This week on the Sausage of Science, we are debuting our new series installment, “Hackademics”. In this miniseries, we are going to be talking about under-discussed issues in academia, including imposter syndrome, mental health, and navigating hostile research environments. We are thrilled to start this series with Dr. Agustin Fuentes, the Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C. Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Fuentes shares his own personal experience coming back (or, at least, attempting to) from his doctoral research. Additionally, he shares his advice for navigating this experience as a student, as well as ways that mentors and departments can provide more support for post-field students. Currently, Dr. Fuentes’ research explores the roles of creativity and imagination in human evolution, multispecies anthropology, evolutionary theory, and the structures of race and racism. To learn more about him email him, check out his university webpage…gustin-fuentes/, send him an email at, or follow him on twitter @AnthroFuentes.

The Sausage of Science is produced by Cara Ocobock and Chris Lynn, with assistance from Junior Service Fellow Caroline Owens for the Public Relations Committee of the Human Biology Association. The song in the soundbed is “Always Lyin’” by the Morning Shakes.

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