"Inger Mewburn is eminently relatable. Like many graduate students and early career academics struggling to find permanent jobs, she is a veteran of rejection and disappointment. But after years spent working in the field of research education, she knows how to roll with the punches, and she can show you how. Mewburn is the academic version of Dear Abby, the witty and warm adviser you wish you had. Partly a memoir, partly a practical field guide, and partly a self-help book, Becoming an Academic is meant to be devoured during late-night existential crises or bouts of writer's block. Mewburn deftly identifies the common insecurities that linger in the average graduate student's brain, offering pithy anecdotal examples from her own life or from the misadventures of her students or friends."