Alix Johnson

As Program Chair for the Association of Feminist Anthropology, I helped to host Nadine in leading her Liberate Your Research Workshop for our membership. The hunger for this kind of gathering was immediately apparent in the number of enthusiastic applications we received. At the workshop, participants across different career stages connected through Nadine’s thoughtful prompts and activities, and at the end I was thrilled to hear the group share how much they had gained – including practical strategies, validation, and community care – from the event. We look forward to hosting Nadine again!

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Charlotte Karam Albrecht

Nadine is incredibly skilled at helping scholars articulate what is unique and impactful about their projects. I ended Nadine’s workshop with a clear sense of where I am heading with my research and why it was necessary. This was a true gift!

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Margaret Fink, PhD

Nadine’s workshop helped me articulate pragmatic and conceptual consequences of my work and was the first space I’ve ever been encouraged to claim and shape my own conceptual approach. The workshop coached me to realize where I get stuck and examine it as an interesting problem to explore in itself, rather than feeling “wrong” and censoring the creative energy that took me there. I felt reminded that my work is meaningful and needed–the workshop was a supportive session for sifting and winnowing, and I loved the community building of it all!

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Lisa Ortiz

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was clicking on a link that a Woman of Color faculty member shared on social media promoting Nadine Naber’s work. I reached out to Nadine not necessarily knowing on what I wanted us to focus but inspired by the statement on her website, “I believe every person has a theory. I help people claim and name their ideas.” After our first consultation, I was convinced that she could help me better claim my purposes and that she enacted the justice and liberation of which she spoke. Nadine’s customized approach, listening ear, and mindful conversations were key in the tangible results I saw within the two months we worked together. From talking through feedback on R&Rs to help me get unstuck and better highlight my contributions, strategizing my future book manuscript workshop, supporting me with guidance from start-to-finish on a successful campus visit – particularly the job talk – to helping me reflect on my beliefs regarding scholarly engagement for broader communities, Nadine always demonstrated commitment, genuine interest, excitement, and encouragement. Because I went in without a clear focus, I never imagined I’d witness so many benefits, but I did. Best of all, they emerged within a context of open communication, responsiveness, trust, and zero judgment. It was an honor to work with Nadine and I hope to do so in the future. In the meantime, I’ve recommended her without hesitation to friends and colleagues and encourage others to do the same.

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Kimberly Segall

As the Director of the Social Justice major, I was interested in this workshop as our program is committed to de-imperializing the academy and following liberatory structures and supporting new faculty of color. But it is hard to describe what it is like to attend a workshop led by one of your academic heroes.  this liberating writing workshop helped me to more clearly name in my teaching and mentoring how these imperializing structures of the academic world have been creating ensuant anxieties for those of us working in the margins with radical methodologies. Nadine Naber’s excellent workshop encouraged scholars to conceptualize beyond their fields in order to further interrogate the imperialist ideologies within their frameworks. This struck a chord with me, since my training in postcolonial and cultural studies in the literature dept at Northwestern University felt incomplete without engaging in embodied practices.  Nadine Naber called on scholars to reclaim themselves from the tides of academic violations and isolation, and to collectively envision, especially for young scholars of color, those of us in the field who have their backs. Although the emotive grounding was in itself essential work, this layering of the movement from grounding—in the most solid terms of love into light—became a radical re-conception of academic practices. But it was just the start of liberating one’s work: the hands-on activities encouraged us to create liberating methodologies and creative conceptualizations rooted in critical heritage practices. Nadine Naber has offered not only thoughtful forums to ensure that our practices are part of liberating structures, but also clear statements of the critical problems. As my current book project crosses inter-disciplinary lines between cultural studies and digital activism, the ways that I have been naming these forms of agency needed more clarity.  As I have been struggling with how to radically conceptualize […]

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Traci Levy, PhD

Nadine’s “Liberate Your Research” workshop influenced me more than I could have imagined. She created an authentic and welcoming space, deftly guiding participants to connect with their research and each other. I have found myself thinking about, defining, and shaping my methodology in deeper and clearer ways. I’m charting my path in a way that finally feels authentic to who I am, what I know, and the contributions I hope to make.

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Meghna Bhat, PhD

Nadine’s  patience, creativity and compassion sparked many “fires” of writing possibilities and projects/opportunities for me. I am excited about writing after ages!

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Judith Touré, Ed.D.

Nadine’s understanding and enactment of feminist pedagogy, while focused on the content, are truly inspirational and even heartwarming. Nadine’s presentation on self-healing along with the encouragement and insightful feedback for reconceptualizing the frameworks/lenses through which we think and write was freeing. It would be wonderful to refashion the academy to reflect such values. If only…! 

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Patricia Zavella

The Liberate Your Research Workshop was super helpful to me. I learned to take steps to overcome feeling overwhelmed and unqualified to conduct my research and I identified a name for my approach. Nadine’s work is critical for those of us marginalized by academia.

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Ain Ealy

Nadines’ workshop provided a grounding, practical and tangible approach to affirming one’s’ natural knowledge as credible and supported participants in finding academic language that further frames our work.

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Ga Young Chung

I am still enjoying and appreciating the sense of liberation the workshop, time, and community circle created at the workshop provided to me. For a long time, I was not sure if I could do this research well. I wanted to counter the stress and anxiety. So often, I wandered around my research goals, not towards them. I will always think of the powerful moments that motivated me during Nadine’s workshop whenever I encounter the “wall” that prohibits me from moving forward.

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Enaya Othman

Writing my book, I struggled to put forward my arguments beyond their intersections with my own experience as a Palestinian immigrant woman. When Dr. Naber read drafts of my book chapters, her gracious encouragement, comments, and suggestions led me to bluntly assert my ideas and gave me self-confidence as a scholar and researcher. She encouraged me to claim my voice without diffidence.

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Maryam Moeini Meybodi

Nadine’s workshop helped me liberate my inner voice. I found the workshop to be uplifting. Nadine reminded me of one of the main reasons why I entered academia: to empower my community. The reminder gave me strength to persevere and see the beauty within my community and my work.

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Chandni Desai

After I did the workshop with Nadine in the summer of 2020, I’ve been soaring, and I really hope I can now write a book that is off the charts!

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S. Heijin Lee

Working with Nadine has completely improved the quality of my life. She’s helped me get unstuck and move forward in writing my book. Just as importantly, though, we’ve been addressing the deep seated issues that led to getting stuck in the first place. I’m totally grateful for her guidance and holistic approach to not only writing but navigating the academy as a woman of color.

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Aisha Mershani

Working with Dr. Naber has transformed my relationship with writing. Her strength-based approach has empowered me in the very demanding path of academia. Editors often give brief feedback about changes needed, but without the proper skills to execute the changes, writing can feel like a devastating process. Dr. Naber, in the first hour alone of working together, helped me to grasp basic writing techniques with the goal of amplifying my voice with clarity, and to be proud of it! She starts our meetings by outlining my skills, which has supported me with recognizing that I am producing good work. She then slowly goes over areas that need improvement. Her method of simplifying writing flaws by breaking them down, and speaking in terms that I understand, is extremely effective. This approach aids me to not focus on the negative aspects of my writing as it’s sum. Through Dr. Naber’s support I now get excited about making changes to my work because I am finally able to articulate my thoughts through my writing. As an academic of color, who has felt overwhelmed by academia, it has been empowering to work with someone who is invested in my success. It truly feels like we are a team working towards one goal. I look forward to each meeting with Dr. Naber knowing that she will help me become a better writer.

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