Welcome to Tedra Osell

by John Quiggin on December 5, 2011

We at Crooked Timber are very happy to welcome the latest addition to our crew, Tedra Osell. Tedra was one of the pioneers of academic blogging when she founded the much-missed BitchPhD blog back in (I think 2004), and now writes for Inside Higher Education at Mama PhD. Her joining us is the result of a happy coincidence of wants – we were talking about how much the site could benefit from someone like Tedra (in fact, specifically from Tedra herself), just as she was posting about a return to blogging. I won’t try to describe Tedra’s previous work, let alone predict her contributions here, but I’m confident they will be well worth reading.

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1

Ben Alpers 12.05.11 at 10:15 pm

Congrats to both CT and B (though I suppose we won’t be calling Tedra that around here)!

A great blog just got even better.

2

LizardBreath 12.05.11 at 10:19 pm

Woohoo! Glad to see you here.

3

Brad DeLong 12.05.11 at 10:28 pm

W00T!

4

AcademicLurker 12.05.11 at 10:30 pm

Awesome.

5

Steve LaBonne 12.05.11 at 10:33 pm

Excellent! I’m looking forward to her contributions.

6

Ingrid Robeyns 12.05.11 at 10:37 pm

Welcome! Great to have you with us.

7

Sean Carroll 12.05.11 at 10:40 pm

“Like”

8

Barry Freed 12.05.11 at 10:42 pm

What they all said.

9

Antonio Conselheiro 12.05.11 at 11:00 pm

I cannot but agree with the others.

10

William Timberman 12.05.11 at 11:05 pm

Ahhh….

11

Doctor Slack 12.05.11 at 11:09 pm

B! Hooray!

12

Peter Frase 12.05.11 at 11:19 pm

Oh hell yes, Osell will annihilate. I’m liking team CT for the 2012 season.

13

LFC 12.05.11 at 11:48 pm

A little puzzled b/c the most recent post by T. Osell I could find (at Mama PhD) is dated Feb. ’09. Perhaps I was looking in the wrong place.

14

Yarrow 12.06.11 at 12:29 am

Yay!

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Tedra Osell 12.06.11 at 12:34 am

LFC is correct; I haven’t blogged at Mama PhD in ages. But I promise to be more reliable here.

And thanks, all; one of the biggest reasons I agreed to join CT was that I missed having regular discursive contact with many of the folks here.

16

Leslie 12.06.11 at 12:42 am

Excellent!

17

djw 12.06.11 at 12:43 am

horray!

18

Emma in Sydney 12.06.11 at 12:46 am

Fantastic! I’ve grieved for Bitch PhD for many many months. Maybe we can have some feminist thread smackdown delivered righteously, right here at CT.

19

Another Damned Medievalist 12.06.11 at 12:58 am

hot damn!

20

Barry 12.06.11 at 1:03 am

21

Helen 12.06.11 at 2:31 am

“A great blog just got even better” – Just says it all. BPhD/Tedra, I’ve missed your blog, and this is great news.

22

jo(e) 12.06.11 at 2:36 am

Yes!

23

Witt 12.06.11 at 3:00 am

Most excellent news! So glad to hear it.

24

Anderson 12.06.11 at 3:07 am

Wow. Just yesterday, I was wishing Bitch Ph.D., Ogged, and Hilzoy were still blogging.

I now regret not having wished for $3 million, but this is really good too.

25

T. Paine 12.06.11 at 3:33 am

Hurrah! I’ve missed BPhD quite a bit, and I really enjoy CT, so this is fantastic news. Congrats to everyone involved!

26

Salient 12.06.11 at 3:50 am

Wow, I did not think there could be news on the internet today that would make me happier or more excited than NASA’s announcement about Kepler-22b, but hey, leave it to CT to deliver — even under wildly optimistic conjecture K-22b has maybe a millions-to-one chance of hosting anything awesome, whereas Tedra Osell returning to regular blogging ensures the awesome is guaranteed. Way to one-up the known universe.

Sheesh, next thing I know they’ll announce we’ve verified the presence of liquid water and rocky crust on the surface of a newly discovered Goldilocks-zone planet, and that same day you’ll announce you’ve brought Fafnir and the gang on board for a regular stint. Give the Milky Way a fighting chance!

27

NBarnes 12.06.11 at 4:05 am

As they say in the hinterlands; WOOO!

28

David 12.06.11 at 4:06 am

Yeah, awesome.

29

politicalfootball 12.06.11 at 4:46 am

Woohoo! Most excellent.

30

Colin Danby 12.06.11 at 5:42 am

Things are looking up.

31

tomslee 12.06.11 at 6:03 am

Me too.

32

brandon 12.06.11 at 6:04 am

Excellent plot twist! May there be much enlightening of people and or rhetorical breaking of faces in the very very near future! It is a good day.

33

Wrye 12.06.11 at 6:11 am

I am so happy. Yay B!

34

SEK 12.06.11 at 7:20 am

-100

…but only because that means she won’t respond to all the cat videos I post on Facebook.

35

Walt 12.06.11 at 7:40 am

I’ve heard that Osell is Herzogovinian, thus dooming this blog to mediocrity. Also, she claims to have lived in “Canada”, which suggests that dsquared has lost some sort of behind-the-scenes power struggle. We should see if official Crooked Timber photos have been edited to remove him.

36

Bijan Parsia 12.06.11 at 7:45 am

Great and welcome news.

37

Alex 12.06.11 at 10:21 am

bitchphd!

38

Charlie W 12.06.11 at 1:03 pm

Welcome! Great to have you back.

39

mrearl 12.06.11 at 2:59 pm

I’ve been too long thirsty for a good shot of B. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!

40

Belle Waring 12.06.11 at 3:41 pm

RELEASE THE HOUNDS, SMITHERS!

41

christian_h 12.06.11 at 4:05 pm

Outstanding!

42

Sumana Harihareswara 12.06.11 at 5:00 pm

OMG this is so so so great. Yay!

43

JR in WV 12.06.11 at 5:02 pm

I loved Bitch PhD, and will be glad to see that keen wit applied for the benefit of this blog, which I also enjoy, obviously.

You folks keep up the good work!

44

NBarnes 12.06.11 at 5:25 pm

Wow, how old must PK be now?

45

ralph 12.06.11 at 6:01 pm

I am simply overjoyed.

46

dbk 12.06.11 at 6:01 pm

To repeat yet again: a very warm welcome, Tedra!
And kudos to JQ and the rest of the CT team for an impressive addition to a great blog (cf. Danial Davies via Brad DeLong).

47

washerdreyer 12.06.11 at 6:08 pm

Yes, this is awesome.

48

sdf (Stu) 12.06.11 at 6:49 pm

Most excellent. Team CT lands the best free agent on the academeblog market. Awesome pairing.

49

Sister of the B. 12.06.11 at 10:37 pm

Wow Ted, if all these comments don’t make you feel like a million bucks…. I too will be happy to read your snarky, clever and insightful posts!

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Tedra Osell 12.07.11 at 1:25 am

NBarnes, PK is eleven. It’s very sad.

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