Graduate Student Activity

FALL 2014

UTA 2013  Linguistics Alum Dr. Joshua Jenson published his revised Dissertation entitled Jarai Clauses and Noun Phrases: Syntactic Structures in an Austronesian Language. Dr. Joey Sabbagh was Joshua’s dissertation advisor.

ANNOUNCING 2014-15 GLOBAL FELLOWS

2014 Global Fellow

The college of Liberal Arts is happy to announce this years Global Fellowship Recipients.

Nathan Kogan, History, “Quaker Humanitarianism in Legitimizing Disability Treatment in the mid 17th Century”

Rufki Salihi, History, “Post-Communist Albanian Emigration”

Kent Rasmussen, Linguistics & TESOL, “Phonological Analysis of Languages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Contributions to Health Literacy”

Bethany Yardy, English, “Small Regional Publications Contributions to a 1960s Native Literary Renaissance”

Nicole Leopoldie, History, “Transnational Families Integrating Their children into France’s National Educational System”

Emily Nicastro, Art & Art History, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina

SPRING 2014

Michelle Pennington, Art and Art History MFA student, received a Dean’s Excellence Research Travel Award for research to further develop glass-making skills by studying under Nadege Desgenetez at The Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey from June 24th to July 5, 2014.

Nicole Leopoldie, Transatlantic History Ph.D. student, received conference travel funding to present at the French Association of American Studies in Paris, France, on May 21-24th, 2014.

Shih-en Hsu, Art and Art History MFA student, received a Dean¹s Excellence Research Travel Award for research to further develop your creative skills at the Illustration Conference 2014 at the Portland Art Museum.

Christopher Shelton,  Anthropology MA student, received a Dean¹s Excellence Research Travel Award for research in Knysna, South Africa.

Transatlantic History Ph.D. student Kristen Burton received the Marc Friedlaender Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society.  This is in addition to Kristen’s recent selection to the 2014-2015 class of fellows for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.  Kristen’s Fellowship profile, as well as information on the $10k and $20k awards, are located here.

MFA Candidates Ryan Britton, Brandan Feltrup-Exum and Jean-Patrick Mahoney creative works under award-winning film professor Ya’ke Smith was recently featured the Fort Worth Star Telegram.  You can read about each student’s film projects here.

Kristen Burton, Transatlantic Ph.D. student, was named a Mt. Vernon Fellow.

George Mason University’s History News Network publishes Transatlantic History Ph.D. candidate Bradley Borougerdi article titled Why is Hemp Illegal?, discussing the historical awareness of Cannibas in the United States.

Darcey Browning, Linguistics Ph.D. student, received a graduate travel award to present at the Texas Digital Humanities Consortium in Houston, TX., on April 10-12th, 2014.

Mohamed Mwamzandi, Linguistics Ph. D. student, received a graduate travel award to present at the Annual Conference on African Linguistics in Lawrence, Kansas on April 17-19th, 2014.  He will be presenting his paper, entitled “Swahili Demonstrative Position”.

Robert LaRue, English Ph.D. student, received a graduate travel aware to present at the American Comparative Literature Assocation at New York University on March 20-23rd.  Robert will be presenting his paper, entitled “Fanon’s Lost Space: Postcolonial Sexuality and the Black Male Body”.

Nathan Eversole, Linguistics Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present his poster at the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing in Columbus, Ohio, on March 12-15th.  His poster is entitled “Long-distance Attraction Effects in Subject-verb Agreement Processing”.

Andrew Latham, English Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present his paper at the Far West American Popular Culture Association in Las Vegas, NV., on February 20-23rd.  The paper he is presenting is entitled “Why do People buy Violent Video Games? A Historical Analysis of Video Game Packaging”.

Jaala Robinson, Sociology MA student, received graduate travel funding to present her paper at the Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, on April 17-19th.  Her paper is entitled “Helping the Less Fortunate: Commercial Surrogacy in India”.

Jessica Rohr, Linguistics Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to co-present her poster at the Conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics in Portland, OR., on March 22-25th, 2014.  She is co-presenting a poster entitled “Priming and Phonological Onsets” with Dr. Cynthia Kilpatrick.

Iya Khelm, Linguistics Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding for a poster presentation at the St. Petersburg Winter Symposium on Experimental Studies on Speech and Language in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 28th – March 1st, 2014.  Her poster is entitled “Relative Clause Processing: Evidence from Russian”.

Lukas Szrot, Sociology MA student, received graduate travel funding to present at the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences conference in Las Vegas, NV., on February 9-11th, 2014.  His paper is entitled “Origins of Life, American Divided: A Sociological Examination of the Creation -Evolution Controversy”.

FALL 2013

History PhD Student Justin Dellinger won the Ristow Prize competition for the Washington Map Society. Recent Transatlantic graduate Dr. Thomas Weiss won the same award last year.

Jenny Luke, who earned her master’s degree in history in 2013, recently won the 2013 W. Curtis Worthington Jr. Research Paper Competition from the Waring Historical Library at the Medical University of South Carolina. Luke’s winning paper is based on her master’s thesis, “Catchin’ Babies: African American Midwives, Maternity Care, and Public Health Debates in the Jim Crow South, 1920-1970.”

MFA Candidate Morgan Chivers wins 1st Place in the Photography category of the Carnegie Art Exhibition. The Exhibition will continue through the end of February, 2014.

Sara Shelton, English Ph.D. student, received a graduate travel award to present at the Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Associations conference being held February 19-22, 2014,  in Albuquerque, NM.   Sara is presenting her paper entitled “Three Covers, One Message: Fat Bias and the Repackaging of Young Adult Literature”.

English Ph.D. student Stephanie Peebles-Tavera research concentrates on Utopian Literature.

Stephanie Peebles-Tavera, English Ph.D. student, received a graduate travel award to present at the Utopia in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences conference at the University of North Georgia, in Dahlonaga, GA., on February 28-March 2, 2014.  Her paper is entitled “Modifying Maturity: The Utopian / Dystopian Implications of Behaviour Modification in Walden Two and The Giver“.

Robert Caldwell Jr., Transatlantic Ph.D. student, has presented at two professional conferences.

Robert Caldwell Jr., Transatlantic Ph.D. student, received a graduate travel award to present at the Texas State Historical Association 118th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX., on March 6-8, 2014.  His paper is entitled “Apaches in Louisiana?: The Ebarb Community’s Connections”.

Nathan Kogan, Transatlantic Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists being held June 15-16, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA.  The paper Nathan is presenting is entitled “The Strange Career of Benjamin Lay: Disabled Quaker Abolitionist”.

Ju-Young Lee, Linguistics Ph. D. student, received a graduate travel award for a poster presentation at the American Association for Applied Linguistics conference in Portland, Oregon, on March 22-25th, 2014.  The presentation, based on her dissertation research, is entitled “English Phrasel Verbs in American Spoken Corpora: A Comparative Analysis of an Academic Spoken Corpus and Casual Conversation Corpus”.

Lori McLain Pierce, Linguistics Ph.D. student, received a graduate travel award to present at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages conference in Minneapolis, MN., on January 2-5, 2014.  Lori’s paper is entitled “Vowel Centralization in Choctaw”.  Lori is also the 2012-13 receipient of the Jess Hay Chancellor’s Award given by the UT-System.

Johansen Quijano, English Ph.D. student, received graduate travel award to present at the PCA/APA National Conference in Chicago, IL., on April 16019, 2014.  His paper is entitled “The Lost Humanity of the Last of Us: A Laredo-Narrative Exploration of Morality and Ethics in a Post-Apocalyptic Playground”.

Iya Khelm, Linguistics Ph.D. student, received non-travel research funding to continue her dissertation work on tracking eye movement of Russian native speakers when reading complex sentences, specifically Russian relative clause constructions.

Nicole Leopoldie, Transatlantic Ph.D. student, received the Dean’s Research Travel award to complete archival research in Washington D.C. during summer 2014.  Her dissertation research focuses on transatlantic marriages between Americans and French from the late nineteenth century to the post-World War II era.

Transatlantic Ph. D. students Isabelle Rispler and Bryan Garrett both were awarded the Dean’s Research Travel award for research in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the summer 2014.  Bryan, whose research concentrates on the Syrian Diaspora and Transatlantic Discourses of Identity, 1880s-1930s, is also a Global Fellow for the past two years.  Isabelle, also a 2012 Global Fellow, is continuing her research on German-speakers in the South Atlantic during the mid-nineteenth century.

Ryan Britton, MFA student, received the Dean’s Research Travel award to assist in filming “NOT ABEL”, in Mena, AR. The film, inspired by Nick Reding’s bestseller Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, will fulfill is MFA thesis work.

Brian Carroll, Rachel Mariboho, and Matthew Womble, English Ph. D. students, received a graduate travel awards to present at the 10th Annual Graduate Association Conference in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas in Austin on October 11th-12th, 2013. Brian’s paper is entitled “To Make Them Real with his Magic Instrument: Photographic Allusion and the Viewing of Magical Realism”. Rachel’s paper is entitled Writing the World: Meta-fictional Magic in Haruki Murakami’s ‘1Q84’ and Tea Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife, and Matthew’s paper is entitled “Postmodern Diegesis: Tricky Authors and Familiar Narrators”.

Transatlantic Ph. D. student Brad Borougerdi at Harvard University

Bradley Borougerdi, Transatlantic History Ph.D. student, received a graduate travel award to present at the American Historical Association’s 128th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 2-5th, 2014. The paper is presenting is entitled “Refashioning Meaning: Hemp and Empire in the English-Speaking Atlantic, 1780s-1850s”.

Kristen D. Burton, Transatlantic History Ph.D. student, received a graduate travel award to present at the American Historical Association’s 128th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 2-5th, 2014. The paper she is presenting is entitled “From Eau de Vie to the Bane of the Nation: Distilled Spirits, Drunkenness, and the Debate over Alcohol in Imperial Trade, 1650-1800”.

Jennifer Caro-Barnes, English Ph.D. student, received a graduate travel award to present at the “Women, Reputation and Identity in the Long Eighteenth-Century” conference, in Tulsa, OK., on October 24-25th, 2013. Her paper is entitled “Professionalizing ‘Perdita’ through ‘Portia’: Recreating Reputation in ‘January, 1795’”.

Lucas Lothamer, Political Science MA student, received graduate travel funding to present at the Southern Political Science Association annual meeting in New Orleans, LA., on January 9-11th, 2014. His presentation is entitled “The Impact of Political and Popular Media Events on Attitudes Towards Same-Sex Marriage in America”.

Alison Torres Ramos, English Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the “Language Speaks Us” conference on March 14-15th, 2014, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The conference is hosted by the College English Association Caribbean Chapter. Alison will be presenting her paper entitled “Historical and Ideological Differences Between Spanish and English Curricula in Puerto Rico”.

Isabelle Rispler, Transatlantic History Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the 37th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association on October 3-6th, 2013 in Denver, CO. Her paper is entitled “Writing Transnational History: German-Speaking Communities in the South Atlantic, 1840s-1914”.

SPRING 2013

Transatlantic History Ph.D. student and Global Fellow Mylynka Kilgore-Cardona researches at The Hague

The following students were awarded the 2013 Global Fellowship.

MyLynka Kilgore-Cardona, Transatlantic History Ph.D.

“The Influences of Alexandrine Tinne’s Transatlantic Afterlife upon Nineteenth-Century European Colonization of Africa”

MFA student and 2013 Global Fellow Gladys Chow

Rufki Salihi, Transatlantic History Ph.D.

“Post-Communist Albanian Emigration”

Gladys Chow, MFA

“Using Digital Media to Overcome the Immigration’s Impact on the Emerging Canadian-Born Chinese”

Rod Sachs, English Ph.D.

“Decolonial Theory and Chaucerian Literature”

Bryan Garrett, Transatlantic History Ph.D.

“Arab-American Transatlantic Migration Networks”

Mohamed Mwamzandi, Linguistics Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the Illinios Languages and Linguistics Society on April 5-7, 2013, at the University of Illinois,

Transatlantic Doctoral candidate & Global Research Fellow Rufki Salihi in Albania with Dr. Julie Vullnetari, an expert on Albanian migration.

Urbana-Champaign. His paper is entitled “The Pragmatics of Swahili Demonstratives”.

Corbin Lockmiller, English Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society 2013 Conference on March 21-23rd, 2013, at LeTourneau University. His paper is entitled “Tolkien’s Eagles: Digital Technology and the Magic of Transportation”.

Sean Farrell, English MA student, received graduate travel funding to present at the Far West Popular and American Culture Associations 25th Annual Meeting from February 22-24th, 2013, in Law Vegas, NV. His paper is entitled “’It’s in the Genes, Right?’: Material Memory and Regressive Apocalypse in Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira”.

Linguistics Ph.D. Student Iya Khelm, Associate Professors N. Witzel and J. Witzel

Iya Khelm,Linguistics Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing in Columbia, S.C., on March 21-23rd, 2013. Her poster, co-authored with Dr. Jeff Witzel and Dr. Naoko Witzel, is entitled “Form Interference Effects During Silent Reading”.

Mary Faye Hanson-Evans, Sociology MA student, received graduate travel funding to present at the Southwestern Social Science Association meeting in New Orleans, LA., from March 27-30th, 2013. Her paper is entitled “A Dual Methodological Approach: Asians, Blacks, Latinos and Whites in Poverty: Who Believes What about Whom and Why?”.

Luther Cobbey, English Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the Subject to Change: Nature, Text and the Limits of the Human conference held at the University of Virginia on March 22-24th, 2013. His paper is entitled “VOO Do Ethics? What Could a Verb-Oriented Do for Ethics?”.

FALL 2012

Charles Hicks, English Ph.D. candidate, received graduate travel funding to present at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., from February 13-16th, 2013. His paper is entitled “The Addict Before the Law: Burrough’s Ethical Contribution in Naked Lunch”.

Nathan Kogan, Transatlantic History Ph.D. student, received the Dean’s Research Travel award to study and collect archival material from various Philadelphia libraries, including Haverford College, Swarthmore College and the Historical Society of Philadelphia. The research will contribute to his dissertation on Quaker humanitarianism in the North Atlantic world between 1770 and 1848.

JuYoung Lee, Linguistics Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the American Association for Corpus Linguistics conference in San Diego, CA., from January 18-20th, 2013. Her paper is entitled “A Corpus-based Study on the Use of Linking Adverbials in Academic Writing by Korean EFL Learners and Native English Speakers”.

Nicole Leopoldie, Transatlantic History Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the Graduate Student Conference on Latin American and the Caribbean at York University in Toronto, Canada, from March 15-16, 2013. Her paper is entitled “The Intercultural Transfer of Soccer to the French Antilles and the Changing Face of France”.

Stacy Croushorn, English MA student, received both the Dean’s Research Travel Award and Non- Travel funding to access archival records at Fort Wolters Army Base (now closed) and the National Archives and Records Administration site in College Park, MA. The research will contribute to her masters thesis on the impact of Fort Wolters to 20th Century military history.

Shewanda Riley, English Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to the 16th Annual International Conference on Religion, Literature, and Culture in Copenhagen, Denmark, from October 19-21st, 2012. Her paper is entitled “African American Female Protagonists’ Silence, Visibility, and Their Contemporary White Authors”.

Yujeong Choi, Linguistics Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to the 8th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, from October 24th-26th, 2012. Her paper, co-authored with Dr. Naoko Witzel and Dr. Jeffrey Witzel, is entitled “Masked Onset Priming in Korean: Evidence for Syllable- and Phoneme-level Effects”.

James Dunning and Michael Agee, Communication MA students, received graduate travel funding to present at the Texas Speech Communication Association meeting in San Antonio, TX, on October 12, 2012. Their paper is entitled “When ‘Oops Sorry’ Isn’t Enough: Tiger Woods and Image Repair”.

Mohamed Mwamzandi, Linguistics Ph.D. candidate, received the Dean’s Research Travel Award to gather data on Swahili speakers in Mombasa, Kenya. This research will contribute toward completion of his dissertation which focuses on the use of certain sentence forms in the Swahili language.

Robert Caldwell Jr., Transatlantic History Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the American Historical Association 127th Annual Meeting on January 3-6th, 2013, in New Orleans, LA. His paper is entitled “Exploring Choctaw-Apache Territoriality”. Robert was part of a panel that featured faculty from Vanderbilt University and Dartmouth College.

Kyle Carpenter, History MA student, received both the Dean’s Research Travel Award and graduate travel funding. His research travel award enabled him to gather and study data at the Bancroft Library at UC-Berkeley. Kyle’s conference travel funding enabled him to present at the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies in Louisville, KY., on October 18-20, 2012. His paper is entitled “Continuities and Fragmentation in Mexico: A Comparative Historical Analysis of the Independence of Central America and Texas, 1821-1836”.

Paul Rutschmann, Transatlantic History Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at 36th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association from October 4-7th, 2012, in Milwaukee, WI. He is presenting the latest chapter of his dissertation on the emotive function of film in four selected films depicting the final days of the Third Reich.

Linguistics Ph.D. student Jessica Rohr

Karen Beasley, Transatlantic History Ph.D. candidate, received the Dean’s Research Travel Award to London, England in order to visit the National Film Archives at the British Film Institute and into the Newspaper Library in Collindale. This research contributes toward her dissertation topic of British identity and the cinema in a transatlantic perspective.

Michael Deliz, Transatlantic History Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the “Reconsidering Caribbean Diaspora” conference at Harvard University on September 28-29th, 2012. His paper is entitled “Networking a Transatlantic Revolution: The Awakening of the Spanish Caribbean Diaspora, 1860-1898”.

Jessica Rohr, Linguistics Ph.D. student, received graduate travel funding to present at the First Maryland International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language at the University of Maryland on November 10-12, 2012. Her presentation is entitled “Teaching Naïve Learners to Identify Chinese Tone: An Inductive Approach”.

Samantha Cornelius, Linguistics MA student, received graduate travel funding to the 8th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, from October 24th-26th, 2012. Her poster, co-authored with Dr. Naoko Witzel and Dr. Jeffrey Witzel, is entitled “Testing the Viability of webDMDX for Masked Priming Experiments”.