Friday, April 28, 2017

Describing the dissertation in three minutes

People's Choice Award winner Anna Kaiper

It takes a certain skill to convey one's dissertation research in three minutes. Anna Kaiper, a fourth year doctoral candidate in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development, accomplished this with accolades when she represented the University of Minnesota at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3-Minute Thesis competition in Indianapolis, IN. Kaiper competed against thirty students from across the Midwest to win the People’s Choice Award, which was decided by the audience.     

Kaiper is originally from Espanola, New Mexico, but has lived throughout the United States as well as in Thailand, Argentina, and South Africa. While she began her career as an educator, and has taught both in the United States and internationally, her teaching experiences led to her current research interests concerning global language learning, adult education, and the connections between language, identity, and power. She recently spent five months conducting dissertation research in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Kaiper's dissertation examines the English language learning of South African domestic workers, drawing from both a postcolonial and poststructural framework. 

View Anna's presentation at the 2016 CEHD Three Minute Thesis Competition, below:

Congratulations, Anna!