Department of English

Graduate Student Caroline Wigginton Wins Prestigious University Award

Mon, June 9, 2008

Caroline Wigginton, a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of English, has been awarded the George H. Mitchell Award for Outstanding Graduate Research.  Caroline is one of only three graduate students at The University of Texas to receive the award, which comes with a stipend of $3000.  This year, Caroline was also awarded a Continuing University Fellowship and the Ellen Clarke Temple Graduate Award for research in women's history from the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

Caroline's dissertation, "Intimate Words: Women's Writing and Community in Eighteenth Century America," tells the story of the American Enlightenment and its trajectory towards Revolution through the lens of women's writing.  She shows that these writings exemplify how women responded to and translated the Enlightenment in order to create and revise communities.  She considers women's writing to be an overlooked example of the significant revolutionary opportunities available in the period.

Caroline graduated in 1998 from The Ohio State University with degrees in English and Biochemistry.  After working as a business and software consultant for five years, she came to the University of Texas in 2003 in order to pursue her doctorate in English.  While at UT, she has been a teaching assistant in E316K and taught RHE 306 and E314L. She plans to complete her degree in Fall 2009. 

Caroline's dissertation is directed by Professors Lisa Moore and William Scheick. 

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