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Glasscock Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients 2018-2019

The Glasscock Center for Humanities Research annually funds up to ten Graduate Research Fellowships at $2,000 each. Departments can nominate up to two graduate students to be considered for these awards. To be eligible, students in affiliated departments have to be working on a Doctoral dissertation or Masters thesis but could be at the initial […]

The Glasscock Center for Humanities Research annually funds up to ten Graduate Research Fellowships at $2,000 each. Departments can nominate up to two graduate students to be considered for these awards. To be eligible, students in affiliated departments have to be working on a Doctoral dissertation or Masters thesis but could be at the initial stages of their projects. Students are expected to work closely with their advisors on a project description, rationale for the grant, and budget. The budget might include conference participation and travel, fieldwork or archival work, or it might simply be for research materials. The outcome should be a dissertation or a thesis, or a significant portion thereof. These students will make up the community of graduate scholars who populate the Graduate Colloquium Series (five each semester). They are required to participate for a semester in the Graduate Colloquium Series and use the experience as a tool to improve their own writing and projects and help each other to improve the quality of the work being produced as a group.

Academic Year 2019-2020

Edudzi David Sallah is a Graduate Student in the Department of Performance Studies, TAMU. His research interest is in the study of African  and especially Ghanaian forms of expressive culture. For his Glasscock fellowship project, he is examining Toko Atolia—a now defunct practice of capital punishment that was common among the forebears of the Anlo-Ewes of Ghana. This punishment involved the burial-alive of persons found guilty of heinous crimes in the community. In this research, he is interested in, among other things, what social and moral-ethical considerations of retributive justice compelled this extreme form of punishment.


Selene Diaz is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department. She has earned her M.A. degree from the University of El Paso, Texas.  Selene’s research interest center around issues in Mexico/US border, immigration, and Indigenous communities. Her dissertation research addresses social, and institution interactions among indigenous communities and nonindigenous in Cd. Juarez.  She examines how indigenous communities navigate multiple borders (ethnicity, language, culture, and gender) in the city. Her dissertation, titled “The effects of Internal Migration on the Raramuri in Cd. Juarez”.  She is conducting a feminist ethnography, and visual methodology to explore the transition from rural to urban areas.

Christina Lake is a doctoral candidate in History with specializations in the American Southwest, Borderlands, and indigenous history. Her research focuses on the use of tourism practices by the Fred Harvey Company and the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway to understand social change in the Southwest through the intersection of gender, labor, and indigeneity in the industry between 1880 and 1940. She has received grants and fellowships for her research from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and the Grand Canyon Historical Society. Currently, she is the director of education and museum curator for Preserve Louisiana at the Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.


Seul Lee is a Ph.D. candidate whose research interests include 20th and 21st century postcolonial and transnational literature, women and gender studies, and ethical theory. Her primary research agenda explores the violent intersection of care and conviviality. The project, titled “Militarism and Transnational Adoption: The Obscured Violence in Beneficence of Care and Multiculturalism,” intervenes in the issue of adoption unsettling assumptions about the beneficence of care and articulating the forgotten link between militarism and transnational adoption represented in Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats (1998) and Deann Borshay Liem’s Geographies of Kinship (2019).


Nathalie Mendez is a PhD Candidate in Political Science and Research Assistant of the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University. She is a Fulbright Scholar. She worked for the Colombian Government for 8 years in topics related to Human Rights and Transitional Justice’s policies. She has also worked as consultant and professor. Her main areas of interest are bureaucrats’ behavior, decentralization and local development. She has used mixed methods research designs with an emphasis on qualitative studies. The topic of her Fellowship Project is the study of micro foundations of cooperation among bureaucrats in the public service.


Adebayo Ogungbure is a PhD candidate and a Lechner scholar in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. His research interest includes Africana Philosophy (especially the connections between African and African-Diasporic philosophies), Black Male Studies (particularly the genderized/sexualized and racialized discrimination of Black Males under Jim Crow oppression and within contemporary society), Critical/social epistemology and Critical Race Theory (CRT). He is a recipient of the 2019 Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. His research work on the representations of the Black experience within the genre of science fiction was selected for the 2019 Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Humanities Research Award. He has published peer-reviewed articles in prestigious academic journals such as American Philosophical Quarterly and The Journal of Black Studies.

Damián Robles is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. His area of specialization explores Early Modern Spanish/English pragmatics. His research interests include historical contrastive pragmatics, politeness and civility, Cervantes, and language contact. His dissertation focuses on forms of address in the first English translations of Don Quixote (1607-1620). He has two published co-authored manuscripts: the first, it examines code-mixing in Texan popular music (2018); and the latter, Spanish loanwords in technology and fashion (forthcoming). For his Glasscock fellowship project, Damián investigates vocative address in Don Quixote, specializing in vocatives of honorifics and insults.


Rachel K. Turner is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture. Rachel received her B.S. and her M.Ed. from Sam Houston State University. After teaching elementary school for four years, Rachel decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction. Rachel’s research interests revolve around elementary social studies education, pre-service teacher education and narrative inquiry methodology. In article 1 of her 3 article dissertation titled “Past to Present: A History of Social Studies Integration” Rachel explores the long, twisted history of curriculum integration and its impact on social studies education.


Anna Marie Van de Grift is a Ph.D. student from the Department of Geography. Her research interests include political ecologies of conservation and water resource management, value theory, and subtropical alpine peatlands in the Andean region. Her research seeks to understand how place-based values are altered as they interface with conservation interventions and specifically, with the economic valuation of payment for ecosystem services. Drawing from oral history and ethnographic approaches her research traces value in terms of relational experience over time by eliciting in situ attachments to landscapes and livelihood practices in the Peruvian highlands. Her project hopes to contribute to understanding knowledge production and meaning-making as politically salient to resource management and water-related social conflict.


Ryan Abt is a Ph.D. candidate in United States history who specializes in representations of the Holocaust in the US educational systems.  He considers the changing nature of American educator’s understanding and presentation of materials related to the murder of Europe’s Jews.  By analyzing documents outside those of popular culture, he can determine the moments during which American engagement with Holocaust memory altered and determine likely causes for those changes. His article "'No Propaganda Story': The Prehistory of American Holocaust Consciousness in Textbooks," was recently published in The Yearbook of Transnational History vol. 2.


Michaela Baca
Bio forthcoming.