Posted on November 19, 2015
2015 has been an excellent, productive year for my dissertation! I completed my comprehensive exams in February, had my dissertation proposal approved in May, allowing me to advance to doctoral candidacy. I was blessed to receive the Christine Downing Dissertation Fellowship, receiving a stipend and special privileges to research in OPUS Archives in beautiful Santa Barbara. From August until October, I traveled, doing field research for the dissertation in Southern California, Nevada, and Utah. During five weeks of those two months, I resided in an apartment in Park City, Utah, attending events with polygamist families and with Utah Polyamory Society separately. The Film and Media Arts Department approved my application to be a Visiting Scholar of the University of Utah during this time, enabling me to benefit from many resources. And the final bit of good news came towards the end of this year. In September Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) Research Advisory Committee moved to endorse my project. Pretty soon I am off to the annual American Academy of Religion meeting in Atlanta! I am presenting for the Student Lounge Roundtable on social media and crowdfunding. After all this progress, dissertation completion is in sight!