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Past Thesis Topics

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) senior theses can be archived in the University of Michigan’s Deep Blue online library. Honors theses are a permanent part of the University’s intellectual legacy. Deep Blue makes these works accessible to the scholarly community for the long term, providing a single, permanent URL for reference. Please use the information below as reference to search for past Communication and Media senior theses in the library database.

2021-2022

Aiyla Arif: Fan Perception of Athlete Activism on Instagram 

Advisor: Sitong Guo

Barbara Collins: Political Participation and Work Style: Changes in Civic Engagement

Advisor: Josh Pasek

Princess Ewang: Who is Guilty and Who is Innocent?: An Experimental Study of Drug Depiction in Media and Blame Placement on Racial Groups 

Advisor: Kristen Harrison

Rachel Pordy: Fashion for a Select Few: The Role of Stereotyping and Underrepresentation of Plus-Size Fashion in The Media 

Advisor: Jimmy Draper

Rachel Rollman: The Anthropocene: The Fate of All of Humanity Relies on a Sustainable Diet 

Advisors: Sol Hart and Scott Campbell


Kayleah Son: Distortion in Democratic Discourse: How Deepfakes Impact Individual Truth-Bias in Disinformation Detection 

Advisor: Brian Weeks

2020-2021

Eliz Akgun: The Paradox of Mindfulness-Meditation Applications: A Path for Solitude in the Digital Age

Advisor: Scott Campbell

Juliana Braga Beduschi:  “Beauty Knows No Boundaries:”Bathing Suits, Beauty, and Black Lives Matter in the 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Advisor: Jamie Moshin

Marie Louise Grace:  Originalism and Our Media; A Supreme Court Case Analysis

Advisor: Faith Sparr

Valerie Le:  Young Queer Asian American Engagement with Media Representations

Advisor: Jimmy Draper

Daniela Lugo:  The Misrepresentation of Women of Color in the Fashion Industry and its Effects on Women of Color 

Advisor: Kristen Harrison

Daniela Mirell:  Fighting for Racial Equality in a World of Gender Inequality: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Online Newspapers’ Coverage of Professional Athletes and Social Justice in 2020

Advisor: Jamie Moshin

Madison Mueller:  Post Social Media Use Guilt, Predispositions, and Motivations: A Correlational Study

Advisor: Sonya Dal Cin

Madeline Mustion:  Media Portrayal Interpretation of Mental Health and Masculinity for Male Athletes at the University of Michigan

Advisor: Jimmy Draper

Clare Elizabeth Oliver-DiPaola:  Brand affinity: Consumer reception of physically disabled models and prosthetics in fashion advertising

Advisor: Kristen Harrison

Joseph Kyuhyun Sim:  Online Support Networks and Attitudes Towards Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

Advisor: Kristen Harrison

Jiatong Song:  User Behaviors and Attitudes towards Short-video Platforms and Live Streaming–A Case Study of Douyin

Advisor: Hang Lu

Elizabeth Williams:  News in 280 Characters: Examining Political News Social Media Posts 

Advisor: Brian Weeks

 

2019-2020

2018-2019

Amber Bates -  A Hostile Online Environment: Toxic Masculinity and Aggression Resulting from Unregulated YouTube Content

Advisor: Muniba Saleem

Tia Burton - “Are you Afro-Latina because you’re wearing an afro?”: Identifying Constructions of Afro-Latinidad, an Intersectional Identity, in American Media

Advisor: Jamie Moshin

Jaqcueline Delgado -  Queer Latina Representation in the Media

Advisor: Caitlin Lawson

Sydney Foy - When Will They #BelieveHer?: The Role of Partisanship and Framing of Sexual Misconduct in the News

Advisor: Ariel Hasell

Adele Gendron -  “Brighten myself back up a bit” : 13 Reasons Why, Conversation and Reaching Out

Advisor: Caitlin Lawson

Allie Koestler -  Don’t Skip the Ad: Evaluating the Influence of Empowering YouTube Advertisements on Self-Help Content

Advisor: Sonya Dal Cin

Katherine Mercer -  #AerieFAKE?: Exploring the impact of commodity feminism on young female audiences

Advisor: Jimmy Draper

Bashair Pasha -  #RepresentationMatters: Effects of Muslim Media Portrayals on Muslim American College Students

Advisor: Muniba Saleem

2017-2018

Mekenna Eisert: #13ReasonsWhy: Understanding Suicide Interpretations in Today's Media Atmosphere

Advisor: Sonya Dal Cin

Ellie Homant: LGBTQ-Tube: The Construction of an Authentic and Expert Self in Beauty Videos by LGBTQ-Identified YouTubers 

Advisor: Katherine Sender

McKinley Horwitz: Through the Altered Looking Glass: How Social Pressures on Instagram Influence Female Users' Self-Perception

Advisor: Sonya Dal Cin

Kelsye Hurt: Eating in the Digital Age: Students' Food Choices, Consumer Behavior, and Food App Usage

Advisor: Kristen Harrison

Emily Johanson: Making Meaning Out of Marvel: Exploring How Fan Perceptions of & Interactions with the Actor Influence Use of the Superhero Charachter in Fan Practices

Advisor: Jimmy Draper

Ian Leach: Elite Bird Watching: Evaluating Newspaper Sourcing of Barack Obama's and Donald Trump's Presidential Tweets

Advisor: Ariel Hasell

Ramia Mitchell: Consistently #TeamNatural: How Natural Hair Brands Intersect Natural Hair, Black Culture, and Community-Building Using Social Media

Advisor: Andre Brock

Xiaolei Wang: Do You Trust Doctors?: Framing and Blame Attribution in Medical News Stories

Advisor: Brian Weeks

2016-2017

Sara Benson: Google Misconduct: Implications of Digital Media for Juror Impartiality

Advisor: Faith Sparr

Emily Harmon: Social Media Screening and Job Hiring: Comparing Applicant Concerns about Facebook and LinkedIn

Advisor: Muzammil Hussain

Lindsay Hurwitz: Can’t Stop Watching: The Emotional Implications of Binge Watching

Advisor: Sonya Dal Cin

Emily Levy: From “Ew” to “Oh!”: Study of Graphic Images and Desensitization on Twitter

Advisor: Jan Van den Bulck

Danielle Litwak: R.I.P. SOPA: A Critical Analysis of the Discourse Surrounding the 2011 Failed Legislation

Advisor: Jimmy Draper

Joanna McKelvey: Sex Q & A: Sexual Health Content in Print and Online Advice Platforms in 2006 and 2016

Advisor: Katherine Sender

Eli Scheinholtz: BuzzFed: How Digital News Quality Affects Candidate Knowledge and Preferences

Advisor: Josh Pasek 

Gabrielle Wesseldyk: (Don’t) Do it for the Gram: Upward Social Comparison, Self-Discrepancy and Body Shame among College-Aged Instagram Users

Advisor: Kristen Harrison

Jenna Wilamowski: Imagine That!: Implications of Posting to the Imagined Audience on Facebook for User Behavior and Attitude

Advisor: Jan Van den Bulck

2015-2016

Amie Diamond: Explaining Users’ Attitudes Toward Online Targeted Advertising: The Roles of User and Advertisement Characteristics

Advisor: Muniba Saleem

Madeleine Kimble: Online Gendered Harassment and Violence: Naming the Harm and Punishing the Behavior

Advisor: Faith Sparr

2014-2015

Jacquelyn Goldman: Docusoap Celebrities: Attributes That Lead to Success Beyond Reality Television

Advisor: Susan Douglas

Marjorie McCurry: Can Happiness Buy Money? The Implication of Emotion on Donations to Humanitarian Causes Through Video Advertisements

Advisor: Kristen Harrison

Ellen Wagner: Can Tweeting about Television Shows Build Social Capital? Evidence From a Novel Approach

Advisor: Joshua Pasek

2013-2014

Gia Tammone: Not Sanctioned by the State: Radical Criminals, the Press, and the Twentieth Century

Advisor: Derek Vaillant