2021 Recipients

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:

Katie Von Wald

Katie Von Wald

University of California Santa Barbara, U.S.A.

Katie Von Wald is a Ph.D. candidate in Feminist Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. She received her Masters in Gender and Cultural Studies in Boston at Simmons University. Katie’s research looks at how the medical-industrial complex forms gendered, sexual, and raced subjects. Using feminist and queer methodologies her work interrogates how power works through pathology to mark the marginal body. Katie is looking forward to continuing her studies and presenting her work.

Janelle Simmons

Janelle Simmons

University of the Pacific, USA

Janelle Christine Simmons earned a B.A. in psychology with a minor in pre-law from Michigan State University and was a member of the Honors College (1998). She then earned an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2002). Thereafter, she earned an M.Div. from Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology (now known as TTGU) in Seoul, South Korea (2006). Then she earned an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University (2013 and 2016 respectively). Recently, she earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

Brian F. O’Neill

Brian F. O’Neill

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Brian F. O’Neill is a sociology doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Within environmental sociology, his research focuses on environmental politics and industrial practices related to water. He also has published visual sociology in the Berkeley Journal of Sociology (2018) and other venues, and has made use of visual methods in his ethnographic fieldwork as part of his dissertation project.

Ayana Saito Mira

Ayana Saito Mira

University of Brasília, Brasil

Ayana Saito Mira, undergraduate in Social Communication at the University of Brasília, is a researcher in the group: Amazon - Visualities, Poetry and Imaginary, and her main focus of study are visual language, art and technology, the human being and nature, aesthetics and animation. She has exhibited as a filmmaker at the Brasília Festival, Itaúna, Intercom, among others, and as a visual artist at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia and the House of Latin America’s Culture, UnB. She participates in art and publishing fairs, such as "Feira Papel" and "Edições Motim", having published in 2021 her first children's book. Today, she illustrates for magazines, books, packaging, among others, from her own studio in Brasília.

Pedro Branco

Pedro Branco

University of Brasilia, Brasil

Pedro is an award-winning filmmaker and anthropologist working at the intersection of artistic craftsmanship, social science scholarship, and political advocacy. His filmography spans a decade and comprises roughly a dozen documentaries and experimental films. His research gravitates around film editing and is concerned with maximising the extent to which the filmmaking process and the film viewing experience can be harnessed for/as anthropological research. He was a founding member of the University of Brasília’s Laboratory of Image and Recording of Social Interactions, which was officially commended for having developed the best body of scholarly multimedia work nation-wide between 2010 and 2016.

Kelsey Virginia Dufresne

Kelsey Virginia Dufresne

NC State University, USA

Kelsey Virginia Dufresne is a PhD student in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina where she focuses on experimental and experiential learning, teaching, and critical making. With her work, she explores the capacities of digital humanities and community-centered learning with writing, reading, digital literacy, and literature. In doing so, Kelsey priorities work that employs a data feminist methology and design justice framework.

In Their Words

My favorite part of the conference experience was meeting my fellow Graduate Scholars. We're at approximately the same stage in our academic careers and everyone is doing fascinating work."

Jason Derouin, 2014 Awardee

Presenting my paper to an interdiciplinary audience and recieving their feedback has provided me with valuable input into the ways of approaching my future research."

Pat Naldi, 2014 Awardee

I really loved being an active participant in the operational side of the conference. It made this conference stand out for me in comparison with other conferences at which I have attended and presented papers."

Ulrike Sturm, 2014 Awardee