Black Girl, Grad School

an amalgamation of personal politics, and my life as a Ph.D. candidate

Posts tagged “international relations

Venezuela: The Continuation of U.S. foreign policy in “America’s backyard”

Posted on 2019-03-22

On January 23rd2019, President Trump and his administration decided to “officially recognize” the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the interim President of Venezuela. Four months prior to this official recognition of Guaido as the interim President in Venezuela by the Trump administration; right-wing Christian fundamentalist, Jair Bolsanaro, had won the elections in Brazil. Bolsanaro’s win was celebrated as a victory for the people of Brazil by the Trump administration, and Bolsanaro’s rise to the presidency was celebrated as a partner to the U.S. in the region. Two months after Bolsanaro’s win, and one month prior to Trump’s declaration of Guaido as the interim President of Venezuela, the government in Guyana (located to the east of Venezuela) fell, due to a…

Preparing for Comps, Grad School

Posted on 2018-01-25

This semester, I have one class and am doing comps prep (preparing for my comprehensive examinations). I am in an International Relations PhD program at FIU, where I focus on foreign policy and security—with a broad concentration on International Relations and the Caribbean. My Comprehensive Exams will consist of 5 questions— 2 belonging to core IR theory, 2 on my 2 major focuses: foreign policy + security, and 1 on my minor concentration: Caribbean politics. The good thing is, that I have read many of these books before and have taken extensive notes on them. I have highlighted material that I am confident with below. The bad thing is, at face value, the whole preparation aspect of it can seem daunting. I am just…

We describe the “Underdeveloped World” / “Third World” / “The Global South” as shithole countries everyday…

Posted on 2018-01-13

Currently there is a huge uproar about U.S. President, Donald Trump, (allegedly) referring to majority black countries in Africa and Haiti as “shithole” countries. In this conversation, it is also alleged that he preferred to take black migrants out of the U.S., in favor of white immigration from European countries. I do not doubt that Donald Trump has said these things— he’s already proven himself to be quite the racist. I only use the word ‘alleged’ since Donald Trump currently wants to change our libel laws and crack down on his “internal enemies.”  And, unfortunately, I do not have the funds to be sued in regards to libel issues. Or the time to be spent in prison over what was probably said and denied…

#GradTaxWalkOut ; Why we must RESIST the GOP Tax Bill

Posted on 2017-12-01

In this blog, I envisioned talking about aspects of my life, in terms of how these specific varying aspects of me, relate to my own personal politics whilst in grad school. This has been a bit hard to do, as it seems my being in grad school is currently under-attack. Quite literally. On Wednesday I participated in the #GradTaxWalkout and with good reason. I will paste a more in-depth analysis on why I am personally opposed to the GOP tax-plan, and I would also like to thank refinery29.com for reaching out to myself and other graduate students about the GOP Tax Bill. Here is my elongated response to refinery29: As an FIU graduate student, I am not allowed to work outside of the University,…

The GOP Tax Plan isn’t good for most Americans, including Graduate Students

Posted on 2017-11-19

86% of my income as a graduate student, goes towards bills.  This percentage does not include gas expenses, cost of groceries, costs of books, or any other items. [I also have two roommates]. The current tax plan as proposed by the GOP, in the form of tax cuts for wealthy Americans, worries me. It worries me and other graduate students because it would mean that we would have to leave our graduate programs– unable to afford them. As an FIU graduate student, I am not allowed to work outside of the University, otherwise, I could lose my graduate funding. This makes sense, because ideally, I am supposed to be finishing my PhD in as little time as possible.  However, because the pay grade does…