Jepson Fellows for 2019-20 and Their Project Summaries

* Jennifer Barry, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion, “A Violence All Her Own: Fantasies of Gender Violence in Late Antiquity.”

Project summary: A book project, which argues that late ancient Christian texts participate in and sanction violence against women to promote and preserve orthodoxy. Feminist and classical dream theories are used to examine how male fantasies of violence in Christian texts promote violence against women.

* Laura Bylenok, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, “Mycopoeia: Long-form Poetic Sequence and the Figure of the Mycelial Network.”

Project summary: a book-length project of poems in which long-form poetic sequence takes the form of a mycelial network as the primary image and figure for interconnection and heterogeneity in nonhierarchical ecosystems. Poems will explore the phenomenology of nonhuman intelligence and
experience, in particular including and examining the significance of what is termed a “model organism.”

* Andrew Marshall, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, “Algorithm Development for the Formal Analysis of Cryptographic
Protocols and Security Algorithms.”

Project summary:  A project to develop symbolic methods for proving security of encryption algorithms. These methods are intended to be used for the design and evaluation of encryption and algorithms. In addition, the project seeks to begin the development of software tools that can use
the above symbolic methods and be applied to the analysis of cryptographic algorithms.

* Ranjit Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, Landowners and Land Conservation in Stafford County: Research and Course Development.”

Project summary: A project to study Stafford County landowners’ attitudes towards land conservation and, more specifically, their views on voluntary conservation easements (CEs). Part of the wider conservation movement, the use of CEs as tools to ensure land conservation in perpetuity is growing on the national and global scale.