Great Plains Graduate Fellow Newsletter

Newsletter Issue: Spring 2017

Grad Fellows Symposium

Graduate Fellows (L-R) Hannah Birge, Aubrey Streit-Krug, Caleb Roberts, Daniel Clausen, and Dan Uden present at the 2017 Great Plains Symposium.

Special event!

Fellows Lunch, May 3, 11:45 a.m., East Campus Union: Several Graduate Fellows will presenting their work during the lunch.

2017 Great Plains Symposium

Great Plains Graduate Fellows Daniel Clausen, Aubrey Streit Krug, Caleb Roberts, Daniel Uden, Hannah Birge, and Matt Whittaker presented a panel titled, Shifting Ground: Dynamic Personal Maps on the Great Plains, at the "Flat Places, Deep Identities: Mapping Nebraska and the Great Plains" conference at Innovation Campus on March 30-31, 2017.

Dissertation Defense: Daniel Uden

Dan Uden

Dissertation Defense: Aubrey Streit Krug

Aubrey Streit Krug

This spring, Aubrey Streit Krug successfully defended her dissertation (titled Plants We Live By: Ecocriticism and American Ethnobotanical Literature) to complete her PhD in English and Great Plains Studies. She is especially grateful for her advisor Fran Kaye and readers Tom Lynch and Tom Gannon, who are pictured here with her. She also deeply appreciates her other committee members, Dave Wedin and the late Mark Awakuni-Swetland. Aubrey thanks the faculty fellows, graduate fellows, staff, and director Rick Edwards of the Center for Great Plains Studies for providing her with an intellectual home place at UNL. She is honored to have been part of the inaugural class of Great Plains graduate fellows.

Dissertation Defense: Jamie Downing

Aubrey Streit Krug

Jamie Downing successfully defended her PhD. dissertation titled "'Whatever We May Be We May Be, but Jews Are What We Are': Jewish Rhetoric and the Construction of Great Plains and Upper Midwestern Jewish Communities," completing her degree in Communication Studies. Her project was advised by Ronald Lee. Carly Woods, Jordan Soliz, and Philp Schwadel served on the reading committee.

New Directions in Indigenous Women’s History

Susana Geliga, a 3rd yr PhD history student, co-wrote an article with Dr. Margaret Jacobs titled, New Directions in Indigenous Women’s History (DIO: 10.11111468-0424.12288) which has recently been accepted into the Gender & History journal. This journal is a major international journal for research and writing on the history of gender relations, sexuality, and the semiotics of gender in a wide geographical and chronological scope. It presents works that examine changing conceptions of gender, and maps the dialogue between femininities, masculinities and their historical contexts.   

Since her thesis, ELLA DELORIA: A DAKOTA WOMAN’S JOURNEY BETWEEN AN OLD WORLD AND A NEW, which won UNL’s 2015 Lowe R & Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award, Susana’s research has focused on the fluidity of Indigenous women’s gender roles as well as the intergenerational transmission of traditional cultures and languages throughout the beginning phases of US assimilation policies.


Daniel Clausenwas awarded a Dean's Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year in recognition of 'outstanding academic performance and scholarly potential.'