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Mark Collins

April 19, 2018

Degrees

2011, B.A. Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Cornell University

2012, M.A. History, Carnegie Mellon University

Bio

Mark Collins is a PhD student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He works in the fields of contemporary American and multi-ethnic literature and women’s and gender studies. His academic interests include: feminist theory, science and technology studies, critical race theory, and cultural studies. Mark is currently working on his dissertation project, called “Nuclear Reproduction: Race, Gender, and Reproductive Control in US Cold War Speculative Fiction,” which explores the relationship between the discourses of nuclear warfare and reproduction in literary and cultural texts from the decades spanning the Cold War period.


Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Kimberly Farris

April 16, 2018

Degrees

2013, M.A. English, The University of Alabama

2010, B.A. English, Birmingham-Southern College

Bio

Kimberly Farris is a doctoral candidate who studies nineteenth-century American literature at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation examines authors’ positions on the nineteenth-century sciences and plots how literature was used to espouse an approach to practicing the sciences that incorporates both intuitive and empirical forms of knowledge. She explores how authors used fiction as a means to interrogate feminine scientific education, alternative medical practices, and the breakdown of species posited by evolutionary theorists. Her most recent dissertation chapter explores Harriet Prescott Spofford’s creation of hybrid plant-ladies as a means of engaging Darwinian evolution and scientific materialism.


Teaching Awards

  • Peer Mentoring Committee Excellence in Teaching Literature Award, 2017

Awards

  • UNC Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship, 2018
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), 2nd place in the Graduate Student Paper Award, 2015
  • Robert Bain Award, UNC Chapel Hill, 2015
  • Julius Sylvester Hanner Memorial Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill, 2013
  • Graduate Council Fellowship, The University of Alabama, 2011

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Jewell Thomas

April 14, 2018

Degrees

2010, BA English, Washington University in St. Louis

Bio

At UNC-Chapel Hill, I study the development of Early Modern thought (roughly 1500 AD – 1700 AD) in England, France, and Italy with Reid Barbour and Jessica Wolfe. I combine traditional and computational research methods to try to understand how revolutionary changes in science and theology in this period were received and interpreted in the different national literary traditions.


Publications:

  • Ning, B., Ghoshal, S., Thomas, J.B. (2018). Bayesian Method for Causal Inference in High-Dimensional Time Series with Applications to Sales Data. Bayesian Analysis.
  • Chen, X., Irie, K., Banks, D., Haslinger, R., Thomas, J.B., West, M. (2017). Bayesian Dynamic Modeling and Analysis of Streaming Network Data. JASA.
  • Thomas, J.B., Brier, M.R., Ortega, M., Benzinger, T.L., Ances, B.M. (2015). Weighted brain networks in disease: centrality and entropy in human immunodeficiency virus and aging. Neurobiology of Aging.
  • Thomas, J.B.*, Brier, M.R.*, Bateman, R.J., Snyder, A.Z., etc. (2014). Functional connectivity in autosomal dominant and late-onset Alzheimer disease. JAMA Neurology. *Co-first authors
  • Thomas, J.B., Brier, M.R., Vaida, F.F., Snyder, AZ., Ances, BM. (2013). Pathways to Neurodegeneration: Effects of HIV and Aging on Resting State Functional Connectivity.
  • Duchek, J.*, Balota, D.*, Thomas, J.B.*, Morris, J., Ances, B.M. (2013). Loss of Intra-Network Resting State Functional Connections in the Default Mode Network Predicts Working Memory Performance Deficits. Neuropsychologia. *Co-first authors
  • Brier, M.R., Thomas, J.B., Ances, B.M. (2013). Functional connectivity and graph theory in preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease. Neurobiology of Aging.
  • Ances, B.M., Benzinger, T.L., Christensen J.J., Thomas, J.B., et al. (2012). C11 Imaging of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder. Archives of Neurology.
  • Wright, P.W., Heaps, J.M., Shimony, J.S., Thomas, J.B., Ances, B.M. (2012). The effects of HIV and combination antiretroviral therapy on white matter integrity. AIDS.
  • Wang, L., Roe, C., Snyder, A.Z., Brier, M.R., Thomas, J.B., Benzinger, T., Morris, J.C., Ances, B.M. (2012). Family History of Alzheimer’s Disease Impacts Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Cognitively Normal Individuals. Annals of Neurology, In Press.
  • Brier, M.R., Thomas, J.B., Snyder, A.Z., Benzinger, A.M., Zhang, D., Raichle, M., Holtzman, D.M., Morris, J.C., Ances, B.M. (2012). Loss of Intra- and Inter-Network Resting State Functional Connections with Alzheimer’s Disease Progression. Journal of Neuros
  • Wang, L., Brier, M.R., Snyder, A.Z., Thomas, J.B., Fagan, A.M., Xiong, C., Benzinger, T.L., Holtzman, D., Morris, J.C., Ances, B.M. (2013). Amyloid-β and Tau independently affect resting state functional connectivity in the default mode network of cognitively normal individuals. JAMA Neurology.
  • Arbelaez, A.M., Su, Y., Thomas, J.B., Ances, B.M., Hershey, T. (2013) Arterial Spin-Labeling Quantification of Cerebral Blood Flow in Euglycemia and Hypoglycemia.
  • Wang, L., Day, J., Roe, C.M., Brier, M.R., Thomas, J.B., Benzinger, T.L., Morris, J.C., Ances, B.M. (2013). The APOE ε4 Allele Modulates the Effect of Donepezil on Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Patients with AD. Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders.
  • Thomas, J.B., (2008). “Keble Rowing: A History,” in Keble: Past and Present. Third Millenium Publishing.

Awards

2017, PhD Merit Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill


Sean DiLeonardi

April 10, 2018
Portrait of Sean DiLeonardi

Degrees

M.A. University of Colorado, Boulder

B.A. Illinois State University

Bio

Sean DiLeonardi teaches and writes about contemporary American and African American literature, especially with respect to race, technology, science, and mathematics. Sean’s research emphasizes the disciplinary specificity of literary studies, even as it charts affinities with subjects often thought inimical to aesthetic inquiry. 

Sean is currently completing a dissertation called Improbable Realism: The Postwar American Novel and the Digital Aesthetic. He has taught courses at UNC on American literature, rhetoric and composition, film, and digital humanities.

 


Publications:

  • “Cryptographic Reading: Machine Translation, the New Criticism, and Nabokov’s Pnin,” Post45: Peer-Reviewed (Jan. 2019).
  • “Nabokov and the Mathematics of Language” in Vladimir Nabokov et la Traduction (forthcoming from Artois Presses Université).

Teaching Awards

  • Carl Hartsell Award, for teaching excellence, 2018

Awards

  • Hunt Award, for demonstration of “exceptional ability,” UNC, 2020
  • John Robert Bittner Award, for best doctoral work on literature and media, UNC, 2019
  • Course Development Grant, Digital Learning Center, UNC, 2020
  • Summer Dissertation Fellowship, Dept. of English, UNC, 2020
  • ACLA Travel Grant, ACLA, 2020
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the Graduate School, UNC, 2019-20
  • Leland Bellòt Summer Research Fellowship, the Graduate School, UNC, 2019
  • Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences, UNC, 2018-19
  • Diana Hobby Dissertation Fellowship, Dept. of English, UNC, 2018
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship, the Graduate School, UNC, 2018
  • Rose Fellowship, Stuart A. Rose Library, Emory University, 2018
  • Maynard Adams Fellowship, Carolina Public Humanities, 2017-18
  • Robert Bain Award, for scholarship on American Lit., Dept. of English, UNC, 2016
  • Roy C. Moose Travel Grant, Graduate Student Federation, UNC, 2014

Curriculum Vitae / Resume