WOW! So, I’ve been at work all day and until now didn’t realize that I will be in Chicago one month from today in this very hour, defending my dissertation.
What does that mean, you ask?
Well, as you likely know, I’ve been doing this masssssssive research project called a dissertation for the last year and a half in order to earn my PhD in Disability Studies.
My dissertation research is a dual-study project, meaning I conducted two studies within it. I did this for many reasons. First, I’m too ambitious for my own good. And secondly, and most importantly, I am not a fan of doing research without an action component. I can’t just study something and say ” well I found x, y, and z, and now world, go and change based on that.” We all know that most research published goes straight to nowhere-town. So few people ever read it and the world keeps on as it is.
So the first part of my research was to get at that action piece. To directly benefit the community in some way, I saw to it that something was done. And as you may recall, the action group of peer collaborators I organized for this study did an amazing job of creating an action. The #IHearYou campaign was a success!
The second study was also participatory, but in a very different way. The second study within my wider dissertation study was a netnography (study of an online culture) across Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Specifically this study asks how the condition of diabetes is being politicized across these platforms and community groups.
Interesting huh? Well, HA! I am totally going to leave you hanging.
I will post some more material between now and then, but…
if you want to learn more, tune into my live-streamed dissertation defense on September 27th from 2-3pm CST.
I will post details, but save the date now!
I can’t wait to share my work with you.