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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Ethnic German immigration in the post-World War II era illustrates how organizations facilitated networks and influenced immigration patterns. Villagers from Chortitza, an ethnic German settlement located along the Dnieper River in Ukraine, demonstrates this trend. During World War II, villagers were at times both refugees and resettlers. After the war ended, most Mennonites from Chortitza immigrated to Canada whereas Chortitzans of other faiths predominantly immigrated to the United States. The explanation for this divide lies with organizations that directed immigrants to their destinations. The Mennonite Central Committee, Church World Service, and Lutheran World Federation were instrumental in lobbying governments, advocating for specific identities, and finding sponsors.