Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award 2016
Lindsey Harding, a recent doctoral graduate in English, distinguished herself by producing a sophisticated dissertation that investigated multi-modal forms of writing, including photography and digital archives. A hybrid of creative non-fiction and faux documentary, personal family history and rhetorical criticism, photography theory and homemade imaging, Harding’s dissertation explores the relationship between photography and motherhood and, more specifically, the cultural construction of motherhood through digital photographs. A chapter of her dissertation, titled “Motherhood Reimag(in)ed: A Study of Domestic Photography in the Digital Age,” is forthcoming in Photographies. Harding is the lead web developer for the literary journal Mandala, a publication of the Institute for African American Studies. She currently serves as the assistant director of the Franklin College Writing Intensive Program and as the faculty advisor and editor for The Classic, the Writing Intensive Program’s journal of undergraduate writing and research.