GSA Executive Board
Department: Political Science
My name is Kate Perry and I am a 3rd year student in the Political Science Department, pursuing my PhD with an emphasis on international relations and comparative politics. My research focuses on women’s experiences around the world, particularly those involving human rights, conflict, global security, and foreign policy. I am currently working on an article that examines the relationship between sexual violence and female participation in terrorist groups as well as another piece that examines the negative impact of economic sanctions on women via the decrease in government spending on social programs. I received my B.A. from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, and my M.A. from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. I served as a General Assembly member of GSA and then Vice President of GSA in my first two years at Mizzou, and I am very excited to serve as GSA President this year. I hope to do more to enhance the professional and social experiences of each of our graduate students. My department office is located on the third floor of the Professional Building and I am available through email as well. On a personal note, I have lived in Columbia for two years now and love the city and the campus community. I am married and have three children and four dogs and we all love to spend time at the many public parks and beautiful nature trails here in Columbia.
Department: Natural Resources
I’m so excited for the opportunity to serve as the 2016-2017 GSA Vice President! I am half way through my second year as a doctoral student in the School of Natural Resources, specifically studying soil chemistry and ecology. The objective of my research project is to better understand how climate change will affect wetland ecosystems in the Great Plains, so I measure the effects of temperature and precipitation changes on plants, soil, and microbial properties in wetlands in Nebraska and Texas. At Mizzou, I am also involved with the School of Natural Resources Graduate Student Organization and I serve as the chair of the Agronomy, Crops, and Soil Graduate Student Committee on a national level. Before moving to Columbia, I attended Iowa State University and received two bachelor’s degrees in Agronomy and Global Resource Systems and obtained a master’s degree in Plant Science from South Dakota State University. I have always been active in student organizations and can’t wait to work with GSA this year to plan events and work with the rest of the board and general assembly!
Michelle "Livy" Livek
Department: Art Education
I can be a spontaneous, passionate, overzealously energetic [bordering on over-caffeinated] believer in students, contemporary research, and methods in Art Education. I am very interested in helping students become reflective, compassionate, and productive thinkers in and through visual art. As an artist, I tend to work in clay, but am finding that my favorite medium is found in the fluidity and plasticity of thought, which I attempt to use to sculpt dynamic thinking strategies for students.
This semester I will be completing my comprehensive exams and aspiring to graduate with my PhD in Art Education this May. For the past two years I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Mizzou and at Lincoln University, interned at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, become a council member for the Missouri Art Education Association, have presented both state wide and nationally about assessment and art education, and participated in the School for Art Leaders for the national Art Education Association.
As the GSA secretary I hope to continue to support the dynamic community of Graduate students here at the University of Missouri.
The University of Missouri graduate programs and graduate associations have allowed me to refine my leadership skills, assisted me in developing my Curriculum Vitae, created networks for policy changes within the university, and created a community of lifelong friends! I look forward to serving all of the Graduate Students in the best way that I can as your Secretary for the Graduate Student Association!
I hail from Tennessee, grew up in rural West Tennessee but have lived in both Memphis and Nashville. I earned my Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Memphis in 2014 and am a third year doctoral student in Sociology here at MU. Before graduate school, I worked as a family advocate for a non-profit child abuse prevention center partnered with the Department of Children Services in West Tn.
My research interests are broadly situated in areas of culture, identity, interaction, and health, with an emphasis in micro sociology and everyday lives. More specifically, I study how people with a history of self-injury talk about their experiences. I have presented on the topic of self-injury at regional, national, and international conferences in my field.
I am excited to serve as GSA treasurer this year and am eager to see the accomplishments GSA makes as we continue to provide professional development and interdisciplinary networking opportunities for our graduate students. I hope to meet many of you at our events.
Beyond the academics, I am an avid Dr. Who fan, enjoy traveling with my husband, hiking, and hanging out with my dog.
Director of Public Relations
This is my second year at Mizzou and my second year serving as the Director of Public Relations for GSA. My research at Mizzou examines female-enacted violence on stage, in video games, and in other forms of media. It comes as no surprise, then, that I am an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors with certifications in unarmed combat (recommended pass), rapier & dagger (recommended pass), quarterstaff, single sword, and broadsword. I have served as the violence designer for many productions at Theatre UCF and Mizzou Theatre, including the regional premiere of Deborah Zoe Laufer's Leveling Up. I graduated from University of Central Florida with a Master of Arts in Theater Studies and received a BFA in Acting with a minor in Educational Studies with Honors from Michigan State University. This year, it is my goal to make our Twitter page and our Facebook page as active as possible, so please like and follow us on those social media platforms!
For a list of past GSA Executive Officers and photos, please see the GSA History page.