Michael Ekstrand

Blog Articles


Published on 31 Dec 2017 and tagged with academia and career.

2017 is almost over! What's happened?

Quite a few things. Surviving the year feels like an accomplishment, for a bunch of reasons. And I have by no means experienced the worst of it.

People Are Not Tasks

Published on 15 Oct 2017 and tagged with academia and productivity.

The primary text in church this morning was Romans 15:22–33 — Paul's travel plans, in which he hopes to visit Rome on the way to Spain after delivering a relief gift to Jerusalem. Our bishop is visting this weekend and gave the message, and some of the things he said got me thinking about how to live a good academic life.

The Tenure-Killer

Published on 9 Oct 2017 and tagged with career and academia.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings denial of tenure.

— Litany Against Fear, from Dune by Frank Herbert, adapted by yours truly.

There are a a couple pieces of advice, or rather a piece of advice and a short manifesto, that have stuck with me throughout my academic career.

Travel and Talks — Belgium and the Netherlands

Published on 7 Jun 2017 and tagged with research and talks.

I'm travelling next week to Belgium and the Netherlands, and have several talks scheduled; I'd love to see you at one of them.