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Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams

Education:

  • MA, Applied Linguistics (TESL), University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, Linguistics, University of Florida (2012)

Current Research:

Sarah is currently working on a cultural case study that may be expanded to a master’s thesis in the future.


Adib Amini

Adib Amini

Education

  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • B.S. Engineering, James Madison University (2012)

Current Research

Adib is currently performing Life Cycle Analysis and Life Cycle Cost Analysis on processes for removal of ammonia and phosphorus from the centrate of anaerobically digested waste.


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Ashley Annis

Education:

  • MFA, Creative Writing – Fiction, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BS, Communication & Rhetoric, Florida State University (2012)

Current Research:

Ashley is currently interested in writing fiction that explores “the weird,” strange family dynamics, mysterious places, and quirky people.


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Ryan Arciero

Education:

  • MA, English Literature, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English Literature, Lewis University (2013)

Current Research:

Ryan is currently working toward earning a degree that covers a broad range of American and British literatures while he decides on which particular literary period he would like to focus.


Joanna Bartell

Joanna Bartell

Education:

  • PhD, Communication, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, Communication, University of South Florida (2010)

Current Research:

Joanna is currently working on a dissertation that explores the constitution of patient identity through medical texts.


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Sandy Branham

Education:

  • PhD, Texts and Technology, University of Central Florida (in progress)
  • MA, Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida (2012)

Current Research:

Sandy is currently working toward the completion of her dissertation, which examines connections between the use of social media and the development of digital literacy skills in the U.S. military.


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Brittany Cagle

Education:

  • MFA, Creative Nonfiction, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English Literature, Florida Gulf Coast University (2012)

Current Research:

Brittany is currently working on a thesis that is half creative and half journalistic. The piece is a personal inquiry in small, independent businesses in big corporate America.


Sashi Gurram

Sashi Gurram

Education:

  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech (2009)

Current Research:

Sashi is currently working on research which involves understanding and predicting the impact of urban transportation infrastructure design on human exposure to traffic-related pollutants with a focus on impacts on social equity.


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Andrew Hillen

Education:

  • MA, Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, History, University of Utah (2012)

Current Research:

Andrew is currently investigating the rhetorical situation of the ancient Greeks and its relationship to modern rhetorical situations.


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Nikhil Menon

Education:

  • PhD, Civil Engineering (Transportation), University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MSc, Transportation Systems (CTIS), MIT Portugal Program (Técnico Lisboa) (2013)

Current Research:

Nikhil is currently working on the theme of driverless transport (self-driving cars/autonomous vehicles) and their anticipated impacts on human travel behavior.


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Samira Obeid

Education:

  • MA, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, Mass Communication (Multimedia Journalism), University of South Florida (2011)

Current Research:

Sam is currently working on law, personal agency, and international LGBT rights.


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Matilde Olivero

Education:

  • PhD, Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology (SLA/IT), University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English Language Teaching, National University of Rio Cuarto, Argentina (2005)

Current Research:

Matilde is currently working on two research studies on beliefs about ESL learning and teaching.


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Meghan O’Neill

Education:

  • PhD, Literature, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, English Education, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg (2011)

Current Research:

Meghan is currently working on a dissertation that examines the different narrative forms of justice in the English novel.


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Aaron Singh

Education:

  • MFA, Creative Writing – Nonfiction, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, English (Creative Writing), University of South Florida (2010)

Current Research:

Aaron is currently working on developing his nonfiction voice so he can write a memoir or collection of essays.


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Ankita Sinha

Education:

  • MS, Management Information Systems, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BTech, Information Technology, NMIMS University, Mumbai, India (2010)

Current Research:

Ankita is currently doing research in the fields of Web Data Mining, Web Personalization, and Recommender Systems with a focus on ontology-based user modeling for web personalization and recommendation.


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Veronica Suarez

Education:

  • MA, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • BA, Sociology, University of South Florida (2011)

Current Research:

Veronica is currently researching transformation reality TV, its use of neoliberal ideology, and audience reception.


Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson

Education:

  • MFA, Creative Writing – Fiction, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MUPP, Master of Urban Planning and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago (2007)

Current Research:

Jessica is currently working on a literary novel that follows the lives of aspiring stand-up comedians living in Chicago.


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Coordinator: Megan McIntyre

Education:

  • PhD, English Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, English Literature, University of South Florida (2009)

Current Research:

Megan’s dissertation explores connections between rhetorical agency and technology as seen in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.


Danielle Farrar

Assistant Coordinator: Danielle Farrar

Education:

  • PhD, English Literature, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA, English Literature, University of South Florida (2012)
  • MLitt, Shakespeare and Performance, Mary Baldwin College (2008)

Current Research:

Danielle is a third-year Ph.D. student in Literature. Her research examines staging practices of female embodiment at intersections of early modern drama and the histories of gynecology/obstetrics, anatomy, and medicine.


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Assistant Coordinator: Johanna Phelps-Hillen

Education:

  • PhD English, Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida (in progress)
  • MA English, Weber State University (2010)

Current Research:

Johanna Phelps-Hillen is a Rhetoric and Composition Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida. She is a technical and professional communication instructor and Assistant Coordinator for the Writing Studio at USF. Her research interests revolve around the praxis of community-engaged teaching and learning in writing spaces.


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