The scholarly interests of the graduates from our joint PhD programs are wide-ranging. Recent dissertations have explored how cultural ideologies about gender, race, and class influence social norms for appropriate and acceptable bodies; the history of perfume and how the sense of smell contributed to people’s understandings of self and culture; the role of gender, race, and class anomalies in the production of Black medical doctors in South Africa during apartheid: gender roles in intimate relationships; and Midwestern black and white racial and ethnic identities.
The feminist scholarly contributions of our students are detailed below according to year of dissertation completion.
Harley Dutcher, "Dispersion of Values: A Discursive Examination of Attitude Self-Report Item Designs"
Anastasia Gusakova, "A Dyadic Longitudinal Examination of the Efects of Minority Stressors on Relationships Outcomes for Interacial and Same-Race Male Couples"
Aidyn Osgood, "Armies in the Sexual Imaginary of France and the Holy Roman Empire, 1500-1650"
Catherine Fairfield, "Learning to Read Outside: The Vital Role of Feminist Literaturein Creating Lively Futures Amidst Environmental Change"
Kayla Fike, "Examining Perceptions of Neighborhood Quality for Black Urban-Residing Emerging Adults"
Sunhay You, "The Shadow Erotic: Inarticulate Pleasures in Asian/American Women's Literature and U.S. Empire"
Molly Miller Brookfield, "Watching the Girls Go By: Sexual Harasment in the American Street, 1850-1980"
Sarah Beth Chadwick, "When Orgasm Does Not Equal Pleasure: Three Empirical Studies on How Orgasm Experiences Can be "Bad"'
Ozge Savas, "Negotiating Belonging: Atitudes Towards Immigrants and Refugees, and Experiences of Displaced Syrians in the U.S."
Zach Schudson, "Gender/Sex Diversity Beliefs: Heterogeneity, Links to Prejudice, and Diversity-Afirming Interventions"
Jennifer Frederick, "Atitudes About Disability and Political Participation Since the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election"
Joseph Gamble, "Sex Before Sex Ed: Sexual Practice, Pedagogy, and Afect in Early Modern England"
Alessio Ponzio, "Scandalous Practices: Homosexuality, Male Prostitution, and Sexual Citizenship in Post-Fascist Italy"
Jennifer Rubin, "#Fragilemasculinity: The Roles of Masculinity Threatand Anonymity in Men's Endorsement and Perpetration of Online Gender Harassment"
Charisse Willis, "Gendering Violence: Re-thinking Coercion and Consent in Early Modern English Literature"
Sarah Bell, "What Happens in a Hook Up? You Women's Behaviors, Emotions, and Pleasures." View abstract
Scott De Orio, "Punishing Queer Sexuality in the Age of LGBT Rights." View abstract
Kevin Goodman, "Profiling Institutional Estrangement: Contours and Consequences of Gendered Mistreatment in College." View abstract
Amanda Healy, "Loving Empire: Intimacy and Expansion in U.S. Women's Historical Writing, 1880-1900"
Christina LaRose, "Arab American Women's Poetry: Violence and Boundaries in the Levantine Diaspora." View abstract
Diana Caroline Sierra Becerra, "Insurgent Butterflies: Gender and Revolution in El Salvador, 1965-2015." View abstract
Kathryn Holland, "Sexual Assault Response Systems in an Evolving Legal Landscape: Implications for Reporting and Help-Seeking." View abstract
Joshua Hubbard, "Reproductive Subjects: The Global Politics of Health in China, 1927-1964." View abstract
Hafsa Kanjwal, "Building a New Kashmir: Bakshi Ghulam Muhammad and the Politics of State-Formation in a Disputed Territory." View abstract
Ángela Pérez-Villa, "Disorderly Love: Illicit Friendships, Violence, and Law in a Slave Society at War, Popayan-Colombia, 1809-1830." View abstract
Verónica Caridad Rabelo, "Cleaning the Ivory Tower: (De)constructing Neoliberal Discourse and Dignity in Dirty Work." View abstract
Rita Seabrook, "Alpha Alpha Alpha Male: Relations Among Fraternity Membership, Traditional Masculine Gender Roles, and Sexual Violence." View abstract
Kate Silbert, "'Committed to Memory': Gender, Literary Engagement, and Commemorative Practice, 1780-1920." View abstract
Lanice Avery, "The Sound of (Black) Music: Black-Oriented Media Use and Hegemonic Gender Beliefs as Liabilities to Black Women's Sexual Well-Being." View abstract
Tiffany Ball, "Weak Feelings: Femininity, Affect, and Sexuality in Modern Fiction and Theory." View abstract
Catherine Cassel, "Bugs After the Bomb: Insect Representations in Postatomic American Fiction and Film." View abstract
MicKenzie Elise Fasteland, "Empire and Adolescence: Whiteness and Gendered Citizenship in American Young Adult Literature, 1904-1951." View abstract
Nicole Renee Golda Greer, "To Shape the Future of the Nation: Gender and Family Order in the Age of Americanization, 1890-1952." View abstract
Jina Kim, "Anatomy of the City: Race, Infrastructure, and US Fictions of Dependency." View abstract
Yidi Li, "Institutional Support, Mentor Sponsorship, Department Climate, and Social Identities: Factors in Developing Academic Confidence of Doctoral Students." View abstract
Jessica Matsick, "The Establishment and Functionality of Upward Contempt: Promoting Positive Psychological Outcomes among Minority Group Members." View abstract
Jessica (Lotus) Seeley, "Repairing Computers and (Re)producing Hierarchy: An Ethnography of IT Support and Organizational Status." View abstract
L.E. Hunter, "Exiting the Ivory Tower Before and After Graduation: Attrition and Pursuit of Non-Faculty Career Goals Among Diverse Students." View abstract
Emily Johnston, "Poisoned Subjects: Testimonial Justice in Toxic Life Narrative." View abstract
Amy Moors, "Men's Endorsement of Monogamy: The Role of Gendered Relationship Scripts on Beliefs about Committed Relationships, Love, and Romance." View abstract
Jamie Small, "Trying Male Rape: Legal Renderings of Masculinity, Vulnerability, and Sexual Violence." View abstract
You-Sun Crystal Chung, "Across the Colonial Divide: Friendship in the British Empire, 1875-1940." View abstract
Saida Grundy, "The Makings of Men: The Institutionalization of Class and Masculinity at a Historically Black College for Men." View abstract
Trevor Hoppe, "From Sickness to Badness: Michigan HIV Law as a Site of Social Control." View abstract
Samantha Montgomery, "Personality and Everyday Social Justice Behavior: 'A Broader Set of Acts.'" View abstract
Cookie Woolner, "'The Famous Lady Lovers:' African American Women and Same-Sex Desire from Reconstruction to World War II." View abstract
Ali Ziegler, "Explaining Sexual Fantasy: What Predicts Submissive Fantasies for Women?" View abstract
Kara French, "The Politics of Sexual Restraint: Debates over Chastity in America, 1780-1860." View abstract
Emma Garrett, "Undoing Home: Queer Space and Black Women's Writing 1865-1953." View abstract
Molly Hatcher, "'Disputes, Disorders, and Confusion': Authorship, Remediation, and Intellectual Property Regulations in the Digital Age." View abstract
Yan Long, "Constructing Political Actorhood: The Emergence and Transformation of AIDS Advocacy in China, 1989-2012." View abstract
Elma Lorenzo-Blanco, "Latino/a Acculturation, Smoking, and Depression: Towards the Development of Integrative Socio-cultural Models." View abstract
Grace Sanders, "La Voix des Femmes: Haitian Women's Rights, National Politics, and Black Activism in Port-au-Prince and Montreal, 1934-1986." View abstract
Lai Sze Tso, "'Making It' In China: Why Young Rural Women Climb the Ladder by Moving into China's Cities." View abstract
Megan Ahern, "Affect in Epistemology: Relationality and Feminist Agency in Critical Discourse, Neuroscience, and Novels by Bambara, Morrison, and Silko." View abstract
Natalie Sabik, "An Exploration of Body Image and Psychological Well-Being Among Aging African American and European American Women." View abstract
Danielle Shapiro, "Parent and Child Mental Health in Nontraditional Families: The Intersecting Roles of Gender, Dyadic Support, and Communication." View abstract
Nicola Curtin, "The Roles of Experiences of Discrimination, Collective Identification, and Structural Awareness in Own-group and Ally Activism." View abstract
Quyen Epstein-Ngo, "'We Just Live and Forget': Latino Adolescent Coping with Neighborhood Violence Exposure and the Roles of Culture and Parent-Adolescent Relationships." View abstract
Dasa Francikova, "All Czechs, but Particularly Women: The Positionality of Women in the Construction of the Modern Czech Nation, 1820s-1850s." View abstract
Kirsten Leng, "'Contesting the "Laws of Life': Feminism, Science and Sex Reform in Germany and Britain, 1880-1914." View abstract
Zakiya Luna, "Domesticating Human Rights: Possibilities and Ambiguities in the Emerging Reproductive Justice Movement." View abstract
Kristine Molina, "A Multiple-Group Path Analysis of the Role of Social Marginality on Self-Rated Physical Health among U.S. Latina/o Adults: An Intersectional Perspective." View abstract
Lynn Verduzco Baker, "Charmed Circle of Motherhood: How Motherhood Discourses Discredit and Empower Young and Low-Income Mothers." View abstract
Shanta Kanukollu, "Exploring perceptions of child sexual abuse and attitudes towards help-seeking among South Asian college students." View abstract
Emily Kazyak, "The Space and Place of Sexuality: How Rural Lesbians and Gays Narrate Identity." View abstract
Jennifer McFarlane-Harris, "Autobiographical theologies: Subjectivity and religious language in spiritual narratives, poetry, and hymnody by African-American women, 1830--1900." View abstract
Navaneetha Mokkil-Maruthur, "Sexual Figures of Kerala: Cultural Practices, Regionality and the Politics of Sexuality." View abstract
Desdamona Rios, "Minority status and privilege in the academy: The importance of race, gender, and socialization practices for undergraduates, graduate students and faculty." View abstract
Ying Zhang, "Politics and morality during the Ming-Qing dynastic transition (1570-1670)." View abstract
Victoria Castillo, "Indigenous 'messengers' petitioning for justice: Citizenship and indigenous rights in Peru, 1900-1945." View abstract
Erin Graham, "'She's Black more than she's a woman' A mixed method analysis of the construction of gender and psychological outcomes among Black female college students." View abstract
Sridevi Nair, "Writing the lesbian: Literary culture in global India." View abstract
Carla Pfeffer, "Trans(Formative) Relationships: What We Learn About Identities, Bodies, Work and Families from Women Partners of Trans Men." View abstract
LaKisha Simmons, "Black girls coming of age: Sexuality and segregation in New Orleans, 1930-1954." View abstract
Jennifer Yim, "'Being an Asian American male is really hard actually': Cultural psychology of Asian American masculinities and psychological well-being." View abstract
Christine Delisle, "Navy wives/native lives: The cultural and historical relations between American naval wives and Chamorro women in Guam, 1898-1945." View abstract
Janice Habarth, "Thinking 'Straight': Heteronormativity and Associated Outcomes Across Sexual Orientation." View abstract
Michelle Lilly, "Shattered Assumptions, Coping and Religiosity in Intimate Partner Violence Survivors: A Partial Explanation for Variation in PTSD Symptoms?" View abstract
Emily Lutenski, "In the Land of Enchantment: Multiethnic Modernism and the American Southwest." View abstract
Jennifer Palmer, "Atlantic crossings: Race, gender, and the construction of families in eighteenth-century La Rochelle." View abstract
Jinny Prais, "Imperial Travelers: The Formation of West African Urban Culture, Identity, and Citizenship in London and Accra, 1925-1935." View abstract
Monica Burguera, "Liberalism and the origins of the social: Women, poverty, and the political meanings of philanthropy in nineteenth-century Spain (Madrid 1834—1843)." View abstract
Juanita Cabello, "Literary travel, the woman traveler, and twentieth century constructions of Mexican tourist spaces." View abstract
Erika Gasser, "Manhood, witchcraft and possession in old and New England." View abstract
Sumiao Li, "Fashionable people, fashionable society: Fashion, gender, and print culture in England 1821—1861." View abstract
Christa McDermott, "Understanding the psychology of unsustainability: Linking materialism, authoritarianism, attitudes toward gender and the environment, and behavior." View abstract
Rebekah Pite, "Creating a common table: Dona Petrona, cooking, and consumption in Argentina, 1928-1983." View abstract
Pavitra Sundar, "Sounding the Nation: The Musical Imagination of Bollywood Cinema." View abstract
Emma Crandall, "Gertrude and Her Boys: Collaborative Friendship, Masculine Styles, and Queer Affairs in the Modern World." View abstract
Andrea Dottolo, "Black and White Racial and Ethnic Identities in the Midwest." View abstract
Julie Eastin, "Predictors of Maternal Satisfaction: The Experiences of LBGQ Mothers." View abstract
Breanne Fahs, "Female sexuality after women’s ‘liberation’: Negotiating repression and performance norms." View abstract
Cathleen Power, "Feeling class: How affect reinforces social inequality." View abstract
Jennifer Churchwell, "Becoming an Academic: Factors that Influence a Graduate Student’s Identity Commitment." View abstract
Holly Dugan, "The Ephemeral History of Perfume: Scent and Sense in Early Modern England." View abstract
Julie Konik, "Harassment as a System for Policing Traditional Gender Norms in the Workplace: The Structure and Process of Sexual Harassment and Heterosexist Harassment." View abstract
Maureen McDonnell, "Crossing the Line: Performing Cultural Identities through Global Shakespearean Drama." View abstract
Vanessa Noble, "Doctors Divided: Gender, Race, and Class Anomalies in the Production of Black Medical Doctors in Apartheid South Africa, 1948–1994." View abstract
Diana T. Sanchez, "In the Bedroom and Beyond: Doing Gender in Intimate Relationships." View abstract
Laura Citrin, "Disgust and 'Normal' Corporeality: How Cultural Ideologies about Gender, Race, and Class Are Inscribed on the Body." View abstract
Gabrielle Dawn Lawhon, "Individual Psychotherapy and the Patient’s Significant Other." View abstract
Kathi Miner-Rubino, "Beyond targets: Vicarious exposure to hostility towards women in the workforce." View abstract
Melanie Boyd, "Troubling Innocence: Convention and Transgression in Feminist Narratives of Incest." View abstract
Theresa Braunschneider, "Maidenly Amusements: Narrating Female Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century England." View abstract
Cari Carpenter, "Seeing Red: Anger, Femininity, and the American Indian of Nineteenth-Century Sentimental Literature." View abstract
Zaje Harrell, "Trait Self-Objectification in College Women’s Mental Health: An Examination of Smokers and Never-Smokers." View abstract
Sheryl Pimlott-Kubiak, "Social Location and Cumulative Adversity in Traumatized Women." View abstract
Jocelyn Fenton Stitt, "Gender in the Contact Zone: Writing the Colonial Family in Romantic-era and Caribbean Literature." View abstract
Colleen O’Brien, "Contested Visions of a New Republic: Race, Sex, and the Body Politic in American Women's Writing, 1850–1938." View abstract
Benita Jackson, "Gender and psychological correlates of use of alcohol to cope with emotional distress." View abstract