14 ARHU students awarded Summer Research Fellowships for 2011 from the UMD Graduate School.

Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships provide support to outstanding doctoral students at “mid-career.” They provide the opportunity to focus fully on their own scholarly activities and research at an essential point in their graduate studies. The general goals are to reduce time until earning their degree, to increase degree completion, and to improve the quality of the experience of graduate students. Summer Research Fellowships carry stipends of $5,000.
The Fellowships are offered as a companion program to the University of Maryland Flagship Fellows and Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships programs. Each doctoral program had the opportunity to nominate up to two candidates for Summer Research Fellowships.
ARHU Winners: Information about individual students will be added as it becomes available.
Douglas Ishii, American Studies
Tosha Grantham, Art History & Archaeology
Lara Yeager-Crasselt, Art History & Archaeology
Tiffany Lewis, Communication
Lewis Gleich, English
Katherine Stanutz, English
Melda Ina Baysal, Germanic Studies
Ina Sammler, Germanic Studies
Jon Shelton, History
Lisa Leininger, Philosophy
Vincent Picciuto, Philosophy
Jason Bartles, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures
Mary Bazemore, Women’s Studies

Additional Information:

Ishii is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of American Studies. He originally hails from California. He received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include comparative ethnic studies, affect theory, media studies, and popular culture studies. He received the Graduate School Summer Research Award for Summer 2011, in part, to write his dissertation prospectus and to begin conducting archival research. His dissertation investigates the political interventions of Asian/Pacific American and U.S. Latina/o middlebrow cultural productions. He teaches regularly with the Department of American Studies, and just completed serving as one of the 2010-2011 Honors Humanities Program Graduate Teaching Fellows. In his spare time, he enjoys attending conferences, volunteering time with campus organizations, and editing the department newsletter.

Melda Ina Baysal
Baysal is a Ph.D. student (ABD) and teaching assistant in Germanic Studies. Her research interests include eighteenth and nineteenth-century German women writers and issues of gender, identity and multiculturalism. Her current research focuses on German Orientalism in German speaking Countries from the late 18th Century – early 20th Century. Prior to her current position, she studied at the RWTH-Aachen University, Germany and the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey, where she also participated in an internship at the Goethe Institute. In 2008, she attained her Master’s degree from the University of Delaware, where she also received an Excellence in Teaching Award. During her first year of study as a Ph.D. student, Baysal attended the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference and the Focus on German Studies Conference in Cincinnati in 2009. In 2010, she presented at a conference in Sydney, Australia, titled “Transcultural Mappings: emerging issues in comparative, transnational and area studies.” Baysal received the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Maryland in 2010.

Ina Sammler
Sammler is a Ph.D. student in Germanic Studies. Her dissertation will focus on infanticide in German literature from the enlightenment to the present.


Stephanie Reichelderfer
Reichelderfer is a Ph.D. candidate in American History.  She received her M.A. in American and International History from Temple University in 2008.  She is interested in immigration and ethnic history in the United States and her dissertation, "Building the Cultural Bridge:  Chinese, Filipino, and Japanese Students and Civil Rights in the U.S., 1915-1968," uncovers the role of foreign students in social and political movements along the West Coast during the early-to-mid twentieth century.  Stephanie is also a part-time instructor at Prince George's County Community College and an archival technician at the National Archives in College Park.
Jon Shelton
Shelton is Ph.D. candidate in History. He specializes in twentieth century U.S. labor and cultural history. He is currently working on a dissertation that uses public discussions of teacher strikes in the 1960s and 70s to understand the larger political and cultural changes of the postwar period.


Jason Bartles
Bartles is a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  His research interests include contemporary Latin American and U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures and the intersections of aesthetics and politics, particularly in the 1960s.  He is currently in the early stages of his dissertation which will explore aesthetic practices - experimentation, fantasy, horror and self-censorship - and their relationship to the Latin American culture industries of the 1960s and 1970s.