Meet ISLA's 2023-24 Dissertation Fellows

Author: Sevda Arslan

The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) is pleased to introduce this year’s Dissertation Fellows cohort, comprised of 13 doctoral candidates in the College of Arts and Letters.

Through this Dissertation Fellows Program, ISLA aims to help outstanding graduate students make significant progress on their dissertations. ISLA Dissertation Fellows will meet on select Fridays this fall and next spring semester to work on their dissertations in a quiet and structured setting. At each meeting, following lunch, fellows work together to set writing goals and then use the time and space to work on their dissertations, ending with a goals check-in with a partner. Each fellow also receives a $1000 stipend.

ISLA’s 2023-2024 Dissertation Fellows come from 10 different doctoral programs, with projects spanning a wide range of topics, disciplines, time periods, and geographical areas, and representing the Arts, Humanities, and the Social Sciences. The full list of this year’s exceptional Dissertation Fellows cohort with programs and dissertation titles follows:


Roger Cadena, Sociology

“Ethnoracialization and the Articulation of Latinx Identities and Politics”

Eduardo Febres Muñoz, Spanish

“La máquina criptógama: Simón Rodríguez y las tecnologías culturales de la ilustración criolla ("The Cryptogramous Machine: Simón Rodríguez and the Cultural Technologies of Criollo Enlightenment")”

Kari Francis, Sacred Music

“Painting With Voices: Bringing Choral Improvisation to the Concert Stage”

Anna Gabur, Sociology

“Sharing Our Lives: The Sociological Dynamics of Selective Disclosure”

Grant Gasse, Theology

“Myth as False Word: Irenaeus of Lyons and the Theology of Speech”

Sally Hansen, English

“Sounding Stigma: Graphic Poetry, Mysticism in the Flesh, and the Marked Body”

Sarah Hoegler, Psychology

“Longitudinal Impacts of the Father-Child Relationship on Adjustment: Developmental and Dynamic Patterns of Effect”

Abigail Holmes, History and Philosophy of Science

“Constructing Cosmic Distance Measurement”

Anna Johnson, Peace Studies and Sociology

“Contested Solidarities: Negotiating Transnational Solidarity through Tourism in Palestine”

Lora Jury, Italian

“Oil's Film Empire”

Dayoung Lee, Psychology

“A Model-based Clustering for Behavioral Multivariate Time Series”

Joshua Tonkel, History and Philosophy of Science

“Harvesting Knowledge: The Development of American Agricultural Science, 1862-1939”

Jacob Turner, Political Science

“War in Words: Law, Order, and Iron Fist Politics in Brazil”