With the exception of a short research grant that was terminated due to COVID-19 (read or listen to the article I wrote about this experience), I have been out of work since February 2019. That doesn’t mean I have not been working: it means I have not been paid.

This is not an uncommon situation for an academic researcher: you love what you do and you keep doing it during the interims between one contract and (hopefully) the next. You keep publishing, reading, lecturing, and all that comes with the territory.

I have always done my best work during those…

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