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Participant history

completed list of things to doThe first Dissertation Writing Retreat, held in 2009, had 12 participants; in 2010, thanks to increased funding from the Graduate School, we were able to expand to 15 participants—a number that leaders and participants alike have found to be ideal. Below is our current listing of the names, departments, dissertation titles, and defense dates of participants from our first retreat to the present. If you are a former participant who has defended but do not yet appear on this list, please contact Katie Levin to update her with your good news!

 

Defended dissertations produced by retreat participants

2016 retreat

Tasneem Anwar

Curriculum & Instruction

Design-Based Online Teacher Professional Development to Introduce Integration of STEM in Pakistan

2016

Emily Gunawan

Mathematics

Combinatorics of cluster algebras from surfaces

2016

Bin Li

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

A Formal Investigation of Human Spatial Control Skills: Framework, Development, and Assessment

2016

Nandita Mirajkar

Veterinary Medicine

Characterization of emerging Brachyspira pathogens in swine: Applications to disease control

2016

Amir-Pouyan Shiva

Anthropology

Being Written While Writing: Crafting Selves in the Persian Blogosphere

2017

 

2015 retreat

Anne Campbell

Comparative and International Development Education

International Scholarship Programs and Home Country Economic and Social Development: Comparing Georgian and Moldovan Alumni Experiences of “Giving Back” 

2016

Jonathan Clayton

Veterinary Medicine

Associations between diet, gut microbiome, and health in nonhuman primates

2015

Diane Cormany

Communication Studies

Mediated Affect and Financial News Media: The Closing Bell, Marketplace and The Wall Street Journal

2016

Rita Kompelmakher

Theater Arts & Dance

The Human Rights Performative: The Belarus Free Theater on the Global Stage

2017

Ann O'Neill

Natural Resources Science and Management

Increasing the Environmental Services of Working Agricultural Lands Through Best Management Practices

2015

Sharon Park

History

Constructing Americans’ Responsibility to Give: Shifting Debates about Foreign and Humanitarian Aid to Child Refugees, 1945–1989

2016

Jolene Pearson

Curriculum and Instruction: Youth, Family, and Community

Too Important to Ignore: A Post-Intentional Phenomenological Investigation of Teaching Pre-Service Early Childhood Teachers About Infants and Toddlers

2016

Christy Pettis

Curriculum and Instruction: STEM Education

Preservice Elementary Teachers' Understandings of the Connections Among Decimals, Fractions, and the Set of Rational Numbers: A Descriptive Case Study

2015

Jeffrey Stott

Neuroscience

Information Processing in the Orbitofrontal Cortex and the Ventral Striatum in Rats Performing an Economic Decision-Making Task

2015

Xiaojing Wei

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

The consequences of drought, flooding and insect herbivory on the distributions of closely related Salicaceae species across hydrologic gradients in Minnesota wetlands

2015

R.M. Wolff

Art History

All We Have: Performance Photographs and Artist Interviews in the Contemporary

2016

 

2014 retreat

Austin Stair Calhoun

Kinesiology

Sports Information Directors and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Narrative: Applying Gatekeeping Theory to the Creation and Contents of Division I Women’s Basketball Online Coaching Biographies

2014

Scott Ehrenburg

Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Living and Dying for the Plural: Transformations of Queer Iberian Cinema 

2017

Jennifer Immich

Anthropology

Siting of Castles in the Midlands of Ireland: A Spatial Approach to Cultural Landscapes

2015

Brynna Jones

Chemistry

Dynamics, Solvent, and Reactions: Ultrafast Infrared Spectroscopy of Vaska's Complex and its Adducts

2015

Elakshi Kumar

Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Apprehending Female Masculinity: Globalization and Gender Noncomformity in India

2015

Sarah Lageson

Sociology

Digital Punishment: The Production and Consequences of Online Crime Reporting

2015

Suhna Lee

Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health

Coordinating Care: A Relational Systems Approach

2014

Kelly McKay

Theatre Arts & Dance

The Ethics of Occupation: Appropriation and Alignment as Spatial Practices Among Mapuche Activists and Student Protesters in Santiago, Chile

2015

Eunha Na

English

Empathic Imagination: Performing Interracial Intimacy in Contemporary Women's Drama

2016

Aimee Prasek

Nursing

Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate a Self-Guided, Web-Based Mindfulness Program for Stress Reduction and Wellbeing Promotion

2015

Kristina Prescott

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Does a natural enemy limit the diet breadth of a generalist predator?

2014

 

2013 retreat

Emily Bruce

History

Reading Agency: The Making of Modern German Childhoods in the Age of Revolutions

Winner, 2016 “Best Dissertation” Award, Arts & Humanities, University of Minnesota Graduate School

2015

John Czaplewski

Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics Education

An Evaluation of Blended Instruction in Terms of Knowledge Acquisition and Attitude in an Introductory Mathematics Course

2013

Paul Dahlen

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Enhancing Signal Integrity Methodologies Utilizing Discrete Frequency Domain Techniques

2014

Erika de Freitas

Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Why do I think the way I do? Troubling the concept of critical thinking in pharmacy classrooms

2013

Yejin Hong

Mass Communication

Framing Citizen Journalism in Mainstream News Coverage: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis (1999–2012)

2014

Mary Joyce Juan

Psychology

Intersections of Racial/Ethnic Identity and Gender Identity Among Women of Color

2014

Ursula Lang

Geography

Cultivating Everyday Life: Yards, Nature and Time in the City

2014

Ya Liu

Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Singing and Re-rooting: A Social, Symbolic, and Transnational Analysis of a Chinese Chorus in Diaspora

2014

Moana McClellan

Plant Biological Sciences

Assessing Forest Structure, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Functions between Public and Private Tropical Dry Secondary Forests, a case study in Guancaste, Costa Rica

2014

Heather O’Leary

Anthropology

Uneven Absorption: World-Class Delhi, Domestic Workers and the Water that Makes Them

2014

Tom Sarmiento

American Studies

The Heartland of Empire: Queer Cultural Imaginaries of Filipinas/os in the Midwest

2014

Dana Schowalter

Communication Studies

Philanthropy as Gendered Global Governance: Philanthrocapitalism, Branded Citizenship, and the Selling of Corporate Social Responsibility

2014

Pabalelo Tshane

Theatre Arts

Well-Being Performances in Botswana: Centering Women’s Roles in Popular Theatre

2013

Laura Vietti

Earth Sciences

Insights Into the Microbial Degradation of Bones from the Marine Fossil Record: An Experimental Approach Using Interdisciplinary Analyses

2014

 

2012 retreat

Brenda Becker

Nursing

The lived experience of professional identity in master nursing academics

2013

Kara Erolin

Family Social Science

Family Violence Exposure and Associated Risk Factors to Child PTSD in a Mexican Sample

2012

Katie Goetz

History

“Tell me how you like the shoose?”: Gender, girlhood, and material self-fashioning in America, 1780–1850

2013

Ilona Moore

Geography

The Work of “Feeding the World”: From India’s Green Revolution to the Paradox of Plenty

2014

June Msechu

Sociology

Intergenerational Relationships and Eldercare in Rural Tanzania: A Life Course Perspective on the Implications of Social Change on Families

2014

Nicholas Phelps

Veterinary Medicine

Improved diagnosis and management of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus in fish

2013

Elita Poplavska

Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems

“We get patients”: Understanding the culture of patient recruitment organizations

2013

Xiumei Pu

Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Imagining the Decolonial Spirit: Ecowomanist Literature and Criticism in the Chinese Diaspora

2013

Sharyl Samargia

Rehabilitation Science

Pathophysiology of adductor spasmodic dysphonia: a TMS study

2012

Dana Schumacher-Schmidt

English

Monuments of Truth: Domesticity, Memory, and Politics in the English Civil Wars and Restoration

2014

Jessica Dockter Tierney

Curriculum & Instruction

“It wasn't like we were serious”: Laughter in the mediated action of race talk

2013

Yuen-Yi Tseng

Mollecular and Cellular Biology

Adjacent long non-coding RNA PVT1 and MYC cooperate in breast cancer with gain of 8q24

2013

An-Min Wu

Land and Atmospheric Science

Hillslope redistribution of soil organic carbon in depressional landscape in Minnesota

2014

Ismail Yaylaci

Political Science

Performative socialization in world politics: Islamism, secularism, and democracy in Turkey and Egypt

2014

 

2011 retreat

Gozde Goncu Berk

Apparel Studies

A Framework for Designing in Cross-Cultural Contexts: Culture-Centered Design Process

2013

Juliette Brungs

German, Scandinavian, & Dutch

Performing the Jewish Body in Contemporary Germany: Esther Dischereit and Tanya Ury

2013

Kelly Condit-Shrestha

History

American Empire: Migration, Race-making, and the Child, 1845–1988

2017

Linda Freeman

Communication Studies

Wall of Me: Facebook Self-Disclosure and Partner Responsiveness Resulting in Confirmation or Violation of Expectations for Intimacy and Relationships

2011

Jessica Giusti

Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

“Burlesque Female Behemoths”: Transgressions of Fat, Femme Burlesque

2012

Emily Goff

Adult Education

The Decision to Pursue Postsecondary Education for Women who Hold GED Credentials

2011

Laura Wertheim Joseph

Art History

Shadow Feminism: Disavowed Feminized Labor in Postwar American Art

2015

Eden Kaiser

Linguistics

Sociophonetics of Hmong American English in Minnesota

2011

Seongdok Kim

Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Toward a model for explaining secondary school completion in Vietnam

2014

Viveca Pinto

Educational Psychology

Teaching for Transfer of an Evidence-Based Strategy: An Experimental Field Trial

2012

Laura Senn

Nursing

Nurse-Physician Co-Leadership: Exploring a Strategy to Enhance Quality and Patient Safety in U.S. Hospitals

2014

Kim Thomas-Pollei

Writing Studies

Disciplining Medicine: Science and Medical Education Reform in Britain, 1770–1850

2011

Jewon Woo

English

Performing Bodies and Performative Texts: The Bodily Culture of the Antebellum U.S. and Fleshy Writing

2013

 

2010 retreat

Noel Aldrich

Nutrition

Dietary Protein and Weight in Midlife Adults

2013

Beth Brendler

Curriculum & Instruction

De-emphasizing Gender in Talk about Texts: Literature Response, Discussion, and Gender within a Classroom Community of Practice

2012

Ryan Cartwright

American Studies

Peculiar Places: A Queer History of Rural Nonconformity

Winner, 2013 “Best Dissertation” Award, Arts & Humanities, University of Minnesota Graduate School

2012

Jesse Field

Asian Languages & Literatures

Writing Lives in China: the Case of Yang Jiang

2012

Caroline Hilk

Educational Psychology

Effects of Cooperative, Competitive, and Individualistic Learning Structures on College Student Achievement and Peer Relationships: A Series of Meta-Analyses

2013

Caley Horan

History

Actuarial Age: Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberalism in the Postwar United States

Winner, 2012 “Best Dissertation” Award, Arts & Humanities, University of Minnesota Graduate School

2011

Melanie Huska

History

Entertaining Education: Teaching National History in Mexican State-Sponsored Comic Books and Telenovelas, 1963 to 1996

2013

Elena Izaksonas

Social Work

Latino Students’ Expectations of School Success: Do School Supports Matter?

Winner, 2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of Minnesota School of Social Work

2011

Sarah Jackson

Mass Communication

African American Celebrity Dissent and a Tale of Two Public Spheres: A Critical and Comparative Analysis of the Mainstream and Black Press, 1949–2005

2010

Christine Manganaro

History of Medicine

Assimilating Hawai‘i: Racial Science in a Colonial “Laboratory,” 1919–1939

2012

Katherine Ostrom

Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Literatura Policial: Gender, Genre, and Appropriation in Argentine and Brazilian Hard-boiled Crime Fiction

2011

Nicki Simms

Geography

The Counterfeit Consumer: Conterfeit Luxury Goods and the Negotiation of Space and Subjectivity

2011

Kangyong Sun

Business Administration

Inter-unit Conflict, Conflict Resolution Methods, and Post-Merger Organizational Integration in Healthcare Organizations

2011

Rebecca Weaver

English

The Urgency of Community: The Suturing of Poetic Ideology During the Early Years of the Loft and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

2011

 

2009 retreat

Midori Green

Art History

Sec’s Appeal: The Secretary in American Popular Culture, 1900–64

2011

Amy Griffiths

English

“In a Shattered Language”: A Feminist Poetics of Trauma

2011

Chris Kamerbeek

English

The Ghost and the Corpse: Figuring the Mind/Brain Complex at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

2010

Sharon Kelly

Work & Human Resources Education

African American Women Working in the Twin Cities During the Mid-Twentieth Century: Discovering Their Vocational Identity

2010

Jessica Knight

English

Autobiography and the Making of Modernist Multiculturalism

2011

Serena Laws

Political Science

What is Owed: Debt, Bankruptcy, and American Citizenship

2011

Jennifer Lobasz

Political Science

Victims, Villains, and the Virtuous: Constructing the Problems of “Human Trafficking”

2012

Jennifer Moore

Mass Communication

Liquid Poison: Picturing a Public Health Crisis Through Visual Storytelling in the Nineteenth Century Press

2012

N’Jai-An Patters

History

Deviants and Dissidents: Children’s Sexuality and the Limits of Liberation

2010

Emily Rook-Koepsel

History

Unity, Democracy, and the All India Phenomenon, 1940–1946

2010

Sara Wellman

French

Post-Pastoral Possibilities: Nature and the Literary Imaginary in Early Modern France

2011