Kelly Shi is a PhD student in Philosophy at Duke. She studies the relationship between systemic oppression and the moral development, moral challenges, and moral opportunities of oppressed individuals. She received her BA in Philosophy from Santa Clara University.
Aaron Ebert is a PhD. candidate in Duke’s Graduate Program in Religion, focusing on Early Christianity. He studies and writes on various aspects of early Christian thought and practice, especially in its relation to ancient and modern philosophy. The questions that most exercise him are those related to philosophical anthropology, hermeneutics, and moral and intellectual formation. His dissertation explores envy, rivalry, and schadenfreude in the thought of Augustine. Most of his spare time is given to raising and keeping up with his four children, with whom he and his wife like to garden, eat ice cream, and explore the North Carolina outdoors. Aaron received a B.S. from the University of Montevallo and an M.T.S. from Duke Divinity.
Suhyen Bae is a PhD student in Political Science at Duke studying political behavior and political communication. Her dissertation focuses on how social isolation and loneliness shape political attitudes and preferences, specifically examining internet and social media use as an underlying mechanism. She also works on projects involving legislators, Twitter networks and social media campaign advertisements, utilizing big data and machine learning methods. Suhyen received her BA and MA in Political Science and International Relations with honors and distinction from Seoul National University in South Korea.
Minato Sakamoto is a Japanese composer, pianist, and improviser from Osaka. Ranging from classical concert music to electronic music with heavy uses of computational technologies, his compositions practice the unserious seriously, fuse spontaneous and organic qualities, and demonstrate a clear connection to the past. His works have been featured across the United States, East Asia, and Europe in both traditional concert settings and internationally acclaimed conferences. Minato is currently studying towards his Ph.D. in composition at Duke University. For more info, please visit minatosakamoto.com.
Kristen M. Renberg, Ph.D., is a J.D. candidate at Duke University School of Law. She studies judicial behavior and access to justice in courtrooms across the United States. Her dissertation explores the ways in which courts strategically organize themselves to encourage or evade appellate review. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Merced. Kristen completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 2020.
Sinja Küppers is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Classical Studies at Duke University. In her dissertation, she investigates The Social History of Higher Education in the Late Roman Empire. She is particularly interested in how language and institutions reflect social norms and questions of class, diversity and equity. For her presentation on “Studying ‘Abroad’ in Antiquity: Student Movement and Educational Policy” Sinja received the 2021 Presidential Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper by The Classical Association of the Middle West and South. At Duke, she co-founded the first-generation graduate student organization Duke F1RSTS. Before coming to Duke, Sinja received a MSt from the University of Oxford and a B.A. from the University of Cologne.