Wrapping up Spring semester 2013

My spirit is done with the semester, though my mind and body have a few weeks to go… Wrapping up seminar papers and preparing for comprehensive exams beginning April 30. Anxious to dig into my research this summer! I’m also excited to have the opportunity to teach WMNST 106 –┬áRepresenting Women and Gender in Literature, Art and Popular Cultures online for Penn State World Campus this summer – anxious to get back in touch with students, as I haven’t been teaching this semester.

Unlike last summer, I’m hoping to add weekly updates here this summer – stay tuned!

Summer research and upcoming conference presentations

Excited to dig back in to research this summer, with visits to archives in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC. I’m also delighted and honored to be receiving research funding from the Africana Research Center at Penn State! I should complete my dissertation proposal this summer and begin writing this fall.

In just a couple of weeks I’ll be sharing a paper on feminist theoretical approaches to nationalism at the Penn State Women’s Studies Graduate Organization conference, Sat, Feb 16, at Penn State. Excited to be on a panel with two folks from my history dept cohort, Kathryn Falvo and Aisling McEntyre!

I’m also looking forward to the Critical Ethnic Studies Association‘s biannual meeting and conference in Chicago this September, where I’ll present work on Black and white women’s patriotism around the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. I had a great time at the last meeting at UC Riverside in 2011; there’s some really inspirational scholarship and activism going on these days.

Super busy with comprehensive exams and my (last!) coursework this semester, but excited to be gaining momentum on my projects, as well!

My latest distillation of my research interests

“My work considers the social construction of the US nation through discourse and patriotic acts, focusing on the period between the Civil War and World War I. Using feminist and interdisciplinary methods, I am examining acts and expressions of patriotism by marginalized Americans to better understand how nationalism intersects with race, class, and gender to create American identities.”

Excited that after 3 years of grad school I’ve got this down to one short paragraph!