Completed Dissertation/Thesis Titles

Elliot Director (2017)
Something Queer in His Make-up: Genderbending, Omegaverses, and Fandom's Discontents
Advisor: Susana Peña
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Ying-Bei Eldridge (2017)
Betweeb Feminism and Femininity: Shifting Cultural Representations of Girlhood in the 1960s
Advisor: Jolie Sheffer
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Zachary Sands (2017)
Film Comedy and the American Dream
Advisor: Tim Messer-Kruse
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Csenge Zalka (2017)
Collaborative Storytelling 2.0: A Framework for Studying Forum-based Role-playing games
Co-Advisors: Radhika Gajjala; Kristine Blair
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Stephanie Salerno (2016)
True Loves, Dark Nights: Queer Performativity and Grieving Through Music in the Work of Rufus Wainwright
Advisor: Jeremy Wallach
Current Position: Assistant Director of Outreach and Engagement, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University

Christopher Wagenheim (2016)
Male Bodies On-Screen: Spectacle, Affect, and the Most Popular Action Adventure Films in the 1980s
Advisor: Theodore Rippey
Current Position: National Endowment of the Humanities Visiting Assistant Professor at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY

Tori Arthur (2016)
"The Reimagined Paradise: African Immigrants in the United States, Nollywood Film, and the Digital Remediation of 'Home' "
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
Current Position: Fellow of Ethnic Studies, Lawrence University

Michael Hale (2015)
"New Deal To New Majority: SDS’s Failure to Realign the Largest Political Coalition in the 20th Century"
Advisor: Clayton Rosati
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Mallory Jagodzinski (2015)
"Love is (Color) Blind: Historical Romance Fiction and Interracial Relationships in the Twenty-First Century"
Advisor: Jolie Sheffer
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Lisa Kaplan (2015)
""Introducing America to Americans": FSA Photography and the Construction of Racialized and Gendered Citizens"
Advisor: Susana Peña
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Aisha McGriff (2015)
"Healthy Bodies Matter: Analysis of the Disclosure of Race and Health Care on WebMD.com"
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
Current Position: Senior Instructional Developer, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Nicole Reamer (2015)
""I Don't Take Kindly To Your Invasion of This Fine Gaming Culture”: Gender, Emotion, and Power in Digital Gaming Spaces as Demonstrated Through Dead Island"
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Media and Communication, University of Arkansas

Wonda Baugh (2015)
"An Autoethnographic Exploration Into Bipolar Depression and Social Support As A Factor Of Resilence"
Advisor: Sandra Faulkner
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Johnanna Ganz (2015)
"Contested Titles: Gendered Violence Victim Advocacy and Negotiating Occupational Stigma in Social Interactions"
Advisor: Sandra Faulkner
Current Position: Rural Technical Assistance Project Coordinator at Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Lance Gibbs (2015)
"It's not just about giving them money": Cultural Representations of Father Involvement Among Black West Indian Immigrants in the United States of America
Advisor: Vibha Bhalla
Current Position: Full-Time Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, University of Dayton

Christine Lezotte (2015)
“Have You Heard the One About the Woman Driver? Chicks, Muscle, Pickups, and the Reimagining of the Woman Behind the Wheel”
Advisor: Susana Peña
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Deborah Ribera (2015)
“(Re)Presentation: An Affective Exploration of Ethnographic Documentary Film Production”
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
Current Position: Founder and CEO, Beyond the Block

Genesis Downey (2015)
“Constructing Elysium and Playing Ugly: Methods of Intimacy in Fantasy Role-Playing Game Communities”
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
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Clare Lemke (2015)
“Thinking Otherwise: Exploring Narratives of Women who Shifted from a Heterosexual to a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and/or Unlabeled Identity”
Advisor: Bill Albertini
Current Position: Student Specialist, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services, Iowa State University

Mallory Mann (2015)
“Squeezing In: Exploring Female Athletes' Body Perceptions”
Advisor: Vikki Krane
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Katharine Schaab (2015)
“Threatening Immigrants: Cultural Depictions of Undocumented Mexican Immigrants in Contemporary US America”
Advisor: Jolie Sheffer
Current Position: Faculty, Integrated Studies Program, Univeristy of North Dakota

Heather Sloane (2015)
“Poverty and the Art of Medicine: Barriers to Empathy in Medical Education”
Advisor: Andrew M. Schocket
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Elisabeth Woronzoff-Dashkoff (2014)
“Playing for their Share: A History of Creative Tradeswomen in Eighteenth Century Virginia”
Advisor: Andrew M. Schocket
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Keisha Hicks (2014)
“Sumptuous Soul: The Music of Donny Hathaway Everything is Everything Donny Hathaway, 1970”
Advisor: Angela Nelson
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Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw (2014)
“The Impact of Race on Perceptions of Authenticity in the Delivery and Reception of African American Gospel Music”
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
Current Position: Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Ohio Northern University

Melinda Lewis (2014)
"That's What She Said": Politics, Transgression, and Women's Humor in Contemporary American Television"
Advisor: Ellen Berry
Current Position: Stategic Initiatives Coordinator, Honor's College, Drexel University; Managing Editor, The Smart Set

William Emerson (2014)
“Mechanics and The Essence of Technology”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
Current Position: Veterans Affairs Coordinator, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Katherine Barak (2014)
“Spinsters, Old Maids, and Cat Ladies: A Case Study in Containment Strategies”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
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Abigail Van Vlerah (2013)
Dissertation: “Women's Participation in Endurance Motorcycle Challenges”
Advisor: Vikki Krane
Current Position: Dean of Students, Long Island University

Justine Lutzel (2013)
“Madness as a Way of Life: Space, Politics, and the Uncanny in Fiction and Social Movements”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
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Arundhati Ghosh (2013)
“From Holmes to Sherlock: Confession, Surveillance, and the Detective”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
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Adrian Bautista (2013)
“Vatos Sagrados: Exploring Northern Ohio's Religious Borderlands”
Advisor: Susana Peña
Current Position: Associate Dean of Campus Life, Oberlin College

Sudipto Sanyal (2013)
“An Uncertain Poetics of the Intoxicated Narrative: Drugs, Detection, Denouement”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
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Christian Remse (2013)
“Vodou and the U.S. Counterculture”
Advisor: Maisha Wester
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An Nguyen (2013)
“Luggage to America: Vietnamese Intellectual and Entrepreneurial Immigrants in the New Millennium”
Advisor: Sridevi Menon
Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies, DELPS, University of Houston

Cassandra Jones (2013)
“FutureBodies: Octavia Butler as a Post-Colonial Cyborg Theorist”
Advisor: Rhadika Gajjala
Current Position: Assistant Professor, African American Studies, University of South Carolina Upstate

Angela Fitzpatrick (2013)
“Women of Ill Fame: Discourses of Prostitution and the American Dream in California, 1850 – 1890”
Advisor: Andrew Schocket
Current Position: Lecturer and Assistant Director, Women’s and Gender Studies, Coastal Carolina University

Edward Uszynski (2013)
“Implicit Religion and the Highly-Identified Sports Fan: An Ethnography of Cleveland Sports Fandom”
Advisor: Michael Butterworth
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Aprilfaye Manalang (2013)
“How Does Religion Shape Filipino Immigrants` Connection to the Public Sphere? Imagining a Different Self-Understanding of Modernity”
Advisors: Donald McQuarie/Rekha Mirchandani
Current Position: Assistant Professor, History and Interdisciplinary Studies, Norfolk State University

Kristy Ganoe (2013)
“Mindful Movement as a Cure for Colonialism”
Advisor: Vikki Krane
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Eric Weeks (2012)
“Memory and Meaning: Constructed Commemoration in a Nation's Capital City”
Advisor: Rebecca Mancuso
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Bryan McGeary (2012)
“Houses, Hot Dogs, and 'Hoods: Place Branding and the Reconstruction of Identity in Rick Sebak's Pittsburgh Documentaries”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
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Kelly MacDonald-Weeks (2012)
“Parrotheads, Cheeseburgers, and Paradise: Adult Music Fandom and Fan Practices”
Advisor: Rhadika Gajjala
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Taghreed Abu Sarhran (2011)
“Voicing the Voiceless: Feminism and Contemporary Arab Muslim Women's Autobiographies”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
Current Position: Working in Domestic Violence crimes at the Police Department in Jordan

Charlotte Louise Quinney (2011)
“(DIS)ARTICULATING THE FRONTIER BODY: ARTIFACTS, APPENDAGES, AND SPECTRES IN THE DISCOURSE OF THE AMERICAN WEST”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
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Martin Otto Zimmann (2011)
”A Place Apart: The Role of Nostalgia in a Detached Community”
Advisor: Scott Martin
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Rachel Dean-Ruzicka (2011)
“Cosmopolitan Ethics and the Limits of Tolerance: Representing the Holocaust in Young Adult Literature”
Advisor: Beth Griech-Polelle
Current Position:  

Phillip Cunningham (2011)
“”Well, It Is Because He’s Black”: A Critical Analysis of the Black President in Film and Television”
Advisor: Angela Nelson
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Media Studies, Quinnipiac University

Chadwick Roberts (2011)
“Consuming Liberation: Playgirl and the Strategic Rhetoric of Sex Magazines for Women 1972-1985”
Advisor: Leigh Ann Wheeler
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Joanne Joys (2011)
“The Wild Things”
Advisor: Montana Miller
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Stefan Hall (2011)
“You’ve Seen the Movie, Now Play the Game”: Recoding the Cinematic in Digital Media and Virtual Culture
Advisor: Ronald Shields
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Andrew Famiglietti (2011)
“Hackers, Cyborgs, and Wikipedians: The Political Economy and Cultural History of Wikipedia”
Advisor: Victoria Eckstrand
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Kelly Watson (2010)
“I Laid my Hands on a Gorgeous Cannibal Woman”: Anthropophagy in the Imperial Imagination, 1492 – 1763
Advisor: Andrew Schocket
Current Position: Assistant Professor, History, Avila University

Lloyd Vayo (2010)
“Silencio: The Spectral Voice and 9/11”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
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Rosalind Sibielski (2010)
“What Are Little (Empowered) Girls Made Of?: The Discourse of Girl Power in Contemporary U.S. Popular Culture”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
Current Position: Assistant Professor, English and Film Studies, Rhode Island College.

Neil Shepard (2010)
“Rewiring Difference and Disability: Narratives of Asperger's Syndrome in the Twenty-First Century”
Advisor: Vivian Patraka
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Rebekah Burchfield (2010)
“Pressed between the Pages of My Mind: Tangibility, Performance, and Technology in Archival Popular Music Research”
Advisor: William Schurk
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Mark Bernard (2010)
“Selling the Splat Pack: The DVD Revolution and the American Horror Film”
Advisor: Cynthia Baron
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Christian Pralea (2010)
“A Hermeneutical Ontology of Cyberspace”
Advisor: Rekha Mirchandani
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David Moody (2010)
“Political Melodies in the Pews?: Is Black Christian Rap the New Voice of Black Liberation Theology?”
Advisor: Angela Nelson
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, State University of New York at Oswego

Erika Kubik (2009)
“From Girlfriend to Gamer: Negotiating Place in the Hardcore/Casual Divide of Online Video Game Communities”
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
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Robert Obey (2009)
”Say Hello to My Little Friend: De Palma's Scarface, Cinema Spectatorship, and the Hip Hop Gangsta as Urban Superhero”
Advisor: Donald McQuarie
Current Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University Firelands

Nathan Crook (2009)
“Foods That Matter: Constructing Place and Community at Food Festivals in Northwest Ohio”
Advisor: Lucy M. Long
Current Position: Assistant Professor, English and Agricultural Communication, The Ohio State University ATI

Joelle Ryan (2009)
“Reel Gender: Examining the Politics of Trans Images in Film and Media”
Advisor: Susana Peña
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Michael Lupro (2009)
“Space Oddities for the Age of Space Tourism”
Advisor: Donald McQuarie
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University Studies-Academic Affairs, Portland State University

Colin Helb (2009)
“Use and Influence of Amateur Musician Narratives In Film, 1981-2001”
Advisor: Jeremy Wallach
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, Elizabethtown College

Alissa Burger (2009)
“From 'The Wizard of Oz' to 'Wicked': Trajectory of American Myth”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
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Marnie Pratt (2008)
“The L Word Menace: Envisioning Popular Culture as Political Tool”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
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Christopher Johnston (2008)
“Performing Blackness at the Heart of Whiteness: The Life and Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat”
Advisor: Andrew Hershberger
Current Position: District Director of Academic Assessment / Associate Professor of English, Broward College, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Dellareese Higgs (2008)
“Behind the Smile: Negotiating and Transforming the Tourism-Imposed Identity of Bahamian Women”
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
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Meriem Mechehoud (2016)
“U.S. Cultural Diplomacy in the Middle East and North Africa: The Impact of the MEPI Program on Youth Political Involvement and Civic Engagement”
Advisor: Khani Begum
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Cody Osterman (2016)
“The Day New York Forgot: The Legacy Of Trauma In Collective Memory As Seen Through A Study Of Evacuation Day”
Advisor: Andrew M. Schocket
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Mary Maxfield (2016)
“The Safety Net: Troubling Safe Space as a Social Justice Aim”
Advisor: Becca Cragin
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Erin Mulligan (2016)
“Hungry for Reassurance: Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Cultural Anxieties and the Diet Debate, 1890-1914”
Advisor: Timothy Messer-Kruse
Current Position: Program Coordinator for Education and Outreach, University of Cincinnati Women's Center

Ludmila Polyakova (2016)
MA Plan II Exam
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Daniel Williams (2016)
MA Plan II Exam
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Joshua Catalano (2015)
“The Commemoration of Colonel Crawford and the Vilification of Simon Girty: How Politicians, Historians, and the Public Manipulate Memory”
Advisor: Andrew M. Schocket
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Andrew Corbett (2015)
“Queering New Media: Connectivity in Imagined Communities on the Internet”
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
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Rebecca Jenkins (2015)
“Forgotten: Scioto County's Lost Black History”
Advisor: Nicole Jackson
Current Position: American Culture Studies PhD student at Bowling Green State University

Kaitlyn Wauthier (2014)
“Real? Hell, Yes, It's Real. It's Mexico": Promoting a US National Imaginary in the Works of William Spratling and Katherine Anne Porter”
Advisor: Jolie Sheffer
Current Position: American Culture Studies PhD student at Bowling Green State University

Yuan Shi (2014)
MA Plan II Exam
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Nathan Micinski (2014)
“Simulated Sessions: Cannabis (Sub)culture, the Subcultural Repository, and Networked Mediation”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
Current Position: Development Coordinator at National MS Society, Alhambra, California

Thomas Wexler (2013)
“Collective Expressions: The Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia”
Advisor: Andrew Hershberger
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Anna Wiegenstein (2013)
MA Plan II Exam
Current Position: PhD student, English Program, Oklahoma State University

Ann Weedon (2013)
“Tracking the Cougar: Performing the Over-Thirty-Five Single Woman In Everyday Life and Media Representations”
Advisor: Lesa Lockford
Current Position: American Culture Studies PhD student at Bowling Green State University

Brock Webb (2013)
“This side of midnight: Recovering a queer politics of disco club culture”
Advisor: Susana Peña
Current Position: American Culture Studies PhD student at Bowling Green State University

James Vlisides (2013)
“Rendering the Other: Ideologies of the Neo-Oriental in World of Warcraft”
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
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Babacar Faye (2012)
“POLITICAL SPONTANEITY AND SENEGALESE NEW SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, Y'EN A MARRE AND M23: A RE-READING OF FRANTZ FANON 'THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH"
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
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Diana DePasquale (2012)
“Who Let YOU In Here? Social Class, Sitcoms and The New Normal”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
Current Position: American Culture Studies PhD student at Bowling Green State University

Giang Nguyen Dien (2012)
“9/11 and the Myth of National Unity”
Advisor: Andrew Schocket
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Alexander Champlin (2012)
“Video Game Play and Apparatus”
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
Current Position: PhD Student at University of California Santa Barbara

Rebecca Testerman (2012)
“Desegregating the Future: A Study of African-American Participation in Science Fiction Conventions”
Advisor: Esther Clinton
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Tiffany Knoell (2012)
“Animating America: Warner Bros. Animation During the Depression”
Advisor: Andrew Schocket
Current Position: American Culture Studies PhD student at Bowling Green State University

Mei Shang (2011)
“On “Not Asian Enough” – Textual Analysis of Cultural Representation of All-American Girl”
Advisor: Becca Cragin
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Clare Lemke (2011)
“Femme Feelings: Mapping Affective Affinities between Femme and Third Wave Feminists”
Advisor: Bill Albertini
Current Position: Doctorate earned at Bowling Green State University

Aaron Burnell (2011)
“Nobody's Darlings: Reading White Trash in Supernatural”
Advisor: Radhika Gajjala
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Wisam Al Baldawi (2011)
“Translating Iraq: The “Unknown Soldiers” of the US Occupation of Iraq”
Advisor: Sridevi Menon
Current Position: Working for a non-profit organization in Tuscon, AZ helping to resettle Iraqi Refugees

Khaled Esseissah (2010)
“The Increasing Conversion to Islam Since 9/11: A Study of White American Muslim Converts in Northwest Ohio”
Advisor: Lillian Ashcraft-Eason
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Megan Adams (2011)
“Flicking the Bean on the Silver Screen: Women’s Masturbation as Self-Discovery and Subversion in American Cinema”
Advisor: Kim Coates
Current Position: PhD Student at Indiana University

Charlotte Tidy (2010)
“The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army” and the Politics of Representation and Resistance”
Advisor: Ellen Gorsevski
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Maria Kotchetkova (2010)
“Semiotic Approach to the Analysis of Interpersonal Communication in Modern Comedies”
Advisor: Ellen Gorsevski
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Kevan Feshami (2010)
“That Blood is Real Because I Just Can’t Fake It”: Conceptualizing, Contextualizing, Marketing, and Delivering Gore in Herschell Gordon Lewis’s Blood Feast
Advisor: Maisha Wester
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Jonathan Bartholomy (2010)
“Disability Studies is Absolutely Essential in a World Engulfed by Technology and Medicalization”
Advisor: Cynthia Baron
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Adrienne Hill (2009)
“Spatial Awarishness: Queer Women and the Politics of Fat Embodiment”
Advisor: Ellen Berry
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• Tamara Serrano-Chandler (2009)
“Intersecting Identities: Race and Gender in a Quinceañera Fashion Show”
Advisor: Susana Peña
Current Position: Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan

Melinda Lewis (2009)
“Renegotiating British Identity Through Comedy Television”
Advisor: Simon Morgan-Russell
Current Position: Instructor, Theatre and Film, Bowling Green State University

Angela Crist (2009)
“South African Ubuntu Theory in Cross Cultural Community Development Practice: An Autoethnographic Exploration”
Advisor: Jane Rosser
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Kristen Cooperkline (2009)
“Misconceptions Crumble: The Potential of Native-Controlled Theatre to Deconstruct Non-Native Americans' Perceptions of Native Peoples in the United States”
Advisor: Scott Magelssen
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Jonathan Van Melle (2009)
“Locked In Time?: The Hariri Assassination and the Making of a Usable Past for Lebanon”
Advisor: Sridevi Menon
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Beckett Warren (2008)
“Dawn of a New Apocalypse: Engagements with the Apocalyptic Imagination in 2012 and Primitvist Discourse”
Advisor: Cynthia Baron
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Hajar Mafoodh (2008)
“Hijab in the Eyes of Little Muslim Women”
Advisors: Madeline Duntley and Donald McQuarie
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Edwin Faulhaber (2008)
“Communicator Between Worlds: Björk Reaches Beyond the Binaries”
Advisor: Kimberly Coates
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• Erin Gentry (2008)
“Girls' Night Out: Female Graffiti Artists in a Gendered City”
Advisor: Amy Bingaman
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