WGS Graduate Student Directory

Meet our great WGS Graduate Specialization/Minor students!

Angela AdlerAngela Anderson
PhD Student, Sociology
Hannah AshburnHannah Ashburn
MA Student, Art History
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Chase AunspachChase Aunspach
PhD Student, Communication Studies & English Minor
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Chase's research interests include: Critical Theory, Digital Culture, Field Methods, Masculinity, Materiality, Networked Media, Posthumanism, Queer Studies, Rhetorical Theory, and Visual Culture.
Jamaica BaldwinJamaica Baldwin
PhD Student, English
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Jamaica grew up in Santa Cruz, CA. She earned her B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Smith College and her M.F.A. in poetry from Pacific University. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Prairie Schooner, Guernica, The Adroit Journal, World Literature Today, The Missouri Review, and TriQuarterly, among others. Her first book, Bone Language, will be published by YesYes Books in 2023. She is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, winner of the RHINO Editor's Prize, and the 2019 winner of the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Contest in Poetry. Her work has been supported by Hedgebrook, Furious Flower, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Jamaica currently lives in Lincoln, NE where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a focus in Creative Writing (poetry), African Diasporan Literature, and Women and Gender Studies.
Alexandra BissellAlexandra Bissell
PhD Student, English
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Advisor: Professor Matt Cohen

Alexandra Bissell is a doctoral student in English Literary and Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Women’s & Gender Studies. Her current work centers on poetry & poetics, queer theory, trauma, and the affective role of literature in cultural archives. She holds an M.A. in English from DePaul University and a B.A. in English with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Northern Iowa. She served for two years as the executive editor of the literary magazine, Inner Weather, and has presented papers on the poetry of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Thom Gunn. Some of the accolades she has received for her critical and creative work include the Selina Terry Poetry Award, the James Hearst Award, and the James HiDuke Writing Award. She is also currently a recipient of the Crompton Fellowship.
Amanda BrandAmanda Brand
PhD Student, Communication Studies
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Amanda's research interests include: Critical Theory, Digital and New Media, Dissent, Feminist Theory, Gender and Sexuality, Inequality, Pedagogy, Political Rhetoric, Rhetorical Theory, and Social Movements.
Allison CiprianoAllison Cipriano
PhD Student, Social and Cognitive Psychology
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Advisor: Professor Kathryn Holland

Allison Cipriano received her BA in psychology from Ithaca College (2015) and her MA in social psychology from Ball State University (2018) before joining UNL. Allison Cipriano is currently a Social and Cognitive Psychology PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraksa- Lincoln, with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies. She works under Dr. Kathryn Holland in the Sexual Assault and Sexual Health Lab. Her research is informed by social psychological and feminist theory and her research interests include sexual violence, sexual identity, and sexual health with an emphasis on the experiences of sexual minority women. Allison teaches Human Sexuality and Society as well as Women, Gender, and Science.
Alex Diede
PhD Student, Social Psychology
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Alex Diede (she/her/hers) received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Black Hills State University in 2016, and is currently a doctoral student in the Social Psychology program here at UNL. She is a member of the Sexual Assault Sexual Health (SASH) research lab working with Dr. Kathryn Holland. Her research interests revolve around social problems and their respective systemic and/or social barriers that adversely and disproportionally impact women, sexual minorities, and gender minorities. This includes topics such as the adjudication of sexual assault and intimate partner violence cases from a survivor-centric vantage, policy and social discourses related to sexual education, and social reactions to disclosures related to sex and sexuality.
Sarah EaganSarah Eagan
PhD Student, Psychology
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Advisor: Professor Sarah Gervais

Sarah Eagan received her BA in psychology from Sonoma State University (2014) and her MA in social and cognitive processes from Ball State University (2016) before coming to UNL. Sarah Eagan is currently a PhD candidate in the Social and Cognitive PhD program within the Psychology Department, with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies. Sarah works under Dr. Sarah Gervais in the Objectification of Women Lab (OWL) where she researches aspects of sexual violence investigating sexual violence survivors’ experiences and risk factors/predictors of perpetration for male perpetrators. Sarah also works in Dr. Kathryn Holland’s Sexual Assault and Sexual Health Lab. Sarah draws her theoretical frameworks and concepts from social psychology, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, and public health perspectives. Sarah teaches Human Sexuality, Psychology of Gender, and Psychology of Social Behavior.
Lara GarridoLara A. Garrido
MA Student, Modern Languages and Literatures

Lara is a Graduate Student in Spanish, and is a GTA in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. She will be teaching WMNS 101 during Summer 2022.
Lindsey Huber Lindsey Huber
PhD Student, Communication Studies
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I grew up in rural southeast Iowa. I joined the Iowa National Guard and served as a medic. I received my Bachelor's in English minoring in Women and Gender Studies and continued to receive my Master's in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication - and receive a graduate minor in Women and Gender Studies from Iowa State University. I received an Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award during the Spring of 2021. As far as my research and interests, I am most interested in Public Memory and how various mediums affect how society remembers a particular person or event. To date, my research has been focused on the material representations and public memory of female veterans.
Veronica JemkurVeronica Jemkur
MA Student, Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design
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Advisor: Professor Sandra Starkey

Veronica Jemkur is a Master's student in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design at UNL. She majors in Apparel Design with a graduate minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She earned her BA in Fashion Design from the University of East London. Veronica's research interests include Plus-size Fashion and inclusive fashion for women with disabilities.
Rosalind KichlerRosalind Kichler
PhD Student, Sociology
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Advisor: Professor Emily Kazyak

Rosalind is a PhD candidate in Sociology with a specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research focuses on LGBTQ communities and identities. Her dissertation, “Old, Gray, and Gay: LGBTQ Aging and Identity,” uses life history interviews with LGBTQ elders to explore the meanings elders construct for their identities and how these meanings change with aging. Through recruitment of a diverse sample, her dissertation further explores how race, gender, and geography shape LGBTQ elders’ identities. While at UNL, she has enjoyed teaching courses for both Women’s and Gender Studies and for Sociology. Rosalind is also the chair of Unruly Sociologists, a graduate student-run organization dedicated to public sociology and scholar activism.
Celie KnudsenCelie Knudsen
MA Student, English
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Advisor: Professor Sheri Stenberg

Celie Knudsen is an M.A. student in composition and rhetoric. She is specifically interested in queer and feminist rhetorics and the intersection between writing pedagogy and fat studies. Celie works as a Core Teaching Artist for the Nebraska Writers Collective, where she helps run the largest youth poetry festival in the state. She graduated with highest distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.A. in English and Women's and Gender Studies.
Meagan KunitzerMeagan Kunitzer
PhD Student, Sociology
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Meagan received her BA from the University of Northern Colorado in Sociology with a minor in Gender Studies, May 2019. As an undergrad she was selected to participate in the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Her position as a McNair Scholar allowed her to conduct original research. Specifically, how campus policy impacts reporting behaviors of sexual assault by students. Additionally, the Ronald E. McNair program is partially responsible for sending Meagan on her graduate school journey to the University of Nebraska Lincoln. The welcoming environment of both professors and students made her decision to come to UNL easy. Although the Nebraska Nice mentality could also contribute to the welcoming environment found at UNL.
Jessica Long Jessica Long
MA Student, Geography/School of Global Integrative Studies
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Jessica is a MA student in UNL's Geography department. She is interested in cultural and historical geography. Her research is focusing on the experiences of women in the Black Hills of South Dakota in the late 1800s.
Ana Maria Tudela MartinezAna Maria Tudela Martinez
PhD Student, Modern Languages (Spanish Section) and Women's and Gender Studies
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Advisors: Professor Ingrid Robyn and Professor Luis Othoniel Rosa

Ana is beginning her PhD program in the Fall of 2021, having graduated in May 2020 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an MA student in Modern Languages, with specialization in Spanish. In 2019, she earned her BA degree in Hispanic Studies from the Unidersidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). Her research interests mainly concern Contemporary Latin American Literature, with an applied perspective of Subaltern, Ethnic, and Women's and Gender Studies.
Keshia McclantocKeshia McClantoc
PhD Student, English
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Advisor: Professor Marco Abel

Keshia Mcclantoc is a PhD student in the English Department with an emphasis on Composition and Rhetoric, Community and Rural Literacy, and Women and Gender Studies. Keshia has certification in both Women and Gender studies and Digital Humanities. Her research interests include online archives, community literacies, and queer literacies. She's especially interested in queer people's literate practices in rural areas. She teaches in both the English and Women and Gender Studies departments.
Zoe McDonaldZoe McDonald
PhD Student, English
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Advisor: Professor Marco Abel

Zoe McDonald is a Ph.D. student in rhetoric and composition with a specialization in women's, gender, and sexuality studies. She holds B.A. in English and gender studies from the University of Wyoming and a M.A. in English from the University of Vermont.

Zoe is teaching the online sections of WMNS 101, "Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies" for Fall 2021.
Alex MohrAlex Mohr
PhD Student, Geography
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Advisor: Professor Robert Shephard

As a pre-doctoral student in geography at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Alex Mohr is pursuing a third career. Alex first earned an A.S. in zookeeping while working as a school theater tech and then enjoyed a career as a zookeeper. Next, Alex pursued an undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Nebraska-Omaha while working as a lab technician. Geography having provided a natural convergence of varied interests; Alex went on to earn an M.A. at UNO as well. In all careers, there was some element of teaching, whether it was in Zoo Camp, training employees, being a teaching assistant in both geography and geology, or as an adjunct teaching World Regional Geography. This is where Alex wants to focus: getting students interested in learning more about cultural and regional geography, human environmental geography, and how everything relates to everything.
Cara MorgensonCara Morgenson
PhD Student, Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education
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Advisor: Professor Loukia Sarroub
Jameson MorrowJameson Morrow
PhD Student, Sociology
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Advisor: Professor Emily Kazyak

Prior to beginning in the Sociology department, I earned a BS in Psychology and a BA in Sociology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. After learning about the Sociology program at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, I knew it would be a supportive department that would help students on the road to success through opportunities not only for research and collaboration, but for the application of research to helping solve the real-life problems individuals face every day. My research focuses on the life transitions of LGBTQ+ individuals and the social support they seek out during these transitions. My thesis involved collecting and analyzing my own data through interviews with LGBQ+ college students about their friendships during their first year of college, and the sources of support that they utilized to navigate that transition as a sexual minority. Future research is aimed at examining the transition to parenthood for LGBTQ+ families, and I am interested in answering my research questions through mixed methods. In addition, I am currently working on a project with a graduate of our department to examine researchers’ interpretations of participant’s self-identification on objective and subjective measures. Outside of Sociology, I plan to pursue a Women’s and Gender Studies specialization during my PhD program.
Angelica PhillipsAngelica Phillips
PhD Student, Sociology
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Angelica is a first year Doctoral student in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sociology department, and has just finished her Master’s degree in Sociology in the UNL Sociology program!
Brittany PiperBrittany Piper
PhD Student, Sociology
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Brittany Piper is a PhD student in sociology. Her primary research area is the sociology of family and the life course, including relationship formation, and the effect of divorce on children in early adulthood. She is currently working on two research endeavors. First, she is studying the effect of parent divorce on women as they enter early adulthood. Second, she is researching differences in friendship networks through romantic relationship initiation, transition to marriage, and dissolution. Brittany is an Illinois native and earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology in 2008 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her master’s degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2013. Her master’s thesis measured the effect of the “package deal” on class identity. The analysis revealed that financial satisfaction, childhood family income, and education are the overall strongest predictors in determining class identity, more than any of the characteristics of the package deal: marriage, parenthood, homeownership, or job status. She is interested in teaching introductory, gender, family, or social inequality courses in sociology. In Spring 2015, she is an instructor for the Sociology of Marriage and Family at UNL. She has previously taught Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Sport, and Women in Contemporary Society.
Jose Daniel Lino PlataJose Daniel Lino Plata
MA Student, Modern Languages and Literatures
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Daniel Lino Plata is a PhD student in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department with a certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. His research deals with cultural and literary representations of queer and LGBTQ+ subjectivities in contemporary Spain, focusing on masculinity studies, feminist theories, normativity, countercultural movements, and narratives of resistance. His article, "Gay Men and Homoaffection: Alternative Gay Masculinities in Hombres de verdad (2020), by Alberto Marcos", co-authored with Dr. Iker González-Allende, will be published in December 2022 in the journal Estudios LGBTIQ+, Comunicación y Cultura. He teaches both at the Modern Languages and Women's and Gender Studies departments. Courses taught: SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 203, SPAN 204, WMNS 101. WGS Courses WMNS 101: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies Education B.A. English Studies, University of Salamanca, Spain (2019) M.A. Spanish, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2021) Areas of specialization Women's and Gender Studies Masculinity Studies Queer Studies Feminist Theories
Olatz Sanchez-TxabarriOlatz Sanchez-Txabarri
PhD Student, Modern Languages and Modern Literatures
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Advisor: Professor Iker González-Allende

Olatz Sanchez-Txabarri (Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain) completed her B.A in Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Deusto. In 2019 she received her M.A in Hispanic Studies at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2020 she completed her M.A in Education at UDIMA (Spain), where she specialized in Second Language Teaching while working as a Spanish Language teacher for immigrants in Bilbao (Spain). Currently, she is working on her Ph.D. program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also works as a GTA teaching Spanish for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Olatz specializes in Literature Written by Migrant Women studying literature from a gender and racial perspective to understand how migration affects women and their daughters and the relationships among them.
Kayla SchmitzKayla Schmitz
MA Student, Communication Studies
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Kayla is a Communication Studies (Rhetoric and Public Culture) graduate student with an emphasis on Women's and Gender Studies. Kayla studies mostly feminist, body and critical rhetorics, most of her studies landing within reproductive/health rhetoric with a focus on reproductive justice. Kayla has studied and written extensively on various forms of birth control, predominantly non-hormonal birth control, menstrual expectations, and general reproductive autonomy. Kayla's hope is to ensure that all populations have complete access to information and imperative reproductive health services. Kayla is currently working on her thesis which will look at the recent decision in Kansas to maintain their abortion rights by ensuring their state amendment protects bodily and personal autonomy. Previous projects Kayla has completed include: "This Was Supposed to be Easy! Reproductive Justice Rhetoric Through Rhetorical Homology in Hulu's Plan B," which will be presented at the National Communication Association Conference in 2022 and was presented at the No Limits Conference in 2022, “Love and Abundance: Complicated Familial “Realness” Through Chosen Family Temporalities in Pose,” “’100% Peace of Mind, 100% Empowered’”: Alternative Birth Control Discourse through the Satellite Public Sphere of a Fertility Awareness Facebook Group,” “Our Pain, Our Dismissal: Ignorance Towards the Bodymind in Pain and Discomfort” and several smaller papers on the Biopolitical implications of certain non-hormonal birth control methods, and what it means to have non-hormonal birth control methods slowly commodified. Kayla is originally from Michigan and previously studied at a small, liberal arts institution.
Jaclyn SwiderskiJaclyn Swiderski
PhD Student, English
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Advisor: Professor Melissa Homestead

Jaclyn Swiderski is a Ph.D. student in Literary and Cultural Studies. She is pursuing a certificate in both Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. She received her M.A. in British and American Literature from Northern Illinois University, and her B.A. in English with a minor in Linguistics from SUNY New Paltz. Her research interests are 19th and 20th century female novelists and disability studies.

Recent publication: Jaclyn Swiderski (2020) “Your Body Must Be Heard”: Uncovering a New Language through Female Pain and Bodily Empowerment. Women's Studies.
Eliza ThorEliza Thor
PhD Student, Sociology
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I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the May of 2018 and moved into the graduate program the following fall. As well as pursuing my PhD in Sociology I am also working for my Women and Gender Studies minor. I am also a teaching assistant for Intro to Sociology.
Carol Tschampl-DiesingCarol Tschampl-Diesing
PhD Student, Communication Studies
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Ryan TurnerRyan Turner
PhD Student, Philosophy
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Advisor: Professor Jennifer McKitrick

Ryan is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at UNL, focusing in feminist and queer philosophy with a Graduate Minor in Women's and Gender Studies. They earned a BA degree in philosophy from Arizona State University in 2016. Ryan's research interests include normative ethics, feminist philosophy, metaphysics of gender and race, and continental philosophy.
Cadyn WilliamsonCadyn Williamson
MA Student, Sociology
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Cadyn's research interests include sex and gender focusing on LGBT issues, social movements, media, and qualitative methods. They are primarily interested in the intersections between LGBT issues and social movements as well as LGBT issues and media. As for qualitative methods, they find importance of looking into words and images as data and discovering narratives that would not be discovered in surveys or other quantitative research methods.
Ava WinterAva Winter
PhD Student, Creative Writing
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Advisor: Stacey Waite

Ava Winter is a Ph.D. student in Creative Writing and Women's and Gender Studies. Their research interests include 20th & 21st century American poetry, queer ways of writing and teaching, masculinity studies, and Jewish studies. Their first poetry collection, Safe House, was published by Thrush Press. Their poetry has also appeared in The Baffler, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ninth Letter, Poetry International, TriQuarterly, and Tupelo Quarterly. Ava holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. Their writing has also been recognized with an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and a Stadler Fellowship from Bucknell University.