Every research project needs to include the 6 elements below. Hyperlinks lead to a short lecture about each:

  • Topic: what is the general subject you wish to research? Here is a lecture on topics. Here is an exercise for " brainstorming topics.
  • Question: what about your topic interests you? Why should it interest others?
  • Here is an exercise on  brainstorming questions Here is a lecture on questions.
  • Objects: what specific cases, historical moments, geographical regions, or social groups most intrigue you, with regard to the question you raised, above?  (Note: you may want to think of objects as subsets of your original subject, above.) Here is a lecture on objects.
  • Lens: whose theoretical work will inform and influence you as you consider your questions vis a vis your objects?  Here is a lecture on theoretical lenses.You can find more material on theory by clicking through the menus at the top of this page.
  • Method: precisely what original work will you be doing as part of your research, how will you do it, when, where, with whom, and why? Here is a lecture on methods. You can find more material on methods by clicking through the menus at the top of this page.
  • Presentation: how, when, and where do you plan to deliver the findings or results  of your original work to your audience?You can find more material on presentation  by clicking through the menus at the top of this page.

Global Scapes: Short Video Lecture

Brainstorming Cultural Global Studies

Note: I no longer have students complete a formal, singular literature review for thesis projects. Instead, the produce targeted reports and then map those reports to their overall project, as per the links above.

If you are a current or former student of mine and are requesting a Letter of Reference from me, I’ll ask you to travel to one of the links below to fill out a form and upload materials.