I don't think a lot of people understand how nasty people can be in the academy. Many of us aren't doing this because folks treat us so well. I can't speak for others but I know what keeps me going is the belief that I can make a positive difference in someone else's life.
I am most fulfilled by the opportunity to produce research I'm proud of. I love working with students with the hope that I'll help them find a path that excites them as much as history excites me. I try to ignore the pettiness and professional jealousy (there's a lot of that...)
I remind myself daily that academia is not a meritocracy. That helps me stay focused and not internalize or make much of the slammed doors in my face. I focus on the open doors and try to figure out how to widen them a bit more so someone else gets through.
I finally had a chance to go through 150+ packages of #books sent to me (yikes)! TYSM to the various publishers for keeping me in the loop on the new #scholarship in #BlackStudies, #History & #Gender Studies.🙏🏾Here's a thread of a few books I am very eager to read this fall.🙌🏾📚
Thanks, @politico, for your all-white list of #historians offering insights on 2018! Here's a thread of some other historians in the United States who you did not know existed. I'll start with a few & others will contribute to the thread to help you out.