Graduates and Dissertations

Student

Dissertation Director 

Dissertation Title

Date

2018

Kathryn Green

Blake Beattie

Breaking with Tradition(?): Female Representations of Heroism in Old English Literature

05/2018

Sarah Moffett

Ranen Omer-Sherman

The New Elizabethans, a novel-in-stories, with critical afterword, Modifying Motherhood in a New Motherland: Artistic Approaches to Communicating Change in Female and National Identity during Elizabeth II’s Reign

05/2018

2017

Nathan Gower

Annette Allen, Humanities

Don't Go Unless You Mean it: A Novel with Critical Afterword:  Heteronormative Masculine Performance in Contemporary Fictions of the Rural American South

05/2017

Virginia Hosono

Chris Fulton, Fine Arts

Lacanian Gaze, Semiotics, and the Enigma of Bosch

05/2017

Jessica Hume

Nancy Potter, Phlosophy

Unthink Pink: Master Narratives and Counterstories of Breast Cancer

05/2017

Lydia Kowalski

Ann Hall, Humanities

The Art of Silence

12/2017

Tiffany Hutabarat Nelson

Ann Hall, Humanities

Fantastical Body Narratives: Cosplay, Performance and Gender Diversity

05/2017

Megan McDonough

Ben Hufbauer,Fine Arts

From Damsel in Distress to Active Agent: Female Agency in Children's and Young Adult Fiction

05/2017

Lynda Mercer

Susan Ryan, English

Aaron Jaffe, English, Florida State University

American Emergency: Catastrophe and Culture in the U.S.A., from the Civil War to Hurricane Katrina

05/2017

Lindsey Okoroafo

Annette Allen, Humanities

Breaking the Cycle of Silence: The Significance of Anya Seton’s Historical Fiction

05/2017

David Orberson

Patrick Pranke, Humanities

Thomas Merton: Evil, Suffering, Zen, and the Purified Soul Theodicy

05/2017

Kendra Sheehan

Patrick Pranke, Humanities

The Otaku Phenomenon: Pop Culture, Fandom and Religiosity in Contemporary Japan

12/2017

Katie Wagner

John Gibson, Philosophy

Dead Places: American Horror, Placelessness, and Globalization

05/2017

Nadeem Zaman

Simona Bertacco, Humanities

I. IN THE TIME OF THE OTHERS: A Novel 

II. OUT OF EAST PAKISTAN: POSTCOLONIAL COLONY

Bangladesh As A Case Study of Postcolonial State and  Postcolonial Nation-State from East Pakistan to  Independence Through the Liberation War of 1971: A Critical Analysis                                                           

05/2017

2016

Justy Engle

Blake Beattie, History

To Write a Life: Three Women in History

12/2016

Britney Broyles

Simona Bertacco, Humanities

Crime and Culture: A Thematic Reading of Sherlock Holmes and His Adaptations

12/2016

Rebekah Farmer

Annette Allen, Humanities

Patchwork: A Southern Family Portrait

12/2016

Jennifer Fraley

Shelley Salamensky, Humanities

9/11 Memorials: Contested Memory, Competing Narratives, and Healing

05/2016

Jessica Cresseveur

Jong Woo Jeremy Kim, Fine Arts

The Queer Child and Haut Bourgeois Domesticity: Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt

05/2016

2015

Lisa Shugoll

Annette Allen, Humanities

The Pedagogy of Medical Humanities: Using Literature and the Visual Arts to Help Future Caregivers Maintain Their Compassion and Resilience

12/2015

Alton Frabetti

 

Diane Pecknold, Women’s & Gender Studies

Youth Graffiti Vandalism: Liminal Perspectives in the Light of Masculinity, Social Contract Theory and Transformative Process

08/2015

Adam Noland

Annette Allen, Humanities

The Being of Art and the Art of Being: Hermeneutic Ontology in Gadamer and Woolf

08/2015

Feng Yi

Annette Allen, Humanities

Dramatizing Trauma in Resistance to Post-colonial Hegemonic Culture: A Magic(al) Realist Reading of Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Love and Frida Kahlo’s Selected Paintings

08/2015

Quintin Chipley

Annette Allen, Humanities

William Faulkner and Alcoholism: Distilling Facts and Fiction

05/2015

Brandon Harwood

Annette Allen, Humanities

Patrick Pranke, Humanities

Do-Something Zen: Creative, Holistic, and Socially-Engaged Mysticism of Hakuin Ekaku

05/2015

Monica Krupinski

Mark Blum, History

Building Castles in the Air: A Discussion of the Architectonic Language of Thought

05/2015

2014

James Leary

Annette Allen, Humanities

A Magical Country: Stories from Appalachia

12/2014

Brian Barnes

Osborne Wiggins, Philosophy

Critical Thinking Structures for Business Ethics

08/2014

Steve Watkins

Mary Ann Stenger, Humanities

An Analysis of the Creation Museum: Hermeneutics, Language, and Information Theory

05/2014

Leslie Harper

Suzette Henke, English

“They had No Key that Would Fit my Mouth”: Women’s Struggles with Cultural Constructions of Madness in Victorian and Modern England and America

05/2014

Lin Wenshuang

Mark Blum, History

The Rise of Bulgarian Nationalism and Russia’s Influence Upon it

05/2014

2013

Wang Heng

Osborne Wiggins, Philosophy

Cultural Interpretations of Socratic and Confucian Education Philosophy

12/2013

Anna Jo Paul

Annette Allen, Humanities

An Examination and Comparison of the Themes in the Anti-Lynching Dramas of Black and White Women Authors of the Early Twentieth Century (1916-1936)

08/2013

Sara Shafer

Mark Blum, History

Gesture and Silence in Late 19TH and Early 20TH Century German and Jewish Literature of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Focusing on the Works of Franz Kafka and his Writings on Abraham

08/2013

Jeremy Killian

 

John Gibson, Philosophy

A Paradox of American Tragedy: Long Day’s Journey into Night and the Problem of Negative Emotion in Theatre

08/2013

Ke Jing

 

Mark Blum, History

The Four Others in Ismail Kadare's Works--A Study of Albanian National Identity

08/2013

John Dryden

Robert Kimball, Philosophy

The Feeling of Faith: A Thomistic Approach to Religious Emotions

05/2013

Erin McCoy

Mary Makris, Classical & Modern Languages

The Historical and Cultural Meanings of American Music Lyrics from the Vietnam War

05/2013

Elijah Pritchett

Aaron Jaffe, English

The Autodidact: Constantine Samuel Rafinesque and the Limits of the Posthumanities

05/2013

2012

Jennifer Goldberg

Annette Allen, Humanities

The Art of Natality: Virginia Woolf's and Kathe Kollwitz's Aesthetics of Becoming

12/2012

Julie Wade

Cate Fosl, Women’s & Gender Studies

Queering the Bildungsroman: The Missing Sister & Other Stories

08/2012

Su Lezhou

Li Zeng, Classical & Modern Languages

Narrative of Modern Chinese Masculinity in Ha Jin's Fiction

08/2012

Wang Zhenping

Osborne Wiggins, Philosophy

A Sartrean Reading of American Artists – Walker Percy, Edward Hopper, and Mike Nichols 1940 - 1970

08/2012

Janna Tajibaeva

Annette Allen, Humanities

Consumer Culture, Material Desires, and the Images of Women in American Novels and Art at the Turn of the 19th Century

05/2012

Hong Huang

Annette Allen, Humanities

FUSHENG LIU JI: Gaps, Literati Identity, and Meaning of Artistic Creation

05/2012

2011

Kathryn Jacobi

Annette Allen, Humanities

Embodied Consciousness in Non-Fiction Illness Narratives: A Phenomenological and Sociological Approach

12/2011

Yalonda Green

Karen Chandler, English

That Terrifying Center: Poetry, Language, and Embodied Subjectivities

12/2011

Shi Tongyun

Robert St Clair, Communications

Working Class in British Films 1950s-2000s: Identity, Culture, and Ideology

12/2011

Anna Stamp

Suzette Henke, English

An(Other) Gender: A cross-cultural analysis of war-torn France and Great Britain in which Simone de Beauvoir and Virginia Woolf redefine "Woman"

08/2011

Todd Edmondson

Annette Allen, Humanities

Mary Ann Stenger, Humanities

Priest, Prophet, Pilgrim: Types and Distortions of Spiritual Vocation in the Fiction of Wendell Berry and Cormac McCarthy

05/2011

Song Nan

Mark Blum, History

An Analysis of the Shift in the Understanding of Liberty in 1930’s America

05/2011

2010

Sara Northerner

Annette Allen, Humanities

From Edmund Husserl's Image Consciousness to Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Flesh and Chiasm: The Phenomenological Essence of Image

12/2010

Derek Penwell

Nancy Potter, Philosophy

The Manifestation of All Life: Intersections of Virtue Ethics, Philosophy of Emotion, and Philosophy of Literature

12/2010

Xiujie Sun

Robert St Clair, Communications

Intercultural Encounters Between the Chinese Dynasties and European Missionaries: Study of Conflict and Understanding in the Visual Arts

12/2010

Heather Thiessen

Mary Ann Stenger, Humanities

Utopian Discourse in the Work of Theodor W. Adorno, Luce Irigaray, and Giorgio Agamben

12/2010

Amy Tudor

Annette Allen, Humanities

More Real Than Real: An Anthropological and Phenomenological Exploration of Imagistic Sacred Space

12/2010

Yingxin Ma

Mark Blum, History

Developing Chinese Students' Critical Thinking in English Education, Based on Analysis of Critical Thinking Theories and Their Application

12/2010

Jing He

Annette Allen, Humanities

Seeking a Spiritual Home for Women: A Comparative Study of Chen Ran and Amy Tan’s Fiction  

12/2010

Chun Jiang

Robert St Clair, Communications

The Content and Critical Metaphor Analysis of Illustrated Print Advertisements in China

12/2010

Qin Ma

 

Robert St Clair, Communications

The Social and Cultural Constructions of the Self-Identity of White American Corporate Businesswomen in Historiography, Literature, and Popular Culture (1963-1985)

12/2010

Caroline Ma

Annette Allen, Humanities

Female Gothic, Chinese and American Styles: Zhang Ailing Chuanqi in Comparison with Stories by Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers

08/2010

Ning Jia

Osborne Wiggins, Philosophy

Freedom in Middle French Enlightenment: Interpreted Through a  Picturesque Garden

08/2010

Lin Ma

Nancy Potter, Philosophy

Post Modern Advertising and its Reception: A Cross Cultural Perspective

08/2010

2009

Sue Bentley

Annette Allen, Humanities

Friedrich Schiller’s Play: A Theory of Human Nature in the Context of the Eighteenth Century Study of Life

12/2009

Wu Lihong

Robert St Clair, Communications

Comparative Study of Female Archetypes Between East and West from Six  Folk Narratives

12/2009

Michael Hagan

Mary Ann, Stenger, Humanities

The Creative Non-Essential Self: An Argument for the Self as a Radical Creative Act Through Explication, Comparison and Synthesis of Self and World Ontology in Gilles Deleuze’s Philosophy, Kyoto Zen Buddhism and G. H. Mead’s Social Theory  

08/2009

Ding Yajuan

Annette Allen, Humanities

Cultural Identity of Hong Kong Reflected in Jackie Chan’s Performances and Movies

08/2009

2008

Becky Meadows

Glynis Ridley, English

The Consciousness of Damnation: A Hermeneutical Phenomenology of the Fall of the Self in Matthew Lewis’s The Monk

12/2008

Kerri Horine

Robert St Clair, Communications

The Tyranny of the Spectacle: Tattooed Bodies in Contemporary Visual Culture

08/2008

Tara Tuttle

Annette Allen, Humanities

“Biting Temptation”: An Examination of the Eden Myth in the Southern Fiction of William Faulkner, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison

05/2008

2007

Michael Williams

Annette Allen, Humanities

Trajan’s Arch

08/2007

Allan McGuffey

Mark Blum, History

The Concept of Peace: Tracing its Development  Through Three Historical Periods in the West Using Artistic and Literary Evidence

05/2007

2006

Dale Golden

Annette Allen, Humanities

The Burghers of Calais: A Chamber Ballet

12/2006