Welcome to the PhDStudent Blogosphere, Ryan!

Welcome to the PhDStudent Blogosphere, Ryan!

My name is Ryan, and I am currently in my final year of graduate school in the Public Policy and Political Economy doctoral program at the University of Texas at Dallas. My policy focus is on international development with an area specialty in Latin America and the Caribbean issues. However, I do find myself looking to Africa to see what development trends seem to be working there. I am fascinated with the intersection of politics and economics and how they relate to the development trajectories of countries abroad. I am currently in All But Dissertation status and am in the final stages of writing my dissertation with hopes to defend by January 2016. My dissertation is about how to conceptualize and measure rule of law in a new way and to systematically test what factors predict this conception of rule of law in a global data set.

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Why You Shouldn't Email Your Advisor Back Right Away

Why You Shouldn't Email Your Advisor Back Right Away

Grad students have a hard time keeping the lines between school and home separate. When your advisor finally emails you back, it feels like you need to be ready no matter what you’re doing. However, given what we know about work-nonwork conflict, grad students should proceed with caution.

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Are You a Super-Parent? Why You Shouldn’t Put So Much Pressure on Yourself

Are You a Super-Parent? Why You Shouldn’t Put So Much Pressure on Yourself

You’ve excelled at everything in your life thus far. You’re a budding expert in your field. You dazzle your peers and faculty with your mad research skills. You’re a superstar in your field. So why would becoming a new parent be any different? According to recent research, feeling pressure to be a “super-parent” can exacerbate mental health conditions in new parents.

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Confessions of a Mommy-Professor: How I Handled Parenthood and Job Demands as a College Professor

Confessions of a Mommy-Professor: How I Handled Parenthood and Job Demands as a College Professor

Working parents (and moms, especially) have muddled through the demands of raising their children and doing work for thousands of years. As a mom and young assistant professor, I have some confessions I’d like to share—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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On Babies and Dissertations: Part 1

On Babies and Dissertations: Part 1

I recently had the experience of expecting my first baby a month before I graduated and accidentally learned tips on graduating on time with a PhD.

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Feeling Like a Stranger Going Back Home to the Family?

Feeling Like a Stranger Going Back Home to the Family?

The holiday season is fast approaching, and if you’re like me you probably feel like a stranger going home for the winter break. One of the common refrain graduate students say is, “My parents still don’t know what I do.” In a research-heavy, experimental psychology program, the misconceptions of what “we do” abound. For me, my career goals currently encompass getting either an academic job teaching and doing research at a university or working in industry as a statistician. Only recently did my mother-in-law stop asking if I was going to open my own practice near our hometown in rural Nebraska. I know next to nothing about clinical or counseling psychology.

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AmandaMorin
Good advice! I've also found it helpful to think about the common misconceptions people have about what I do and when I'm asked, ... Read More
Saturday, 05 January 2013 01:19
JohnM
I totally know what you mean. I went home for the holidays, which for me is only a 20 minute drive, and as I am sitting around lo... Read More
Monday, 07 January 2013 19:06
SaraB
@AmandaMorin, I think you give some valuable advice to anyone getting a PhD. Most people do NOT get a PhD and have a lot of miscon... Read More
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:16
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