In 2010, I completed my Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of Art (Ed.D.C.T.) program at Teachers College, Columbia University. My dissertation is titled The Aesthetics of the American Dream: Experiencing the Visual As Meaning Beyond Truth.
My dissertation explored Americans' perceptions of success, dreams, and the American Dream. Through studying pictures and how people interpret them, I investigated varying perspectives on the American Dream, its impact on American culture, and the different ideas surrounding it. My research revealed contrasting viewpoints and led to the conclusion that conflicting values of 'positive liberty' and 'negative liberty' influence discussions in American politics. Overall, my research sheds light on the diverse understandings of hopes and dreams in America, which can shape debates on what is best for the country.