Hi, my name is Carmela Muzio Dormani, PhD.
You can call me Mela.
For the last decade I’ve straddled the world of academia and the arts, completing my sociology PhD in 2020 while performing, teaching, and competing as a professional salsa dancer, and engaging in a community-grounded artistic praxis.
Training as a sociologist provided me with a strong skill set in writing, research, critical thinking, and communication.
Meanwhile, by carving out a creative path for myself as a dancer, I was able to make community impact, affirm my full humanity in the face of academic elitism, and have an economic lifeline outside of my institution when I needed it most.
I created The Millennial PhD podcast + blog to support fellow artists, entrepreneurs, and (recovering) academics to pursue their own creative visions, and build toward economic freedom.