Glasscock Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients

The Glasscock Center for Humanities Research annually funds up to ten Graduate Research Fellowships at $2,000 each. Departments can nominate up to two graduate students to be considered for these awards. To be eligible, students in affiliated departments have to be working on a Doctoral dissertation or Masters thesis but could be at the initial stages of their projects. Students are expected to work closely with their advisors on a project description, rationale for the grant, and budget. The budget might include conference participation and travel, fieldwork or archival work, or it might simply be for research materials. The outcome should be a dissertation or a thesis, or a significant portion thereof. These students will make up the community of graduate scholars who populate the Graduate Colloquium Series (five each semester). They are required to participate for a semester in the Graduate Colloquium Series and use the experience as a tool to improve their own writing and projects and help each other to improve the quality of the work being produced as a group.

Academic Year 2018-2019

Dong An
Dong is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy. She has earned both a BA and an MA in Philosophy from Peking University, China. Her research interests include philosophy of emotion, value theory, and moral psychology. Her dissertation focuses on how emotions and values are related. She has been working on discrete emotions such as amusement and boredom as case studies. By continuing applying interdisciplinary works from social psychology, history, and cultural studies, she hopes to give an account that explains value in terms of what the subject sees fitting, i.e., what is appropriate according to the subject’s biographical history, including her sensibility, character trait, personality, and the contexts where those features are developed.

Elizabeth Earle
Elizabeth Earle, PhD candidate in the Communication Department, will work on her dissertation, “‘The Word is Action’: The Rhetoric of Miguel de Unamuno’s Journalistic Writings.” In this project, Elizabeth examines more than 3,000 political newspaper articles in which Unamuno spoke out against various Spanish 20th century political regimes. In these articles he developed a unique way to respond to the political crises of his time. I analyze the rhetorical strategies he used in his articles in order to discover what he can contribute to rhetorical theory. Examining his language, style, and rhetorical devices will illuminate new methods of resisting political ideologies today and challenge the traditional notion of the public intellectual.

Desirae Embree
Desirae Embree is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. Her research interests center around issues in the representation of sex and sexuality in entertainment media, with a specific focus on film. Her dissertation, titled “Private Pleasures, Public Provocations: ‘Dyke Porn’ and Lesbian Sexual Entertainment in the Late 20th Century,” is a study of an under-examined moment in both lesbian history and the history of pornography in which queer women capitalized on both existing queer media cultures and new media technologies in order to create sexual entertainment for their own community. Spanning a variety of media technologies and practices including live performance, print, video, phone hotlines, voicemail, letter-writing, photography, and more, this project seeks to counter narratives of lesbian history that emphasize the political over the erotic, arguing that lesbian sexual desire and practice were the engine for unprecedented lesbian cultural productivity and entrepreneurship.

Hazal Hurman
Hazal is a PhD student at the Sociology Department. She has earned her M.A. degree from Central European University, Budapest. Hazal’s research interests are situated at the crossroads of sociology of law and punishment, theories of violence, and post-colonial approaches to subject formation. Her dissertation research addresses contemporary legal warfare in Turkey with a focus on the criminalization of Kurdish and Roma minors in the country. She examines the ways in which extensive use of legal violence relates to preservation of the mythic capacity of the state and racialization of ethnic minorities. Currently, she is working on a research entitled Discipline and Banish: Racialization of “Terror-suspect” Kurdish Juveniles in Turkish Neoliberal Penal Regime. This research addresses the judicio-political and cultural implications of the criminalization of Kurdish juveniles by the Turkish Anti-Terror Law. Additionally, she is collaborating in projects that address prison placement in rural U.S. South, and the shifts in the family structure in Turkey.

Aaron Lira
Aaron Lira is a M.S. candidate in the Department of Geography. His research interests situate around the intersection of social justice and water management, with an emphasis on rural water allocation. His project, titled “Hear no water, speak no water, see no water: A Sensory Ecology approach to water resources in central Oregon” is a study of the sensory ecologies of place in central Oregon, i.e., farmer’s sensorial experiences of their own lands, water, and region. This work will explore stressors that are changing perceptions of place for farmers in a physical landscape that is not changing. Given mounting concerns about climate change and visions for sustainability within the American agricultural community, this work will detail a regional record of human sensorial experiences in a state of flux. The livelihood transitions seen here are expected globally as water resources become increasingly scarce.

Mingqian Liu
Mingqian Liu is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant from the Department of Architecture. She is also completing a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation. She is bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English. Her research interests include architectural and urban history, historic preservation, heritage tourism, and public education in museums. Her dissertation focuses on the public perceptions of historic preservation policies and practices in Beijing’s historic and cultural conservation areas since the 1990s. With the support of Glasscock Graduate Research Fellowship, she is conducting field surveys and interviews with long-term residents in Dongsi neighborhood to learn their values, motivations, and needs through historic preservation.

Michael Morris
Mike Morris is a PhD candidate from the Department of History. His research examines the role played by the senior Marine headquarters in the northern five provinces of South Vietnam between 1965 and 1971. This contested region featured the bloodiest fighting with the North Vietnamese Army, the strongest Viet Cong infrastructure, the disputed border with North Vietnam, key portions of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and the political and economic prizes of Hue and Da Nang. This project evaluates corps-level combat and pacification operations against both regular and insurgent opponents in a critical part of America’s most divisive foreign war. Specifically, the study seeks new insights into this confusing conflict by exploring critical functions such as command relations, intelligence processes, logistic support, and contingency plans.

Dalitso Ruwe
Dalitso Ruwe is a PhD Candidate in the Philosophy Department and a M.S Student in the Urban Education Department. His dissertation Black Immortal Child: Frederick Douglass and American Slavery focuses on Douglass’ interrogation of 18th-19th racial sciences and criminal laws of slavery. His dissertation focuses on the philosophical critiques Douglass developed using racial sciences to challenge the constitutionality of slavery grounded in fugitive slave laws, master and servant laws, and manumission laws. Dalitso’s research interest focus on Hip Hop Philosophy, Black Philosophy of Law, Critical Race Theory, Africana Intellectual History and Anti-Colonialism.

Deanna Stover
Deanna Stover is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English interested in children’s literature, Victorian literature, and the Digital Humanities. Her dissertation, “Deadly Toys: Mini Worlds and Wars, 1815-1914,” investigates literary representations of toy wars in the long nineteenth century. By looking at a variety of genres from children’s literature to war game rules meant for an older audience, this project explores how adults try to restrict, structure, and even take over play using fictional violence. Stover argues that narratives about violent toys not only elucidate adult anxieties over a child’s power, but also show us that adults, in their efforts to control play, actually abstract and distance the realities of war.

Erika Weidemann
Erika is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. She earned a BA in History from Pacific Union College and a MA in History from Texas A&M University. Her research interests include immigration, oral history, and population movements influenced by war. Her dissertation focuses on ethnic German immigration in the post-World War II era, and specifically examines how religious and ethnic identities facilitated networks and influenced immigration patterns. Her research traces the movements of villagers from Chortitza, an ethnic German settlement located along the Dnieper River in Ukraine. During World War II, these villagers were subject to evacuation, deportation, resettlement, and flight as they moved from Ukraine to Poland and then Germany. After the war ended, some immigrated to Canada whereas others left Europe for the United States. Influenced by religious organizations and immigration legislation, ethnic Germans successfully entered North America by shaping their identities to fit the immigration policies of the 1940s and 1950s.


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