As I am preparing to change offices at Queens College, I have undertaken a long overdue clean up of my present office. There is lot in there! I have already parted with a lot of (1) printed articles, which were saved in the context of working on different research projects; (2) documents and correspondence from my former places of work; (3) some former students’ papers and exams, and many others. However, I still cannot part with materials related to my dissertation work, and it has been a while! I defended my dissertation in 2004, it was one of the best years of my life for many reasons.
I am amazed at the amount of work I did for my dissertation and this is not to brag or to sound immodest. And of course, since this is the time when most of our lives are conducted online, I decided to post my dissertation work as a pdf file here.
You may ask why am I posting this now? There are a few reasons. Firstly, after I defended my dissertation, I did not publish this work in a book format and that will remain one of my professional regrets. If there are any Ph.D. students that may stumble upon this blog – take a note and publish your work without delay. Secondly, it gives me a lot of pride because I worked so hard; I found every source of data, every single piece of information that existed about Bulgaria during the period of market transition. I worked tirelessly until I was convinced that I understood this time period with all of its twists, and turns, and sorted through mountains of conflicting evidence, opinions and contradictions. I remember quite well how much effort this investigation took. Therefore, if you visit my new office, you will still find materials, reports, articles, in English and Bulgarian, related to my dissertation work, I am not giving them up!
Finally, this monumental amount of work gives me a lot of confidence for my future: if I could accomplish this task, at a much earlier age, when I knew much less about the world in general, there should be a lot more that I can do and perhaps do it even better 🙂
So Dear Reader, visit my Ph.D. Dissertation site here, I would recommend that you open the documet in a new tab, it is a large one, and browse through the pages. I very much hope that you will indulge me just a little and read a few of them.