Welcome to the Emancipatory Sciences Lab!
#FeaturedFriday spotlights folks in our network & their contributions toward #EmancipatorySciences.

This week, we're featuring Dr. Xan Nowakowski. Learn more about Dr. Nowakowski & their work in aging and complex chronic conditions!
We asked Dr. Xan Nowakowski about the goals of their blog Write Where It Hurts which provides a space for those "doing deeply personal work and / or confronting emotional encounters related to the subjects they study to share their insights and experiences with others." Read more!
We also asked Dr. Xan Nowakowski about the impacts of public scholarship, like their blog Write Where It Hurts, and how it may differ from traditional avenues of academic scholarship. See what they have to say!
Lastly, we asked Dr. Xan Nowakowski what they've been reading lately: "As a consummate multitasker—fellow neurodivergent scholars may feel seen here—I generally have at least two books going simultaneously." Check out their thoughts on the two books they've been reading.
Dr. Xan Nowakowski gives special thanks to their mother, wife, and father for recommending Klara and the Sun and Horrorstör as well as encouraging them to read: "My love of reading has always bloomed with the enthusiastic affirmation of the most important people in my life."

What are Emancipatory Sciences?

Emancipatory sciences aim to advance knowledge and the realization of dignity, access, equity, healing, and social justice through individual and collective agency and social institutions.

Theory, research, and practice demand attention to inequality, power, and action. An imperative is accessible public knowing of the individual and social consequences of major policy and institutional forces in relation to health, aging, and generations across the life course. Scholarship and practice from the perspective of public goods alters the way we think, examine, and work.

Our shared commitment is to foster a critical imagination and advance praxis that promotes healing and the reality of a just society. 


What is the Emancipatory Sciences Lab?

The Emancipatory Sciences Lab aims to highlight the work of scholars and practitioners who advance the rights of marginalized people and subjugated discourses by interrogating power structures, building knowledges of anti-oppression, and encouraging activist-scholar approaches to research, policy, and practice.

Emancipatory sciences benefit from the work of scholars and practitioners who join critique, conflict, and crisis debates with focus on social struggles as sources of emancipatory and non-empancipatory responses. 


Our Research

Our research, advocacy, and activism span across disciplines and is rooted in fields and frameworks such as:


Aging and Society


Clinical Practices


Gender and Sexualities

Political Economy



Race and Ethnicity

Social Movements and Resistance



Our Story

Through research, teaching, and public service, professor emerita Dr. Carroll L. Estes has devoted her career to improving the health and economic security of vulnerable and underserved populations, giving special attention to women, older persons, and communities of color.

Her story highlights the importance of and need for emancipatory sciences.