GSA Executive Board
Sarah Senff is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies who hails from Ohio. She is an artist-scholar who uses applied theatre techniques to intervene in issues of discrimination, public health, and health communication. She currently serves as Associate Director of the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research and Managing Director of the Troubling Violence Performance Project, both here at MU. She recently completed a term serving MU’s graduate employees as Co-Chair of the Coalition of Graduate Workers. Sarah hopes to advance offerings and services for scholars planning to pursue careers outside the academy during her term as GSA President, so please feel free to send her suggestions and ideas as they arise.
Jesse Wyatt is a PhD candidate in the department of Chemistry. Originally from Illinois, Jesse moved to Columbia after receiving a M.S. in Molecular Biology. He currently serves as President of the Chemistry Graduate Student Organization and is working on establishing STEM outreach within the department. Jesse is interested in bio-organic and biochemical processes as they relate to health and disease. His current research focuses on understanding how genetic mutations in disease affect the structure of proteins.
Eric O. Scott studies creative nonfiction writing and medieval studies as a PhD candidate in the department of English. He writes about Paganism, pilgrimage, vikings, wilderness and growing up in St. Louis. His work appears monthly in The Wild Hunt, the leading Pagan news site, and he is a contributing editor for the literary journal Killing the Buddha. Eric has served the graduate employees of MU as Co-Chair of the Coalition of Graduate Workers since 2015. His middle name is not Odin.
“Duke was born and raised in the mountain and desert landscapes of Utah. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and went on to earn his Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. At the University of Missouri-Columbia he continues this educational journey in pursuit of his Ph.D. in Philosophy. His areas of interest include logic, the philosophy of logic, and the history of philosophy. Music is Duke’s second love, and he enjoys playing, listening to, composing, and producing music often. Outside of these things Duke enjoys the simple yet all too often overlooked things in life like cooking and eating great food, good conversation, watching movies, and being with those he loves”
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Department: Human Development & Family Sciences
James Larsen is doctoral student in the department of Human Development & Family Sciences. Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, James moved to Columbia to earn his bachelor’s degree from MU. During his senior year, James became intrigued by academic work, and gained experience working in an early child development research lab. James is pursuing a career in academia, and is particularly interested in studying preschoolers' problem-solving skills and creativity, nature-based learning, and school readiness. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, hiking, listening to live music, and studying martial arts.
For a list of past GSA Executive Officers and photos, please see the GSA History page.