PhD thesis

Princeton is not only divesting but ‘dissociating’ from fossil fuel corporations: Divestment is a decision to refuse to invest in a company or set of companies and entails the sale of all securities associated with a company, including both direct and indirect investments, and precludes the repurchasing of those securities. Dissociation means also refraining, to […]

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I know I will feel differently when teaching and research deadlines start to overlap and the stress compounds, but the experience of the last few days makes me think I had so little energy lately because I had too little to do. There is something very different between having a solitary (but supervised) project where […]

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A complete dissertation manuscript in LaTeX format is done and in the hands of my committee. Now, I should get comments from a professor within the department but outside my committee (internal external) and a political scientist from a different university (external external). Once I address their comments, we can move to the dissertation defence, […]

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Despite still not being at 100% physically or mentally, I am working through a four-step process for getting through all dissertation-related to-do lists, including emails to self, project tracking spreadsheets, and tasks written on physical notecards: Is there anything essential to successfully defending the dissertation still unfinished? Create final MS Word version for the LaTeX […]

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This weekend I have been working through a complete draft of my dissertation, with two tasks in mind. Now that the big pieces are in place, I can work on making sure the whole thing is as well-written as possible and flows smoothly. Also, I am incorporating comments from my third committee member on chapters […]

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I haven’t done much of anything lately, aside from the bare necessities of life, other than work toward a version of my dissertation that will be ready for the external examiners. It has been very hard for me not to have final control over the document, which I have had in every other context since […]

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I am still fighting toward a complete draft of my dissertation, to go to the external examiners by the end of the month. The three central chapters — political opportunity, mobilizing structures, and repertoires — have gone to my 3rd committee member, but the other two don’t want to share his comments until we have […]

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Most of what academics write is intended to persuade other academics of something. That’s true for essayists, too. James Baldwin, when asked if writing an essay was easier than writing a novel, replied, “An essay is essentially an argument. The writer’s point of view in an essay is always absolutely clear. The writer is trying […]

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This is the do-or-die month for the dissertation. Either I will get a full manuscript to the internal external examiner in the next 30 days or the school of graduate studies will kick me out for taking too long.

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Shadiya A. Aidid’s Master of Health Sciences thesis from Lakehead University is the latest major scholarly publication on the campus fossil fuel divestment movement: From divestment to climate justice: perspectives from university fossil fuel divestment campaigns The thesis examines case studies of “Divest Concordia based at Concordia University, Climate Justice UBC based at the University […]

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