10 years ago, my dissertation looked like this: pic.twitter.com/sc8arAaypi— Josh Kertzer (@jkertzer) January 26, 2019
For him, ten years ago takes him back to his dissertation. For me? Well, I was still at McGill, still an Associate Professor (sigh), still a Canadian Research Chair, and still having pubs on the international relations of ethnic conflict (see old cv here and most recent one here):
No pubs on alliances or civil-military relations yet. There was no evidence of Canadian defence anything. On the bright side, no mention of a grant for diaspora research that, well, didn't produce much in the way of results. The research in progress lists as many now dead projects as those that were quite productive:
I was still doing talks on the previous book, which featured xenophobia before it became hip, although I started giving talks on the caveats/alliances/comparative civ-mil project that became my destiny for the next decade. The co-authors have changed a bit, reflecting the new research agendas.
The list of service stuff got more extensive, including some testimony in Canada and yes, much more reviewing. In the old CV, I didn't list the PhD students I had supervised, perhaps because only three had completed by Feb of 2009. Now, I list all of those who have finished or who are past their dissertation proposal.
Oh and one more difference: no twitter address and no blog address. Those things happened a few months later--spring and summer of 2009. Pretty sure my reputation, whatever it is now, has a key piece tied to social media presence/activity, and that simply didn't exist ten years ago.
To be clear, while I liked my career and where it stood (mostly) ten years ago, I am much happier and satisfied where I am now. I, of course, still suffer from academic guilt--that I could have been more productive, and rejection still is inherent in the enterprise. Yet, I know that I have been lucky, which is why this is where I usually put Joe Walsh.
The only real question left is whether this #Academic10YearChallenge is also an effort by facebook to improve its algorithms.