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Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal on Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education

Episode 5



Transcript created by Frankie Martinez.


In this episode, we discuss

Connecting with Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal on her book, Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education. What are some of the pros and cons for keeping a psychiatric disability hidden? How do we challenge stereotypes and the notion that seeking accommodations is cheating? How do we raise awareness and change the narrative? How do we practice care for ourselves and for our students while also protecting ourselves inside of a neoliberal university system? What advice would you give to those who are thinking of leaving academia?

Highlights include:

  1. What are the pros and cons of keeping a psychiatric disability hidden? (3:04)
  2. Raising awareness and creating communities of care (7:56)
  3. How do we navigate intersectionality and de-centering authority in the classroom in terms of socioeconomic background, race, gender and other kinds of privilege (11:02)
  4. How do we challenge the narrative that people who need accommodations are faking their disability? (16:31)
  5. The mad genius stereotype (24:19)
  6. Persevering in the midst of a mental illness, the challenges of working inside a neoliberal university system, and saying “no” (30:14)
  7. Advice for those working in academia (36:30)
  8. Advice for those wanting to leave academia (40:00)

Resources Mentioned


About Dr. Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D., is a bestselling author, speaker, and law professor. She is the author of Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (2017), #1 Amazon bestseller; The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career (2019); and Even If You’re Broken: Essays on Sexual Assault and #MeToo (2019), winner of a 2020 gold IPPY award. She’s also written three novels, EntanglementChasing Chaos, and Fallout Girl, and many textbooks on law and writing. She is a columnist for Women in Higher Education, where she covers gender issues, labor, and academia. Her popular column for Catapult magazine, “Mom, Interrupted,” is about family life, mental illness, and raising disabled kids as a disabled parent. Her column “Public Writing Life” for the Chronicle of Higher Education advises academics who wish to transition to writing for public audiences. She speaks frequently about mental health and disability, writing and publishing, gender issues, and higher education.

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