Graduate Profiles

Anna Dudneydudney

Anna is a second-year master's student in Communication Studies who is simultaneously pursuing a Women's Studies certificate. Her primary research interests are in gender and women's studies, particularly the work of the modern-day feminist movement and the cultural reception of women in the public sphere. She has studied the media portrayal of women, including political figures such as Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. Anna's thesis will examine the role of social media as a tool for consciousness raising in the third wave of the women's movement.

Karla Garcia Gonzalesgarcia

Karla is pursuing an Ethnic Studies concentration in Women's Studies and her passion is to create safe communities where women and children have the opportunity to reach the full potential of themselves. Her research is on access to services for HIV/AIDS among immigrant Latinas. However, she would like to develop this topic onto to twine interpersonal violence and sexual violence within the world of HIV/AIDS among immigrant Latinas. Karla has volunteered her time as a victim's advocate. For over 12 years, she work has been around advocacy work for children and women exposed to interpersonal violence and sexual assault. One of Karla favorite quote is "Destruction of your neighbor is actually destruction of your self." - Dalai Lama To Karla this quote shows the connections between migrant movement, immigrants, and the different power dynamics between institutions and immigrants residing in host countries; and while host countries exercise dominance and dehumanize immigrants, they are actually destroying the human within themselves.

Sarah Gill


Sarah Gill is a Master's student in the Department of Sociology and is also a Women's Studies certificate student. She is a graduate research assistant for the Center for Disaster and Rish Analysis. Sarah's biggest passion is discovering ways for all people to feel safe and valued. Sarah volunteers her time as a Victims Assistance for the Women and Gender Advocacy Center, is a co-editor of the American Sociological Association's newletter section on Children and Youth and is currently working on her thesis research that examines the disaster preparedness of over 4,000 childcare centers and home in Colorado through online survey and interviews.

She helped to create the "Children and Disasters Annotated Resource ist for a special issue on children and disasters for the journal Children, Youth, and Environments. After graduation, Sarah wishes to continue similar research and lead workshops with communities on issues of children's well-being, conribution and resilience. She would also like to write a children's book on empowerment and overcoming fear, remain involved as an advocate for survivors of trauama and continue to volunteer with animal rescue causes in her community.

Two of Sarah's favorite quotes are by Gilda Radner and Robert Kennedy. Each quote represent her beliefs that we must care for each other and recognize the beauty and worth of all living things.

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive." - Gilda Radner

"Too often we excuse those who build their own lives on the shattered dreams of other human beings." - Robert Kennedy

Emily Holcomb

Emily Holcomb, a native of Fort Collins, is a junior sociology major and women's studies minor at CSU. Her passion for women's health and well-being began in high school, when she volunteered on a women's health radio show. After graduating high school, she left Fort Collins for Washington State to volunteer with AmeriCorps in the city of Federal Way. While teaching there, she cultivated an appreciation and desire for social justice, equality and community outreach. Currently in back in Fort Collins, Emily volunteers with the Crossroads Safehouse organization whose mission of immediate care in domestic violence situations for parents and children is near and dear to her heart. She is interested in continuing advocacy work surrounding issues of poverty, drug use, safe sex, and violence and abuse preventions. Emily is also interested in media studies and the effect of media on adolescent’s sex practices. In her last year at CSU, Emily is interested in becoming an in-depth research assistant to learn more about the research process and to gain a better understanding about multiculturalism, prejudice, and structural causes of inequality. In her spare time, Emily enjoys painting, hiking, and drinking tea.

Emily Hooperhooper

Emily Hooper is currently a first semester graduate student in the Ethnic Studies Department with a Women's Studies Concentration.

Some of her passions include cooking, reading for fun, singing, and drinking coffee! She is also passionate about the lives of women and children and envisions her future work catering to the needs of their everyday, lived experiences.

Her research interests include understanding what it means to have reproductive freedom and specifically how women are conditioned to think and act in normative ways when addressing their own reproductive health. Her future thesis, involves a plan to deconstruct the politics of the body and connect it to the process of decolonization using Foucault'sHistory of Sexuality. Her focus will also include personal experiences as a woman of color and the experiences of her own Puerto Rican community.

After Emily graduates from CSU, she hopes to further her research at a PhD program or use it to develop her own workshops on sexuality, reproduction, and birthing practices that specifically cater to the needs of women of color.

Geoffrey Luursluurs

Geoffrey recently completed his Master's Degree in Communication Studies with certificates in Women's Studies and Graduate Teaching. His primary research interest is on media and citizenship, analysing how children's television sets precedents for future citizenship. In addition, Geoffrey has studied video game culture in regards to fan communities, and Communist rhetoric in the People's Republic of China. Geoffrey's thesis, titled "Developing (Super) Citizenship: Constituting Idealized American Citizenship in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, is available through the CSU library website.

Abby Marwegmarweg

Abby is a Masters in Ethnic Studies and she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies with a minor in History.

One of her biggest passion is using her interests in political theory and social justice to continue to work to make the world a better place for her daughter. While that sounds like an idealistic goal, her daughter is her greatest motivation in addressing the inequalities that women continue to face in education, health, etc.

For non-educational passions, Abby also love animals, my dogs, cats, rabbit...and goats that she hopes to have in the future. She also plays the piano.

Abby's research thesis is on resource access and international development in two women's-only villages (Umoja and Unity) in Samburu, Kenya. These villages are in very rural northern Kenya and are historically pastorialist communities, the villages were started by women who left situations of violence following rape(s) by British soldiers stationed in the area, some are also refugees, etc. Abby traveled back to Kenya for a second time in January of 2013 to follow-up on some initial interviews conducted a year prior. The interviews initially focused on access to water in these communities but has grown into other resources: education, health care, etc. and the role that international development plays in defining how resources are accessed. She is using a transnational feminist critique along with deconstructing the role of neoliberalism/capitalism in a postcolonial Kenya to investigate how the women in these communities are being impacted.

After graduation, Abby wants to continue her work in Kenya and potentially other countries in Africa. She would like to do non-profit work internationally and eventually start a non-profit that focuses on education access for girls in rural pastorialist communities. She plans to stay based in the U.S. until her daughter is older and would also like to own a small ranch with goats. Another dream of Abby's is to actually have a dairy goats and sell milk and cheese (on a small scale local level) while writing on the side and traveling doing the non-profit work.

One of Abby's favorite quote is by Audre Lorde, "Your silence will not protect you."

She loves this quote because it reminds her that being silent in situations of injustice and oppression makes you complicit in those oppressions. She feels sometimes people stay silent because they are afraid but staying silent does nothing to protect you from the injustices of the world, better to rise up and speak than quietly sit in the background naively believing you are safe. She wants women to know they have a voice and that they should make people hear them even when people don't want to listen.

Devi Soejanto

I was born in Indonesia. But, I have been living in the U.S. since college. I am currently a graduate student in Applied Social Psychology. I am planning to graduate Spring 2014. My area of research is stereotypes. I have worked on a project entitled "Older adults' stereotypes of their gay and lesbian peers" and my dissertation is on stereotype threat and women mathematics performance.

Kristin Sweet-McFarlingmcfarling

Kristin is a Anthropology Masters. She most enjoys learning and broadening her knowledge about the world and the people who live in it. She loves to travel and experience new things, but also enjoy spending time at home with my family and friends.

Kristin is currently working on researching and writing her thesis entitled Polygamy on the Web: An Online Community for an Unconventional Practice. She is researching a U.S. based website that is used by people who practice, want to practice, or support the practice of polygamy. She is looking at what the website is used for, the community the website members are creating, the history and politics of polygamy, and how some people are working to decriminalize the practice of polygamy in the U.S.

After graduation, Kristin envisions herself working at a local community college or in a community service oriented career. She also hope to have time to commit to volunteer work and activism in her local community.

Stacia Sydoriaksydoriak

Stacia Sydoriak is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University, and a graduate research assistant at the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis. Her research focuses primarily on vulnerable populations in disasters, as well as the intersections of public policy, environmental justice, and disasters. Recently, Stacia was named a 2014-2015 Center for Collaborative Conservation Fellow. For her fellowship she will be examining the different approaches in Loveland and Fort Collins to regulating natural gas development, exploring to what extent these processes have been collaborative and gender-inclusive. In addition to her work at CSU, Stacia was recently appointed to serve a 3-year term as a member of the Fort Collins Women’s Commission. Her masters thesis is titled “Health Risks, Human Rights, and Disaster Vulnerability: A Gendered Exploration of the Environmental and Social Consequences of Hydrollic Fracturing in the United States.”

Carlie Trotttrott

Carlie D. Trott, M.S. is a doctoral student in the applied social psychology program. She is currently involved in research projects exploring women's pursuit of science education and careers; global women's rights; social movements participation; HIV/AIDS prevention in Kenya and Tanzania; domestic violence in Ethiopia; and sexual risk reduction on-campus. Carlie co-founded CSU's Gender in Film series, which screens films and holds panel discussions on gender-focused topics each year. She also teaches the Psychology of Gender course, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how dominant gender ideologies shape the lived experience. Carlie currently serves as a campus representative for the Society of the Psychology of Women (Division 35 of the American Psychological Association), whose purpose is to promote feminist scholarship and practice, and to advocate action toward public policies that advance equality and social justice.

Elisa Varelavarela

Elisa was born in Los Angeles, California and came to Colorado with her family in 1998. Currently, Elisa is a graduate master's student in the Communication Department here at CSU and her research interests lie in theorizing the onto-epistemological link between communication and race in the United States. Elisa also teaches Public Speaking and TA's a Gender and Communication course here at CSU. Before attending Colorado State Elisa worked in the position of family liaison in a richly diverse urban community. Her work involved facilitating instructional programs for educators and families around best communication practices for strong school-family partnerships. Her long-term goals involve earning a Ph.D. and returning to work in the non-profit sector toward social justice in education. In her spare time, Elisa volunteers for organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the 9 Health Fair.

One of Elisa's favorite quotes is, "I need feminism because without it my education is not a practice of freedom."

Elisa believes this quote is central to her life because as a graduate student she wants to make this experience her own. Although there have been quite a few times at which she has wondered if she can truly carve out a home for herself in academe, she thinks about feminism's potentiality to set individuals free from patriarchal discourses that limit us as equal actors in the academic institution. She truly feels hopeful for the present and the future.