Publication Date

November 8, 2006

Liena Vayzman is the Ann Landers of ABDs. On her new blog “Ask the Dissertation Diva”, Vayzman dispenses supportive and constructive advice to dissertation writers of all stages. While at first glance some advice seems obvious (i.e. don’t procrastinate writing till the week before your dissertation is due), Vayzman backs it up with helpful tips like “dissertate outside the home,” make a writing schedule, and maximize “short intense bursts of writing” rather than “long unproductive days.” The Dissertation Diva also advocates a holistic approach to the dissertation process, and recommends making exercise and socializing part of your writing schedule.

Vayzman holds a PhD in History of Art from Yale University (2002), and when she’s not dispensing advice via blog she’s a dissertation coach and academic writing consultant. While the blog is still new, she’s already posted some great tips and answered a number of dissertation related questions, including how to reconnect with a former mentor, deal with your dissertation during emotional times, and combat writer’s block. Contact her with your dissertation questions at

Also, make sure to look for her upcoming article, “Practical Advice for Writing Your Dissertation, Book, or Article,” in the December issue of Perspectives.

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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