Reviews, Interviews, Articles, and More

Key: § Recommended; Video; Audio; Analysis Incorporating Unflattening; Book Review; 𝒾 Interview; Syllabus Using Unflattening

Recommended articles are those that give the most background on Unflattening and Sousanis' approach to comics; the type of background information students might want to consult first as they begin reading Unflattening.


    A&H. "Student Profiles: AERA [Nick Sousanis]" Arts and Humanities. 18 Sept. 2013.

      A biographical sketch of Sousanis.

    Abi. "How About Writing a Thesis on Comic Books..." 22 Words. 4 Apr. 2012.

      Abi briefly mentions that Sousanis is writing his dissertation as a comic.

    Abraham. "A PhD Dissertation About Comics Written in Comic Form." 22 Words. 6 May 2012.

      Abraham mentions that Sousanis is writing his dissertation on comics before sharing some of his work.

    Adair, Torsten. "MoCCA Fest 2012: Saturday: What I Saw." The Beat. 28 Apr. 2012.

      Torsten includes a paragraph about Sousanis which mentions his work.

    Alex. "Creativity and Collaboration: Nick Sousanis on Comics and Classrooms." The Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College, Columbia University. 3 May 2011.

      Alex documents some of the questions that were asked of Sousanis at a 29 April 2011 presentation given at Teachers College, Columbia University.

    Amando, Nuno. "Unflattening." Leituras de BD. 12 Agosto 2015.

      In his review, Nuno emphasizes taht "Aliás, este é o fulcro do livro, a procura do maior número possível de maneiras diferentes de ver a mesma coisa, e tudo isto é feito numa simbiose perfeita entre a palavra e o desenho."

    Bali, Maha. "Thoughts on Re-media-ting My Thesis." Reflecting Allowed. 2 Jul. 2015.

      Bali reflection on Sousanis' question, "How can we use the visual to do things we can’t do in words?" in terms of her own work. She mentions how she used to draw when she was 10-14 but then stopped.

    § 𝒾 Bakis, Maureen. "A Comics Dissertation." Diamond Comics Distributors. nd. [2014 or earlier].

      Bakis interviews Sousanis about his education background, involvement with comics, his inspiration, and how he shares his work.

    Barker, Lesley. "Editorial: Visual Research Submissions and the Field of Museum Studies." Museological Review. 19. School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, 2015. p. 13-17.

      While addressing the question, "What is visual thinking and how does it inform our understanding of visual research?" Barker links the work of Howard Gardner, Temple Grandin, Nick Sousanis, and others.

    Berg, Steven L. "Learning about Publications on *Unflattening* Portal." HASTAC. 14 Jul. 2015.

      Berg announces that an Unflattening Portal has been created and lists the first publications that appear on the portal.

    Berg, Steven L. "Learning from Danica Savonick." HASTAC. 7 May 2015.

      Berg mentions when he met Sousanis and how he followed the development of Unflattening while reading Sousanis' blog.

    Berg, Steven L. "Teaching/Reading Nick Sousanis' Unflattening." HASTAC. 7 May 2015.

      Berg describes the Unflattening Portal that is being developed to support individuals who are teaching or reading the book.

    Berg, Steven L. "Teaching While Underimpaired." Etena Sacca-vajjena. 19 Jul. 2015.

      Berg builds off Cathy N. Davidson's Handicapped By Being Underimpaired. As part of the discussion, he mentions Davidson's and his inability to fully understand comics. Sousanis and Unflattening are incorporated in the discussion of coming to understand comics.

    Berg, Steven L. "Voice without a Budget: Digital Technologies in a Community College Classroom." Etena Sacca-vajjena. 26 Apr. 2014.

    Boeder, Ruth. "#ftext @ HASTAC 2015." HASTAC. 3 Jun. 2015.

      "Tweets sent during 'The Future of Text' at HASTAC 2015, presented by Peter Wallis, Nick Sousanis, and Jenae Cohn."

    Boeder, Ruth. "#remixthediss @ HASTAC 2015." HASTAC. 3 Jun. 2015.

      "Tweets sent during 'Transforming the Dissertation: Models, Questions, and Next Steps' with Kalle Westerling, Justin Hodgson, Liza Potts, Gregory Donovan, Kathie Gossett, Katina Rogers, Nick Sousanis, and Amanda Licastro, introduced and moderated by Cathy Davidson."

    Botzakis, Stergios. "Unflattening Scholarship with Comics." Graphic Novel Resources. 20 Apr. 2015.

      Botzakis makes some general comments about Unflattening.

    § 𝒾[Brackenbury], Anne. "Unflattening Scholarship with Comics." Teaching Culture. 8 Apr. 2015.

      Brackenbury conducted a detailed interview with Sousanis concerning his ideas concerning comics.

    𝒾 Brinkman, Donald. "Studio99 Unflattened." YouTube. 23 Dec. 2013.

      In 2013, Sousanis had an exhibit of his work at Microsoft Research's Studio 99. This video includes images from the exhibit interspersed with excerpts from an interview with Sousanis. The video is 2:51.

    Brissos-Lino, José. "Tese de doutoramento na forma de BD, em Harvard, sobre a importância do pensamento visual no processo de ensino e aprendizagem." The Lost Sheep. 26 Jul. 2015.

      The article discusses the development of Sousanis' dissertation and Unflattening.

    𝒾 Burns, Larry. "The Relevant University." The University of Toledo. 28 Oct. 2014.

      Burns interviews Sousanis who "talks about his work as a Detroit-based artist now working out of New York City." The interview is 9:35.

    Campbell, Kathryn Peltier. "From the Editor: Publicly Engaged Scholarship and Teaching." Diversity and Democracy. 18.1 (Winter 2015).

      The cover of this issue of Diversity and Democracy was designed by Nick Sousanis, Jamie Haft, and Michele Stinson. Campbell argues that "Appropriately, Nick’s graphic art and illustration, Nick and Jamie’s text, and Michele’s cover design represent an intersection in their own regard: between the complementary talents of three individuals, between academic discourse and public purpose. Their work suggests the generative possibilities of partnership growing out of academic spaces and carried out in service to higher education’s civic mission."

    Carter, James Bucky. "A 'Way Too Early' Look at 2016's Eisner Award Winners." EN/SANE World. 11 Jul. 2015.

      Carter explains why he believes that "In the [Eisner Award] categories of Best Academic Work and/or Best Comics-Related Book, expect to Nick Sousanis's Harvard University Press release Unflattening to make the ballot and get the win."

    Clement, Gail. "Graduate Students Re-FUSE !." Free US ETDs (FUSE): Promoting Open Access to American Graduate Research. nd.

      Clement includes Sousanis on her "Wall of Honor for those generous thesis and dissertation authors who choose to share their works freely over the Web, and a show of support for those who are not allowed to by institutional policy."

    Cohen, Neil. "Review: Unflattening by Nick Sousanis." Visual Language Lab. 19 May 2015.

      Although he recommends the book, Cohen seems to be more interested in arguing that his work is superior to Unflattening.

    Cruz, Bruna Souza. " Professor Publica Tese de Doutorado em Forma de Quadrinhos nos EUA." UOL Educação. 19 May 2015.

      Cruz gives an overview of Unflattening, some biographical information concerning Sousanis, and discusses Sousanis' view on the potential of comics in the classroom.

    Daffern, Ian. "Unflattening by Nick Sousanis." Quill and Quire. 25 Jun. 2015.

      Daffern concludes his review, "In sum, Unflattening is at once impenetrable in its complexity and perfectly accessible in the way it uses images to transmit its ideas. Or to put it another way: readers needn't feel intimidated, since the book’s big ideas come safely wrapped in the putatively innocuous medium of comics."

    𝒾 Dahlberg, Steve and Mary Alice Long. "Artist Nick Sousanis on the Power of Visuals (and Comics) on Learning amd Creativity." Blog Talk Radio. 16 Jun. 2015.

      While interviewing Sousanis, Dahlberg and Long "explore what happens when we bring more visual images and visual thinking -- including comics -- into teaching, learning and creativity." The interview lasts 30:11.

    Davidson, Cathy N. "A Dissertation About Comics That Is a Comic: Great Interview with Nick Sousanis." HASTAC. 5 Mar. 2012.

      Davidson describes meeting Sousanis and how he has helped her better understand comics.

    Davidson, Cathy N. "Nick Sousanis' Diss About Comics Written As a Comic Is Now a Book!" HASTAC. 22 Oct. 2014.

      Davidson announces that Unflattening is being published.

    Davidson, Cathy N. "Peer Learning, Online Learning, MOOCs, and Me: Response to the Chronicle of Higher Education" HASTAC. 29 Apr. 2013.

      Davidson mentions Sousanis "who is writing the first dissertation on comics as a comic, at Columbia University."

    Davidson, Cathy N. "What Do You Do If/When Technology Fails? #remixthediss ." HASTAC. 10 Oct. 2014.

      In the context of a panel on which Sousanis was to participate, Davidson discusses how to handle a potential technology failure. A biography of Sousanis is included in the blog posting.

    Davidson, Cathy N. "What Is a Dissertation? New Models, Methods, Media" HASTAC. 22 Oct. 2014.

      A biographical sketch of Sousanis is included in this blog posting.

    Davis, Robin. "MLA 2014: A Quick Reflection" dh + lib. 25 Feb. 2014.

      Davis "reports on 2014 MLA Convention sessions of interest to librarians who work in the digital humanities." She includes a summary of Sousanis' "Beyond the Protomonograph: New Models for the Dissertation."

    DeSantis, Nick. "This Dissertation Will Be Comic." The Chronicle of Higher Education. 1 Apr. 2012.

      In this brief article, DeSantis explains that Sousanis is writing his dissertation as a comic.

    Diana. "Sketchnoting 101." Brain Bonbons. [2015].

      Diana provides links for directions on Sketchnoting, lists of resources, and and examples of Sketchnotes. Sousanis' Unflattening is listed as a resource.

    Doctorow, Cory. "Doctoral Dissertation in Graphic Novel Form." Boing Boing. 21 Jun. 2015.

      Doctorow announces that Sousanis' dissertation has been published by Harvard University Press.

    Dolecki, Marcin. "Nick Sousanis: Drawing Ideas." Double Edged (S)words. 23 Jun. 2015.

      Dolecki makes two points about Unflattening: (1) "The work provides – due to its form – a remarkable insight into the problem of relation between signs (in a broad sense) and “things” represented by them." (2) "The content of this dissertation proved to be far more important than the text length. Unfortunately, it`s not often the case."

    Downey, Glen. " The Most Important Thing to Happen in Comics This Week... The World of Academia Just Got a Little Less Flat.." Comics in Education. 5 May 2014.

      Downey uses the fact that Sousanis defended his dissertation the previous day to argue for the importance of comics in the classroom.

    drawcogs. "Unflattening.." Instagram. 2015.

      Summary of Unflattening.

    § Dunn, Sydni. " The Amazing Adventures of the Comic-Book Dissertator." Vitae. 28 Feb. 2014.

      Dunn describes the ground breaking nature of Sousanis' dissertation. She also addresses the problems that can be associated with doing work that is inherent in taking an outside the box approach.

    Edwards, Sheri. " #clmooc unflattening." What Else. 20 July 2015.

      Edwards describes Sousanis' Make with Me exercise and the messiness of learning. She shares her results.

    Eklund, John. "Memory and Loss as the Wheel Turns in the Book Business." Paper Overboard. 8 Feb. 2015.

      From his perspective as a book representative for three university presses, Eklund reflects on the nature of institutional memory and loss of memory. He mentions that "When I pitched another book on the spring list, Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening, 'the first dissertation drawn in comic form,' he [Les Kreyer] compared it to the way Wittgenstein’s Tractatus was received in 1918."

    Elliot, Terry. "Game the Game: Recursion as Systems Thinking for Make Cycle Three." Impedagogy. 7 Jul. 2015.

      Elliott writes, "In modern literary criticism, stance is all. The beauty of that ‘stance’ is that it encourages us to do what Nick Sousanis calls ‘unflattening’. Sousanis in his unparalleled graphic comic of the same name defines this term thus, 'Unflattening is a simultaneous engagement of multiple vantage points from which to engender new ways of seeing.(32)' In other words unflattening is a seeing machine, a way of generating a new way of seeing."

    Elliott, Terry. "Game the Game: Unflattening and Leveling Up 4 Make Cycle 3." RhetCompNow. 7 Jul. 2015.

      Elliott compares the message in Unflattening to gaming.

    Elliott, Terry. "The One Panel University: A Close Reading of Nick Sousanis' Unflattening." Impedagogy. 15 May 2015.

      Elliott used "popcornmaker to begin to do some unflattening of my own in an unsanctioned multimodal translation of Sousanis’ book."

    Elliott, Terry. "Unflattened: An Unsanctified Translation, Part One." Impedagogy. 14 May 2015.

      "Part one of a multimodal, unsanctioned translation of Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening." The video lasts 1:38.

    Elliott, Terry. "Unflattened: An Unsanctified Translation, Part Two." Impedagogy. 16 May 2015.

      "Part two of a multimodal, unsanctioned translation of Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening." The video lasts 3:56.

    Fenómenos. "Mochila de verano II." Flamenca Stone. 11 Aug. 2015.

      In putting Unflattening on a list of summer reading, Fenómenos writes that, "A formar parte del mismo estante en el que colocas Logicomix de Apostolos Doxiadis y Christos Papadimitriou y El discurso del Cómic de Luis Gasca y Román Gubern, Unflattening, de Nick Sousanis, parece otro de esos productos interdisciplinares con los que sentiremos que volvemos a estudiar la lección, aunque sin sentirnos tan retrasados como si estuviésemos entrenando el cerebro con el Brain Training de turno."

    Finch, Matt. "Comics: Exploring the Future of Space, Word, and Image." Love2Read. 6 Nov. 2012.

      Finch begin, "Snoopy was my first comic book hero." He then discusses his personal history of comics to reflect on their value. Sousanis' work is included in his discussion.

    Finch, Matt. "Fraction/Sousanis — When Scholarly and Superheroic Comics Coincide." Books and Adventures. 28 Jan. 2014.

      Finch compares Sousanis' dissertation research with "Matt Fraction’s superhero stories for Marvel."

    Finch, Matt. "On the Shores of Word and Image." The Brooklyn Rail. 6 May 2015.

      Finch argues that "Unflattening is above all a humane piece of scholarship which challenges our assumptions about perception." He gives examples of Sousanis' "breadth and ambition" in taking up various themes in the book.

    Finch, Matt. "One Giant Leap: A Review of Unflattening." The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 11 Jun. 2015.

      From the abstract "Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening is a thesis-as-comic developed from the author's doctoral dissertation for Teachers College Columbia University. Sousanis argues that images are not subordinate to words, but equal partners in the articulation of thought, and that sequential art is a vital scholarly alternative to either visual or verbal communication alone."

    Finch, Matt. "A Tear in Flatland: Nick Sousanis' Unflattening." The Lifted Brow. 24 Jul. 2015.

      This is an interactive book review. As the publisher writes, "we're proud to publish an unusual review of an unusual book. Nick Sousanis’s Unflattening is an essay in comic book form, exploring the frontiers of knowledge and perception, words and images. Matt Finch responds by challenging convention and inviting us to take active steps in constructing a response to Nick's book."

    𝒾 Fitzsimons, Kate. "More To Come 144: Nick Sousanis Interview." Publisher's Weekly. 3 April 2015.

      Calvin Reid interviews Sousanis about Unflattening which producer Fitzsimons describts as "an academic examination of the nature of human perception done entirely as a work of comics." The interview lasts 46:31.

    Frisch, Von Mac-Oliver. "Die Entflachung der Welt." Der Tagesspiegel. 20 Aug. 2015.

      Frisch give background on Sousanis—including his work as a professional tennis player and as a mathematician. Frisch argues that, "Das große Verdienst Sousanis’ besteht letztlich darin, dass er die Frage nach unserer anerzogenen Wahrnehmung formvollendet und eindrucksvoll aufwirft, ohne sich einer Antwort allzu gewiss zu sein."

    Gardner, Jan. "Unflattening by Nick Sousanis." The Boston Globe. 23 May 2015.

      Gardner writes a brief review of Unflattening.

    General, Mr. "Doctoral Dissertation as a Graphic Novel: Read a Free Excerpt of Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening." Likev.net: Educate the World. 23 Jun. 2015.

      Mr. General writes: "To my mind, a dissertation, just like any other major task, demands that you break it down into small pieces and frame each piece in your mind just right, so I naturally think Nick Sousanis made the right choice by writing his dissertation, panel by panel, frame by frame, as a graphic novel."

    Gordon, Joe. "Unflattening by Nick Sousanis." Forbidden Planet. 23 Jan. 2014.

      Gordon writes a brief description of the dissertation process for Unflattening.

    Gould, Amanda Starling. "Comic Book Dissertation." Textured Literature. 22 Feb. 2013.

      Gould writes that "Nick Sousanis dissertates at the level of the graphic" and then links to a draft of Chapter 2 of his dissertation.

    Gozzo, Elizabeth. "Professor publica tese de doutorado em forma de quadrinhos nos EUA." Blog da Elizabeth Gozzo. 1 de setembro de 2015.

      Gazzo presents a brief review of Unflattening.

    H., Matthew. "Communication via Comic Book." BALS Blog. 9 Oct. 2012.

      Matthew gives a brief biographical sketch while announcing that Sousanis will be giving a presentation at Oakland University. His Detroit connection is stressed.

    Hahne, Seth T. "Unflattening." Good OK Bad. [2015].

      Hahne reflects on how he read—and then had his wife read it to him—Unfalttening while discussing Sousanis' thesis.

    𝒾 Heller, Steven. "Doctoral Dissertation As Graphic Novel." Print. 5 Aug. 2015.

      In this interview with Sousanis, he is asked about his background, how he got into comics, the evolution of Unflattening, and his influences.

    𝒾 Hillburn, Becca. "Nick Sousanis — Spin Weave and Cut &mdash MoCCAfest 2013 Artist Interview ." YouTube. 221 Apr. 2015.

      TJoseph Coco interviews Sousanis on behalf of Becca Hillburn's art process blog Keep on Truckin' while he was attending the 2013 MoCCAfest. The interview lasts 8:25.

    Hodgson, Kevin. "Exploring Unflattening from Another View." YouTube. 22 May 2015.

      Using an element in FireFox, Hodgson looks at Sousanis' blog from a 3-D perspective. The video lasts 1:13.

    [Hodgson], Kevin. "Mixed (media) Interpretations of Unflattening (by Nick Sousanis)." Kevin's Meandering Mind. 23 May 2015.

      Hodgson reflects on the "various interpretations of the theme (as I understand it) behind Nick Sousanis’ interesting graphic novel/dissertation Unflattening."

    Hodgson, Kevin. "Unflattening Your Day." 2015.

      A visual representation inspiration Make with Me. .

    § 𝒾 Hodler, Timothy. "Thinking Through Images: An Interview with Nick Sousanis." The Paris Review. 20 Jul. 2015.

      Hodler interviews Sousanis about the meaning of the word "unflattening," models he looked to, the relationship of his work to other comics, and reactions to Unflattening, the relationship between prose and text.

    Holden, Remi. "Perception on Edge: Revealing our Challenges, Curiosities, and Assumptions." Vimeo. 21 Jun. 2013.

      Remi Holden's keynote at the 2013 Institute for Innovation in Education Gathering. Sousanis is mentioned. The video is 36:08.

    Hypeness, Redacao. "Educador Norte-Americano Inova ao Apresentar Tese de Doutorado em Forma de Quadrinhos." Hypness. Jul. 2015.

      Hypeness, in the brief review, points out that Sousanis in not interested in Superheroes in his comics. Instead he is interested in investigating the use of images.

    Jacobs, Alan. "Brief Book Reviews: Unflattening." textPATTERNS. The New Atlantis. 20 Jul. 2015.

      Brief review of Unflattening.

    Ignaffo, Tim. "A&H Alumnus Nick Sousanis on TC, Alternative Scholarship, and Serious Educational Comics." Arts and Humanities. Teacher's College. 31 Aug. 2015.

      In this intereview with Sousanis, he discusses why he went to Teacher's Colleg and the development of Unflattening. People who inspired him are also discussed.

    Johnson, Julie. "Unflattening the Classroom." Raising Readers and Writers. 26 Jul. 2015.

    𝒾 Катя Статкус. "Ууенвй Ник Соусанис: « Комиксы — есмесмыеннвй сиособ фо рм у ли ро оамв н а ши мвсли »." Theory and Practice. 16 Октября 2012.

      In this interview, Статкус asks Sousanis about his background and writing process.

    Kremakova, Milena. "A PhD in Comics… in Comics!" The Sociological Imagination. [2012].

      Kremakova briefly mentions Sousanis' work before linking to an interview he did.

    Kreher, Yin Wah. "Modalities, Me, Kevin, Anna and More ." Intersections. 18 Jun. 2015.

      Unflattening is cited in this discussion of modalities for expression.

    Kross Karin L. "SF That Will Change Your Life." Tor Com. 13 Jul. 2015.

      Kross reports on the recommendations of the Science Fiction That Will Change Your Life Panel at the San Diego Comic-Con. The panelists were Annalee Newitz, Charlie Jane Anders, Jane Espenson, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and Ernie Cline. Unflattening was one of the recommendations.

    Kuttner, Paul. "Comics-Based Research." Cultural Organizing. 28 May 2013.

      While reporting on the American Educational Research Association (AERA) panel on which he delivered a paper, Kuttner spends a paragraph describing the work of Sousanis who was also on the panel.

    Kunka, Andy and Derek Royal. "The Flat Earth?: Episode 132: Reviews of The Leaning Girl and Unflattening." The Comics Alternative Podcast. 22 Apr. 2015.

      In addition to the podcast, Kunka and Royal use text to set the context for their discussion of Reviews of The Leaning Girl and Unflattening. The title of this section is "The Flat Earth?" The podcast lasts 57:25.

    Labarre, Nicolas. "Ecrire un Comics Universitaire (1): Pourquoi?" Picturing It. 9 juillet 2013.

      Labarre provides a context for Sousanis' dissertation.

    Lawlor, Hilary. "Our Favorite Comics of 2015 (So Far)." Panels. 7 Jul. 2015.

      Unflattening is included in the list of favorite comics.

    Lawry, Charlie. "OOh, the Lengths (and Depths!) Some Students Will Go." Live 4. 24 Apr. 2015.

      Lawry cites Sousanis as one of the individuals who has done a thesis or dissertation in an unconventional way.

    Licsatro, Amanda, Cathy N. Davidson, Jade E. Davis, Gregory T. Donovan, and Nick Sousanis. "What is a Dissertation? New Models, Methods, Media: Resources and reflections from the #remixthediss Panel." #alt-academy. 30 Dec. 2014.

    Literat, Kolega. "Doktorat z obrazków." Kolega Lit. 3 Lipiec 2015.

      Literat reflects on what it would be like to try to complete Unflattening in Poland.

    Losh, Elizabeth. "Taking Comics Seriously." Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition. 30 Jan. 2014.

      Losh cites Sousanis as one of three "younger scholars [who] are embracing the comics form as a vehicle for criticism."

    Louw, Natalie. "Unflattening: A Masters Dissertation in Comic Form." The Daily Nat. 28 Jul. 2015.

      Louw concludes that "The reason I’m writing a post about this is because it’s just incredible. His thesis is an academic work, a work of scholarship, presented in comic book form. And it’s amazing, relatable, and accessible to everyone from his professors and cohort at Columbia to the guys who didn’t go to college and who live down the street from him in Spanish Harlem."

    Lundsford, Andrea A. "And Now a Word about Seeing Differently." Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition. 14 May 2015.

      Lundsford argues that "Sousanis sets out to unflatten our ways of seeing, and he does so in a stunning merger of images and words."

    Maiwald, Christian. "Doktorarbeit als Comic." Dreimalalles. 22 Juni 2015.

      Maiwald provides a brief review of Unflattening.

    Malbin, Jushua, Andrea Tsurumi, and Alexander Rothman. "Comics for Grownups: Episode 48." Comics for Grownups. 10 Jul. 2015.

      Albin, Tsurumi, and Rothman discuss Nick Sousanis' Unflattening, Jason Little's BORB, Olivier Schrauwen' Mowgli's Mirror, and Ben Passmore's Day Glo Ayhole. The podcast lasts 27:28.

    Marshall, Colin. "Doctoral Dissertation as a Graphic Novel: Read a Free Excerpt of Nick Sousanis’ Unflattening." Open Culture. 23 Jun. 2015.

      In this brief review, Marshall quotes from a number of other reviewers. He includes his own observation that "To my mind, a dissertation, just like any other major task, demands that you break it down into small pieces and frame each piece in your mind just right, so I naturally think Nick Sousanis made the right choice by writing his dissertation, panel by panel, frame by frame, as a graphic novel."

    Martin, Richard. "Another’s ruler." Indalogenesis. 4 Sept. 2015.

      Martin argues that "Measurement, for me, is one of the many forms of language that constrains us." In his analysis of measurement, he cites Sousanis' Unflattening

    Mathison, Sandra. "Dissertation Writing, at the Margins." Qualitative Research Cafe. 20 Mar. 2014.

      Mathison cites Dani Spinosa’s [generic pronoun] creates and Sousanis' Unflattening as students who bring "source of inspiration" to the dissertation.

    § Matias, J. Nathan. "Unflattening: Thinking Through Comics, Nick Sousanis at Microsoft Research." MIT Center for Social Media. 28 Jun. 2013.

      Matias provides a multi-media overview and analysis of a presentation that Nick Sousanis did at Microsoft Research.

    Matias, J. Nathan. "Vote for 1book140's August Read: Graphic Novels." The Atlantic. 24 Jul. 2013.

      Matias makes the following observation about Sousanis. "What counts as a graphic novel? I recently heard a talk on understanding comics by Nick Sousanis, who's writing his PhD in comic form. Nick encouraged us to think widely about the ways that stories, emotions, and ideas can be shared visually."

    Mattern, Shannon Christine. "Sorting Things Out: Writing Workshop @ Art Center." Words in Space. 9 Sept. 2015.

      Mattern incorporates Unflattening into her Writing Workshop

    McGackin, Brian. "Bookshots: 'Unflattening' by Nick Sousanis." Lit Reactor. 21 Apr. 2015.

      In his review of Unflattening, McGackin argues that "Sousanis does not merely proselytize on the benefits of examining new modes of thinking, doing, and learning; he practices what he preaches on every page."

    McMullin, Juliet and Stacy Leigh Pigg. "Image + Text — A New Series." Somatosphere. 7 Jul. 2015.

      McMullin and Pigg investigate how the "potentiality of graphic narratives as they contribute and transform ways of seeing."

    McNulty, Morna McDermott. "Escape from Flatness." Educationalchemy. 30 Jul. 2012.

      After saying that she had met Maxine Greene, McNulty then reflects on the meaning of Sousanis' work.

    Means-Shannon, Hannah. "The Beat." REVIEW: 10 Debuts at MoCCA Fest 2013. 12 Apr. 2012.

      In a paragraph concerning Sousanis, Means-Shannon writes that his dissertation is "a heady experiment, and even in transit, it's clear that Sousanis is ambitious about what comics can accomplish in the 21st century."

    "Mind Change; Invisible; Unflattening." BookLab. 28 Apr. 2015.

      This issue of BookLab focuses on Susan Greenfield's Mind Change, but Nick Sousanis' Unflattening and Philip Ball's Invisible are also included. The podcast lasts 1:07:17.

    Mitter, Siddhartha. "Student Profile: Sketches of an Educator." TC Media Center. 27 Feb. 2012.

      Mitter provides a biographical sketch of Sousanis while focusing on how he is pushing comics in education.

    Morris, Sean Michael, Pete Rorabaugh, and Jesse Stommel. "Beyond Rigor." Hybrid Pedagogy. 9 Oct. 2013.

      The authors investigate the relationship between rigor and play. Sousanis' work is mentioned as an example of the "New Rigor."

    § Mulhere, Kaitlin. "Seeing in New Dimensions." Inside Higher Ed. 17 March 2015.

      Mulhere sets Unflattening in its socio-historical context while also discussing how Sousanis went about writing his dissertation.

    𝒾 Nappi, Carla. "Nick Sousanis Unflattening." New Books Network Seminar. 12 Jun. 2015.

      Nappi interviews Sousanis about Unflattening. The interview lasts 1:05:46.

    Nieves, Joseph Manuel. "GUEST BLOG: A PhD Dissertation in Comics Form Changed How I Think About Comics." Comic Spectrum. 29 Apr. 2015.

      Nievens describes Unflattening as "a monograph, the most beautiful academic essay I've ever seen, complete with cited sources and notes."

    Paste Comics Team. "The 20 Best Comics of 2015 (So Far)." Paste. 8 Jul. 2015.

      Sousanis' Unflattening is on the list.

    Paul, Crystal. "This Ph.D. Student's Dissertation Is The First Thesis Ever To Be Written Entirely In Comic Book Form." Bustle. Jun. 2015.

      Paul incorporates comments from other reviewers while discussing Unflattening.

    Piepenbring, Dan. "Far-Out Kandy-Kolored Machine Dreams, and Other News." The Paris Review. 22 Jun. 2015.

      Piepenbring includes Inflattening in his list of seeming random observations.

    Plthomasedd. "Graphic Journalism and Graphic Scholarship: The New Public Intellectual?." The Becoming Radical. 13 Aug. 2013.

      Plthomasedd mentions that Sousanis is one of the public intellectuals who is reshaping the educational reform debate.

    Pons, Álvaro. "De la ciencia al neurocómic." SEBBM. 2015.

      In his review of Matteo Farinella and Hana Roš' Neurocómic, pons argues that their book is "un perfecto prólogo de la Unflattening de Nick Sousanis."

    Pons, Álvaro. "Pictogramas secuenciales." Babelia. 1 May 2015.

      Pons concludes that "El camino es casi virgen: el lenguaje de la historieta es una expresión que se hace adulta en el siglo XX, en el siglo de los mass-media y del pictograma —en una relación también estudiada visualmente en 100 pictogramas para un siglo (XX), de Pere Joan—, para proyectarse en la actualidad como un medio que ya no conoce límites a sus posibilidades."

    Popova, Maria. "[Wonderful Comic on a Dog’s Sense of Smell]." Explore. 8 Feb. 2013.

    "Professor publica tese de doutorado em forma de quadrinhos nos EUA." Itapora News. 12 Aug. 2015.

      The article discusses the development of Sousanis' dissertation and Unflattening.

    "Professor publica tese de Doutorado em forma de quadrinhos nos EUA*." Rede Dapraia. 27 Julho 2015.

      The article discusses the development of Sousanis' dissertation and Unflattening.

    Ricardo, Christian. "Professor publica tese de doutorado em forma de quadrinhos nos EUA." Simplesmento QuÍmica. 29 Julho 2015.

      The article discusses the development of Sousanis' dissertation and Unflattening.

    Rohde, Mike. "Comics as a Tool for Inquiry Sketchnote by @Nsousanis." Sketchnote Army. 24 Apr. 2013.

      Rohde includes a Sketchnote from Sousanis' presentation on "Comics as a Tool for Inquiry."

    Robertson, Nicole M. "Author-Artist Nick Sousanis Ready to 'Unflatten' Book Beat." Macomb Daily. 26 May 2015.

      Robertson describes Sousanis' book signing at Book Beat in Oak Park, Michigan. He describes the book and gives background about Sousanis.

    Rosko, Zoran. "Nick Sousanis — A stunning work of Graphic Literature that Exists Simultaneously as Signpost and Road, Instruction Manual and Finished Product." Zoran Rosko Vacuum Player. 14 May 2015.

      Rosko compiles a series of quotations concerning Sousanis and Unflattening.

    Ross, Gilda. "Educators, Student and Parent Share Takeaways from GPS Event by Nick Sousanis." Glenbard Parent Series. 23 Apr. 2015.

      Ross reports and Sousanis' presentation on "Do You Speak Visual: How Visual Literacy" which was part of the Glenbard Parent Series. She includes comments by an eighth graders as well as the student's mother.

    Rossman, Ella. "Находка Т&Р: первая Докторская Дпссертачпя в Впде Компкса" Theory and Practice. 15 Июля 2015.

      Rossman provides a brief review of Unflattening.

    Salkowitz, Rob. "Comics Hit New Highs — and Lows — in Academia." ICv2. 15 Jun. 2015.

      Salkowitz writes that "Unflattening is a meditation on the nature and purpose of education, and the ways the current system is failing our modern society, economy and civilization."

    𝒾 Salcito, Anthony. "Drawing on Inspiration: Challenging the World of Learning through Comics — USA." Daily Adventure. 4 Apr. 2012.

      Salcito interviews Sousanis about his inspiration, professional achievements, and how his work impacts education.

    Salter, Anastasia. "Comics in the Classroom and Beyond." The Chronicle of Higher Education. 25 Jun. 2012.

      Salter writes that "Nick Sousanis’s dissertation as comic takes the visual form to an inspiring extreme, reminiscent of Scott McCloud’s seminal comic texts."

    Salter, Anastasia. "Expanding Our Definitions of Scholarly Forms." The Chronicle of Higher Education. 15 Oct. 2012.

      Salter reports on Imagining America 2012 where she "was part of a conversation on Expanding Forms of Scholarly Inquiry along with Nick Sousanis, currently working on his comic dissertation, and Paul Tritter and Tom Neville of Hack the Dissertation."

    𝒾 Sauve, John W. "Art and Design Season One: Nick Sousanis." Sauve Art Foundation. [2010].

      This interview with Sousanis lasts 27:03.

    Scherlund, Helge. "This PhD Student's Dissertation is the First Thesis Ever to be Written Entirely in Comic Book Form." Helge Scherlund's E-Learning News. 26 Jun. 2015.

    Serpa, Flavio. "Educador Apresentou Sua Tese de Doutorado em Forma de História em Quadrinhos." Cioccari: Sobre Pesquisa Acadêmica. 15 Jun. 2015.

      While showing some pages from Unflattening, Serpa argues that "É interessante ver que a academia não é tão quadrada quanto as pessoas imaginam e, quem sabe, aqui também seja possível conseguir um doutorado sem ficar preso às regras da ABNT."

    Shea, Bill. "Nick Sousanis, 33: Co-founder, publisher and editor-in-chief, Thedetroiter.com, Detroit." Crain's Detroit Business. 24 Sept. 2006.

      A biographical sketch of Sousanis after he was selected as one of i>Crain's Detroit Business's 40 under 40.

    Sheridan, Brooke. "Comics and the Multimodal World Conference was Grand." VeryNiceHat. 24 Jun. 2013.

      Sheridan reports on the Comics and the Multimodal World Conference. She writes that "While they weren’t at the conference, both Lynda Barry and Nick Sousanis were present in the frequent references made to their work, and if you want to know about comics as scholarship, as modes of inquiry, as the most they can be, know about these two people."

    Sheridan, Brooke. "Shape of a Day." VeryNiceHat. 24 Mar. 2014.

      Sheridan reflects on a "Shape of a Day" assignment she did based on an assignment Sousanis uses with his students. She discusses the act of communicating through drawings.

    Smalls, Shanté Paradigm. "English 2100: First Year Seminar: Race & Comics." Syllabus. Fall 2015.

      Smalls is teaching this course at St. John's University.

    𝒾 Smith, Anna. "#clmooc #adhoc #MakewithMe w/ Nick Sousanis ." YouTube. 20 Jul. 2015.

      This video is a combination interview with Sousanis and a discussion of Unflattening. [1:24:11]

    𝒾 Smith, Colin. "An Interview With Nick Sousanis About Unflattening (Part 1 of 2)." Too Busy Thinking About My Comics. 9 Jul. 2015.

      Smith interviews Sousanis about comics and Unflattening.

    𝒾 Smith, Colin. "An Interview With Nick Sousanis About Unflattening (Part 2 of 2)." Too Busy Thinking About My Comics. 10 Jul. 2015.

      Smith interviews Sousanis about comics and Unflattening.

    Stommel, Jesse. "Dissertations, Theses, and Other Pedagogical Monstrosities: a #digped Discussion." Hybrid Pedagogy. 5 Oct. 2014.

      In part, Stommel argues that "The ideal response to a dissertation, though, instead of “this meets expectation,” might be “what am I even looking at?” At its best, then, a dissertation is a genuine surprise, an encounter with something a committee couldn’t anticipate, which is why I find recent experiments with the form, like Nick Sousanis’s comic dissertation, so compelling."

    Taleo, Wendy. "Dividing up Spaces." Tales in e-Learning. 24 Jul. 2013.

      Taleo shares her results from Sousanis' exercize "A Day in the Life."

    Teleducador. "Tese de Doutorado em Dorma de Quadrinhos." Teleducador. 13 Aug. 2013.

      The article discusses the development of Sousanis' dissertation and Unflattening.

    𝒾 Terpstra, Brett. "51: Nick Sousanis - Creativity, Learning and Comics." 5by5. 2 Jul. 2013.

      The publisher explains that "Nick Sousanis guests to talk about the dissertation he's writing at Columbia --- as a comic book. We talk about learning through mixed media, work through why I'm so fascinated with things I know so little about and philosophize about comic books." The interview lasts 51:14.

    Terrell, Shelly Sanchez. "20+ Tips and Resources to Engage Learners with Comics." Teacher Reboot Camp. 28 Dec. 2013.

      Terrell mentions Sousanis and directions readers to his website.

    Theisen, Nicholas. "[Comics] as Reading — Intermissive 2 — Nick Sousanis’s Unflattening and Christophe Chabouté’s Tout Seul." What is Magna. 20 Apr. 2015.

      Theisen takes that position that "Despite superficial similarities, i.e. [comics] theory that is a [comic], I would argue that Unflattening and Understanding Comics are, in fact, fundamentally different creatures." He then discusses the two books.

    Thomas, P.L. "Thank You, Ken Lindblom (and Others)." The Becoming Radical. 6 Aug. 2013.

      Thomas writes, "My last piece for this column, Adventures with Text and Beyond, pulls together my argument about the need to recognize and celebrate a wider context for what counts as text. But it also acknowledges the work of Adam Bessie, Dan Archer, and the spectacular graphic scholarship of Nick Sousanis."

    TYF Staff. "2015 Midyear Review: Best in Books." The Young Folks. 6 Jul. 2015.

      Unflattening is one of the books included in the list.

    "Unflattening." Publisher's Weekly. March 2015.

      The review begins, "If Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics charmingly investigated the history, development, and formal features of visual narrative, Unflattening is its equally brilliant epistemological counterpart."

    Uribe, Alejandro. "La Tesis, un Cómic." Micro Edu. 4 Abril 2012.

      Uribe gives a brief summary of Sousanis' dissertation.

    "Varoom 23 AfterWords: the Awards Issue." Varoom. 2013.

      The article argues that Sousanis' "work exposes the limitations, the ‘prison’, of ‘Flatland’, a one-dimensional way of seeing, putting the case for other perspectives, other ways of understanding the world beyond words."

    Vitral, Ramon Stained. "'Não é mais possível ignorar os quadrinhos no ambiente acadêmico', diz especialista britânico." Samuel, Operamundi. 17 Aug. 2015.

      In this interview with Paul Gravett about comics in academia, Unfalttening is cited.

    Vitral, Ramon Stained. "Paul Gravett: 'Não é mais possível ignorar os quadrinhos no ambiente acadêmico.'" Vitralizado. 11 Agosto 2015.

      In this interview about comics in academia, Unfalttening is cited.

    Volmers, Eric. "The Comic Book Approach to a Ph.D.." Edmonton Journal. 9 May 2015.

      Volmer profiles Sousanis with a special focus on his new position at the University of Calgary.

    Volmers, Eric. "Comic Book Learning is No Funny-Page Tale." Calgary Herald. 9 May 2015.

      Volmer profiles Sousanis with a special focus on his new position at the University of Calgary.

    Volmers, Eric. "University of Calgary's Nick Sousanis Takes a Scholarly Approach to Comic Books in New Book, Unflattening." Calgary Herald. 16 May 2015.

      Volmer profiles Sousanis with a special focus on his new position at the University of Calgary.

    "We Who Are About To Die: Ken Hunt." Ottawa Poetry Newsletter. 1 Aug. 2015.

      In this interview with Ken Hunt, he mentions that he is reading Sousanis' Unflattening.

    𝒾 Weman, Marco and Patrick Cox. "Comic Book Snacks that Talk Back in Two Languages." PRI. 22 Jan. 2013.

      This citation includes both text and audio. Sousanis' views concerning the value of Dim Sum Warriors is mentioned as is the dissertation he is writing.

    Whitson, Roger. "Comics and the Digital Humanities." rogerwhitson.net. 9 Jun. 2013.

      Whitson explains that "I approach things specifically from a digital humanities perspective, and so I thought I’d take this conference as an opportunity to start thinking about how DH and comics will impact the future of humanities education. What, in other words, are the digital humanities doing to comics scholarship and, conversely, what can comics (as a medium of communication) offer the digital humanities?" He begins his presentation with an image from Sousanis' Unflattening and incorporates the book throughout the presentation.

    Wilkins, Peter and Damon Herd. "Unpacking Unflattening: A Conversation." The Comics Grid. 14 Aug. 2014.

      The abstract explains that "This is a collaborative book review in the form of a dialogue between two authors, with each of the reviewers asking the other questions about the book; it is an effort at 'unflattening.' In the responses, the reviewers have (wilfully?) misunderstood each other and deviated from the question as they pursue their lines of thought."

    Wolk, Douglas. "Nick Sousanis’s Unflattening, Drawn and Quarterly’s Celebration of 25 Years and More.." New York Times. 29 May 2015.

      Wolk begins his brief review by stating, "Nick Sousanis’s UNFLATTENING (Harvard University, paper, $22.95) is a genuine oddity, a philosophical treatise in comics form. “Flatness,” for Sousanis’s purposes, is not the quality of abstraction that Clement Greenberg lauded in modern art, but the lamentable condition of the inhabitants of Edwin A. Abbott’s “Flatland”: the inability to understand that there might be more than one can immediately perceive."

    Woodward, Rachel. "University of Calgary Researcher Mixes Comics and Academic Thought.." Gauntlet. 28 May 2015.

      Woodward provides a profile of Sousanis who is a new professor at the University of Calgary.

    Zanimljivosti. "'Napisao' Doktorsku Disertaciju u Formi Stripa." BookVar.Rs. 26 Jun. 2015.

      Zanimljivosti provides a brief review of Unflattening.

    Zellner, Andrea. "This Dissertation is 2 Minutes Long." GradHacker: Inside Higher Ed. 12 Mar. 2013.

      Zellner writes "I am excited and inspired by the ways that institutions and individuals are thinking through public scholarship in a new media world." She then lists some of her inspirations including Sousanis.