Graduate Students

Anna Haglin

Anna Haglin
Printmaking
University of Iowa

Anna is an MFA candidate in Printmaking. She explores visual gestures of care and empathy that help us cope with crises. In 2008, Anna earned her BA in English from Smith College, with additional coursework at Université de Paris IV, Sorbonne and Trinity College at Oxford University. She then trained as a bookbinder at the Arion Press in San Francisco, and as a studio assistant at the Women's Studio Workshop in upstate New York. Issues around gender and femininity remain a constant in her work. Anna strives not only to address these subjects in her art, but to encourage young women to learn artistic skills from which they have been excluded, such as wood, metalworking, and robotics. As part of her thesis work, she hopes to spend time making art with women refugees who have been resettled in Iowa City. 

Audrey Scranton

Audrey Scranton
Communication Studies
University of Iowa

Audrey is a doctoral candidate in the Communication Studies department.  She received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa in Communication Studies and Sociology in 2013.  She studies power and social justice issues in communication, as well as discourse and identity development of young adults.  She is most interested in identity development of people who hold many stigmatized features, claim characteristics that others tend to see as contradictory, or feel caught between multiple identities.

Benjamin Schmidt

Library & Information Science
University of Iowa

Ben Schmidt is a first year Library and Information Science student with an interest in the digital humanities. His interests in the digital humanities includes GIS mapping, large-scale digitization, and access issues related to scholarly research. Ben Schmidt is also interested in interdisciplinary methods and collaborations across the humanities, seeking to develop effective digital means for communicating research, both within and beyond academia. As an undergraduate, he studied Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Brandeis University.

Christopher Taylor

Chris Taylor
School of Library & Information Science / Center for the Book
University of Iowa

Chris Taylor is a master's candidate in Information Science and is pursuing a certificate in book arts and technologies. He received his bachelor's degree in Russian and Eastern European history from Middlebury College. His current research is in community place-making and the role of information exchange in the creation of publics. Chris has owned and operated an Internet consulting firm for more than ten years and since 2014 has served as mayor of the city of Swisher, Iowa.

Corey Hickner-Johnson

Corey Hickner-Johnson
English
University of Iowa

Corey is a doctoral candidate in English and a certificate student in GWSS. Her dissertation examines mental illness and psychiatric disability in literature and contemporary women writers. Corey is committed to working against the stigmas around mental illnesses--in her scholarship, teaching, and everyday life. Building on the knowledge she gains at Obermann, Corey plans to organize a #StopStigma walk this Spring at the Johnson County Poor Farm.

DaVida L. Anderson

DaVida L. Anderson
Higher Education and Student Affairs
University of Iowa

A Second Year ACT Scholar, pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, DaVida continues to be an advocate for the voiceless, and all representations of diversity and working on research teams which empower others to reach beyond the status quo. She has a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in African American Studies from Purdue University, and also worked in corporate America for over six years. She has an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University, and is Founder/Executive Director of Strong Sister, Silly Sister, Inc. Non-Profit since 2004. The CEO of DaVida L. Anderson LLC, she also enjoys writing motivational poetry.

Danielle Kennedy

Danielle Kennedy
English
University of Iowa

Danielle Kennedy is an instructor for Interpretation of Literature, and a Writing Center tutor. Her dissertation, currently in progress, will discuss queer affects and aesthetics in the context of AIDS-era poetry and performance art. Before coming to Iowa, she lived in Baltimore, Maryland and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research, writing, and teaching seek to honor the idiosyncrasies of queer lived experience, and she is currently finishing an article about poetic difficulty as a queer aesthetic.

Dellyssa Edinboro

Dellyssa Edinboro
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
University of Iowa

Dellyssa Edinboro is a Doctoral student in the College of Education's Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program with an emphasis in Schools, Culture, and Society. She is currently a TA in the College of Education and a recipient of The William Duffy Schools, Culture and Society Doctoral Fellowship. She received her B.A in Humanities and Justice (Summa cum Laude) and her A.A in Liberal Arts (with Honors) from the City University of New York (CUNY). Dellyssa is mostly interested in how race, ethnicity, and gender historically shaped the educational experiences of students.

Diane Williams

Diane Williams
American Studies and Sports Studies
University of Iowa

Williams is a PhD student in American Studies and Sports Studies. An educator, activist, coach, and athlete, she holds an MS in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College, an MEd in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, and a BA in American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies from Williams College. She has also taught middle-school geography and worked for nonprofit organizations. She's interested in exploring sport as a site of social change and community building. Full bio

Emily Seiple

Emily Seiple
Urban and Regional Planning
University of Iowa

Emily Seiple is a second-year Master’s student in Urban and Regional Planning, with a focus on equity, housing policy, and the impact of disaster and recovery planning on underserved communities. She has a deep love of interdisciplinary collaboration and contested spaces, stemming from a project exploring Iowa City’s mysterious Mesquakie Park and missing links between the built environment and sense of community belonging. She is interested in bridging her background in creative writing and literacy with civic education, finding new ways to expand community choice and involvement in the plans that impact their futures.  

Heidi Renée Aijala

Heidi Renée Aijala
English
University of Iowa

Aijala is a doctoral candidate in English specializing in Victorian poetry and the intersections between gender, genre, and social class. At last year's Graduate Institute, she developed a poetry project that invites students to engage with poetry that records cultural narratives, investigates historical events of local, national, and global significances, and argues for political, social, and legal change. Full bio

Jesse Factor

Jesse Factor
Dance
University of Iowa

Jesse maintains a diverse career in theatre and dance. Raised in Ecuador and Thailand, Jesse brings a cross cultural awareness and international sensibility to his work as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. He received teaching certification in the Martha Graham Technique after attending the Martha Graham School on scholarship. Current areas of scholarship include accessorizing the body, high fashion as cultural barometer, and the phenomenon of the diva.

Joy Woods

Joy Woods
Health Management & Policy
University of Iowa

Joy Woods is a first year MPH in Health Policy student from Fort Worth, Texas. She earned her B.S. in Political Science from Texas Wesleyan University. In the near future she hopes to focus her research on mental health and sports, especially football. She is also interested in breaking the stigma of mental health in the African American community. 

Katheryn Lawson

Katheryn Lawson
School of Library & Information Science
University of Iowa

Katheryn Lawson is a second-year Master’s student in Library and Information Science, with a focus on the ways in which archives are powerful agents in suppressing or empowering unexplored narratives in the historical record. She holds degrees in music performance, English, and historical musicology, and has attended the University of Iowa and McGill University in Montréal, Québec. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her research investigates the intersections between childhood, music, and birds in American culture.

Lauren Pass

Lauren Pass
Community and Behavioral Health
University of Iowa

Lauren Pass is a first-year MPH student in the department of Community and Behavioral Health. She holds a B.A. in Medical Anthropology and Philosophy from the University of Iowa. In the past, she performed bioethical research examining Deaf communities, technology, and informed consent practices. Her current academic interests focus on the intersection of community relationships, marginalized LGBTQ identities, and mental health. Lauren aims to incorporate ethnographic methods into mental health research and public health practice. 

Mary Wise

History
University of Iowa

Mary Wise received a B.A. in History from Ohio University in June 2012. In September 2012, Mary moved to Madison, Wisconsin, to study with the Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information. She completed her M.A. in Library and Information Studies in May 2014. Realizing that a firm grounding in humanistic training was an imperative for her to acquire in order to truly ground her work on the history of public parks in the Midwest, Mary sought out humanities programs that offered training in the public humanities; she applied to the University of Iowa because of the plethora of opportunities in the public humanities provided by the Obermann Center and the Obermann Center Working Group History Corps. Mary became a member of History Corps in fall 2014. Since then, she has completed several projects that examine Iowa’s complex history through History Corps. Through History Corps, she is currently working on a large tribal digital project with the Ioway and...

Melissa Kreider

Melissa Kreider
Art & Art History
University of Iowa

Melissa Kreider is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa and her photographic work examines sites of sexual violence against women and how the justice system archives these. Melissa explores these subjects by traveling to the addresses pulled from public police logs across the United States and steadily gaining access to police evidence rooms where backlogged rape kits are stored. Melissa is the founder and curator of Don’t Smile, an online space dedicated to showcasing photography by women artists.

Michael Ritter

Michael Ritter
Political Science
University of Iowa

Michael's research focuses on elections, election reform laws, voting behavior, political participation, representation, political behavior/psychology, public opinion, media and politics, campaigns and parties, and state politics and policy. Recent research  has centered on the impact of voting reform laws on participation and campaigns. In May 2017, he will defend his dissertation, "Accessible Voting and Political Inequality: Voting Reform Laws and Reshaping Voter Turnout in the American States, which focuses on how early voting, no-excuse absentee or mail voting, and Same Day Registration laws shape the turnout of the poor across all the American states.

Subin Paul

Subin Paul
Journalism & Mass Communication
University of Iowa

Subin Paul is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He received his master’s degree from the Asian College of Journalism in India where he also coordinated a course on rural reporting. At Iowa, Subin studies journalism history as well as media and globalization. His first graduate research project examined the media coverage of endangered Meskwaki language in Iowa, and the article is forthcoming in the refereed Newspaper Research Journal.

William Goblirsch

William Goblirsch
Theatre Arts
University of Iowa

William Goblirsch is an MFA Acting candidate in the Department of Theatre Arts, and currently teaching Basic Acting for non-majors. Prior to coming to Iowa, William worked as an actor in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Portland, Oregon. During his time at Iowa, and previously at Portland State University, he participated in and led high school workshops ranging from basic acting technique to classical text and Shakespeare. His goal after graduation is to cultivate more diversified theatre audiences.