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

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

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

Fall 2014

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

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