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2020 Dissertation Proposal Development Program Participants

We are pleased to announce the 2020 participants of the Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Program. 

In 2016, Northwestern received a grant from the SSRC to bring together humanities and social science scholars in pre-doctoral research summer institutes. This year, three Northwestern faculty members, Susan J. Pearson (Department of History), Nitasha Sharma (Department of African American Studies), and Mary Weismantel (Department of Anthropology), will guide 18 humanities and social science second- and third-year PhD students in designing effective research questions, methodologies, contexts, and interventions. These students will participate in interdisciplinary, faculty-led workshops in June and September 2020. 

A complete list of the 2020 participants is included below. Please join us in congratulating them on this opportunity.

Best wishes,

Angela G. Ray, PhD and Stephanie Brehm, PhD
Lead Administrator and Program Coordinator 

2020 Participants

  • Jaime Benheim, Linguistics (WCAS) 
    • The Sociolinguistic Construction of White Ethnic Identity at a Chicago Catholic High School
  • Sarah J. Breiter, Anthropology (WCAS) 
    • Building Landscapes in West Suffolk: Human-Environmental Relations during the Feudal to Capitalist Transition
  • Austin Bryan, Anthropology (WCAS) 
    • Sexuality, Gender, and Law: Unequal Regimes of Living and Dying in the East Africa Federation
  • Rikki Byrd, African American Studies (WCAS) 
    • In Loving Memory: Performance and the Sartorial Politics of Black Mourning
  • Mian Chen, History (WCAS) 
    • Propagandists and the Making of the Communist Propaganda Network (1921-1965)
  • Jennifer Rose Cowhy, Human Development and Social Policy (SESP) 
    • Special Education Policy: What is the Current State of Education Policy? And, How Did We Get Here?
  • Ashley P. Ferrell, Rhetoric and Public Culture/Communication Studies (SoC) 
    • Accounting for University Pasts: Institutional Legacies, Memory Practices, and Contemporary Modes of Redress
  • Prince Grace, Sociology (WCAS) 
    • Racial Calibrations: Constructing “Racial Discrimination” in the International Human Rights Regime
  • Bethany Hill, Art History (WCAS) 
    • Space and the Image(inary): Black Feminist World Building and Theory as Praxis in the United States (1965-1985)
  • Emily Lyon, History (WCAS) 
    • Domesticating Difference: White Women, Visual and Material Culture, and U.S. Empire, 1870-1930
  • Emily Masincup, Music (Bienen) 
    • Signaling Sirens: Representations of the Monstrous Vocal Female in Mexican Horror and Fantasy Cinema
  • Myrna Moretti, Screen Cultures (SoC) 
    • Everyday Cyborg: Embodiment and Emerging Consumer Technology in Popular Representations of Everyday Life (1980-2000)
  • Yasmin Silvia Portales-Machado, Spanish and Portuguese (WCAS) 
    • Those Families Will Be Queer: Familial Bonds and Sexualities in Cuban Science Fiction Literature and Their Relationship to Political Thought
  • Risa Puleo, Art History (WCAS) 
    • The Disorder of Things: Unsettling Western Collections with Indigenous Cosmologies
  • Qi Song, Sociology (WCAS) 
    • “Data as the New Oil”? Uncovering Data Production in the Artificial Intelligence Industry as a Social Process
  • Enzo Vasquez Toral, Performance Studies (SoC) 
    • Cuir Devotion: Queer and Trans Engagement in the Andean Patron-Saint Fiesta
  • Cinnamon Williams, African American Studies (WCAS) 
    • Another Kind of Slavery: Black Feminist Maternal Refusal in the Era of Black Power
  • Anna Zalokostas, English (WCAS) 
    • Counternarratives of Globalization: Domestic Labor, Internationalism, and Multiethnic Literature in the 1990s