Graduate Specialization & Graduate Minor Dissertation and Thesis Titles


Jacqueline H. Harris, PhD English
Dissertation: The Buried Life of the Facts of Life: Female Physical Development in Nineteenth-Century British Coming-of-Age Literature
Advisor: Laura White

Mitchell Hobza, MA English
"I am not your justification for existence': Mourning, Fascism, Feminism and the Amputation of Mothers and Daughters in Atwood, Ziervogel, and Ozick
Amelia Maria de la Luz Montes

Mevi  Hova, PhD English
Redefining the Black Diaspora: Migration, Identity, and Gender Narratives in West African Diasporic Women's Fiction
Advisors: Kwakiutl Dreher & Kwame Dawes


Lesley Bartlett, PhD English
Dissertation: Pedagogy in Action: Teaching and Writing as Rhetorical Performance
Advisor: Shari Stenberg

Jaclyn Cruikshank Vogt, PhD English
Dissertation: Women Who Kill: Late Twentieth-Century American Women Writers Rewriting Mythologies of Violence
Advisor: Maureen Honey

Kris Gandara, PhD English
Dissertation: If I Were He: Tracing a Female Butch Lineage in American Literature
Advisor: Amelia Montes

Heather Jerónimo, PhD Modern Languages and Literatures, Spanish
Dissertation: Forming Fam(other)hood: Queer Parenthood in 20th and 21st-Century Spanish Narrative and Film
Advisor: Iker González-Allende

Sarah Jones, PhD Communication Studies
Networking Local-Global Advocacy: A Rhetorical Historiography of the International Women's Tribune Centre (1072-1986)
Damien Pfister

Marianne Kunkel, PhD English
All the Girls Shout Please
Advisor: Kwame Dawes

Ashley Lawson, PhD English
Dissertation: The Self-Representing Muse: Autobiographical Productions of Women in Artistic Partnerships
Maureen Honey

Allysha Martin, PhD Modern Languages and Literatures, Spanish
Dissertation: Consuming Women: Cultural Subversion through Consumption in Late Twentieth-Century Women Writers' Narratives in Latin America
Advisor: José Eduardo González


Jill Allen, PhD Psychology
The Drive to be Sexy: Belonging Motivation and Optimal Distinctiveness in Women's Self-Sexualization
Sarah J. Gervais

Melissa Beran-Samuelson, PhD Political Science
In Pursuit of Sustainable Good: Microfinance in India
Advisor: Patrice McMahon

Krista Ferguson, PhD English
Spilling My Heart Out for You
Advisor: Jonis Agee

Neelee Glasco
, MA English

Brandon Locke,  MA History
The Military-Masculinity Complex: Hegemonic Masculinity and the United States Armed Forces, 1940-1963
Advisor: Patrick Jones

Rachel Schmitz, MA Sociology

Thesis: Tentative Transitions and Gendered Pathways: Exploring the Revolving Door of Young Adult Homelessness
Advisor: Kimberly A. Tyler

Garbiñe Vidal Torreira, PhD Modern Languages, Spanish
La Mujer Frente al Espejo: La Representacion de la Edad de la Mujer en Cuentos de Escritoras Espanolas del Siglo XXI
Advisor: Iker González-Allende

Brioney Zlomke, MA History
Thesis: Death Became Them: The Defeminization of the American Death Culture, 1609-1899
Advisor: Jeannette Jones


Regina Flowers, MA Art History
Thesis: Material and Motion: Phenomenology and the Early Work of Carolee Schneemann, 1957-1973
Advisor: Marissa Vigneault

Megan Gannon, PhD English
Dissertation: Cumberland
Advisor: Jonis Agee

Amber Harris Leichner, PhD English
Dissertation: "To Bend Without Breaking": American Women's Authorship and the New Woman, 1900-1935
Advisor: Maureen Honey

Sinduja Sathiyaseelan, MA English
Thesis: Not Quite Nirvana: A Work of Fiction
Advisor: Judith Slater

Steven Soebbing, PhD Music-Vocal Performance
The Portrayal of Male Homoeroticism in Selected Early Classical Operas
William Shomos


Kelly Tyrrell, MA Political Science

Cynthia Williams, PhD Geography
Dissertation: Levels of Response in Experiential Conceptualizations of Neighborhood: The Potential for Multiple Versions of this Place Construct
Advisor: David J. Wishart


Tamy Burnett, PhD English
"Just a Girl": The Community-Centered Cult Television Heroine, 1995-2007
Kwakiutl L. Dreher

Kittie Grace, PhD Communication Studies
Contesting Sphere Boundaries Online: Private/Technical/Public Discourses in PCOS Discussion Groups
Ronald Lee

Rachel Robinson-Keilig, PhD Educational Psychology

Dissertation: An Investigation of Interpersonal Disruptions and Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Mental Health Therapists
Advisor: Michael Scheel


Lyndie Christensen, MA Sociology
Thesis: Help-seeking Outcomes of Subfecund Women: Medical Solution and/or Spiritual Coping

Jessykah Barron, MS Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication

Morgan Beal, MA Sociology

Thesis: The Street Environment of Homeless Young Adults: Consequences for Physical and Sexual Victimization

Shireen Ghorbani, MA Communication Studies

Beth Ribarsky, PhD Communication Studies
"I Don't Kiss on the First Date": Symbolic Convergence Through Women's Ritualistic Watching of Reality-Dating Television
Dawn O. Braithwaite; Jody K. Kellas

Christine Rittenour, PhD Communication Studies
Communication and Shared Family Identity in Mother-in-law/Daughter-in-law Relationships: Implications for Relational Outcomes and Future Family Functioning
Jordan Soliz

Laura Roost, MA Political Science
Thesis: Women's Rights v. Citizenship Rights: Do Women's Rights Act as Trumps?


Amanda Cue, MA Family Science

Whitney Douglas, PhD, English
Dissertation: Becoming Feminists: Emotional Literacy and the Shaping of Identity in Feminist Communities
Advisor: Amy Goodburn

Cassandra LeClair-Underberg, PhD Communication Studies
Dissertation: Communicatively Coping with Miscarriage: The Impact of Emotional Support and Narrative Coherence on Women's Individual and Relational Well-Being
Advisor: Jody Koenig Kellas

Annabel Tapia Marin, MA Family Science


HarmoniJoie Noel, MA Sociology
Thesis: A Mixed Methods Approach to Gendered Self-protective Perceptions and Behaviors

Jessica Rivera, MA English
Thesis: In Conversation: A Study of Female English Majors Writing in Multiple Contexts

Christine Stewart-Nuñez, PhD English
Dissertation: Syllables Rising
Advisors: Hilda Raz; Barbara DiBernard


Karla Bergen, PhD Communication Studies
Dissertation: Women's Narratives About Commuter Marriage: How Women in Commuter Marriages Account For and Communicatively Negotiate Identities with Members of their Social Networks
 Dawn O. Braithwaite

Rachel Brown, MA Sociology
Thesis: TAMPAX: The Fun Tampon

Maureen Gallagher, MA Modern Languages & Literature, German
Thesis: Herrin im Hause: Gender and German Cookbooks, 1900-1945

Aaron Peeks, PhD Sociology
Dissertation: The Sexual Experiences of Heterosexual College Males: Examining Components of Sexual Aggression
Advisors: Helen Moore; Hugh Whitt


Amber Harris Leichner, MA English, 2005
Advisor: Maureen Honey


Rebecca Buller, PhD Historical & Cultural Geography
Dissertation: Intersections of place, time, and entertainment in rural Nebraska in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Advisor: David J. Wishart