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2021 Thesis Writers

2020-2021 Honors Theses


Grace Amandes (Finance) 

"The Rationale Behind and Consequences of Diversifying Company Operations: An Analysis of The Woodlands, Texas Project"


Lauryn Aviles (English)

"Colored: A Discussion of Black Self-Reference Leading Up to the Civil War"


Abigail Bean (Political Science)

"The Women of ISIS: Theorizing Justice, Gender and Terrorism"


Callie Belback (History)     

"Across The Waves: U.S. Cold War Radio Propaganda to Cuba, 1960-1990"


Erin Bender (Neuroscience)       

"Race and Reciprocity: An fMRI study using the Trust Game"


Brooke Benjamin (Political Science)       

"Exploring the Relationship Between Comprehensive Knowledge and Support for Mental Health Policy in the United States"


Evan Bennett (Economics)       

"A Different Kind of Welcome Back: How and Why Schools Reopened During COVID"


Olivia Boraiko (Environmental Earth Science)       

"Characterizing The Flow Regime of Ephemeral Streams in The Southwestern USA Using Stream-Gaging Data"


Emma Brick-Hezeau (Economics & Linguistics)   

"Detecting Subtle Discrimination in a Mental Health Access Study"


Katherine Byrnes (Cell and Molecular Biology)       

"The Role of microRNA24 in Ocular Fibrosis"


Caroline Camus (Environmental Biology)       

"A Fur-midable Problem: Patterns of Lead and Mercury Exposure in New Orleanian Cats and Dogs"


Katherine Cartiglia (Political Economy)       

"The Military-Industrial Complex and its Impact on Politics"


Katherine Chapin Marketing (Business)        

"Social Media Censorship: The Impact Filtering Information Has on the Well-Being of Users and Online Businesses"


Emily Cohen (Spanish &Political Science)   

"A Comparative Study of Separatist Movements in Catalonia and Scotland"


Margaret Conrad (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)       

"The Genetic Architecture Controlling Leaf Shape In Mimulus laciniatus And M. guttatus In Comparison To The Quantitative Trait Loci That Control Leaf Lobing"


Meghan Crowley (Political Science, International Relations, German)   

"Performing Cultural Unity: German Cultural Diplomacy Abroad During The Period Of Reunification"


Dean John Hendrix Dante (Philosophy)       

"Pseudo-Cartesian Dualism: Mind, Body, Consciousness and Kim’s Pairing Problem"


Jered Davidson (Political Science)       

"Living Across Two Worlds: Political and Cultural Barriers to Healthcare Delivery on the Navajo Nation"


Rory Davis (History)       

"The Persian Gulf Offers Humanitarian Aid to the US State Department: An Analysis of Hurricane Katrina and the Geopolitics of Oil"


Benjamin Davis (Theatre)       

"How to Make A Feature Film for $25,000"


Anna Deeg (Architecture)       

"Parameters for a Degrowth Architecture: Subverting the Socio-Ecological Spatial Conditions of the Capitalist-Growth Regime"


Kyla Denwood (Political Science: International Development)       

"It's Not What You Know: Youth Unemployment in Urban Uganda"


Adriana Duncan (Mathematics)       

"Prime Divisibility of the Catalan Numbers and Related Sequences"


Alexander Eisenberg (Music Performance (Classical Piano))       

"Composers, Performers, and the Piano: A Survey of Their Intertwined Development Over the Last 300 Years"


Carrigan English (Political Science & Communications)   

"The Era Of “Fake News” : The Rise of Political Sensationalist Journalism In The United States"


Kira Goeking (Political Science)       

"A Holistic Approach to International Criminal Justice: "Which Type of Accountability" Rather Than "Peace Versus Justice""


Lewis Greenstein (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)       

"Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Larval Performance: The Spectrum and Basis of Plant Palatability"


Madeline Grills (Music Composition)       

"Nova: Creating a Score for an Imaginary Film"


Lindsay Hardy (Art History)       

"The Casa Group: Confronting Tradition and Modernism Through Art In Post Protectorate Morocco"


Julia Hark (Gender and Sexuality Studies)       

"Diet Culture & The Beauty Industry: A Contemporary Manifestation of the American Freakshow"


Nicholas Harris (Biomedical Engineering)       

"Impact of the G Protein-coupled Estrogen Receptor on Endothelial Derived Arterial Stiffening"


Samantha Hilburn (Geology)       

"Investigating Seismic Anisotropy Beneath the Gulf Coast Passive Margin with Shear Wave Splitting Analysis"


Jared Imber (Cell & Molecular Biology)       

"The Protective Effect of Sestrin2 Overexpression in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells"


Nikita Jhangiani (Cell and Molecular Biology)       

"Assessing Re-emerging Angiogenic Properties Associated with Arteriovenous Malformation Related to HHT"


Riley Juenemann (Mathematics)       

"Differentiating Between Diffusive Movement Patterns in Single Particle Tracking Experiments"


Fiona Kennedy (Public Health)       

"Louisiana's Incarcerated Mothers: A Case Study of Policy Change"


Max Kerensky (Biomedical Engineering)       

"Nerve-on-a-Chip Bioprinting and Hydrogel Optimization"


Rachel Kirkwood (English)       

"Negative Space"


Katherine Kushner (Political Science)       

"Winnowing the Field: Continuities and Changes in the 2020 Presidential Primary"


Alexandria Leland (Asian Studies)       

"Navigating The Internet Public in China: A Case Study of Fang Fang's Wuhan Diary"


Joshua Levine (Political Economy)       

"Weighing the Kingfish: An Investigation Into Huey Long's Neo-Populism and Its Impact on Democracy and Institutions in Louisiana"


Sophie Lieber  (Anthropology)       

"Nonhuman Primate Representation in Film"


Joshua Linhuber (Cell and Molecular Biology)       

"Investigation of The Role of ADP-Ribosylation in Adjuvanticity by Creation of a Non-Toxic A-Subunit from E. coli (LTA1-E112K) and Evaluation of Gsα Knock-Out Mice"


Janna Mangasep (Political Economy)       

"Pro-Life Single-Issue Voting Behaviors: Misperceptions and Moral Attitudes"


Sarena Matriano Lim (Latin)       

"The Intersection of Medicine and Ritual in "Liber Medicinalis""


Christina McCarthy (Sociology)         

"The Birds, the Bees, and Oocyte Cryopreservation: the Debate Surrounding a Woman's Decision to Freeze Her Eggs"


Benton Meldrum (Public Health & Political Science)   

"Transgender Beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid: Is the Healthcare System Working for Everyone?"


Caraline Miller (Environmental Biology)       

"Biotic and Abiotic Factors Mediating Coastal Elevation"


Paige Montfort (Public Health & Political Science: International Development)   

"Healthcare Access for Migrant & Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) in the U.S. and Canada"


Riley Moran (Political Science)       

"Unladylike: Political Participation and White Womanhood in Southern Gothic Literature" 


Sanika Nanda (Political Science: International Relations)       

"Kashmir Crisis: Abrogation of Article 370"


Krishna Navaratnam (Spanish)       

"Nación, género y violencia: Un análisis de la evolución de los narcocorridos por los tigres del Norte"


Emily Nestel (Psychology)       

"Absenteeism and Students' Perceptions of School Safety"


Andrew Noorani (History)       

"Yuppies to Hipsters: Tracing America's Culinary Golden Age"


Jonathan Ogawa (Economics)       

"Mass Migration and Inequality: An Examination of Immigration to Canada and Its Effect on Provincial Measures of Inequality"


Jimena Rosalva Padilla Pineda (Studio Art)         

"Conversations with Gen Z"


Yael Pasumansky (Political Science & Philosophy)   

"Political Polarization and Justice in Society"


Katarina Patton (Psychology)       

"Reaching Patterns in the Mirror"


Reina Protzel (Art History)       

"The AIDS Epidemic in the United States: The Artistic Response"


Mary Pwint (Biomedical Engineering)       

"Development Of an Agent-Based Model Of SARS-CoV-2-Induced Lung Damage"


Lucy Reynal (Political Science)       

"The Environmental Politics of White Supremacist Ideology and Class in Louisiana"


Isabel Riccio (Neuroscience)       

"Sphingosine-1-Phosphate Signaling Pathway Alteration in Brain Microvessel Of Intrauterine Growth Restricted And Preeclamptic Mice"


Lucy Rice (Communication)       

"Maybe She's Crazy: Creating Character Ambiguity through the Melodramatic Mode"


Katherine Rose (Political Economy)       

"Towards Equitable Institutions of Civic Engagement: How Race, Class, and Gender Impact Public Participation in New Orleans"


Emily Ross (Political Science)       

"Making Change: What Drives Nonprofits' Political Influence?"


Erin Sheehy (Environmental Biology)       

"Lek Habitat Selection By Four Sympatric Manakins In Northwestern Ecuador"


Sydney Sheffield (Public Health)       

"An Investigation of Families' and Providers' Experiences and Support Needs Following Perinatal Loss"


Trejon Shelton (Political Science)         

"How the Legacy of Slavery, Race, and Partisanship Influence the Introduction of Gun Rights Legislation in the U.S. South"


Brittany Simone (Engineering Physics)       

"Portable And Cost-Efficient All-Dielectric Metasurface Based Refractive Index Sensor and Biomarker Detector"


Miranda Sinsheimer (Political Science)       

"Policy Potential: Examining Alternative Policy Solutions to Mitigating California’s Homelessness Crisis"


Grace Slapak (Economics & Social Policy and Practice)   

"The Effect of Judicial Selection Method on Juvenile Incarceration"


Melanie Smith (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)       

"Factors Influencing Brood Reduction in The Southern Yellow Billed Hornbill (Tockus Leucomelas)"


Destiny Stafford (Psychology)       

"Handwriting, Looking Behavior, and Numerical Development"


Emily Thompson (Creative Writing)       

"Ugly Good"


Alexandra Tighe (History & Spanish)     

"National Catholicism and the Cult of Death: Hagiographical Pamphlets from Spain, 1937-1957"


Renee Trepagnier (Classical Studies & Anthropology)     

"Death is Only the Beginning: Gender Identity and Personhood in Pre- and Protopalatial (3000-1700 BCE) Minoan Mortuary Landscapes"


Amy Vertacnik (Public Health)

"Exploring the Lives of College Students with Disabilities Through An Analysis of Academic, Social, and Health Domains"


Timothy Wang (Music)       

"Asian American Performance of Hip Hop"


Jacob Winch (English)       

"Who Is An Exile?: The Voluntary, Involuntary, and the Repudiated Legacy of Modernism in Exilic Literature"


Gabrielle Windsor (Cell and Molecular Biology)         

"Treatment Naive Patient-Derived Xenograft Model Compared to the Post-Neoadjuvant Model from the Same Patient Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer"


Lydia Woolley (English)       

""Sum o Me Accents": Cathy Park Hong's Diaspora of Convergence"


Claire Wynne (Political Economy)         

"Reproductive Health Impacts of State-Led Movements to De-Fund Abortion: A Systematic Analysis of the Importance of Publicly Funding Family Planning Programs"


Aaron Yu (Classical Studies)       

"The King of Medicine: Galen vs Erasistratus: Dissecting the Rhetorical Aspect of Ancient Anatomy & Physiology"