November 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover image for The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies (SAGE, 2022), where Tom Sarmiento has published under the letter M “Midwest, Filipina/x/o Americans in the.” 

Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department’s recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards.

We’re happy to recognize the recent successes in research, scholarship, and creative activity outlined below. 

Want to catch up on past successes or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of monthly newsletters Reading Matters as well as related blog posts.

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Karin Westman, Department Head


Tom Sarmiento, “Midwest, Filipina/x/o Americans in the.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies, ed. Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, and E. J. R. David, SAGE, 2022, pp. 658–62.

Adrien Sdao (MA ’23), “Unsolved Mysteries” (fiction). Sierra Nevada Review, Vol. 33, 2022, pp. 12-18.


Traci Brimhall, “Crafting Tension in Poetry.” Topeka and Shawnee Public Library, Topeka, KS. 3 Dec. 2022.

Bailey Britton (BA ’22),“Settler Colonialism and Indigenous (Mis)Representation in Monuments of Manhattan, Kansas.” Undergraduate Research Showcase, Kansas State University, 30 Nov. 2022.

Meghan Lutrell (BA ’22), “Signing a Girl of Beautiful Eyes: The History of Deaf Pedagogy in Kansas.” Undergraduate Research Showcase, Kansas State University, 30 Nov. 2022

Tom Sarmiento, “Tracing the Queer Filipinx Midwest: Archives, Museums, and the Imperial Geographies of the Heartland.” Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities Fellows Work-in-Progress Luncheon, Wellesley College. 16 Nov. 2022.

“Theory and Practice,” paper panel discussant. By Other Means: The Cold War and US Empire in Asia Symposium, Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities and Department of English, Wellesley College. 11 Nov. 2022.

“Comparative Asian Americas” roundtable, prepared remarks on “Metaphors of the Middle” in relation to queer diasporic Filipinx subjectivity. American Studies Association. New Orleans, LA. 6 Nov. 2022.

Shirley Tung, “Creating Cosmopolitanisms: Eighteenth-Century Women Travel Writers.” Bodleian Special Collections Seminar, Bodleian Libraries Centre for the Study of the Book, University of Oxford. 7 Nov. 2022.

“Mary Wollstonecraft and Life-Writing in the Wilderness.” Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Wolfson College, University of Oxford. 1 Nov. 2022.

Reading of Chapter 10 of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman. Part of the Chawton House Library’s campaign to raise funds for the library to acquire a first edition of Wollstonecraft’s Posthumous Works (1798). 3:06:41-3:15:11 <>.

Lisa Tatonetti and Mary Kohn, “Kansas without the Kanza: Understanding how the Kanza homeland became K-State”:

  • Daughters of American Colonists, Manhattan Public Library, Manhattan, KS. 13 Nov. 2022
  • First Baptist Church, Manhattan, KS. 9 Nov. 2022. 


Traci Brimhall is the next Poet Laureate of Kansas. Her term runs from 2023 to 2026.

Katy Karlin, Kara Northway, Karin Westman, and Shannon Skelton (Theatre) have received a CASE Collaborative Recruitment Grant from K-State’s Office of Enrollment Management. The $3,000 award will help fund a collaborative recruitment event titled “Lights, Camera, Action! Film Studies at K-State” to coincide with the 48-Hour Film Competition in March 2023.

Research and Creative Activity from Alumni

Gavin Colton (MA ’18) published the story “Little Piles of Change” in the Winter 2022 issue of The Appalachian Review.

Emilie Merrigan (MA ’17) published “Material Motherhood: The Disconnect of Science and Consumerism from Nostalgia in Baby Book” in The Material Culture of Writing (Utah State UP, 2022), edited by Cydney Alexis and Hannah J. Rule.

Kenan (Dannenberg) Orhan’s (BA ’15) short story, “The Beyoglu Municipality Waste Management Orchestra,” which was originally published by The Paris Review, appears in The Best American Short Stories 2022.

David Vasquez (MA ‘24) has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Voyage YA Journal for his story “Absolution.”



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