Recent Theses and Dissertations

Recent Master's Theses and Dissertations

Full documents are available electronically through ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst or ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database.

Master's Theses

 

2014

Lawrence, Stephanie.  The Effect of Colorblind Racial Ideology on Discussion of Racial Events: An Examination of Responses to the News Coverage of the Trayvon Martin Shooting.

 

2013

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

 

2012

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.

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.

 

2011

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

 

2010

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.

 

2009

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.

 

2008

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

 

2007

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.

 

2006

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

 

2005

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.

 

Dissertations

 

2014

Brzenchek, Alison D.  The Cable Network in an Era of Digital Media: Bravo and the Constraints of Consumer Citizenship.

Diaz-Hernandez, Anilyn.  Challenging the State and National Culture: A Comparative Case of the Entertainment Industry in Puerto Rico.

Herakova, Liliana L.  Flying with the Storks: Communication, Culture, and Dialoguing Knowledge(s) in Prenatal Care.

Jelaca, Dijana.  The Genealogy of  Dislocated Memory: Yugoslav Cinema After the Break.

Kent, Stephanie Jo.  Interpreting.

Nuciforo, Elena.  Cultural Discourse Analysis of Russian Alcohol Consumption.

 

2013

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 Delhi.

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.

 

2012

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.

 

2011

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.

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

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

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

 

2010

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.

 

2009

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.

 

2008

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.

 

2007

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.

 

2006

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.

 

2005

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.