On March 28, I successfully defended my dissertation. My committee included my advisor, Laurent Dubois, along with Deborah Jenson, Jocelyn Olcott, Deborah Jenson, and Charlie Piot. The defense went extremely well–the committee was enthusiastic about my project and impressed by the extent of my research and analysis. At the same time, they had important suggestions about what directions to grow my project as I transform it into a book. The process felt like a manuscript workshop with a supportive group of interdisciplinary scholars. The best possible outcome!