Dissertating in the Open

Inspired by the work of Dr. Laura Gogia, Dr. Bonnie Stewart, and Dr. Maha Bali, I opened my dissertation to the world by reflecting on the research and writing process, licensing my dissertation with a Creative Commons license, and sharing my defense on YouTube. (Live-streaming and live-tweeting required more time and support than my early pandemic era defense allowed.)

This page provides links to the blog posts and resources I created during the process.

Blog posts:

The Dissertation Text & Defense Video

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I acknowledge that I live and work on unceded Lumbee, Skaruhreh/Tuscarora, Cheraw, Catawba, Saponi, Occaneechi, and Shakori land. I give respect and reverence to those who came before me. I thank Holisticism for the text of this land acknowledgement.

We must acknowledge that much of what we know of this country today, including its culture, economic growth, and development throughout history and across time, has been made possible by the labor of enslaved Africans and their ascendants who suffered the horror of the transatlantic trafficking of their people, chattel slavery, and Jim Crow. We are indebted to their labor and their sacrifice, and we must acknowledge the tremors of that violence throughout the generations and the resulting impact that can still be felt and witnessed today. I thank Dr. Terah β€˜TJ’ Stewart for the text of this labor acknowledgement.