Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department or School

Teacher Education

Committee Member

Rebecca Martusewicz, EdD, Co-Chair

Committee Member

Ethan Lowenstein, PhD, Co-Chair

Committee Member

Joe Ramsey, PhD

Committee Member

Phil Smith, PhD


Writing about experiences as a white, middle-class Madwoman, this dissertation explores the intersections between Mad studies and EcoJustice education using an arts-based, specifically poetic inquiry and fiction-based research, and autoethnographic approach. Weaving together the creative and academic, this writing is combined memoir, fiction, poetics, and theory on living Mad in a saneist, anthropocentric culture. In considering hierarchized thinking across disciplines, this collection of manuscripts examines how arts-based and autoethnographic approaches provide holistic, engaged, and accessible opportunities to Mad scholars to resist and explore experiences of oppression, Othering, and dominance while exploring how these ideologically relate to the larger living world. Aiming to be written in an accessible format, the three manuscripts included in this dissertation describe, explore, imagine, and offer possible methodologies for Mad storytelling. Each chapter offers a complete published piece, but considered together they collectively offer a connected imagining of an Art-Eco-Mad ethic from methodology to practice.