The following is a registry of completed doctoral dissertations in American Studies, American Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies programs as reported by U.S. Ph.D. degree-granting institutions. This list is based on requests to American Studies, American Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies programs for lists of doctoral dissertations completed between July 1 2002 and June 30 2003. The survey was sent to 43 universities. 27 were American Studies programs of which 23 replied. 8 were American Ethnic Studies programs of which 3 replied. 8 were Women’s Studies programs of which 5 replied.
The following programs had no completed dissertations to report: University of Iowa (Women’s Studies); Ohio State University (Women’s Studies); University of Southern California; University of Washington (Women’s Studies).
The following programs did not respond: Bowling Green State University (American Studies); Indiana University (American Studies); University of Utah (American Studies); Washington State University (American Studies); University of California, Davis (Native American Studies); University of California, San Diego (Ethnic Studies); Harvard University (African American Studies); Temple University (African American Studies); Yale University (African American Studies); Clark University (Women’s Studies); Emory University (Women’s Studies); University of Maryland, College Park (Women’s Studies).
A total of 91 dissertations were reported, including 5 independently submitted dissertations. Of the 86 dissertations reported by the departments, 75 were in American Studies, 8 were in Ethnic Studies, and 3 were in Women’s Studies.
The report contains entries whose titles suggest the broad range of topics and diverse methodologies that American Studies scholars are exploring. For abstracts of these and other dissertations completed this year by ASA members, please see the December 2003 American Quarterly. A complete alphabetical listing of American Studies Dissertation Abstracts from 1986-2002 and past surveys are available from the online ASA Archive at http://www.theasa.net (click on resources).
*Indicates independently submitted, non-American Studies department. Some independent, non-American Studies submissions are also included under American Studies or Ethnic Studies Program headings and are not counted toward the total of dissertations reported for that department.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY (3)
Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, “Bonds of Fellowship: Imagining, Building and Negotiating Community in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1900-1920.” Elysa Engelman, “The Face that Haunts Me Ever: Consumers, Retailers, Critics, and the Branded Personality of Lyldia E. Pinkham.” Kathleen Lawrence, “Aesthetic Transcendentalism and Its Legacy: Margaret Fuller, William Wetmore Story, and Henry James.”
BROWN UNIVERSITY (1)
Jennifer Lang, “The Politics of Sentimentality in Asian American Literature.”
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY (Ethnic Studies) (8)
Nerissa Balce-Cortes, “Savagery and Docility: Filipino Bodies and U.S. Imperialism Culture after 1898.” Harvey Dong, “The Origins and Trajectory of Asian American Political Activism in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1968-1978.” Michael Hanson, “People Get Ready: Race, Place, and Political Identity in Post-Civil Rights Black Popular Music, 1965-1975” (Sociology). David Leonard, “No Coloreds or Jews Welcome: Constructing Coalitions in Postwar Los Angeles.” Amy Joy Lonetree, “Displaying Indians: Museum Representations of Native American History and Culture.” Cesar Lopez, “El Descanso: A Comparative History of the Los Angeles Plaza Area and the Shared Racialized Space of the Mexican and Chinese Communities, 1853-1933.” Eliza Sun Noh, “Suicide Among Asian American Women: Influences of Racism and Sexism on Suicide Subjectification.” Jared C. Sexton, “The Politics of interracial Sexuality in the Post-Civil Rights Era U.S.” Kieu Linh Valverde, “Making Transnational Vietnam: Vietnamese American Community—Vietnam Linkages through Money, Music, and Modems.”
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES (Women’s Studies) (1)
Karina Eileraas, “Between Image and Identity: Fantasy, Transnational Trauma, and Feminist Misrecognition.”
*UNIVERISTY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA (1)
Auli Anneli Ek, “Criminal Identities in the War on Crime: Race and Masculinity in Contemporary American Prison Narratives” (English).
CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY (2)
Anne Hartfield, “Sisters of Mercy, Mothers to the Afflicted: Female Created Space in San Francisco, 1854 Through the Turn of the Century.” Tamayo Morioka-Steffens, “Asian Pacific American Identities: An Historical Perspective Through the Theatre Productions of the East West Players, 1965-2000.”
*DUKE UNIVERSITY (1)
Ilka Saal, “Epic Pleasures: Political Theater Reconsidered” (Literature).
EMORY UNIVERSITY (1)
Amy Wood, “Spectacles of Suffering: Witnessing Lynching in the New South, 1880-1930.”
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY (7)
Stephanie Batiste, “Darkening Mirrors: Black Subjectivity and Imperialism.” Lisa Pfevller Davidson, “Consumption and Efficiency in the ‘City Within a City’: Commercial Hotel Architecture and the Emergence of Modern American Culture, 1890-1930.” Marci Cohen Ferris, “Matzah Ball Gumbo, Gaspar Goo Gefilte Fish, and Big Mamma’s Kreplach: Exploring Southern Jewish Folkways.” Michele Gates-Moresi, “Exhibiting Race, Creating Nation: representations of Black History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, 1895-1976.” Kate Kruckemeyer, “More Than Just a Pretty Face: Feminism, Race, and Popular Culture for Girls, 1955-2001.” Sarah Romeyn, “A Sentimental Empire: White Women’s Responses to Native American Policy, 1824-1892.” Laura Schiavo, “A collection of Endless Extent and Beauty: Stenographs, Taste, and the American Middle Class, 1850-1876.”
HARVARD UNIVERSITY (6)
Lan Thi Phuong Bui, “Was the Jungle the Enemy.” Jennifer Goloboy, “Success to Trade: Charleston’s Merchants in the Revolutionary Era.” Diana Rachel Hyman, “Defenses of Solitude: Justice Douglas, the Right to Privacy, and the Preservation of the American Wilderness.” Mary Ellen Lennon, “Creating Coalitions: Outside Agitators and the Harlan County Coal Strike, 1931-1932.” Kirsten Denise Sword, “Wayward Wives, Runaway Slaves, and the Limits of Patriarchal Authority in Early America.” Woden Sorrow Teachout, “The Forge of Memory: National Symbols, the American Past, and the Hereditary Societies of the Revolution, 1876-1898.”
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, MANOA (2)
Mark P. Ott, “A Sea Change: The Gulf Stream and the Transformation of Ernest Hemingway’s Style, 1932-1952.” Kamuela Ann Young, “My Body/My Playground: Seeking Subjectivity Beyond the Objectification of Advertising.”
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA (2)
Megan Nelson, “Peculiar Ecology: Swamps and Culture in the Southeastern Borderlands, 1732-1937.” Kevin Quirk, “That’s What Books Can Do: The Multicultural Middlebrow.”
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS (3)
Michele Casavant, “To Boldly Go Where No Other Has Gone Before: The Construction of Race and Gender in Star Trek.” Todd-Starke-Meyerring, “Subverting Subversion: The Ideology of Class, Gender, And Race in the Deployment of Tragedy in American Beauty, Boys Don’t Cry, and Bamboozled. Kerry Anne Morgan, “From the Courtroom to the Gallows: Picturing Justice in American Visual Culture, 1850-1880” (Art History). Gregg Ventello, “Violence Engendered: The American Rifleman Identity.”
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK (2)
Psyche Williams-Forson, “Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: African American Women, Material Culture, and the Powers of Self-Definition.” Sandor Vegh, “Hacking for Democracy: A Study of the Internet as a Political Force and its Representation in the Mainstream Media.”
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST (1)
Anna Creadick, “Keeping Up Appearances: ‘Normality’ in Postwar U.S. Culture, 1945-1963.”
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST (African American Studies) (1)
Stephanie Yvette Evans, “Living Legacies: Black Women, Educational Philosophies and Community Service, 1865-1965.”
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (5)
Anna Pegler Gordon, “In Sight of America: Photography and U.S. Immigration Policy, 1880-1930.” Patricia Kim, “Watching from the Other Side: Latin American Telenovelas and Latina Audiences.” Charlotte Pagni, “Hollywood Does Kinsey: Cinema, Sexology, and Cultural Regulation, 1948-1968.” Estevan Rael-Galvez, “Identifying Captivity and Capturing Identity: Narratives of American Indian Slavery, Colorado and Mexico, 1776-1934.” Angela Winand, “Weighted Upon a Scale: African American Women, Class and Consumer Culture.”
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (9)
Nathan Garrelts, “The Official Strategy Guide for Developing a Critical Media Literacy of Video Games: An Analysis of the Final Fantasy Video Game Series.” Peter Coogan, “The Antediluvian Age: The Emergence of the Superhero in America.” Kerry Duff, “Biographies of Scale: The Life Writing of Nineteenth-Century ‘Midgets’ and ‘Giants.’” Penelope Gardner, “Feminist Autobiography: Method and Practice.” April Herndon Michelle, “(Un)American Fatness and the Body Politic.” Anthony Sze-Fai Shiu, “Marginals, Citizens, and Subjects: The Perilous Foundations of Asian American Studies.” Stephen Jones, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Black Studies and the Transformation of American Higher Education, 1967-1972.” Dominic Ording, “Intimate Fellows: Representations of Masculinity and Gay Liberation Before and After Stonewall.” Brant Pope, “Arthur Miller: Popular Front Playwright.”
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA (5)
Eric Drown, “Usable Futures, Disposable Paper: Popular Science, Science Fiction and Modernization in America, 1908-1937.” Josie Fowler, “To be Red and ‘Oriental’: The Experiences of Japanese and Chinese Immigrant Communists in the American and International Communist Movements, 1919-1934.” Anita Gonzalez, “Teen Voices: Television and the Self-Representation of ‘At-Risk’ Youth.” Kate Kane, “An(other’s) Other: Reflections on the Relationships Between African Americans and Gays and Lesbians in Popular U.S. Films.” Anne Martinez, “Bordering on the Sacred: Religion, Nation, and U.S. Mexican Relations, 1910-1929.”
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA (Women’s Studies) (2)
Sidney Matrix, “Inventing Cyberculture and Cybersubjectivity: A Critical Study of Cyberfictional Media.” Amanda Swarr, “Exploring the Boundaries of Gender and Sex: Transgendered Expressions in Contemporary South Africa.”
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO (6)
Maura Daly, “I Sing the body Electric: Theories and Modes of Subjectivity and Embodiment in the Information Age.” Kathy Freise, “Reverberating disputes: Public Art, Controversy, and Memory.” Flora Price, “Recovering Presence and Image: Black Family Pioneers in New Mexico.” Dan Shoemaker, “The Politics of Regard: metaphor and the Rehabilitation of Democracy for a Multicultural America.” James Stone, “British Cinema and America, 1940-2000.” Franci Washburn, “Beauty of Sound and Meaning: An Analysis of Lakota Oral Tradition.”
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (6)
Avent Beck, “Civil War Veterans in the Fiction of Samuel Clemens, William Dean Howells, Henry Adams, and Henry James.” Maria Jose Canelo, “Carey Williams and the Question of Cultural Citizenship in the 1940’s.” Tanya Erzen, “Out of Exodus: The Ex-Gay Movement and the Transformation of the Christian Right.” Kristen Elliott Hood, “The Terror of Trees and Streets: Lynching, Rape, and Interiority in African American Women’s Fiction.” Ari Kelman, “Station Identification: The Culture of Yiddish Radio in New York, 1923-1947.” Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, “Outside In: Immigration and Popular Culture in Asian New York.”
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK—BUFFALO (1)
Lia Vella, “Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Visions of Utopia and Progress in Turn-of-the-Century American Literature” (English). Patrick D. Ward, “Manifest Destiny: The Idea of Progress and the Rationalization of violence in Western Colonization.”
*UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL (2)
Michael Everton, “Moral Vampires and the Blood of Genius: Vocational Ethics in Early American Literary Culture” (English). Laura Mielke, “Encountering the Indian in the Age of Sentiment, 1824-1868” (English).
PURDUE UNIVERSITY (4)
Steven J. Belluscio, “To Be Suddenly White: Realism and the Problem of Agency in U.S. Passing Narratives.” Diane Gruber, “Much of Their Tuition: The Historical Matrix of Youth, Consumerism, and Mass Culture as Illustrated in the Pages of the Youth’s Companion, 1827-1929.” Susan Muchshima Moynihan, “Asian American Women’s Lifewriting: Autobiographical Negotiations of Inscrutability.” Selene G. Phillips, “Mending Baskets: The Process of Using Indigenous Epistemology to Reinterpret Sacagawea.”
UNIVERITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN (6)
Bruce Alan Ashcroft. “Why We Wanted Wings: American Aviation and Representations of the Air Force in the Years Before World War II.” Alice Barber, “Building It Up, Living It Down: Civic Reputation, Tourism and Urban Development in Reno, Nevada.” Clifford Farrington, “Biracial Unions on Glveston’s Waterfront, 1865-1925.” Gale Greenleaf, “Cohousing in the United States: Utopian Ideals in the Twenty-first Century.” Tsuyoshi Ishihara, “Mark Twain in Japan: Mark Twain’s Literature and 20th Century Japanese Juvenile Literature and Popular Culture.” Carol Meaney, “Return of the Witch: The Scapegoating of the Unredeemable Woman in Modern American Cinema.” Bryan Stone, “West of Center: Jews on the Real and Imagined Frontiers of Texas.”
COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY (3)
Matt Cohen, “The Still Life: Domesticity, Subjectivity, and the Bachelor in Nineteenth Century America.” Gerald Kahler, “Washington in Glory, America in Tears: The Nation Mourns the Death of George Washington, 1799-1800. Julie Lautenschlager, “Food Fight!: America’s Ideological Battle Over Lunch.”
YALE UNIVERSITY (8)
Lisa Cardyn, “Sexualized Racism/Gendered Violence: Trauma and the Body Politic in the Reconstruction South.” Anthony Foy, “The Dark Brotherhood: Autobiography, Ideology, Masculinity, Blackness.” Deborah Hughes, “Revising the American Picture Gallery: Gender, Race, and Popular Visual Culture.” Michell Liu, “Acting Out: Asian Images and the Performance of American Identities, 1898-1945.” Leigh Raiford, “Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: History, Memory, and the Photography of Twentieth Century African American Social Movements.” Kirk Swinehart, “This Wild Place: Sir William Johnson Among the Mohawks, 1715-1783.” Qiana Robinson Whitted, “African-American Literature and the Crisis of Faith.” James Wooten, “Regulating the Unseen Revolution: A Political History of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.”
*YORK UNIVERSITY (Canada) (1)
Tess Chakkalakal, “Uncle Tom in the Making of African American Literature” (English).