Winter 2019 SRPs Announced

12 November 2019

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce the recipients of winter break Student Research Partnerships awards. Congratulations to all!

Barbara Allen (Political Science) and Drew Garcia ’22, Moses Jehng ’22, Amber Zhang ’20 (Political Science), Beck Woollen ’23, Bjorn Holtey ’23, and Aldo Polanco ’23 will study how changes in ownership in news gathering services affected the local TV news coverage received by voters during the 2008, 2014, and 2016 elections, focusing on (1) how information is framed in relation to race, gender, age, and experience; (2) time given to candidates to voice positions; and (3) time devoted to types of ads.

Charisse Burden-Stelly (Africana Studies and Political Science) and Kenya Cooper ’21 (Africana Studies and Religion) will do archival research for a book manuscript, The Radical Horizon of Black Betrayal: Antiradicalism, Antiblackness, and the U.S. Capitalist State, which develops a political theory that explores the relationship between antiradicalism and antiblackness from 1919-1971, exploring how notions of belonging/unbelonging, citizen/ subversive, and American/un-American were used to discredit activism. 

Jenna Conklin (Linguistics) and Alex Zhai ’20 (Linguistics and Cognitive Science) will collect, annotate, and analyze speech production data, and will design and construct a perceptual study on learners’ acquisition of the English vowel reduction process, which causes unstressed vowels to become shorter and less acoustically differentiated.

Cecilia Cornejo (Cinema and Media Studies) Sergio Demara ’20 (Cinema and Media Studies) and Arya Misra ’22 (Cinema and Media Studies) will examine, organize, and transform the audio collected for “The Wandering House” into a series of multimedia works. The project features an ice-fishing house retrofitted as a mobile audio-recording studio designed to engage the residents of Northfield, Minnesota, in reflection on the significance of “home,” a concept in a state of flux as more people around the globe become displaced.

Gao Hong (Music) and Gus Holley ’20 (Music) will prepare collected scores and write non-existent scores in staff and cipher notation for pipa music from the Pudong tradition, as well as translate notes and writings from Chinese into English. 

Annette Nierobisz (Sociology) and Natalie Slinger ’20 (Sociology and Anthropology) will analyze data from 22 interviews of workers over the age of 50 who experienced job loss during the Great Recession.

Cherlon Ussery (Linguistics) and Alex Zhai ’20 (Linguistics and Cognitive Science) will collect, study, and analyze literature on ditransitives in English, and will explore the extent to which claims made in the scholarship on English-language ditransitives can be extended to Icelandic and Faroese. This is part of a three-year project involving an international team that is studying “Ditransitives in Insular Scandinavian.”

Thabiti Willis (History) and Aaron Forman ’21 (History) will apply network theory and methods to an existing database and archive of British manumission records for runaway slave applicants. The project aims to link geographical data with social and economic network analyses associated with slavery in Arabian communities in the Gulf region.

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