Thursday, May 10, 2007

2007-2008 Glasscock Graduate Scholars Announced

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research has named three Glasscock Graduate Scholars for academic year 2007-2008. The awards are designed to encourage and support research toward completion of a thesis or dissertation in the humanities by graduate students at Texas A&M University. They are made possible by the generosity of Corey C. ’92 and Maggie Brown and of Layne E. ’73 and Gayle Kruse, members of the Glasscock Center’s Development Council. The following students, who will occupy offices in the Glasscock Center, were selected to receive awards of $3000 each:

Zeba Imam, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication, will be studying the relationship between citizenship and women’s identity in India. Relying on the frameworks of citizenship literature and discourse theory, she hopes to articulate the subject positions Hindu and Muslim religious nationalist discourses are offering women. In doing so, she will then be able to assess how the identities inherent in these subject positions are affecting women’s citizenship within the Indian state.

Kiyoon Jang, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English, is examining American gothic authors and texts in order to trace the pre-modern shift from the autonomous author to the reader-dependent author. In her dissertation, she proposes “ghost writer” as a new critical term to describe nineteenth-century gothic writers from Charles Brockden Brown to Henry James. She considers these writers’ re-configuration of the author as a ghost that comes into being because readers believe in it.

Sudina Paungpetch, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, will be exploring U.S.-Thai relations during the Vietnam War. Specifically, her dissertation will focus on the extent to which the influence of American democratic ideas helped bring about positive changes in Thai society. By connecting the U.S. presence in Thailand to the spread of democratic ideas throughout Thai culture, her work will contribute to the new historiographical trend of cultural diplomatic history. Sudina has also been named as one of the winners of the department’s Charles C. Keeble (’48) Dissertation Fellowship Award.

The Glasscock Center will make another call for these awards in spring 2008. For further information contact James Rosenheim, Director, at 979-845-8328, at, visit the Center’s website at