Funded Proposals

Fall 2019

Faculty Research Expense Grants

“Islam in Our Midst--Countering Media Narratives with Ethno-Documentaries” Janet Bauer (International Studies). 

“Navigating School Choice: Asian American Perspectives.” Elise Castillo (Educational Studies/ Public Policy).

“The Octopus and the Others: Sea Life in Eighteenth-Century Naples.” Sean Cocco (History). 

“The Race and Class Politics of Sexuality in Contemporary France.” Blase Provitola (Philosophy; Language and Culture Studies). 

“Imperial Wine: South Africa and the British World.” Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre (History).

“Southern Deserts - History, Change, and the Future. A Multi-Disciplinary Conference on the Deserts of Australia.” Gary Reger (History).​

“Sound Recording: Cuarteto Latinoamericano: DVXNS (String Quartet No. 3).” Dan Roman (Music).​​

“Made in Migration (MiM): A collaborative workshop on the visual and material culture of contemporary migration in Europe” Gabriella Soto (Graduate Program in American Studies).​​​


Student-Initiated Research Grants

“Lessons from Georgia's Protests: Class Relations, Anti-Russian Narratives, and Georgian Development.” Elisabed Gedevanishvili '20. Garth Myers (International Studies, Interdisciplinary Media Studies), Faculty Advisor.                    

“An Investigation of College Students' Perspectives on the Safety and Health Risks of the Use of E-cigarette and Vaping Devices.” Elizabeth Jadovich '20. Shafqat Hussain (Anthropology), Faculty Advisor.

“The popularity of Kanho Yakushiji in China: The need of being 'Buddha-like youngsters' for the Chinese post-90s generation.” Xiaohan Liu '21. (Anthropology and Education), Faculty Advisor.

Spring 2019

Faculty Research Expense Grants

“Evaluation of Uric Acid Metabolites as Biomarkers for Parkinson's Disease” Bill Church (Chemistry and Neuroscience). 

“Investigation of a Novel Organometallic System for Creating Beta-Sheet Peptides.” Timothy Curran (Chemistry).

“Brain cell production and the tolerance to low oxygen in Aferican electric fish.” Kent Dunlap (Biology). 

“Martin Heidegger, Karl Lowith: Briefwechsel 1919-1973.” Shane Ewegen and Julia Assaiante (Philosophy; Language and Culture Studies). 

“Forgotten Voices: Rediscovering the Researchers of the Brazillian Folklore Commission in the 1950s.” Eric Galm (Music).

“Cultural and Ecological Effects of Trophy Hunting in Pakistan.” Shafqat Hussain (Anthropology).​

“Evolutionary Foundations of Psychopathology.” Kari Theurer (Philosophy).​​


Student-Initiated Research Grants

“Differentiation Between Arrest and Nonarrest of Persons Who Use Abusive Behaviors by Police in Hartford, Connecticut.” Nicole Andersen '20. Susan DiVietro (Chemistry), Faculty Advisor.                                                                                

“LGBTQ+ People and The Criminal Justice System.” Tamelan Chauvet '20. Steven Valocchi (Sociology), Faculty Advisor.

“Filtered Beauty and Nationalism in Contemporary China: A Case Study in Chengdu.” Chang Gao '21. Shunyuan Zhang (International Studies), Faculty Advisor.

“The Invisible Thread: Chinese Women Entrepreneurs in the Italian Fashion Industry.” Audrianna Kelly '21. Beth Notar (Anthropology), Faculty Advisor.

“Lived Experiences of Kurds in Turkey: 'Happy is the one who calls themselves a Turk!'” Dilan Kurt '20. Beth Notar (Anthropology), Faculty Advisor.

“The Physician Beyond Biomedicine: Intimate Partner Violence Screening in Pediatric Surgery Clinical Setting.” Lucy Pereira '20. Susan DiVietro (Anthropology), Faculty Advisor.

“20th Century Law and the Mohegans: Gladys Tantaquidgeon and the Indian New Deal.” Elizabeth Sockwell '20. Thomas Wickman (History and American Studies), Faculty Advisor.

“Stigma and Education: Chinese College Students' Attitudes of Mental Illness.” Tina Zhu '21. Laura Holt (Psychology), Faculty Advisor.

Fall 2018

Faculty Research Expense Grants

“Between Land and Death: Imagining Justice Through Mexican Literary Representation of Feminicidal Violence.” Dina Aldrete (Language and Culture Studies). 

“Queer Temporality in Contemporary Arabic Literature, Film, and Social Media” Kifah Hanna  (Language and Culture Studies).

“A Longitudinal Examination of Prescription Stimulant Misuse (PSM) After College: Predictors of PSM Persistence and Desistance.” Laura Holt (Psychology). 

“Decolonizing Democracy's College: Land Grant Universities, Settler Colonization, and the Cold War.” Isaac Kamola (Political Science). 

“Willful Things: Sorcery, the Endangered, and Encountering Magic in Bénin.” Timothy Landry (Anthropology and Religious Studies).

“Dance of the Future.” Rebecca Pappas (Theater and Dance).​

“The Contradictions of In/security: Rescue Beacons in the South Texas Borderlands.” Gabriella Soto (Graduate Program in American Studies).​​


Student-Initiated Research Grants

“Building a Segmented Body: The Cell Dynamics of Segmentation and Elongation.” Nicole Duan ’18. Terri Williams (Biology), Faculty Advisor.                                                                                                                                        

“Non-Binary People's Access to Gender-Affirming Healthcare.” Lori Puopolo ’18. Johnny Williams (Sociology), Faculty Advisor.  

Spring 2018

Faculty Research Expense Grants

“Globalization and Chinese Youth Culture.” Yipeng Shen (Language and Culture Studies). 

“Fleeing Nazi Germany--Exiles Crossing Boarders.” Johannes Evelein  (Language and Culture Studies).

“Operatic Transmission in the Late 18th-Century: Giuseppe Sarti's Fra i due litiganti.” John Platoff (Music). 

“Teleoperation of Legged Disaster Response Robots.” Kevin Huang (Engineering). 

“The Infastructure of Friendship: Making myths and publics in Pakistan.” Shafqat Hussain (Anthropology).

“Changing Perceptions of and about Underrepresented Groups in Computing.” Madalene Spezialetti (Computer Science).​


Student-Initiated Research Grants

“Being High is Normal: Just Another College Norm An Interview Investigation on Marijuana Usage at Trinity College.” Christopher Carter ’19. Beth Notar (Anthropology), Faculty  Advisor.                                                                                                                                        

“Exploring Steelpan Making Traditions and Carnival Parade Organization in the Diaspora.” Kimani Bishop ’19. Eric Galm (Music), Faculty Advisor.  


Fall 2017

Faculty Research Expense Grants

“Somalis in Sweden: Immigrant Incorporation in Three Cities.“Somalis in Sweden: Immigrant Incorporation in Three Cities.” Stefanie Chambers (Political Science).

“The Ideographic Imagination: Concrete Poetry, Transreation and the Chinese Script in Latin.” Rosario Hubert (Language and Culture Studies).

“Youth Subversive Consuption: Hip-Hop and Cultural Identityin Post-Socialist Tanzania 1985-2017.” Seth Markle (History and International Studies).

“The Effects of Income Taxation in Winner-Take-All Markets.” Nichole Szembrot (Economics).  



Student-Initiated Research Grants

“Building a Segmented Body: The Cell Dynamics of Segmentation and Elongation.” Nicole Duan ’18. Terri Williams (Biology), Faculty Advisor.                                                                                                                                        

“Non-Binary People's Access to Gender-Affirming Healthcare.” Lori Puopolo ’18. Johnny Williams (Sociology), Faculty Advisor. 


Spring 2017

Faculty Research Expense Grants

“In the heat of the ‘moment’: Sexual consent attitudes practices, gendered power among male college students.“In the heat of the ‘moment’: Sexual consent attitudes practices, gendered power among male college students.” Tanetta Andersson (Sociology). 

“Multi-Photon Coincidence Counting with an FPGA-Arduino.” David Branning (Physics). 

“Identification of Purine Biomakers for Parkinson’s Disease using LC/MS Analysis.” Bill Church (Chemistry and Neuroscience). 

“Is climate to blame for increased Lyme disease incidence in Connecticut? How Japanese barberry influences tick populations under future climate conditions.” Krista Ehlert (Environmental Science). 

“Fleeing Nazi Germany – Exiles Crossing Borders.” Johannes Evelein (Language and Culture Studies).

“The Assassination of Ambassador Adolph Dubs and the Origins of the War on Terror.” Vijay Prashad (International Studies). 

“From Athens to Akko: Evidence of Trade between Athenians and Phoenicians.” Martha Risser (Classics). 

“Neural Control of the Withdrawal Escape Response of Snails.” Charles Swart (Neuroscience).

“AnonOTR: Anonymity Off-the-Record.” Ewa Syta (Computer Science). 


Student-Initiated Research Grants

“Neural Networks and Continuous Authentication.” Karishma Asthana ’18. Ewa Syta (Computer Science), Faculty Advisor.

“What it means to grow old in urban China: Measuring elderly people’s ability to use urban public spaces.” Mengqi Chen ’18. Beth Notar (Anthropology), Faculty Advisor. 

“What are the driving factors behind refugee preference in choosing Germany as their final country of destination?” Shahzad Joseph, IDP. Thomas Lefebvre (Political Science) and Carol Clark (Economics), Faculty Advisors. 

“Refugees and Islamophobia: Assessing the Influence of Religion on Refugee.” Mallika Khanna ’18. Johannes Evelein (International Studies), Faculty Advisor. 

“Assessing the Efficacy of a Permeable Reactive Barrier at Nitrate Removal 10-Years after Installation: Are PRBs long term solutions to Cape Cod’s Nitrogen Problem?” Sarah Messenger ’18. Christoph Geiss (Environmental Science) and Lisa-Anne Foster (Biology), Faculty Advisors.

Fall 2016

Faculty Research Expense Grants

“Race, Gender, and Community in Muslim Trinidad: The Video Tapes.” Janet Bauer (International Studies). 

“Translation of Martin Heidegger’s Herklit.” Shane Ewegen (Philosophy and Classics) and Julia Goesser-Assainte (Language and Culture Studies).

“America’s Roman Space Epic: Reading Battlestar Galactica through Vergil’s Aeneid.” Meredith Safran (Classics). 

Globalization and Chinese Youth Culture.” Yipeng Shen (Language and Culture Studies & International Studies). 


Student-Initiated Research Grants

“The things we carry: Material culture and pilgrim identity along Spain’s Camino de Santiago.” Isabelle Moore ’18. Jim Trostle (Anthropology), Faculty Advisor.


Spring 2016

Faculty Research Expense Grants

"Identification of Purine Biomarkers for Parkinson's Disease using LC/MS Analysis." William Church (Chemistry).

"An Investigation to Identify Noncanonical Proteins Present in Stress Granules of Budding Yeast." Claire Fournier (Biology).

"Queer Temporality in Contemporary Arabic Literature, Film, and Social Media." Kifah Hanna (Language and Culture Studies).

"Global Maoism: intellectual networks and translation flows between revolutionary China and Argentina 1950-1976." Rosario Hubert (Language and Culture Studies).

"Understanding impact of compensation schemes on snow leopard population in Baltistan, Pakistan." Shafqat Hussain (Anthropology).

"Understanding Rapid Urban Transformation: Interviews with Taxi Drivers in Yangon, Myanmar.” Beth Notar (Anthropology).

"The Humean Mind and The Oxford Handbook of Malebranche." Todd Ryan (Philosophy).


Student-Initiated Research Grants

"ArchaeoTek Medieval Funerary Excavation and Juvenile Osteology Workshop." Maura Griffith '17. Martha Risser (Classics), Faculty Advisor.

Researching the effects of displacement and gentrification on immigrants in Brooklyn. James Guerrero '17. Jane Nadel-Klein (Anthropology), Faculty Advisor.

"Approaching Modernity: Examining Rural Catholic Practice in Secularized Ireland." Evan Scollard '17. Jane Nadel-Klein (Anthropology), Faculty Advisor.


Fall 2015

Faculty Research Expense Grants

"Becoming Citizens in(of) the Diaspora: Latino immigrant youth in Spain." Andrea Dyrness (Educational Studies).

A translation of Martin Heidegger's Heraklit (Heraclitus). Julia Assaiante (Language and Culture Studies) and Shane Ewegen (Philosophy and Classics).

"The Color Line and the Class Struggle: The Mexican Revolution, Internationalism, and the American Century." Christina Heatherton (American Studies).

"Bankruptcy's Private Bureaucrats: Assessing Regional Variation in the Delivery of Bankruptcy Relief At the Street Level." Serena Laws (Political Science).

"Habitat Use, Spatial Partitioning, and Productivity of 3 Coexisting Raptors on a South Florida Cattle Ranch." Joan L. Morrison (Biology).

"Improving our Understanding of Financial Risk with Survey Data and More Flexible Statistical Techniques." Josh R. Stillwagon (Economics).

Student-Initiated Research Grants

Researching portrayals of birth experiences in fictional television programs and their impact on college-aged women. Olivia Reny '16. Tanetta Andersson (Sociology), Faculty Advisor.

"How Do People Update Their Beliefs about Themselves under Risk?" Zhongyi Tang '16. Nichole E. Szembrot (Economics), Faculty Advisor.

"Art in Post-Conflict Peru." Carly Goroff '17. Anne Lambright (Language and Cultural Studies), Faculty Advisor. 


Spring 2015

Faculty Research Expense Grants

“Simplifying a Multi-Photon Coincidence Counting Unit.” David Branning (Physics).“Ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscopy at Trinity: Following Dynamics at the Atomic Scale.” Brett Barwick (Physics).

“The Epistolary Culture of the U.S. Civil War.” Chris Hager (English).

“Scepticism and Evil in Hume’s Dialogues concerning Natural Religion.” Todd Ryan (Philosophy).

“Does Fire Leave a Trace? (in the recent geographical record).” Christoph Geiss (Environmental Science).

“Recapturing Folklore: New Perspectives of the Brazilian National Folklore Commission in the 1950s.” Eric Galm (Music).

“Beyond the Passage of Time: Local Government Response and Immigrant Incorporation in New Destinations.” Abigail Fisher Williamson (Political Science and Public Policy and Law).


Student-Initiated Research Grants

“Choosing a Delivery Room: Expectations and Outcomes of Birth Among Middle--‐and Upper--‐Class Women.” Katie Dimond ’16. Jane Nadel-Klein (Anthropology), Faculty Advisor.

“Teachers and Administration of ESL Students in a Mainstream Classroom: Perceptions of Success.” Katie Barlok ’16. James Trostle (Anthropology), Faculty Advisor.

“United States Historical Education and the Presence of Minorities in Lower Socioeconomic Areas.” Chelsea Crabbe ’17. Sean Cocco (History) and Carol Clark (Economics and the Community Learning Initiative), Faculty Advisors.


Fall 2014

Faculty Research Expense Grants

“The People’s Shaikh: Muhammad al Ghazzali and the Roots and Resilience of the Islamic Awakening.” Raymond Baker (International Studies).

“Reconsidering “Place” in the Americanization of Refugees in the Metro Hartford Area.” Janet Bauer (International Studies).

“Impact of Ketogenic Diet of Neurodegeneration in a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease.” William Church (Chemistry and Neuroscience).

“Investigation of a Novel, Cyclic Organometallic Molecule to create β-Sheet Peptides.” Tim Curran (Chemistry).

“Promoting Psychological and Physical Well-Being in College Students through Relationship Education.” Laura Holt (Psychology).

“Disorientations: Latin American Fictions of East Asia.” Rosario Hubert (Language and Culture Studies).

“Philosophical Foundations of the Social, Economic and Political Thought of Lloyd Best, Caribbean Intellectual and Activist.” Maurice Wade (Philosophy).


Student-Initiated Research Grants

“High Skilled Labor Migration to Norway: The Case of Indian Migrants.” Padmini Gopal ’15. Anthony Messina (Political Science), Faculty Advisor.

“Political Economy of Craft Production in India.” Apoorva Sahay ’15. Beth Notar (Anthropology), Faculty Advisor.


Spring 2014

Faculty Research Expense Grants

“In Search of Froylan Turcios: The Life and Times of Armando Mendez Fuentes (1925-2003.)” Dario Eraque (History and International Studies).

“Organization Transformation and its Effect on Obstetrical Patient Care.” Theresa Morris (Sociology).

“Patterns of Transmission in 18th-Century Opera: Guiseppe Sarti’s Fra I due litiganti.” John Platoff (Music).

“Vincent d’Indy, musician artiste.” Gail Woldu (Music).

“Species Identification of the Bacteria Colonizing the Upper Respiratory Tract: A Comparison Between Asthmatic and Healthy Children.” Lisa-Anne Foster (Biology).

“Doing Less Harm and More Good- Managing Invasive Plants on Connecticut’s Coastline.” Cameron Douglass (Environmental Science).


Student-Initiated Research Grants

“An examination of the social determinants of health impacting HIV and AIDS policy in South Africa.” Danielle Carp ’15. Stefanie Chambers (Political Science), Faculty Advisor.

“A Unified ’J’: Analyzing for Coherence between Genesis and Exodus.” Alix de Gramont ’15. Seth Sanders (Religion), Faculty Advisor.

“Hartford- Tenerife-Kumasi Emergency Medical Systems Research Project.” George Denkey ’15. Garth Myers (International Studies), Faculty Advisor.

“Not All Départements Are Created Equal: Urban Politics of Social Inequality in the Dakar Region.” Salima Etoka ’15. Garth Myers (International Studies), Faculty Advisor.

“Jacques-Louis David: The Revolutionary Artist.” Ashley Mullen ’15. Alden Gordon (Fine Arts), Faculty Advisor.

“Tracing Caribbean Musical Migration and Identity in Hartford.” Nicole Musto-Graves ’15. Eric Galm (Music), Faculty Advisor.

“Abnormal agricultural trading practices between Vietnam and China.” Chi P. Nguyen ’15. Christopher Hoag (Economics), Faculty Advisor.

“Asian Presence in the Caribbean.” Kristina Xie ’16. Milla Riggio (English), Faculty Advisor.


Fall 2013

Faculty Research Expense Grants

“Observing the Quantized Exchange of orbital Angular Momentum Between Free Electrons and Photons”. Brett Barwick (Physics).

“Somali Incorporation: A Tale of Two Cities.” Stefanie Chambers (Political Science).

“Delight-Makers and Mudheads: The Disruptive Clowns of the Hopi and Zuni.” Lesley Farlow (Theater and Dance).

“Use of Prospective Memory Performance to Predict Onset of Dementia.” Sarah Raskin (Psychology and Neuroscience).

“Sacred Space at the Bridge of the Untiring Sea.” Martha Risser (Classics).


Student-Initiated Research Grants

“Differences in Empathy between High and Low Schizotypal College Students.” Allison Cazalet ’14. Sarah Raskin (Psychology), Faculty Advisor.

“Dramaturgy of Devised Work at Double Edge Theater.” Danee Conley ’14. Judy Dworin (Theater and Dance), Faculty Advisor.

“Narcocorridos: Articulations of Triumph and Treachery.” Carolina Galdiz ’14. Anne Marie Hanson (International Studies), Faculty Advisor.

“Los Argenchinos:  What is the significance of Chinese immigration to Argentina and how has transculturation created a new identity for second generation Chinese-Argentinians?” Sade Parham ’14. Anne Lambright (Language and Culture Studies), Faculty Advisor.