2017 Graduate Institute

photo of Jennifer Kayle
Co-director , University of Iowa , Dance
Kayle is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the MFA Program in the Department of Dance. Her choreography is deeply informed by collaborative process as a form of collective knowledge-production. Together with The Architects, she is founder of Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation, a professional laboratory dedicated to ensemble improvisation. Her creative research examines issues of power, equity, and liberty. Full bio
Co-director , University of Iowa , Communication Sciences and Disorders
Zebrowski studies the problem of stuttering, from onset through treatment. During her residence at Obermann, she worked on the application of the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change (TTM) to develop relapse prevention strategies for adolescents who stutter. Building upon basic and applied research using the TTM to develop interventions for a wide range of clinical populations, the specific aim of her exploratory project was to develop and validate three new measurement scales for the key constructs of the TTM.
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Senior Fellow , University of Iowa , American Studies and Sports Studies
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
Heidi Renée Aijala
Senior Fellow , University of Iowa , English
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
Anna Haglin
Participant , University of Iowa , Printmaking
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.
Audrey Scranton
Participant , University of Iowa , Communication Studies
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.
Chris Taylor
Participant , University of Iowa , School of Library & Information Science / Center for the Book
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
Participant , University of Iowa , English
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.
Danielle Kennedy
Participant , University of Iowa , English
Danielle Kennedy is a PhD candidate in the Department of English, 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 BA in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
DaVida L. Anderson
Participant , University of Iowa , Higher Education and Student Affairs
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.
Dellyssa Edinboro
Participant , University of Iowa , Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
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.
Emily Seiple
Participant , University of Iowa , Urban and Regional Planning
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.
Jesse Factor
Participant , University of Iowa , Dance
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
Participant , University of Iowa , Health Management & Policy
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
Participant , University of Iowa , School of Library & Information Science
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
Participant , University of Iowa , Community and Behavioral Health
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. 
Michael Ritter
Participant , University of Iowa , Political Science
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.
Subin Paul
Participant , University of Iowa , Journalism & Mass Communication
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
Participant , University of Iowa , Theatre Arts
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.