Join us in congratulating our students who completed honors theses! This year we had a particularly strong– and record-breaking!– crop of thesis students, many of whom used the Ethnographic Research Fund to travel to collect data in remote locations ranging from Peru to Lebanon to Texas, California, and South Carolina. These scholars’ achievements are even more notable given the extreme disruption of COVID-19 to their final semester– nevertheless, they all completed outstanding theses and defended remotely. One benefit to the remote defenses was having friends and family be able to attend!


Our 2019-2020 Honors Thesis Students are:

Princess Adeyinka

**Joint thesis with Government & Law

Title: Returning Home: A Look into State-level Policies and its Impact on Formerly Incarcerated Women of Color

Thesis Advisors: Dr. Carlos Tavares and Dr. Helena Silverstein

Yazmin Baptiste

Title: Nosotros no cruzamos la frontera ésta nos cruzó a nosotros: Understanding the Role Anti-Blackness Plays in Homogenous Narratives about the US-Mexico Border

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Neha Vora

Sarah Heins

**Joint thesis with Environmental Studies

Title: Climate Change and Sustainability in Museums: Questions of Accessibility

Thesis Advisors: Dr. Caroline Lee and Dr. Andrea Armstrong

Katherine Hill

Title: Women’s Health is Everyone’s Health: Investigating the Relationship between Preconception Interventions and Infant Health Outcomes in the State of North Carolina

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Carlos Tavares

Ayat Husseini

Title: Precarity and Insecurity in Contemporary Beirut: Understanding Urban Vulnerability on the Eve of the 2019 Revolution

Thesis Advisor: Dr. William Bissell

Ian Miller

**Joint thesis with Music

Title:  Composing a Nation: Luis Duncker Lavalle and The Role of Classical Music in Constructing National Identity in Post-War Peru

Thesis Advisors: Dr. David Shulman and Dr. Jorge Torres

Camilla Samuelsson (December 2019 graduate)

Title:  Undocumented and Pregnant:  Californian Healthcare Providers’ Perspectives on Barriers and Benefits to Maternal Medical Care

Thesis Co-Advisors: Dr. Carlos Tavares and Dr. Rebecca Kissane

Bec Stargel

**Joint thesis with Psychology

Title: The Effects of Trans-Prejudice and Gender Essentialism on Defining and Categorizing Transgender People

Thesis Advisors: Dr. David Shulman and Dr. Angela Bell

CONGRATS ALL!!!!! We could not be more proud of you or more excited to see where you go next.

Adeyinka Defense

Screenshot from Adeyinka’s Defense

Miller Defense

Screenshot from Miller’s Defense