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Jessica A. Hutchins, editor of The Alt-Ac Diaries

Jessica Hutchins has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. A staunch advocate for the non-academic potential of graduate education, she administrates career and professional development resources for Ph.D. students in the biomedical sciences at Washington University. She never outgrew the childhood tendency to ask “why?” the world is the way that it is. That curiosity drives her to push back against social structures that would have us believe life could not be otherwise. Opinions are her own and do not represent Washington University.

Stalwart Midwesterner, based in St. Louis, Missouri.
On LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram: @jahutchins


10421585_10100507152798552_5297778878241103600_nSara Potter, contributor

Sara Potter holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from Washington University in Saint Louis. She presently teaches Mexican literature and Latin American popular culture at The University of Texas at El Paso. As a Michigan native and a deeply rooted Midwesterner at heart, she is profoundly grateful for the sunshine in the southwest but misses having a proper autumn. She’s convinced that boxes were not made to be thought in.


Jesse Hausler, contributor

Jesse Hausler is a student loan coordinator and fiction writer who escaped Washington University in St. Louis with an M.A. in English and American Literature. To date, he is still at large, although alumni donation mailings have him worried that the Academy may be closing in. He is a native of the northeastern corner of Texas and alternates his time between helping students get money to go to school at Texarkana College (in Texarkana, TX) and writing weird short stories about rock-band werewolves and such. He believes the life of the mind, like education itself, is a lifelong pursuit that is confined to no industry or profession.