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[GradFUTURES Podcast] Season 1, Episode 3: Telling the Scientific Story: A Conversation with Jason McSheene *15
Oct. 14, 2022

In our third episode (Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyAudible, and Pocket Casts) Hellen Wainaina (GS, ENG) talks with Jason McSheene, *15, a Medical Science Communications Specialist at Meditech Media. Jason earned his PhD from Princeton’s Department of Molecular Biology. While at Princeton, he created and co-hosted a podcast, “PhD in Progress” with his peers to  have honest, authentic conversations about their professional perspectives and aspirations.

[GradFUTURES Podcast] Season 1, Episode 2: "21st Century Graduate Education: A Conversation with Sarah-Jane Leslie *07"
June 27, 2022

In the second episode, Hellen Wainaina talks with Sarah-Jane Leslie *07, Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy. Sarah-Jane has previously served as Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Dean for Faculty…

GradFUTURES Launches Podcast, Episode One: Ann Kirschner *78
April 15, 2022

The official GradFUTURES podcast launched on April 1, on the final day of the 2022 GradFUTURES Forum. 

Led by Princeton graduate student Hellen Wainaina, the GradFUTURES podcast centers on the futures of PhDs: both those in training at Princeton, and Princeton graduate alumni who are in and beyond academia. The podcast tells the professional development stories of graduate students, graduate alumni, and those who partner and collaborate with them. 

Currently, the podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, and Pocket Casts, with more destinations planned for the future. 

Our Team Includes:

Hellen Wainaina, GS, ENG
University Administrative Fellow, Host & Executive Producer of the GradFUTURES Podcast

Hellen Wainaina (she/her) is a PhD student in the English department and a scholar in the Graduate Scholars Program through the Access, Diversity & Inclusion Office. In her research and writing, Hellen is interested in postcolonial narratology, black aesthetics, and critical resistance to reductive readings of postcolonial literature,…

Francine Henry

Francine Henry is the audio engineer for the GradFUTURES Podcast, and a visual identity strategist for the GradFUTURES New Media Studio.

Francine has also contributed to the broader visual identity for a range of GradFUTURES projects and events, including the GradFUTURES Forums in 2020, 2021, and 2022.



Rebekah Haigh, GS, REL
GradFUTURES Fellow

After completing a BS at Rochester College and MTS and ThM at Emory University, Rebekah Haigh became a Fulbright Fellow at Hebrew University in 2017-2018. In 2018, she joined the PhD program in Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity at Princeton. While her dissertation centers on ritual and violence in ancient Judaism, she also explores the role…

Genevieve Allotey-Pappoe, GS, MUS
University Administrative Fellow
"The GradFutures program is a great initiative for the professional development of graduate students at Princeton."
James M. Van Wyck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development

James M. Van Wyck is the liaison for the Humanities & Social Sciences. He manages graduate student professional development programs, strategic communications, the GradFUTURES Fellows program, including the University Administrative Fellows Program, and the Community College Teaching Initiative.