The American Sociologist

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 82–96 | Cite as

Tough Love: Professional Lessons for Graduate Students

  • Kevin D. HaggertyEmail author


This article aims to demystify some of the realities of graduate education for the next generation of professors in the humanities and social sciences. Its ‘tell it like it is’ orientation is designed to ensure that graduate students have a firm understanding of the institution they are entering, and will hopefully help them avoid any number of missteps. Topics discussed include supervisor/student dynamics, conferences, writing practices, academic reputation and perseverance.


Graduate education Professionalization Mentoring Graduate supervisors Academic reputation Scholarly writing Academic conferences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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