College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

2017 Dean’s Doctoral Fellows

Jonatan Barreiro Bastos - Mathematics​

Jonatan Barreiro Bastos is a new graduate student in the Department of Mathematics. He did his undergraduate studies at the University Autonoma of Madrid, Spain. He will work in the area of Harmonic Analysis. This area of mathematics focuses on the analysis of functions and transformations that act on them. Some of the applications of the mathematical theory behind these concepts in other disciplines include the study of signals and how they get filtered and decomposed into basic components which can reveal patterns and structures.


Matt Erickson – Sociology

Matt earned his bachelor’s degree at KU in journalism and political science, and after working for a while as a journalist and communicator he has returned to study sociology. He is interested in family, gender, and work issues. In particular, he hopes to conduct research about people who move somewhere (or stay put) for the benefit of their partner’s career. He is curious about a number of questions: How has the gender gap among these “tied movers” and “tied stayers” changed over time? How do families that move for the benefit of a woman’s career differ from those that move for the benefit of a man’s career? How do couples – including same-sex couples – decide whose career to favor when choosing where to live?​


Joe Panushka - Molecular Biosciences

Panushka’s general research interests include bacterial pathogenesis, structural biology, and protein biochemistry.  He is especially interested in discovering new ways to combat antibiotic resistance. He aims to use several different biochemical, genetic, and computational approaches to study the proteins and other cellular components involved in both antibiotic resistance and bacterial pathogenesis. ​


Suma Suswaram - Speech-Language-Hearing

Suswaram has completed research with hundreds of children with Autism and their families in her native India.  She is currently interested in understanding the effects of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) on Social communication skills in Children with Autism and investigating cross-cultural differences in assessing and treating children with autism.​


Elizabeth Tampke – Clinical Child Psychology

Tampke is interested in researching childhood aggression and its relationship with negative outcomes. More specifically, this includes how reactive and proactive aggression contribute to bullying and victimization, poor interpersonal relationships, and other immediate and longitudinal externalizing behaviors. In addition to examining aggression and negative outcomes, she is also interested in researching the etiology of aggressive behavior. Her ultimate goal as a researcher is to advance the scientific literature on childhood aggression and subsequently improve clinical interventions for aggressive youth.


2017 Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellows​​

Anna Klompen - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Anna is interested in working with cnidarians - jellyfish, hydras, and sea anemones - both because of their ancient placement in the tree of life and relatively little known about these beautiful creatures.  My research will be focused on the evolutionary, ecological, and environmental patterns driving venom evolution and diversification in various cnidarian species through genomic and proteomic techniques.​

Hannah Scupham - English

Scupham’s research explores nineteenth-century British literature and the intersections of marriage plots, gender, and sexuality. She is also interested in theories of embodiment and semiotics, as well as popular fiction.

James Paul Estes - French & Italian

James Estes is researching the literature and journalism of the French Resistance movement, including such figures as Camus, Mauriac and Bourdet. With a primary emphasis on the period’s literary contributions towards self-empowerment and liberation from all forms of oppression, Estes’ research further examines the lessons learned in occupied France during an epoch of heightened social awareness. Through this analysis, he seeks to open new discourse on Resistance as a universal concept by means of which activists engage politically and create camaraderie or solidarity in order to oppose oppressive forces and regimes. ​

Luis Gomez Lomeli - Spanish

Gómez’ research focuses on the analysis of literary, technical, and political texts that reveal the two main utopian ideas about nature that we have had in the Americas since the XVIth century -nature as a pristine harmonious environment and nature as a wild thing that has to be tamed. In other words, a possible genealogy of global change’s contemporary debate. Parallel interests include creative writing and cultural bridge-building between Africa and the Americas.​

Brianne Richson - Psychology

Richson is broadly interested in the interplay between symptoms in eating disorders, and how a transdiagnostic framework might be useful in terms of more efficiently disseminating evidence-based treatments for these disorders. Additionally, she is interested in continuing to refine the field's definition of eating disorder recovery, and in examining how recovery can best be maintained over time.

Courtney McDaniel - Communication Studies

McDaniel's research focuses on interpersonal communication in close relationships. Her research centers on the intersections of deception and social support, and more specifically, how deceptive communication is used as a strategy to provide support others. In the future, she plans to extend this research into the context of domestic violence shelters to study how to improve the supportive communication that occurs between shelter advocates and survivors.​