Defense successful!

Me with my dissertation director (Mary Ann Hinsdale) during my defense
Me with my dissertation director (Mary Ann Hinsdale) during my defense

My dissertation defense went well, so that’s an immense relief. It was actually quite a bit of fun. Most defenses I’ve been to feature one of the committee members going at a time, each for 20-30 minutes. Mine started out that way, but it quickly turned into a more conversational, free flowing process (clearly in the spirit of Tracy). It’s a real treat to have a couple hours where the focus is on one’s own research.

For now, I’d like to take a month or two off from the diss, but I think I’ll look into the possibilities of publishing it. I’ll be checking out William Germano’s From Dissertation to Book in pursuit of this.

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