Dissertations

Dissertations: May 17, 2021

Art History and Archaeology
Du, Xiaohan. Yishan Yining (1247-1317) and the development of Zen calligraphy in medieval Japan. Sponsor: Robert Harrist.

Schneller, David. Beyond foreign origins: Transformation, adaptation, and local production in archaic Greek sanctuaries. Sponsor: Ioannis Mylonopoulos.

Biomedical Informatics
Kang, Tian. Towards unified medical evidence computation from literature for evidence-based medicine. Sponsor: Chunhua Weng.

Business
Gritckevich, Aleksandr. Essays on digital advertising. Sponsor: Miklos Sarvary.

Peddireddy, Venkat Ramana. Estimating maintenance capex. Sponsor: Shivaram Rajgopal.

Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies
Murithi, James. Dissecting the mechanisms of resistance to antiplasmodial compounds in Plasmodium falciparum. Sponsor: David Fidock.

Chemical Engineering
Lin, Zhexi. Catalytic transformation of biomass-derived oxygenates on transition metal carbide, nitride, and oxide surfaces. Sponsor: Alan West.

Chemistry
Hassan, Isra. Asymmetric lactam synthesis with a monomeric streptavidin artificial metalloenzyme. Sponsor: Tomislav Rovis.

Sun, Mengzhen. Machine learning applications in proteins: Structure prediction and interaction prediction. Sponsor: Richard Friesner.

Computer Science
Zhong, Peilin. New primitive for tackling graph problems and their applications in parallel computing. Sponsors: Alexandr Andoni and Mihalis Yannakakis.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Min, Elizabeth. Quantifying the effects of herbivores and climate change on Arctic tundra carbon cycling. Sponsor: Kevin Griffin.

Patterson, Angelica. Seeing the forest for the trees: The physiological responses of temperate trees in a warmer world. Sponsor: Kevin Griffin.

Economics
Goff, Leonard. Essays in applied econometrics and labor economics. Sponsors: Simon Lee and Suresh Naidu.

Nguyen, Dieu Hoa. Essays on school choice and academic performance: Evidence from Vietnam. Sponsors: Cristian Pop-Eleches and Miguel Urquiola.

DISSERTATIONS DEFENDED

Economics
Warnes, Pablo. Essays in urban economics. Sponsors: Donald Davis and David Weinstein.

Zhang, Ye. Field experiments in entrepreneurial finance. Sponsors: Harrison Hong and Jack Willis.

Zytnick, Jonathon. Essays on law and economics. Sponsor: Suresh Naidu.

Epidemiology
Oskar, Sabine. Exposure to phthalates during critical windows of susceptibility and breast tissue composition: Implications for breast cancer risk. Sponsor: Jasmine McDonald.

French and Romance Philology
Ferreira, Caio. Beyond the plausible: On the relationship between history, tragedy and epic poetry in Corneille, Voltaire and Schiller. Sponsor: Pierre Force.

Germanic Languages
Schulz, Miriam. Keyner iz nit fargesn: Soviet Yiddish antifascism and the Holocaust. Sponsor: Jeremy Dauber.

History
Jones, Christopher. Power and elite competition in the neo-Assyrian empire, 745-612 B.C.. Sponsor: Marc Van De Mieroop.

Matthews, Adam. Sacred space and legal practice in Catalonia & Southern France, 850-1100. Sponsor: Adam Kosto.

McElroy, Micah. The disruption of philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay area, 1945-2010. Sponsor: Elizabeth Blackmar.

Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Durán-García, Omar. Biomedicine, homosexualities, and medical cultures in Mexico, 1953-2006. Sponsor: Ana Lee.

Mathematics
Rezchikov, Semen. Floer homology via twisted loop spaces. Sponsor: Mohammed Abouzaid.

Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection
Kaiser, Katherine. Regulation of the alveolar regeneration by pro-repair Treg cells during influenza virus infection. Sponsor: Nicholas Arpaia.

Music
Smith, Thomas. Hearing with American law. Sponsor: George Lewis.

Weinstein-Reiman, Michael. Touch and modernity in French keyboard pedagogy, 1715-1915. Sponsor: Benjamin Steege.

Neurobiology and Behavior
Sendhilnathan, Naveen. The role of the cerebellum in reinforcement learning. Sponsor: Michael Goldberg.

Religion
Clark, Quinn. Love and money: Debating Muslim saint shrines in "UP". Sponsor: Katherine Ewing.

Meyer, Verena. Memory and difference: Coherence and paradox in Javanese Muslims' stories of the past. Sponsor: Katherine Ewing.

Slavic Languages
Drennan, Erica. Reading and judging: Russian literature on trial. Sponsor: Irina Reyfman.

Statistics
Yao, Yuling. Toward a scalable Bayesian workflow. Sponsor: Andrew Gelman.

TC / Applied Behavior Analysis
Baldonado, Lauren. The effects of the establishment of bidirectional naming for unfamiliar stimuli on reading comprehension for first grade students. Sponsor: R. Douglas Greer.

Chang, Hung. Establishment of conditioned reinforcement for observing books through observational interventions and effects on rate of learning for preschoolers. Sponsor: R. Douglas Greer.

TC / Clinical Psychology
Hull, Thomas. Context sensitivity: A prognostic patient characteristic for digital psychotherapy. Sponsor: George Bonanno.

Scalora, Suza. Investigating a spirituality mind-body intervention for enhanced and healthier perception in an undergraduate population: An open-trial pilot study. Sponsor: Lisa J. Miller.

TC / Measurement and Evaluation
Yang, Jiaxi. Sequential rerandomization in the context of small samples. Sponsor: Bryan Keller.

TC / Politics and Education
Mantas-Kourounis, Eleni. In the trenches: The local politics of civic education. Sponsor: Jeffrey Henig.

TC / School Psychology
Portillo, Natalie. Opinion writing of native Spanish and native English speakers in college developmental education courses. Sponsor: Stephen Peverly.

DISSERTATION PROPOSALS FILED

Applied Physics
Ruta, Francescoluigi. Infrared nanoscopy of anisotropic and topological quantum materials.

Biomedical Engineering
Hu, Hanze. Engineering biomimetic formulations for drug and gene delivery.

Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Vlassis, Nikolaos. AI-generated interpretable plasticity theory for path-dependent solids.

Wu, Chunlin. Virtual experiments and designs of composites with the inclusion-based boundary element method (iBEM).

Zadshir, Mehdi. Modeling and experimental study of thermal management systems for infrastructure surface materials.

Classical Studies
Kuang, Shenda. Herodotus' historiai: A phenomenological study.

Computer Science
Alubala, Amos. Resilient continuous authentication.

Piccolboni, Luca. Architecting and securing the interface of accelerators in heterogeneous SoCs.

Economics
Awadey, Amanda. Topics in education and development economics.

Koh, Yu Kyung. Essays in family economics.

Sacher, Szymon. Text-based industry denition, competition and mergers using large scale NLP methods.

Seol, BooKang. Why community-driven development (CDD) projects often fail to develop social institutions.

History
Giovanopoulou, Afroditi. Recasting global law: Prgamatism in the history of the Postwar Order (1939-1957).

McIntosh, Whitney. Anti-state, anti-war, and anti-politics: Modern libertarian intellectual culture, 1965-2000.

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
El-Shafei, Alaa. Markets of law: Egypt's age of legal reform, 1840-1914.