Stephanie Collins, a third-year History major, has been awarded a prestigious Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship (USSRF) at Queen's to research and write a 20-page paper entitled, "Competing Christianities: Lay Spanish Practices in Seventeenth-Century Mexico," under the supervision of Professor Nancy E. van Deusen. Over the summer of 2013 Stephanie will develop her Spanish language and paleography skills and will travel to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California to spend several weeks reading the seventeenth-century Mexican Inquisition trials housed there. Her goal is to ascertain how lay Spaniards complicated colonial Catholicism in Mexico with their own contradictory and rich views of the soul, the afterlife, and divinity.
Erika Hodge has also received an Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship for summer 2013. Her project will explore the historical contributions of women in Canadian prison reform with a particular focus on the progression from a purely punitive system towards an increasingly rehabilitative one. After spending three years volunteering with the Prison Literacy Initiative, she is particularly interested in learning about the introduction of education to the process of rehabilitation. Research efforts will focus on several areas including the changing role of women from the 19th century as they increasingly sought roles in the public sphere, the evolution of the prison system itself, and the merging of these two historical movements regarding the contributions of individual women and advocacy groups that helped shape the current penal system.
Congratulations Stephanie and Erika!