Julius L. Jones is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at The University of Chicago, where his scholarly interests include twentieth-century United States Social, Cultural, and Urban History. His dissertation, “‘Ain’t Gonna Tarry Here Long’: African American Aspiration in Chicago, 1933–1968,” explores the idea that African Americans are the products of a culture that limits them on the basis of their race while simultaneously propagating notions of limitless possibilities and opportunities. This dichotomy creates liminal spaces between possibility and limitation, or sites of aspiration, where African Americans have sought not only to break down racial barriers to achieve success but to assert their right to define success for themselves. Currently, Julius serves as an Assistant Curator at the Chicago History Museum, where he develops exhibition content, conducts research, seeks new acquisitions, and speaks on a variety of Chicago history topics. He also serves as a lecturer in the Department of Black Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences at The University of Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allison Kanner-Botan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Divinity School and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Her research interests include medieval literature, orality, and storytelling; Islamic philosophy and mysticism; love theory; and gender and sexuality studies. She is continuously fascinated by the question of how new subjects (women, animals, religious others) entered into medieval literature, and what impact the introduction of their subjectivities had on overall literary taste. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor adventures and making appetizing messes in the kitchen. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Christina Roman is a 6th year Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Ph.D. candidate. Her research in the Piccirilli lab is focused on solving RNA structures using synthetic crystallographic chaperones. In the future she hopes to pursue a career in Science Policy where she can apply her analytical and communication skills to addressing complicated societal challenges. Thus far she has spent much of her graduate career leading student organizations (GRIT, SACNAS, BDC) aimed at developing the diversity and inclusion programing on campus and improving the culture around equity in STEM. She finds that equitable stem education and training relies on advocating for students needs and building a broader understanding of student experiences in educators and principle investigators. Pedagogical theory provides a helpful framework to communicate and study the ways racial dynamics influence teaching and learning. Over the course of this year she hopes that what she’s learned about working towards racial and gender equity in the sciences can be used more broadly in the varied academic disciplines practiced at the University of Chicago. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.