Department of English

Graduate Student Katy Evans Awarded AAUW Fellowship

Mon, April 27, 2009

The English Department congratulates Katherine Evans, a sixth year Ph.D. student, who has received an American Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for 2009-10. American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations from all academic fields and provide a stipend of $20,000. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, teaching experience, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

Katy’s dissertation, Staged Encounters: Native American Performance between 1880 and 1940 (directed by Professor James Cox), is a combination of literary analysis, performance studies, and historical research focused on the work of a cohort of Indigenous women dramatists at the turn of the century. Through archival research of unpublished and understudied performance texts, Katy hopes to distinguish the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as an exceptionally rich and productive era for Native drama, encouraging critics to consider how embodied practices expand and complicate readings of the written word in this period. Expanding on twenty-first century conversations on Native nationalisms and sovereignty, Staged Encounters charts how these texts arose from tribally-specific cultural and political frameworks at the same time they contributed to growing pan- and inter-tribal activist and artistic movements.

Katy graduated in 2000 from Dartmouth College with a degree in English and a minor in Women’s Studies. After working at The Women’s Building, a community center in San Francisco’s Mission District, Katy returned to her hometown of Boston where she worked behind the scenes with semi-professional and university-based theater companies. While at UT, she has worked at the Humanities Institute and has taught E314L, Ef372M, and RHE 306. She plans to complete her degree in May 2010. 

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