Dissertations

Dissertations: June 29, 2020

DISSERTATIONS DEFENDED

Anthropology
Montero Castrillo, Fernando. Martial love: Articulation and detachment in the Moskitia's military occupation (Nicaragua/Honduras). Sponsor: Claudio Lomnitz.

Applied Physics
Brooks, John. Active feedback control of MHD modes and plasma rotation using currents driven from a bias electrode array. Sponsor: Michael Mauel.

Astronomy
Blancato, Kirsten. Decoding starlight with big survey data, machine learning, and cosmological simulations. Sponsor: Melissa Ness.

Zorrilla Matilla, Jose Manuel. Extracting cosmological information from small scales in weak gravitational lensing data. Sponsor: Zoltan Haiman.

Biomedical Engineering
Altoé, Mirella. Diffuse optical tomography imaging of chemotherapy-induced changes in breast tissue metabolism. Sponsor: Andreas Hielscher.

Melki, Lea. Electromechanical wave imaging in the clinic: Localization of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias and quantification of cardiac resynchronization therapy response. Sponsor: Elisa Konofagou.

Robinson, Samuel. Bone mechanobiology of modeling and remodeling and the effect of hematopoietic lineage cells. Sponsor: X. Edward Guo.

Sayseng, Vincent. Toward clinical realization of Myocardial elastography: Cardiac strain imaging for better diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Sponsor: Elisa Konofagou.

Biomedical Informatics
Chau, Michelle. Leveraging social media in nutrition interventions for young populations. Sponsor: Olena Mamykina.

Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies
Su, Steven. Characterization of primary cilia and Intraflagellar Transport 20 in the Epidermis. Sponsor: Ellen Ezratty.

Chemistry
Fiala, Tomas. Polymer supported probes and drugs for targeted brain imaging and pharmacology. Sponsor: Dalibor Sames.

Hughes, Isaac. Expanding Silane-mediated coupling methodologies for the formation of medicinally relevant structural motifs. Sponsor: Luis Campos.

Mohd, Noushad. Efforts towards the synthesis of silanes for their use as catalysis and molecular wires. Sponsor: Tomislav Rovis.

Peurifoy, Samuel. Organic electronics via molecular contortion. Sponsor: Colin Nuckolls.

Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Morgantini, Marcello. Structural damage assessment through parametric and non-parametric models. Sponsor: Raimondo Betti.

Classics
Simone, Caleb. Enchanted bodies: Reframing the culture of Greek Aulos performance. Sponsor: Nancy Worman.

Computer Science
Mahajan, Kunal. Performance and pricing of container deployments in cloud computing. Sponsor: Vishal Misra.

Shokri Razaghi, Hooshmand. Statistical machine learning & deep neural networks applied to neural data analysis. Sponsor: Liam Paninski.

Earth and Environmental Engineering
Doss-Gollin, James. Sequential adaptation through prediction of structured climate risk. Sponsor: Upmanu Lall.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Jin, Xiaomeng. Observing the distributions and chemistry of major air pollutants (O3 and PM2.5) from space: Trends, uncertainties, and health implications. Sponsor: Arlene Fiore.

East Asian Languages and Cultures
Rogers, Joshua. Enchanted texts: Japanese literature between religion and science, 1890-1950. Sponsor: Tomi Suzuki.

Tsering, Sonam. Role of texts in the fomration of the Geluk school in Tibet during the 14th and 15th centuries. Sponsor: Gray Tuttle.

Yi, Yuan. Malfunctioning machinery: The global making of Chinese cotton mills, 1877-1937. Sponsor: Eugenia Lean.

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Quebbeman, Andrew. The big effects of small-scale environmental variation: Exploring spatial patterns of tree community composition and greenhouse gas production in a tropical forest. Sponsor: Duncan Menge.

Economics
Huynh, Khanh Ngoc Han. Essays in experimental economics. Sponsor: Mark Dean.

Electrical Engineering
Fleischer, Daniel. Electrochemical noise limits of femtoampere-sensing, CMOS-integrated transimpedance amplifiers. Sponsor: Kenneth Shepard.

English and Comparative Literature
McIntyre, Katherine. Fugitive poetics: Ecological resistance in the Plantation Era. Sponsor: Branka Arsić.

Stevens, Jeremy. Secularization and the British lyric in the twentieth century. Sponsor: Sarah Cole.

Environmental Health Sciences
Kramer, Sarah. Forecasting influenza in Europe and globally: The role of absolute humidity and human travel, and the potential for use in public health decision making. Sponsor: Jeffrey Shaman.

Nigra, Anne. Arsenic exposure in US drinking water: Spatial patterns, temporal trends, and related mortalities. Sponsor: Ana Navas-Acien.

Epidemiology
Cohen, Gregory. Equity and efficiency tradeoffs in the prevention of heart disease - Concepts and evidence. Sponsor: Sandro Galea.

French and Romance Philology
Burns, Raphaelle. The stories we tell: Novellas, news, and the uses of casuistry in early modern Europe. Sponsor: Pierre Force.

Burton, William. On the origin and end of sex: Social construction from Monique Wittig to Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Sponsor: Joanna Stalnaker.

Genetics and Development
Joseph, Sarah. The role of SMARCAD1 during replication stress. Sponsor: Alberto Ciccia.

Nambiar, Tarun. Leveraging DNA damage response pathways to enhance the precision of CRISPR-mediated genome editing. Sponsor: Alberto Ciccia.

History
Katz, Jordan. Jewish midwives, medicine and the boundaries of knowledge in early modern Europe, 1650-1800. Sponsor: Elisheva Carlebach.

Somotan, Titilola. 'In the wider interests of Nigeria': Lagos and the making of federal Nigeria, 1941-76. Sponsor: Mamadou Diouf.

Italian
Delfino, Massimiliano. Terrorism and the body: Representations of political violence in Italian film and literature during the early Anni di Piombo. Sponsor: Elizabeth Leake.

Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Acosta, Santiago. We are like oil: An ecology of the Venezuelan culture boom, 1973-1983. Sponsor: Graciela Montaldo.

Marín-Cobos, Almudena. Beyond Desencanto: Challenging the archivization of the Spanish transition (2010-2018). Sponsor: Alberto Medina.

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Cohen, Matan. Disengaged lives? Israel-Palestine and the question of surplus humanity. Sponsor: Gil Hochberg.

Music
Fort, Anthony. Rhythm in modernist classical music sounds different depending on how you move. Sponsor: Joseph Dubiel.

Neurobiology and Behavior
Kaufman, Alexandra. Noncannonical circuit members of reward signaling in the hippocampus. Sponsor: Attila Losonczy.

Long, Laura. Neural mechanisms of language perception in human intracranial neurophysiology. Sponsor: Nima Mesgarani.

Odean, Naomi. Information routing for decision making. Sponsor: Michael Shadlen.

Nursing
Song, Jiyoun. Analyzing risk factors for healthcare-associated infections using multiple methodological approaches. Sponsor: Elaine Larson.

Zheng, Katherine. Developmental assets in adolescents with chronic illness and co-morbid depression. Sponsors: Jean-Marie Bruzzese and Arlene Smaldone.

Operations Research
Gao, Wenbo. Convex optimization and extensions, with a view toward large-scale problems. Sponsor: Donald Goldfarb.

Oh, Min-hwan. Sequential decision making with combinatorial actions and high-dimensional contexts. Sponsor: Garud Iyengar.

Qian, Huajie. Efficient uncertainty quantification in simulation analysis. Sponsor: Henry Lam.

Yang, Shuoguang. Optimization and revenue management in complex networks. Sponsors: Daniel Bienstock and Van-Anh Truong.

Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine
Yang, Young Joo. Understanding autophagy from the perspective of the autophagosome. Sponsor: Ai Yamamoto.

Philosophy
Britto, Arthur. Brentanian continua and their boundaries. Sponsor: Achille Varzi.

Martin, Laura. The social ontology of systemic oppression. Sponsor: Frederick Neuhouser.

Rivat, Sébastien. Representations and realism in the age of effective theories. Sponsor: David Albert.

Yaure, Philip. To reforge the Nation: Emancipatory politics and Antebellum black abolitionism. Sponsor: Robert Gooding-Williams.

Physics
Chiriacò, Giuliano. A theoretical study of out of equilibrium phases of matter. Sponsor: Andrew Millis.

Political Science
de la Paz, Alexander. The problem of human shields in war. Sponsor: Robert Jervis.

McAlexander, Richard. The politics of anticolonial resistance: Violence, nonviolence and the erosion of empire. Sponsor: Virginia Page Fortna.

Slough, Tara. Essays on the distributive politics of bureaucracy. Sponsor: Michael Ting.

Sutherland, Joseph. Three essays on the study of nationalization with automated content analysis. Sponsor: Robert Shapiro.

Psychology
Lee, Won. Behavioral, neurobiological and physiological plasticity of mice living in social hierarchies. Sponsor: James Curley.

Social Work
Bochicchio, Lauren. "Home away from home": Affirmative care practices among leading LGBTQ+ organizations serving youth. Sponsor: Susan Witte.

Sociology
Fox-Williams, Brittany. Trust matters: Race, relationships, and achievement in NYC public schools. Sponsor: Thomas DiPrete.

Urena, Anthony. From risk to reality: Race, class, and HIV in an age of uncertainty. Sponsor: Shamus Khan.

Sustainable Development
Lee, Ruiwen. Essays on the regulation and remote sensing of natural gas flaring. Sponsor: Geoffrey Heal.

Varela Valera, Ana. Floods and inequality: Implications for sustainable development. Sponsor: Wolfram Schlenker.

TC / Applied Anthropology
Dubuisson, Darlene. Place-making in a fractured academic landscape: Haitian intellectual exile & academic diaspora homecomings. Sponsor: Herve Varenne.

Zhang, Michelle. What are friends for?: The arts of making do and working out in Beijing, China. Sponsor: Herve Varenne.

TC / Clinical Psychology
Jackson, Devlin. The nature, motives, and perceived consequences of therapist dishonesty. Sponsor: Barry Farber.

TC / Economics and Education
Yanagiura, Takeshi. Equity and higher education: Essays on performance-based financial aid, community college degree completion, and dual enrollment. Sponsor: Jordan Matsudaira.

TC / Social-Organizational Psychology
Merriweather Woodson, Tarani. A [k]ink in the armor: How the intersection of racial and gender prototypicality affect perceptions of Black women aspiring to be managers. Sponsor: Caryn Block.

Theatre
Kuntz, Emily. Transformed within, transformed without: The enactment of religious conversion in medieval and early modern European saint plays. Sponsors: Eleanor Johnson and Julie Peters.

 

DISSERTATION PROPOSALS FILED

Anthropology
Fitoussi, Margaux. The lives of the Quartier Lafayette: A historical anthropology of French colonial-era architecture in the Tunisian present.

Mitchem, Alexandria. Cultivating a new scientific order in 18th and 19th century America: Excavating the roots of Bartram's botanical gardens.

Thompsett, Fern. Civilization's discontents: The politics of world-making against colonial capitalism in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

Architecture
Vanable, Ife. Tall tales: Hybrid, high rise schemes for housing New York’s Black urban middle – Mitchell-Lama low-moderate-/middle-income housing, 1955-1980.

Biomedical Engineering
Blumenfeld, Nicole. Engineering technology for accessible precision therapeutics and diagnostics.

Brudnicki, Philip. Development of a fibrous, collagen-based analog of the extracellular matrix.

Sachar, Chirag. Investigating mechanosensing within the dynamic phases of T cell activation.

Chemical Engineering
May, Richard. Obtaining a molecular-level description of the solid electrolyte interphase on Lithium metal.

Mayilvahanan, Karthik. Development of physics-based models aided by data science tools to understand limiting physical phenomena in secondary batteries.

Padash, Azin. Bubble rise in complex fluids.

Pang, Xueqi. Design principles for membraneless electrolyzers for production of fuels and chemicals.

Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Russ, Jonathan. Computational design of structures for enhanced failure resistance.

Classical Studies
Farrior, Mary-Evelyn. Greek epigraphy in the urban landscapes of Rome: Communication and communicator.

Classics
Petrella, Erin. Herba Sanabit: Botanical Latin and the healing of bodies and texts.

Pletcher, Charles. Economies of knowledge and deception in Sophocles' Electra, Philoctetes, and Odeipus at Colonus.

Computer Science
Joseph, Tyler. Approaches for investigating microbiome dynamics.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Bock, Nicholas. Evaluating the role of small euakryotes in the structure and function of marine microbial communities.

Trinh, Rebecca. Microbial ecology and particulate organic carbon export of the West Antarctic Peninsula.

East Asian Languages and Cultures
Hao, Tenggeer. The Xin medium: Towards a philosophy of media.

Tan, Chun Kiang. Cultures of blood: Science, empire, and mass media in twentieth-century Japan.

Germanic Languages
Tedford, Laura. Unstageable plays: Tieck, Kleist, Goethe.

Vaughn, Chloe. "Das Volk bilden": The pursuit of Volkstümlichkeit in the long 19th century.

History
Blatchford, Barrie. Fashion victims: An environmental history of the American Fur Trade, 1870-2006.

Quijano, Carolyn. Spectacle, disorder, and the foreigner in the medieval Italian city-states, 1200-1475.

Rivadeneira, Stephanie. A journey towards the sacred: Nahua pilgrimages in colonial New Spain.

Ryuk, Sohee. Weaving "oriental carpets" into the Soviet Union: Handicraft and folk art at the intersections of nations, commodity, and labor, 1928-1982.

Wilkinson, Conor. A social history of plant and insect use in Africa's Great Lake Region: From early times to the nineteenth century.

Italian
Colleluori, Tylar. Moderata Fonte's Floridoro and Renaissance chivalric epic: Revising the genre.

Mechanical Engineering
Bhattacharya, Smiti. A preclinical biomimetic platform to study podocyte physiology.

Zhang, Zhixing. Affinity micro and nanosensors for continuous glucose monitoring.

Philosophy
Botti, Martina. Metaphysical information.

Gurdon, Molly. Neo-Aristotelian absolute prohibitions.

Marsh, Anthony. Aquinas and Teresa of Ávila on higher knowledge and how it makes us happy.

McCarthy, William. Indefinite extensibility and modal logic: A defense of modal pluralism.

Richmond, Andrew. Computational theories and the theory of computation.

Psychology
Naft, Michael. Extending the rejection sensitivity model to the stigma of criminal status: Trauma and coping in the age of mass incarceration.

Sociomedical Sciences
Green, Sharon. Social and health impacts of remittances: Evidence from panel data in Kerala, India.

Urban Planning
Nguyen, Minh. The remaking of Southeast Asian American spaces across the Bay Area region