Students with 2010 Summer Fellowships

Karyl Askew, Education
Ms. Askew devoted the summer to the production of a theoretically and methodologically rigorous dissertation research proposal. She applied cognitive theories of motivation to examine gender-differentiated patterns in the associations between extracurricular activity involvement and career aspirations for adolescents in rural contexts. She sought and received assistance from a team of advisers based at UNC-Chapel Hill, Pennsylvania State University and Murdoch University in Western Australia.

Christine Boyle, City and Regional Planning
Ms. Boyle finalized her dissertation prospectus during summer 2010. Her dissertation examines the changing nature of irrigation in northern China by analyzing the fiscal policy of village-level irrigation infrastructure investment decision making. Final stages include preliminary analysis of statistical models, finalizing the literature review and completing the methods section. Her dissertation on China’s agricultural water use policy and investment will contribute to the literature, as well as potentially aiding in China’s future sustainable development policy.

Krysta Black, Art
Ms. Black utilized the collections of UNC’s University Libraries, particularly the Rare Books Collection, to prepare for research to be conducted in Spain during the 2010–11 academic year and to complete the first chapter of her dissertation. Her dissertation, “The León Bible of 960 and Early Spanish Bible Illustration,” takes into account the León Bible as a whole, experiential object that has something to say about 10th-century Spain’s historical, artistic and spiritual milieu.

Erin Branch, English/Comparative Literature
Ms. Branch’s dissertation analyzes the rhetorical practices of women who have engaged in the reclamation of domestic spaces as sites for creative political engagement. She spent the summer researching and writing the second chapter of her dissertation, a chapter which deals with women’s entry into culinary professions during the 1960s and 1970s.

Chak Hum Jack Cheng, Economics
Mr. Cheng’s dissertation explores the impact of the Asian financial crisis on the Hong Kong economy. He investigates if the severity of the Asian financial crisis could have been attributed to the inflexibility of wages caused by long-term labor contracts and unemployment benefits. During the summer, he studied the causes and consequences of slow wage adjustment in Hong Kong, considered alternative models of wage stickiness, evaluated which of these best fits the Hong Kong data and measured the impact of wage stickiness on the evolution of output, employment and the unemployment in Hong Kong. He used a portion of his summer fellowship to purchase a software program called EViews, which facilitated his work.

Craig Dalton, Geography
Mr. Dalton’s research seeks to understand the cultural history, limitations and possibilities of Google map services and new Internet-user mapmakers. Using textural analysis and fieldwork, he investigates how Google’s popular map services and untrained mapmakers are producing important new forms of geographic knowledge and, in turn, new geographic roles, practices and social relations. His summer research funds allowed him to attend a Google industry conference where he carried out a second round of interviews with key informants, which allowed him to complete his field research within a reasonable time frame.

Brandi Denison, Religious Studies
Ms. Denison completed the research and drafting of her dissertation, “Captured by the Frontier: Memories of the Meeker Massacre and Ute Removal.” Her project explores the intersection of violence, religion and land through the lens of the 1881 Ute Native American Removal from Colorado. She spent the summer in Colorado, Utah and North Carolina drafting, revising and collecting oral histories.

Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, Religious Studies
Ms. Morgenstein Fuerst’s dissertation examines issues of religious identity in South Asia as they formed in the late Mughal, early colonial period from 1600 CE–1850 CE. She devoted her summer research to the translation of the “Riyaz al-mazahib,” or “Garden of Religions,” an untranslated Persian and Sanskrit manuscript owned by UNC-Chapel Hill on microform. This manuscript will serve as a primary source and the backbone of her dissertation as she focuses on the development of religious categories in India.

Erin Galligan, Classics
Ms. Galligan’s dissertation analyzes the stylistic relationship of decorative motifs and programs on seal stones and pottery in the earliest phase of Minoan culture on the island of Crete in the third and second millennia B.C.E. During the term of her summer fellowship, she compiled and catalogued all known and published examples of Early Minoan seals and ranges of motifs, compiled and summarized the full range of decorative motifs on EM I-MM IA pottery, mapped the locations of motifs in each medium by period, completed a bibliography and reading on stylistic variation in archaeology, and assessed the material patterns, especially the regional overlap between stylistic programs in various drinking and dining wares and seal stones and sealings.

Raphael Ginsberg, Communication Studies
Mr. Ginsberg’s dissertation project focuses on changes in the roles of crime victims in American media and in the criminal justice system over the last 30 years, including the development of the victims’ rights movement. During the summer of 2010, he traveled to California to conduct research in three archives: the Federal Task Force on Victims’ Rights convened by Ronald Reagan: UCLA’s newspaper collection; Paul Gann’s personal archives in Sacramento; and the Reagan Library. In addition, Mr. Ginsberg traveled to Florida to research the Couey trial, which subsequently motivated the passage of Jessica’s Law. He completed a discursive analysis of the materials he studied and completed the chapter of his dissertation dealing with this research.

Jeffery Harden, Political Science
Mr. Harden’s dissertation focuses on what is considered to single most fundamental issue in democratic governance: representation. He successfully carried out two related research projects this summer, a pilot field experiment on legislators’ responsiveness to constituent e-mail and personal in-depth interviews with state legislators in several states.

EuyRyung Jun, Anthropology
Ms. Jun conducted archival research in the National Assembly Library, Seoul, South Korea, for her dissertation project on local migrant advocacy groups for the human rights of migrants in that country. At the end of her summer research project, she reported she had met her goals of strengthening the chapter of her dissertation dealing with the emergence of local migrant advocacy groups in the early-to-mid-1990s and writing the chapter that evaluates the state’s multicultural programs that have emerged since the mid-2000s.

Timothy Moore, Economics
Mr. Moore’s research considered democratic institutions where policy decisions are made by a legislature and provided a formal characterization of how an upcoming election influences the timing and scope of policy proposals before the election. He constructed a theoretical model of the legislative process and used techniques from game theory to predict policy outcomes. His summer fellowship allowed Mr. Moore to have his research paper ready to submit for publication by the end of the summer.

Anna Osland, City and Regional Planning
Ms. Osland focused on data analysis and wrote the third paper of her dissertation, a manuscript looking at social vulnerability to hazardous material transmission pipeline hazards in North Carolina that has been submitted for publication to “Environment and Planning A.” Her dissertation evaluates land use planning and equity issues surrounding hazardous liquid and natural gas transmission using a three-manuscript format. Her research objectives are to improve knowledge about who lives near pipelines by evaluating differences in population characteristics and assessing if spatial clustering of vulnerable populations near pipelines occurs.

Nicolay Ostrau, Germanic Languages/Literatures
Mr. Ostrau researched and wrote the entire fourth chapter of his dissertation in Chapel Hill this summer, a chapter that focuses on the representation of emotion through metaphors of natural spaces in the German courtly epic around the year 1200. His work during summer 2010 is enabling Mr. Ostrau to produce a completed dissertation in the 2010–11 academic year and make an excellent and creative intellectual contribution to current scholarly debates in medieval studies.

Allison Portnow, Music
Ms. Portnow spent the first five weeks of the summer at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the New York Public Library in New York City. During the remainder of the summer, she completed the research and writing for the third and final chapter of her dissertation, “Einstein, Modernism and Musical Life in America, 1921–1945.” She presented the final version of the chapter to her adviser in August 2010.

Ashley Reed, English/Comparative Literature
Ms. Reed’s dissertation project focuses on women writers of the American antebellum era who used the medium of fiction to spread their sometimes controversial theological views because they were barred from joining the ordained ministry or publishing in reputable religious journals. During the summer, she conducted primary source research in the Catherine Maria Sedgwick Papers, available on microfilm through interlibrary loan, and in 19th-century American periodicals available online and on microfilm. The research took place on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, and the first chapter of her dissertation was completed as planned.

Jeffrey Summerlin-Long, Public Policy
During the summer, Mr. Summerlin-Long studied the reaction of legal aid organizations in North Carolina to major federal policy changes in levels of funding and types of services allowed to be performed with federal money. He gathered quantitative data from legal aid organizations throughout the state, in addition to conducting interviews and surveys and gathering other quantitative data from relevant people in the legal aid field. In addition, he wrote a job market paper to prepare himself for the job market.
Meet Jeff Summerlin-Long: 2010 Summer Research Fellow

Vinodh Venkatesh, Romance Languages/Literatures
Mr. Venkatesh’s dissertation is titled “Masculine TeXtualities: Gender in Contemporary Latin American Fiction.” During the summer, he completed a chapter about new historical novels in Latin America. He also produced a complete draft of the second chapter of his dissertation. This chapter examines music as an intertext in Latin American fiction using resources from the UNC University Libraries and in consultation with an ethnomusicologist in the Department of Music.

Jennifer Williamson, English/Comparative Literature
Ms. Williamson wrote the first full chapter of her dissertation, a chapter about the fictional slave narrative “The Slave, or Memoirs of Archy Moore” by Richard Hildreth. She compared multiple editions of “The Slave” and sought evidence of the influence of popular culture in Hildreth’s work. She met with her director every two weeks to review drafts and completed the chapter by the end of the summer.

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