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Planning a Career

Updated: Feb 26, 2021

Hello everybody! My name is Matthew Facciani (he/him) and I am currently a postdoc researcher at Vanderbilt University. I just graduated with my PhD in sociology from the University of South Carolina this summer. Before that, I was in a different PhD program studying cognitive neuroscience before I changed fields.

Graduate school has certainly been a journey for me and I’m happy to share my experiences during the grad chat! For my academic work, I am studying how different social factors impact the health of LGBTQ individuals. My dissertation was on political polarization and misinformation.

So I’ve studied a few different things! I still have the goal of becoming a professor someday, even though that is such a challenge with the current job market. Outside of academia, I am passionate about science communication and social justice activism. Looking forward to chatting with y’all soon!


Matthew (@MatthewFacciani) will be talking over the @PhD_Balance Instagram account tomorrow before joining Susanna Harris and Fay Lin on Saturday's (09/26) Grad Chat to talk about changing academic incentive structures. Grad Chat is live-streamed on YouTube Saturday's at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PST/8 pm BST! Use this link to set a reminder for Grad Chat on Saturday [Youtube Live link].

You can also now listen to all our Grad Chat episodes as a podcast, which is hosted on Anchor FM and available on all major streaming services!


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