ABD: I did it!

Who’s ABD? After all the hard work I put in and all the pep talks from Megan and Julio, I’d like to think that I walked out like: But it was actually like: Now, onward to the dissertation prospectus! (Also, reading some things for fun.) In all seriousness, this was a really valuable process for … Continue reading

Comps Notes: Modes of Feminism

Transnational Feminism  seeks to create feminist solidarity across national and cultural borders in order to fight systems of oppression, but without losing cultural and historical specificity. It promotes an understanding that gender is socially constructed and does not function in isolation from other identities such as race, ethnicity, religion, class, nation, or sexual orientation. Therefore, … Continue reading

Comps Notes: Poetry

I really like poetry, but it’s something that I have a hard time speaking about sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I can gloss a sonnet pretty well, but once you get to the more recent, modern developments it’s much, much harder for me. On my reading list, I have works by 15 poets. In this … Continue reading

Comps Notes: Speaking Citizenship

One of the recurring themes I’ve noticed in the texts on my reading list is an emphasis on speech as a way to think about belonging or alienation. In my list, I’m engaging with portrayals of cultural citizenship, and I didn’t purposely anticipate the way that speech would represent that, but it’s something I was … Continue reading

Comps Notes: Schooling and Citizenship

In my rationale, and in my studies more generally, education’s connection to citizenship and power is a major theme. For example, I argued that education is used as a tool for creating order in the midst of clashes over migration, race, class, etc. as it both gives people the tools they need to reflect on … Continue reading

Timeline: U.S. Citizenship Law

Timeline of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Law I’m going to skip over about 100 years. Before 1868, there were a few changes made, but for the most part to be a citizen you had to be a white man. Women were citizens too, but their citizenship was coupled to their husband’s and they couldn’t vote. … Continue reading

Writing All of the Things

Well, I turned it in! The written portion of my exam is over as of 11:57 am today. Since I did my M.A. here also, I can’t help but compare the two experiences. Granted, I had much more time for this essay, but man, have I come a long way. That’s a good feeling. I … Continue reading

Comps Notes: And So It Begins

I spent so much of today at my desk that when I took Rory out just now, not only was I surprised that it was snowing, it had snowed enough that someone made a snowman. I start the written part of my PhD exam in the morning.* Naturally, I feel like crying and demolished a … Continue reading