Dissertation Titles

The scholarly interests of the graduates from the four joint PhD programs are wide-ranging. Recent dissertations have explored how cultural ideologies about gender, race, and class influence social norms for appropriate and acceptable bodies; the history of perfume and how the sense of smell contributed to people’s understandings of self and culture; the role of gender, race, and class anomalies in the production of Black medical doctors in South Africa during apartheid: gender roles in intimate relationships; and Midwestern black and white racial and ethnic identities. The feminist scholarly contributions of our students are detailed below.

Megan Ahern, 2012. "Affect in Epistemology: Relationality and Feminist Agency in Critical Discourse, Neuroscience, and Novels by Bambara, Morrison, and Silko." View abstract

Melanie Boyd, 2003. “Troubling Innocence: Convention and Transgression in Feminist Narratives of Incest.” View abstract

Theresa Braunschneider, 2002. “Maidenly Amusements: Narrating Female Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century England.” View abstract

Monica Burguera, 2007. “Liberalism and the origins of the social: Women, poverty, and the political meanings of philanthropy in nineteenth-century Spain (Madrid 1834—1843).” View abstract

Juanita Cabello, 2007. “Literary travel, the woman traveler, and twentieth century constructions of Mexican tourist spaces.” View abstract

Cari Carpenter, 2002. “Seeing Red: Anger, Femininity, and the American Indian of Nineteenth-Century Sentimental Literature.” View abstract

Victoria Castillo, 2009. "Indigenous "messengers" petitioning for justice: Citizenship and indigenous rights in Peru, 1900-1945." View abstract

You-Sun Crystal Chung, 2014. "Across the Colonial Divide: Friendship in the British Empire, 1875-1940." View abstract

Jennifer Churchwell, 2005. “Becoming an Academic: Factors that Influence a Graduate Student’s Identity Commitment.” View abstract

Laura Citrin, 2004. “Disgust and ‘Normal’ Corporeality: How Cultural Ideologies about Gender, Race, and Class Are Inscribed on the Body.” View abstract

Emma Crandall, 2006. “Gertrude and Her Boys: Collaborative Friendship, Masculine Styles, and Queer Affairs in the Modern World.” View abstract

Nicola Curtin, 2011. "The Roles of Experiences of Discrimination, Collective Identification, and Structural Awareness in Own-group and Ally Activism." View abstract

Christine Delisle, 2008. "Navy wives/native lives: The cultural and historical relations between American naval wives and Chamorro women in Guam, 1898—1945." View abstract

Andrea Dottolo, 2006. “Black and White Racial and Ethnic Identities in the Midwest.” View abstract

Holly Dugan, 2005. “The Ephemeral History of Perfume: Scent and Sense in Early Modern England.” View abstract

Julie Eastin, 2006. “Predictors of Maternal Satisfaction: The Experiences of LBGQ Mothers." View abstract

Quyen Epstein-Ngo, 2011. "'We Just Live and Forget': Latino Adolescent Coping with Neighborhood Violence Exposure and the Roles of Culture and Parent-Adolescent Relationships." View abstract

Breanne Fahs, 2006. “Female sexuality after women’s ‘liberation’: Negotiating repression and performance norms.” View abstract

Dasa Francikova, 2011. "All Czechs, but Particularly Women: The Positionality of Women in the Construction of the Modern Czech Nation, 1820s-1850s." View abstract

Kara French, 2013. "The Politics of Sexual Restraint: Debates over Chastity in America, 1780-1860." View abstract

Emma Garrett, 2013. "Undoing Home: Queer Space and Black Women's Writing 1865-1953." View abstract

Erika Gasser, 2007. “Manhood, witchcraft and possession in old and New England.” View abstract

Erin Graham, 2009. "'She's Black more than she's a woman' A mixed method analysis of the construction of gender and psychological outcomes among Black female college students." View abstract

Janice Habarth, 2008. “Thinking ‘Straight’: Heteronormativity and Associated Outcomes Across Sexual Orientation.” View abstract

Zaje Harrell, 2002. “Trait Self-Objectification in College Women’s Mental Health: An Examination of Smokers and Never-Smokers.” View abstract

Molly Hatcher, 2013. "Disputes, Disorders, and Confusion": Authorship, Remediation, and Intellectual Property Regulations in the Digital Age. View abstract

Benita Jackson, 2000. “Gender and psychological correlates of use of alcohol to cope with emotional distress.” View abstract

Shanta Kanukollu, 2010. "Exploring perceptions of child sexual abuse and attitudes towards help-seeking among South Asian college students." View abstract

Emily Kazyak, 2010. "The Space and Place of Sexuality: How Rural Lesbians and Gays Narrate Identity." View abstract

Julie Konik, 2005. “Harassment as a System for Policing Traditional Gender Norms in the Workplace: The Structure and Process of Sexual Harassment and Heterosexist Harassment.” View abstract

Gabrielle Dawn Lawhon, 2004. “Individual Psychotherapy and the Patient’s Significant Other.” View abstract

Kirsten Leng, 2011. "'Contesting the "Laws of Life': Feminism, Science and Sex Reform in Germany and Britain, 1880-1914." View abstract

Sumiao Li, 2007. “Fashionable people, fashionable society: Fashion, gender, and print culture in England 1821—1861.” View abstract

Michelle Lilly, 2008. “Shattered Assumptions, Coping and Religiosity in Intimate Partner Violence Survivors: A Partial Explanation for Variation in PTSD Symptoms?” View abstract

Yan Long, 2013. "Constructing Political Actorhood: The Emergence and Transformation of AIDS Advocacy in China, 1989-2012." View abstract

Elma Lorenzo-Blanco, 2013. "Latino/a Acculturation, Smoking, and Depression: Towards the Development of Integrative Socio-cultural Models." View abstract

Zakiya Luna, 2011. "Domesticating Human Rights: Possibilities and Ambiguities in the Emerging Reproductive Justice Movement." View abstract

Emily Lutenski, 2008. “In the Land of Enchantment: Multiethnic Modernism and the American Southwest” View abstract

Christa McDermott, 2007. “Understanding the psychology of unsustainability: Linking materialism, authoritarianism, attitudes toward gender and the environment, and behavior.” View abstract

Maureen McDonnell, 2005. “Crossing the Line: Performing Cultural Identities through Global Shakespearean Drama.” View abstract

Jennifer McFarlane-Harris, 2010. "Autobiographical theologies: Subjectivity and religious language in spiritual narratives, poetry, and hymnody by African-American women, 1830--1900." View abstract

Kathi Miner-Rubino, 2004. “Beyond targets: Vicarious exposure to hostility towards women in the workforce.” View abstract

Navaneetha Mokkil-Maruthur, 2010. "Sexual Figures of Kerala: Cultural Practices, Regionality and the Politics of Sexuality." View abstract

Kristine Molina, 2011. "A Multiple-Group Path Analysis of the Role of Social Marginality on Self-Rated Physical Health among U.S. Latina/o Adults: An Intersectional Perspective." View abstract

Samantha Montgomery, 2014. Personality and Everyday Social Justice Behavior: "A Broader Set of Acts." View abstract

Sridevi Nair, 2009. "Writing the lesbian: Literary culture in global India." View abstract

Vanessa Noble, 2005. “Doctors Divided: Gender, Race, and Class Anomalies in the Production of Black Medical Doctors in Apartheid South Africa, 1948–1994.” View abstract

Colleen O’Brien, 2001. “Contested Visions of a New Republic: Race, Sex, and the Body Politic in American Women’s Writing, 1850–1938.” View abstract

Jennifer Palmer, 2008. “Atlantic crossings: Race, gender, and the construction of families in eighteenth-century La Rochelle.” View abstract

Carla Pfeffer, 2009. "Trans(Formative) Relationships: What We Learn About Identities, Bodies, Work and Families from Women Partners of Trans Men." View abstract

Sheryl Pimlott-Kubiak, 2002. “Social Location and Cumulative Adversity in Traumatized Women.” View abstract

Rebekah Pite, 2007. “Creating a common table: Dona Petrona, cooking, and consumption in Argentina, 1928-1983.” View abstract

Cathleen Power, 2006. “Feeling class: How affect reinforces social inequality.” View abstract

Jinny Prais, 2008. “Imperial Travelers:  The Formation of West African Urban Culture, Identity, and Citizenship in London and Accra, 1925-1935.” View abstract

Desdamona Rios, 2010. "Minority status and privilege in the academy: The importance of race, gender, and socialization practices for undergraduates, graduate students and faculty." View abstract

Natalie Sabik, 2012. "An Exploration of Body Image and Psychological Well-Being Among Aging African American and European American Women." View abstract

Diana T. Sanchez, 2005. “In the Bedroom and Beyond: Doing Gender in Intimate Relationships.” View abstract

Grace Sanders, 2013. "La Voix des Femmes: Haitian Women's Rights, National Politics, and Black Activism in Port-au-Prince and Montreal, 1934-1986." View abstract

Danielle Shapiro, 2012. "Parent and Child Mental Health in Nontraditional Families: The Intersecting Roles of Gender, Dyadic Support, and Communication." View abstract

Lakisha Simmons, 2009. "Black girls coming of age: Sexuality and segregation in New Orleans, 1930-1954." View abstract

Jocelyn Fenton Stitt, 2002. “Gender in the Contact Zone: Writing the Colonial Family in Romantic-era and Caribbean Literature.” View abstract

Pavitra Sundar, 2007. “Sounding the nation: The musical imagination of Bollywood cinema.” View abstract

Lai Sze Tso, 2013. "Making It" In China: Why Young Rural Women Climb the Ladder by Moving into China's Cities. View abstract

Lynn Verduzco Baker, 2011. "Charmed Circle of Motherhood: How Motherhood Discourses Discredit and Empower Young and Low-Income Mothers." View abstract

Jennifer Yim, 2009. "'Being an Asian American male is really hard actually': Cultural psychology of Asian American masculinities and psychological well-being." View abstract

Ying Zhang, 2010. "Politics and morality during the Ming-Qing dynastic transition (1570-1670)." View abstract