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2016 Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship Recipients Announced

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Posted: April 20, 2016

With its second gift of $400,000 since 2013, the Bilinski Educational Foundation will continue to recognize excellent doctoral students in the humanities at UNM. Nine doctoral students have already completed their dissertations and degrees supported by Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowships. The 2016 recipients for the Bilinski Fellowship stand out for their potential impact on both scholarship and community. Kaitlyn Creasy (Philosophy) is working on a new reading of openness and receptivity in Nietzsche’s philosophy. Ann D’Orazio (English) is examining the cultural history of narrative images from medieval illuminated manuscripts to the contemporary comic book and graphic novel. Shelece Easterday (Linguistics) is investigating the evolution of complex syllable structure in spoken languages. Aubrey Healey (Linguistics) is analyzing diachronic semantic change in in Spanish expressions featuring cuenta “story, account.” Laura Hirrel (Linguistics) the use of hand gestures as meaning making factors in spoken languages. Natalie Latteri (History) is working to resituate of the twelfth-century text Chronicle of Solomon bar Samson within the context of Jewish apocalyptic and messianic writing. Darren Raspa (History) is producing a social history of law enforcement and community policing in San Francisco from 1846-1906. Julie Williams (English) is studying Western narratives and representations of the body and its marginalized voices (including experiences of gendered and disabled bodies, queer and disenfranchised identities).

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