Graduate Student Awards

The Willson Center Graduate Research Award provides support to arts and humanities graduate students for relevant expenses related to completion of their terminal degree. Graduate students may be supported in travel to archives, installations and performances.

For further details and application guidelines, please see Graduate Research Award under Fellowships and Grants.

Spring 2015

Patrick Brien

MFA Candidate, Art Major Professor: Christopher Hocking Project Description: The Digital Gaze

Dan Du

PhD Candidate, History Major Professor: Allan Kulikoff Project Description: This World in a Tea Cup: Sino-American Tea Trade in the Nineteenth Century

Charles Adron Farris III

PhD Candidate, Theatre & Film Studies Major Professor: Marla Carlson Project Description: The Final Archive

Shamala Gallagher

PhD Candidate, English Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award Winner Major Professor: Ed Palic, Susan Rosenbaum Project Description: The Danko Hoax

Jason Lee Guthrie

PhD Candidate, Journalism & Mass Communications Major Professor: Janice Hume Project Description: Science and Useful Arts: Inventors, Artisans, and American Copyright Law

Sarah Grace Harrell

PhD Candidate, English Major Professor: Susan Rosenbaum Project Description: Cosmopolitanism in the Lowcountry Lyric

Kira Hegeman

PhD Candidate, Art Major Professor: James Woglom Project Description: Interaction, Art and Conversation

Julia Hernández

PhD Candidate, Romance Languages Major Professor: Dana Bultman Project Description: The Monstrous Other: Medieval Iconographic Precedents for “Monstrous” Amerindians

Courtney Hoffman

PhD Candidate, English Major Professor: Elizabeth Kraft Project Description: Pathetic Temporality in the Eighteenth-Century Women’s Epistolary Tradition

Tareva Johnson

PhD Candidate, English Major Professor: Valerie Babb Project Description: Transnationalism and African American Literature

Amie M. Jones

PhD Candidate, Journalism & Mass Communications Major Professor: Janice Hume Project Description: The Forgotten Children of Bath:  A Case Study Exploration of the Media’s Role in Public Memory

Leda Lozier

PhD Candidate, Romance Languages Major Professor: Betina Kaplan Project Description: Gender, Violence, and Memory in Contemporary Central American Women’s Narrative

Thomas Luke Manget

PhD Candidate, History Major Professor: John Inscoe Project Description: Ginseng on the Virginia Frontier

Jordan A. Rothacker

PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature Major Professor: Joel Black Project Description: Ai Weiwei Alcatraz Art Installation/William T. Vollmann Art Show and Interview

Amanda Sutton

PhD Candidate, Anthropology Major Professor: Jennifer Birch Project Description: Transforming and Performing Identity in Colonial Quebec, AD 1700-1900

James Wall

PhD Candidate, History Major Professor: Robert A. Pratt Project Description: National Archives Trip

Betty Jean Young

PhD Candidate, Theatre & Film Studies Major Professor: David Saltz Project Description: We Hold These Memories Inside a We

Fall 2014

Louisa Powell

MFA Candidate, Art Major Professor: Georgia Strange Project Description: Erosion

Nastassja Pugliese

PhD Candidate, Philosophy Major Professor: Edward Halper Project Description: From Image to Reason: Reconstructing Spinoza’s Theory of Imagination

Amanda Scheutzow

MFA Candidate, Art Major Professor: Mary Hallam Pearse Project Description: Portable Tintype Photograph Studio

Laura Lake Smith

PhD Candidate, Art Major Professor: Isabelle Loring Wallace Project Description: Imaging the In-between: The Art of Richard Tuttle

Andrew Fialka

PhD Candidate, History Major Professor: Stephen Berry Project Description: Of Methods and Madness: A Spatial History Approach to Guerrilla Violence in Civil War Missouri

Jun Suk Hyun

PhD Candidate, History Major Professor: William Stueck Project Description: U.S.-ROK alliance after the Korean War

Jason Innman

MFA Candidate, Art Major Professor: Margaret Morrison Project Description: Phantasmagoria – MFA Thesis Exhibition

Colin James Law

MA Candidate, Religion Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award Winner Major Professor: Kenneth Honerkamp Project Description: How Narratives Have Protected Malerkotla

Tyler Leslie

MFA Candidate, Art Major Professor: Jon Swindler Project Description: A Succession of Discrete Moments – Kinetic Art Installation

Spring 2014

Alisha Cromwell

PhD Candidate, History Major Professor: Allan Kulikoff Project Description: The Purdah of the Southern Plantation

Jennifer Czuba

MFA Candidate, Theatre & Film Studies Major Professor: David Saltz Project Description: Light Cube One Act Fest

Emily Everhart

PhD Candidate, Art Major Professor: Alisa Luxenberg Project Description: Friendship in Philadelphia

Katherine Fialka

PhD Candidate, History Major Professor: Stephen Barry Project Description: Textual Healing: Female Readers, Self-Writing, and Sensibility in the American South, 1840-1920

Cristiane Lira

PhD Candidate, Romance Languages Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award Winner Major Professor: Susan Canty Quinlan Project Description: The Representation of Female Guerrillas: Challenging Discourses of Gender and Memory in Literature and Film in Brazil and Argentina through the dictatorships of the 1960’s and 1970’s

Robert Poister

PhD Candidate, History Major Professor: John Inscoe Project Description: Smuggling Chaos: Black Market Mayhem and Confederate Defeat

Miriam Brown Spiers

PhD Candidate, English Major Professor: Channette Romero Project Description: The Sovereign Other: Encountering Difference in Native American Science Fiction

Kurt Windisch

PhD Candidate, History Major Professor: Claudio Saunt Project Description: The Battle of a Thousand Slain

Fall 2013

Dillon Carroll

PhD Candidate, History Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award Winner Major Professor: Stephen Berry Project Description: “The Living Souls, the Bodies Tragedies”: Mental Illness and the American Civil War

Michael Edgerton

PhD Candidate, English Major Professor: Jed Rasula Project Description: What Most Vividly (A Choral Work)

Jeffrey Fallis

PhD Candidate, English/Creative Writing Major Professor: Ed Pavlic Project Description: Hard Sand: an H.D. play

Michael Ford

PhD Candidate, English Major Professor: Susan Rosenbaum Project Description: The Epic and Catastrophe

Angela Hall

MFA Candidate, Theatre and Film Studies/Dramatic Media Major Professor: Michael Hussey Project Description: The Pregnant Tree (Stage Play)

Hong Hong

MFA Candidate, LDSOA/Drawing and Painting Major Professor: Margaret Morrison Project Description: Vessel, a fine art installation

Elizabeth Kleene

MFA Candidate, LDSOA Major Professor: Chris Hocking Project Description: “Artifice Destiny”– Visual Thesis Project

Jessica Machacek

MFA Candidate, LDSOA/Printmaking Major Professor: Melissa Harshman Project Description: IN OUT IN

Victoria Naden

MA Candidate, Art History Major Professor: Janice Simon Project Description: Theresa Bernstein’s Images of American Women in the City

Michael Paparone

PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature Major Professor: Thomas Cerbu Project Description: The Rhetoric of Cultural Patrimony

Katherine Rohrer

PhD Candidate, History Major Professor: John C. Inscoe Project Description: The Religious Self-Definition and Expression of Elite White Women in the Nineteenth-Century South

Dan Rosenberg

PhD Candidate, English/Creative Writing Major Professor: Andrew Zawacki Project Description: Poetry Exchange Project

James Welborn III

PhD Candidate, History Major Professor: Stephen Berry Project Description: Dueling Cultures: Southern Honor, Religion, and Manhood in the Civil War Era

Janelle Young

MFA Candidate, LDSOA/Photography Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award Honorable Mention Major Professor: Michael Marshall Project Description: Historical Wet-plate Collodion Research

Spring 2013

Jaime Bull

MFA candidate, Painting and Drawing Major Professor: Christopher Hocking Project Description: Lady Beasts: An investigation of womanliness 

Laura Davis

PhD candidate, History Major Professor: Stephen Berry Project Description: A Brotherhood Adrift: Boat Burners, Naval Guerrillas, and the Brown Water Confederate Navy

Karla Nicole Evans

MA candidate, Religion Major Professor: Carolyn Medine Project Description: Feeling Muslim

Ximena Gonzalez-Parada

PhD candidate, Romance Languages Major Professor: Lorgia García-Peña Project Description: Afro-Ecuadorian Identity: a Re-examination of Foundational Narratives

Tifany Lee

MFA candidate, Theatre and Film Studies Major Professor: David Zucker Saltz Project Description: Trash: A Love Story

David Meek

PhD candidate, Anthropology Major Professor: Peter Brosius Project Description: Learning and Landscape Change in the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement

Youngmi Moon

DMA candidate, Hugh Hodgson School of Music Major Professor: Martha Thomas, Hugh Hodgson School of Music Faculty Advisor: Lisa Fusillo, Dance Project Description: Research on accompaniment for ballet class

Kai Riedl

PhD candidate, Hugh Hodgson School of Music Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award Winner Major Professor: Jean Kidula Project Description: “Our New Silence” – Performance

Chantell Smith

PhD candidate, Department of Romance Languages Major Professor: Lesley Feracho Project Description: Diasporic Links: African-Americans and Afro-Cubans in Transnational Dialogue

Fall 2012

Rachel Debuque

MFA candidate, Sculpture Major Professor: Larry Millard Project Description: Home Front

Kylie Horney

PhD candidate, History Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award Winner Major Professor: Peter C. Hoffer Project DescriptionFrom Vigorous & Bold Operations

Matthew Hulbert

PhD candidate, History Major Professor: John Inscoe Project Description: Ghosts of the Guerrilla War: Civil War Memory in Missouri

Joshua Hussey

PhD candidate, English Major Professors: Andrew Zawacki, Jed Rasula, Doug Anderson Project Description: Travel to the Thomas J. Dodd Special Collections at the University of Connecticut

Gabriel Alexander Lovatt

PhD candidate, English Major Professor: Jed Rasula Project DescriptionFlaming Creatures: Oscar Wilde and the Legacy of American Decadence

Rachel Paparone

PhD candidate, Romance Languages Major Professor: Jonathan F. Krell Project Description: Understanding Self and Nature: reviving the “Bildungsroman” in the works of Jean-Christophe Rufin

Danielle Peters

MFA candidate, Printmaking Major Professor: Jon Swindler Project Description: Writhe

David Thomson

PhD candidate, History Major Professor: Stephen Berry Project Description: August Belmont and the Struggle for Fiscal Diplomacy

Spring 2012

Lisa Bolding

Ph.D. candidate, English Major Professor: Fran Teague

Ashley David

PhD candidate, English-Creative Dissertation Co-Major Professors: Edward Pavlic and Reginald McKnight Project Description: American (post)

Adam Forrester

MFA Candidate, Lamar Dodd School of Art Major Professor: Michael Marshall Project Description: EAT WHITE DIRT (documentary film)

Christine Hellyer

PhD candidate, Art Education Major Professor: Tracie Costantino Project Description: Transmission of knowledge within a Hopi Indian jewelers

Sandy McCain

PhD Candidate in Art, Art History, Lamar Dodd School of Art Major Professor:  Janice Simon Project Description: Dissertation research in Charleston, SC

La Shonda Mims

PhD Candidate, Department of History Major Professor: James C. Cobb Project Description: Research at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, NY

Elizabeth Whittenburg Ozment

PhD candidate, Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Hugh Hodgson School of Music with graduate certificates in Women’s Studies & Interdisciplinary University Teaching Major Professor: Jean Kidula Project Description: Study of music at U.S. Civil War re-enactments during sesquicentennial celebrations

Hannah Waits

PhD candidate, Department of History (Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award winner) Major Professor: Bethany E. Moreton Project Description: Conservatism and the Great Commission