Dr. Nadine Naber
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.
Nadine’s patience, creativity and compassion sparked many “fires” of writing possibilities and projects/opportunities for me. I am excited about writing after ages!
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…!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I am incredibly grateful for Nadine’s workshop. As someone coming back to academia after more than 13 years, it deeply energized me and helped me get over some of the insecurities one has when feeling a bit out of place. I am already using some of the tools Nadine suggested to think through how and what I want to do with my research.
Nadine’s interdisciplinary feminist workshop opened up an important space for students and faculty members from various departments and programs to rethink and rearticulate the multiple research questions, methodologies, and frameworks animating their scholarly and activist work. Participants had high praise for Professor Naber’s approach to methodologies, her insights into their radical potential, and her insistence on articulating the ethical imperatives that both inform and shape them. She helped guide our understanding of the various research methods and strategies that critical race, anti-imperialist, and decolonial feminist research offer. Importantly, the workshop helped participants sharpen and clarify their research questions while taking seriously a deliberate feminist research politics of care in times of urgency. Professor Naber’s carefully designed workshops are integral to building revisionary research agendas, priorities, and investments within and across different communities.
Dr. Naber’s workshop was quite a powerful experience for the students in my graduate research seminar. They were energized and motivated after, with so many new ways to think through their projects! Just the boost we all needed to recommit to the possibilities of social justice oriented scholarship right now!
Nadine facilitated a space that was liberating, empowering, and informative to this independent scholar with a severe case of imposter syndrome. I came in not knowing if I had any place in the workshop, and I left with new (brief, accessible, and effective!) meditations to practice in my work, new conceptual frameworks for approaching my work, insight into the mechanisms of my own alienation from academia, and perhaps most importantly more confidence in my pursuit of my research interests. Not only do I feel inspired to persist in my work, I am actually excited to forge ahead knowing that I am truly not alone in my experience. Thank you, Nadine!!!
Dr. Naber’s workshop was a very rewarding experience for me as an Arts Administration and Policy graduate student interested in transdisciplinary collaborative practices. I appreciated her straight-forwardness in discussing academic anxieties and typical obstacles when approaching less explored research areas and methods often criticized by tunnel-visioned academics. She gives both practical and emotional advice on how to negotiate both this individual criticism and navigating a larger world of academia. She was also very transparent in her own research and activist practice, sharing current projects, and difficult questions around civic participation and policy change. I highly recommend this workshop for students looking to challenge and expand their field.