pleasantly busy term and a reminder of Septembers past, including my own starts at UBC, Oxford, and U of T. As of last night my dissertation is off to the external external examiner, whose […]

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Princeton is not only divesting but ‘dissociating’ from fossil fuel corporations: Divestment is a decision to refuse to invest in a company or set of companies and entails the sale of all securities associated with a company, including both direct and indirect investments, and precludes the repurchasing of those securities. Dissociation means also refraining, to […]

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I know I will feel differently when teaching and research deadlines start to overlap and the stress compounds, but the experience of the last few days makes me think I had so little energy lately because I had too little to do. There is something very different between having a solitary (but supervised) project where […]

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A complete dissertation manuscript in LaTeX format is done and in the hands of my committee. Now, I should get comments from a professor within the department but outside my committee (internal external) and a political scientist from a different university (external external). Once I address their comments, we can move to the dissertation defence, […]

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Despite still not being at 100% physically or mentally, I am working through a four-step process for getting through all dissertation-related to-do lists, including emails to self, project tracking spreadsheets, and tasks written on physical notecards: Is there anything essential to successfully defending the dissertation still unfinished? Create final MS Word version for the LaTeX […]

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This weekend I have been working through a complete draft of my dissertation, with two tasks in mind. Now that the big pieces are in place, I can work on making sure the whole thing is as well-written as possible and flows smoothly. Also, I am incorporating comments from my third committee member on chapters […]

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I haven’t done much of anything lately, aside from the bare necessities of life, other than work toward a version of my dissertation that will be ready for the external examiners. It has been very hard for me not to have final control over the document, which I have had in every other context since […]

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