Alumni Spotlight: November 2019 – Dr. Ranya Ahmed

Senior Researcher at Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Alumna of the Department of Political Science What was/is your area of study? I earned my doctorate in Political Science, and I specialized in policy, international relations, and research methods. Previous to my doctoral work, I earned a Master’s degree in International Studies, and a Master of Public…

Alumni Spotlight: October 2019 – Jori Cheville – MFA

Museum Manager at 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City.  What was/is your area of study? (Essentially, what department did you get your graduate degree in and what was your specialization) I received a Master of Fine Art degree in 2013 with an emphasis in Painting.  I received my Bachelor of Fine Art from the Kansas City…

Alumni Spotlight: August 2019 – Brian Hawkins, MFA

Photographer and Lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Kansas Alumnus of the Department of Visual Arts, Masters of Fine Arts What was/is your area of study or creative work? I have an MFA in Visual Art. I came to KU to study printmaking, but I quickly became interested in making cut-paper animations…

Alumni Spotlight: March 2019 – Jay Bohanon, M.A.

Program Coordinator for the Office LGBTQI Life, Vanderbilt University Alumni of the Department of  Religious Studies, Masters of Arts What was/is your area of study? Religious Studies – I specialized in looking at sports though a religious lens. My personal research focused on looking at Muay Thai (Thai boxing) through a religious lens. I also…

Alumni Spotlight: February 2019 – Dr. Mark White

Analytics Engineer at a progressive, digital communications agency. Alumni of the Department of Psychology What was/is your area of study? My Ph.D. is in social psychology. I primarily researched the pernicious ways that people try to justify expressing their prejudices, but I also published studies on topics like intergroup emotions, dehumanization, and political psychology. In…

Alumni Spotlight: January 2019 – Dr. Crystal Boson

Senior Learning Designer for Cerner Corporation, a health information and EHR technologies company. American Studies Department: What is your area of study? I was in the American Studies Department from 2010-2014. My specialization areas were in Black Religion, Quare Theory, Popular Culture and Performance Theory. My work specifically focused on the representations of the faith…

Alumni Spotlight: November 2018 – Dr. Chelsie Bright

Senior Experience Management Scientists for Qualtrics. Department of Political Science: What is your area of study? I completed my masters and then PhD in political science with a focus on quantitative research and policy analysis. The mentorship and instruction I received in the Political Science Department at KU was exceptional. Both of my chairs, Dr….

Alumni Spotlight: October 2018 – Dr. Hailey Drescher

Consultant for Trask LLC Department of Communications: What is your area of study? I earned my PhD in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Legal Communication.  I chose the University of Kansas predominately because I wanted to work with Dr. Tom Beisecker.  I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in trial consulting, and…

Alumni Spotlight: January 2018 – Rachel Myslivy

This month, we’re partnering up with our College colleagues to highlight one of our Graduate Hawks to Watch! To learn about our other Hawks to Watch – Recent College alumni doing awesome things, visit the Hawks to Watch Blog. Rachel Myslivy, Statewide Coordinator, Double Up Food Bucks; Board Member, Climate + Energy Project KU Degree: MA…

Alumni Spotlight: Sept/Oct 2017 – Dr. Shelby Callaway

Historian for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Department of History: Class of 2015 What is your area of study? Department of History, PhD in American history with minor fields in indigenous and environmental history. What is your current career or position title? Historian for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) an agency of the…