Dissertations and Theses


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Dissertation and Thesis List


Austin, Sierra Black Girl Genius: Theorizing Girlhood, Identity and Knowledge Production

Cumpstone, Tess (MA) Acts of Public Survival: The Role of Artivism in Exposing the Sexist-Ableist Nexus in Campus Rape Culture

Demiri, Lirika (MA) Stories of Everyday Resistance, Counter-memory, and Regional Solidarity: Oral Histories of Women Activists in Kosova

Rodriguez-Arguelles Riva, Sara Thickening Borders: Deterrence, Punishment, and Confinement of Refugees at the U.S. Border

Serpico, Jaclyn (MA) Age, Race, Parity, and Access to Same-Day IUD Insertion at Obstetrician-Gynecology Practices in Ohio: A Mystery Client Study


Benson, Krista Generations of Removal: Child Removal of Native Children in Eastern Washinton State Through Compulsory Education, Foster Care, Adoption, and Juvenile Justice

Fuller, Denise A. Creating Resistance on the Border: Coalitions and Counternarratives to S.B. 1070

Isoke, Saidah (MA) “Thank God for Hip-hop”: Black Female Masculinity in Hip-hop Culture

Gabbard, Sonnet D. Old Ties and New Binds: LGBT Rights, Homonationalisms, Europeanization and Post-War Legacies in Serbia

Sengupta, Anindita The Desired Baby: Assisted Reproductive Technology, Secrecy, and a Cultural Account of Family Building in India



DasGupta, Debanuj Racial Regulations and Queer Claims to Livable Lives

Livingston, Katherine G. Adoptee Access to Original Birth Certificates and the Politics of Birthmotherhood in Ohio, 1963-2014

Swenson, Haley S. Reproducing Inequality: Cooking, Cleaning, and Caring in the Austerity Age

Tai, Yu-Chen (W)Holistic Feminism: Porous Bodies In Gloria Anzaldua’s Thought And Chinese Medicine Philosophy

Tu, Angela Wen-Chun (MA) The Construction of Legal Credibility for Rape Survivors Who Are International Students




Husain, Taneem Empty Diversity in Muslim America: Religion, Race, and the Politics of U.S. Inclusion

Dean, MacRorie (MA) Affective Intervention: Beyond Campus Rape Prevention

Nieto, Nicole Recipes of Recovery and Rebuilding: The Role of Cookbooks in Post-Katrina New Orleans



Chitnis, Varsha Sanjeev Women’s Lives, Women’s Stories: Examining Caste Through Life History Interviews in Baroda

Day, Allyson L. The Ability Contract The Ideological, Affective, and Material Negotiations of Women Living with HIV

Kaedbey, Dima Building Theory Across Struggles: Queer Feminist Thought from Lebanon

Rossie, Amanda New Media, New Maternities: Representations of Maternal Femininity in Postfeminist Popular Culture



McKee, Kimberly Devon The Transnational Adoption Industrial Complex: An Analysis of Nation, Citizenship, and the Korean Diaspora

Roy, Raili ”Jagoron: Awakening” to Gender in Non Governmental Organizations in Contemporary Bengal



Genetin, Victoria A. Shifting Toward A Spiritualized Feminist Pedagogy: Gloria E. Anzaldúa And Thich Nhat Hanh in Dialogue

Mkhize, Gabisile Promise African Women: An Examination of Collective Organizing Among Grassroots Women in Post Apartheid South Africa

Popielinski, Lea Marie Noncorporeal Embodiment and Gendered Virtual Identity



Brown, Adriane J. Distinctly Digital: Subjectivity and Recognition in Teenage Girls' Online Self-Presentations (2011)

Kock, Stacia L. Towards Inclusion: Expanding And Challenging Citizenship Through Intersectional Antipoverty Activism (2011)

Linder, Kathryn E. Narratives of Violence, Myths of Youth: American Youth Identity in Fictional Narratives of School Shootings (2011)



Brennan, Susan Catherine Cinematic Adaptation and the Problem of Citizenship: Mapping Women’s Diasporic Authorship in a Post-9/11 World

Cochran, Shannon M. Corporeal (isms): Race, Gender, and Corpulence Performativity in Visual and Narrative Cultures

Holmes, Christina M. Chicana Environmentalisms: Deterritorialization as a Practice of Decolonization

Mitchell, Anne Michelle Civil Rights Subjectivities and African American Women’s Autobiographies: The Life-Writings of Daisy Bates, Melba Patillo Beals, and Anne Moody



Isbister, Dong The “Sent-Down Body” Remembers: Contemporary Chinese Immigrant Women’s Visual and Literary Narratives

Smith, Sarah Anne Love, Sex, and Disability: The Ethics and Politics of Care in Intimate Relationships



Heo, Min Sook Globally Agreed Upon, Locally Troubled: The Construction of Anti-Violence Legislation, Human Rights Discourse, and Domestic Violence in South Korea

Johnson, Lakesia Denise The Iconography of the Black Female Revolutionary and New Narratives of Justice

Schrock, Richelle D. Cultural Divides, Cultural Transitions: The Role of Gendered and Racialized Narratives of Alienation in the Lives of Somali Muslim Refugees in Columbus, Ohio

Zhang, Lu Transnational Feminisms in Translation: The Making of a Women’s Anti-Domestic Violence Movement in China