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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.