About this event
Creative dissertation formats can open doors, helping you bring together unique skills and research, create a project with a significant public impact, and breathe life into scholarly work. More and more scholars are sharing their scholarly research and intellectual insights in dynamic, engaging forms such as graphic novels, mobile games, documentary films, and more, and are having an impact both within and beyond the academy. Join several humanities and social science scholars to learn more about these projects, discuss why this kind of work matters, and get advice on how to navigate potential hurdles at your own institution.
Sonia Estima is an Associate Professor at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, and currently serves as an Academic Specialist. She supervises the Faculty Development and Immersion programs at the school. She successfully defended her dissertation, Multimodal Meaning Making, in December 2020 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her current work and interests revolve around helping teachers become engaged in their own professional development. Looking through the lens and the principles of critical pedagogy, she tries to help faculty reflect on their practice and begin questioning their role in helping students and also themselves become critically conscious and develop a sense of agency in their practice—as teachers working in the classroom, and also as writers and professionals. Watch a video introduction of Sonia Estima from the NextGenDiss interview archive, and visit her website to learn more.
Ivan Gonzalez-Soto is a PhD student with the Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Group at the University of California, Merced. His cross-disciplinary research draws from environmental studies, history, and ethnic studies, and explores questions about race, labor, and technology in the arid American West. He is especially interested in the waterways and workers of twentieth century California’s Imperial Valley, and his work aims to better understand the Valley’s past in relation to the region’s contemporary environment. Learn more about Ivan Gonzalez-Soto’s work on his website.
Jesse Merandy is the Director of Digital Humanities and Digital Exhibitions (DH/DX) at Bard Graduate Center. He received his PhD from The Graduate Center, CUNY, studying mobile technology, Walt Whitman, and composition & rhetoric. His dissertation, Vanishing Leaves, is a location-based mobile experience which takes players to Brooklyn Heights to learn about Walt Whitman in the neighborhood where he wrote and published the first edition of Leaves of Grass. Watch a video introduction of Jesse Merandy from the NextGenDiss interview archive.
Justin Schell is the Director of the Shapiro Design Lab, a peer and engaged learning community in the University of Michigan Library. In addition to his work at the Design Lab, he is a filmmaker, visual artist, and podcast producer. He holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota’s Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society program, where he completed We Rock Long Distance, a multimodal dissertation and full-length documentary film on immigrant hip-hop in Minnesota.
Kay Sohini is a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellow, a comics-maker, and a PhD candidate in English at Stony Brook University, where she is currently drawing her doctoral dissertation, “Drawing Unbelonging” as a comic. As a Graphic-Medicine-centric project, it engages the sociopolitical through the lens of the personal, to critically look at pressing issues of our time, and to draw attention to systemic and interconnected issues pertaining to race, gender, disability and environmental inequality. Her work on comics has been published in The Nib, Graphic Mundi’s Covid Chronicles, Women Write About Comics, and Inside Higher Ed, amongst others. She works on the editorial team of The Comics Grid, and in the Executive Committee of the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF).
Katina L. Rogers is the founder of Inkcap Consulting and author of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and beyond the Classroom (Duke University Press, 2020). With over a decade of experience as a researcher, administrator, and educator, Dr. Rogers works with colleges and universities to design and implement creative, sustainable, and equitable structures for graduate education. She was an integral part of the HASTAC team for seven years, and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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This is part of a series of HASTAC Webinars that started in 2019. In this series, HASTAC Scholars facilitate 45-minute webinars topics ranging from dissertation writing, navigating academia, modes of publishing, and pedagogy strategies. To keep up to date about HASTAC events, subscribe to the Futures Initiative newsletter.
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