2013-14 Graduate Student Accomplishments


Mary Caton
(PhD candidate in English) published “Fiddling with Freedom: Solomon Northup’s Musical Trade in 12 Years a Slave.” Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog, on December 16, 2013. Her “Listening to the Past: An African-American Lullaby,”was published in the Appendix: A New Journal of Narrative and Experimental History ( Vol. 1 No. 3. July 2, 2013”). Her “Sounds of the South” class and the Sonic Dictionary project were also featured in a story on Duke Today, WUNC, and npr.org. Lingold is also pursuing a certificate in African and African American Studies.

Allison Curseen
PhD candidate in English) has accepted an Assistant Professor of English position at Baruch College, CUNY beginning in fall 2014. Curseen was awarded a 2013-14 Bass Teaching Fellowship, and she will complete the Certificate in African and African American Studies in May 2014.

Christina Davidson
(PhD candidate in History) received the Harvey Fellows for Christians in Academia fellowship grant. She is also the recipient of a Summer 2014 Duke Brazil Initiative (which supports a short research project on technology and education in Rio de Janiero) and of the General Commission on Archive and History of the United Methodist Church grant, funded under its Ethnic Grant and its The World Is My Parish United Methodist History Research Grant for summer research in the archives at Drew University in New Jersey and at the Biblioteca Juan de Valdés in Puerto Rico.

Darren Mueller
(PhD candidate in Music) presented his paper, “Secret Sonic Weapon on Record: Dizzy Gillespie and the Ambassadorial Politics of Jazz,” at the International Association for Popular Music United States Branch conference in March 2014. Mueller also received the 2014 Bass Instructional Fellowship at Duke. He has also been selected as an intern for The Graduate School for the 2014-15 academic year.  As an Online Apprentice he will work with CIT to help Duke professors develop online content for their courses. Additionally, David will be developing a hybrid online/face-to-face course that will be an introduction to African American Music.