Fall 2015 Fellows

Participant , Augustana College , Anthropology
During her residency, Carrie is working on ongoing research that explores midwestern women's decision-making processes regarding the return to work and dimensions of childcare after the birth of their first child. Specifically, she is preparing an article manuscript that analyzes her interviewees’ experiences coupling breastfeeding and post-partum employment and how pumping breast milk at work blurs personal and professional boundaries and identities. Carrie lives in Iowa City and is grateful to have a sabbatical work space at the Obermann Center she can walk to from home.
Participant , University of Iowa , Chemistry
Johna Leddy is Associate Professor of Chemistry. Her general research area is electrochemistry, with more specific interests in electrocatalysis and electrochemical power sources. Introduction of micromagnets to electrode surfaces increases rates of electron transfers, which is of fundamental and practical interest. The Leddy group holds numerous patents on magnetoelectrocatalysis to improve performance of batteries, fuel cells, photoelectrochemical hydrogen generators, and dye-sensitized solar cells.
Participant , University of Iowa , English
Kathy Lavezzo is a literary critic whose current research offers a cultural geographic approach to interpreting images of “the Jew” in medieval and early modern English literature. While she was at the Obermann Centerin Fall 2015, Kathy completed final revisions on her book, The Accommodated Jew: A Literary History of Antisemitism from Bede to Milton, which will be published by Cornell University Press. Kathy is also the editor of Imagining a Medieval English Nation (University of Minnesota Press, 2004) and Angels on the Edge of the World: Geography, Literature and Eng...
Participant , University of Iowa , Spanish & Portuguese
Kristine's research and theory are centered in the ethnography of speaking based on fieldwork in Colombia, England, Spain, Finland, and Texas. Her current work centers around intercultural communication and persuasion and personal relationships in cultural context, particularly at the intersections of public discourse and interpersonal social interaction.
Participant , University of Kansas , Slavic Languages & Literatures
Dr. Renee Perelmutter is an Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies at the University of Kansas, where she teaches a range of courses on sociolinguistics and culture. As a 2015 Fall Obermann Fellow-in-Residence, Prof. Perelmutter will work on a new project investigating the evolution of discursive norms in conversation, using data from an online community for Russian-speaking women, eva.ru. Prof. Perelmutter will also continue her work on the construction of gendered practices and identities through multi-participant narratives.