S04E18 | Who is Scandalized by the Admissions Scandal? Interview with Maryam Toorawa

Listen here. Subscribe! Who was actually scandalized by the ‘scandal’ about rich people using their money to get their questionably gifted kids into elite American higher education? PhDiva Xine discusses structural inequalities in US and UK higher education with Maryam Toorawa who works in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and whose experiences span Cornell, Bryn Mawr,…

S04E16 | PhDivas Talk Tarot: QTPOC Occult in the Era of Secular Science

Listen here. Subscribe! Why are the PhDivas interested in tarot cards and the art of divination? PhDivas Liz and Xine separately delved into tarot: this is their first full conversation about their practices of self-care. The classic Western deck has been reimagined by disenfranchised peoples. Xine draws from her research about the importance of QTPOC…

S04E13 | On Being in Public Pt 2: When Our Voices Make Us Into Targets

Listen here. Subscribe! Here come the trolls! Degrees, peer-reviewed publications, respect in the field — markers of academic respectability do not shield scholars, especially BIPOC women, when people don’t want to hear what we have to say. Remember PhDiva Xine’s naivete in our previous episode? A month after recording, she tweeted a critique about Asian…

S04E11 | Diversity in the Geosciences: Hard Questions for Hard Sciences ft Sara Cannon, Leonora King

Listen here. Subscribe! Geosciences are the least diverse of all STEM fields. But is it enough to track statistics about gender and race given the discipline’s colonial, masculinist history? Quantitative scientists experiment with qualitative methods in order to examine experiences at a Canadian geoscience conference. PhDiva Xine interviews marine biologist Sara Cannon and fluvial geomorphologist…

S04E09 | London Calling: PhDiva Xine Will Be a #NewProf

Listen here. Subscribe! PhDiva Xine is moving to London, England as a #NewProf! Liz and Xine catch up after an exhausting spring to talk about Xine’s new position as Lecturer at University College London, differences between STEM and humanities public outreach, illusions of meritocracy — and complicated feelings to kind cliches. “I always knew you would…