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I Publish In A Harvard University Journal About Cyberjaya

In 2018 I considered going back to university. This is some of the debitage.

New Geographies journal
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I debated putting this post in here, but as the intention behind this blog is to serve as a collection point for what I do / experience / learn I guess it fits.

Throughout 2018 I flirted with the idea of going back to university. While the life of a professor only somewhat resonates with me, I knew that it would be an opportunity to do what I do now and make more money. I’m comfortable talking in front of people, I’m deeply experienced in various research methodologies, my book publisher is an academic press … so why not?

I told myself that if an opportunity came along where I’m recruited by a top university who would be willing to foot the bill and allow me to jump right into a phd program, I would do it.

I didn’t really think this opportunity would ever come around … and then it (nearly) did. A professor that I sometimes work with at McGill University invited me into her program. It checked my boxes, so I had to say yes.

It was looking like I was going back to school. Then things got a little less appealing. Basically, I was told that I would need to enter the master’s program first. And do coursework. I didn’t want to sit through classes — I’m already doing the work that I would be doing there, so why take a break from it for two years to do someone else’s assignments? I’m too far gone for that.

However, when this process was coming about I wanted to bolster my academic publishing record, so I began writing for journals.

I found one of these journals recently when I visited my family’s home in WNY. It was sitting up on the mantlepiece over the fireplace in the living room. I guess my mom was proud.

The publication was called New Geographies, it’s a Harvard University journal. My paper was about Cyberjaya, a new city in Malaysia. I leafed through it, said that’s pretty neat, and tossed it back up on the mantlepiece. What else can you do with an academic journal?

Wade Shepard academic journal HarvardHarvard journal

Maybe you remember my stories about Cyberjaya on this blog? If not, here they are:

CYBERJAYA: Malaysia’s TECH City — First Visit, First Impressions

CYBERJAYA, Malaysia’s (First) Tech City, Visits 2 & 3


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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3722 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Jack December 22, 2019, 4:22 pm

    That is so awesome!

    It is a good way to build credibility in your subject area. I’ve debated doing the same but school is done for me for awhile.

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    • Wade Shepard December 23, 2019, 10:24 am

      I really like how you keep going after knowledge and building yourself. You just never stop. It’s not common. Usually men seem to just give up at some point.

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