Reconciling voices in writing an autoethnographic thesis

  • Dawn Nicole Johnston
  • Tom Strong


The authors consider writing and supervising an autoethnographic thesis as a process of reconciling voices while finding one’s own academic and personal voice. They draw from notions of polyphony to speak about how we negotiated with different voices (the voices of experts, research participants, personal affiliations, those used in our supervisory discussions) our way forward in the supervisory relationship, as well as in the thesis itself. They invite readers to draw their own meanings from these negotiations as they can relate to supervisory relationships and the writing of academic theses.

Author Biographies

Dawn Nicole Johnston
Ministry of Child and Family Development, Outreach Mental Health Clinician
Tom Strong
University of Calgary, Applied Psychology Professor