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Glasscock Graduate Research Fellows 2021-22

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. 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 participate in the 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 2021-22


Denise Meda Calderon | PhD Candidate, Philosophy

Denise Meda Calderon is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. Her current research engages Latinx philosophy, Mexican philosophy and Chicanx philosophy to theorize the relationship between non-Western interpretations of death and community practices of resistance to legacies of colonialism. Denise is also a research assistant to Dr. Sonia Hernandez and Dr. Nancy Plankey-Videla on The Mexican Re-Integration Project, which examines examine the diverse experiences of deportees and returnees to Mexico from the United States in collaboration with the Texas A&M University School of Law. Previously, Denise was an editorial assistant for the Inter-American Journal of Philosophy. Alongside her university work, Denise is a femtor to first generation Latina students preparing for university education.


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Patton Small | M.A. Candidate, Performance Studies

Patton Small is an artist, explorer, and MA candidate in the Department of Performance Studies. He works both in the arts and social sciences. His research examines the applications of Grotowski physical theatre techniques as a practical mode of researching phenomenology. More broadly Patton is interested in the relationship between embodiment practices and religious experience across cultures.  Patton has been involved in expeditions and research projects on four continents as both a guide and a scientist. Additionally, he has presented artistic works across the United States and worked as a theatre director, producer, and educator.  Patton possesses a B.A. in Theatre Arts, B.A. in Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Concentration in Archaeology (Carleton College), and a Certificate in Contemporary Performance (Institute for Contemporary Performance, Portland, Oregon).


Joowon Yi | PhD Candidate, Political Science

Joowon Yi is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. Yi studies state and military formation and has a broader academic interest in conflict studies, ethnic studies, and international relations. In particular, Yi’s research connects the two most understudied areas in the literature of state formation. First, he explores the global rise of nationalist movements in the mid-twentieth century, the time we observed a distinctive pattern of state births from the bellicist state formation in Europe. Second, he highlights the role of indigenous population in creating a new state, especially that of indigenous military formed under colonialism. Put together, Joowon Yi’s research uncovers a unique pattern of state formation in the era of colonialism and decolonization.