2014 Senior Thesis Awards

American Studies

Theresa Iker, “Gals Getting ‘Reno-vated’: Individual Transformation and National Change During the Rise and Fall of the Reno Divorce Ranches”


Emily Matteson, “Discourses of Menstruation: Public and Private Formations of Female Identity”

Asian- American Studies

Brianne Imada, “Let There Be Light: Participatory Creative-Manual Arts Education Through Lighting Design”


Tara Godzich, “Politicizing Apollo: Ovid’s Commentary on Augustan Marriage Legislation in the Ars Amatoria and the Metamorphoses”


Rose DuCharme, “Mad Love and Narrative Uncertainty in the Twentieth Century: A Study of The Good Soldier and Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein”

Kate MacDonnell, “How the Myth was Made: Time, Myth, and Narrative in the Work of William Faulkner”

Catherine Schetina, ““It Made the Ladies into Ghosts”: The Male Hero’s Journey and the Destruction of the Feminine in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon”

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Maximanova Greenberg, ““Am I Sexy Yet?”: Contextualizing the Movement of Exotic Dance and Its Effects on Female Dancers’ Self-image and Sexual Expression”


Lauren Ambielli, “Hidden Transgressions: Louise Bourgeois’s Early Sculptural Self-Portraits”

Hispanic Studies

Edith Adams, “No pongas palabras en mi boca!: Un análisis de la traducción del humor en los subtítulos Don’t Put Words in My Mouth!: An Analysis of the Translation of Humor in Subtitles”


Margaret Bonaparte, “Reexamining the 1950s American Housewife: How the Editors and Writers of Ladies Home Journal Challenged Domestic Expectations During the Postwar Period”

Gillian Varney, “Votes for Mothers’: The National Woman’s Party’s Conflicted Arguments for Women’s Suffrage, 1913-1920”

Latin American Studies

Emily Areta, “”De Acá Pa’ Allá”: Constructing Pan-Latinidad in Ruben Blades’ Life and Music

Anabel Barraza, ”Bridging Isolation: The Politics of Exclusion in Colombian Refugee Populations in Ecuador and Mexican Immigrants in the U.S.”

Allison Matamoros, “Revolutionary Means of Communication Used by the Federation of Neighborhood Committees (FEJUVE) of El Alto, Bolivia during the Gas War of 2003”

Legal Studies:

Sasha Bassi, “Remedying Racial Discrimination in Capital Punishment: An Evaluation of the North Carolina Racial Justice Act”


Madeleine Bulkow, “Hyper-Kloosterman Sums in Supercharacter Theories”

Sherilyn Tamagawa, “Quandles of Virtual Knots”

Media Studies

Daysha Edewi, “My Schizophrenic Existence: Examining Blackness in Personal and Academic Spaces”


Sharon Kim, “A Genetic Screen to Identify Factors Important for CHD1 Function in Drosophila Melanogaster”

Hannah Shoenhard, “Effects of Lesions of Auditory Input to an Identified Premotor Area on Zebra Finch Song”

Politics and International Relations

Yasmine Acheampong, “A Wager Through the Looking Glass: Differences in the Management of Horizontal Inequalities in Ghana and La Côte d’Ivoire”

Caroline Malone, “Sea Water Fish in a Freshwater Pond: An Institutional Approach to Understanding Cooperative Scarcity in the United States”


Asia Henderson, “Juror Decision Making: The Influence of Personal Beliefs When Deciding Rape Cases”

Julie Vaisarova, “Witches, Warlocks, and…Fulgurites?: Learning Information from Fantasy Fiction”

Religious Studies

Lily Clara Stewart, “Canonizing Episcopal ‘Naughtiness’: Negative Depictions of Bishops and the Bishopric in Late Antique and Medieval Hagiography”


Beatrice Schuster Smith, “Gaming Stories: Narrative and (Co)Authorship in Role-Playing Video Games”

Sarah Taylor, “Letters to Yoko Ono