Published Writing

Intellectual growth

Marking first-year essays has reminded me of where I started, and everything I’ve learned along the way. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Seeds of Tolerance

My second year of university, I started a Pagan student group. This is the story of its beginnings and continued growth as part of a diverse and tolerant religious community. Published in If: a journal of spiritual exploration.

Essay-writing

All British university students are required to write essays…. So why isn’t essay-writing taught anywhere? Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Tutoring and Technology

My first experiences with tutoring, and why technology can supplement real teaching — not replace it. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Useful for Whom?

Universities pursuing the advancement of society — or the advancement of business interests? Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

New Year

The start of my second year brings me out of silence, and into questions about what kind of academic I want to be. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Scotland’s Greenest MSc

The Centre for Human Ecology offers a radical, transformative MSc…. And its “green graduates” are changing the world. Published in the Scotsman.

Reflections on Technology

The technology that is indispensible to modern research, and low-tech solutions for the problems it creates. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Reading and Transformation

My style of learning and understanding has completely changed — and now I understand the point of a PhD. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Luck and the Waiting Game

In the scramble for limited funding, it’s a game of hurry up and wait — for students and departments alike. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

What’s in a Name? Colonial Dynamics in Spiritual Practice

The politics of domination can manifest even in our spiritual practices…. How we might begin to recognize and heal our attitudes. Published in PanGaia Magazine.

Venture-Capitalism and Higher Education

In many sectors, we invest in the areas that promise the greatest short-term rewards. Is this an appropriate model for educational funding? Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

What the Old State House has Already Lost

The Old State House brought history to life for nearly a decade — but poor management now leaves Connecticut’s most important stories untold. Published in the Hartford Courant.

Procrastination

The important role of procrastination in the intellectual process: maybe it’s not just laziness. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Fundraising and Pride

The reality of American universities’ fundraising strategies…. Does Scotland really want to cultivate a “culture of giving?” Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.