DWJ, Ph.D.


After four long years, I am very pleased to say I have completed my doctorate! On Thursday, April 27, 2023 I defended my dissertation titled “Stitches of Progress: Knitting, Consciousness, and the Changing Power of Black Women’s Work and Leisure” and passed with distinction. My dissertation was all about Black women who knit and share their images on Instagram and what a knitter looks like in society today. It will be published in the Proquest dissertation database and then I plan to break it up and submit it to journals for publication since my next task is to get published and secure tenure. I have also spoken to an academic publisher about publishing a book around my study too. So hopefully there will be a time where you can also read it in its entirety or in a book!

For now, I’m wrapping up my teaching semester and then it is graduation. I also plan to rest because I need it. This has been a long year.

Thank you to still following along with me, encouraging me and always wanting to read what I write, it definitely has helped to push me forward in this quest for my Ph.D.

84 Replies to “DWJ, Ph.D.”

  1. Congratulations on this major accomplishment! I love all your knitting and I’m sure your dissertation is fantastic!

  2. Congratulations! Your academic achievement is just as inspiring as your knitting accomplishments. Full steam ahead!

  3. Many congratulations! I look forward to hearing what you write about next:-)

  4. Congratulations! That’s such a huge milestone and accomplishment. Good luck with the publishing and journal submissions and whatnot – I would love to read your dissertation research eventually in whatever form it ends up in!

  5. Congratulations!!! You are an truly inspiring person.

  6. Congratulations! You’ve met so many challenges with such grace. I’m thrilled for you

  7.  Congratulations!

    Regards,Jennifer J. Pfaff248.792.1639


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  8. Congratulations! I’m so excited for you…such an amazing accomplishment after all that work!

  9. Congratulations! Glad to hear an academic publisher is interested in your dissertation—I can’t wait to read it! And, just saying, I gotta love those sneakers with your academic gown!

  10. Congratulations to you!!! It has been thrilling to watch your progress these last few years — and I thank you for allowing us to share your process. Best wishes to you, Dana. XO

  11. Congratulations! It’s a pleasure to see your work come to fruition. I’ll look forward to reading your dissertation in any form!

  12. Congratulations! This is so awesome. I enjoy reading everything you share here and I love to see your smiling face in my RSS feed.

  13. What am amazing accomplishment! You have worked so hard for this degree and so many other things at the same time. Congratulations!

  14. Huge congratulations on this stellar accomplishment. I hope you get published. It’s a book I’d definitely read.
    Enjoy the well earned rest.

  15. Congratulations! That’s an amazing accomplishment. I hope you’re able to get plenty of time to rest and knit soon.

  16. You’re an amazing woman, Dana. That gown is pretty impressive too! Congratulations, Doctor (after all, you earned the title with even more chops than our First Lady Jill Biden)!!

  17. Dr. Dana, that has a nice ring to it. Congratulations on your perservervance, your determination, your grit, your infectious smile, your prolific knitting, etc. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. I’m so proud of your accomplishment. Please take your flowers, take a bow, and then take a well-deserved rest. I’m looking forward to reading your work. We need more representation of knitters who look like us.

  18. HUGE congratulations! What an achievement! I am looking forward to articles or a book or whatever, hope all that goes well.

  19. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book however it makes its way to the larger world 🙂 !!

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