For more information on open access and scholarly publishing, see the PowerPoint presentation and handout by Yuan Li and Bonnie Ryan:
The Association of Research Libraries - Create Change, discusses the link from a student's research to access of her work.
For an alternative viewpoint to the Association for Research Libraries, note the July 2013 statement by the American Historical Association, on policies regarding embargoing recently defended history dissertations.
Many Syracuse University Anthropology dissertations are accessible through SURFACE ("Syracuse University's Research Facility and Collaborative Environment").
See the list below for some successful dissertations by the Anthropology Department's cultural anthropology doctoral candidates that can be found in the SU Libraries' catalog.