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The Black archive is a space where the past and the present meet to point the way to a new and radical imagining of the future. The lure of the archive – which led Zora Neale Hurston in the 1930s to document her people’s history and folktales in Mules and Men and inspired Alice Walker to excavate Zo...
The Public-Facing History Laboratory has been a project that I have been thinking about for a long time. Public history is a well-established subfield within History. Rather than create a course that surveyed the greatest hits from Public History though, I wanted to create a course that was project-...
As I was placing a face mask on my son in the car outside his daycare center on the morning of 31 August 2021 and went through my daily thought process of weighing his possible exposure to COVID-19 against my need to work, I heard a story on WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR news station, that announced Pittsb...
I’m Emilee Ruhland, a fifth-year PhD student in the English department, and I spent ten weeks in the summer of 2021 working with the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, informally referred to as Pitt Research. I am a medievalist...
I am Luana Reis, a poet, educator, and a Black feminist scholar. I was born and raised in Bahia, Brazil, and I am currently a fourth-year PhD student in the department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh, where I also teach Portuguese. Aside from Nigeria, no other c...
My name is Mehul Bhushan. I am a third-year PhD Student in the Department of Communication at Pitt, and I am also an international student from India. In my research, I focus on how marginalized indigenous communities can leverage the latest tools and technologies, such as natural language processin...
My name is Ben Naismith, and I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics, entering the fifth year of the program. Prior to undertaking a PhD, I had spent 15 years in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and it is this professional experience which has shaped my research int...
My name is Manuel Garzon, and I am a fifth year in the Ph.D. program of the Hispanic Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate and my academic research focuses on colonial Hispanic America, especially on decolonial historiographical and literary texts written by a...
My name is Sritama Chatterjee. I am a fourth year PhD student in Literature at the Department of English. My current research at the intersection of Postcolonial Studies, Indian Ocean Studies and Environmental Humanities asks: How does one envision modes of doing Indian Ocean Studies in the Postcolo...
My name is Courtney Colligan, and I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies. For the second summer in a row, I enjoyed working with GirlGov and their school-year programming. This summer, under the direction of Ph.D. P...
My name is Victoria LaFave and I am a third-year PhD student in the Theatre Arts Department pursuing a degree in Theatre and Performance Studies. My research focuses on queer studies, affect, and cultural memory in twen...
My name is Dominique Branson, and I am entering into my fifth year as a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics. My dissertation research focuses on the intersection of race, criminal justice, and African American Language (AAL) use at two critically important points along the School-to-Pr...
Hello again! My name is Alison Mahoney. I’m starting my second year at Pitt as a PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies, and my research centers on intersections of performance and disability/neurodiversity. When we’re not in the midst of a pandemic, I am also a theatre-maker – I collaborate...
My name is Felix Helbing, and I am a fourth year PhD candidate in the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. My dissertation is on the labor philosophies of early Soviet theorists Aleksei Gastev and Aleksandr Bogdanov, each of whom was interested, in differen...