Graduate Scholar Recipients

Katherine Castiello Jones
Donald Wallenfang

Graduate Scholar Winners

Katherine Castiello Jones
Katherine Castiello Jones is a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is also completing a graduate certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies. Kat is the co-author, with Miliann Kang, of “Why do People get Tattoos?” in the Winter 2007 issue of Contexts. Her research interests include sexuality, gender, culture and religion. She has presented her earlier research on evangelical teenagers’’ relationship scripts at the American Sociological Association and Add-Health User’s Conferences. She is currently completing her dissertation which examines groups that promote premarital sexual abstinence. Her dissertation prospectus was given the Ann Ferguson Feminist Activist Award in 2010.

Donald Wallenfang
Donald Wallenfang is a PhD Candidate in Constructive Theology at Loyola University Chicago and holds the John Cardinal Cody Research Assistantship at the same institution. He received his Master’s degree in Theological Studies from St. Norbert College. Donald has published pieces on human sexuality, human personhood, evolutionary theory, interreligious dialogues, and phenomenology. He has also studied with Jean-Luc Marion at the University of Chicago, who is a member of his dissertation committee. Donald’s dissertation explores the phenomenality of the Eucharist at the intersection of the work of Jean-Luc Marion, Paul Ricoeur and Emmanuel Levinas. He is a member of the Edith Stein Circle, the Society for Ricoeur Studies, and the North American Levinas Society.