My name is Fiona and I am a medieval historian who also works in alternative academia. I completed my doctorate in medieval history back in 2015 and now describe myself as a "blended academic". By that I mean that I wear two hats: working in professional services for a university during the day, while maintaining an academic identity in my spare time through teaching, publishing, and ongoing research.
My particular area of historical research is the construction of social behavior in the medieval period, with an emphasis on written instructional literature and textual translations. In my day job, I work in student welfare, focusing on promoting mental wellbeing and supporting students for success throughout their university years.
I am very excited to take the reins of We The Humanities for a week and I have a number of topics that I would like to open up for discussion: alternative careers after the doctorate, collaborative working in research, teaching, academic anxiety and conferencing, publishing, and translations, to name just a few.
I look forward to engaging with all the We The Humanities followers, and in the meantime you can follow me on Twitter @fionaewhelan.