2010–2011 Bouchet Scholars

2010–2011 Bouchet Scholars and Graduate School Leadership (from left): Assistant Dean Dorothy Sanchez, Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk, Gilbert Jose, Crystal Moten, Mike Dockry, Kim Turner, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education Sharon Dunwoody

Michael J. Dockry

Mike Dockry is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since 2005 he has been the USDA Forest Service’s Liaison to the College of Menominee where he facilitates sustainable forestry research, education, and technical assistance of interest to tribal communities. Mike is also a PhD candidate in the Forest & Wildlife Ecology Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research interests include understanding social aspects of forest management, sustainability, indigenous community forestry, and environmental history. Mike’s dissertation explores how an indigenous community in lowland Bolivia and the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin have used forestry to control their territories, maintain their forests, and sustain their cultures. Mike has a BS in Forest Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MS in Natural Resources from the Pennsylvania State University. He has worked as an Environmental Planning Intern for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, and he was the Assistant Forest Planner for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests.

Crystal Marie Moten

Crystal Marie Moten is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is currently enrolled in the Program in Gender and Women’s History and her area of specialization is 20th Century African-American Women’s History. Her dissertation, “Unfinished Business”: African-American Business Women and the Civil Rights Movement in Milwaukee, WI 1940s–1970s, explores the impact of African-American businesswomen on struggles for social justice in the urban north, using Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a case study. Her dissertation argues that these female organizers sought to change the lives of African-Americans in Milwaukee through community development and empowerment. They did this through establishing and maintaining interracial and cross-class coalitions and networks and by advocating and providing opportunities for political action through voting, educational training, and indigenous leadership development. These female leaders not only laid the foundation for later direct action campaigns through the generous use of their resources, education, and skills, but also, and more importantly, through the creation of long-lasting institutions. The institutions they created still serve the needs of African-American Milwaukeeans today—not only a testament to the skills and organizing power of these women but also to the fact that the struggle for justice and equality for African-American Milwaukeeans is still “unfinished business.” Crystal is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and African and Afro-American Studies from Washington University in Saint Louis and her M.A. in Afro-American Studies (history concentration), from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Gilbert G. Jose

Gil Jose is a Filipino American, Baltimore native and a brother of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His dissertation research revolves around determining how a novel antiviral peptide restricts the entry of Herpes Simplex Virus Type I (HSV-1) into host cells. Studying how antiviral peptides function could unlock novel therapeutics for human viral pathogens as well as inform our knowledge of how a virus enters a cell and causes disease. Gil is also interested in working in the field of science policy, specifically around the intersection of science and politics as well as improving the quality of science education and the public understanding of science. Ultimately he would like to pursue a career with the CDC, NIH or the Office of Science and Technology Policy that can balance his desire for applied research in virology (study of viruses) with transmitting science into terms that the lay public can understand. He hopes to give a TED Talk sometime during his professional career and during his off-time from lab. Gil is an avid writer, poet, travel addict and mediaphile.

Kimberly J. Turner

Kimberly Turner is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hope College and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of work and family, particularly for disadvantaged men. The continuous negotiation of time and energy split between the spheres of work and family has a distinct tenor for men with limited human capital, especially among racial minorities who are more likely to experience weaker labor force attachment, family instability and nonmarital childbearing. Kimberly’s dissertation investigates the link between men’s labor market and family experiences, stressing employment-related characteristics and resources that influence fathers’ involvement and fathers’ wellbeing. As a NICHD pre-doctoral trainee at the Center for Demography and Ecology, she has worked with Marcia J. Carlson on the “Trajectories and Consequences of Nonmarital Fathering” project in recent years. She is currently working on projects that consider the context in which fathers enact their fathering role (resident vs. non-resident fathers) as a mechanism of inequality and whether fathers’ economic and time investments in children operate as complements or supplements across residential contexts. Additionally, Kimberly is a participant in the Institute for Research on Poverty Graduate Research Fellows Program and the Asset Student Resource Network—interdisciplinary communities committed to the study of poverty and inequality.

Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk

Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk is a third year graduate student in the Fine Art Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Through her research and artwork she explores the dilemmas, contradictions, and confusion as well as the joys and blessings of a cross-cultural existence. As a woman of Lakota and European ancestry raised among Native American communities within urban American environments her work focuses on the investigation of communal and personal definitions. The negotiation of these often contradictory cultural influences is represented on canvas through the amalgamation of Western and Lakota abstraction. By utilizing the visual histories of both Western and Lakota arts, she is able to examine their commonalities and disparities, critically evaluating the tendency of mainstream art communities to segregate or overlook culturally based Native arts. Her paintings and mixed media works dissect and patch together elements of traditional Lakota symbolism and motifs with styles and symbols of Western modernism and the urban environment. In doing so she strives to provide an honest representation of the dynamic nature of self and culture. The roots of this exploration stem from an examination of her personal history and the contemporary Native American experience, yet this story mirrors an ever growing, cross-cultural characteristic of the American experience. It is a journey into understanding the history of this land and our relationships with and within it.

Research Presentations

Two of the 2011 members have already given short presentations on their research during an event held on October 13, 2011. The presenters were:

  • Michael Dockry
    Indigenous forest management in Wisconsin and Bolivia: Using forestry to protect forests, strengthen cultures, and exercise indigenous land tenure rights.
  • Kimberly Turner
    Exploring the Racial Wealth Gap: Consequences of Men’s Family Experiences on Men’s Wealth Accumulation.

Several other presentation events are forthcoming during the academic year.

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