RITM Dissertation Writing Groups

The RITM Dissertation Writing Group is dedicated to helping students find a space for critical, interdisciplinary work that crosses boundaries and challenges dominant modes of analysis.

Bringing together students from a variety of disciplines across Yale University, the RITM Dissertation Writing Group provides a space of accountability, support, and community to aid scholars and their research. The group, which meets regularly throughout the academic year, is specifically for doctoral students who have an approved prospectus and are eager to share their work and receive commentary and critique from their peers.

In its inaugural year the group included students from a range of disciplines, including African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, English, History, Political Science, and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Group Membership

2016-17 Dissertation Writing Group

The inaugural Dissertation Writing Group included the following Yale doctoral candidates:

Coordinators:

Nicholas Forster, African American Studies, Film and Media Studies
Kaneesha Parsard, African American Studies, American Studies, WGSS

Participants:

Samar Al-Bulushi, Anthropology
Anusha Alles, African American Studies, English, WGSS
Lucy Caplan, African American Studies, American Studies
Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn, American Studies
Fadila Habchi, African American Studies, American Studies
Lucia Hulsether, Religious Studies
Ryan Jobson, African American Studies, Anthropology
Tess Lanzarotta, History of Science and Medicine
Gabriela Morales, Anthropology
Tina Post, African American Studies, American Studies
Matthew Shafer, Political Science
Ashanti Shih, History of Science and Medicine
Ksenia Sidorenko, Comparative Literature, WGSS

2017-18 Dissertation Writing Group

Coordinator:
Keahnan Washington, African American Studies & Anthropology

Participants:
Danielle Bainbridge, African American Studies
Diana Burnett, Anthropology
Amanda Hall, African American Studies & American Studies
Shanna-Dolores Jean-Baptiste, African American Studies & American Studies
Danya Pilgrim, African American Studies & American Studies
Iliana Rodriguez, American Studies
Usha Rungoo, African American Studies & French
Damian Vergara, American Studies