Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Dr. Michelle Boettcher, Committee Chair
Dr. Julie Martin
Dr. Ysaaca Axelrod
Dr. Travers Scott
Dr. Tony Cawthon
This critical qualitative, autoethnographic research project explored how i came to understand the American dream through stories shared with me during semi-structured interviews, scholarly literature, and my own lived experience. i utilized critical reflexivity to examine the ways in which race, gender, and class appear in a person's understanding of their life and the American dream. Critical whiteness theory, critical race theory and critical race feminism, and structuralist constructivism guided my understanding of the American dream and how it influences the ways in which individuals and i understand our lives. Through what i learned, i discuss how the American dream affects education and the way we understand our lives in the United States. These lessons include ideas such as what are the American dream, meritocracy, social mobility, equity, privilege and oppression, and how to achieve success. Impacted areas include conceptions of equity, equality, race, privilege, gender, class, education, success, family, career, and personal values/beliefs.
halter, jared m., "me of the Lowercase Variety: Reflections on the American Dream, Power, Privilege, and self" (2016). All Dissertations. 1842.