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Alex Galarza
Alex is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Michigan State University whose research examines soccer and society in late twentieth-century Argentina. He is also the founder of the Football Scholars Forum, an academic book club that meets monthly over the internet to discuss books on soccer.
Michigan State University
History PhD Student
Twitter: @galarzalex
Katy Meyers
Katy is an Anthropology PhD Student who specializes in mortuary archaeology and bioarchaeology. She received her MSc from University of Edinburgh and BA from SUNY Geneseo. She is the campus archaeologist for MSU Campus Archaeology. She is also active in the digital humanities as a former fellow of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative and was the head game designer for an educational video game, Red Land Black Land. She writes bi-weekly blog posts on her personal blog, Bones Don’t Lie, as well as a guest writer on Past Horizons and the associate editor for Bioarchaeology for the Society for Archaeological Sciences.
Michigan State University
Anthropology PhD Student
Twitter: @bonesdonotlie
Alicia Peaker
Alicia is an English Literature PhD student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Her dissertation is an eco-feminist project that explores how women writing in Britain in the first half of the twentieth century contributed to ecological discourses. She also works as the Assistant Project Director for Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, which is both an online memorial and a digital archive of user contributed items about their experiences of the Boston Marathon Bombings, lockdown, and beyond. As Development Editor for GradHacker, Alicia is responsible for reading and posting content to the GradHacker blog and podcast sites, coordinating with Inside Higher Ed, and arranging scheduling for permanent and guest authors.
Northeastern University
English PhD
Twitter: @aliciapeakern

Contributing Authors
Kaitlin Gallagher
Kaitlin is a PhD Candidate specializing in Biomechanics at the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her research topic is on the development of low back pain during prolonged standing tasks. This work will determine why some people develop low back pain when they are required to stand for long periods of time while some others do not, and will examine effective interventions to minimize or relieve this pain development. You can follow her on twitter (@KtlnG) where she links to interesting academic and science research news (and the odd basketball story).
University of Waterloo
PhD Candidate in Kinesiology (Biomechanics)
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @KtlnG

Andrea Zellner
Andrea is a PhD student in the Ed Psych/Ed Tech Program at Michigan State University.  Her research interests focuses on the impact of digital badges on student motivation in online learning settings. Her additional research interests include teacher integration of technology, and the impact of online and social network settings on motivation and learning.  She is a former High School English and Biology teacher and misses it every day.  Andrea also works with the Red Cedar Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and will talk K16 writing with you any time. She can be found writing random things over at her blog, Stumbling Towards Proficiency, and even more random things can be found on her twitter feed, @AndreaZellner.  Andrea often overuses the word “fetishization” and once planned and executed a flash mob for a class project (because you can get away with such things in grad school).
Michigan State University
Ed Psych/Ed Tech PhD Student
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @AndreaZellner

Ashley Sanders
Ashley is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Michigan State University who specializes in early American history, the modern Middle East, and women and gender in modern Europe. Her research examines the formation and development of settler colonies in the American Midwest and French Algeria. She has recently established an academic blog that explores aspects of settler colonialism, American Indian and Algerian history, as well as significant current events in the Middle East and the United States related to their colonial past and present.
Michigan State University
History PhD Candidate
Email: wiers178[at]
Twitter: @throughthe_veil

Erin Bedford
Erin is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and in Chemistry at the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI) in a co-supervised program organized by IDS-FunMat. Her research involves functionalizing magnetic particles for separation and detection of biomolecules. Outside of the lab, Erin is involved in WiSTEM at UW (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)-a club with the goal of uniting and supporting women in STEM fields.
University of Waterloo
Chemistry PhD
Email: [email protected]

Emily VanBuren
Emily is a PhD student in Modern European History at Northwestern University, specializing in Modern British History. She is also a participant in Northwestern’s interdisciplinary cluster program in Critical Studies in Theatre and Performance, and has completed a minor field in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Feminism and Gender. Her current research project is a comparative study of theatrical representations of the First World War in Britain, France, and Germany during the inter-war period. Emily currently holds an MA in History from Northwestern, as well as an MA in History from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and earned her BA in History from the University of Pittsburgh. Outside of her department, she participates in the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory (NUDHL), and is a list editor for H-Grad.
Northwestern University
Modern European History PhD
Twitter: @emilydvb
Email: [email protected]

Justin Dunnavant
Justin Dunnavant is a Ph.D. student studying archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida. After receiving his B.A.s in History and Anthropology at Howard University, he completed a Fulbright in Jamaica before continuing his studies at UF. His research interests lay in the historical archaeology of Africa and the African Diaspora. As a current McKnight Doctoral Fellow, his dissertation focuses on the archaeology of slavery in Ethiopia. In addition to his academics, Justin also works part-time as a graduate coordinator for the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s African American History Project, is a founding member of the Society of Black Archaeologists, and teaches in the African American Studies Program.
University of Florida
Anthropology PhD
Twitter: @archfieldnotes

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Kelly Hanson
Kelly received her BA in English and History from Texas Christian University and her MA in English from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is currently completing a PhD in English at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her dissertation examines literary productions of Haiti in US print culture and modernist literature during the time of the US Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934). She specializes in transnational modernism, American studies, ethnic studies, and performance studies. At IU, she has taught introductory composition courses, worked as a research assistant, and assisted in teaching an introductory humanities course in global food studies. This fall, she will be teaching a themed writing course Sex, Gender, and James Bond.
Indiana University, Bloomington
English PhD
Twitter: @krh121910
Laura B. McGrath
Laura  is a PhD student in the Department of English at Michigan State University. She is currently reading for her comprehensive exams in Anglophone modernist literary history, specifically modernist aesthetics in 21st century literature and film. At MSU, she has served as a teaching assistant for introductory humanities and film studies courses; this fall, she will be the instructor of record for an introductory literature course. She also teaches first-year writing at Calvin College. She writes at the collaborative blog Emerging Modernisms, and quotes Ernest Hemingway impossibly often.
Michigan State University
English PhD
Twitter: @LBMcGrath
Liz Homan
Liz is a PhD student in the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation research examines the relationship between teachers’ collegial relationships and uses of digital technologies. Liz earned her bachelor of arts at The University of Illinois and her master’s in curriculum and instruction at Purdue University (go Big Ten!), where she taught first-year writing and literacy across the curriculum courses. At The University of Michigan, she has continued teaching college writing courses along with pre-service courses for prospective English teachers. When she isn’t working on her dissertation, Liz can be found jogging around Ann Arbor, walking her dog, writing for her blog (Gone Digital) or Rackham’s blog, or in her kitchen — the best room in the house.
University of Michigan
English and Education PhD
Twitter: @lizhoman

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