I am flattered by the interest my dissertation has generated among my blog readers. I am seeking publication, and if that effort is successful, then it will be available to the general public. In the meantime, I am extremely unlikely to send you a copy of my dissertation if I have not done so already.
I know that in an ideal world, information would flow freely without everyone being so possessive. I openly confess that the academic system of using one’s research to gain recognition and career advancement is in certain cases detrimental to the general human quest for knowledge. Within the academic system as it actually exists, however, sending out the most important thing I’ve ever written–a document whose publication (or whose role as a seed of future published documents) will prove to be absolutely essential to my career advancement–to whatever stranger comes along is an imprudent move, to say the least. Plagiarism, whether intentional or not, really does happen, and recourse is hard to come by.