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GSA Career Nights (sponsored by grAdvantage)

GSA Career Nights expose graduate students to UCSD alumni that have pursued a variety of careers after receiving a graduate degree. As a UCSD graduate student, Career Night programming is designed to shed light on the broad array of career opportunities before you, help guide you through your next stage of professional development, and provide an opportunity for you to network with like-minded graduate students and alumni. Typically, speaker presentations and Q&A are followed by a social hour for Career Night speakers and graduate students to mix, mingle and discuss career options over food and refreshments.

See the grAdvantage website for additional info.

The next GSA Career Night will be held in August 2020.


Careers for PhDs: Inside and Outside the Academy

Virtual Zoom Event

When: May 14, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)  

Career Night Panelists: 

Sowparnika Balaswaminathan, PhD '18

Postdoctoral Fellow at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Sowparnika received her PhD in Anthropology from UC San Diego in 2018. Her research interests include museums, art and craft, and postcoloniality. She is currently the Peter Buck postdoctoral fellow at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Her research examines the construction of heritage and traditional arts in South Asia through museums and handicraft policies, and their impact on contemporary artisan communities and uses ethnographic and archival methods. She is currently working on a book project about the ethical life and aesthetic practice of bronzecasters in South India. Sowparnika worked as an Instructional aide at the Making of the Modern World Program at UC San Diego for over 5 years and was a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology. She also served on the Humanists@Work Advisory Board which advocated for valorizing student labor and incorporating professionalization into graduate training curricula.


Landon M. Klein, PhD '18

Senior Consultant at California State Assembly Privacy Committee


Tara-Lynne Pixley, PhD '18

Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Tara Pixley (@tlpix) is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. As a scholar of documentary media, her research interests include journalism studies, visual culture and critical race, gender and queer theory, particularly as it relates to re-visioning oppressed populations in the digital new(s) media sphere She is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and photographer who co-founded Reclaim Photo and Authority Collective — two organizations dedicated to de-colonizing visual media industry practices. Her film and photographic work intersect with her scholarship, each addressing the problematics of representation and the possibility of contemporary visual media to reimagine historically misrepresented/underrepresented communities. Dr. Pixley’s published work appears in Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies & Research; Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly; HuffPost; ESPN Magazine; Nieman Reports; Newsweek; New York Times; ProPublica; PhotoVoice; PDN Magazine and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. She is currently working on a monograph chronicling the move toward equity and inclusion in the visual journalism industry as well as producing a documentary film about progressive media movements online.  Dr. Pixley received her PhD in Communication from UC San Diego and an MFA in Photography from SCAD.


Erik G. Shipton, MS '07, PhD '11

Physics Research Scientist, Facebook


Kara N. Wentworth, MA '12, PhD '16

Managing Director of Impact Strategy at TPT - Twin Cities PBS        

Kara Wentworth leads impact strategy and analysis for Twin Cities PBS, one of the US’s largest public television producers.  She is an expert in creative qualitative research, community-focused strategy, and communication. Her doctoral research focused on small slaughterhouses as sites of state-sanctioned killing where difference and what lives matter get carved out each day (UCSD PhD Communication and Science Studies, 2016). Her current role began as an ACLS/Mellon Public Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017-2019.