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PhD students receive dissertation awards from the Research and Graduate Studies Offices of the College of the Liberal Arts

CELEBRATIONS!! 

The Department is delighted to announce that two PhD students have received dissertation awards from the Research and Graduate Studies Offices of the College of the Liberal Arts. 

Kellie Marin received a semester leave to advance her dissertation, which examines the possibilities and perils of anonymous speech in the contemporary networked world. From secret-sharing communities to doxing to anonymizing blurring tools used by protesters across the country, her research analyzes the rhetorical power of anonymous speech for democratic participation within a surveillance state. At a time where marginalized voices need to be heard, Ms. Marin’s research seeks to better understand how to amplifies those voices safely. 

Derek Lewis also received a semester release to support his dissertation research tracing resonances of the Saw franchise and its paratexts to media such as television and fan films. Mr. Lewis argues that this circulation of popular media elements helped to create structures of feeling and patterns of understanding that highlight vulnerability, strangeness, and righteousness during the crisis of the “war on terror” that can be found in news coverage of soldiers to the deployment of “If You See Something, Say Something” campaigns. 

Congratulations Kellie and Derek!