I had initially planned on posting periodically on the (dissertation) “process”, from proposal to advanced data hearing to defense. Then life happened – I moved back to Thailand and completely missed out on describing the journey. I suppose I should retroactively describe the experience, but hindsight bias and not writing ‘in the moment’ may dampen what should have been a fresher account.
In any case, the manuscript is officially uploaded on Columbia’s Academic Common.
My advisor recounted how her defense never felt official until she “physically” handed her dissertation in. Mine feels official now that it’s uploaded on GoogleScholar. 2014, man.