2012 Graduate Institute
Brian studies communication and identity in relationships, particularly marginalized identities and relationships. He had the pleasure of participating in several civic and political engagement products during his Master’s program at Illinois State University, which was one of the eight campuses selected by the American Democracy Project to develop the Political Engagement Program. He created a voter registration and education campaign in 2008 that quadrupled voter participation while providing students with a means to develop and enact their own voices in the election.
Eric Zimmer is a Ph.D. student in History. He earned his B.S./Hon. in History and Political Science from Black Hills State University in western South Dakota. After completing his degrees, he spent a year working as a journalist, researcher, and public historian. He also spent six months working under the tribal liaison in the Office of U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (SD). Eric's historical interests focus on the twentieth century United States, especially relating to Native Americans, politics, and federal Indian policy.
Jessica Anthony is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Dance. In 2015-16 she co-directed Dancers in Company, the UI's longtime traveling company. She helped to segue Dancers in Company into a learning/performance experience with a strong public engagement component. For its first year with this approach, the company studied water, meeting with experts from across campus and community, and then devising performances that shared their learnings.
Joshua D. Miner comes to Iowa City from Red River prairie country, and is now a third-year doctoral candidate in English–Literary Studies as well as in American Indian and Native Studies. He received his BA in Creative Writing and his MA in Literature and Linguistics from the University of North Texas.
Julie Reynolds was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois and received her B.A. in Biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She enrolled in the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry, graduated in 2011, and is now a first-year master’s candidate in Dental Public Health. Her research interests include the effects of social determinants, such as family and neighborhood social capital, on the more direct predictors of poor oral health. She works as a dentist part time at a clinic in Cedar Rapids serving low-income adults with special needs and children.
Kevin Franz Chamberlain received his BFA in Ceramics at the University of North Dakota in 2009 and his MA in Ceramics at the University of Iowa in 2011 as a Bodine Fellow. He is currently a third year MFA Candidate and pursuing a Museum Studies Certificate. Kevin is the Assistant Preparator for the UI Museum of Art and has held an internship with the UI Museum of Natural History to advance the photo digitization of the Museum's 100-year-old insect collection.
Kira Pasquesi is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. She graduated from UI with a B.A. in Elementary Education and from Miami University with an M.S. in College Student Personnel. Before returning to Iowa City, Kira coordinated civic engagement efforts at Colorado College. She taught community organizing theory and practice to student activists and supported faculty in community-based learning and research.
Lenore D. Maybaum is a Ph.D. candidate in the Language, Literacy, & Culture program where she has taught classes in Rhetoric, Language and Literacy, and Approaches to Teaching Writing. She is currently writing her dissertation on critical literacy and ethnography in the composition classroom. Her dissertation research is grounded in her experiences in the classroom with adult learners at Kirkwood Community College, where she has taught since 2005, most recently as a full-time faculty member of the English department.
Lisa Johnson is an MFA candidate in Sculpture. She received BA degrees in Theatre and English from Virginia Tech. Lisa develops sculptures, installations, and community performance pieces that are informed by collaborative storytelling and theatrical space. She is interested in the ways that different communities tell their stories, and the impact that vocalization has on communities whose stories have been previously untold.
Maylan Thomas is a native Iowan from Cedar Rapids. After pursing an AA in theatre from Kirkwood, he left home in 1999 for a career with the US Army. While in the Army, he witnessed the crippling of a nation from the 9/11 attacks and the pursuant wars that came from this event. While stationed in Washington, D.C. as a Technical Director attached to the Army Entertainment Division (2004-2007), he supported celebrity events and visits that took place in Walter Reed Army Hospital and Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he was particularly moved by the burn units at both facilities.
Nkechi Onwuameze is a fourth year PhD candidate in the School, Culture and Society program at the College of Education. Originally from Nigeria, she has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. Her academic interests includes the study of risk factors associated with educational inequality and social disadvantage. As a research assistant in the College of Education she has worked on inequality of opportunity in Brazil, focusing on race, social background, region of birth, and place of residence.
Robyn Fennig is a second year Master’s degree candidate in the School of Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, gaining an interest in benefit-cost analysis. During summer 2011, she served as an intern to the Bureau of Response and Recovery at Wisconsin Emergency Management and developed her interest in hazard mitigation planning, recovery planning, and emergency management.
Sara Hanson is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics. She earned her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Buena Vista University. At the University of Iowa, she has two semesters of experience as a teaching assistant and has served as an instructor for the Honors Primetime Workshop. Sara has a great interest in promoting K-12 science education, and has led workshops for middle school students at the STEM symposium and Go! Girls STEM Day at Iowa.
Sojeong Yoon is a second year doctoral student in Communication Sciences & Disorders and a graduate member of the Delta Center, an interdisciplinary research center. She is originally from Korea where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Chungbuk National University (2006) and her master’s degree in cognitive science at Seoul National University (2009). Sojeong’s research interest is in lexical development and disorders. She is currently conducting research on how children’s gist memory changes with development.
stef shuster is a PhD student in Sociology and trans-activist in the Iowa City community. stef's research interests include gender, sexuality, organizations, and social movements with a critical analytical and pedagogical stance toward the intersections of gender and other forms of oppression.
Wendy Miller is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in Art Education. She earned a BFA in painting in 1998 and an MA in Art Education in 2004 from the University of Iowa. She is a Nationally Board Certified art teacher since 2007 and taught elementary art for ten years in the public schools. She is now an instructor and graduate studies coordinator for Art Education at the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, IA. Her work currently focuses on socially engaged art practices with public school art teachers throughout Iowa.