PhD student Ashlee Dauphinais was selected for the Fulbright-Hays Doctors Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship. She will use this prestigious 12-month award to carry out her dissertation research, provisionally entitled "Linguistic Practices among Women with Turner Syndrome in Brazil." Ashlee is one of five OSU recipients of the award this year, and one of just 90 recipients nationwide.
Ashlee will conduct her research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, examining the topic of linguistic practices and the construction of womanhood among individuals with Turner Syndrome (TS), one of the most common chromosomal intersex conditions. She will be affiliated with the Applied Linguistics program and the School of Medicine at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her project examines linguistic variation and other discursive practices to explore how TS individuals mitigate personal and group identity in light of larger discourses of womanhood and femininity in Brazil. Employing mixed qualitative and quantitative methodologies, Dauphinais will conduct an in-depth ethnography of Brazilian TS communities and doctors to understand how TS individuals negotiate their embodied gendered identity and medical treatment through language. More broadly, her research facilitates insights on intersections of language, the body, health practices, and social conceptions of gender for scholars and medical practitioners.
Ashlee's academic advisor is Anna Babel.