CRDMer Emily Jones successfully defended her dissertation this morning. Her dissertation title was “The Positive Vibe: Cultivating and Communicating a Positive Culture in the Restaurant Industry.” Her committee was chaired by Dr. Melissa Johnson, and joined by Dr. Chris Anson, Dr. Jessica Jameson, and Dr. James Kiwanuka-Tondo.
Congratulations to Dr. Jones!
CRDMer Chelsea Hampton has successfully defended her dissertation this morning, titled “Under Control: Mediating Diabetes.”
Her committee is chaired by Dr. Jeremy Packer, and joined by Drs. Rebecca Walsh, Helen Burgess, and Steve Wiley.
Congratulations to Chelsea on a great defense and amazing work!
CRDM student Desiree Dighton, was featured in CHASS News in an article titled: Twitter: A More Timely Way to Measure Neighborhood Trends?
The article presents Desiree’s recent project on using Twitter to map the pattern of discussion on neighborhood inequality. She just participated in a digital humanities institute at Purdue University, “Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies” where she further explored her ideas. In the next year, she’ll work on her project and present it at Hamilton College in New York in April 2017.
CRDMer Alex Monea has successfully defended his dissertation today, titled “Numerical Mediation and American Governmentality.” His committee was chaired by Dr. Jeremy Packer, joined by Drs. Helen Burgess, Mark Hansen, and Mark Olsen.
In the fall he will be starting his new position as Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at George Mason University, jointly appointed to their English Department and Cultural Studies Department.
Dr. Molly Hartzog, recently graduated CRDMer, was awarded the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dissertation Award. As the first CRDM student in the IGERT GES program, her dissertation is a true example of interdisciplinary work integrating the strengths of CRDM and the Genetic Engineering and Society program. Her dissertation (defended on March 22, 2016) was titled “Inventing Mosquitoes: Digital Organisms as Rheotircal Boundary Objects in Genetic Pest Management for Dengue and Malaria Control.” Her committee was chaired by Dr. Carolyn Miller, joined by Drs. William Kinsella, William Kimler, Huiling Ding, and Fred Gould.
Congratulations to Molly and her committee!
Keon Pettiway successfully defended his dissertation on May 24. Keon’s dissertation, “‘A New African in the World’: A rhetorical study of Kwame Nkrumah’s visual strategy for shaping postcolonial nationhood,” is a theoretically sophisticated, well-researched study of administrative portraiture of Nkrumah and the crucial role such portraiture played — and continues to play — in constituting post-colonial, pan-African, and African diasporic identities and nation branding.
Keon’s committee is chaired by Dr. Victoria Gallagher, and joined by Dr. Melissa Johnson, Dr. Sarah Stein, and Dr. Rebecca Walsh.
This year, the CRDM program nominated two dissertations for the CHASS Thesis and Dissertation Award: Fernanda Duarte and Molly (Hartzog) Storment.
In addition, the CRDM committee decided to implement a new Annual CRDM Dissertation award, to be chosen among the program’s nominees for the CHASS Dissertation Award.
There were several excellent nominations, and this year, the committee chose the Dissertation of Fernanda Duarte to be the recipient of the 1st CRDM Dissertation Award.
Fernanda’s dissertation, titled “openAnalogInput(): Hybrid spaces, Self-making and Power in the Internet of Things” was defended in December 2015, and her committee was: Adriana de Souza e Silva (chair), Jeremy Packer, David Rieder, and Steve Wiley.
Each year the CRDM Dissertation award winner will receive a plate, and a 250 dollar cash award.
Congratulations to Molly and Fernanda!