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Laura Vrana

Laura Vrana

Laura Vrana, a past CALS Grad Travel Grant winner, will begin serving as tenure-track assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in Fall 2018. Laura recently defended her dissertation, entitled "Writing Transgressions: Publication Contexts and the Politics of Recognition in Contemporary Black Women's Poetry" (Alden Nielsen, Director), which focuses on black women's poetry and the politics of publication, literary prizes/awards, and academic institutions. Congratulations, Laura!

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Jace Gatzemeyer

Jace Gatzemeyer

Jace Gatzemeyer was awarded the 2017 CALS Summer Graduate Fellowship and the 2017-2018 CALS Dissertation Support Award. Jace specializes in late-19th- and early 20th-century American fiction and is writing a dissertation on what he argues is the intricate and frequently misunderstood relationship between American modernism and regionalism

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Leland Tabares

Leland Tabares

Leland Tabares was accepted to the 2017 Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, for which he received a CALS Graduate Award for a Research or Training Seminar to fund his participation in the institute. At this summer's institute he will present research from his ongoing dissertation project focused on "the institutional, ideological, and cultural formations that legitimate Asian American working professionals in contemporary labor economies."

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Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell, recipient of the 2013 CALS Summer Graduate Fellowship, has accepted a position as Clinical Assistant Professor of English at the University at Buffalo. His dissertation, "Professing No Longer," explores the numerous intersections between literary theory and composition studies since their concurrent rise in the 1960s. Jason credits his time spent as a CALS Fellow as an important moment in his professional maturation at Penn State: "The CALS award gave me the space and time to develop the material in my dissertation in a way that wouldn't have otherwise been possible. The award supported me at a crucial moment in my professional development as a scholar, and its effects can still be felt many years later."

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Krista Quesenberry

Krista Quesenberry

Krista Quesenberry, a past CALS Grad Travel Grant winner who recently defended her dissertation entitled, "Post-Recovery: Reading at the Intersection of Modernist, Feminist, and Lifewriting Studies" (Susan Squier, Director), has accepted a renewable 3-year Visiting Assistant Professor position at Albion College (MI), which she will begin in the fall semester.

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Susan Weeber

Susan Weeber

Susan Weeber, a past CALS Grad Travel Grant winner, has accepted a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Africana studies at the University of Oregon, which she will begin in Fall 2018. Susan recently defended her dissertation, Poetics of Interruption: Media and Form in Black Radical Literature (Alden Neilsen, Director), which examines 20th- and 21st-century African American and African diasporic literature’s engagement with other media.

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