Dissertation Proposals Filed
Art History and Archaeology
Scheier-Dolberg, Joseph. Yu Zhiding (1646-1716) and the envisioning of the early Qing world.
Demme, John. Area of specialization: Computer architecture.
Levitan, Rivka. Area of specialization: Spoken language processing.
Petras, Iasonas. Contributions to information-based complexity and to quantum computing.
French and Romance Philology
Magin, Johanna. Philosophies as Terapeia in Montaigne and Pascal: The somatic experience.
Barragan, Yesenia. The darkest place in New Granada: Race, freedom, and the politics of place in Chocó, Colombia, 1821-1852.
Sarwar, Omar. From the classroom to the nation and beyond: The rise of Islamism among students in Pakistan, 1968-1977.
Siddique, Asheesh. Daring to ask: The questionnaire and the problem of knowledge in the late eighteenth-century British Atlantic Enlightenment.
Whitford, Andrew. The special relationship at Turtle Bay: Anglo-American relations at the United Nations, 1975-1980.
Wang, Bin. MEMS-based temperature-dependent characterization of biomolecular interactions.
Forster, Jeremy James. Hegel, Nietzsche, meaning, and culture.
Blake, Jonathan. Contentious culture: Individual participation in loyalist parades in Northern Ireland.
Brown, Joseph. The bomber who calls ahead: Why non-state terrorists issue advance warnings and why governments believe them.
Buckley, Noah. Managing risks and rents: Mechanisms for monitoring and controlling bureaucracy under autocracy.
Hooper, Mira Rapp. All-weather friends? Signaling security umbrellas in international politics.
Blankholm, Joseph Lee. Making believers out of atheists: Religious pluralism and unbelief in the contemporary United States.
Monard, François. From ill-posed to better posed inverse problems with applications to stability improvements in imaging modalities. Advisor: Guillaume Bal
Berry, Sean Lawrence. Transit dosimetry for patient treatment verification with an electronic portal imaging device. Advisor: Cheng-Shie Wuu
Art History and Archaeology
Loh, Joseph Faii. When worlds collide: Art, cartography, and Japanese nanban world map screens. Advisor: Robert E. Harrist, Jr.
Ng, Aimee Czarina. Ruptures in painting after the sack of Rome: Parmigianino, Rosso, Sebastiano. Advisor: David Rosand
Watson, Mark James. Diplomatic aesthetics: Globalization and contemporary native art. Advisor: Elizabeth W. Hutchinson
Denny, Christine Ann. Impact of adult hippocampal neurogenesis on behavior. Advisor: René Hen.
Lynch, Christopher David. The endoplasmic spreading mechanism of fibroblasts: Showcasing the integrated cytoskeleton. Advisor: Michael P. Sheetz
Salam, Ambar Asghar. HDAC6 activity is required for efficient cellular polarization and intracellular transport of organelles in directionally migrating cells. Advisor: J. Chloë Bulinski
Yu, Qinghui. Developmental monoamine signaling impacts adult affective and aggressive behaviors. Advisor: Jay Gingrich
Mendelson, Avital. Chondrogenesis of stem/progenitor cells by chemotaxis using novel cell homing systems. Advisor: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Xiong, Wei. Sparse functional regression models: minimax rates and contamination. Advisor: Ian W. McKeague
Cohen Mohliver, Aharon Yehuda. Essays on corporate deviance across ownership structure. Advisor: Bruce Kogut
Gunes, Damla. Understanding carry trade risks using Bayesian methods: A comparison with other portfolio risks from currency, commodity, and stock markets. Advisor: Michael Johannes
Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies
Hsu, Pei-Ken. MicroRNA dysregulation in neuropsychiatric disorders and cognitive dysfunction. Advisor: Joseph A. Gogos
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Hiriyur, Badri Krishna Jainath. Developments in the extended finite element method and algebraic multigrid for solid mechanics problems involving discontinuities. Advisor: Haim Waisman
Montoya, Arturo Humberto. A new methodology to estimate the reliability and safety of suspension bridge cables. Advisor: Haim Waisman
Johnson, Hawley M. Model interventions: The evolution of media development strategies in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Macedonia from 2000-2007. Advisor: Michael Schudson
Johnson, Maritza Lupe. Toward usable access control for end-users: A case study of Facebook privacy settings. Advisor: Steven M. Bellovin
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Dueker, M. Elias. Connecting water quality with air quality through coastal microbial aerosols. Advisor: Maria Uriarte
Levy, Jennifer Hailey. Belowground carbon pools and fluxes in a northern temperate deciduous forest and their response to stand disturbance. Advisor: Kevin L. Griffin
Chee, Christine Pal. Essays in health economics. Advisor: Douglas Almond
Herrmann, Mariesa Ann. Three essays on the economics of education. Advisor: Miguel S. Urquiola
Honryo, Takakazu. Essays on communication in game theory. Advisor: Navin Kartik
Lim, Wilfredo Alorro. Essays on health economics. Advisor: Douglas Almond
Loginova, Uliana. Four essays on strategic communication. Advisor: Navin Kartik
Maitra, Madhura. Essays on firms’ behavior in international trade with vertical specialization. Advisor: Donald R. Davis
Tapia, Heriberto Antonio. Economic policies, volatility, and wealth. Advisor: Pierre-André Chiappori
Walker, William Reed. The economics of public goods: Applications in environmental economics. Advisor: Wolfram Schlenker.
Chan, Jong Wu. Architectural exploration and design methodologies of photonic interconnection networks. Advisor: Keren Bergman
Genetics and Development
Arora, Ripla. Development of vessels, airways, and cartilage rings: The role of T-box genes. Advisor: Virginia E. Papaioannou
Legutko, Agnieszka. Possessed by the other: Dybbuk possession and modern Jewish identity in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Jewish literature and beyond. Advisor: Jeremy Dauber.
Ponichtera, Sarah Elizabeth. Yiddish and the avant-garde in American Jewish poetry. Advisor: Jeremy Dauber
Asen, Daniel Scott. Dead bodies and forensic science: Cultures of expertise in China, 1800-1949. Advisor: Madeleine Zelin.
Jones, Thai Stein. More powerful than dynamite: Radicals, plutocrats, progressives, and New York’s year of anarchy. Advisor: Alice Kessler-Harris.
Liu, Yifeng. Arithmetic inner product formula for unitary groups. Advisor: Shou-Wu Zhang.
Penev, Irena. Forbidden substructures in graphs and trigraphs, and related coloring problems. Advisor: Maria Chudnovsky.
Petkova, Tsvetelina Vaneva. Bordered Heegaard Floer homology, satellites, and decategorification. Advisor: Peter Ozsváth
Rizzardo, Alice. On Fourier-Mukai type functors. Advisor: Aise Johan de Jong
Sultan, Harold Mark. The asymptotic cone of Teichmüller space: Thickness and divergence. Advisor: Walter Neumann
Riggs, Kristy Kaye. On colonial textuality and difference: Musical encounters with French colonialism in nineteenth-century Algeria. Advisors: Walter M. Frisch and Karen Henson
Seto, Mark. Symphonic culture in Paris, 1880-1900: The bande à Franck and beyond. Advisor: Walter M. Frisch
Bianchi, Oscar. Formal and structural issues in ‘Thanks to My Eyes,’ chamber opera. Advisor: Alfred W. Lerdahl
Liu, Qi. Kaon to two pions decays from lattice QCD: $\delta I=1/2$ rule and CP violation. Advisor: Norman H. Christ
Penson, Alexander Vincent. Search for excited gravitons decaying to a pair of Z bosons using leptons and jets at the ATLAS detector. Advisor: Gustaaf H. Brooijmans
Ardanaz, Martín Jorge. The politics of booms and busts: Fiscal policy over the business and electoral cycle in developing countries. Advisor: Maria Victoria Murillo
Huang, Reyko. The wartime origins of postwar democratization: Civil war, rebel governance, and political regimes. Advisor: Virginia Page Fortna
Paler, Laura Beth. Essays on how revenue and information affect the political behavior of citizens. Advisor: Macartan Humphreys
Vaishnav, Milan. The merits of money and ‘muscle’: How serious criminality affects democracy in India. Advisor: Maria Victoria Murillo
Denny, Bryan Thomas. Examining the temporal dynamics of emotion regulation via cognitive reappraisal. Advisor: Kevin Ochsner
Van Snellenberg, Jared Xavier. An investigation of the neural correlates of working memory in healthy individuals and individuals with schizophrenia. Advisor: Edward E. Smith
Kluchin, Abigail Suzanne. The allure of affect: Rigor, style, and unintelligibility in Kristeva and Irigaray. Advisor: Wayne Proudfoot
Ghesquiere, Angela Rosabelle. Patterns and outcomes of bereavement support-seeking among older adults with complicated grief and bereavement-related depression. Advisor: M. Katherine Shear.
Hutto, Nathan David. The relationship between proximity to homicides and birth outcomes. Advisor: Julien O. Teitler
Spector, Anya Yankovich. Research collaboration matters: A mixed-methods study of HIV service providers’ involvement in research and their use of evidence-based practices. Advisor: Rogerio Pinto.
Anttila-Hughes, Jesse Keith. Essays on climate impacts and human capital. Advisor: Douglas Almond
Johnston, Geoffrey Louis. Mathematical modeling of malaria: Theories of malaria elimination. Advisor: David A. Fidock
Sanoh, Aly D. W. Essays on infrastructure development and public finance. Advisor: Vijay Modi
TC – Applied Anthropology
Yilmaz, Kamil. Individual disengagement of ‘Turkish penitents’ from political violence as rite of passage: Voices from the cracks of the social structure. Advisor: Charles C. Harrington
TC – Applied Behavioral Analysis
Howarth, Matthew Charles. The induction of emergent relations in children with severe cognitive and language delays. Advisor: R. Douglas Greer
Sterkin, Victoria Lynn. The effects of social listener reinforcement protocol on the audience control of stereotypy and social operants for students with developmental delays. Advisor: R. Douglas Greer
TC – Behavioral Nutrition
Di Giorgi, Mary F. Factors associated with weight regain after bariatric surgery. Advisor: Isobel R. Contento
Hsu, Chia-Hao Damien. Are depression, anxiety, body mass index, and types of surgery predictive of psychological outcomes after bariatric surgery? Advisor: Isobel R. Contento
TC – Clinical Psychology
Sherman, Brian John. The temperament-psychopathology link: How does difficult temperament affect risk for and presentation of major depression among offspring at high and low risk for depression. Advisor: Helen Verdeli
TC – Cognitive Studies in Education
Fadjo, Cameron Lawrence. Developing computational thinking through grounded embodied cognition. Advisor: John B. Black
Kang, Seokmin. As I sow, so shall you reap: The different roles of different gestures in knowledge construction. Advisor: John B. Black
TC – Comparative and International Education
Beaubrun, Elizabeth. Distance learner ecologies of the University of the West Indies Open Campus program. Advisor: Hope Jensen Leichter
Martínez Restrepo, Susana. The economics of adolescents’ time allocation: Evidence from the Young Agent project in Brazil. Advisor: Francisco Rivera-Batiz
Russell, Cambria Dodd. Gender, academic achievement, and meanings of schooling in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Advisor: Regina Cortina
Scheiber, Laura Ann. Social entrepreneurs in Rio de Janeiro: Learning experiences and social capital. Advisor: Lesley Bartlett
Yano, Satoko. Overeducated? The impact of higher education expansion in post-transition Mongolia. Advisor: Mun C. Tsang
TC – Counseling Psychology
Lee, Amy Yi-Jung. Exploring the impact of Asian stereotype endorsement, multicultural counseling competence, and motivation to respond without prejudice on White therapists' clinical judgment. Advisor: George V. Gushue
TC – Developmental Psychology
Holod, Aleksandra. Parental time or money: What matters more for children’s school success. Advisor: Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
TC – Economics and Education
Dadgar, Mina. Essays on the economics of community college students’ academic and labor market success. Advisor: Thomas R. Bailey
Hodara, Michelle Ellen. Language minority students at community college: How do developmental education and English as a second language affect their educational outcomes? Advisor: Henry M. Levin
Yamasaki, Izumi. The effect of education on earnings and employment in the informal sector in South Africa. Advisor: Francisco Rivera-Batiz
TC – Educational Leadership
Sun, Jeffrey. Intellectual freedom of academic scientists: Cases of political challenges involving federally sponsored research on national environmental policies. Advisor: Jay P. Heubert
TC – English Education
Choo, Suzanne Shen Li. Conceptualizing literature pedagogy: World, global, and cosmopolitan orientations to teaching literature in English. Advisor: Ruth Vinz
TC – History and Education
Pierson, Sharon Gay. A center of influence: A case study of Alabama State College Laboratory High School in historical context, 1920-1960. Advisor: Thomas James
TC – Mathematics Education
Cho, Hoyun. The use of cartoons as a teaching tool in middle school mathematics. Advisor: Bruce R. Vogeli
Murray, Diane Rose. A cabinet of mathematical curiosities at TC – David Eugene Smith’s collection. Advisor: Bruce R. Vogeli
Nasar, Audrey Augusta. A pre-programming approach to algorithmic thinking in high school mathematics. Advisor: Bruce R. Vogeli
Shloming, Jennifer Rebecca. Evolution of mathematical fiction with geometric themes. Advisor: Alexander P. Karp
TC – Measurement and Evaluation
Gugga, Saranda Sonia. Schematic effects on probability problem solving. Advisor: James E. Corter
TC – Philosophy and Education
Cammarano, Cristina. The philosophically educated teacher as traveler. Advisor: David Hansen
Ildefonso, Givanni Marie. Recovering leisure: Otium as the basis of education. Advisor: David Hansen
TC – Politics and Education
Bork, Rachel Julia. From at-risk to disconnected: Federal youth policy from 1973 to 2008. Advisor: Jeffrey Henig
d’Entremont, Chad. Circles of influence: Rational decision-making, strategic positioning, and the formation of charter school clusters in New Jersey. Advisor: Jeffrey Henig
TC – School Psychology
Melmed, Lisa Reingold. Cognitive style as a mediator between parental psychological maltreatment and depression in adolescent boys. Advisor: Marla R. Brassard
Sichel, Kelly Lynn. Aggressive mating strategies in young adolescent girls. Advisor: Marla R. Brassard
TC – Science Education
Berg, Alissa Bethany. De-marginalizing science in the early elementary classroom: Fostering reform-based teacher change through professional development accountability and addressing teachers’ dilemmas. Advisor: Felicia Moore Mensah
Bhairam-Raza, Gita C. P. Using forensic science as a context to enhance scientific literacy. Advisor: Felicia Moore Mensah
Taher, Tanzina. Exploring the impact of the implementation of reality pedagogy: Self-efficacy, social capital, and distributed cognition. Advisor: Christopher Emdin
TC – Social-Organizational Psychology
Liberman, Benjamin Ezekiel. The mediating role of family-work conflict on the relationship between family and work domain variables and employment trade-offs. Advisor: Loriann Roberson
TC – Sociology and Education
Baldridge, Bianca Jontae. (Re)imagining black youth: The social, political, and educational dimensions of community-based spaces. Advisor: Amy Stuart Wells
TC – Teaching of Social Studies
Goldberg, David Russell. Museum-based teacher education: Teacher meaning-making at a Jewish heritage museum. Advisor: William Gaudelli