Post # 1
I have just finished a PhD and I’m hoping to establish an academic career (I do part-time lecturing at the moment during term time). I have published a couple of articles and have another one due to be published around the time of our wedding. I am pondering what to do about my name when we get married. I would like to take my fiance’s name but I’m also very fond of my maiden name and I’m just beginning to establish myself professionally under it.
I know that many women in academia keep their maiden name for professional purposes. However, what I would ideally like is to hyphenate for professional purposes (I’ve been inspired by Jessica Ennis-Hill!) So let’s say I’m Jane SpringBee and my fiance is Mr SpringBug. I would like to legally become Mrs Jane Springbug but professionally be known as Dr Jane SpringBee-Springbug. My maiden name is quite unusual so I think this would allow me to be identified with the (small amount) of work published before my marriage. Is this ok, and does anyone know of anyone in academia who does this?? I’m UK-based, in case this makes a difference in regards to customs.
Post # 3
I did some work for a woman who did this, actually. Her name is actually Susie Shortcake, but she goes professionally by Dr. Susie Crumpet (since her hypenated name is really long) or Dr. Susie Crumpet-Shortcake.
Post # 4
I don’t see why not. My friend is almost done with her PhD, and she got married last year. She started publishing under her maiden name, but she has changed her name.
What she’s doing as far as publications as this:
She has a few articles under “Jane Smith” and will publish her next few under “Jane Smith-Jones.” Eventually she will publish under “Jane Jones.” This way there’s a trail for people to follow that leads from her maiden name to her married name.
In my friend’s case, her maiden name is very common, while her married name is less common, so she eventually wants to just go by her married name.
Post # 5
My Future Mother-In-Law did just that, PhD and all. She’s a bio-chem researcher and married in her 30s. The only difference is that she normally uses her hyphenated name in ALL areas of her life. Our wedding invites list FI’s parents as “Dr. Dad DadName and Dr. Mom MomName-DadName.” She’s now in her mid-late 60s and fully recognized as a leader in her field. She is based in the US.
If that’s what makes your happy, go for it!
Post # 6
I’ve wondered the same thing in the past. I have a PhD & quite a few publications that – although I now work in industry – are still relevant to my job. I’ve decided that i’m going to change my name officially but keep using my maiden name for work. I think the decision to hyphenate somwhat depends on the names (Ennis-Hill sounds good), mine would sound awful…way too many syllables! Most people I know (UK & NZ) have kept maiden names for work, but I think hyphenating is totally fine too.
Post # 7
I would use one name professionally, and go by the other socially.
As much as no one likes to think about it when planning a wedding a good chunk of them are going to get divorced.
I would not want to have to let randoms reading my published work know about a divorce. which they will if they have to follow a trail of names.
Post # 8
Plus, academic papers aren’t legal document. You can change your name legally to Mrs Springbug and go by your maiden name on papers. My old advisor did that.
Post # 9
@spring_bee: I’m going to keep my name professionally. I’m not fancy — just a teacher — just my students know me as Ms. Acid, and I don’t want to have to start being called Mrs. Pumpkinhead all the time. I shudder at the thought, actually.
Post # 10
I’m going for my PhD and following what some academic women I know have done: two last names, not hyphenated, use them together or alone.
Post # 11
I adjunt teach also, and I have kept all my maiden name for my email and my name on the class listings. However, my paycheck is to my married name. Whenever I finish my PhD, I will probably have both names on there. But I still have sometime to think about that.
I personally think it is okay to legally change your name but keep your maiden name in the academia.
Post # 12
Curious about this. But then… I am keeping my name, so…
Post # 13
Thanks for all your comments and sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to this thread. It’s good to hear different experiences and perspectives. I’m still leaning towards hyphenating for work, but I’m going to give it some thought over the next few months. A benefit of a long-ish engagement is the time to think through this sort of thing carefully.
Post # 14
I have professors who either go by their husband’s names personally and their maidan name privately, or some who have hyphenated to make it easier.
I am currently about to graduate with my Master’s and heading into my doctoral program and by the time I marry will have likely published under my maiden name. I’m going to hyphenate.
Post # 15
I’m in academia as well. The plan is that both my husband and I will take the other’s last name as a new middle name. So, say my name was Jennifer Azure and his name was Billy Blue. My new name will be Jennifer Blue Azure, and his name would be Billy Azure Blue. Professionally, I will publish under “Jennifer Blue Azure,” which will be relatively continuous with my previous publishing under “Jennifer Azure.” And in day-to-day thingies, I will be Jennifer Azure. The closest model is Hillary Rodham Clinton (though Rodham is her maiden name): she goes by that professionally, and also by Hillary Clinton. (It would be kick-ass if Bill Clinton was “Bill Rodham Clinton,” but I digress…)
Post # 16
I’m midway through my PhD and am going to double barrell professionally and use my husband’s name socially. I don’t want to give up my name and while my partner is completely willing to change so we’re both sharing a hyphenated name, it’s such a pain in the butt for men to do it! I’ll have a bit of a silly name, maiden name is a colour, married name is an animal. Think, CeeBee Red Fox (not this really but that’d be awesome)