Category Archives: Dissertations

M&C Student Ju Oak Kim Defends Dissertation Proposal

Congratulations to M&C student Ju Oak Kim, who previously passed her preliminary examinations and on April 28, 2014 successfully defended her dissertation proposal. The title of the dissertation is “Reprocessing Asian Values: Television, Popular Music, and Cultural Globalization in Korea.” The members of her dissertation advisory committee are Fabienne Darling-Wolf (Chair), Nancy Morris, and Patrick Murphy.

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M&C Student Stephanie Palmieri Defends Dissertation Proposal

Congratulations to M&C student Stephanie Palmieri, who previously passed her preliminary examinations and on May 12, 2014 successfully defended her dissertation proposal. The title of the dissertation is “The Genre on Fire: Gender, Sexuality, and Sexual Violence in Vampire Academy , The Hunger Games Trilogy, and the Divergent Trilogy .” The members of her dissertation advisory committee are Jan Fernback (Chair), John E. Campbell, and Fabienne Darling-Wolf.

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M&C Student Michael Plugh Defends Dissertation Proposal

Congratulations to M&C student Michael Plugh, who previously passed his preliminary examinations and on May 14, 2014 successfully defended his dissertation proposal. The title of the dissertation is “Sporting the Mask of National Identity: The Role of Sports in the Performance of Japanese National Identity.” The members of his dissertation advisory committee are Fabienne Darling-Wolf (Chair), Nancy Morris, and John E. Campbell.

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M&C Student Elizaveta Provorova Friesem Defends Dissertation Proposal

Congratulations to M&C student Elizaveta Provorova Friesem, who previously passed her preliminary examinations and on May 13, 2014 successfully defended her dissertation proposal. The title of the dissertation is “Teaching Media and Gender in the Classroom: Instruction Informed by Media Literacy Education, Gender Studies and Scholarship on Media Representations of Gender.” The members of her dissertation advisory committee are Fabienne Darling-Wolf (Chair), Brooke Duffy, and Adrienne Shaw.

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M&C Student Katrina Flener Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to M&C student Katrina Flener, who successfully defended her dissertation on April 29, 2014. The title of her dissertation is “Drug Narratives and Differences in Ideological Content across Varying Economic Models of Television.” The members of her dissertation examination committee were Carolyn Kitch (Chair), Jan Fernback, Kathleen Auerhahn (Department of Criminal Justice), and Dustin Kidd (Department of Sociology; outside reader).

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M&C Student Byron Lee Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to M&C student Byron Lee, who successfully defended his dissertation on April 21, 2014. The title of his dissertation is “Tales of the Gayborhood: Mediating Philadelphia’s Gay Urban Spaces.” The members of his dissertation examination committee were Fabienne Darling-Wolf (Chair), John Edward Campbell, Carolyn Kitch, and Hilary Iris Lowe (Department of History; outside reader).

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M&C Student Constanta Alina Hogea Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to M&C student Constanta Alina Hogea, who successfully defended her dissertation on April 16, 2014. The title of her dissertation is “Collective Memory and National Identity in Post-Communist Romania: Representations of the Communist Past in Romanian Media and Romanian Politics (1990-2009).” The members of her dissertation examination committee were Carolyn Kitch (Chair), Fabienne Darling-Wolf, Nancy Morris, and Mihai Coman (University of Bucharest; outside reader).

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M&C Student Sam Srauy Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to M&C student Sam Srauy, who successfully defended his dissertation on April 10, 2014. The title of his dissertation is “Speaking About Race: Biopower and Racism in the Videogame Landscape.” The members of his dissertation examination committee were Jan Fernback (Chair), Nancy Morris, Hector Postigo, and Casey O’Donnell (Michigan State University; outside reader).

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M&C Student Carrie Teresa Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to M&C student Carrie Teresa, who successfully defended her dissertation on April 9, 2014. The title of her dissertation is “Looking at the Stars: The Black Press, African American Celebrity Culture and Critical Citizenship in Early Twentieth Century America, 1895-1935.” The members of her dissertation examination committee were Carolyn Kitch (Dissertation Chair), Andrew Mendelson, Susan Jacobson (Florida International University), and Linn Washington (Department of Journalism; outside reader).

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M&C Student Angela Cirucci Defends Dissertation Proposal

Congratulations to M&C student Angela M. Cirucci, who previously passed her preliminary examinations and on January 27, 2014 successfully defended her dissertation proposal. The title of the dissertation is “The Structured Self: Authenticity, Agency, & Anonymity in Social Networking Sites” The members of her dissertation advisory committee are Brooke E. Duffy (Chair), Matthew Lombard, Hector Postigo, and Pablo Vila (Department of Sociology).

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