College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Graduate/Alumni Updates

Creating an engaged and supportive alumni network is very essential to the Women's and Gender Studies program and fundamental to the success of the program overall! Recording important details about our alumni is our way of fostering a spirit of loyalty and strengthening the ties between our alumni and the WGS program.

Here are updates of some WGS alumni from 2011-2019!

Graduates 2019

 

Ashley Myers

Research Title

Beyond "Born This Way": Reconsidering Trans Narratives

Committee Chair

Carolyn Hildebrandt

Where are they now?

Ashley is attending Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.  Ze is pursuing a PhD in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. 

 


 

Joyceline Amoako

Research Title

Women's Occupational Health and Safety in the Informal Economy: Maternal Market Traders in Accra, Ghana 

Committe Chair

Dr. Mark Grey

Where are they now?

Joyceline is attending the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada.  She is pursuing a PhD in Public Health and Health Systems.

 


 

Konul Karimova

Research Title 

Social Support in Online Support Groups for the Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Quantitative Content Analysis

Committee Chair

Dr. Wm. Michael Fleming

Where are they now?

Konul is attending Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.  She is pursuing a PhD in Prevention Science in the Human Development Department.

 


Kristen McNutt

Research Title

Empowering Children's Social Ecology, Reenvisioning Post-conflict Reconstruction and Education in Rural Liberia

Committee Chair

Dr. Annette Lynch

Where are they now?

Kristen is  continuing her work as a feminist scholar-practitioner by further developing and implementing programs in Liberia, West Africa with the nongovernmental organization, Supporting Programs in Community Empowerment that she co-founded as part of her WGS thesis research.  In addition, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Policy and Social Change and a Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at the Union Institute and University.

 


Megan Vogt - Kosner

Research Title

Community Perceptions: Views of a Local Shelter

Committe Chair

Cindy Juby

Where are they now?

Megan is working at UNI fulltime as a Research Analyst in the Institutional Research & Effectiveness program.

 

Graduates 2018

Mirishahe Syla

Research Title

“The Mentors In Violence Prevention Model through Intersectional Lense: Understanding the Link between Masculinity and Violence as a Primary Prevention Strategy and Framing Strategies that Account for Cultural Differences”

Committee Chair

Dr. Wm. Michael Fleming

Where are they now?

Mirishahe works at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Kosovo. She is also conducting a research paper on “The Role and Engagement of Youth in Violence Prevention”.


Tsering Kyi

Research Title

“An Examination of the Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP) Model Through an Indian Cultural Perspectives”

Committee Chair

Dr. Wm. Michael Fleming

Where are they now?

Tsering works as a section officer in the Women's Empowerment Desk (WED) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). As a section officer, she works exclusively on projects related to the empowerment of Tibetan women and any gender related issues.


Finn A. Blaho

Research Title

“Analyzing How We Think About Gender: Reevaluating the Categories of Transgender and Cisgender in Society”

Committee Chair

Dr. Susan Hill

Where are they now?

Finn works as a receptionist at New Directions, a mental health agency based in Waterloo. Additionally, Finn is doing LGBTQ+ activism work in the Waterloo area with a group called Cedar Valley Unity. The group focuses on educating organizations, institutions, and businesses to make the Cedar Valley a more inclusive place.

Graduates 2017

Alexis St. Clare

Research Title

“Anthropocentrism, The Other Face of Patriarchy: An Investigation Into the Patriarchal Attitudes and Perceptions Of Non-Human Nature”

Committee Chair

Dr. Jack Yates

Where are they now?

Alexis served as an adjunct instructor for the Women’s and Gender Studies program in Spring 2018. She is currently working at NextGen Iowa as a field organizer.


Jessany Latrice Maldonado

Research Title

“Afro Culture and Performance Within the Bar Space”

Committee Chair

Dr. Charles Kyle Rudick


Kelli Rae Larson

Research Title

“Addressing the Concerns of the LGBTQ Community in Bystander Prevention Programs”

Committee Chair

Dr. Wm. Michael Fleming


Casey Anne Brimmer

Research Title

“For Two or Two Hundred: A Workbook for Making a Difference”

Committee Chair

Dr. Danielle Dick McGeough

Where are they now?

Casey Anne is currently completing their second MA in Communication Studies and teaching fundamentals of oral communication for Hawkeye Community College. They plan on attending Virginia Tech to pursue a PhD in Sociology with focus on Trans and Gender variant issues.

Graduates 2016

Rachel Marie Gregory

Research Title

“Sex and Political Participation on Facebook”

Committee Chair

Dr. Justin Holmes

Graduates 2015

Xavia Publius

Research Title

“Suggestions for Transgender Inclusion in Classical Music: A Mini-Cycle”

Committee Chair

Dr. Cynthia Goatley

Where are they now?

Xavia is a second year PhD student in Performance Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is preparing for conferences and her first non-thesis professional publications.


Vijayalata D'Mello

Research Title

“Hahn Hao “Our House” Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa Transitional Housing Project”

Committee Chair

Dr. Victoria DeFrancisco

Graduates 2011

Johnanna Joy Ganz

Research Title

“Defining the “Good” Mother: Examining the Myths of Motherhood and the Hierarchical Construction of Femininity in “Weeds” and Weekly Magazines”

Committee Chair

Dr. Susan Hill

Where are they now?


Johnanna recently completed a TEDx Talk that focused on her dissertation research and years of experience regarding occupational identity development.  The title is "When It's More Than 'Just a Job'" Her PhD dissertation titled, "Contested Titles: Gendered Violence Victim Advocacy and Negotiating Occupational Stigma in Social Interactions." was obtained at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2015.

Publications

Ganz, Johnanna. "Making a Difference for Whom?: Interrogating Race and Identity in Victim Advocacy." International Review of Qualitative Research 12, no. 2 (2019): 147-164.
Ganz, Johnanna. "Chapter Two Mammies, Maids & Mothers: Representations of African-American and Latina Women’s Reproductive Labor in Weeds." What the Village Gave Me: Conceptualizations of Womanhood (2013): 19-35.
Ganz, Johnanna J. "“The Bigger, the Better”: Challenges in Portraying a Positive Fat Character in Weeds." Fat Studies 1, no. 2 (2012): 208-221.

 

Awards

2014 -Women’s Equity Action League Graduate Research Competition, 2nd place.
2014 -Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award-Winner for 2013, Bowling Green State University.
2013 -1st Place Humanities, Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence, Bowling Green State University. Research competition for graduate students, 1st place award.
2013-Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award-Nomination for 2012, Bowling Green State University.