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Student Spotlight: Sevda Arslan

Student Spotlight: Sevda Arslan

In December, Sevda Arslan, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, traveled to learn more about the Zazaki community. in Germany  In April, she will present some preliminary findings at the Chicago Ethnography Conference.  

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Student Spotlight: Kristina Hook

Student Spotlight: Kristina Hook

Kristina Hook, a Ph.D. student in Anthropology and Peace Studies, presented her research on genocides and mass atrocities at the largest annual gathering of European social scientists, hosted by Prague’s historic Charles University.  

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Six history graduate students win Fulbright Awards in record-breaking year

Six history graduate students win Fulbright Awards in record-breaking year

Six Ph.D. students in the Department of History were awarded 2016-17 research grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.  Elizabeth Baker, Raymond Drause, and Garrett Fottenot also received funding from the Nanovic Institute grants for graduate students.

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Student Spotlight: Ashley Foster

Student Spotlight: Ashley Foster

Does eighteenth-century Reformed Protestantism affect interpretations of the world and actions within it? How do scholars determine such a fact? These questions drove Ashley Foster, a graduate student in the History department, to apply for and receive a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant…

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Student Spotlight: Mary Aloia

Student Spotlight: Mary Aloia

A fatherless and nationless maverick adopted by the Parisian art world, advocate of Cubism and the Surrealist movement, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire has retained his relevance to our times. The approaching centenary of his death has provoked a renewed interest in his work, such as the recent exposition at the...

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Student Spotlight: James Strasburg

Student Spotlight: James Strasburg

James Strasburg, a doctoral candidate in the History department, received a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute to explore the intersection of religion and international politics in the postwar reconstruction of Germany. He recently wrote to us about his research:…

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Student Spotlight: Mimi Ensley

Student Spotlight: Mimi Ensley

How did readers experience texts after the coming of the printing press to England in 1476? Mimi Ensley, a doctoral candidate in the department of English received a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant…

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Student Spotlight: Catherine Sims Kuiper

Student Spotlight: Catherine Sims Kuiper

Catherine Kuiper, a doctoral student in Political Science, traveled to Rome with the help of a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant. With her grant funding, she delved into the medieval roots of modern politics by researching Francisco Suárez, one of the last great scholastic philosophers. A near contemporary of the more famous...

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Student Spotlight: Justin Appel

Student Spotlight: Justin Appel

Ēriks Ešenvalds is a rising star in the constellation of 21st-century choral music. Justin Appel, a graduate student in the Sacred Music department, received a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant…

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Student Spotlight: Thomas Meyers

Student Spotlight: Thomas Meyers

Marin Mersenne (1588-1648), a French Franciscan friar, was at the center of a seventeenth-century correspondence network in Europe that included all of the major intellectuals of that time. Thomas J. Meyers, a graduate student in History, received a Graduate Summer Travel and Research Grant…

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Student Spotlight: Eve Wolynes

Student Spotlight: Eve Wolynes

In fourteenth century Italy, merchants became a class of individuals with a unique mindset and worldview. Eve Wolynes, a doctoral student in the History department, received a Graduate Break Travel and Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute to travel to Florence to research how the mercantile class was shaped by travel,...

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Student Spotlight: Ana Petrova

Student Spotlight: Ana Petrova

Why do political parties in new democracies build organizations when they arguably do not really need to? Ana Petrova, a graduate student in the Political Science department, received a Graduate Break Travel and Research Grant to travel to Bulgaria and shed some light on this question. Ana recently wrote to us about...

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Student Spotlight: Garrett Fontenot

Student Spotlight: Garrett Fontenot

The collapse of France’s first empire in 1763 redrew the maps of Europe and North America. Garrett Fontenot, a graduate student in the History department, received a Graduate Break Travel and Research Grant to explore what those changes meant for French people around the world in the aftermath. Garrett recently wrote to us...

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Student Spotlight: Anna de Bakker

Student Spotlight: Anna de Bakker

The thirteenth-century Low Countries saw many new religious communities. Anna de Bakker, a graduate student in the Medieval Institute, received a Graduate Break Travel and Research Grant to travel to Belgium over spring break to consider what these communities sang. Anna recently wrote to us about her experience:

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Student Spotlight: Maria Giulia Genghini

Student Spotlight: Maria Giulia Genghini

Maria Giulia Genghini, a graduate student in the Ph.D. in Literature program, received a Graduate Break Travel and Research Grant to travel to Milan over winter break to conduct research on her project entitled "Saint Charles Borromeo and the Jesuits: A Friendship That Changed Milan (1564-1630)." While there, she was able...

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Student Spotlight: Janice Gunther

Student Spotlight: Janice Gunther

The health of horses, mules, and donkeys was of critical importance in the everyday lives of early modern Castilians. Janice Gunther, a graduate student in History, received a Graduate Break Travel and Research Grant to explore the theory and practice of equine medicine during this period and what it can tell...

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Student Spotlight: Paweł Figurski

Student Spotlight: Paweł Figurski

A famous twelfth-century manuscript stolen during WWII was retrieved in 2015 to the place of its origin in Płock (Poland). Paweł Figurski, a master's candidate in Theology, received a Graduate Break Travel and Research Grant to investigate the mysteries of the medieval book that served to sacralize political power in the forgotten...

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Maria Fahs

Maria Fahs

"Cobblestoned streets, cozy common rooms, students with black robes, twisting spires, gothic architecture, a great hall—at first glance it seemed as though I had stepped into the pages of Harry Potter as I wound my way through Oxford. But alas, I was not at Hogwarts; no amounting of tapping on...

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Caleb Wenzel

Caleb Wenzel

When Caleb Wenzel, a graduate student in Sacred Music, received a Graduate Travel and Research Grant to conduct research in Germany, he expected a routine examination of manuscripts for a critical edition.  Instead, he ventured into a series of archival discoveries that took him to a church library in a small German town to...

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Taras Karaulshchikov

Taras Karaulshchikov

In the fall of 2012, the Nanovic Institute provided seed funding for the purchase of a significant archive of primary documents that shed new light on the origins of modern Russia. These documents were acquired from Zinaida Leonidovna Polievktova-Nikoladze in Tblisi, Georgia, thanks to the efforts of faculty fellow Semion Lyandres (History)....

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John Slattery

John Slattery

Let's welcome John Slattery to the Student Spotlight! John, a PhD Candidate in Systematic Theology and the History & Philosophy of Science, received a Graduate Break Travel and Research Grant…

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Dana Townsend

Dana Townsend

Dana Townsend, a graduate student in Peace Studies and Psychology, is new to the Student Spotlight today! Dana received a Graduate Travel and Research Grant to travel to Ireland last summer to conduct research on the impact of political violence on youth development in Ireland. Not only did her summer advance...

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Maria Giulia Genghini

Maria Giulia Genghini

Maria Giulia Genghini is a graduate student in the Ph.D. in Literature program who received a Graduate Travel and Research Grant to conduct archival research in Rome. Since the Nanovic Institute has sent her to Rome before, this trip consisted in conducting in-depth analysis of the materials that she located...

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Adam Foley

Adam Foley

The Nanovic Institute once again sent a student to Europe to conduct archival research, only to have him find something new! Adam Foley is a doctoral student in the department of history who received a Graduate Travel and Research Grant…

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Elizabeth Baker

Elizabeth Baker

Sometimes a good research trip is as much about forcing us down a different path as it is about helping us down our current one. This was the case for Elizabeth Baker, a graduate student in History who received a Graduate Travel and Research Grant…

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Deborah Forteza

Deborah Forteza

Welcome, Deborah Forteza, to our Student Spotlight! Deborah is a graduate student in the Ph.D. in Literature Program who applied for a Graduate Travel and Research Grant. Her dissertation, titled "The Politics of English Tolerance: Reimagining a Tolerant Spain through Cervantes' La espa…

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Raymond Drause

Raymond Drause

Raymond Drause, a graduate student in the department of History, received The Katie Murphy McMahon Grant for Russian and East-Central European Studies for his archival research at the University of Tübingen. It contained a recently-discovered collection of sources about Russian-European relations in the early nineteenth century.

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Belen Vicens

Belen Vicens

The Nanovic Institute often sends graduate students to Europe to conduct archival research. Every once in a while, they find something new. This is the case for Belen Vicens, a graduate student in the History department. She used her Graduate Travel and Research Grant to work in the Arnamagnaean Collection at...

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Rachel Banke

Rachel Banke

Rachel Banke is new to our Student Spotlight today! A doctoral student in the department of History, Rachel received a Graduate Travel and Research Grant to conduct research in the United Kingdom for her dissertation, which will be a political study of how the British government defined and imagined its empire...

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