Minors Theses

2017

Lyda Langford, Minor in Gender Studies, Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy.         Thesis: Femininity as the Source of Horror: Fear, the Abject, and the Unbounded Body.

Vijay Masharani, Minor in Critical Theory, Advisor: Firmin Debrabander. Thesis: The Aesthetics of the Alt Right.

Amanda Rae, Minor in Culture and Politics, Advisor: Firmin Debrabander. Thesis: Unachievable Expectations: Disparities Between the Theory of Eating Ethically and its Application in Food-Insecure Communities

Alyse Ruriani, Minor in Culture and Politics, Advisor: Lauren Janssen. Thesis: Integrating Art Therapy into the Modules of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

2016

Bonnie Avery, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Paul Long
Thesis: Rollin’ Thunder

Kaileen Campbell, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Paul Long
Thesis: Growing Pains (Poetry) / The Influence of Dylan Thomas

Caroline Creeden, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Christine Manganaro
Thesis: Our Thread

Ece Gurelick, Minor in Culture and Politics, Advisor: John Barry
Thesis: Photograph of Aylan Kurdi in the Age of Interpreting Photographs

Ying Liang, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Paul Long
Thesis: Life: Story of Five Lives

Celia Lowenthal, Minor in Literary Studies, Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy
Amlodi and the Bloody Sea, or, What a Piece of Work is Man! A  Conversation on Hamlet, His Brothers, His Fathers, and His Sons

Conor Muething, Minor in Literary Studies, Advisor: David Sterritt
Thesis: Mapping DeLillo

Michelle Norton, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
Thesis: The Collision: Humans and the Divine

Julianne Ostrander, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Kris Messer
Thesis: Stargazer: A Night of Chaos

Samantha Peterson, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
Thesis:  Imagining Siblings

2015

David Angilella, Minor in Culture and Politics, Advisor:

Michelle Czerwinski, Minor in Creative Writing; Advisor: Susan McCully.
Thesis, This One Time

Christina Fitchett, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor:
Thesis: Global Tibetaness: A study of experiences within the Tibetan diaspora.

Priscilla Gaviria, Minor in Gender Studies, Advisor:
Thesis: The Objectification of Women in the Media

Sarah Greenlaw, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Thomas Jones
Thesis: Creative Non-Fiction; Baring it All: Self-Discovery and Humorous Lessons in David Sedaris’s Naked

Kimi Hanauer, Minor in Culture and Politics, Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy
Thesis: Blobwork: A Vision of Contemporary Art Practice and Engagement

Sarah Hood, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Long.
Thesis: Our Fearful Humanity

Kelly Lalama, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
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Julia Lipovsky, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Long
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Chelsea Mai, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor:Paul Jaskunas
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Acacia Matheson, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
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Alexandra Moni-Sauri, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Paul Long.
Thesis: Poetry Collection.

Annie Murphy, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Thomas Jones.
Thesis: Yellow: A Collection of Poems; A Collection of Essays.

Shelby Norton, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Mikita Brottman
Thesis: The Significance of Pooches to People

Helgi Olgeirsson, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Firmin Debrabander
Thesis: Seeking Truth: Analysis of Contemporary Foreign Media

Shari Pryce, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace.
Thesis, REM; Analytical Paper.

Julia Rivera, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace.
Thesis: Unlabeled

Luis Seda, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Eglute Trinkauskaite
Thesis: Tricksterology: Art, Ecology, and Religion

Lauren Sessa, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
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Nicole St. Onge, Minor in Creative Writing. Adviser: Susan McCully.
Thesis, Hiraeth Stories: The Old Woman and the Spire (And others).

Dylan Young, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Susan McCully.
Thesis, Non-Prophet (TV Pilot)

Christopher Zickefoose (Creative Writing); Advisor: Jennifer Wallace.
Thesis: Speak Freely: The Evolution of Language

2014

Sarah Andersen, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Mikita Brottman
Thesis: A Trip Through Enchantment: A Secret History of the Enchanted Forest

Thomas Bruce, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace.
The Subjective Experience in Documentary Work

Fallon Chase, Minor in Literary Studies. Advisor: Mikita Brottman
Thesis: Shared Thoughts: Jane Austen’s Authorial Voice in Sense and Sensibility

Maia Gillet, Minor in Literary Studies. Advisor:
Thesis: All Hail Wossname–Or Maybe Not.
Terry Pratchett’s Democatization of Power Hierarchies in Shakespeare and Tolkien

Joshua Jack, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas.
Thesis: Reducing the Veil / Even a Blind Hog

Autumn Haac, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace.
Thesis: Preamble; Snowpocalypse; Perfected Anxiety

Katherine Marmion, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace.
Thesis: Barnacles; In Defense of Parody

Rebecca Lord, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Long

Sonia Liao, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
Thesis: The Death of Belief in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods / Blizzard

Carolyn Shayte, Minor in Critical Theory. Advisor: Melissa Daum
Thesis: Celebrity and Mental Illness: The Breakdown of the Spectacle

Kelsey Schneider, Minor in Gender Studies. Advisor:
Thesis: The Man Who Made the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Adeline Rodgers, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: William Hilgartner
Thesis: Recent Findings on the Behavior and Physiology of the Giant Squid (architeuthis cephalopoda)

2013

Erica Astrove, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Long
Thesis: Willow River; Poetry Summary.

Alicia Ciambrone, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Long
Thesis: Blood Memoir; Be Not Afraid: Demonizing Sex and the Body.

Mildred (Sarah) Crowe, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Thomas Jones
Thesis: The Lyric and Time: A Close Reading of Three Contemporary PoetsPoems

Amy Cousins, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Thomas Jones
Thesis: Anachronism and the Spiritual in the work of William Blake and Allen Ginsberg;
Anything, Everything; Unless Requested; What Gets Lost.

Sasha De Koninck, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Long
Thesis: I Do Everything Humanly; John Cage & Flannery O’Conner

Shelsea Dodd, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Nicole Jerr
Thesis: Dominion

Morel Doucet, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Chezia Thompson Cager
Thesis: The Potency of Writing: Using Diction and Syntax in Poetry

Amelia Grossman, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Thomas Jones
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Samantha Hanson, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Leah Ulansey
Thesis: Confronting Global Patriarchy, Creating International Solidarity:
The Effects of Globalized Capital on Women and What Transnational Feminism can Mean.

Veronica Casado Hernandez, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Margee Morrison
Thesis: Top Hats and Crinolines: Fashioning Class Transgression in Victorian London

Martha Howard, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor:
Thesis: Raising a Nation on Propaganda

Beau Lajeunesse, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Harry Mattison
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Eve Mobley, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Chezia Thompson Cager
Thesis: The Magic of Abstraction

Kaitlyn O’Brien, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Long
Thesis: Blood Sport in the Ancient Roman Empire

Deniz Olcay; Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
Thesis: A Step Back: Stories

Elena Osawa; Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
Thesis: Codes of Conduct;

Corynne Ostermann, Minor in Gender Studies. Advisor: Margee Morrison
Thesis: Women And Time; Cyclical Womenhood: In and Beyond; The Devaluing of Women’s History and Time
in Hannah Arendt’s The Public and Private Realm; Existence, Women, and Time.

Elizabeth Parlett, Minor in Gender Studies. Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy.;
Thesis: The Girl Who Would be Prince: A Critical Analysis of Gender and Power
in Revolutionary Girl Utena and the Shojo Genre

Beth Pecora; Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Mikita Brottman
Thesis: Crown

Kristen Vetter, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Mikita Brottman
Thesis: Perceptions of Evil in Baltimore

Victoria Venditto, Minor in Literary Studies. Advisor:
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Jacob Weinberg, Minor in Critical Theory. Advisor: Saul Myers.
Thesis: Visual Experience and the Space of Reasons

Rebekah Yohe; Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
Thesis: The Lonely Puppet; Exploring the structure of science fiction writing

2012

Zoe Axelrod, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Firmin Debrabander
Thesis: Nomadology: In Defense of a Homelessness-by-Choice.

Jenna Boyles, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Amy Eisner
Thesis: Enne / Analytical Essay

Amanda Christiansen, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
Thesis: The Gods Wear Spandex: Mythology and The American Superhero

Nathaniel Cubeta, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Amy Peterson
Thesis: Without Comparison: Publicly Funded Stadiums
and What They Reveal about American Attitudes Towards Cities

Jasper Crocker, Minor in Culture & Politics. Advisor:
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Sara Czernikowski, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Long.
Thesis: Two Months with Frog and Toad: A Memoir / Gender Classifications and Deconstruction in Contemporary Memoir

Nabila Daredia, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Eglute Trinkauskaite
Thesis: Negotiated Power of Balinese Textiles: How Identity Animates the Inanimate

Lillian Fisher, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
Thesis: Gloria / Existence, Ecosystems, and the Global Network of Exchange

Vishnu Ganti, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy.
Thesis: Behind the Veil of Multicultural Cinema: An Analysis of the Works of Three Select Female South Asian Filmmakers.

Kate Guthrie, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Thomas Jones.
Thesis: Coma / A Prisoner of One’s Own Condition

Hannah Hill, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Thomas Jones.
Thesis: Stray Sod: Yeats, Wilde, and Fairies in the Irish Countryside

Karin Innocenti, Minor in Literary Studies. Advisor:
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Lara Kaminoff, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy.
Thesis: The Untamed Heart.

Sarah Kujubu, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Long
Thesis: Beyond Wonderland / Fairy Tales: Old, New, and Modernized.

Stephanie Kunze, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Thomas Jones.
Thesis: 20 poems / The Traditional Inuit and their Relationship to Animals of the Arctic.

Brittany Mendez, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
Thesis: Around Walls / How We Know Are and Become / Man’s Environment as a Mirror of Himself

Kathleen McNally, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Thomas Jones.
Thesis: Stained / The Evolution of the Haunting: An Analysis of the Modern Ghost Story Tradition

Kristin McWharter, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Long.
Thesis: Expectation and Transformation

Maria Rigden, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
Thesis: Auto Fiction: The New Genre

Tessa Tripodi, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
Thesis: Rome After Fascism

Hannah Trieb, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor:
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2011

Alexandria Arnopol, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor:
Thesis: Paper Bone

Rachel Beckman, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
Thesis: The Ennui and Discontent of Female Protagonists in Contemporary American Fiction
What Happens After

Ryan Dunne. Minor in Literary Studies. Advisor:
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Sarah Dansberger. Minor in Literary Studies. Advisor: Saul Myers
Thesis: The Power of Magic Portraits: Rendering Image with Language

Anya Ewing, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
Thesis: Science Fiction and Fantasy as Metaphor  / Appearances

Johannah Hall, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
Thesis: The Return of the Flesh

Benjamin Hock. Minor in Literary Studies. Advisor:
Thesis: Villains, Violence, and Sex: The Lasting Power of Ford and Middleton

Kristin Hughes, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Betsy Boyd
Thesis: Analytical Paper / Memoir

Laura Judkis, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy
Thesis: Psychoanalysis of the Body

Matthew Lohry, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Dan D’Oca
Thesis: The Rise of the Creative Class

Stephanie McKee, Minor in Culture & Politics. Advisor:
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Jacqueline McNally, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
Thesis: Fells / Silent Relations

Sasha Morrissey, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
Thesis: Death and Being Animal / Hypothetical Dog / Alex / Ashley

Hope Myers, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor:
Thesis: Adventure / Coast of Doom / Cops and Robbers / Jack and Sammy / Middle School / Trouble with Max / Exploring the History of Children’s Literature

Trami Nguyen, Minor in Culture & Politics. Advisor:
Thesis: Art in Post-War Socialist Vietnam

Lexa Katerina Plesich, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
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Caitlin Ryan, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Thoma Jones
Thesis: Aunt Mag / Matriarchal Power in the works of Flannery O’Connor

Erica Scheff, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas
Thesis: Wolves, Forests, and Fungi / Order in Chaos

Eileen Vernetti. Minor in Gender Studies. Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy
Thesis: Lyrics for the Indefinable

Graham Wimbrow, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
Thesis: Linearity in Writing

2010

Heather Donahue, Minor in Gender Studies, Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy.
Thesis: Writing the Body.

Campbell Floyd. Minor in Literary Studies. Advisor: Firmin Debrabander
Thesis: The Importance of Intentions: Morality and Kant in Art

Nechama Frier, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Dan Gutstein
Thesis: The Content of your Character

Kottie Gaydos, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Paul Jaskunas.
Thesis: Poems and Fictions.

Katherine Glenn. Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Firmin Debrabander
Thesis: Woody Allen on Love in Annie Hall and Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Jackson Howell, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Daniel D’Oca
Thesis: Why the Preservation of Manhattan’s Garment District is Worth Preserving in the Face of Re-Zoning

Elizabeth Parker, Minor in Literary Studies, Advisor: Saul Myers
Thesis: The Narrative Structures of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale and William Faulkner’s Absolom! Absolom!

Michael Porwoll, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Amy Peterson.
Thesis: Mountain (an excerpt) / Methods of Failure

Emma Quinn. Minor, Creative Writing. Advisor: Amy Peterson.
Thesis: Short Fiction / A Feminist Analysis of Clarice Starling as Traditional Gothic Heroine.

Sherry Snider, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor:
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Frank Sobczynski, Minor, Culture and Politics. Advisor: Firmin Debrabander
Thesis: Creativity, the Message, and the Risk: How Street Artists have reacted to the War on Terror (so far) and the Conflicts Involved

Vincent Tiley, Minor in Culture & Politics. Advisor:
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Erin S. Tripp. Minor in Literary Studies. Advisor: Robert Merrill
Thesis: The Connection Between Passionate and Dutiful Love

Katie Vota, Minor, Culture and Politics, Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy.
Thesis: The Creation of the Subject in Creative Works of Truth and Literatures of Realism.

2009

Jennifer Brown, Minor in Culture and Politics, Advisor: Firmin Debrabander
Thesis: A Study of Rousseau and the Ethics of the European Conquest of the Americas
in the name of God and Country

Anne Carnes, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Firmin Debrebander.
Thesis: GE Soy Culture in the Amazon Rainforest.

Marie Condenzio, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace.
Thesis: Citlalli / Magic Realism and the Modern Fairytale

Spencer Compton, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Margee Morrison
Thesis: The Erosion of Capitalism

Marika McCoola, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Betsy Boyd.
Thesis: Crossover Literature: The Current Phenomenon / The Godmother Company

Carrie Schneider, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Firmin Debrebander.
Thesis: America’s Self-Image.

Claire Smalley, Minor, Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
Thesis: The Function of Magic in Fairy Tales and Magic Realist FictionOn the Border, In Between
Mom always rinses eggshells before throwing them in the trash / Little Drowned Darling Boat / Flash Fiction

2008

Jamie Andrew, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Robert Merrill
Thesis: Fiction / On My Work

Mylinh Chau, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Mikita Brottman
Thesis: Metaphorical Aspects of Contemporary Alchemy

Marian Coe, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Joe Basile
Thesis: The Importance of Improved Technology and Methods for the
Recovery and Interpretation of Hunter-Gatherer Perishable Artifacts

Chajana Denharder, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
Thesis: The Return of Eve / The True Power of Children’s Literature

Audra Harvey, Minor in Creative Writing, Advisor:
Thesis: Fiction / The Merit of Chick Lit

Sarah Horowitz, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace.
Thesis: Between Lives: A Brief Study of Memory and Experience / Poems

Susan Hurite, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Firmin Debrabander.
Thesis: Community Revitalization through Arts Education

Danny Jones, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Mikita Brottman
Thesis. Five Short Plays

Erika Kim. Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor:
Thesis: Soul-Searching Obstacles of the American Woman

Sara Moore. Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor:
Thesis: 1492: The End / The Beginning of Apocalypse

Nina Orlando, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: John Peacock
Thesis: The Promise of All Ages: A Scriptural Investigation of Christ’s Return

Lindsay Orlowski. Minor in Gender Studies. Advisor:
Thesis: Ecofeminism: Systemic Change for the Violent and
Addictive Power of our Meat-Centered Culture

Christopher Paprocki, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Harry Mattison
Thesis: Poetry Collection

Christine Frances Quinlan, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Jennifer Wallace
Thesis: Contemporary Lostness: A Study of the Parable’s Influence on Modern Fiction

C. Ellis Rowlands. Minor in Gender Studies. Advisor: Margee Morrison
Thesis: Queer Rape: Why Shame Manifests in the Modern Day

Leslie Stahl, Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy.
Thesis: The Feminine in Selected Works of German Modernist Literature

Chat Travieso. Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: D. Alan Orr
Thesis: Exile City: How Cubans Have Transformed Miami.

Jessica Walker, Minor in Creative Writing. Advisor: Betsy Boyd
Thesis: Empathy and Characterization / Moonless

Didier William: Minor in Culture and Politics. Advisor: Soheila Ghaussy.
Thesis: Friction: Violence as a Deliberate Cultural Element.