Academic Dissertations in the News

What will you be expected to publish from your dissertation?

1 January 2017

The Completion Agenda, Part 5: Your Publishing Plan, in The Chronicle of Higher Education by David D. Perlmutter.

My dissertation — all two volumes and 750 or so bound pages of it — sits on a shelf in my office and could be accurately characterized as both a success and a failure.

On the one hand, the completed version earned the approval of a committee and meant I could put "Ph.D." after my name forevermore. My dissertation also assisted me on the job market since its title and topic — with some rebranding — fit a tenure-track opening that I was hired to fill at a major research university... Finish reading at The Chronicle of Higher Education

Kauffman Foundation Accepting Proposals for 2017 Entrepreneurship Dissertation Fellowship Grants Read

11 June 2016

Grants of $20,000 each to be awarded to 20 doctoral scholars.


Politicians' dissertation used by against him in re-election bid

23 May 2016

Rep. Tim Huelskamp's dissertation: Agricultural price supports ignore 'economic reality'
Republican, opponent differ on support for some subsidies

Twenty-one years ago, a Ph.D. student at American University wrote a 400-page dissertation on congressional agriculture committees. Now, that student, Tim Huelskamp, is embroiled in a re-election primary fight centered, in part, on his removal from the House Agriculture Committee.

In the dissertation, Huelskamp rails against New Deal-era agriculture subsidies and price supports, saying they “ignored the productivity advances in the industry, not to mention any semblance of economic reality.”



Georgia Tech robotics dissertation is subject of NPR news story

22 March 2016

Would you trust a robot to escort you out of a burning building? Maybe you shouldn't. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with roboticist Paul Robinette, author dissertation titled, "Developing Robots that Impact Human-robot Trust in Emergency Evacuations."

Read transcript of NPR internview at

Download PDF dissertation at