Workshop Testimonials

My former team benefited greatly from Dr. Naber’s work which helped us interrogate our role as researchers within the non-profit industrial complex (NPIC). It requires a special person like Dr. Naber to help groups identify the structures within the NPIC because it is often seen as non-harmful or less-harmful than the corporate world. She helped…

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Jakiyah Bradley, Former Operations Associate, Vera Institute of Justice

I invited Nadine to speak to the incoming cohort of fellows at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change at the University of Minnesota on “Ways of Knowing,” with a special focus on how to build ethical knowledge with movements for social, ecological, and epistemic justice. In this class that included students from…

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Richa Nagar, ऋचा नागर, Professor of the College, Professor and Co-chair, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Working with Nadine has helped me to take ownership of my writing and reorient the doubt or anxieties that emerge while writing in a way that is generative rather than destructive. She has helped me to distinguish between the harmful structures produced within academia, the way I respond to those structures, and the work I…

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Amanda Batarseh, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Department of Literature, UC San Diego

I cannot recommend this workshop highly enough. Nadine inspired participants in this workshop to approach our research with joy and confidence. She gave us the tools to quell the oppressive criticism many of us have internalized that undermines our writing; she gave us a space to emotionally process, analyze, and refuse in good company the…

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Cynthia Franklin, Professor, English, University of Hawai’i

I invited Nadine to offer her workshop (Liberate Your Research) for our faculty of color retreat and it was exceptional–from beginning to end. Faculty of color are burned out right now and I did not want to host a retreat that focused on “productivity” as a measure of success. Academic writing is difficult and it’s been even…

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Badia Ahad, Professor, English, Loyola University Chicago

Nadine visited my graduate research methods seminar and her workshop knocked down walls and opened up doors for my students. They entered the workshop feeling stuck and inadequate. They left feeling empowered to be true to themselves and their communities through their research. Their ideas flowed much more freely after this powerful workshop and I…

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Michael De Anda Muniz, Assistant Professor, Latinx Studies, San Francisco State University

Before I took Nadine’s workshop, I was bogged down by the feeling that I was stretched out to think in way too many directions. This had to do with my decision to accept the position of Chair of my department, but also with being committed to too many, unrelated research projects. After I took it, I…

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Mariela Méndez, Associate Professor, Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies, University of Richmond

There were a lot of “aha” moments for me during this workshop. I’ve never really thought about the ways that my lived experience informs the methodological & theoretical aspects of my work. I feel like this is such an empowering way to look at my work and show myself why I am the one who…

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Ida Yalzadeh, Postdoc, Global American Studies, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University

After Nadine’s workshop, I felt confident that I could really “do academia.” If I were in Nadine’s shoes, I would not change anything about this workshop. I will continue to benefit from it from here onwards. I would *absolutely* recommend it to other faculty.

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Kris Klein Hernandez, Postdoc, American History, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University

I’m grateful for such a generative, helpful, and honestly healing workshop. It was a great experience to get to learn from Nadine and participate in the kind of community building her workshop fosters. I’m extremely grateful for the feedback Nadine gave me. It was super empowering to feel like my research has a purpose and…

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Hannah Manshel, Assistant Professor, English, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Before I participated in Nadine’s Liberate Your Research workshop, I was filled with trepidation about a challenging new project that seemed to be pulling me far afield in subject matter and totally outside my usual methods. I was filled with doubt and dread. During the workshop, that all changed: with Nadine’s great care and illuminating…

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Dorothy Holland, Professor, Cultural Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

I participated in your Liberate Your Research workshop with the Association of Feminist Anthropology. Since then, I’ve been on the job market for a tenure track position. I just signed the offer letter for my dream job and I truly feel like your workshop was invaluable to me in thinking through how to talk about…

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Kathryn LaRoche, Assistant Professor, Public Health, Purdue University

Nadine’s coaching helped me acknowledge my power and stop giving it away to the harmful and toxic academic-industrial complex. Nadine helped me minimize my reaction to what others think about me by helping me learn to empower myself with what uplifts and nourishes me, to make the worries smaller, and remember why I do what…

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Leslie K. Morrow, Doctoral Candidate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Liberate Your Research” helped me understand how and why my research and research by other minoritized scholars is devalued by traditional academic structures – and how to proudly articulate the rigor, innovation, and worth of our work in the face of gatekeepers seeking to deny it.

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Sarah M. Peitzmeier, Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, University of Michigan

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…

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Alix Johnson, Assistant Professor, International Studies, Macalester College

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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Charlotte Karam Albrecht, Associate Professor, Inclusive Human Resource Systems, University of Ottawa