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.

Piper Rawding

PhD student, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Piper’s work in the Hong research lab focuses on developing nanocarriers to improve cancer immunotherapy. By understanding and controlling the interactions that polymers have with cells, researchers like Piper can engineer nanocarriers’ biological behaviors to improve the efficiency and accuracy of cancer-battling drugs.

Jeffrey M. Thomas

PhD student, French

Jeffrey M. Thomas is a PhD student in French whose research focuses on literature about and from Corsica, specifically from the 19th and 21st centuries.

Sheena Finnigan

PhD student, History

Sheena’s research focuses on the history of motherhood among non-elite women in classical Rome.

Cortney Anderson Kramer

PhD candidate, Art History

If you’ve ever driven by a roadside concrete art park – think sculptures, grottos, or even houses – and been intrigued, art history PhD candidate Cortney Anderson Kramer is the person to ask. Kramer studies and writes about this unique art style in the Midwest.