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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences

Dissertation Titles


Chambers, Alex The Idea of Progress at Krotz Springs: Ecology, Memory, and History's Violence at the Edge of the Anthropocene.

Cruz, Yari Rios Negotiating a Hemispheric Latinidad: Latin American Representations of Latinos/as in the U.S.

Kendall, Nzingha Imperfect Independence: Black Women's Experimental Cinema.

Mitchel, Courtney Feeling Human: Aesthetic Experience and Posthuman Evasions of Identity.



Barwick, Clark Obscurity, Blackness, and the Making of the Harlem Renaissance, 1919-Present.

Burbach, Elizabeth "Baseball City": Cultivating Ball Players in the Boca Chica Dominican Republic.

Burch, Kate Uncivil Rituals: Civil Religion and Democracy in New York City, 1780-1850.

Dees, Sarah The Scientific Study of Native American Religions, 1879-1903.

Ellapen, Jordache From Black to Brown: Race, Diaspora, and Post-apartheid South Africa.

Gordon, Jeremy A Labyrinth of Warriors, Gods, and Monsters: Towards a Mythopoeic Vision of Combat Trauma.

Hain, Mark Revamped: Theda Bara, Cultural Memory, and the Repurposing of Star Image.

Heusel, Jennifer Why Do These Silly Things Exist?: Postracial, Free Market Logics in Local Discourse about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Kroupa, Brad The Ree-volution Movement: Contemporary Cultural Recovery Among the Arika Indians.

Logan, Dana Uncivil Rituals: Civil Religion and Democracy in New York City, 1780-1850.

Pauwels, Erin Sarony's Living Pictures: Photography, Performance, and American Art, 1865-1900.

Rawlins, Justin Method Men: Race, Gender, and Performance Style in U.S. Culture 1922-1957.

Reichard, Ruth Sick in the City: Isolation and Policy in Times of Crisis.

Ritsma, Natasha The Postwar "Arts Explosion" in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction: the Production, Distribution and Exhibition of Non-Theatrical Films on Art.

Schreiber, Holly Representations of Poverty in American Literary Journalism.

Stanley, Kimberly Pulling Down the House and Tearing Up the Yard: Constructing, Policing, and Containing Black Masculinity, 1920-1960.


Church, David Retrosploitation: Cultural Memory, Home Video, and Contemporary Experiences of Exploitation Film Fandom.

Clare, Callie Off the Road: American Identity and Modification of Off-Road Trucks.

Eckelmann, Susan Freedom's Little Lights: The Role of Youth during the Black Freedom Struggle, 1954-1965.


Abnet, Dustin Robots, Automation, and the Coming of Post-Industrial America.

Benedetti, Mark Beneath New York: The Formation and Effects of Canons in American Underground Film Movements.

Burnett, Katherine "The most thrilling event of the night was the arrival at the stage station": The Nostrum Springs Stage Station, Thermopolis, Wyoming, in Archaeological and Social Context.

Gillis, William Say No to the Liberal Media: Conservatives and Criticism of the News Media in the 1970s.

Hardesty, Jacob "the Jazz Problem:" The Victorian-Modern Tension in 1920s Secondary and Tertiary Schools.

Kinnally, Cara Writing America: Transnational Discourses of Empire, Race, and Community Formation in Greater Mexico.

Krus, Anthony A Chronology for Warfare in the Mississippian Period (AD 1000-1500).

Lahey, Michael Soft Control: Television's Relationship to Digital Micromedia.

McGoey, Elizabeth Staging Modern Domesticity: Art and Constructed Interior Displays in America, 1925-1940.

Tate, Lauren Cordes Pioneering Identity on the Frontier: Images of African Americans in the West, 1840-1900.


Chamberlain, Ed Speaking Out to Survive: Literary Activism and Queer Domesticity in Life Writing.

Christensen, Chad Conflicting Motivations and a Complex Professional Environment: The Lived Professional Experiences of Adjunct Faculty at a Community College.

Hogue, Kellie "We Are All Related": Kinship, Identity, and Pilgrimage in the Kateri Movement.

Rubens, Amy Making Medicine in America: A Literary Account, 1870-1950.

Sahney, Puja "Religion and Houses in a Transnational Setting: A Study of Interior Decoration of Hindu Immigrants from India in the United States.


Amine, Laila Algerian Paris: Place, Identity, and the War.

Blandford, Jonathan The People vs.: Criminals and Their Publics in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature.

Carter-David, Siobhan Fashioning Essence Women and Ebony Men: Sartorial Instruction and the New Politics of Racial Uplift in Print, 1970-1993.

Ford, Tanisha Soul Generation: Radical Fashion, Beauty, and the Transnational Black Liberation Movement, 1954-1980.

Keeler, Amanda Sugar-Coat the Educational Pill: The Educational Promise of Emergent Film, Radio and Television.

Lemay, Kate Forgotten Memorials: The American Cemeteries in France from World War II.

Palm, Nancy Thomas Cole's Indian Landscapes, Racial Politics, and the National Landscape.

Segal, Shira Home Movies and Home Birth - The Avant-garde Childbirth Film and Pregnancy in New Media.

Vogan, Travis NFL Films and the Pro Football Experience.


Amsden, Brian Liberal Rhetorical Praxis and the Youth Rights Debates.

Berkey, James Imperial Correspondence: Soldiers, Writing, and the Imperial Quotidian during the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars.

Higgins, David The Inward Urge: Science Fiction After Colonialism.

Loechle, Anne Ye Intruders Beware: Fantastical Pirates in the Golden Age of Illustration.

Maxwell, Donald Unguarded Border: The Movement of People and Ideas between the United States and Canada during the Vietnam.