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My name is Taylor Waits. I am completing my first year within the English Critical Studies PhD program. Currently, I am spending my summer compiling a reading list, developing my project proposal, and finalizing my chosen audience and sample size for my dissertation project. Additionally, I have bee...
I am a fourth-year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology with the Music department at the University of Pittsburgh. My research focuses on the participation of women in Zambia’s pop music scene as song writers, singers, and music performers since the 1990s when Zambia transitioned to...
Entering my fourth year as a Ph.D. Student in Theatre and Performance Studies, it is unsurprising that the existential anxiety of graduate school has kicked in hard. These days, familiar questions bubble up frequently: Is this degree worth it? What does a degree like this afford me, and others, in t...
My name is Brenda Sólkez, and I am from Durango, México. I am a full-time doctoral student in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and I will be entering my fourth year in the Fall of 2020. Currently, I...
My name is Sean Nonnenmacher, and I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. I came to Pitt in 2016 after working for several years with a non-profit organization in Phoenix,...
I am Patoimbasba Nikiema, a 4th-year Ph.D. student of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Pittsburgh. My studies mainly focus on Francophone postcolo...
I am an incoming PhD student in the History of Art and Architecture (HAA) department at Pitt and a former Hot Metal Bridge Post-Baccalaureate Fellow (2019-2020 AY). My research focuses on art production in carceral spaces in the United States and Latin America. In my fellowship year in HAA, I develo...
My name is Kimberly Hoover, and I am a doctoral candidate in the English Department. My own research focuses on the socio-political tension that arises from integrating “alternative” or “complementary” medicine (referre...
I am Treviene Harris, a 7th-year doctoral candidate from the English department. For the last 12 months, I have been interested in exploring careers beyond the academy. This interest has led me to think deeply about the aspec...
My name is Darrelstan Ferguson, and I am a third-year PhD candidate in the Hispanic Languages and Literatures Department of the University of Pittsburgh. My fields of interest include Afro-Hispanic literatures and...
My research in Theatre and Performance Studies explores cross-gender performance, public institutions, Early Modern drama, and gender and sexuality studies. At the intersection of these fields lies the possibility of the arts as agents of societal change. I’ve always had a passion for womxn-centered...
I am Felipe Castañeda, a Hispanic Language and Literature Ph.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh. Under the frame of the Humanities Engage Summer Immersive/Remote Program, I am currently working as a res...
My name is Dominique Branson, and I am a graduate student entering into my fourth year in the Department of Linguistics at Pitt. I am interested in the intersection of race, criminal justice, and African American...
My name is Eve Barden, I am an upcoming second-year graduate student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Film and Media Studies Program, pursuing an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree in Film and Media s...
Hello, my name is Charles Athanasopoulos, and I am a PhD student in the Department of Communication. I am currently completing a summer immersive fellowship with...