RUDY AGUILAR has received his PhD with his dissertation entitled, "Tambien Bailamos en el Norte: Sonidero, Transnational Lives, and Mexican Migrants in the Midwest." Bianet Castellanos and Rod Ferguson, advisers.
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TOM SARMIENTO has received his PhD with his dissertation entitled, "The Heartland of Empire: Queer Cultural Imaginaries of Filipinas/os in the Midwest." Kevin Murphy and Kale Fajardo, advisers.
Danielle M. Kasprzak (BA '07) has been named Humanities Editor at the University of Minnesota Press. She will be acquiring titles in cultural and literary studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, disability studies, queer studies, and cinema and media studies. Danielle joined the Press in 2008 as an Editorial Assistant and, in 2012, became Associate Editor with responsibility for cinema and media studies; she is also the editor for Minnesota's Forerunners: Ideas First ebook initiative.
DANIEL TOPETE has received the DOVE 2014 Summer Fellowship.
PATRICIA MARROQUIN-NORBY has been named Director of the McNickle Center for American Indian Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago Illinois.
SUSIE HATMAKER has received her PhD with her dissertation entitled, "Flooded in Sludge, Fueling the Nation: Generating Power, Waste, and Change in East Tennessee." Hoon Song, adviser.
MIKE CHEYNE has received his PhD with his dissertation entitled, "Sitcom Citizenship: Civic Participation within Postwar Suburban Sitcoms, 1952-1972." Kevin Murphy and Laurie Ouellette, advisers.
MATTHEW BASSO, PhD 2002 has just won the Philip Taft Labor History Prize for the best book in labor and working-class history published in 2013 for his book "Meet Joe Copper: Masculinity and Race on Montana's World War II Home Front.
THE AMERICAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT is pleased to present the titles and summaries of the theses written in this year's senior seminar. We are proud of all the great work they have put into their scholarship.
THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS have passed their preliminary portfolio & oral exams and have attained doctoral candidacy: Matt Boynton, Aaron Eddens, Mingwei Huang, Katy Mohrman, and Tammy Owens.