WGS Graduate Student Directory

Meet our great WGS Graduate Specialization/Minor students!

Angela AndersonAngela Anderson
PhD Student, Sociology
Maddi AponteMaddi Aponte
MA Student, Sociology

Maddi's areas of specialization are Qualitative Methods and Gender Studies. She is a Master’s student at UNL in the Sociology Department. She studied Criminal Justice at Castleton University in Vermont and minored in Communication and Women and Gender Studies. Her other interests are in mental health and behaviors developed from different media outlets. Currently, most of her time with school is spent focusing on her recitations and trying to refine her research interests. Maddi plans to pursue her certification in Women’s and Gender Studies and submit her research to the Society of Women in Sociology Winter Conference for 2021.
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.
Angela BolenAngela Bolen
PhD Student, History
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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.
Lyndie Christensen NaderLyndie Christensen Nader
PhD Student, Sociology
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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.
Alexis Cruz Alexis Cruz
PhD Student, History
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Advisor: Professor William Thomas

Alexis Cruz received her BA in history and BAJMC from Drake University (2019). Alexis is currently pursuing her Master's in History in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with specializations in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs as well as Women's and Gender Studies. Her research explores the histories of human rights and gender and sexuality. Recently, she has investigated areas of intersection between the two, such as the Sex Worker Rights Movement and the exportation of US Family Planning ideas.
Saddiq Dzukogi Saddiq Dzukogi
PhD Student, English
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Saddiq Dzukogi is a doctoral student in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln creative writing program, where he is a recipient of the Othmer Fellowship. He is the author of Inside the Flower Room, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. His recent poems are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, African American Review, Transition, DIAGRAM, Spillway, Crab Orchard Review, Volta and elsewhere, while others have appeared in Prairie Schooner, New Orleans Review, South Dakota Review, Best American Experimental Writing Series, and Verse Daily. Saddiq is an Editorial assistant at Prairie Schooner and also a fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency.
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.
Elizabeth EarlElizabeth Earl
PhD Student, Political Science
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Briar EssexBriar Essex
MA Student, English
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Advisor: Professor Stacey Waite

Briar Essex is from Philadelphia, PA, and is an MA student with specializations in Women & Gender Studies and Poetry. Their academic research and creative work uses trans and queer theory to examine relationships to power, and how it operates in both national and local scales. He is also interested in coalition analyses, and alternative care and kinship structures. They are a Teaching Artist with the Nebraska Writers Collective, and a reader for Prairie Schooner. Before UNL, Briar earned a BA in English and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Emma Finken Emma Finken
PhD Student, Sociology
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Montserrat Fuente-CamachoMontserrat Fuente-Camacho
PhD Student, Spanish
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Advisor: Professor Iker González-Allende

Montserrat Fuente-Camacho received her BA in Modern Languages with a specialization in Hispanic Studies and Literature from the University of Deusto in Spain, and her MA in Spanish Literature from UNL. Her fields of specialization and research include 20th - 21st Centuries Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures; Disability Studies; Women’s and Gender Studies; Second Language and Heritage Language Pedagogies and Education; Digital Humanities; and Spanish Cinema. She is a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at UNL.
Ashley GarciaAshley Garcia
PhD Student, Communication Studies
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Advisor: Professor Dawn Braithwaite

Ashely specializes in interrogating the rhetoric of social protest and social movements as manifest in sport in our current socio-political context; more specifically, she examines the rhetoric of dissent as exhibited in silent protest events. My dissertation focuses on the NFL protests during the National Anthem started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and continuing through the 2018 NFL season. Through this dissertation, she will explore the racialized rituals of identity in the NFL, Black masculinity, and the antecedent rhetorical/historical resources of Black protests. In addition to the study of the rhetoric of social protest/movements and identity in the context of sport, her research interests extend to social justice, human rights, women's rights, and film studies.
Trenton Haltom Trenton Haltom
PhD Student, Sociology
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Trenton's research to date has primarily examined masculinity within female-dominated spaces like sports. He continues to build on this research by examining how occupational segregation and institutional structures shape the construction and performance of masculinity.
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.
Shannon Konkol Shannon Konkol
MA Student, Political Science and Pre Law
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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.
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.
Margaret MatternMargaret Mattern
MA Student, History
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.
Alana MillerMacPheeAlana MillerMacPhee
PhD Student, Sociology
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
Jessica MorrowJessica 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.
Katelyn PenningtonKatelyn Pennington
PhD Student, Sociology
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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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Linda RoggeLinda Rogge
PhD Student, English
Cameron SteeleCameron Steele
PhD Student, English
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Cameron Steele is a writer, teacher, and doctoral student in Creative Writing with a focus on Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her nonfiction and poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Entropy, The Fix, Bluestem Magazine, Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, Wherewithal, and Ivy Hall Review. She has won several state journalism awards for her former work as investigative crime reporter at The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina and The Anniston Star in Alabama.
Katherine StorckKatherine Storck
PhD Student, Communication Studies
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Advisor: Professor Dawn Braithwaite

Katherine's research interests include: Interpersonal, family, and gender communication. Critical intersections of gender and interpersonal/family communication. Unhealthy romantic relationships, Discourses of reproduction, and feminism. I use qualitative interpretive, critical, and feminist methods to study the experiences of women in a variety of contexts.
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
Pronouns: they/them and he/him
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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.
David WinterDavid Winter
PhD Student, Creative Writing
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Advisor: Stacey Waite

David 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. David 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.