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 Corinne Schwarz presented her poster "Health and Human Trafficking in the Midwest: Service Providers' Perspectives" at the 2016 Persistent and Emerging Issues in Population Health Science Conference at Penn State. http://ipsr.ku.edu/pophealth/2016/photos/orgs/IAPHS_16100_2562.jpg Corinne presented preliminary findings from the ASHTI research team's survey on vulnerability, exploitation, and trafficking. More information about ASHTI's work can be found at http://ipsr.ku.edu/ASHTI/

Congratulations to Corinne Schwarz on being selected to receive a 2017 Summer Research Scholarship, awarded by The Office of Graduate Studies! Corinne is also a Graduate Research Assistant for ASHTI (Anti-Slavery & Human Trafficking Initiative).

Congratulations to Rachel Denney, Andrew Gilbert, and Elizabeth Stigler. Each have been awarded assistance from the Doctoral Student Research Fund to support their dissertation research.

Congratulations to Rachel Denney. Rachel successfully completed the Ph.D. Oral Comprehensive on Nov. 30th, 2016.

Congratulations to Jo Kipgen. Jo has been awarded the Doctoral Student Research Fund from The Office of Graduate Studies.

Congratulations to Ashley Mog. Ashley has been selected for the AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year to assist her in finishing up her dissertation.

Congratulations to Marcy Quiason. Marcy has been offered and accepted a Graduate Research Position for the Heartland Project, beginning Spring 2017. Marcy's GRA will be funded by the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

Congratulations to Marcy Quiason. Marcy has been awarded the Doctoral Student Research Fund from The Office of Graduate Studies.

Congratulations to Mariah Crystal. Mariah has received the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship for summer 2017 and the 2017-18 academic year to study Kiswahili language as well as African and African-American Studies.

Congratulations to Ashley Mog. On April 10th, 2017, Ashley successfully completed the Ph.D. Final Exam with Honors. The title of Ashley's dissertation is "Discomforting Power: Bodies in Public." Ashley's committee chair is Dr. Sherrie Tucker.

Congratulations to WGSS Ph.D. student An Sasala. An has been selected as the recipient of the first every Emily Taylor Center--Gender Equity in Action Award, which recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student of any gender who has made significant contributions to gender equity on the KU campus.

Congratulations to Liam Lair. Announcing Liam's new official title - Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at West Chester University. Liam will be teaching Intro to Women's & Gender Studies, as well as launching a new class: Transfeminist Theories. Liam's WGSS Ph.D. was awarded Spring 2016.


Abigail Barefoot

Abigail Barefoot is a Ph.D. student in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the ways women claim space for themselves when engaging in activism in the public sphere while also navigating their safety from sexual and physical violence that might occur from other activists and from the police. Abigail is a third year WGSS Ph.D. student.

Fall 2018: Abigail is teaching WGSS 327 "Perspectives in Lesbian: Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies" in the classroom and also teaching a section of WGSS 327 online.

 

Mariah Crystal

Mariah Crystal is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas (KU) in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.  She is also currently a KU Institute for Policy and Social Research Doctoral Research Fellow. She studies women’s roles during war and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa and how gender was strategically deployed as a tactic of war. 

Recent scholarly presentations include “Namibian Women’s Stories: Gender-Based Violence in Namibia” presented at the Northeastern Workshop on Southern Africa, “Gender-Based Violence in Namibia,” presented at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting and, “Namibian Women Freedom Fighters and their Perspectives on Namibian Independence” at the Mid-America Alliance for African Studies.

She has a B.A. in German and Management from St. Olaf College, and an M.A. in Public Policy and International Development Management from the University of Washington.  Mariah has a background in international education, and has taught in Germany, Namibia and the US.  She had a Fulbright grant in Germany in 2002, studied health, human rights and social transformation in Kenya in 2010 and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Namibia from 2012 – 2014.

Fall 2018: Mariah is teaching WGSS 333 "Politics of Physical Appearance" in the classroom and also teaching a section of WGSS 333 online.

 

Kelsey Carls
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Kelsey is a Ph.D. student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on memory and collective identity formation, especially as it pertains to feminist identities. 

Melinda Chen

Melinda is a first-year Dean’s Doctoral Fellow and Ph.D. student in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at the University of Kansas. She earned her B.A. in Global Liberal Studies, concentrating in Law, Ethics, & Religion at New York University. Her thesis explored the socio-legal and philosophical ramifications of the self after rape, comparing Taiwanese and American rape cultures and their relation to self-construction to advocate for culturally sensitive sexual violence treatment models in non-Western contexts. Melinda’s current research examines comparative rape with an area focus in East Asia.

Rachel Denney

Rachel Denney is a Ph.D. student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas.

Fall 2018: Rachel is assisting Dr. Britton in teaching WGSS 562 "Women and Politics" and also Rachel is teaching WGSS 396 "Women and Politics in Latin America."

Aster Gilbert

Aster Gilbert (pronouns: she/her, they/them) is a Ph.D. student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. She received her BA in Film & Video Studies from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Women and Gender Studies from Roosevelt University in 2013. Her thesis examined the gendered dynamics of filmmaker reception in online film communities. Her current dissertation research looks at online pornography fan communities, specifically fans who create their own pornography through remixing and re-editing available material found online. Aster has presented her research on trans* and interracial “micropornography” at both the National Women’s Studies Association and the American Studies Association conferences. In 2016 she received a research grant to travel to the Kinsey Institute to study archival homemade pornographic materials and recently she was invited to give a presentation on her work at Connecticut College. Aster’s areas of study include Porn Studies, New Media Studies, and Trans* and Queer theory. She teaches courses on LGBTQ Studies and received a grant to develop a course on Sex, Gender, & New Media at the University of Kansas.

Fall 2018: Aster is teaching 2 online 8 week courses:  WGSS 333 "Politics of Physical Appearance" and WGSS 530 "Sex and Gender in New Media."

 

Trevor Grizzell

Trevor Grizzell is a Ph.D. student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas.  Trevor's dissertation research examines depictions and deployments of "stuckness" in U.S. visual culture.

Elise Higgins

Elise is a Ph.D. student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on how state legislators talk about sexuality in the course of shaping public policy, and how advocates for reproductive health, rights, and justice create sex positive culture change. Elise is a second year WGSS Ph.D. student.

Fall 2018: Elise is teaching WGSS 327 "Perspectives in Lesbian: Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies" in the classroom and also a section of WGSS 327 online.

 

Sam Kendrick

Sam Kendrick is a Ph.D. student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research takes a cultural studies approach and focuses on the function of sex in interpersonal relationships. Her areas of interest include pop culture, performativity, and citizenship. ​

Fall 2018:  Sam is assisting Dr. Muehlenhard in teaching WGSS 468 "Psychology of Women" and Sam is also teaching WGSS 101 "Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction" online.

WGSS Ph.D. student Josephine Kipgen is an international student from India.  She obtained a B.A. and M.A. in English from the Univ. of Delhi, India and an M.A. in WGS from the Univ. of Northern Iowa.  Her areas of interest include postcolonial studies, women's writing, religion, and gender-based violence.

Fall 2018: Josephine will be providing instruction for 2 discussion sections for the large lecture class of WGSS 101 "Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction."

 

 

 

Congratulations to Liam Lair, who started a new job in fall 2017 as Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at West Chester University in Pennsylvania:  https://www.wcupa.edu/arts-humanities/womensStudies/  Liam is teaching Intro to Women's & Gender Studies, as well as launching a new class: Transfeminist Theories.

Finn Lease

Congratulations to Finn Lease on her completion of the 1st Ph.D. to be awarded at the University of Kansas in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. Finn was awarded on Aug. 24, 2015.  Finn's dissertation is entitled "A Strong Woman of the Lord: Performing Gender at the Intersection of Sport and Evangelical Christianity."

Ashley Mog

Congratulations to Ashley Mog! In Spring 2017, Ashley successfully completed the Ph.D. Final Exam, with honors. The title of Ashley's dissertation is "Discomforting Power: Bodies in Public."

Marcy Quiason

In Spring 2017, Marcy Quiason accepted a Graduate Research Position for the Heartland Project GRA appointment, which is funded by the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

An Sasala

An Sasala is a PhD Student in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. Ze is also completing a graduate certificate in Film & Media Studies. Zir research focuses on transgender identities and experiences and marks the interstices and influences that intrinsically link technology and embodied identities such as gender, sexuality, and race.

An began a concurrent MA in the department of Film + Media Studies in Fall 2018.  In Fall 2018, An serves as the GTA for FMS 300: Seminar in Trash Cinema and FMS 200: Film Aesthetics.

 

 

 

Corinne Schwarz

Congratulations to Corinne Schwarz!  In Spring 2018, Corinne successfully defended her dissertation, with honors: "Challenging Notions of the 'Ideal Victim': Identifying and Stereotyping Human Trafficking in the Midwest."

Aminata Seck is originally from Senegal and is a Ph.D. student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Bard College and is finishing her Masters in Global and International Studies at KU.

Alli Smith

Alli Smith is a first-year PhD student in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies with a concentration in Psychology. Her research interests include the intersections of feminist identity and body image with sex and sexuality. 

Alli is conducting research with Dr. Muehlenhard this semester on self-imposed regulatory mechanisms for sexual decision making, particularly how they relate to body shame.

Fall 2018:  Alli will be providing instruction for 2 discussion sections for the large lecture WGSS 101 "Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction."

Mary Williams

Mary Louisa Spangler is a Ph.D. student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas.

Fall 2018: Mary Louisa will assist Dr. Takeyama with instruction for the WGSS 301 "Research Methods" and Mary Louisa will also teach a section of
WGSS 396 "Studies in: History of Sexual Violence in the U.S."

 

Elizabeth Stigler

Congratulations to Elizabeth Stigler!  In Spring 2018, Liz successfully defended her dissertation (with honors), "Cooking Up Resistance: Exploring Czech Identity in Cook County Through Co-Culinary Oral Histories." Liz is the fourth graduate of the WGSS Ph.D. program.


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