Kera Lovell

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IGP:
American Studies

Mentor / Lab:
Dr. Nancy Gabin

Specific Research Area / Project:
Identity and the Body in the Making of a Countercultural Consciousness

Undergraduate Institution:
Agnes Scott College



Research Profile:

I research twentieth century US history, with an emphasis on the counterculture (mid-sixties to mid-seventies). Looking at the counterculture broadly as a network of liberation, rights, and cultural movements with the common core of anti-conformity and personal and social consciousness, I argue that the mid-to-late sixties was a pivotal time period in which the objectivity of the body and the subjectivity of identity were politically intertwined to form a politics of the self. This form of body politics emerged through a variety of mediums, including fashion, food, drugs, and hand gestures in which activists used their bodies as canvases for their political message. By looking at the body as a medium for political message, we can see the plethora of ways that the personal was political – for girls who wore pants to protest skirt requirements, Black Panthers who wore black leather to connote the strength and pride of African Americans, and even Vietnam protestors who wore soldier fatigues and American flags.


About Me:

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Having attended a women's college in Georgia for my undergrad, my transition to Purdue University and Indiana was a shock. Since those first few weeks I've found a vast support network of graduate student scholars, history and American Studies professors, and socially conscious undergraduates who have helped reveal Purdue to be a campus of academic integrity, social justice, and college fun. In the spring of 2013 I was part of a large committee to help organize March at Purdue – a march celebrating 100 years of women's history since the 1913 Women's Suffrage Parade. It was inspirational to see hundreds of Boilermakers and community members, from grade school to retirement, marching for diversity and inclusion in America's history and Purdue's present.


Awards:

  • Lynn Fellowship, Purdue University, 2009-2011. Intended to recruit outstanding students to interdisciplinary graduate programs at Purdue University; provides full tuition and salary for up to four years
  • American Studies Community Service/Social Justice Award, Purdue University, 2010. Recognizes outstanding engagement with local, regional, national or international agency, entity or community meant to positively impact the lives of people within the scope of the project
  • Certificate of Excellence for the American Studies Department, 2013. Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Programs' Spring Research Reception, Purdue University. Paper presented with Jaime Hough - "Beyond Interdisciplinarity: Social Media and the New University" - elected for exemplary American Studies scholarship at the 2013 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Programs' Spring Research Reception
  • Audience Choice Award, 2013. Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Programs' Spring Research Reception, Purdue University. $250 - Paper presented with Jaime Hough - "Beyond Interdisciplinarity: Social Media and the New University" - voted by the audience as the favorite of the 2013 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Programs' Spring Research Reception
  • Berenice A. Carroll Feminism, Peace & Social Justice Graduate Student Award, 2013. $100 - Paper submitted - "Self-Realization, Sisterhood, and 'Structurelessness': The Theoretical Strengths and Weaknesses of Feminist Consciousness Raising"
  • Chester E. Eisinger Prize, American Studies Department, Purdue University, 2013. $500 - Awarded annually to recognize excellent scholarship among American Studies students; paper submitted: "Self-Realization, Sisterhood, and 'Structurelessness': The Theoretical Strengths and Weaknesses of Feminist Consciousness Raising"

Publications:

  • July 2013—Contributor for the Encyclopedia for Domestic Abuse—a multi-volume encyclopedia of domestic abuse across the globe, edited by Dr. Laura Finley. Entries published include: "1970s Developments," "Domestic Abuse before the Women's Rights Movements," and the "National Organization for Men Against Sexism."
  • Spring 2012—Review of Miller, Edward D., Tomboys, Pretty Boys, and Outspoken Women: The Media Revolution of 1973. Jhistory, H-Net Reviews. March, 2012. URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=35271

Leadership:

  • Vice President, 2013-2014: American Studies Graduate Student Organization, Purdue University
  • Symposium Committee, 2012-2013: American Studies Program, Purdue University
  • Committee Member, 2012-2013: Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, Purdue University
  • Organizing Committee Member, 2012-2013: March at Purdue, Purdue University
  • Vetting Committee Member, 2011: Special conference publication of Men and Masculinities: "Men, Masculinities and the Common Good in an Era of Economic Uncertainty."

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