Introducing “Advisor” – Our Newest Series on DR

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Advisor, the newest series on Dissertation Reviews. Advisor will focus on crucial moments, concerns, and processes in the life of early-career scholars. Eschewing both the “checklist”/advice-column format that reduces the academic profession to a series of strategic “to do” lists, as well as alarmist pieces about the dismal nature of the academy, Advisor will focus on delivering sober, substantive, and empirically grounded analyses that empower early-career scholars to make the right decisions for themselves.

Advisor is to be edited by Audrey Truschke, whose three-part series on dissertation embargoes was read by nearly 5,000 scholars worldwide in its first month alone. Audrey will be working with contributors to develop in-depth, analytical articles that are informative and helpful, particularly for junior scholars.

If you are interested in learning more about the new Advisor series, or contributing an article, please contact .

– Tom Mullaney, Editor-in-Chief



Audrey Truschke is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Religious Studies at Stanford University. She received her PhD from Columbia University in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies in May 2012. Her first book, Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. The book investigates the literary, social, and political history of Sanskrit as it thrived in the Mughal courts from 1560 until 1650. Her research more broadly concerns cross-cultural interactions in early modern India. She also maintains a website that promotes the use of online resources in the study of precolonial South Asia.


Image: Advice to a Young Artist, Honoré Daumier, c1865-68. Wikimedia.

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