Kelsey A. Dalrymple

PhD candidate, Educational Policy Studies

Kelsey’s research examines the use of social and emotional learning (SEL) with refugee and crisis-affected learners, focusing on the influence of SEL with Burundian refugees in Tanzania.

Ned Littlefield

PhD Candidate, Political Science

Ned is a PhD candidate in Political Science focused on Latin American Politics. His research analyzes the militarization of law enforcement, a trend throughout Latin America of governments equipping and operating police forces like they do their military forces and deploying their militaries within national borders alongside police forces.

Harry Kiiru

PhD candidate, African Cultural Studies, minor in African American Studies

Kiiru’s dissertation considers how African immigrants to the U.S. from the 1950s through the present day interact with American racial logics and politics, in how they are seen, defined, and treated, and how they accept or challenge the racial designations placed upon them.

Yacov Zohn

PhD student, History

Yacov Zohn is a PhD candidate in History at UW–Madison specializing in sports history. His dissertation follows the story of the national Soviet soccer team from its first competitive international competition at the 1952 Olympics to its disintegration in the early 1990s.

Ruby Bafu

PhD student, Sociology

Ruby is working with a midwestern school district to study how microschools, which are smaller and often more personalized learning environments, utilize unique strategies for educating and supporting their students.

Katie Deaven

PhD student, Philosophy

Katie studies the philosophy of biology. She hopes her dissertation work will push the conversation further into a new direction.

Shannon Dillard

PhD student, Geography

Shannon uses remote sensing techniques to map thawing permafrost in Alaska. She is a collaborator on a Department of Energy project that seeks to understand the processes of permafrost thaw to improve predictions for the future.

Marie-Agathe Simonetti

PhD candidate, Art History

Marie-Agathe’s dissertation examines photography as an expression of politics from the French and Vietnamese perspectives.

Genesie Miller

PhD student, Japanese

Genesie is a scholar of Japanese literature and visual culture. She focuses on early modern Japanese feminine and queer sexualities in poetry and images, exploring the range of expressions of the feminine experience in early modern Japan.

Elliott Brandsma

PhD student, Scandinavian Studies

As a PhD student, Elliott studies how trends and features of literary modernism took root across the Nordic region during the first half of the 20th century. Two of the authors he works on – Icelandic novelist Halldór Laxness and Swedish poet Harry Martinson – have won the Nobel Prize for Literature.