2013 Graduate Institute

Co-director , University of Iowa , Urban & Regional Planning, Graduate College
Dr. Charles Connerly joined the University of Iowa planning program in 2008 as professor and director. His research has been published in top journals, and he authored a book published by the University of Virginia Press, The Most Segregated City in America: City Planning and Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1920-1980 (2005). Most recently, he co-edited Growth Management in Florida: Planning for Paradise (2007). The Most Segregated City was named one of the top 10 planning books in 2006 by Planetizen. In 2007 the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning named the...
Co-director , University of Iowa , Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies and Art & Art History
Dr. Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, is an artist, teacher, and scholar with a joint appointment between the School of Art & Art History (Intermedia) and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Her work as a researcher and creative scholar has always been focused on women’s issues, community, art, and people who are incarcerated. During her residency at the Obermann Center, she will be working on a book. Run home if you don't want to be killed: The Detroit Riot of 1943 is a graphic history based on a series of events that led to the worst race riot in 1943. This graphic history is...
Senior Fellow , University of Iowa , History
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. His current research concerns the adoption of the Indian Reorganization Act...
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Abby Haywood is a master’s student in music education. She received her B.A. in Music from Meredith College and a certificate in Music Therapy from Marylhurst University. Prior to entering the University of Iowa, Abby taught K-12 general music and elementary band and chorus in public schools in Vermont, Illinois and Kentucky. From these experiences she has gained a strong belief that “how” you teach effects “whom” you inspire. She is committed to rethinking music education and asks “how is it that the population of students that we teach continues to change and yet music education as a...
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Amanda Murphy is a second year MA candidate in the School of Art and Art History where she is a teaching assistant in the sculpture department. She received her BFA in Studio Art, with honors and distinction, from the University of Iowa in 2004, after transferring from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her social art practice stems from her activist roots and community involvement. One of her ongoing collaborative projects examines the inequities that exist at the intersection of food accessibility and the prison industrial complex through performative storytelling and meal-making....
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Bryan is a PhD candidate in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. He comes to the University of Iowa after receiving a BS and MA in speech-language pathology from Western Michigan University and practicing as a speech-language pathologist in Seattle, Washington. Both his research and clinical interests surround the problem of developmental stuttering. Clinically, he is interested in improving the quality of services provided to typically underserved populations (preschool children just beginning to stutter and adolescents who stutter). His developing research interests involve...
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Craig Eley is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies at the University of Iowa. For the 2012-2013 academic year he is also a Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow and a HASTAC Scholar. His research interests include the history of media and media technologies, American environmental history, and the history of recorded sound. His dissertation-in-progress, "Making Silence Audible: Sound, Nature, Technology, 1890-1970" is a cultural history of "nature records," publicly available sound recordings that presented listeners with recordings of the natural world. In addition to his academic work, Craig has...
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Jackie Biger is finishing her M.A.T. in English Education with endorsements in both teacher-librarianship and reading through the College of Education.  She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Iowa and her Masters in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston, MA.  After managing the collection, programming, technology, outreach and services of the children’s room in the Amherst Town Library in Amherst, NH, she decided to return to school to obtain teaching certification.  Jackie is very interested in providing both public and school library programming for underserved...
Participant , University of Iowa , Graduate College, Neuroscience
Jake Kurczek is a fourth year PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He earned his B.A. in psychology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. His research interests are broadly in the area of human cognition, but more specifically focused on the interactions and interdependencies between memory and language. His current research investigates how brain damage and subsequent memory problems affect various language processes. At both the University of Iowa and Coe College (where he's worked as an Instructor), he has participated in science literacy projects,...
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Jeannette Gabriel is a Ph.D. Candidate in Social Studies Education at the University of Iowa.  She has been training American history teachers throughout the country in the Teaching American History Program for Smithsonian Associates for the past seven years.  She has also published on the unemployed workers movement of the 1930s through Oxford University Press.  Jeannette's dissertation in progress is conducting Professional Development training for social studies teachers in North Carolina on the newly mandated curriculum on the Wilmington Riot of 1898.  She is interested in training...
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Kate Kedley is a second year PhD student in the Language, Literacy & Culture program in the College of Education.  In the ten years before graduate school, Kate taught secondary English in Yuma, Arizona and Language Arts and PE in La Lima, Honduras.  In Iowa, she has worked with local ELL students and inmates in the state prison working towards a GED. Kate has three children, Boris (18), Kaiser (13), and Malachy (8).  Kate's research centers around definitions of and access to literacy.  This summer, Kate traveled to Honduras and interviewed fifteen striking teachers about how they...
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Kristina Gavin is a second-year MA student in the School of Library and Information Science. She is an Iowa native, and received a BM in tuba performance and a BA in English from the University of Iowa in 2010. Kristina currently works in reference and information services at the UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and interned at the Archives Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in summer 2012. Her research interests include studying and creating digital environments for knowledge sharing, especially in the context of cultural heritage institutions. In addition...
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Kwame is a 2nd year Urban and Regional Planning Masters student. He is married to his wife Ama Kesewaa. Kwame pursued his undergraduate education in Development Planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Prior to beginning his studies at Iowa, Kwame worked as a rural community service worker and later as an urban high school geography teacher. Kwame is interested in community-based participatory research particularly related to community development, health, education and social change. 
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Laurel Fantauzzo is a third-year Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. She has written for Lapham’s Quarterly, Grantland, The FilAm, Associated Press, New York Magazine online, Good Housekeeping, and GMA News. She was a 2011 Fulbright scholar to the Philippines, and in October 2012 she earned a Philippine American Press Club Award for an essay on forming a relationship to the city of Manila. Her nonfiction thesis, The First Impulseexamines the unsolved murders of two young film journalists in...
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Mark Pooley is a second year Master’s degree candidate in the School of Urban and Regional Planning with concentrations in Land Use/ Environmental Planning and Transportation Planning. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the Mt. Mercy College. His interest in Urban Planning arose from living and working in Seattle, and later moving to Minneapolis- St. Paul. During the summer of 2012 he worked for the University of Iowa Public Policy Center to develop residential emissions estimates for the Johnson County Air Quality Study – where he became interested in the connection between...
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Marlino Eugénio Mubai is a third year PhD Candidate in the Department of History. He studies environmental history in Mozambique, with an emphasis on warfare political ecology. His research interests include social and economic dynamics in the context of warfare and natural disasters and, indigenous knowledge. He is a Fulbright Fellow from Mozambique, and previously obtained a bachelor’s degree with honors in History at Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) and a master’s degree in Heritage and Cultural Studies, with Specialization in Cultural Tourism at the University of Pretoria in South...
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Matthew Vasquez is a third year PhD student in social work. He earned his B.A in comparative religion from Bowdoin College, and his masters of social work from the University of Iowa. His research interests focus on child welfare and children’s’ mental health. Other interests include examining the effectiveness of clinical approaches, adult mental health, and cultural competency as it relates to social work practice. His current research explores the impact on family functioning when families adopt children with reactive attachment disorder (RAD).
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Noah is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Iowa who has returned to academe after a decade in the workforce. His research focus is on the issues of representation, politico-cultural discourse and struggle, the place of ritual and the process of self-identification - specifically in the practice of traditional martial arts. Noah continues to do fieldwork into the practice and organization of Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu karate, a specific style of karate developed in Okinawa, Japan that now has a global presence, including organizations in the...
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Sylvea Hollis is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include African American social and cultural history, US Welfare State, and public history. Sylvea’s dissertation is a cultural history of the African American insurance movement in the Jim Crow South. It reconsiders how ideas about race, gender, and risk management shaped black community life. Sylvea also has experience in the areas of civic engagement and the public humanities. She is a team member on the History Department’s Humanities Story Corps (HSC) program. HSC is a digital online project...
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I am a Master’s student at Graduate College specializing in Dental Public Health. I am a dentist by profession and have received bachelors in dental surgery (B.D.S.) from India in 2008.   After completion of dental degree, I was into clinical practice in my hometown, Mumbai, India, till 2011. I was associated with a local non-governmental organization working with economically underserved population in the metropolitan city of Mumbai. Besides I also had some involvement with various governmental and non-governmental projects working on different pockets of population in and around Mumbai. It’...