- University Honors Scholar, Fall 2007
Krista Billingsley graduated from UWF in 2007 as a University Honors Scholar, earning a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Political Science. Krista has since continued her excellent caliber of work as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, as her numerous awards attest.
Krista was recently awarded both a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship and a Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant to conduct fieldwork in Nepal from January 2016 until January 2017.
The awards combined provide Krista with over $46,000 to conduct her dissertation research examining transitional justice in Nepal, focusing on structural violence and the perceptions of Nepalis affected by conflict as children.
In addition to pursuing her Ph.D., Krista has served as a graduate teaching associate in UT’s Department of Anthropology, is currently a contributing researcher at UT’s Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict, and is working toward a graduate certificate in the UT Department of Anthropology's Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights Program. On October 10, 2015, Krista married Heath Kirby in Gainesboro, Tennessee.
Looking back at her time at UWF, Krista credits the support she received from Honors faculty as being instrumental in leading her to her current path. “The most influential aspect of the Honors program was the mentorship provided to me by Jocelyn Evans, Gregory Lanier, and Greg Tomso,” Krista writes. “Their advice and support led to my decision to pursue my doctorate.”
Having begun her Ph.D. program at UT in 2011, Krista was awarded a W.K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs in 2013 to conduct preliminary research in Nepal. She received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship and a Cornell Summer Intensive Nepali Language Award to study Nepali at Cornell University. She has received several other forms of support from both within and outside of UT, her Fulbright and Wenner-Gren awards among the most recent.