GLS Names 2019 Exemplary Master's Project Awardees

May 7, 2019

Each year, Graduate Liberal Studies at Duke acknowledges a few extraordinary master’s projects and honors their creators. GLS chose the term, “Exemplary Master’s Project” to indicate that these carefully chosen projects represent the highest standards in interdisciplinary research and writing, whether they pursue traditional academic methods or articulate original and innovative new approaches.  

This year, eight graduates were awarded the distinction of Exemplary Master's Project. A celebration featuring presentations by four of this year's awardees will be held on Thursday, May 9, in the East Duke Parlors, beginning at 6 p.m. RSVP to by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7.

The recipients are listed below in alphabetical order.

Lela Ali, A.M. May 2019 (presenter)

Muslim-led Groups in the Triangle of North Carolina: A Social Network Analysis

Supervisor: Abdeslam Maghraoui, Political Science


Michelle Butcher, A.M. May 2019 (presenter)

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Integrating Temporal Polyphony and Camera Consciousness into Literature:

Inspired by the Cinema of Michelangelo Antonioni

Supervisor: Frank Lentricchia, Literature


Kathryn Daily, A.M. September 2018

The Rebirth of a Medieval Pilgrimage Route: A Study of the

Modern-day Via Francigena Pilgrims

Supervisor: Robert Healy, Nicholas School of the Environment


Beverly Dowdy, A.M. May 2019 (presenter)

Robinson Crusoe as Promotion Literature: The Reality of

English Settlement in the Chesapeake, 1624-1680

Supervisor: Thomas Robisheaux, History


Stephanie Fanjul, A.M. May 2019

St. Wilfrid’s Church: Fragments of the Soul of an Urban Church

Supervisor: Lisa McCarty, Rubenstein Library


Andrea Larson, A.M. September 2018 (presenter)

Who am I in English? Language as the Face of Identity in Bilingual Individuals

Supervisor: Dr. Kent Wicker, Graduate Liberal Studies


Erica Phillips, A.M. May 2019

Yes, “All Students Can be Taught How to be Smart”: How Anti-Bias

Teacher Preparation Paired with Scaffolding of Rigorous Curriculum

Can Eradicate the Achievement Gap

Supervisor: William Darity, Jr., Sanford School of Public Policy


Yamei Zhang, A.M. May 2019

Confession, Sexuality, and Desire in the Decameron

Supervisor: Martin Eisner, Romance Studies


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