Graduate Student Affiliates

Will Beattie

Medieval Institute
Email: wbeattie@nd.edu

Will studies apocalyptic literature during the medieval period, particularly in 8th to 12th century England. He is interested in the development of eschatological writing and how it may function as a response to social, political, and environmental change. In particular, he wants to understand how imagery of environmental collapse was used and understood by medieval audiences.

Makella Brems

Political Science
Email: mbrems2@nd.edu

Makella Brems is pursuing a PhD in Political Science. She operates in the political ecology space. Specific research interests include the evolution of the concept of ‘Nature’ in the history of political thought and the relationship between liberty, technology, and the environment. Makella is from Phoenix, Arizona. She plays pickup soccer whenever she can. She hates that she loves Rousseau.

Tim Derr

Global Affairs (Keough), Business Administration (Mendoza), Peace Studies (Kroc)
Email: tderr@nd.edu

Tim Derr is a Master of Global Affairs and MBA candidate specializing in sustainable development. As a global development professional, Tim has worked as an NGO project manager, private and social enterprise consultant, and graduate researcher in North Macedonia, Germany, Armenia, India, and the United States. His research focuses on corporate sustainability and social responsibility with an emphasis on environmental and economic justice. Through this research and affiliation with the Environmental Humanities Initiative, Tim hopes to contribute to the just transition to a more inclusive, equitable, and restorative economy that creates shared value for society.

William Kakenmaster

Political Science
Email: wkakenma@nd.edu

Areas of Interest: Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Political Behavior, American Politics, Democracy and Democratization, Environmental Politics, Climate Change

Bill Kakenmaster is a PhD student in comparative politics at the University of Notre Dame and a PhD Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He is also affiliated with Notre Dame’s Environmental Humanities Initiative. His research considers the politics and political economy of climate change and the environment. Before coming to Notre Dame, Bill was a research assistant for the Hoover Institution and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA from American University.

Jake McGinnis

English
Email: jmcginn5@nd.edu

Jake McGinnis is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Notre Dame. Broadly interested in literary writing as a means of experimental thinking, his research draws from the fields of ecocriticism, environmental history, Indigenous studies, and affect theory to examine the literary forms that shape present understandings of creative nonfiction and environmental writing. His dissertation argues that antebellum American travel writing reflects the ecological and social conditions today associated with modernity and the Anthropocene, especially environmental instability, anxiety over looming social and cultural change, and the ongoing presence of marginalized and disenfranchised voices.

McGinnis’s writing and research have recently appeared or are forthcoming in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, The Concord Saunterer, The Thoreau Society Bulletin, Environmental History, and Papers on Language and Literature. From 2016 to 2020 he served as managing editor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, the journal of the Association for the Study of the Literature and Environment.

McGinnis earned his B.A. in Writing at Northland College and an M.A. in English from the University of Idaho. Before coming to Notre Dame he was a lecturer at the University of Idaho, where he taught courses in writing, rhetoric, and professional communication.

Eduardo Febres Muñoz

Romance Languages and Literatures
Email: efebres2@nd.edu

Eduardo received his M.A. in Journalism from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina (2011) and his B.A. in Literature from Universidad Central de Venezuela (2006). From 2012 to 2018, he was part of the workers-owned cooperative, Mecha, in Caracas, Venezuela, participating in educational and transmedia projects to facilitate low-income youth access to critical thought and visual communication tools.

Febres’ current research at the University of Notre Dame focuses on the confluence and synchronicity of two phenomena that marked the beginning of the 19th Century in Latin America: the independence revolution against the Spanish empire and exponential growth in the number of printing presses installed in Hispanic America.  He analyzes how some of the pioneering editors and revolutionaries, headed by Simón Bolívar, postulated singular notions of the frontier, race, identity, and dialogue with the West in their printed projects that challenge or question some of the fundamental assumptions of the late 19th Century and 20th Century Latin Americanism.

His broader interests include Latin Americanism, Digital Humanities, First Wave of Decolonization and World Ecology. He is part of the Environmental Humanities Initiative in Notre Dame, and he runs the independent project for an open-access index of Latin American public domain literature, MOREL (http://morel.la).

Agnes Ong

English, Creative Writing
Email: aong2@nd.edu

I am a disabled poet who writes about intergenerational trauma, linguistic illiteracy, emotional illiteracy, to allow bodies which have been wronged or deprived of economic and intellectual accessibilities to surface in some semblance of voice, while not quite possibly voice itself, for I cannot speak for them. I am interested in the environmental aspect of war, particularly with modern warfare and WWII. My work has appeared in the Carolina Quarterly and elsewhere.

Dara-Marie Raggay

Global Affairs
Email: draggay@nd.edu

Dara-Marie Raggay is from the Caribbean twin-island state Trinidad and Tobago. Over the last decade she has worked with more than a dozen organizations on projects supported by the United Nations Development Programme, the European Union, the Green Economy Coalition, and Conservation International.

Dara-Marie specializes in creative, interdisciplinary, and applied systems interventions at the intersection of environment and climate; equity and justice; and partnerships and engagement. She also has significant experience with marginalized and historically disadvantaged communities.

Dara-Marie earned a bachelor of science degree with a double major in environmental and natural resources management and agribusiness in 2010. As a master of global affairs student, Dara-Marie is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

Shana Scogin

Political Science
Email: sscogin@nd.edu

Shana Scogin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science. Her research areas are comparative politics, methodology, and theory, with a particular focus in South Asia. She is involved in projects on the environment and democracy, disasters following natural events, community mobilization, governance, public goods, and democratic citizenship. Her dissertation focuses on the urban politics of post-disaster reconstruction through a subnational design in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. She employs both quantitative and qualitative methods and values interdisciplinary approaches to investigate these questions.

Austyn Wohlers

English, Creative Writing
Email: nwohlers@nd.edu

Austyn Wohlers is a writer from Atlanta, Georgia. Her fiction and critical work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Kenyon Review, The Florida Review, Asymptote, Rain Taxi, and elsewhere.