While I’ve never pursued a tenure track position (and never intend to!), I have started thinking more about my intellectual contributions beyond teaching (which I do only occasionally and when my schedule allows) and training academics to engage with the public.
I’m working on three projects currently, but the biggest and best one has to be kept a secret for now.
My second project has been in progress since 2002, when I read the entire Hippocratic Corpus (in Greek!) and wrote a MA thesis on the doctor as performer in Hippocrates. While writing my PhD dissertation on British India, I came across sources on the mind-body connection in medicine and assertions that it was a uniquely Eastern phenomenon. Since then I’ve been slowly accumulating evidence of it in the Hippocratic Corpus and following the mind-body connection and other Hippocratic notions (such as medical geography) up into the 21st century. I still think often about what the Hippocratic Corpus teaches us re: how to be a doctor and how much of that ancient notion we’ve retained in 21st century Western medicine.
My third project comes out of my love for the Arctic, which originated in 2008 at SUNY Buffalo when I worked on a project on literacy in the Canadian Arctic and Lapland with archaeologist Ezra Zubrow. (Also, I’m from Buffalo, so the cold doesn’t bother me.) Since then, I’ve been collecting data on independent explorer Louise Arner Boyd (1887-1972) and her work on behalf of the US Army during WWII. I’ve also been working on a project involving images of the Inuit, as well as Inuit bodies, in the 19th century.
Right now the biggest struggle is trying to decide whether to publish in a scholarly or popular venue.