Graduate Grant Recipients

Spring 2021

Abigail Jorgensen (Sociology) will be conducting interviews with research subjects to examine their relationship with the government across motherhood categories and over time. This research is part of her dissertation project, “Becoming the Mommy Politic.”

Lora Jury (Italian) will be attending a summer school program at La Sapienza University in Rome that will focus on the cultural heritage and memory of totalitarianism in Europe.  Her participation in the program is part of her preparation for her dissertation project, which will focus on the reception of Italian Neorealist cinema in the United Kingdom.

Ya Su (Sociology) will be conducting research with survey participants for her project, “Does Age Matter? Public Perception of Rape against Women in China,” which explores perceptions of rape against women of different ages.

Eli Williams (Sociology) will be using this award to fund the transcription of interviews for her Master’s thesis, “‘Your Comfort Comes at the Expense of Our Oppression’: Transgender Inclusion and Exclusion at the Women’s March.”

Fall 2020

Geneva Hutchinson (MFA, Art) will be creating an ongoing photographic series entitled Late June, which explores traumatic events in relation to loss, grief, vulnerability, healing, and religion.  Selected works from the Late June series will be displayed in Riley Hall in November as a part of the New Faces exhibit for first-year MFA students.

Spring 2020

Patricia Bredar (English) will be conducting archival research in the United Kingdom for her dissertation project and a related article, “I am astonished at my own strength”: Redefining the Walking Woman through Nineteenth-Century Diaries,” which she plans to publish in Victorian Studies.

Abigail Jorgensen (Sociology) will be conducting interviews with research subjects this summer to further our understanding of the relationships between women, motherhood, and politics. This research is part of her dissertation project, “Becoming the Mommy Politic.”

Jahan Khajavipour (Creative Writing) will be traveling to California to meet with Mutsun tribal leaders for their assistance on a poetry translation project. Mutsun is a non-gendered language.

Brianna McCaslin (Sociology) will be conducting interviews with research subjects for her dissertation project, “Good Sex: Moral Identities and Sexuality,” to further our understanding of feminism, Catholicism, gender, and sexual subjectivity and pleasure.

Emily McLemore (English) will be participating this summer in the International Congress of Medieval Studies, where she will present her paper, “Feminist Caricature, Comical Rape, and the Illustrated Wyf of Bathe: A Liberated Woman’s Great Story!

Ya Su (Sociology) will be conducting research in Hohhot, China this summer for her dissertation project, “She Left, or He Left: Marriages at the Crossroads in Contemporary China,” which explores how gender serves as an important parameter in generating and processing marriage disputes in China.

Fall 2019

Abigail Jorgensen (Sociology) will be conducting dissertation research in Wisconsin to examine participants’ relationships with the government across motherhood categories and over time.

Spring 2019

Patricia Bredar (English) will present her paper, “Wild Wanderings: Imagining Women’s Mobility in Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets,” this April at the 2019 British Women Writer’s Conference in Auburn, Alabama.

Shinjini Chattopadhyay (English) will conduct dissertation research this summer at the Zürich James Joyce Foundation Archives to advance her gender analysis of Finnegan’s Wake.

Emily McLemore (English) will be presenting her paper, “From Huntress to Hunted: ‘Wayward’ Women and the Predatory Nature of the Knight’s Tale,” in May at the 2019 International Congress on Medieval Studies.

Fall 2018

Minju Kwon (Political Science) will conduct field research in January 2019 at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, to further her study of women’s participation in domestic and international regulations regarding child pornography.

Stacy Sivinski (English) will present her paper, “Judging a Book by Its Cover: H.L. Menken, The Smart Set, and Woman as Monstrous Consumer” at the Midwest Modern Language Association conference in Kansas City in November 2018.

Jac Smith (Creative Writing) will travel to Florida in January 2019 to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and to do creative research for a work-in-progress entitled The Loose.