2009 Student Awards

2009 CLA Distinguished Dissertation Award

oliveAndrea Olive is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada. She has a BA in political science from the University of Calgary as well as a MA in political science from Dalhousie University. After working for the American Council on Education in Washington DC, Andrea came to Purdue University to pursue her PhD in environmental policy. For her dissertation, Willingness to Cooperate: Affirmative Motivation Among Landowners, she interviewed 100 landowners in Indiana, Utah and Ohio to gain a better understanding of their attitudes regarding the Endangered Species Act. Beginning in September Andrea will be an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

wagnerJodi L. Wagner received her MA in English from Purdue in 2004. She continued on at Purdue and completed her PhD in English in August 2008; her major research area was Victorian Literature with a secondary in Rhetoric and Composition. Her dissertation, “Gambling and Risk in Victorian Literature and Culture,”  answers why the language of gambling is so pervasive in nineteenth-century literature, non-fiction, and economic theory. Ultimately, she unpacks the gambling metaphor in Victorian literature and culture to illustrate how it exemplifies the contradictions in regard to the Victorians’ sense of confidence in their rapidly evolving and uncertain economic environment. Her article “Gambling as Simulation in Daniel Deronda” is forthcoming in George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies (2009). Jodi is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Marian University of Fond du Lac, WI.

2009 CLA Distinguished Master's Thesis Award


Jennifer Linvill (MA, Purdue University, 2008) is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication and a Counselor for International Scholars in the Office of International Students and Scholars at Purdue University. Her research interests include workplace incivility, leadership, and identification. Her thesis, “Surviving workplace incivility: The use of supportive networks as a coping strategy,” unearths the coping strategies that targets (victims) of workplace incivility utilize. The study also reveals various justifications that targets employ and the social support mechanisms they utilize to cope with workplace incivility. Ms. Linvill has presented her work at national and international conferences.

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