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Graduate Student Research Fellows

Fall 2017 Dresher Center Graduate Student Research Fellows 

Erin Berry, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture
Project: “They Ask, Why Do You Talk Like That; I Ask, Why Don’t You Want to Talk Like That?”: Analyzing the Online Speech and Identity Practices of Black Female Undergraduate

Given my interest in identity and Black feminist standpoint theory, as well as my academic background at the intersection of gender, race, culture, language, and media, my dissertation studies the relationship between social media, language use, and online identity in relation to the Black female lived experience. My theoretical frameworks will draw upon and integrate Patricia Hill Collins’ standpoint theory, W.E.B. Du Bois’ theory of double consciousness and racial identity, theories on language and the presentation of self by James Gee and Erving Goffman, and contemporary theories on race, culture, and (social) media.

Mary Laurents, Doctoral Candidate, Language, Literacy and Culture
Project: The Fracture of Upper Class Identity in the First World War and the Cultural Impact of that Fracture on Britain in the Interwar Period
My dissertation examines the emergence of a distinct type of collective identity that was defined by its resistance to the First World War, and explores the social, cultural, and political impact of emerging resistance identities among young members of the upper class in Britain during the interwar period. While resistance during and after the First World War is usually attributed to disillusion with the war and related socio-political activities , my work deals with the emergence of upper class resistance to the war as the result of a fracture of traditional British upper class identity that occurred along generational lines.
For a list of previous Graduate Student Research Fellows, please visit the Archives page.