Current GSWS Graduate Certificate Students

Katherine Aid

Katherine Aid received her A.B. from Smith College and is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include Francophone and African-American literature of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, queer and feminist theory, transnational studies, performance, and dance. Her dissertation, “Making Scenes: Transnational Politics in Performance, 1890-1939,” examines how marginalized groups seeking sociopolitical equality have justified their civic inclusion by managing how they are represented in popular performance. The project focuses on literary scenes where rag-time, jazz, spirituals, classical dance, vaudeville jigs, and reenacted colonial battles are used to compare emergingmodern identities like the “New Negro,” homosexual, and feminist to stereotypes of blackness, queerness, and femininity as “naturally”performative.

Katie Clonan-Roy

Katie Clonan-Roy completed her undergraduate work in Spanish and Women’s Studies in 2009 at the Ohio State University, where she wrote her senior honors thesis on the socio-political activism of indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico. After graduation Katie joined Teach For America and taught science at a public high school in Washington, D.C. Currently Katie is a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania where she plans to continue research on how minority adolescent girls’ social, emotional, and sexual experiences impact their educational experiences.

Tugce Ellialti

Tugce Ellialti is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of
Pennsylvania. She holds a BA degree in Sociology from Bogazici University and an
MA degree in Cultural Studies from Sabanci University. She also holds a Graduate
Certificate in the Study of Gender, Women, and Sexuality from the University of
Pennsylvania. Her academic interests are in gender and sexuality studies,
feminist theory, feminism and modernity in Turkey and the Middle East; sociology
of law; gender, law, and violence against women; and cultural sociology. Tugce's dissertation looks at how cases of sexual violence are handled and processed in
the medico-legal institutions and courts in the wake of significant reforms in
Turkey. Based on ethnographic observations in courts, in-depth interviews with
prosecutors, judges, and lawyers, and textual analysis of case documents and
primary legal sources (e.g., legislation, statues, judicial opinions, etc.), she studies how state institutions handle and process cases of sexual violence in the
wake of legal reforms. More specifically, she examines the categories,
distinctions, and hierarchies that state institutions produce while deciding a)
what acts of sexual violence are subject to legal punishment, and b) which
survivors are entitled to what kind of legal protection or redress. Her research
seeks to shed light upon the implications of institutional responses to sexual
violence against women for gender equality and justice in general, and for
women’s access to state, law and citizenship rights and search for social
justice in particular.

Ehriel F. Fannin

Ehriel F. Fannin is a doctoral candidate at the School of Nursing. Her background in women’s health and pediatric nursing inform her research interests in sexual and reproductive decision making. Ehriel uses an interdisciplinary framework including theories of gender and power, Intersectionality, and behavioral economics to explore sexual health disparities among women. Her dissertation work examines the influence of socioeconomic and emotional security on young adult women’s sexual decision making and subsequent risk for sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.

Andrew Korn

Andrew Korn is a doctoral student in the Italian Studies program. He has studied male sexuality in twentieth-century Italian literature, Italy's "gay liberation front" FUORI! (Fronte unitario omosessuale rivoluzionario italiano), and the writings of Italian queer figures Mario Mieli and Pier Paolo Pasolini. He is interested in using Queer Theory to analyze Italian artistic production. He is currently researching, through the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, the capabilities of the body and functions of desire in the films of Liliana Cavani. 

Yoel Roth

Yoel Roth is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. He studies technology, sexuality, and bears. (The gay men, not the forest creatures.) In particular, he’s interested in the construction and mediation of queer masculinity and communities of men, both historically and through digital media. Lately, he’s been working on issues of surveillance and the policing of images of the gay body in social media.

Norman Rusin

Norman Rusin is a doctoral
candidate in Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is
writing his dissertation on Italo Svevo as a mitteleuropean writer. He’s particularly
interested in and fascinated by the Italian emigrant culture and its
relationship with hosts cultures. He has studied the relationship between
agency, sexuality, and language in Italian cinema and literature, focusing his
attention on Liliana Cavani’s works. He is continuing his studies on sexuality
at the intersection between autobiography, journalism, literature, and cinema
in Italy within a European context.

Caroline Weist

Caroline Weist is a doctoral candidate in Germanic Languages and Literatures with a primary research interest in performance studies, specifically the intersection of theatrical performance with gender, disability, and queer theory.  Her dissertation, “Performance Prosthetic: FiguringHeimat on the 20th-century German Stage,” considers onstage prostheses in several major works of German-language theater as a means to investigate the fraught entanglement of the body with the body politic in the German conception of Heimat (“homeland”).  For the year 2013-14, she is a Visiting Instructor in German Studies at Davidson College in North Carolina, where she is teaching language and literature classes, as well as a course on German theater.