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My name is Victoria LaFave and I am a third-year PhD student in the Theatre Arts Department pursuing a degree in Theatre and Performance Studies. My research focuses on queer studies, affect, and cultural memory in twen...
My name is Dominique Branson, and I am entering into my fifth year as a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics. My dissertation research focuses on the intersection of race, criminal justice, and African American Language (AAL) use at two critically important points along the School-to-Pr...
Hello again! My name is Alison Mahoney. I’m starting my second year at Pitt as a PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies, and my research centers on intersections of performance and disability/neurodiversity. When we’re not in the midst of a pandemic, I am also a theatre-maker – I collaborate...
My name is Felix Helbing, and I am a fourth year PhD candidate in the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. My dissertation is on the labor philosophies of early Soviet theorists Aleksei Gastev and Aleksandr Bogdanov, each of whom was interested, in differen...
My name is Oscar Zapata and I am a third year Ph.D. student at the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Through theoretical frameworks drawing from cultural studies, ethnic studies, critical queer stu...
My name is Jess Batychenko, and I am a fourth-year PhD in the English Department on the Rhetoric and Composition track. My academic interests come together at the intersections of literacy studies, education, urban studies, and geography. I am currently completing my comprehensive exams and my proje...
Through the Humanities Engage Summer Immersive Fellowship, I have been able to secure funding for an immersive with...
I’m Brittney Knotts, a fifth year PhD candidate in the English department researching girls’ coding culture in Pittsburgh, PA. My dissertation research brought me to Assemble in the spring of 2020 where I was preparing to conduct field work throu...
 Botanical Specimens from the CMNH herbarium. At right is an older bound herbarium. The herba...
In her Anti-Racism and the Archive video below, Amanda Awanjo reflects on how her Humanities Engage...
Hello, my name is Celena Todora, and I am a fourth year PhD candidate in the English Department’s Composition Program. My dissertation explores how activists working within the field of prison education—including both university and community efforts—employ, experience, and navigate both institution...
I’m Darrelstan Ferguson, a third-year PhD student of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. My research interests include race, gender and sexuality in Hispanic literatures, and more specifically in Afro-Cuban theatre. This is my second immersive fellowship with...
My name is Dominique Branson, and I am entering my fifth year as a doctoral student in the Linguistics department at Pitt. I find my research niche at the intersection of race, gender, language, and the mass incarceration/criminalization of Black Americans in the United States. My research is motiva...
My name is Oscar Zapata and I am a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Through theoretical frameworks drawing from cultural studies, ethnic studies, critical queer st...
Hello! My name is Alison Mahoney. I’m going into my second year as a PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies at Pitt, and I research performance and disability. In addition to my academic research, I am a theatre practitioner: I co-founded and directed several productions for...