I recently read an article in the New York Times about a woman who was trolled on Twitter for making reference to her PhD. (“Women, Own Your Dr. Titles” by Julia Baird.) The comments were so hostile she decided to add “Dr.” to her handle. Just to rub it in. The abuse intensified. Her advice, finally, was if you’ve got it, use it. In this case, use your “Dr.” academic credential letters.
That got me thinking. I’ve had my PhD in English literature for years. But once I stopped teaching, I pretty much