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WGS MA Thesis/Report Archive

The following is a selected list of Women's and Gender Studies MA graduates and their research projects.

Spring 2021 Bana, Shukri; M.A. "Things Went Horribly Wrong": The Shape And Space Of Apology In South Africa. PDF

Spring 2021 Gaughan, Keaton; M.A.
"All You Do Is Watch": Administrative Violence, t4t, And The Terms & Conditions Of Consumption. PDF
Spring 2021 Link, Ashley L.; M.A.
Making Laos In DFW: Laotian Community Building, Mutual Aid, And Identity Formations. PDF

Spring 2021 Spence, Christal; M.A.
"Fresh Photos With The Bold Lighting":  Visualizing The Radical Work Of Fat Black Women On Instagram. PDF

Summer 2020 Black, Marcia Ashley; M.A./M.S.I.S.
Storing Our Memories In The Water: Black Women's Organizing In The Detroit Water Crisis.  PDF

Summer 2020 Emswiler, Aems DiNunzio; M.A./M.S.I.S.
"Conditions Of Possibility:" Towards An Archival Praxis Informed By Black Feminist Anarchism And A Critical Trans Politics.  PDF

Spring 2020 Taylor, Charlotte; M.A.
Fantastic Worlds: Black Feminist Aesthetics In Young Adult Fiction.  PDF

Spring 2020 Williams, Faith Grace; M.A.
Visualizing Normalcy: Tracing The Creative Labor of Re-Working Black Girl Subjectivity In The Digital World.  PDF

Spring 2020 Zhang, Jingxue; M.A.
Within The Discrepancy And Rupture: China Young Women's Resistant Reproductive Consciousness.  PDF

Fall 2019 Murphy, Shelby Lee; M.A.
Spaces Of Spirituality: Feminist Cultural Productions Via The Virgin Of Guadalupe.  PDF

Spring 2019 Brown, Nyesha; M.A.
Labor Of Love:  Black Women's Birth Work In The WakePDF
Spring 2019 Brown, Shawntal Zanderia Nasha; M.A.
Teaching While Black: Analysis Of (In)Authenticity Among Black Women Faculty In The Academy And Black CommunitiesPDF

Spring 2019 Irvine, Mac; M.A.
Queer Club, Other Worlds: The Labor Of Belonging And Becoming In Chicago's Queer Clubscape.  PDF
Spring 2019 Orazem, Katherine Cotter; M.A./M.S.I.S.
"Violent Nostalgia": White Women, Power, And Affect In The Archival Romance.  PDF

Spring 2018 Crawford, Madyson M.; M.A.
"We Knew To Stay In Our Lane!": Southern Black Women's Politics Of Belonging And (Dis)Belonging.  PDF

Spring 2018 Jasraj, Anushka A.; M.A.
Emily Dickinson In Vain.  PDF

Spring 2018 Padro, Jowell; M.A.
Me Siento: Transgender Latinx Lives And Belonging In The 21st Century.  PDF
Spring 2018 Rodriguez Rocha, Vivian Deidre; M.A.
Styling Binds: U.S. Latina Women And Intimate Labor At A Beauty Salon In Austin, Texas. PDF

Spring 2018 Williams, La'kayla Celeste; M.A. 
The Art Of Ugly: Southern Black Women And Violent IntimaciesPDF

Fall 2017 Davis, Lindsey Renee; M.A.
Mainstream Feminism, White Supremacy, And Anti-Racist FeminismsPDF

Fall 2017 Shields, Giorgia Lake; M.A.
"A Place Where Every Decent Guy Will Find Himself Eventually"  Delineating The Friend Zone As A Site Of Sexual ViolencePDF

Summer 2017 Salazar, Sierra Rae; M.A.
Emergent Ether: Investigating Healing Spaces In The Lower Rio Grande ValleyPDF

Spring 2017 Morgenstern, Hayley Anne; M.A./M.S.I.S.
Genealogies Of Trauma:  The Inheritance Of HysteriaPDF

Spring 2017 Lyons, Candice Devon; M.A.
Nobody Knows But Jesus (And Miss Fanny): A Queer Reading Of The U.S. Female Slave ArchivePDF

Spring 2016 Sawyer, Garrett Michael; M.A.
Exploring Possibilities For LGBT Youth Programming In Religious Spaces: A Study Of The Episcopal Church.  PDF

Spring 2016 Kramer, Lauren Nicole; M.A.
Activist Friendships In The Time Of Burnout: Marilyn Buck And Mariann Wizard, 1966-2010PDF

Spring 2016 Hicks, Helen Logan; M.A.
Reconciling Contradictory Feminism Law & Order: Special Victims Unit And The Queers Who Love ItPDF

Spring 2016 Gavit, Carrie Danielle; M.A.
U.S. Slaughterhouse Industry: Masculinity, Violence, And A Call For Feminist InterventionPDF

Spring 2016 Barner, Briana Nicole; M.A.
The Creative (And Magical) Possibilities Of Digital Black GirlhoodPDF

Fall 2015 Varner, Alana Victoria; M.A./M.S.I.S.
Archival Landscapes: Crossing Of Theory And Practice In Institutional Repositories.  PDF

Fall 2015 Brown, Amanda Frances; M.A./M.P.Aff
Indigenizing Cyberspace: The Possibilities Of New Media Technologies For Indigenous PeoplesPDF

Summer 2015 Newman, Kaitlyn Beverly; M.A.
Feminist Perspectives on a Latina-Led Rent Strike and the Struggle for Homeplace Sunset ParkPDF

Spring 2015 Pandy, Leila Grace C.; M.A.
Decentering Jose Rizal and Maria Clara: Interventions in Filipina Femininity and Nationalist Fiction by Transpacific Filipina WritersPDF

Spring 2015 Murimi, Wanjira; M.A.
Mothering a Nation: The Gendered Memory of Kenya's Mau Mau RebellionPDF

Summer 2014 Murphy, Nicole Lynn; M.A.
Class Negotiations: Poverty, Welfare Policy, and American TelevisionPDF

Spring 2014 Rodenbiker, Austin James; M.A.
Imagining Queerness / Queer Imagination: Online Slash Fiction and Radical Fan ProductionsPDF

Spring 2014 Key, Patena Starlin; M.A.
Trick(Ster)ing Ain't Easy: (Re)Discovering the Black Butch and (De)Stabilizing Gender in Street Lit. PDF

Summer 2013 Goad, Rhiannon Jade; M.A./M.P.Aff
"Dr. Ron Paul Cured My Apathy": Ron Paul's Libertarian DiscoursePDF

Spring 2013 Saltan, Ece; M.A.
Transness: An Urban Phenomenon In IstanbulPDF

Spring 2013 Rozman, Rachel Beth; M.A.
The Evolved Radical Feminism Of Spoken Word: Alix Olson, Cc Carter, And Suheir HammadPDF

Spring 2013 Pascual, Michael Aaron; M.A.
Exceptional Feelings, Ordinary ViolencePDF

Spring 2013 Kolesova, Ekaterina Sergeyevna; M.A.
Defending Pussy Riot Metonymically: The Trial Representations, Media And Social Movements In Russia And The United States.  PDF 

Spring 2013 Kohli, Namita; M.A.
Going Into Labor: (Un)Making Mothers In India's Transnational Surrogacy MarketsPDF

Spring 2013 Dominguez, Victoria Ashley; M.A.
Between The Borderlands Of Life And Death: A Spiritual And Intellectual Journey Towards Developing ConocimientoPDF

Spring 2013 Arteaga, Nicole Ann; M.A.
Reclaiming Fat, Reclaiming FemmePDF

Fall 2012 Morris, Jennifer N.; M.A.
The Domestic Violence Act: Ghana's Bright FuturePDF

Fall 2012 Lin, Jennifer Ruopian; M.A.
Femininity On Trial: Decoding Media Representations Of Mary WinklerPDF

Summer 2012 Wise, Rebecca Louise; M.A.
What Lies Beneath: Medical Imaging And The Erotic In Public CulturePDF

Summer 2012 Scott, Tynisha Shavon; M.A.
Chasing Afrodite: Performing Blackness And "Excess Flesh" In FilmPDF

Summer 2012 Portillo, Juan Ramon; M.A.
"Hips Don't Lie" Mexican American Female Students' Identity Construction At The University Of Texas At AustinPDF

Summer 2012 Krenz, Kristin Leigh; M.A.
Women's Experiences Of Economic Empowerment: A Study On The Intent And Effect Of Ngo Empowerment Programs In Urban Ghana And IndiaPDF

Summer 2012 Crafts, Lydia; M.A.
Sanitizing Interventions: PHS VD Research In Guatemala And The Rise Of Public HealthPDF

Spring 2012 Wang, Yu; M.A.
In Search Of The "Cup Of Tea:" Intersections Of Migration, Gender, And Marriage In Transitional ChinaPDF

Spring 2012 Siller Urteaga, Lorena; M.A.
Ni Domesticas Ni Putas: Sexual Harassment In The Lives Of Female Household Workers In Monterrey, Nuevo LeonPDF

Spring 2012 Koford, Amelia Bowen; M.A./M.S.I.S.
“Strong Views About What You Call Things”: How Disability Studies Scholars Interact with Information Classification SystemsPDF

Spring 2012 Briggs, Katherine Charek; M.A./M.S.I.S.
"The Most Dangerous Place": Race, Neoliberalism, and Anti-Abortion DiscoursesPDF

Fall 2011 Poffinbarger, Sandra Rae; M.A.
Challenges To Women Finding Their Voice: A Case Study Of Speaking Up Against Sexual Assault When The Perpetrator Is A Federal JudgePDF

Fall 2011 Nathanson, Deborah Anne; M.A.
American Deaf Women Historiography: The Silent MinorityPDF

Fall 2011 Poffinbarger, Sandra Rae; M.A.
Challenges To Women Finding Their Voice: A Case Study Of Speaking Up Against Sexual Assault When The Perpetrator Is A Federal JudgePDF

Spring 2011 Harding, Ashton Lee; M.A.
"It Won't Get Better Until We Make It Better" The Politics Of Self-Representation, Resistance And Empowerment In The Queer Youth Response To The It Gets Better ProjectPDF

Spring 2011 Hernandez, Virginia Rose; M.A.
"I'm Sorry This Hasn't Been A Fairy Tale": Examining Romance Reality TV Through The BachelorPDF

Spring 2011 Mott, Michelle Lea; M.A.
Testimonies Of Change: Experiences In Social Justice Activism In Austin, TX And London, UKPDF

Spring 2011 Young, Tatiana Kalaniopua; M.A.
Transsituated Publics: From Christine Jorgensen To Holly WoodlawnPDF 

Fall 2010 Abbott, Gretchen Voter; M.A.
The "Texas Women: A Celebration Of History" Exhibit: Secon-Wave Feminism, Historical Memory, And The Birth Of A "Texas Women's History Industry".   PDF

Summer 2010 Wright, Kristopher Thomas; M.A.
Queering Race.   PDF 

Summer 2010 Lal, Anjali; M.A.
A Desriptive Study, And Exploration, Of The Services Provided By Seven South Asian Domestic Violence Organizations In The United States.   PDF

Summer 2010 Huang, Pengli; M.A.
A Search For Fun, Love, Or Equality: Boys' Love Fiction And Fans In China.   PDF

Summer 2010 Arar, Rawan Mazen; M.A.
Olive Oil, Salt And Pepper, Onions, Tea, Bread, And Sometimes Tomatoes: Economic Conditions Among Iraqi Refugee Women Living In Urban Areas Of Jordan.   PDF

Spring 2010 Reyes, Ganiva; M.A.
" It's Not Because I Wanted It...I Knew I Wasn't Ready": Young Mothering Teens In Borderlands Speak Out About The Pressures Of Sex, Love And Relationships.   PDF 

Spring 2010 Nelson, Patricia Elise; M.A.
The Politics Of Film Adaptation: A Case Study Of Alfonso Cuaron's Children Of Men.    PDF

Spring 2010 Forrest, Katherine Elizabeth; M.A.
Gender Disparities In Competitive Cycling: An Analysis Of The Structural, Socio-Cultural, And Individual Factors Affecting Female Participation In Texas.   PDF

Spring 2010 Corbin, Starr-Renee; M.A.
Raising Parents: Breastfeeding Trends From 1900 To Present Day.   PDF

Summer 2009 Kurniasanti, Imaculata Primadona Susi; M.A.
Ghost Stories: Public Memories Of The 1998 Riots In Indonesia

Spring 2009 Smith, Adeline Jocelyn; M.A.
Representations Of Transgender Young Adults In Multiple Medias, Or The Transgender Success Story.   PDF

Spring 2009 Michels, Paul Glenn; M.A.
Punk, Politics, And Subjectivity: Re-Imagining A Politics Of Dissent

Spring 2009 Jones, Catherine Elizabeth; M.A.
Confessions Of A White Feminist: Reflections On White, U.S. Middle-Class Women's Activism In Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Spring 2009 Engle, Lea Susan; M.A./M.S.I.S.
"I Don't Know How I Did This": Investigating Confidence Differences Between Male And Female Students

Fall 2008 Turullols, Valerie Mia; M.A.
Fat Women's Experiences In Amateur Cyber Pornography

Summer 2008 Redwine, Gabriela Gray; M.A.
The Value Of Letters: Homoerotic Representation In Oscar Wilde's Letters And Roger Casement's Black Diaries

Summer 2008 Karimi Goudarzi, Katayoon; M.A.
The One Million Signatures Campaign: A Study Of Iranian Feminist Movement From The Post-Revolutionary Era To The Present

Summer 2008 Dickhut, Johanna Evelyn; M.A.
Investing In Fashion: Women's Clothing In Office Settings

Summer 2008 Agarwal, Kritika; M.A.
From Youthful Sexuality To Chaste Tradition: The Politics Of Cultural Authenticity Among Indian Immigrants In The United States

Spring 2008 Osborne-Lee, Azure Dee; M.A. 
Filling The Void: The Effects Of The Internet On Black Women's Hair Culture In The United States Of America

Spring 2008 Niori, Michiko; M.A.
F-2 Visa - Journey To Invisibility: Asian International Graduate Students' Wives At The University Of Texas At Austin - A Pilot Study

Spring 2008 Matthews-James, Brandi Carla; M.A.
The Role Of Women And The Grotesque In Lydia Cabrera's Afro Cuban Tales

Spring 2008 Komujinya, Prudence; M.A.
Women's Rights In Uganda: A Case Study Of The Elusive Domestic Relations Bill

Summer 2007 Niskala, Judith A.; M.A.
Girls' Voices And Social Policy: An Examination Of The Effect Of Social Policy On Girls' Sexuality

Spring 2007 Madden, Jaime Danielle; M.A.
Semipublic Communities: Group Spaces Conducive To Efforts To Constructively Engage Embodiment And Particularity

Spring 2007 Green, Stephanie Volkoff; M.A.
"For What Noble Cause?": A Media Analysis Of Gender And Citizenship Within The United States Nationalist And Anti-War Rhetoric

Spring 2007 Betzner, Noel Marie; M.A.
A Closer Look At The Woman's Right To Know Act: The Sociology And Politics Of Women's Reproductive Health Care In Texas

Spring 2006 Sindt, Andria Caroline Salucka; M.A.
Restorative Justice: Is Austin, Texas Ready For An Alternative Approach To Domestic Violence?

Spring 2006 Moody, Rebecca A.; M.A.
(Im)Pure Thoughts: Rethinking Women's Ritual And Physical Impurity

Spring 2006 Koonce, Melissa Suzanne; M.A.
Identity Construction And Community Building In Austin's Drag King Culture

Spring 2006 Gladney-Lemon, Laura Jo; M.A.
The Real World: Size Discrimination And Fat Activism

Spring 2005 Westerband, Yamissette Milagros; M.A.
"Si Me Sale Joto Lo Mato": The Social Deconstruction Of Feminine Gay Males

Spring 2005 Todd, Susan Gayle; M.A.
The Weird Sisters, Hand In Hand: A Female-Centric Adaptation Of Shakespeare's Macbeth

Spring 2005 Smith, Wendy Leigh; M.A.
"I'm Not A Feminist, But...": Predictors Of Feminist Identification Among College Women

Spring 2005 Shu, Yongzhen; M.A.
Cinema On Borderline: Chinese Independent Films In The 1990's

Spring 2005 O'shields, Kathryn Paige; M.A.
Ink: A Collection Of Short Fiction

Spring 2005 Freyjadis-Chuberka, Suzanne Marie; M.A.
The Battle For Screen Time: The Exclusion Of Women And Girls As Video Game Players

Spring 2005 Canelo-Pino, Ximena Carolina; M.A.
Gender And Substance Abuse: An Annotated Bibliography For Chilean Social Scientists

Spring 2004 Ross, Leah Michelle; M.A.
The Rhetoric Of The "Boys In Blue" Between The Letter And The Implementation Of Law: Negotiating Counter-Public Agency In The Rural South

Spring 2004 Bitney, Catherine Suzanne; M.A.
Ripples: Colliding With Traditional Systems Of Control

Spring 2003 Swan, Tracey Chere; M.A.
Women In The White City: The Rhetoric Of Race And Womanhood At The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

Spring 2003 Ruppar, Carrie Aliene; M.A.
Debugging The "Computer Scientist"

Spring 2003 Levy, Alyssa R.; M.A.
Between Blue Hours

Spring 2003 Cross, Sarah Helen; M.A.
Tense:Future Mood:Subjunctive ...Pause... Conversation On Political (Im)Possibilities

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