This story originally appeared in The Harvard Crimson.
Ryan D. Enos starts most of his days in the dark at 5 a.m., with coffee. Enos, an assistant professor of government, cherishes these sacred quiet hours before his wife and 23-month-old daughter wake up. He uses that time to send emails and do research he might otherwise not have time for during the busy day. When the weather’s better and the Charles River isn’t frozen, Enos sometimes wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to row for a couple of hours, heading back home just in time for sunrise. Either way, he’s out the front door and in his CGIS office a few blocks away by around 8:30 a.m. Once there, he shuts his door. It’s time to work.
Enos is one of 160 tenure-track faculty at Harvard’s flagship school, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He moved to Cambridge with his wife in 2009 and accepted a position at Harvard in 2010. Several years into Harvard’s tenure track—which is infamous in the academic world for its rigor and selectivity—Enos is uncertain about his future at the University. Unlike many junior faculty, he and his wife own a home in Cambridge, but Enos does not plan to buy a larger house suitable for a family any time soon.