S6E4 | PhDivas Watch Netflix’s The Chair: WOC Safeguarding & Sabotage

Listen. Rate, review, reshare, and subscribe! Have you watched Netflix’s The Chair? Join PhDivas Liz and Xine as they talk about all the uncomfortable resonances between their experiences as women of colour in academia and the short ‘comedy’ series starring Sandra Oh. (Yes, Xine even had a student describe her as ‘if Sandra Oh were…

S6E5 | WOC Scholars in Community: PhDiva Xine’s Book Launch!

If the master’s tools can never dismantle the master’s house, what can we build instead? Since emotional labour is racialized and gendered, what if minoritized people say ‘no’? Listen to several brilliant WOC scholars discuss PhDiva Xine’s new book DISAFFECTED: each of them was given a chapter of the book to respond to in order…

S5 Mother’s Day Special! Liz Interviews Her Mom

Mother’s Day Special! Liz interviews her mom about what it’s like to raise a PhDiva. Learn about Liz’s childhood career aspirations and their intergenerational experience of education in Mississippi. Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/phdivaspodcast

S6E2 | Springtime Rejections: PhDivas Talk About Academic Failure

Listen. Subscribe. Please rate, review, reshare! Springtime is the season of success for a few… and rejection for the majority. PhDivas Liz and Xine revisit the perennial topic of the many, many forms of rejection in academia — from grants, students, programmes — as early career scholars and attentive to disparities of power. Failure isn’t…

S6E1 | New Year, New Faculty Struggles: 2021 Inspirations & Insurrection

Listen. Rate, review, and subscribe! 2021 has been a rough start for the PhDivas. Liz and Xine recorded this in the week after the white supremacist insurrection at the US Capitol — and then somehow we had to go about academic ‘business as usual.’ So here the PhDivas discuss the conflicts between our exhaustion, our…

E5E18 | The Good, the Bad, the COVID-19: Winding Down and Burning Out

Listen here. Subscribe! Rate and review! PhDivas Dr. Xine Yao and Dr. Liz Wayne get together over American Thanksgiving to talk about the challenges of working during COVID19. Supporting our own self care as we support our students, or research efforts is no trivial feat. All the best as the term and the year are…

S5E17 | The Anti-Indiana Jones Approach: Decolonizing Zoo Archaeology w Alex Fitzpatrick

Listen. Rate, review, subscribe! “This belongs in a museum!” Indiana Jones’s catchphrase inspired generations of young archaeologists like Alex Fitzpatrick who are now critical of their discipline’s colonial and imperialist pasts and presents. In this second part of their interview, PhDiva Xine chats with Alex about Napoleon’s influence and approaching archaeology through animals, rather than…

S3E16 | Phinishing Your PhD During a Pandemic ft. Archaeologist Alex Fitzpatrick

Listen. Rate, review, and subscribe! Handing in your PhD dissertation and disrupting the field of archaeology is exhausting enough… but during a global pandemic? Archaeologist Alex Fitzpatrick talks to PhDiva Xine on the cusp of earning her degree about precarity, post-dissertation depression, and the strangeness of a Chinese diasporic migrant in the United Kingdom. Twitter…