Life updates: new job, new city, new chapter

I'll say again, applying to 100+ jobs, wrapping up a second MA, teaching, working, and trying to get keep a dissertation moving forward...........is nuts. My three faces for this semester: Hugh- something is happening Zac- what on earth is happening James- ALL THE THINGS ARE HAPPENING pic.twitter.com/m7vhOpXsvF — Katherine W. (@KWaldenPhD) January 21, 2018   … Continue reading Life updates: new job, new city, new chapter

Fall 2017 Update

I'm supposed to be cranking out another around of revisions on the dissertation proposal, so this will stay brief. Junior Fellowship at the Library of Congress was AMAZING. I'm one of three scholars in the U.S. who studies baseball/music intersections, and I got to spend 10 weeks on a baseball music scavenger hunt AT THE … Continue reading Fall 2017 Update

A Method to the Method

This post originally appeared on the University of Iowa's NEH-funded Next Generation PhD Project online site. In most humanities PhD programs, at some point in the first year of graduate coursework, students take a theory and methods course. At the University of Iowa, graduate students in English take “Introduction to Graduate Study” in the first … Continue reading A Method to the Method

“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Complicating Baseball’s Midwestern Myth

[Subtitled: "When your summer baseball road trip turns into the early draft of a dissertation chapter." Go figure.] Last August, I was sitting behind first base at Ashford University Field, watching the Clinton Lumberkings face off against the Lansing Lugnuts. I had started the day in in Dyersville, Iowa, home to the Field of Dreams … Continue reading “If You Build It, They Will Come”: Complicating Baseball’s Midwestern Myth