Grad School in the Shadow of COVID

Solicited by the Graduate Student Committee

Friday, March 31, 2023, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Education; Professional Development


COVID-19 upended graduate student research, fragmented our communities, and blurred the boundaries between our personal and professional lives. For some students, remote learning, program stipends, and supplemental financial support provided shelter. Other students lost their support as universities slashed budgets. How do we recognize students’ trauma and identify coping strategies while acknowledging COVID’s varied effects on our communities? How might we use the pandemic’s challenges to build solidarity with independent researchers, secondary educators, and other practitioners? We will discuss trauma-informed pedagogy, delays in our research, the long impact of isolation, and how we can (re)build scholarly communities after COVID.

Session Participants

Chair and Commentator: Jeanna L. Kinnebrew, Boston University
History PhD Candidate and Writing Instructor, Boston University 

Presenter: Shaun Armstead, Rutgers University-New Brunswick/The Carter G. Woodson Institute at UVA
History PhD Candidate, Rutgers University

Presenter: Barrie Ryne Blatchford, Columbia University
History PhD Candidate, Columbia University 

Presenter: Sarah Beth Gable, Brandeis University
History PhD Candidate, Brandeis University 

Presenter: Lisa Rose Lamson, University of Wisconsin Green Bay
Lecturer, History and Humanities, University of Wisconsin Green Bay 

Presenter: D. Caleb Smith, Tulane University
PhD Candidate, Tulane University

Presenter: Kelsey Lynn Zavelo, Duke University
History PhD Candidate, Duke University