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