Emma Jewell

Emma Jewell, Undergraduate student, German and Communication Studies

Examines representations of reproductive care

“Emma’s research contributes to examining how fiction and mainstream media not only reflect public attitudes but influence them.” – Waltraud Maierhofer, Professor, German

Hometown:  Crystal Lake, IL
Faculty mentor/advisor: Professor Waltraud Maierhofer
What is your degree program and expected graduate date? I will graduate in May 2022 with a double major in German and Communication Studies, a minor in English, and a certificate in Resilience and Trauma-Informed Perspectives.
Please describe your research: I am researching media and literature representations of reproductive justice and abortion across both Germany and America, in an effort to understand how both countries handle such a topic.
In simple terms, why does this research matter? Women rely on reproductive health for their overall wellbeing, and therefore exploring and comparing how both countries handle such a topic may allow us to improve reproductive rights in our own country.
How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? I was inspired to start researching after I completed a course titled: Contraception Across Time and Cultures with Professor Maierhofer during my third year at the University of Iowa.
How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? Research has allowed me to pursue a personal passion project, as well as become more involved in both my German and Communications majors, as my research connects to both!
What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? I will be a full-time corps member through Teach for America upon graduation, teaching special education to 7-12 graders in Colorado.

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