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 2017-2018

Sueli Rocha-Rojas

Sueli Rocha-Rojas is a PhD candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. Her research interests involve contemporary Romani, film, and photography studies in the Iberian Peninsula and in the Lusophone countries; the Spanish transition to democracy, and the twentieth-century Spanish and Portuguese dictatorial system. At present, Sueli is working on her doctoral dissertation, which examines Spanish and Lusophone Gitano film and photography. Sueli is also working on articles related to the work of French-Ibero photographer Jacques Leonard, and Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, to be presented for future publications.

Steven Dezort

Steve is a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy, and he is also completing a certificate in Digital Humanities. He has earned an MA in English from A&M and a BSBA in management from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Specializing in early modern philosophy, Steve has additional qualifications in English paleography (through the Mellon Institute) and stylometry (as an area of focus in the digital humanities). He is writing his dissertation on how John Locke’s manuscripts held at Bodleian Library (Oxford) and the British Library (London) suggest that he approached philosophical problems as medical ones.

Debarati Byabartta

Debarati Byabartta is a PhD candidate from the Department of Hispanic Studies. She is working  on a project titled: ‘The Tramp’ – a vehicle of social criticism via humor on silver screen: Chaplin (USA), Cantinflas (Mexico), and Raj Kapoor (India). Her studies investigate Theories of Humor used in the service of social criticism in the iconic films of four different cinematographic traditions that include Spain besides the abovementioned nations. She is from India, and earned two Master of Arts degrees (Spanish, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) from India and Spain (Spanish Philology, Modern and Contemporary Literature, Universidad Complutense de Madrid) respectively. Within the domain of Hispanic Studies, she has chosen Culture as her area of concentration, specializing in Transcultural and Film Studies. She visited Columbia University’s (in the city of New York) Film and Media Studies Department during summer 2017 as a Visiting Scholar and she has conducted in-depth research in New York Public Library to take her dissertation forward. She received Hispanic Studies Summer Grant (2017) and Glasscock Center’s Graduate Research Fellowship (2017-2018) for the same, and previously she had received the Professional Development Support Award of the College of Liberal Arts to pursue study of Portuguese language from Sao Paulo, Brazil (Summer 2015). She is multilingual with native to near native knowledge in English, Spanish, Hindi, and Bengali, and has professional knowledge of Portuguese.

Patrick Anderson

Patrick Anderson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy, and his dissertation, Anticolonial Amerika, offers a look at the Black radical tradition of political thought from an anticolonial perspective. His past work on W.E.B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon has appeared in the Journal of Black Studies and the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, and his current work includes interpretations of the thought of C. Wright Mills, Martin R. Delany, and Eldridge Cleaver. In 2016, Patrick’s archive work on the unpublished work of Cleaver was supported by the Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Humanities Research Award, and this summer, he continued his work in the Cleaver archives at University of California, Berkeley, supported by the Glasscock Graduate Research Fellowship.

Shane Makowicki

Shane Makowicki is a Doctoral Graduate Merit Fellow in the Department of History. He received his MA in History from Texas A&M in the Spring of 2016. His thesis focuses on the early Civil War career and the rise to high command of Union General Ambrose Burnside. More broadly, his research focus is American Military History, with an emphasis on the American Civil War. Subfields include European War and Society and Nineteenth-Century U.S. History. He is interested in both operational military history and its social and political effects, including but not limited to issues of public opinion, civil-military relations, the development of military thought/strategy, and deterrence. Additionally, he is currently co-chair the Glasscock War, Violence, and Society Working Group.

Hillary Anderson

Hillary Anderson is a PhD candidate from the Department of History. Her research focuses on liberation movements in the US South during the 1970s, particularly the influence of Black Power and radical politics on lesbian feminist activism in the South.  She uses the concept of intersectionality to evaluate the significance of geography in Southern lesbian feminists’ personal and political identity formation.  Her dissertation explores how lesbian feminist organizations, in a Southern context, navigated issues of racial and class identity while confronting sexism, racism, and homophobia over the course of the decade.  In 2016, the Texas State Historical Association featured its first panel on LGBT history in the state, in which Anderson presented original research.  She will also present a paper at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference in November 2017, in Baltimore.  Anderson’s forthcoming article, “‘We’ve had it with Anita’s Brand’: Southern Lesbian Feminists’ Response to the 1977 Save Our Children Crusade,” will appear in the book, Queering the Deep South: Research on Queer Studies and LGBTQ Lives in the U.S. Southeast.


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