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My name is Courtney E. Colligan, and I am a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies in Pitt's Theatre Arts Department. My research crosses the intersections of contemporary Shakespearean performance, Early Modern theatre and history, and queer theory. My dissertation examine...
I am Nelson Felipe Castañeda, a second-year Hispanic Languages and Literatures Ph.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh. I am from Bogota, Colombia, and I moved to Pittsburgh after living in Seoul, South Korea, for approximately six years, where I pursued my M.A. and worked as a Spanish teacher...
My name is Dominique Branson, and I am a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at Pitt. This summer, I assisted staff in UPMC’s Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine with their Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth (JJIY) program. The JJIY program utilizes mindfulness tec...
My name is Eve Barden, I am a teaching fellow in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and a second-year Ph.D. student in the Film and Media Studies program. This summer during my immersive internship with Monument Lab, a non-profit...
My name is Charles Athanasopoulos, and I am a third-year PhD student in the Department of Communication. My research interests include Black rhetorical studies, afropessimist thought, iconography, and media studies. My current dissertation topic explores the ritualistic nature of anti-Black violence...
The course Automated Writing from Amanuenses to AI grows out of my research interest in natural language generation and processing (NLG/NLP) and how automated language tools are sha...
As I wrote the syllabus for the new graduate course that I developed with support from the Humanities Engage Curriculum Development Grant, “Digital and Critical Approaches to Asian...
My name is Krystle Stricklin, and I am a 7th- year doctoral candidate in the History of Art and Architecture Department. My research focuses on American art and photography and the visual legacies of war and empire in th...
I am a PhD student in the History of Art and Architecture program, where I am working on a dissertation project that explores the exhibition history of the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection. As the interface between the archive, objects, and publics, museums have driven both my professional and...
The Image of the Black in Western Art was a research project begun in the 1960s by the Menil family in response to the US Civil Rights movement. Its initial goal was to cat...
My name is Victoria LaFave, and I am a second-year PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies. I wanted to create a collections-based module because many students on our campus are not aware of the robust materials in our Curtis Collection theatre archives. With such a thriving theatre community...
I am a curator, writer, and fourth-year Ph.D. student in the History of Art and Architecture at Pitt. My research considers the roles artists played in constructions of race and national identity in the Americas in the 20th century.  For the Humanities Engage Curricular Development grant, I partnere...
I am now going into my second year as a doctoral student and my fourth year as a graduate student (having received my MA in April 2019) in the Department of French & Italian at Pitt. With each year, my interests have become more and more clear to me, and I have found myself time and again...
I am a third year PhD student in the Literature Program of the Department of English. I work on the poetics and politics of water in the Global South, and my current research is animated by the following question: If the world is on the verge of disappearance because of climate change and rising sea...
My name is LeTriece Calhoun, and I’m a fifth-year doctoral student in Pitt’s Composition program, housed in the English Department. Although it might sound superficial to say on a site dedicated to scholars who wholeheartedly delve into public and digital humanities, I truly love technology and lear...