Academic Dissertations in the News

Can you pick the Harry Potter character by the PhD dissertation they might have written?

5 October 2019

Literature Quiz / Harry Potter Character by Dissertation Title

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Medieval PhD Dissertation turned into comic

23 September 2019

A doctoral student at the University of Iceland has recreated his dissertation in a novel way – by making it into a comic.

It examines this Icelandic saga, most likely written in the thirteenth century, and how multiple versions of this text exist. While previous scholarship has often focused on which version is the earliest, Tirosh is more interested in how the reception of Ljósvetninga saga influenced its construction. Read more at

United Cannabis Names Neuroscientist Gregory Gerdeman as Chief Scientific Officer

21 August 2019

His doctoral dissertation in pharmacology from Vanderbilt University was one of the first studies to discover endocannabinoids acting as “retrograde messengers” that regulate synaptic plasticity in the brain, findings that are now foundational to understanding the function of the ECS and the neuroprotective actions of cannabis.


Dissertation student, author of widely sited "Yield Curve" model, is successful at predicting recent recessions

17 July 2019

The yield curve model was originally developed by Canadian economist Campbell Harvey while he was completing his dissertation. In the three recessions since his dissertation was published, including the 2008 financial crisis, the curve was inverted before each one.

Harvey is “very confident” the current inverted curve could be indicative of another recession on the horizon.


That’s Dr. Marijuana Pepsi to you! Black woman with unique name earns PhD with dissertation on others like her.

7 July 2019

While much of the country has been busy legalizing lower-case marijuana, the woman born into the name has built a successful life.

Read more at Journal Sentinel.