Performing Reality

For my dissertation, I conducted an ethnography of Carapace to better understand how community forms around such events. I attended Carapace regularly to observe and conducted interviews with members of the Carapace community.

As I analyzed my field notes and transcripts I recorded some of my thoughts in a public blog: Members of the Carapace community were invited to follow my work and leave comments. 

I created this page specifically for members of the Carapace community. If you would like to know more about the study, please read the attached research summary. I am happy to answer any further questions you may have about this research. Please contact me

This study was approved by the UNC Internal Review Board. The IRB number is 17-1236. You are welcome to contact my faculty advisor Brian Sturm ( or the IRB (919-966-3113) with further questions about this study. The IRB declared this research "exempt from continuing review" as it poses no more risk to participants that the normal activities of every day life.