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IRWGS Welcomes our 2015 - 2016 Graduate Fellows

July 6, 2015

A hearty congratulations to our 2015 – 2016 IRWGS Graduate Fellows Liz Dolfi (Religion), Victoria Wiet (English and Comparative Literature), Andrea Crow (English and Comparative Literature), and Alyssa Greene (Germanic Languages). Fellows are selected annually, based on the excellence of their scholarship and their commitment to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Liz Dolfi, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Religion Department, has a strong background in gender studies. She has a B.A. in Women’s Studies and an M.A. in Religion and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has also recently completed her Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies here at IRWGS and was a TA for Professor Ciolkowski and Professor Jordan-Young’s Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies course this past semester.

Liz says she is “interested in developing workshops on research methods and prospectus writing that address the particular needs of students working across multiple academic disciplines.” She also believes that “making feminist scholars more familiar with the critical language of religious studies is a politically urgent project, and critical studies of religion and secularisms are too frequently neglected in feminist scholarship.”  As a Graduate Fellow, Liz hopes to invite to IRWGS guest lecturers who “explicitly engage questions about religion and are able to make these subjects accessible to students from other fields.”

Victoria Wiet, a fourth-year doctoral student in the English and Comparative Literature Department, has been a part of the IRWGS community since she started at Columbia.  Last semester she was a TA (with Liz) for Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies, and she has also taught the Gender and Sexuality-themed section of University Writing.

As a graduate fellow, Victoria would like to “promote teaching in affiliation with IRWGS as a building block for teaching in one’s home discipline.” She also looks forward to developing pedagogical workshops and continuing to attend IRWGS events, which she says have provided “surprising points of contact between my work and those working in different disciplines and time periods.”

This year, IRWGS has also appointed Andrea Crow and Alyssa Greene as Graduate Conference Fellows.  Andrea and Alyssa will be organizing the February 2016 conference “Practicing Utopias: Feminism and Activism in Institutional Contexts.”

Andrea Crow, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, is currently in the process of completing the IRWGS graduate certificate. Andrea notes, “feminist and queer theory have been central to my work both as a researcher and teacher throughout my time in academia.”  Andrea has served as Graduate Assistant to the CSSD working group “Women Mobilizing Memory” and has also been heavily involved with IRWGS events since her arrival at Columbia.

Alyssa Greene, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Germanic Languages is also pursuing the IRWGS graduate certificate, and has been involved with IRWGS since her first year at Columbia. Like Andrea, Alyssa is a part of the CSSD working group “Women Mobilizing Memory.”  Alyssa says that “IRWGS is one of the few truly interdisciplinary spaces she’s encountered at Columbia” and as a grad fellow she hopes to “continue reaching out to students and faculty from a wide range of disciplines and departments.”