Volume 3 Issue 1 (2007): Students' Reflections on Doing Research
Main Articles

Painting a Counter-Narrative of African Womanhood: Reflections on How My Research Transformed Me

Faith Wambura Ngunjiri
Yale Center for Faith and Culture
Published May 1, 2007
  • portraiture,
  • supplicant learner,
  • counter-narrative,
  • critical feminist research,
  • tempered radical


Whereas writing a dissertation can be a fear-inducing experience for a doctoral student, there exists the possibility of not only learning but also self-transformation that can take place through the process. In this article, I reflect on how my choice of a research approach provided me with a transformative research experience. I will describe portraiture as a critical feminist research method that was culturally relevant in undertaking my study of African women leaders. Through this process of conducting research utilizing portraiture as method, I became a supplicant learner.