Upcoming Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Announcements

One of the last steps to obtaining your doctoral degree is to defend your dissertation. Once you have finalized your dissertation, you must schedule and announce your defense.

Schedule Your Defense

First, arrange a mutually agreeable time with your committee. Set up the oral exam at least 30 days prior to when you wish to defend. Provide all members of your committee with a complete copy of your dissertation at least 30 days before the defense so they will have sufficient time to read and criticize your work.

Learn more about deadlines »


Announce Your Defense

Once the date of your defense has been established, you should complete the Ph.D. Defense Announcement Submission through OneStart. The announcement e-doc must reach the University Graduate School at least 30 days before the date of your defense. The University Graduate School begins counting the 30 days from the date your e-doc is received by our office. We recommend that you submit the e-doc at least 40 days before your defense date to allow time for the e-doc to route for approval through your academic department.

Submit your announcement through OneStart »

Once announced, the time and place cannot be changed without the approval of the dean of the University Graduate School.

Ordinarily, the defense is conducted here at Indiana University, but under extraordinary circumstances other arrangements can sometimes be made. Prior approval must be obtained from your committee and the University Graduate School.

After submitting your Ph.D. Defense Announcement Submission e-doc, track your document to ensure timely approval. Click on the “Student Reference” link in the “Ph.D. Defense Announcement" section and scroll to the section pertaining to tracking your e-doc.

Learn how to track your announcement »

At Your Defense

Have your committee sign the acceptance and abstract pages of your dissertation at the defense.

Learn more about formatting requirements »

Upcoming Announcments

This list of scheduled Ph.D. dissertation defenses is distributed so that faculty may attend or see the full announcement. If you are a faculty member and wish to see the full announcement, please call the University Graduate School Office at (812) 855-8853. If you wish to attend, please contact the committee chair in advance as a courtesy.


KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, August 04, 2014, 1:00 pm
Business
Venkatesan, Shyam Sunder
Essays on Delegated Portfolio Management
CG 0001
Chair: Prof. Charles Trzcinka, (855-9908)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:00 pm
Cognitive Science / Psychology
Braithwaite, David W.
Grounding Mathematics Learning
Psychology, Room 128
Chair: Prof. Robert Goldstone / Prof. Colin Allen, (855-4853 / 855-8916)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
Morton, Kirstin C.
Development of Carbon Electrodes for Electrochemistry, Solid-State Electronics and Multimodal Atomic Force Microscopy Imaging
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Lane Baker, (856-1873)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 2:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Ivins-Hulley, Laura L.
Cinema as Surrealist Tool: The Films of Jan Švankmajer
Classroom Office Building, 800 E Third St, Room 256
Chair: Prof. Joan Hawkins, (855-1548)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 2:00 pm
Anthropology
Prall, Sean P.
CHARACTERIZING THE ROLE OF DEHYDROEPIANDROSTERONE IN HUMAN ECOLOGICAL IMMUNOLOGY
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Michael Muehlenbein, (812-606-9062)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 2:30 pm
Religious Studies
Fruchtman, Diane S.
Living in a Martyrial World: Living Martyrs and the Creation of a Martyrial Consciousness in the Late Antique Latin West
Sycamore Hall, Room 224
Chair: Prof. Constance Furey, (855-3531)

Friday, August 01, 2014, 9:00 am
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Ipe, Joseph
Investigations into the early embryonic cell cycle oscillator and the incorporation of APC-Cdh1 function during development
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Joseph Pomerening, (855-1709)

Friday, August 01, 2014, 10:00 am
Sociology
Smith, Shawna N.
Varieties of Equality: Fair Employment in the U.S., Great Britain and Canada
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Clem Brooks / Prof. Tim Bartley, (812-855-8939 / 614-688-1364)

Monday, August 04, 2014, 3:00 pm
Chemistry
Gladen, Paul T.
I. Total Synthesis of Trichoaurantianolide C and D II. Studies Toward the Total Synthesis of Norzoanthamine
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. David Williams, (855-6629)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 10:00 am
Art History
Keener, Chrystine L.
Jacopo Pontormo and Religious Reform: Heretic or Eccentric?
FINA 002
Chair: Prof. Giles Knox and Prof. Bret Rothstein, (855-9556)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 10:00 am
French
Hendrickson, Ryan D.
The Liquid Consonants in Picard
Indiana Memorial Union, Redbud Room
Chair: Prof. Julie Auger, (855-7958)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 11:00 am
Philosophy
Jankovic, Marija
Conventional Meaning
Sycamore Hall, Room 120
Chair: Prof. Kirk Ludwig, (855-2404)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Lee, Semin
Conventionalizing Non-Conventional CH Hydrogen Bonds Using Cyanostar and Tricarb
Chemistry C033
Chair: Prof. Amar Flood, (856-3642)

Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 10:00 am
French
Steiner, Brittany D. J.
THE EVOLUTION OF INFORMATION STRUCTURE AND VERB SECOND IN THE HISTORY OF FRENCH
Indiana Memorial Union, Hoosier Room
Chair: Prof. Barbara Vance, (855-2702)

Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 10:00 am
Speech & Hearing Sciences
Chiu, Yi-Fang
Lexical effects on speech production and intelligibility in Parkinson’s disease
Speech & Hearing Sciences, Room C141
Chair: Prof. Karen Forrest, (855-2602)

Thursday, August 07, 2014, 2:00 pm
Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Nie, Jing
Morphogenesis of Drosophila photoreceptor cells
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Andrew Zelhof, (855-0294)

Thursday, August 07, 2014, 2:30 pm
Psychology
Sussman, Bethany L.
Reading Spatially Transformed Words
Psychology, Room 128
Chair: Prof. Sharlene Newman, (856-0839)

Monday, August 11, 2014, 11:00 am
Physics
Hobbs, Timothy J.
The Nonperturbative Structure of Hadrons
CEEM, North Large Conference Room
Chair: Prof. J. Timothy Londergan, (855-2956)

Monday, August 11, 2014, 1:00 pm
Sociology
Rohrman, Shawna L.
PATHWAYS TO RACIAL HEALTH DIFFERENCES: THE TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD AND TRAJECTORIES OF MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Jane McLeod, (856-7207)

Monday, August 11, 2014, 2:00 pm
History & American Studies
Eckelmann, Susan
Freedom’s Little Lights: The World of Children and Teenagers in the U.S. and Abroad during the Civil Rights Era
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Michael McGerr / Prof. Vivian Halloran, (855-6113 / 856-5653)

Monday, August 11, 2014, 2:00 pm
History
Saitta, Alfio S.
From the Barrio to the Nation: Social, Neighborhood, and Sports Clubs in Rosario, Argentina, 1920-1975
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Daniel James, (855-6321)

Monday, August 11, 2014, 3:00 pm
English
Wilkes, Lydia C.
The Ground Truth: Rhetorical Authenticity in First-Person Military Discourse
Ballantine Hall, Room 464
Chair: Prof. John Schilb / Prof. Dana Anderson, (855-5029 / 855-2133)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 11:00 am
Spanish
Flores, Tanya L.
A Socio-Phonetic Examination of Co-articulation in Chilean Public Speech
Ballantine Hall, Room 004
Chair: Prof. Erik Willis, (855-8494)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 11:00 am
Political Science
Kim, Joohyung
Critique and Normativity: Recasting the Habermas/Luhmann Controversy
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. William E. Scheuerman, (855-1208)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 1:00 pm
English
Trollinger, Rebekah K.
Power and Ecstasy: Race, Religion, and Psychology in America, 1890-1930
Ballantine Hall Parker Library
Chair: Prof. Jennifer Fleissner, (855-8224)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 2:00 pm
French
Mulot, Francois P.
“A Journey That Never Ends” - Undocumented Workers in Contemporary French and Francophone Film and Literature
BFC/A seminar room
Chair: Prof. Eileen Julien, (855-7537)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 3:00 pm
Comparative Literature
Perez, Ashley H.
Literary Cruelty: The Limits of Empathy, Identification and Understanding in Fiction by Silvina Ocampo, Fernando Vallejo, and Roberto Bolaño
Ballantine Hall, Room 913
Chair: Prof. Herbert Marks / Prof. Patrick Dove, (855-7935 / 855-6136)

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 2:00 pm
History
Jamison, David M.
From Resistance to Maronnage: Slave Networks and the Forging of Identity in the Dutch Guianas, 1763 - 1823
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Claude Clegg, (855-3929)

Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:00 am
Sociology
Greer, Kerry L.
Social Service Agencies: Participation, Governance, and Advocacy in Bloomington, Indiana
Ballatine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Robert Robinson, (855-3987)

Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:00 am
Neural Sciences
Rey, Olga L.
Cognitive and Linguistic Impairment Associated with Hypertension.
MSBII - 102
Chair: Prof. Laura Murray, (855-3585)

Monday, August 18, 2014, 3:00 pm
Criminal Justice
Pruss, Heather
\"The role of juror and jury gender during capital deliberations: A guided qualitative analysis\"
Sycamore Hall, Room 312
Chair: Prof. Marla Sandys, (855-5892)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2:00 pm
Microbiology
Mukherjee, Sampriti
Homeostatic regulation of flagellar number and assembly in Bacillus subtilis
Simon Hall MSB1, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Daniel Kearns, (856-2523)

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:00 am
Communication & Culture
Arias Osorio, Maria F.
Movie Audiences, Modernity, and Urban Identities in Cali, Colombia, 1945-1980.
800 E. Third St. Room 256
Chair: Prof. Gregory Waller, (855-5721)

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 2:00 pm
Spanish
Patten, Jared
Imagined Masculinities: Conceptualizing Gender and Nation in Franco’s Spain
Ballantine Hall, Room 844
Chair: Prof. Melissa Dinverno, (855-5270)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:00 am
Biochemistry
Gao, Xiaohui
Exploration of c-di-GMP signaling in B.subtilis
SI001
Chair: Prof. Charles Dann, (856-1704)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:30 am
Sociology
Irby-Shasanmi, Amy C.
THE WELL-BEING OF INTER-RACIAL AND INTER-ETHNIC COUPLES: DISCRIMINATION, FAMILY DISAPPROVAL AND RELATIONSHIP QUALITY AS EXPLANATORY MECHANISMS
Karl Schuessler Institute of Social Research, Room 201
Chair: Prof. Peggy Thoits, (856-2243)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
Spanish
González-Barrios, Luis
ACCION DIRECTA: VANGUARDIAS, ANARQUISMO Y EL PROBLEMA DE LA REPRESENTACION. ESPAÑA 1919-1937.
Ballantine Hall, Room 844
Chair: Prof. Alejandro Mejías-López, (856-1059)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 2:00 pm
Chinese
Bin, Dongchoel
Writing in Early China: Its Scribal Tradition and Innovation
Goodbody Hall, Room 228
Chair: Prof. Robert Eno, (855-1992)

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:00 pm
Political Science
Blarel, Nicolas
Emerging Powers and Grand Strategy Formation: Understanding Continuity and Change in India’s Post-Cold War Foreign Policy
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. Sumit Ganguly, (855-1363)

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:30 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Kay, Jonathan E.
Material Life Review: Folk Art and Aging in Indiana
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University, 416 N. Indiana Ave
Chair: Prof. Jason Baird Jackson, (856-1868)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
DeSantis, Christopher J.
Manipulating the Architecture of Bimetallic Nanostructures and their Plasmonic Properties
Chemistry Building, Room 033
Chair: Prof. Sara Skrabalak, (855-1721)

Wednesday, September 03, 2014, 2:30 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Zhang, Lijun
Living With/in Heritage: Tulou (土楼) as Home, Heritage, and Destination
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University, 416 N. Indiana Ave
Chair: Prof. Jason B. Jackson / Prof. Michael D. Foster, (856-1868 / 855-0395)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:00 pm
Biochemistry
Pan, Yi
In vitro and in vivo Studies of an Agobacterium tumefaciens transcriptional factor BlcR
Simon Hall, 001
Chair: Prof. Lingling Chen, (855-0491)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 10:00 am
School Psychology
Erichsen, Luke W.
WJ-III COG Administration Errors by Graduate Students: A Video Analysis
School of Education, Room 4214
Chair: Prof. Jack Cummings, (856-8327)

Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 10:00 am
Learning & Developmental Sciences
Downton, Michael P.
The Learner\'s Intuition: Harnessing the Power of Intuitions During Creative and Collaborative Activities
Wright School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Joyce Alexander, (855-8352)

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 12:00 pm
History, Philosophy, & Policy in Education
Fernandez, Erica
Juntos Pero No Revueltos: A Latin@ Immigrant Parent Group’s Unfolding Struggle Toward Political Legitimization Amid an Anti-Immigrant Climate
School of Educaiton, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Samantha Paredes Scribner, (317-274-0688)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 3:00 pm
Counseling Psychology
Williams-Pitts, Janna A.
The Impact of Adolescent Substance Use on Maternal Warmth in Emerging Adulthood: Does Race/Ethnicity Moderate this Relationship?
School of Education- Room 20
Chair: Prof. Ellen Vaughan, (856-8243)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
School Psychology
Jochim, Michelle L.
The Relationship Between Emergent Literacy Skills and Family Routines in Young Children from Low Socioeconomic Status Families
School of Education, Room 4112
Chair: Prof. Rebecca Martinez, (856-8324)

Friday, September 05, 2014, 12:15 pm
Language Education
Davis, Tammi R.
Listening to the Voices of Experienced Teachers: How breaking the silence can inform teacher educators
Wright School of Education, Room ED2277
Chair: Prof. Mitzi Lewison, (345-2652)

Friday, September 05, 2014, 2:00 pm
History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education
Zhou, Zejun
Becoming Elite World Citizens of High Caliber-Chinese Upper Middle Class Youth Nationalism
Wright School of Education, Rm 4204
Chair: Prof. Heidi Ross, (856-8389)

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 3:00 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Lee, Dabae
Personalized Learning Practice, Technology Use, and Academic Performance in K-12 Learner-Centered Schools in the U.S.
School of Education, Room 2274
Chair: Prof. Charles Reigeluth, (345-2548)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, August 08, 2014, 2:00 pm
Informatics
Shuai, Xin
Modeling Scholarly Communications across Heterogeneous Corpora
Informatics East, Room 130
Chair: Prof. Johan Bollen, (856-1833)

Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:00 pm
Computer Science
Ruan, Yang
Scalable and Robust Clustering and Visualization for Large-scale Bioinformatics Data
Informatics West, W232
Chair: Prof. Geoffrey Fox, (856-7977)

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:00 am
Computer Science
Chaudhry, Beenish M.
Designing Mobile User Interfaces for Low Literacy Populations
Informatics East, Room 130
Chair: Prof. Kay Connelly & Prof. Katie Siek, (856-1848 & 720-244-0376)

Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm
Computer Science
Zhang, Haipeng
Analyzing the Dynamics Between the User-sensed Data and the Real World
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. David Crandall, (856-1115)

SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, August 18, 2014, 1:00 pm
Mass Communications
Choi, Jihyang
The Emergence of Socially Oriented News Consumption: Predictors and Consequences of News Sharing on Online Social Networking Sites
Ernie Pyle, Room 203
Chair: Prof. Willnat Lars, (855-9828)

SCHOOL OF OPTOMETRY, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, September 05, 2014, 12:00 pm
Vision Science
Jalimarada Shivakumar, Supriya
Functional Characterization of SLC4A11 in Corneal Endothelium
800 E Atwater Ave
Chair: Prof. Joseph A Bonanno, (855-4440)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Monday, August 11, 2014, 10:00 am
Epidemiology
Bell, April J.
Factors influencing pregnancy and STI acquisition among youth attending an urban health clinic
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Juhua Luo, (856-2858)