November 30, 2003

Poll: Academic Identity

The idea for this poll was suggested by reader Another Damned Medievalist, in connection with the Tenure, Toddlers and Timing discussion (for more on this theme, see Monks and Debutantes and The Academic Artist at Apt 11D (permalinks bloggered: scroll down), The Conundrum of Tenure and Toddlers at Daniel Drezner, and More on Toddlers (Daycare and Feminism) at Crooked Timber.

If you hold an academic position, which of the following comes closest to describing your academic identity? Please feel free to explain and elaborate (and even to pontificate) in the comments section.

If you wish, please also indicate the dominant colour(s) in your work wardrobe.

Posted by Invisible Adjunct at November 30, 2003 10:19 PM

Foresty colors and black. And Navy, if I've been working out.

Posted by: Another Damned Medievalist at November 30, 2003 10:35 PM

Black and Gray. When I'm bold... some forest green, dark brown, or burgundy.

Posted by: Deeni at November 30, 2003 10:47 PM

Black, white, gray, olive green.

Heh. All this Mirkwoodian camouflage--who's our fashion icon, the wandering chief of the Dunedain?

Posted by: Rose at November 30, 2003 11:25 PM

My fiance calls them "duck colors" - black, brown, forest green, deep blues, olive, burgundy....

Posted by: Oliviacw at December 1, 2003 05:02 AM

Black, red (the "Stendhal look"), some grays and blues.

Posted by: Miriam at December 1, 2003 08:16 AM

Khaki and variations thereof for pants; something high contrast for shirts. (I have a predilection for cotton Hawaiian shirts -- I have no doubt that Gina Barreca or the "Queer Eye" guys will be in touch soon.)

Posted by: WM3 at December 1, 2003 08:25 AM

Another Mirkwoodian here.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea at December 1, 2003 10:34 AM

Dark colors, navy, green, crimson, burgundy, purple.

Posted by: Lisa at December 1, 2003 10:47 AM

Black, various browns, some grey, forest green, maroon sometimes, and blue on occasion ...

IA: It would be interesting to see a breakdown of answers to this poll according to what class of academic -- e.g., tenure-track, full time contingents, and adjuncts -- one identifies as.

Posted by: Chris at December 1, 2003 11:12 AM

Another from Mirkwood, at least the sunnier parts: black, dark blue, dark brown, sage green, khaki, camel, occasionally red or garnet, sometimes denim. Nothing bright or pastel.

I research and write and have given up teaching and academia; hence option d.

Posted by: Rana at December 1, 2003 11:58 AM

I always teach wearing light colors (tan, light blue, white). I would wear dark colors if chalk dust didn't take such a liking to them.

Posted by: matins at December 1, 2003 01:01 PM

Black with lots of colorful prints and stripes; gotta have the stripes---they disorient the students!

Posted by: Cat at December 1, 2003 03:17 PM

Whatever CP Shades was pushing about 3 years ago (that's about as long as the clothes last, if worn frequently).

Posted by: Ruth at December 1, 2003 04:17 PM

Blue blazer, a black, a grey and a brown pinstriped sports jacket, grey and kaki pants, and lots of colorful ties. Also, one pink shirt and a seersucker jacket for the few warm days on the northern plains.

Posted by: msj at December 1, 2003 05:07 PM

Work? Scarlet and Gray.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 1, 2003 10:44 PM

Black, most available shades of green and purple, occasional blues, oranges, reds, browns/beiges. Some white in summer.

Posted by: Naomi Chana at December 2, 2003 06:54 AM