The Works-in-Progress series provides faculty from around campus the opportunity to showcase their research projects dealing with the intersection of medicine, arts, and the humanities to an interdisciplinary audience.



  • Ayuko Takeda (PhD Candidate, History), Memories of Internment: U.S. 'Rehabilitation' and Militarization of Okinawa (1945-)
  • Qianru Li, (PhD Candidate, Drama) "Who Will Look After Me?: Transnational Legacies of China's One-Child Policy"
  • Sarah O'Dell (PhD Candidate, English), "Renewing the Medical Imagination: R.E. Havard, C.S. Lewis, and the Inklings"


  • Miriam Bender (Nursing) & Joel Veenstra (Drama), “Improvisation to Improve Inter-Professional Healthcare Communication: Developing and Piloting a Workshop”
  • James Steintrager (English), “Drinking Problems and Drinking Solutions: The Psychology and Poetics of Alcoholic Excess in Early Modern England”
  • Andrew Palermo (Drama), “Creatively Able”
  • Daphne Lei (Drama), “Thriving in Difference: I Dream of Chang and Eng
  • Sarah Mellors (PhD Candidate, History), “Less Reproduction, More Production: Birth Control in the Early People’s Republic of China, 1949-1958”
  • Jessica Millward (History), “Broken Black Bodies: African American Women and Intimate Violence in the 19th Century South”
  • Rebeca Helfer (English), “Memory and Medicine in Early Modern England: The Case of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy (1612)”
  • Mark Fisher (Neurology), “Emotion and Cognition in Presidential Politics”
  • Linda Vo (Asian American Studies) and Tram Le, “Vietnamese American Stories: Narratives of Health and Healing”
  • Michael Montoya (Anthropology), “Equity, Knowledge, and Health: Community Engagement and the Art of Relational Politics”
  • Andrew Highsmith (History), “Toxic Metropolis: Cities, Suburbs, and the Battle over Public Health in Modern America”
  • Alka Patel (Art History), “Medicine, Photography, and Empire: Dr. Benjamin Simpson, OBE, in India”
  • Anthony Kubiak (Drama), “Performing the Double Blind: Theater as Placebo / Placebo as Theater”
  • Kristen Monroe (Political Science), “Trudi: Aging and the Limits of Empathy for Human Compassion”
  • Frank Meyskens (Medicine), “Bulletproof Vest: ‘Aching for Tomorrow’ and ‘Believing in Today'”
  • Kelli Sharp (Dance), “A Healing Art: The Yin and Yang of Dance and Neurorehabilitation”
  • Emily Baum (History), “Translating the Pathological Mind: Psychiatry and Modern China, 1900-1930”
  • Tan Nguyen (Family Medicine), “Poetry in the Clinic”
  • Lyle Massey (Art History), “Against the ‘Statue Anatomized’: Vision, Practice, and Pictures in 18th Century Anatomy”