Graduate Research Grant Recipients Fall 2005 - Spring 2010

2009 - 2010

  • Lucy Mulroney, Visual and Cultural Studies
    Travel to Pittsburgh for research at the Andy Warhol Museum and Archives
  • Berin Golonu, Visual and Cultural studies
    Funding to travel to Vancouver and New York City to curate her exhibit Recipes for an Encounter." The exhibit featured “historical and contemporary artworks from the 1960s to the present that are characterized by a set of instructions or rules that allow the viewer to be an active participant in the artwork.”
  • BJ Douglass, Warner School
    Presented her work "Getting LGBTQ Courses Added to the Curriculum" at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Women's Studies Conference." She also presented “Homophobic and Gender-Based Bullying: How to Identify, Interrupt and Prevent Bullying against Sexual Minority and Gender Non-Conforming Students” in a different session at the conference. Douglass also received funds to present her work at the Southeastern Women’s Studies Associate Conference at the University of South Carolina, which took place March 25th-27th. At the SEWSA Conference, Douglass spoke on “LGBTQ Activism on Campus: The Need for Leadership and Visibility in Starting an LGBTQ Program.”
  • Jessica Horton, Visual and Cultural Studies
    Travel and reproduction costs for her research project "Dorothy Dunn, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Native American Painting in Europe."
  • Raquel Bateman, Clinical and Social Psychology
    Funding for her project "The Role of Autonomy in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa."
  • Genevieve Waller, Visual and Cultural StudiesTraveled to Washington, D.C. to visit the Archive Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. She conducted research for her dissertation on the aesthetic of camp.
  • Kyoung-Lae Kang, Visual and Cultural Studies
    Travelled to Korea to conduct research at various institutions, including the Korea Film Archive and the Korea Film Council for her research project “Lost Father and Hysteric Repulsion for Modern Interpellation: Symptomatic Reading of Korean Male Subjectivity in the Early Modern Era.”


  • Alexandra Alisauskas, Visual and Cultural Studies
    Research on Evaldas Jansas
  • Rebecca Burditt, Visual and Cultural Studies 

    Cultural Symbolism of Cake in the US during WWII
  • Kathleen B Casey, History
"Eltinge and Gender Bending,” research for Chapter 4 of dissertation, “Crossdressers and Racecrossers: Gender, Sex and Race in American Vaudeville, 1895-1925.”
  • Michelle Finn, History 

    Study for a project to address the gap in the historical scholarship from the 1920s to 1970s by examining pop-cultural feminism in this "inter-wave" period.
  • Kyoung-Lae Kang, VCS 

    A project exploring how the last Korean silent film “A Prosecutor and Teacher” embodies this cultural and historical dynamics in its cinematic aesthetics and viewing practices alike.
  • Sohl Lee, VCS 

    Contemporary Art in East Asia conference
  • Jennifer Lightweis-Goff, English
Travel to New Orleans to present part of her dissertation "'Blood at the Root': Lynching as American Cultural Nucleus:" representations of sexual and racial violence with a focus on the work of visual artist Kara Walker.
  • Jennifer Lightweis-Goff, English
Travel to Port Jervis to determine how post-memory and lingering traumas of racial violence are written on American public space.
  • Nicola Mann, VCS
"Home, Homelessness, and the Will to Preserve: The Lived Exchanges between Public Housing and Inhabitants"
  • Victoria Pass, VCS
For research at the libraries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Bo Zheng, VCS
2nd International Conference on Sexualities in China

2007 - 2008

  • Jessica Crabill, English

    Presented at the Canadian Society of Eighteenth Century Studies conference in Winnipeg in October: “Of Silly Toasters Proud: Women Writing Graffiti in the Eighteenth Century.”
  • Kelly McNilis, Clinical & Social Sciences in Psychology

    Research about what motivates women to exercise and maintain exercise.
  • Ellen Volpe, School of Nursing

    This study will test a proposed model of the correlations between sexual relationship power and intimate partner violence (IPV) and HIV risk related sexual behaviors in a sample of at-risk adolescent girls.
  • Aubrey Anable, Visual & Cultural Studies

    Present "Playing at Work: Digital Games and Labor" at the Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory, University of California at Irvine, August 2008
  • Rachel Chaffee, Warner School

    Summer RA stipend to assist Professor Mary Jane Curry with writing a literature review.
  • Sohl Lee, Visual & Cultural Studies

    Study women, feminism, and contemporary art in Beijing, Summer 2008
  • Jennie Lightweis-Goff, English

    Presented "So Willing to Let Anything Be Done: James Dickey's Deliverance in the Feminist Moment" and "The Visible Slave Narrative: Authorship and Authenticity in Kara Walker's Silhouettes" at the Modern Language Association conference in Chicago, December 2007
  • Nicola Mann, Visual & Cultural Studies
Presented "Tripping the Light Fantastic: Representing the Teenage Twilight in Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and Gregory Crewdson's Twilight" at the "Constructed Light, Constructed Meanings" conference April 18-19, 2008
  • Victoria Pass, Visual & Cultural Studies

    Archival research for dissertation: "Re-Fashioning Surrealism:   Surrealism, Fashion and Shopping Culture" May-June 2008
  • Genevieve Waller, Visual & Cultural Studies

    Research on the life and work of Astrid Sampe, June 2008

2006 - 2007

  • Kathleen Casey, History

    Presented research based on copies of archival materials for Dissertation Prospectus titled, "Crossdressers and Racecrossers: Blackness and Gender on the American Popular Stage"
  • Lauren Crabtree, Visual & Cultural Studies 

    Presented "Making Borders, Making Sense: Identity as Identity of the Other;" at the British Association for Slavic and East European Studies (BASEES) national conference.
  • Leanne Gilbertson, Visual & Cultural Studies 

    Did research at The Warhol Museum for dissertation chapter, “Touching Time: Moving and Being Moved Queerly on Screen and Stage,” part of her dissertation, “Out of Place in Time: Women Performing Art in Warhol's Factory and The Judson Memorial Church.”
  • Mara Gladstone, Visual & Cultural Studies

    Did research for expenses for dissertation entitled "Sensing the Museum Gallery: Contests of Experience in Contemporary Painting and Video Art," for Chapter 1, "Static and Haptic Narrations: Painting, Paper Pasting, Video Stories and Digital Patternmaking - Kara Walker, Shahzia Sikander.”
  • Dinah Holtzman, Visual & Cultural Studies 

    Presented "Between Yaars: The Queering of Dosti in Contemporary Bollywood Films"-- at the third international South Asian Popular Culture Conference at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England at the end of June, 2006.
  • Gloria Kim, Visual & Cultural Studies 

    Presented "'All you Need is Love': Female Fandom, Adolescent bodies and Urban Politics" at the Crossroads Conference for the Association of Cultural Studies in Istanbul, Turkey in July 2006.
  • Godfrey Leung, Visual & Cultural Studies 

    Presented "Voicing the Unrepresentable: Postwar German Aesthetics and Nico's The End" on the Popular Culture and Literature panel at the Midwestern Modern Languages Association Convention, "High and Low Culture," November 2006 in Chicago
  • Jennie Lightweis-Goff, English 

    Presented "Against Agency: A Polemic," while at Cornell School of Criticism and Theory six week summer session, June 16 - July 27 and organized a panel on 19th century songwriter Stephen Foster and presented "'Long Time I Trabble on De Way': Stephen Foster's Conversion Narrative," at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association.
  • Nicola Mann, Visual & Cultural Studies 

    Presented "The extraordinary ordinary: A consideration of Daniel Roth's "Cabrini Green Forest (Portal)" 2004 as representative of the sub cultural situation of the female public housing resident" at the Association of Art Historians Annual Conference: "Contestations"
  • Meghan Morris, English 

    Will present "Eagles within the Ranks: Constructing Female Authorship in Nineteenth Century British Literature" at the Women Writing and Reading: Past and Present, Local and Global Conference
  • Victoria Pass, Visual & Cultural Studies

    Did research for "Walking Sticks: 19th Century Walking Sticks Adorned With Ladies' Legs"
  • Derek Rushton, Visual & Cultural Studies 

    Presented “Myth as Parasite / Image as Virus”: (Re)Locating Authorship, Publicity and HIV/AIDS in the Work of General Idea on the AIDS and Cultural Texts: Power and Representation panel at the AIDS in Culture III: Explorations in the Cultural History of AIDS Conference.

2005 - 2006

  • Janet Ceja Alcalá
    Presented research about Lupe Velez at the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jennifer Ailles, English
Presented “Queen Mab and the Embodiment of Dis/ease in ‘Romeo and Juliet'” at the British Shakespeare Association (BSA) Biennial Conference as part of the Subjects and Histories Panel
  • Katherine Axtell, Musicology, Eastman School of Music
    Presented research about Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. and the portrayal of gender issues in the musical Show Boat (1927)
  • Jenny Douglas, English
    Presented research for “Tearing Representation: Trauma in Samuel Beckett, Ana Mendieta, and Marina Carr” and “Approaching the Abject Mother in Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats...” in a seminar on representations of motherhood in contemporary drama, at the American Society for Theatre Research conference in Toronto
  • Aviva Dove-Viebahn, Visual & Cultural Studies
    Presented “Fashionably Femme: Lesbian Visibility, Style and Feminist Politics in The L-Word” at the 2006 National Women's Studies Association conference as part of the panel “Flirting with the ‘F-Word': Chick-Lit and (Post)Feminism” and “The Violent Pleasures of Death: Feminism, Jouissance & Redemption in Xena: Warrior Princess” at the Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association Conference Women's Studies as part of the panel “Feminine Corpses”
  • Amy Fenstermaker, English
    Presented “The Death of the Political? Photography and the Politics of the Artist in DeLillo's Mao II” at the Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association's National Conference
  • Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, Visual and Cultural Studies
Presented “Bordering on Feminism: Space, Solidarity, and Transnationalism in Rebecca Belmore's ‘Vigil'” at Indigenous Women and Feminism: Culture, Politics, Activism conference as part of a panel on transnational feminism and collaboration
  • April Miller, English
    Presented “Beyond the Pale of the Law: Gutter Roses, Gun Molls, and Other Urban Offenders” at the Fourth International Women and the Silent Screen Conference
  • LaRon E. Nelson, School of Nursing 

    Presented research for “A Qualitative Descriptive Exploration into the Condom Use Decisions of Young Black Mothers:  Perspectives on the Fathers of their Children”
  • Catherine Zuromskis, Visual and Cultural Studies
Organized the panel “Family Viewing: The Politics of Representation and The Domestic Sphere,” and presented “Picturing the American Dream: The Hegemony of the Snapshot in One Hour Photo” at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting

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