Claire Roosien has studied how the Soviet government encouraged Uzbek women to remove their veils so they could more easily join the workforce. Some women were rewarded with luxury textiles, which served as a new marker of their identity.


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An intricate tapestry

Claire Roosien pursues a more nuanced view of the former Soviet Union.
Paula Harper, AB’10, studies the dynamics of online fan communities like the one surrounding Taylor Swift, seen here posing for a selfie with a fan.



Two perspectives on popular music

A musicologist and a scholar of Japan examine the culture of pop music from the Cold War to the digital age.
A new music ensemble rehearses in the Logan Center for the Arts.


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Learning in concert

Award-winning composition PhD students share the full range of their skills.
Bob Daily's screenwriting resume includes ABC's reboot of "The Wonder Years," created by Saladin K. Patterson (right).


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Peak TV

Bob Daily, AM’86, discusses his career writing for television.