Posted by Jennifer Allmaras, ’17

Is graduate school on your mind? What can you expect at each point in the graduate school process? How do you know if it’s right for you?

As application deadlines approach, you may be feeling overwhelmed with the process and unsure of your post-Beloit trajectory. What better way to gain insight into these questions than by those who have recently answered them themselves. On Advising Practicum, Beloit faculty members M. Shadee Malaklou, John McMahon, Jesse Carr, Chantal Koechli and Elizabeth Blair, (bios below) all of whom recently graduated from graduate school, spoke about their graduate school experiences.

Their conversation was recorded to help students just like you navigate the tough questions you may be facing. Listen below as these young faculty, from a wide range of disciplines, give tips and advice on how to decide on a program, how to transition from being an undergraduate to a graduate, how to succeed during your program, and how to navigate your future career paths. Topics include mental health, dealing with rejection, and the importance of support networks before, during, and after graduate school.


M. Shadee Malaklou‘s dissertation research, completed in June 2016 at the University of California, Irvine, reads Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks (1952) as a gender studies text to chart a contrapuntal relationship between sexuality, antiblackness, and social and political constructions of time. This research, which yielded a peer-reviewed article March 2016, intervenes in popular visual media like reality television to interrogate how time moves and for whom to catalog desire and identification as taxonomy and type.


John McMahon received his Ph.D. in Political Science (Political Theory) from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, in 2016, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Beloit. He teaches courses in political theory, constitutional law, and American government; his research interests include modern and contemporary political theory, feminist theory, affect, emotion, and embodiment, and critical theory.


Jesse Carr is a Postdoctoral Fellow who works primarily with the Mellon Inclusive Leadership Program (ILP) and the Mellon Graduate School Exploratory Fellowship (GSEF). He co-facilitates a faculty pedagogy series focused on building more equitable and accessible classrooms, mentors underrepresented students as they prepare to apply to graduate school, and assists with research and assessment for both programs. Jesse earned his PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan (’15), where his doctoral research focused on patterns of systemic violence in the U.S.

liz-blairElizabeth E. Blair received her Doctorate in Human Development and Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2013. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Education and Youth Studies at Beloit College. Liz’s research interests focus on the ways social identities such as gender and race intersect in educational settings, inform relationships, and influence teaching and learning.

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