#59: Performing Gendered Speech with Joray Foster-Wexler ’23, Linguistics

Joray tells us about the joy of digging into academic papers in their fall semester, and the fun of using the software in the linguistics lab to analyze the trove of interviews they were working with. There was also a kitten.

We’d also like to welcome Avis Corea ’27 to the team. Avis is our new student producer on the podcast, and this is the first episode she’s produced for us. Welcome, Avis!

Reed community members can read Joray’s thesis, “Linguistic Erasure Hertz; a post-binary discussion of F0 performance in read speech,” online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#49: Speaking Gender with Montreal Benesch ’22, Linguistics

Montreal tells us about their study on the use of a particular phonetic feature of American English by a handful of genderfluid students at Reed, and also about how they became interested in linguistics.

Reed community members can read Montreal’s thesis, “/s/tylizing the /s/elf: A First Look into the Concurrent Fluidity of Gender and Language,” online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#48: Retelling the Ramayana with Anjali Reddy ’22, English

Anjali spoke with Albert about her year studying the epic tale of the Ramayana and related texts that examine the story through both gender and caste.

Reed community members can read Anjali’s thesis, “The Power of The Novel: Recognizing The Subaltern in The Ramayana,” online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#34: Post-Soviet Nationalism with Demeter Anderson ’21, Anthropology

Amelie and Demeter talk about Demeter’s thesis on nationalism, gender, and culture in Kazakhstan.

Reed community members can read Demeter’s thesis, “Blossoming from the Steppe: Nationalism and Culture in Urban Kazakhstan,” online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#27: Franken-thesis with Gabri LaFratta ’21, English

Gabri’s thesis focused on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a response novel written two hundred years later by Jeanette Winterson called FranKISStein. We also get to hear a bit about one of Gabri’s favorite classes at Reed and why you might want to throw a blanket over your desk sometimes.

Reed community members can read Gabri’s thesis, ““What is your substance, whereof are you made?”: Gender, Sex, Bodies, and Love in Frankenstein and FranKISStein,” online in the Electronic Theses Archive.