Podcasting the Dissertation: A Presentation by Anna Williams and Judith Pascoe

The Public Humanities Hub Graduate Committee invites you to a two-part event that explores the podcast as a form of public scholarship with an emphasis on the dissertation. Dr. Anna Williams will present on her scholarly podcast, “My Gothic Dissertation,” followed by a discussion with her doctoral supervisor, Dr. Judith Pascoe, produced while Dr. Williams and Dr. Pascoe were both at the University of Iowa. After a short break, we will host two concurrent breakout sessions: one intended for grad students to meet with Dr. Williams and one intended for university faculty, staff and admins to meet with Dr. Pascoe to discuss the logistics, process, and challenges of producing and advising the podcast dissertation. 

The public presentation will be recorded. The breakout sessions are private and will not be recorded. 

This event is free, but registration is required. Please note, if you plan to attend both the public presentation and one of the breakout sessions, you must fill out both the public RSVP form and the RSVP form for the respective breakout sessions (all linked below in the format section). 

Thursday, January 28, 2021
2:00 – 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Online via Zoom


Dr. Anna Williams earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa in 2019. She produced the first-ever doctoral thesis in podcast form, titled “My Gothic Dissertation.” She now works as an Associate Producer at Dustlight Productions.





Dr. Judith Pascoe is the George Mills Harper Professor of English at Florida State University. She has published Romantic Theatricality: Gender, Poetry, and Spectatorship (Cornell, 1997), The Hummingbird Cabinet: A Rare and Curious History of Romantic Collectors (Cornell, 2006), and The Sarah Siddons Audio Files: Romanticism and the Lost Voice (U of Michigan, 2011). She has also published essays in Public Books, The American Scholar, and the Hudson Review. Pascoe’s most recent book, On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë: “Wuthering Heights” in Japan (U of Michigan, 2017), which was completed with the support of a Guggenheim fellowship, explores how and why Brontë’s novel has been embraced by Japanese readers and writers.


Public Presentation (2:00-3:30 PM)

Dr. Anna Williams’ presentation (60 minutes)

Moderated discussion with Dr. Anna Williams and Dr. Judith Pascoe (30 minutes)

>>> Register here for the Public Presentation

BREAK (3:30 – 4:00 PM)

Breakout Sessions (4:00 – 5:00 PM)

A conversation with Dr. Anna Williams (for Graduate Students)

Moderators: Sydney Lines and Heidi Rennert

This breakout session is intended for graduate students who are interested in speaking with Dr. Williams about the process of creating a non-traditional dissertation, the challenges and successes of this form of scholarship, selecting a committee to advise this kind of scholarship, how she is putting these skills to use in her career, etc. This session will not be recorded. 

>>> Register here for the Graduate Session

A conversation with Dr. Judith Pascoe (for Faculty, Staff, and Admins)

Moderator: Mary Chapman

This breakout session is intended for faculty, staff, and admins who are interested in speaking with Dr. Pascoe about the process of advising a non-traditional dissertation, the challenges and successes of this form of scholarship, how to evaluate this kind of dissertation project, etc. This session will not be recorded. 

>>> Register here for the Faculty/Staff/Admin Session

If you are interested in exploring podcasting in your own scholarship, check out our podcasting toolkit!

This event is being broadcast from the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.