Recent Theses and Dissertations

Recent Master's Theses and Dissertations

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Master's Theses



Boudreau, Tyler. Counterinsurgency Doctrine and the 'War on Terror': A Narrative and Textual Analysis of the Army Field Manual 3-24.

Cassidy, Kathryn. Bringing the Frame into Focus: How Cable News Pundits Protect the Glass Ceiling.

Cerulli, Tovar. Meat and Meanings: Adult-Onset Hunters' Cultural Discourses of the Hunt.

Chew, Chang Hui. Censored Kids and Piracy: An Examination of Film Censorship in Singapore.

Soha, Michael. Networked, Collaborative, and Activist News Communities Online: A Case Study of Reddit and Daily Kos.

Walsh, Kimberly R. Bullying on Teen Television: Patterns Across Portrayals and Fan Forum Posts.

Zhang, Dan. Linguistic and Cultural Contact Phenomena in a Mandarin Class in the U.S.


Kumar, Hari S. Decolonizing Texts: A Performance Autoethnography.


Drew, Shara Dunn. Vilification in Fox’s 24.

Hasan, Fadia. Fair Trade Practices in Contemporary Bangladeshi Society: The Case of Aarong.

Pradhan, Jinni. It’s My Passion, That’s My Mission to Decide, I’m Going Worldwide: The Cosmopolitanism of Global Fans of Japanese Popular Culture.

Yakupitiyage, Thanushka N. Media and Immigration in Post 9/11 America.


Robb, Margo L. Community Radio, Public Interest: The Low Power FM Service and 21st Century Media Policy.

Steblea, Jeffrey J. Is She a Positive Female Role Model?: Perceptions of the Female Action Hero Among Teenage Girls.


Kang, Kyoung-Lae. Novel Genres or Generic Novels: Considering Korean Movies Adapted from Amateur Internet Novels.


Boulton, Chris. Trophy Children Don’t Smile: Fashion Advertisements For Designer Children’s Clothing In Cookie Magazine

Coryat, Diana M. Constructing a Pedagogy of Critical Youth Media: A Case Study of Global Action Project.

Dilip, Meghana. Rang de Basanti: Consumption, Citizenship, and the Public Sphere.

Lan, Qiao. Immigrant Perceptions of Advertising amid Acculturation Levels, Stress and Motivation

Paradise, Phyllis. Leadership Enactment in a Small Group: A Constitutive Communication Approach.

Siibi, Razvan. “Romanianism” and “Romanianness”: Two frames of Romanian identity.

Wisneski, Kirsten. Maximizing Masculinity: A Textual Analysis of Maxim Magazine


Kostides, Joanne. Press Coverage of the 2002 Biennial Review of Media Ownership Rules.


Bergstrom, Andrea M. From Fantasy Dates to Elimination Ceremonies: A Content Analysis of Gender, Sex, and Romance on Reality Television.

Chelaru, Iris S. Behind the Virtual Wall: Information Society Policy in Hungary, Romania, and Ukraine.

Weye, William H. Audiences as Producers: Creating Brand Value in Cyberspace.

Zeng, Ya. College Students’ Adoption of Instant Messaging, Online Shopping, and Music/Video Downloading.


Chase, Gordon L. Discourses of Independence and Interdependence: The Construction of Bermudian National Identity.

Paradise, Angela. Just a Word from your Sponsor?: The Commercialization of Children's Public Television.


Sousa, Arthur. A Path Formed of Words: Native North Americans and their languages.


Ericsson, Susan. Curious Conventions: Filmic Representations of Nuns.

Goodwin, Janna. Coordinated Management of Meaning in Productive Post Show: Exploring a Method for Audience Research.

MacLeod, Erna L. Negotiating Nationhood: History, Cultural Identity, and Representation at Fortress of Louisburg National Historic Site.

Rudnick, Lisa. “Hygge” and “Jantelovn”: An Ethnographic Study of Two Symbolic Terms in the Communication of Danish Cultural Identity and a Danish Model of Personhood.


Campbell, John E. Guts and Muscles and Bears, Oh My! The Body, Embodied Identity, and Queer Erotic Space Online.

Ionescu, Sanda. Television’s Contribution to the Erosion of Social Capital: The Cultivation Perspective.

Tanamura, Naho. A Japanese Cultural Discourse of Names and Marriage: Key Symbols, Motives and Terms of Address.


Benotti, Lauren F. Alternative Modes of Cultural Expression: Viewing Performances of Basque Nationalism and Identity from a Communication Perspective.

Click, Melissa A. Who Dunnit?: The Utility of Theorizing (In)visible Identities in Feminist Action.

Desilva, Melanie R. Knowledge and Power Within Natural Childbirth Discourse: Feminist Interrogations, Theoretical Considerations and Practical Concerns.

Kemmitt, Alicia M. Viewing the Troubles: Irish-American Audience Interpretations of Political Violence.

Reyes, Ian. The Self in Sound.

Scollo, Michelle. “Living Music” or “Museum Piece”?: An Ethnographic Study of the “Debate” over Opera Translation.



Gu, Li. Intellectual Constellations in the Postsocialist Era: Four Essays.

Ingram, Brett. Critical Rhetoric in the Age of Neuroscience.

Karimova, Liliya. Muslim Tatar Women's Piety Stories: A Quest for Personal and Social Transformation in Tatarstan (Russia).

Lie, Sunny. Beholders of the Truth, Predestined to Be Saved: The Communication of Chinese Indonesian Reformed Evangelical Christian (CIREC) Identity.

Ng, Eve. Rebranding Gay: New Configurations of Digital Media and Commercial Culture.

Polk, Emily. Transition Network: Exploring Intersections between Culture, the Climate, and a Digital Network in a Community-led Global Social Movement.

Sarkar, Sreela. Technology and Modernity at the Boundaries of Global India.

Song, Shi. New Media and ICT for Social Change and Development in China.

Stephens, Niall P. Remember Where We Came From: Globalization and Environmental Discourse in the Araucania Region of Chile.


Boulton, Christopher. Rebranding Diversity: Colorblind Racism inside the U.S. Advertising Industry.

Greene, Viveca S. Irony and Ideology: Oppositional Politics and Cultural Engagement in Post-September 11th America.

Oyedemi, Tokunbo D. The Partially Digital: Internet, Citizenship, Social Inequalities, and Digital Citizenship in South Africa.

Rao, Sangeeta V. Engaging Identities: Globality and Communicative Practices in Education for Democratic Citizenship.

van Over, Brion. Beyond Words: Exploring the Cultural Limits of the Communicable.

Bergstrom, Andrea M. Expanding the third person effect: Parents’ perceptions of positive and negative media effects on their own children compared to other children. 

Brook, Joanna L. Reclaiming America for Christian Reconstruction: The Rhetorical Constitution of a People.

Flanigan, Jolane. Utopian Gender: Counter Discourses in a Feminist Community.

Lee, Hunju. The New Asian Female Ghost Films: Modernity, Gender Politics, and Transnational Transformation.

Halper, Donna L. Neil Postman’s Missing Critique: A Media Ecology Analysis of Early Radio, 1920-1935.

Molina-Markham, Elizabeth. Listening Faithfully with Friends: An Ethnography of Quaker Communication Practices.



Meyers, Erin A. Gossip Talk and Online Community: Celebrity Gossip Blogs and Their Audiences

Salsedo, Carlos. Andrea and Me: A Digital Autoethnographic Journey into the Past



Bindig, Lori B. A New ‘Era’: Media Literacy in Eating Disorder Treatment

Click, Melissa. It’s ‘a good thing’: The commodification of femininity, affluence, and whiteness in the Martha Stewart phenomenon

Liu, Zi-xu. Political Economy of Chinese Television Advertising.

McKenna, Susan E. Seeing Lesbian Queerly: Visibility, Community, and Audience in 1980s Northampton, Massachusetts

Oberacker, Jon Scott. The People and Me: Michael Moore and the Politics of Political Documentary

Tu, Haijing. Online Audiences for Foreign Language Films: Implications of the Internet as the New Cultural Arena



Boromisza-Habashi, David. Hate Speech as Cultural Practice

Flynn, Peter J. Coming into Clover: Ireland and the Irish in Early American Cinema, 1895-1917.

MacLeod, Erna L. Words apart: Performing Linguistic and Cultural Identities in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia.


Brown, Kennaria Charlott. Good Women Becoming “Queens”: Young Mothers on Welfare as Cultural Readers.

Lin, Ke-Ming. The Lacanian Spectator: Lacanian Psychoanalysis and the Cinema.

Lupo, Jonathan D. Accounting for Taste: Film Criticism, Canons, and Cultural Authority 1996—2006.

McClish, Carmen L. Social Protest, Freedom, and Play as Rebellion.

Paradise, Angela. Trait Aggression and Style of Video Game Play: The Effects of Violent Video Game Play on Aggressive Thoughts.

Poutiainen, Saila. Finnish Cultural Discourses about the Mobile Phone Communication.

Saito, Makoto. Silencing Identity Through Communication: Situated Enactments of Sexual Identity and Emotion in Japan.

Scollo, Michelle. Mass Media Appropriations: Communication, Culture, and Everyday Social Life.



Butchart, Garnet C. Psychoanalyzing Communication: Language, Subjectivity, Symbolization.

Del Rio, Esteban. All of Us Americanos: Cultural Exhibition and the Rise of Latina/os Within a National Imaginary.

Isgro, Kirsten Lynn. “Real Women” and the Struggle Against Spiritual Forces of Darkness: A Transnational Feminist Analysis of Concerned Women for America.

Kemmitt, Alicia M. Active Voice and Community Engagement: Transforming United States Public Service Media Through Strategic Communication.

Lorencova, Viera. Becoming Visible: Queer in Postsocialist Slovakia.

Mierswa, Mark A. Emotion at Work: Stories of Teamwork, Stress, and Professionalism.

Stephenson, Denise L. The Politics of Help: The Rhetoric of Suicide and Suicide Prevention in the Mainstream press.



Doyle, Vincent A. The Visibility Professionals: The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Cultural Politics of Mainstreaming.

Gardner, Thomas N. “Framing an Execution”: Death, Lies, and Videotape. ABC “20/20” and the Rhetoric of Law and Order in the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Goodwin, Janna L. Applied Theatre in Corrections: Community, Identity, Learning and Transformation in the Facilitated, Collaborative Processes of Performative, Artistic Praxis.

Haynes, Janice L. Money Makes a Family: A Genealogy of Female-Headed Families, Welfare and Media Representations.

Hughes, Will. The Green Car: Television Automobile Advertising and the Environmental Attitudes of Television viewers.

Huntemann, Nina B. Policy and Culture in the Digital Age: A Cultural Policy Analysis of the United States Commercial Radio Industry.

Huot, François. Communication and the Grammars of Child Protection: An Analysis of Interactions Between Social Workers and Their Clients.

Mackenzie, Lauren Benotti. “When Words Fail, Music Speaks”: How Communication Transforms Identity Through Performance at the Berkshire Hills Music Academy (Massachusetts).

Watson, Nessim John. Action Movie Arabs and the American Call to Endless War: The Role of American Orientalism in Organizing the United States “Response” to the 9/11 Attacks.



Comella, Lynn. Selling Sexual Liberation: Women-Owned Sex Toy Stores and the Business of Social Change.

Damico, Amy M. Exploring the Complexities of Personal Ideologies, Media Literacy Pedagogy and Media Literacy Practice.

Sklar, Alissa Gail. Strategies of the Self: Negotiating Cultural Identities in Anglophone and Allophone Montréal (Québec).

Townsend, Rebecca M. Deliberation and Democracy: Ethnography of Rhetoric in a New England Town Meeting.

Yousman, William. The Prisons Outside and the Prisons in our Heads: Television and the Representation of Incarceration.



Allan, James L. Fast Friends and Queer Couples: Relationships Between Gay Men and Straight Women in North American Popular Culture, 1959--2000.

Delap, Alpha Selene Anderson. Recovering Trauma: An Ethnographic Study of Women's Storytelling Within Contemporary Support Group Environments.

Duenas-Guzman, Maximiliano. Social Meanings of the Personal Computer in Puerto Rico: Consumption as Communicative Praxes of Modernization and Social Power.

Gershenson, Olga. Cultural Production and Zionist Ideology: The Case Study of Gesher Theatre in Israel.

Huang, Guan-Hua. Reading Lacan: Structure, Ideology, and Identity (Jacques Lacan).

Madmoni-Gerber, Shoshana. Media Construction of Public Sphere and the Discourse of Conflict: A Case Study of the Kidnapped Yemenite Babies Affair in Israel.

Martinez-Ramos, Dora E. The Desire to See: Western Iconoclasm and the Return of the Empty Image.



Carroll, Charles Francis. A Kenneth Burke Lexicon: A Reader's Guide to Selected Terms in the Major Works of Kenneth Burke, 1931–1972.

Karjane, Heather Marie. The Communication of Trauma in Media Culture: A Poststructural Analysis of Women's Experience of Gender-Based Violence and Healing.

Kolluri, Satish Kumar. Whose Nation Is It Anyway? Nationalism and the Metaphorics of Secular Subjectivity (India, Partha Chatterjee, Jacques Derrida).

Melhem Moufarrej, Carol. Oral, Literate, and Television Viewers' Ways with Health Issues.

Morgan, Eric L. Communicating Environment: Cultural Discourses of Place in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.

Soar, Matthew Alan. Graphic Design/Graphic Dissent: Towards a Cultural Economy of an Insular Profession.

Sun, Chyng-Fen. Stories Matter: Media Influence on Asian American Identities and Interracial Relationships.

Suopis, Cynthia Anne. Women's Ways of Speaking About Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy: An American Discourse on Personhood.



Gardner, Paula M. Recovery Culture: The Promotion of Depression and Consumption of Mental Health Technologies in Contemporary Social Practices.

Lee, Oh-Hyeon. New Technology, Old Medium: Internet, Television, and Audience.

Leggett, Susan C. Atalanta's Sisters: Sport, Gender, and Technology in Popular Press, 1921–1996.

Leppington, Rozanne T. The Black, Jewish, Other Video Dialogue: A Case Study of the Social Construction of Transformative Discourse.

Murphy, Brian Martin. Mapping the Pre-History of Cyberspace and the Making of Social Movement Computer Networks, 1973–1993.

Saxe, Joel. Communicative Practices of Yiddish-Speaking Jewish Elders on South Miami Beach (Florida).

Sender, Katherine Elizabeth. Producing the Gay Market: Sex, Sexuality, and the Gay Professional-Managerial Class.

Szivos, John Chetro. Exploring the Meaning of Work: A CMM Analysis of the Grammar of Working Among Acadian-Americans.

Yang, Tsu-Chuen. The Modes of Social Emergences and the Transformations of Taiwanese Oppositional Movements in the Process of Imperialist and Capitalist Stratification: A Deleuze-Guattari Analysis (Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari).



Elmer, Greg. Discriminating Technologies: Personal Information in an Age of Computer Profiling.

Frechette, Julie Danielle. Media Literacy in Cyberspace: Learning to Critically Analyze and Evaluate the Internet.

Jia, Wenshan. A Social Constructionist Perspective on the Chinese Lian/Mian (Face) Practices.

Johnson, Ann Michelle. Popular Belief in Gender-Based Communication Differences and Relationship Success.

McLeod, Kembrew. Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership and Intellectual Property Law.

Miezan, Ekra. Media Images of Africa and African Americans' Attitudes Toward Africa.

Pond, Irina K. Making Sense of Postmodern Identities. A Comparative Investigation of Social Constructionist Methodological Theories: Theory of Coordinated Management of Meaning and Rhetorical Responsive Perspective.