2014/2015 DISCO Travel Grant Awardees

Krupal Amin (Ph.D. student, Department of English) presented her paper “Education as Trauma: Reinforcing Hegemony through Violence in Persaud’s Daughters of Empire and Trenka’s Language of Blood” at the American Literature Association, Circle for Asian American Literary Studies in Boston inMay 2015. This paper is the core of one of her dissertation chapters and adds to her research on sexual trauma, educational racism, and the Asian diaspora.

Krista Benson (Ph.D. student, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; GIS, Sexuality Studies) attended the Critical Ethnic Studies Association conference in April 2015. At this conference, she presented her paper ’Kill the Indian to Save the Child’: Settler State Education and Juvenile Justice as Colonial Projects.” This talk is the first public presentation of archival and qualitative ethnographic research that she has conducted in the Upper Columbia Basin with Native people of the Spokane, Confederated Colville, and Kalispel tribes.

Denise Delgado (Ph.D. student, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; GIS, Latina/o Studies) attended the National Women's Studies Association conference in November 2014 to participate in a roundtable presentation entitled "The Experiences of Women of Color in WGSS Graduate Programs: An Open Discussion." This roundtable creates the foundation of a book that she is co-editing with Dr. Kimberly McKee entitlted Don’t Air the Dirty Laundry: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School.

Marie Franco (Ph.D. student, Departmet of English) attended the International Pynchon Week conference in Athens, Greece in June 2015. Here, she presented her paper “Gross Perversions: Reinterpreting Female Sexual Agency and Pynchon’s Poetics in Gravity’s Rainbow.” An article-legnth version of this talk is currently under review for publication.  

Chad Iwertz (Ph.D. student, Department of English) presented his paper "Pedagogies of ‘Independent Living’: Bodily Agency in Disability Rights Activism and the Writing Classroom”) at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March 2015 and was a part of a roundtable panel discussion led by Brenda Brueggemann (University of Louisville).

Luis Macias (Ph.D. student, Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education; GIS in Latina/o Studies) National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) presented his paper "Relentless Citizens: DREAMer youth’s pursuit of higher education in Ohio" at the Assembly for Research Midwinter Conference in February 2015. He also attended the American Educational Research Association Conference in April 2015 and presented "Separated by Removal: The Impact of Parental Deportation on Latino/a Students’ Post-Secondary Educational Goals."
Victoria Measles (PhD student, Department of History) visited the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, NY for research on lesbian feminisms. The archives are the largest repository of archival manuscript collections on lesbian feminism in the world. This research continues work that she began with a conference submission and presentation on the history of lesbian feminism from an intersectional perspective. this archival work connects to her dissertation project, a history of female political prisoners in the postwar era which will deal centrally with the ways that lesbian feminism manifested in a politic of women’s political incarceration in the period.
Tiffany Salter (Ph.D. student, Department of English) attended the Association for Asian American Studies conference in Chicago held in April of 2015. She presented her paper “‘Wish You Were Here’: Disappearing Acts, Postcards, and Other Border Crossings in Lawrence Chua’s Gold by the Inch” on the panel “Un/Sentimental Journeys: Time Travel and Other Unconventional Border Crossings in Asian American Novels.” The paper is connected to her dissertation project, which examines the relationship between formal experimentation and U.S. imperialism in contemporary Asian American literature.

Lauren Strand (Ph.D student, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; GIS, Disability Studies) presented her talk "At the Intersection of Theory and Praxis: Integrating Disability Studies and Disability Services” at the Higher Education and Disability Conference in July, 2015. The presentation at this conference focuses on an important aspect of her dissertation: how disability theory can be applied to the provision of services made available to students with disabilities in higher education, especially in STEM fields.

Leticia Wiggins (Ph.D. student, Department of History) attendedthe Organization of American Historians (OAH) annual conference in April 2015 in St. Louis, MO to present on a panel entitled "Radical Political Histories of the Midwest." This talk is a part of her dissertation examining the larger story of Chicano/Latino activism in the region, particularly as manifested through the Midwest Council of La Raza, an organization established by the University of Notre Dame’s Urban Institute in the early 1970s. Her project will offer an
intellectual and political history of the ideas and actors that propelled Chicano activism at Notre Dame and in the region.
Se Jeong Yang (Ph.D. student, Foreign, Second and Multilingual Language Education) attended the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference in Toronto, Canada in spring of 2015 to present her paper "What is Korean-ness? : Complexities of Korean-American Heritage Language Learners’ Bicultural Identity and Investment in Heritage Language Learning." This talk is based on her empirical study on Korean-American heritage language learning and heritage learners’ identity construction.