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Happy 2017!

Happy 2017! My one resolution (you only need one) for 2017 is to finish the PhD!

New paper published!

New paper published! The paper that Todd and I presented at the MPSA Conference and then updated has been published! And yes, it is an economics paper! Actually its about economics and AI (artificial intelligence). Todd J. Barry and Melissa K. Aho. 2016. “Technological Unemployment and Socio-Economic Change: Historical Perspectives and the Future.” Communications in […]

Citation Goddess!

Dr Madeline Messick dissertation is now online for your reading pleasure. This wonderful little sentence is to be found in the Acknowledgements: “Melissa Aho, AKA the Citation Goddess, deserves extra thanks for reviewing all my references”

Paper being published!

Good news! The paper “Technological Unemployment and Socio-Economic Change: Historical Perspectives and the Future” that Todd and I presented in Chicago at the MPSA is going to be published in the Communications in Applied Sciences!

Doctor Madeline Messick

My friend Madeline, whom I met the first day of my PhD program (along with J and Issam), successfully defended her dissertation “Natural Disasters In Latin America: The Role of Disaster Type and Productive Sector On The Urban-Rural Income Gap and Rural To Urban Migration” today! I purchased a Congratulations PhD Graduation card for her […]

I Passed!!! PhD Comprehensive Oral Exam

Today was my 90 Minutes PhD Comprehensive Oral Exam. April 28th, 2016 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m It was a crazy day! I got less than 3 hours of sleep (not a good sleeper I was trying for 6 hours, but could not fall asleep), so I was not moving too quickly this morning. The […]

Today is Study Day Wednesday!

Today is Study Day Wednesday, so named due to the fact that I am resting, letting my back recover from yesterdays long flights, and studying like a crazy lady for tomorrows PhD Oral Examination Day. Today was also rainy, humid, and included a trip for tacos to Juan Tequilas.

Back to Mississippi!

Back to Mississippi today to take my Comprehensive PhD Oral Exams! While at the MSP Airport I stopped in a bookstore and looked for Patrick Rothfuss books, as I know that he signs copies when he goes through the Airport. While I expected to find The Name of the Wind, I did not expect to […]

Midwest Political Science Association Conference!

I co-presented a paper with my friend and fellow PhD student Todd Barry at the 74th annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference (MPSA) conference (held April 7-10, 2016) at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago today.   But in the morning, before the presentation, we went to The Art Institute of Chicago to see “Van […]


I am in Chicago this weekend (really just Friday and Saturday) for the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference! Tomorrow I am presenting a paper, but today after a long flight (the American Airlines flight I was on had mechanical issues to I ended up going on two planes to get to Chicago) I got […]