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Release: June 1, 1999
UI graduate student wins $1,500 Women's Studies Dissertation
IOWA CITY, Iowa Kristin J. Brandser, a University
of Iowa graduate student, has won a $1,500 Women's Studies Dissertation Grant
from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Brandser, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the
UI, was one of only 15 graduate students chosen from among more than 200 applicants
nationwide to win the award. Her dissertation is tentatively titled, "In Contempt:
Women, Law and the Victorian Novel."
Brandser, a Des Moines native and the daughter of
Kenneth and June Kalsem, 680 44th St., Des Moines, earned her undergraduate
degree at the UI in 1984 and then attended the University of Chicago Law School,
of which she is a 1987 graduate.
The Foundation's Women's Studies Dissertation Grants
program was the first in the country to encourage scholarship about women
and is still the only national source of support in the field for graduate
students who are completing their doctoral studies.
"Women's studies as a field has changed," said Judith
L. Pinch, the program's director. "In early competitions, dissertation topics
tended to be about writers and historical figures who happened to be women.
Now there is much more interest in interdisciplinary work that examines such
subjects as women's authorship, the domestic lives of women, the connections
between race and gender, and international affairs."
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence in education
since 1945 through the identification of critical needs and the development
of effective national programs to address them. Its programs include fellowships
for graduate study, professional development for teachers, educational opportunities
for women and minorities, relating the academy to society, and national service.