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University of Iowa News Release

June 6, 2003

UI Students Win Cleary International Dissertation Fellowships

Nineteen University of Iowa graduate students received the T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Fellowships are awarded annually to doctoral candidates to provide funds to conduct dissertation research outside of the United States. The fellowship program, initiated in 1993 by former UI Graduate College Dean Leslie Sims, is part of the Graduate College's commitment to international education at the UI. The fellowships are administered by the Graduate College and UI International Programs.

The fellowship is named in honor of the late T. Anne Cleary, associate vice president for academic affairs and professor in the division of psychological and quantitative foundations, for her strong commitment to the ideals of international education in all of its many forms.

For more information on the fellowships, call UI Graduate College Assistant Dean Sandra Barkan, at 335-2136 or Leslie Winter, International Program grants and development assistant, 319-335-2823.

Fellowship recipients, their departments, dissertation topics or areas of research, and the country of study are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa hometowns listed first.


Iowa City
Mark Bruce, a doctoral student in English, will study "Sovereign Amnesias: Literature, Nationalism, and the Absent Scotland in Fourteenth-Century England," in England and Scotland

Michele Brumley, a doctoral student in psychology, will study "The Neural and Behavioral Ontogeny of Serotonin-Induced Stepping in Perinatal Rat," in France.

Carolyn Hough, a doctoral student in anthropology, will conduct research on "Public Infertility and Public Health: Kanyaleng Kafos in The Gambia, West Africa," in The Gambia.

Maria Stadtmueller, a doctoral student in English/non-fiction writing, will research on two conflicting cosmologies and cultures in conflict in the Roman Catholic Church, in Italy.

Brett Van Hoesen, a doctoral student in art history, will study "Visual Culture and History of German colonialism," in Germany.

Raymond Watkins, a doctoral student in cinema and comparative literature, will research "Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Fascist: Politics, War and Representation in Inter-War Britain and France (1919-1939)," in France and England.

Webster City
Erin Johnson, a doctoral student in management and organizations, will study "Social Networks of Expatriate Entrepreneurs," in Warsaw, Poland.

Escondido: Vickie Clarke, a doctoral student in English, will study "(Mis)use of the Medieval: The Productive Consumption of Medieval Books," in the United Kingdom.

Colorado Springs: Jennifer Wild, a doctoral student in cinema and comparative literature, will research the influence of cinema on modern art movements between 1913 and 1929 in France.

Winona: Kathleen Costello, a doctoral student in Spanish and Portuguese, will study "The issue of Caribbean popular music in contemporary works of fiction from the Spanish Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic)," in the Dominican Republic.

New York
Rochester: Erica Bleeg, a doctoral student in English/non-fiction writing program, will work on her book "Homecoming," in Benin Republic.

North Olmstead: Adel Haj Jr., a doctoral student in geoscience, will study "Stream responses to bioclimatic change in the grasslands of the Americas," in Argentina.

Wooster: Cynthia Farthing, a doctoral student in mathematics, will study "C* Algebras, Higher Rank Graphs," in Australia.

Wuxi: Weidong Zhang, a doctoral student in journalism and mass communication, will study "EthniChina@Cyberspace: Minority, Identity, and Community: The Cases of Manchus and Hmongs," in China.

Livry-Gargan: Sophie Watt, a doctoral student in interdisciplinary modern French history and literature, will study "The 1937 Madagascar Plan and the Construction of Minority Identities in Late Third Republic France," in France.


Dazaifu City: Aya Matsushima, a doctoral student in communication studies, will study "Living in the Shadow of the Defeat: The Representation of Victim and the Construction of Japanese National Identity," in Japan.

Halden: Kristin Solli, a doctoral student in communication studies, will study "North of Nashville: Country Music, National Identity, and Cultural Politics in Norway," in Norway.

Bucharest: Bianca Rizzoli, a doctoral student in women's studies, will study "The ways in which race and gender issues influence the interpretation and evaluation of popular music by audiences in Britain, Romania and on the World Wide Web," in Britain and Romania.

United Kingdom
Edinburgh: Peter Watt, a doctoral student in Spanish and Portuguese, will research "Mexico's Disappeared: The Hidden Dirty War of the 1970s and 80s," in Mexico.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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