Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women's and Gender Studies

FALL & SPRING, Tuesdays, 4:00 - 7:00 PM
September 4, 2012 – May 7, 2013
Meets every other week at MIT, Building and Room TBD

This workshop will provide intellectual and practical guidance for students at any stage in the dissertation process.  Class sessions will be structured with four primary goals:  to address challenges in the conception and completion of a dissertation; to explore the methodological and theoretical issues attendant on discipline-based and interdisciplinary feminist research; to foster the professional development of participants; and to provide a structure of group work, hands-on exercises, and peer review that will help students move most effectively through their own projects. 

Flexibly shaped to meet the needs of its participants, the dissertation workshop will entail minimal reading assignments so that the majority of the students’ time can be directed to their own projects.  The class will provide a forum for working out problems of conceptualization and structure, the use of evidence, the development of individual chapters, techniques for effective research, drafting and revising, and preparing abstracts. We will also discuss and practice techniques for presenting conference papers, publishing articles, and preparing for the academic job market.


Susan Ware specializes in 20th century U.S. history, women's history, and biography, and has published extensively in those fields.  A visiting scholar at the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MIT in 2012-13, she has also served as director of Graduate Studies for the History Department at New York University before coming to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study to edit volume five of Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary from 1997-2005.


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The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 14N-211
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-324-2085