Graduate Student Research and Creative Works

Graduate Student
Research & Creative Works

As students enter master’s and doctoral programs, they are guided by faculty scholars who foster a spirit of investigation and exploration. Our students actively contribute to their fields by publishing their work, presenting at conferences, and participating in esteemed events such as the Research Week Symposium. We take great pride in celebrating their achievements and supporting their impactful projects through research


Student Spotlights

Nidhi Sheth, a doctoral student in Computational and Integrative Biology, drives advancements in forensic science through her research.

Childhood Studies alumna, Elaysel Germán, an award-winning educator, returns to Camden to foster positive learning experiences in the community.

Prentiss Dantzler, a Public Affairs Ph.D. graduate, investigates housing insecurity, driven by personal experiences and community struggles during the 2008 recession.

Isaac Blum, a Creative Writing Alum, released “The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen,” earning accolades, including the William C. Morris Award.

Recent Books by Students & Alumni

Our students have recently published a diverse range of books that cover various genres and themes. These works include thought-provoking essays, captivating novels, and explorations of topics like identity, social justice, and history. Their literary contributions showcase their talent and dedication to their craft while adding valuable perspectives to the world of literature. We are proud of their achievements and eagerly anticipate their future endeavors in the realm of publishing.

Oz and the Musical: Performing the American Fairy Tale

By Ryan Bunch, Childhood Studies Alumnus

Ryan Bunch, a scholar with a background in historical musicology, immerses himself in musical theater, children’s music, media, literature, and performance cultures. An active International Wizard of Oz Club member, Bunch explores L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” history from the 1902 stage production to the beloved 1939 MGM film and later musical adaptations like “The Wiz” (1975) and “Wicked” (2003). Drawing on his passion for Oz, he scrutinizes how this “American fairy tale” lens reveals American identity, touching on race, gender, sexuality, age, and embodiment. Bunch’s work extends beyond stage and screen, including home theatricals, school musicals, themed environments, and community events, uncovering complexities and exclusions in portraying an American utopia.

Bon Courage: Essays

By Ru Freeman, Creative Writing Alumna

Ru Freeman, a Sri Lankan-born writer and activist, has garnered international acclaim for her creative and political contributions, featured in publications such as The UK Guardian, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times. She boasts a diverse literary portfolio, including the short story collection “Sleeping Alone” (Graywolf Press, 2022) and “Bon Courage: Essays” (Etruscan Press, 2023). Freeman’s novels, “A Disobedient Girl” (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and “On Sal Mal Lane” (Graywolf Press, 2013), earned the distinction of being New York Times Editor’s Choice Books and have been translated into multiple languages. As the editor of “Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine” (OR Books, 2015 and Interlink, 2016) and “Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security” (Interlink, 2019), she amplifies the voices of American poets and writers addressing Palestine and global security issues. “Bon Courage” is a profound collection, blending essays, memoir, and fiction, exploring diverse topics such as music icons, cultural identity, and pressing socio-political issues like 9/11 and #MeToo. Freeman’s work resonates with empathy and courage, destined to make a lasting impact.

When Did We Stop Being Cute?

By Martin Wiley, Creative Writing Alumnus

In this poetic narrative, Martin Wiley, a product of 1980s suburban New Jersey and a mixed-race background, draws inspiration from the music of his upbringing, spanning Public Enemy to Blondie. His verse reflects both personal and societal dynamics, exploring the complexities of growing up in a time of change, grappling with questions like “just when I stopped being cute…” Amid encounters with the police, where fear looms, and internal confrontations, the speaker in this collection learns to navigate a world that often views him as a threat. “When Did We Stop Being Cute?” is a poignant reflection on the beauty and challenges of life in the United States, highlighting the significance of Black lives.