Panel Discussion: Life After the PhD

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Erin Scudder

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Join us this Wednesday evening 17 November (5 – 6pm) for an ArtsModules Panel Discussion on Life After the PhD. Our panel, chaired by Professor Tim Lynch (Associate Dean – International, Acting Deputy AD – Graduate Research), will feature PhD graduates discussing their experiences navigating the world post-doctoral degree. They have gone on to academic and non-academic careers and will share tips, anecdotes, and lessons learned from their experiences. A conversation between the panellists will be followed by audience Q&A. Register now.


Tim Lynch is Professor in American Politics and the Associate Dean (International) and Acting Deputy AD (Graduate Research) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne.


Julia Bowes is a historian of gender, politics and the modern United States. She completed her PhD at Rutgers University in 2018 and her doctoral thesis, Invading the Home: Children, State Power, and the Gendered Origins of Modern Conservatism, 1865–1933, was awarded the 2019 Lerner Scott Prize for Best Dissertation in US Women’s History by the Organization of American Historians. In 2017-2018, she was a Jefferson Scholars National Fellow at the University of Virginia, and previously held a doctoral fellowship in women's studies from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Prior to joining SHAPS this semester, Julia held a tenure-track position at the University of Hong Kong.

Kumuda Simpson has a background in International Relations. She worked in academia for over a decade, teaching and researching nuclear proliferation, global climate change politics, international law, the history of global social movements, and conflict studies. She has published a monograph on US-Iran Nuclear Politics, and has published in academic journals, The Conversation, and the Lowy Interpreter. For the past three years Kumuda has worked in public policy. Most recently, she has worked with the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations as a Senior Policy Advisor in Natural Resource Management, with a focus on water policy. She is currently a Senior Policy Officer at the First Peoples Assembly of Victoria in the Policy team supporting the work the Assembly is doing to progress the path towards Treaties for First Peoples living in Victoria.

Phoebe Weston-Evans took her undergrad at Trinity Dublin before undertaking a PhD at the Faculty of Art in Melbourne where she worked on French contemporary literature and tutored in French language. She successfully completed her PhD during the pandemic in July 2020 and has now gone on to pursue a career in libraries. Phoebe is currently completing a Master in Information Studies at Charles Sturt University and working at the Australian Library and Information Association.