Cassidy Sugimoto, Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, is one of three advisors that head up the MPACT Project. MPACT is an academic genealogy project devoted to defining and assessing mentoring as a scholarly activity, through examining the emergence and interaction of disciplines and identifying patterns of knowledge diffusion. It’s a joint project between Indiana University Bloomington and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the focus is on collecting dissertation data from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions.
As you can imagine, sourcing such data was never going to be a simple and straightforward task. “I started working on this project when I was still technically a master’s student,” said Cassidy. “The aim was to explore relationships between authors, advisors and committee members to understand how this has influenced Library and Information Science (LIS) as a discipline. We also wanted to know how these relationships may have shaped the development of new disciplines over time.”
To read more about Professor Sugimoto’s project, and how ProQuest Dissertations and Theses data helped, click here.