WGSS Graduate Certificate Holders

2013

Aimee Bachari * History

is a Ph.D. student in history at the University of Houston and associate editor of Houston History magazine. Using oral history and feminist methodologies, her work focuses on gender and long-distance nationalism in Houston’s Palestinian community through topics such as student activism, cultural festivals, food, film, and fashion.

Meera Jagannathan * English

completed her BA in French & English at Texas A&M University and went on to earn her Masters in English & Comparative Literature from Columbia University, New York. She wrote her thesis, “To The Happy Few”: Reading the Oppositional Mode in Stendhal’s The Red and the Black under the supervision of Dr. Sharon Marcus. She is currently doing her PhD in the English department and her research interests include theory of the novel, trauma and memory studies, Victorian studies, French & Francophone literature, Indian colonial and postcolonial literatures. Her interest in women and autobiography led her happily to Women Studies and the Graduate Certification will help her teach courses that consider postcolonial feminist perspectives.

Anita Vyas * Education

is a doctoral student in the Instructional Technology program as well as a dancer, and aims to be an accomplished academic someday. She has a Masters in Communication and Urban Education from India where her field work involved developing and using communication aids for teaching health education to women and children in rural villages and urban slums. This experience sowed the seeds of an ideology and commitment to women's rights and issues. Her research interests besides online instruction and technology integration in distance education also involve women in educational technology, women in media and popular culture. As a dancer, Anita is interested in using dance and motion to give unsaid words a voice and studying how it empowers women emotionally and academically.

2012

Tracy Butler * History

is a Ph.D. student at the University of Houston in Latin American history.She received her M.A. in Latin American Studies from Ohio University and her B.A. in Spanish from John Carroll University.Her research interests include twentieth-century Mexico, women’s and gender history, and U.S.-Latin American relations.She is currently preparing for her comprehensive exams and working under the guidance of Dr. Thomas O’Brien in her studies.Tracy is also a Graduate Assistant for the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department at UH.

Carlos Cantu * History

is a graduate student of American History. He is currently studying history of education with a focus on minorities under the instruction of Dr. Guadalupe San Miguel. Carlos is an alum graduate-fellow for the Center for Mexican American Studies here at the University of Houston. He earned his Bachelors and Masters in History from the University of Texas-Pan American from Edinburg, Texas. He is presently preparing for his comprehensive examinations and organizing his dissertation proposal on community-based institutions of higher education. Carlos hopes to place women central in his current research.

Maria Corsi * History

is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston in medieval history.She holds a B.S. in Economics and Anthropology and M.A. in History from the University of Houston.Her research interests include the politico-economic relations between Denmark and Germany and the economic expansion of Europe in the High Middle Ages.Her dissertation examines the role of women in the economic and cultural integration of Denmark with Latin Europe.

Annette Escamilla * Hispanic Studies

graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a BA in English and history in 1998.Shereceived herMasters in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2006. She is a doctoral studient in the Department of Hispanic Studies working on her dissertation under Pedro Gutiérrez Revuelta. The title is ¨The Performance of Femininity in Several Metatheatrical Works by Paloma Pedrero, Dolores Prida, and Carment Boullosa¨ 

Laura Garza * Hispanic Studies

is doctoral candidate in the Hispanic Studies program at the University of Houston. She is originally from Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Brownsville.Her dissertation research focuses on three border women writers.Their works demonstrate the feminine literary tradition of the border that positions them as precursors of the “border women” of the Rio Grande Valley. Also this project intends to provide a part of the demystification of the hegemonic white and male History through the research of this feminine and alternative (Other) space. She will graduate in May.

Grace Loudd * Social Work

is a doctoral candidate in the U of H Graduate College of Social Work with an expected graduation date of May 2012.  She has spent her time in the doctoral program studying a variety of issues that impact women's health and overall well-being.  Her areas of research include the behavioral aspects of HIV, intimate partner violence and mental health, sexual self-concepts, sexual agency, and condom use practices among African-American women.  Grace intends to use her Women's Studies Certificate to start her career into women's studies academia and continue her research in women's sexual health.

Jennifer S. A. Lowe * Creative Writing/Literature

is a poet and a PhD student in the creative writing/literature program. She has an MFA in poetry from Arizona State University, an MA from the University of Cambridge in English literature, and a BA from Mount Holyoke College in philosophy. Her research interests include contemporary American poetry, women in cinema, French poetry in translation, Dickinson, Plath, Woolf, David Foster Wallace and the maximalist novel, epistolary female friendship, and écriture féminine. She plans to teach literature and women's and gender studies at the undergraduate level, and is grateful for the existence of the graduate certificate in clarifying and supporting those goals.

Fabian Van Onzen * Philosophy

is an M.A. Candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Houston.Hismain interests are early modern philosophy, Marxism, and psychoanalysis. He is a progressive political activist and became interested in feminism through his political work. The Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies has been extremely helpful in furthering his political activism.

2011

Margaret Fraser * Bilingual Education

earned her BA in International Studies from Texas A&M, interning abroad as a language instructor and later working as a foster caregiver in Houston. She is currently working as an autism therapist/assistant programmer in a local learning center for children with developmental disor-ders/disabilities. She is working toward her certification in early childhood bilingual curriculum instruction and plans to earn her MEd in bilingual special education.

Brittany Hancock * History

is a Ph. D. student at the University of Houston. She received her M.A in His-tory from California State University, Sacramento, and her B.A in the History of the Americas and Africa from the University of California Santa Cruz. She is writing her dissertation on The Neighborhood Union, an African-American clubwomen's movement in Atlanta during the early twentieth century.

Raven Jones * Educational Psychology

is a Ph.D. candi-date at the University of Houston. She holds an MLS from Rice University and a BA in English Rhetoric from Texas A&M University. Her thesis examines the use of classical literature in character education, and she argues that both our classroom atmosphere and the selection of reading materials should be guided by the primary concern for creating a live circuit between readers and books. Her scholarly interests include school reform, urban public policy, and teacher instruction.

Amanda Kennedy * Communications

is a Public Relations graduate student at University of Houston. She has a BA in Communication from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, with a minor in feminist studies. Her master’s thesis will explore feminist and postmodern aspects of public relations agency organizational cultures. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in public relations and to continue her research in feminism and postmodernism within public relations.

Kristen N. McAlear * Hispanic Studies

is a Ph.D. can-didate at the University of Houston. She holds an MA in Hispanic Studies from Auburn University and a BA in Spanish from Auburn University. Her current re-search focuses on feminist perspectives, subjectivity and representation in 20th and 21st century Latin American and U.S. Hispanic poetry. She also holds an interest in general feminist theory and pedagogy in film and other cultural representations.

Phuong Nguyen * History

received a B.A. in History from the University of Houston in 2008. She is now a part-time student, working on her MA with Dr. Sarah Fishman. Specifically, she studies Mothers and Midwives in 19th century France and how they dealt with unwanted pregnancies and children. She believes Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies aids her research of the history of reproductive control and family life.

Maria E. Perez * Hispanic Studies

is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston. She holds an M.A. in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from UH. She also attended the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, working with Latin American Literature. Her interests are exile and immigration literature of Spain and Latin America, with a concentration on the Caribbean diaspora experience. Her dissertation examines how Cuban women writers have approached this experience, grounding her work on feminist the-ory. She is also interested in film studies, and gender representation in Cuban films before and after the Revolution.

Natalie Stigall * English

graduated from University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana with a B.A. in both creative writing and literature and a minor in art his-tory. In May she will graduate from University of Houston with an M.A. in English and American literature and a Women's Studies Graduate Certificate. She will begin work on her PhD in English and American literature at UH in the fall. Her interests include popular culture and girls' studies.

2010

Yolanda Godsey * Hispanic Studies

is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston.  She holds an MA in Latin American Literature from Texas A&M University- Kingsville and a BA in Spanish from Texas A&M- Corpus Christi. Her MA thesis explored components of subjectivity of the mystical and literary figure, Teresa Urrea. At UH she continues her study of the feminine subject, under the direction of Dr. Nicolás Kanellos, in the works of contemporary Latina playwrights of the U. S. Hispanic Theater.  She attributes her added perspective of feminist epistemologies, crucial in the analysis of Latina playwright works, to both her professors the Women’s Studies Program. Yolanda has worked as TA and lecturer in the Department of Hispanic Studies, was a graduate fellow with the Mexican American Studies Program, and in Spring 2010 team taught a World Cultures class with Dr. M.T. Hernández.

Melissa Pinon * English

received a B.A. in English Literary Studies, with a minor in Women's Studies, from the University of Houston. She will graduate May 2010 with an M.A. degree in English Literary Studies, with a particular interest in Transnational literature and Women's Studies.  She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in a Transnational Literary Studies program at a later date, and hopes to eventually become a university faculty member and Women's Studies instructor.

 

2009

Ira Lee Berlet * History

entered the Ph.D. program in History at UH in the Fall of 2007 after 12 years in public education.  Most of that time he taught high school history, but he also spent a year as the Assistant Director of Social Studies for the Texas Education Agency. He completed his undergraduate work at Texas A&M University graduating with a BA in History and a minor in Political Science.  In 2005 he finished an MA in American History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  His MA thesis was on 19th century Boston intellectuals and their paradoxical views of freedom, race, and anti-slavery activism.  His advisor is Dr. Steven Deyle, and his dissertation focuses on abolitionism, the domestic slave trade, and gender, with particular attention on masculinity.

Anna Burke-Herrera * History

is a graduate of Texas A&M- Corpus Christi. She is currently working on her Master's Degree in Public History at the University of Houston, specializing in early 20th century American film under the guidance of Dr. Martin Melosi. For the last 2 years, she has also sung as a soloist and choral member in the Moore's School of Music University Choruses. She graduates in Fall 2009 and plans to move to San Antonio with her husband to pursue a curatorship at the Witte Museum.

Holle Canatella * History

is a Ph.D. candidate in medieval European history. She holds an MA in history from UH and a BA in history from Texas A&M University. Her dissertation is titled "Scripsit amica manus : Male-Female Spiritual Friendship in England and France, ca. 1050-1200." In 2009 she was awarded a University Commission on Women Scholarship and the Maud Paddock Smith Graduate Scholarship from the Women's Studies Program.

Montse Feu * Hispanic Studies

is a Ph. D. student finishing her coursework in the Hispanic Studies Department. As a research assistant at the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project Montse has been reading, indexing and analyzing the writings by Spanish exiles published in periodicals in New York during the Spanish Civil War and after.  These writings are also the subject of her dissertation research.  Many of the newspapers and magazines issued by the expatriates served an international exilic community and have never before been accessible or otherwise studied.  The Women’s Studies Program has provided Montse with further perspectives and concepts essential in questioning gendered leftist exile discourse. Her research interests include feminism, Hispanic literature in the United States, working class literature, and 19th and 20th century Spain. She has been accepted to Geoff Eley’s seminar on fascism at the Cornell University School of Criticism and Theory this summer. 

Hulya Ozcan Dogan * Anthropology

received her Bachelor’s degree in Turkey majoring in Turkish Language and Literature. In 2004 she came to the United States to pursue an academic career and started her Master’s in Sociology at UH. After a year she switched to studying Cultural Anthropology. She will receive her Master’s Degree in Anthropology this spring. Her research focuses on dress, agency and the body.  Hulya also teaches Turkish as a second language at a local charter school. She is married to Dr. Can Dogan, who is a faculty member at University of Houston-Downtown.

Melissa I. Maldonado Torres * Social Work

holds a B.A., double major in Theology and Literature, from Houston Baptist University.  She graduates this semester with a Master’s of Social Work.  While attending junior high in the Rio Grande Valley, she learned about the global pandemic of AIDS and has been involved in the fight against HIV ever since.  She plans to continue working in this field while incorporating the issues of human trafficking for sexual exploitation since women and children are the communities victimized the most by both issues on a global scale. Her work has involved outreach, education, involvement with the 81st legislative session of Texas, counseling, and advocacy. Melissa credits her parents with her passion for justice. She thanks her mom who is the epitome of independence, strength and grace and her dad who taught her that God has an undying love for all.

 

2008

Jarah Blum * Educational Psychology

Clarissa Hinojosa * History

Elizabeth K. Miller * Psychology Post-Baccalaureate

holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Houston. She is a co-author on studies published in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology and the Journal of Clinical Psychology. From 2006 to 2010 she was involved in the field of tobacco research in the Department of Behavioral Science at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and in Bethesda, Maryland at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She is a member of Psi Chi; the National Honor Society in Psychology. She now lives in San Francisco and works in the Human and Animal Protections Office at San Francisco State University. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Gerontology.

Shaleen Miller Anthropology

Norma Mouton * Hispanic Studies

Erin Sandler * English

Luziris Pineda Turi * Hispanic Studies

is a 3rd year Spanish Ph.D. student working on her dissertation on Meixcan & Mexican-American women writers in the U.S. during the beginning of the 20th century. She specializes in U.S. Hispanic Literature and has been a proud UofH cougar since 1998 receiving her B.A. and M.A. here. She has worked for the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program as a Research Assistant and has also taught Spanish for several semesters. Among her academic achievments she participated with a full scholarship at the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory the summer of 2007, was awarded a research grant from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and was awared the Institute of Hispanic Culture scholarship twice. Her resarch interests include gender studies, race, class, feminism and sexuality in literature. She is currently the SGSO Vice President.

Trinidad Gonzales * History

Carolina Villarroel * Hispanic Studies


2007

Elizabeth Cummins-Munoz * Modern and Classical Languages

Jaqueline Davis Gilmore * Post-Baccalaureate

will be pursuing doctoral studies in Social Psychology specializing in the interpersonal dynamics and concepts of African-American women. She holds a B.A. from Prairie View A&M University in Speech Communication and an M.A. in Speech Communication Interpersonal Behavior from Texas Southern University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a contributing business writer for The Houston Insider Newspaper. Currently, she is working on two books: Communication And Business Skills, For Women Only, and Women's Issues, It Is What It Is. She is the Founder and President of Jolan & JD Communications, which focuses on assisting all women with public speaking, soft skills, leadership, anger management, and conflict resolution skills personally, socially, and professionally. She is a Board Certified Anger Therapist. She is married to Reverend Dr. Robert M. Gilmore, Sr.

Ann Kapp * History

is a Latin Americanist Ph.D. student studying 19th century Mexican peasants and how the multiple changes in government following Independence impacted their lives. She holds an M.A. from Texas State University - San Marcos, where she studied women in the antebellum south. She is continuing her graduate studies in order to be a full-time professor at a small liberal arts university. She is married to her husband Roger, they have no kids, four cats, and currently reside in Pearland.

Erin Makulski Sandler * English

holds a B.A. in linguistics from Rice University. She will graduate this semester with an M.A. in 18th century British literature and then plans to return this fall to pursue a Ph.D.. She would like to thank her family for being so supportive of her return to school to pursue graduate studies, and in particular her husband, Daniel.

Amanda Martínez * Mass Communications

holds a B.A. in Multinational Organization Studies from St. Mary’s University, with a concentration in Spanish and a minor in English Communication Arts. She realized her strong passion for studying underrepresented groups of people, including women and minorities, and decided to pursue a graduate certificate in women's studies. She is currently working on her M.A. thesis : "Examining televised advertisement influences on eating habits, eating disorder risk, and body image identity: A narrative analysis among ethnically diverse college women." Upon graduation with an M.A. in Mass Communication, Amanda will begin doctoral studies at Texas A&M University in the Communication Department with the goal of becoming a professor and researcher.

Ana-María Medina * Spanish

is a Ph.D. in Peninsular Literature, recipient of the UH Teaching Excellence Award (2007) and the Hispanic Studies departmental Teaching Excellence Award (2009). She was president and vice-president of the Spanish Graduate Student Association and LACASA during her time as a Ph.D. candidate and has been granted various departmental grants and awards. She holds an M.A. in Peninsular Literature from Saint Louis University and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has published in various mediums including scholarly journals and collections, magazines and has presented at national conferences . She is a member of the Sigma Delta Kappa Spanish and the Phi Beta Delta Honor Societies and a regional representative for the Delegate Assembly of the MLA. She dedicates this certificate to the women that have made her who she is: her sister, Angela-Jo Medina; her mother, Jo Ann Medina; and her wonderful grandmother, Angelina Touza-Medina.

Sylvia Morin * Spanish

April Patrick * English

completed her M.A. this spring, with her thesis entitled “ ‘[S]he that lives must mourn’: Elegiac Performances in the Legacy of Victorian Women Poets”. After receiving her B.A. in English from Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, April began her M.A. at the University of Texas in San Antonio before transferring to the University of Houston. She will pursue a Ph.D. at Texas Christian University in the fall, where she will continue to focus on Victorian women's literature.

John Pluecker * Spanish

received his Masters Degree in Spring 2007 in the Modern and Classical Languages Department with a focus on Literature in Spanish.  He completed his undergraduate work at Yale University in two interdisciplinary majors: Women's and Gender Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. 

Alberto Rodriguez * History

is a second year Ph.D. student studying American History from 1860s to 1975. He specializes in Black/Brown relations on the South Texas Borderlands and the West, with an emphasis on gender and identity formation. As he puts it, he wants to understand how Blacks and ethnic Mexicans got along or did not. Alberto’s research interests include Chican@, Latina/o, African American, BlacXican history, race/ethnicity, Gender, and Queer Theory. His dissertation will use theories of hybridity and transculturation to analyze relations between Blacks and Mexican/Mexican Americans on the border in order to conceptually Blacken the Borderlands and move South Texas into our understanding of the West. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in History from the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.

K. Denea Stewart * English

2006

Susan Bogar * English

Cecilia Bonnor * English

Tiphanie Yanique Galiber * Creative Writing

Tiphanie Yanique's upcoming short story collection is called "How to Escape from a Leper Colony." Stories from the collection have won a Pushcart Prize, the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, the Kore Press Fiction Award and have been featured in Best African American Fiction for 2009.  Describing Tiphanie's writing Danzy Senna says it "drew me in with its odd, dreamy locale and fresh language" and called it "haunting and nuanced work".Tiphanie's stories have also been published globally, including in Callaloo, Transition Magazine, American Short Fiction, the London Magazine and Fiddlehead. Tayari Jones calls her "One of my favorite emerging writers." Tiphanie Yanique is an Associate Editor with Post No Ills and Assistant Professor in Creative Writing and Caribbean Literature at Drew University.  Her collection will be published on March 2, 2010. Visit her website here.

Erin Graham * History

Lauran Kerr * History

is a fourth year, All But Dissertation, doctoral candidate in the department of history where she studies twentieth-century history with a focus on women and race/ethnicity. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees at Sam Houston State University. Her dissertation examines African American female physicians in the urban South.

M. Angela Kirby-Calder * History

Kimberly Magill * Creative Writing

Amy O'Neal * History

Lisa Tait * English

Millie Thompson * Anthropology

David Vance * English

Maria Teresa Vera-Rojas * Spanish

2005

Carmen Yvonne Carroll * Philosophy

LaGuana Gray * History

2003

Heather Kristina Bigley * English-Creative Writing

Rebecca D Flynn * English

Margaret A Garza * English

Elline Lipkin * English-Creative Writing

Danielle C Moreau * History

Lesli Vollrath * English

Lara A Walker * Spanish

Crystina Lewis * Political Science

2002

Aicha Lahlou * Political Science

Elexia D. Strickland * English

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