Check out some of our amazing alumni below!

Maia Dedrick (Department of Anthropology) Dr. Dedrick finished her doctoral studies in the Department of Anthropology, with a focus in Archeology. 

“My fellow students in the GCPR program pushed me to think more broadly about the role of scholarship in society. The students and coursework provided examples of liberatory and participatory research in other disciplines, which helped me to see how limited this kind of work has been up to this point in my subfield of archaeology.


Melissa Kimathi (School of Social Work) Melissa is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Women and Gender Studies

“I am particularly passionate about cross-cultural communication of all kinds, and about people being aware of and free to exercise their choices toward a collectively just and sustainable future.”


Shyra Peyton (Department of American Studies) Shyra is a graduate student in folklore studies in the Department of American Studies.

“I hope to use my knowledge of community based participatory research to work with communities in documenting and presenting aspects of their culture that help outsidersunderstand the importance of stories, music,beliefs, dances, customs, crafts, and other artistic expressions of a group.”


Rachel Gelfand (Department of American Studies) Dr. Gelfland completed her doctoral studies in the Department of Anthropology with a focus in Queer History and Memory Studies in 20th century US.

“I am an oral historian and see 20th century research as inevitably participatory. My goals have been to bridge the space between archives and the activists they chronicle. Methods need to match the needs of both researcher and researched. This often means they need to be unmade, unraveled, repurposed.”


Elizabeth M. Melton (Department of Communication) Elizabeth is a soon to be graduate of the Department of Communication with a focus in public school desegregation in East Texas and performance-as-research.


“I’m a critical performance ethnographer and participatory research helps me create relationships with my interlocutors. I create and stage performances as part of my research methodology and thinking about participatory research helps me guide post-show discussions and other interactions with audiences and community members.”