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Recent Honors Theses

The department has a collection of recent honors theses available for review and check-out in 2608 Haven Hall. Below is list a of titles from recent years.

2016

Sarah Ming Bedoyan
The Story of a “Medical Bolshevik”: Dr. John Black Grant’s Alternative Approach to Promoting Health in Nationalist China Under Rockefeller Philanthropy
(Advisors: Miranda Brown and Martin Pernick)

Mollie L. Berkowitz
Coming to the Fore: Women’s Evolving Leadership and Activism in MOVE
(Advisor: Martha S. Jones)

Luke Berri
“The Harrying of the Heathen”: Ninth-Century Anglo-Saxon Views of the Vikings
(Advisor: Paolo Squatriti)

Jamie Bircoll
“The Shadow of that Memory which I Honor”: Politics and Identity in Henry Grady’s New South Vision
(Advisor: Stephen Berrey)

Jason Colella
A Needy City: Urban Transformation and Economic Development in Muskegon, Michigan — 1887-1920
(Advisor: Francis Blouin)

Henry Fishkin
“Our Grief is Not a Cry For War”
(Advisor: Kristin Hass)

Samuel Gordon
Disbelief and Uproar: Analyzing the Responses to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Chapters of Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall
(Advisor: Clement Hawes)

David Hermanoff
Exile! An Investigation Into the Bisbee Deportation, Open Shop, and Right-To-Work in Arizona
(Advisor: Francis Blouin)

Trey Hines
The Role of Religion and the Army in Samorian State Construction and Resistance to European Colonialism
(Advisor: Joshua Cole)

Chiara D. Kalogjera-Sackellares
University of Michigan and World War I: A Study in the Development of the University’s Purposes and Identity
(Advisor: John Carson)

Greg Klein
The 1968 Fair Housing Act & Residential Segregation in Chicago, 1940-1980
(Advisor: Stephen Berrey)

Kara A. Mullison
Creating Change Through Spectacle: Art, Life, and Politics in 1960s Guerrilla Theatre
(Advisor: Howard Brick)

Verushka Patel
Picturing Division: Visual Art and Partition Historiography, 1947-2012
(Advisor: Farina Mir)

Devon Pawloski
Stay at Home Nightmare: Military Wives in the Vietnam War
(Advisor: Michelle McClellan)

Gang Hao Poh
The March of Empires: Comparing the Frontier Policies of Augustus and Emperor Wu
(Advisors: David Potter and Christian de Pee)

Alec Ramsay-Smith
“A Tremor in the Middle of the Iceberg”: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Local Voting Rights Activism in Southwestern Mississippi, 1928-1964
(Advisor: Howard Brick)

Michael Rieger
Reverse Course: The Secret Battle for the Japanese Economy
(Advisor: Leslie Pincus)

Arielle Schoenburg
Before the Coup: The Solidarity Movement in the U.S. with Salvador Allende’s Chile, 1971-1973
(Advisor: Howard Brick)

Charles Sorge
Living Alone: Three Loyalist Women in Revolutionary America
(Advisor: Gregory Dowd)

Charli Spier
ARMINIUS: Transforming History into Legend in German Nationalistic Propaganda, 16th Century to Present Day
(Advisor: Ian Moyer)

Brie M. Starks
Slavery vs. Freedom: Black Subjugation and Exploitation in the 1850s and Their Implications on Infant Mortality
(Advisors: Martha S. Jones and Alexandra Stern)

Thomas Stephenson
Florida’s Wilderness Herds: A Chronicle of Cattle Ranching in the Sunshine State, 1890-1949
(Advisor: Perrin Selcer)

Jacquelyn Timoszyk
Competing Narratives of Victimization and Survival: Experiences of the Holocaust and the Allied Firebombing Campaigns
(Advisor: Anne Berg)

2015

 

Ian Baker
“All In A Community Now?” South London During the Blitz, September-November 1940
(Advisor: Kali Israel)

William Cowell
“Influential Centres of Disaffection”: Indian Students in Edwardian London and the Empire that Shaped Them
(Advisor: Mrinalini Sinha)

Jack Fuller
“Philippine Independence”: American Colonial Policy and Legacy of the Reexamination Movement
(Advisor: Matthew Lassiter)

Mario Goetz
A Dream Derailed: Public Transit Policy in Southeast Michigan Late 1960s - Early 1980s
(Advisor: Matthew Lassiter)

Simone Gonzalez-Nagy
Occasions of Sin–The Creation and Violation of Subversive Gender Identity in Argentina’s National Reorganization Process
(Advisor: Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof)

Liye Hong
Struggles Among Socialists: The Vietnam Policy of the USSR and China from 1950 to 1975
(Advisor: Ronald Suny)

Christopher Hunt
Glimpses of Agrarian Socialism: Anglophone Portrayals of the Collectivization of Agriculture in the Soviet Union during the First Five-Year Plan and Beyond
(Advisor: Arsene Saparov)

Katheryn Johnson
No Poppies Grow–The Formation of a Group Identity and Fighting Myth of the 339th American Regiment in the Allied Expedition to Northern Russia, 1918-1919
(Advisor: Valerie Kivelson)

Jaclyn Kline
More Than Housework: Domestic Discourses of Motherhood and the Limits of Comparative Women’s History in the CMS Yoruba Mission, 1900-1920
(Advisor: Brandi Hughes)

Sara Ann Knutson
Bridges to Eternity: Women, Conversion, & Religion in Viking-Age Sweden
(Advisor: Katherine French)

Caroline Kowalski
Rules for Cross-Over Music: Motown’s Rise to Popularity in the Sixties
(Advisor: Matthew Countryman)

Sarah Leddon
Shimmying Hips, Shifting Diplomacy: Carmen Miranda and the Good Neighbor Policy, 1941-1945
(Advisor: Sueann Caulfield)

Mary Bridget Lee
Redefining Éireann: The Decline of Women’s Rights in the Era of Irish Nationalism 1916-1937
(Advisor: Brian Porter-Szücs)

Rachel Lerner
Butler's Battle: Wartime & the Nature of Compromise–An Analysis of British Educational Reform During World War II
(Advisor: Brian Porter-Szücs)

Stephanie Leitzel
May the Road Rise to Meet You: Early Medieval Monastic Settlement along Ireland’s Ancient Highways
(Advisor: Paolo Squatriti)

Gautham V.M.K. Madhira
The Rise of the City of Lions: How Singapore’s Government Transformed Singapore
into an Asian Tiger
(Advisor: Victor Lieberman)

James Nadel
Sefarad on Display: Spanish Representations of Sephardic Jews in the Post-Franco Era
(Advisor: Hussein Fancy)

Benjamin Newman
Die Mannschaft: the Shattered Mirror of a Nation—German Identities and the Commercial Representation of the National Football Team from Reunification to the Present
(Advisor: Dario Gaggio)

Dhananjaya Premawardena
“There are Many Brothers but Few Friends”: Damasus Dürr’s Response tothe Rise of Confessions in 16th Century Transylvania
(Advisor: Dena Goodman)

Rebekah Ross
“You Might as Well Laugh”: Jewish Humor and Identity in post-World War II American Fiction
(Advisor: Deborah Dash Moore)

Samuel Schotland
Making “Healthy” Height: A History of American Stature, 1885-1940
(Advisor: Martin Pernick)

Jean-Pierre Seguin
Teaching Revolution: Developing Autonomous Spaces Through Education in Chiapas, Mexico, 1994-2015
(Advisor: Victoria Langland)

Soumya Shastri
Creating an American Empire: A Diplomatic and Economic History of the Evolution of Iraqi-American Relations During WWII
(Advisor: Juan Cole)

Andrew Shin
Grant SimmonsLocating King’s College Budo: A Study of Politics and Relationships in Colonial Buganda
(Advisor: Derek Peterson)

Grant Simmons
Centerpiece to Empire–Understanding the New York Obelisk
(Advisor: Michelle McClellan)                                  

Leslie Teng
“Noble Knights, Bold, Proud, Valiant:” The Behavior of Romance Literature in Thomas Becket’s Defense of the Church
(Advisor: Katherine French)

Marisa Xheka
Memory in Albania: From the National Liberation War to the Collapse  of Communism
(Advisor: Erdem Çipa)

 

2014

Adam Aaron
Victory for God: The Religious Implications of the Massacre of Jerusalem of 1099
(Advisor: Paolo Squatriti)

Abagael Adair
The American Press and the Allied Blockade
(Advisor: Jonathan Marwil)

Zachary Bergman
Stop the Neglect: Medical Care and African Americans after the Civil War
(Advisor: Martin Pernick)           

John Bohn
The Subject of History, The Body of History: Indeterminacy, Multiplicity, and Intersubjectivity in the Works of Voltairine de Cleyre
(Advisor: Deborah Dash Moore)

Nicholas Colaccino
Creation of Monopoly: The Influence of the Dutch East India Company in Tokugawa Foreign Policy
(Advisor: Hitomi Tonomura)

Grace Goudiss
Branded Man: Merle Haggard, Country Music, and the Politics of Traditionalism
(Advisor: Nadine Hubbs)

Margaret Grumeretz
Feminization of a Union: The Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 705 in the 1930s and 1940s
(Advisor: Matthew Lassiter)

Samuel Grusin
Heroes of the Frontier: The Cultural Memory and Impact of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
(Advisor: Michael Witgen)

Anna Gwiazdowski
Social Activism & Ecumenism: How Ministering to Welfare Needs Influenced Interdenominational Cooperation
(Advisor: Brian Porter-Szücs)

Emily Hogikyan
“The Hope of the Future Lies in their Instruction”: Health Education in the British Infant Welfare Movement, 1900-1914
(Advisor: Kali Israel)

Julia Jacovides
A House Divided: Partition in Cyprus and Ireland
(Advisor: Melanie Tanielian)

Brighid Klick
Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Dichotomy between British and American Women Auxiliary Pilots of World War II
(Advisor: Kali Israel)

Christopher Kline
The Promises We Keep: President Gerald R. Ford’s Leadership at the Helsinki Conference
(Advisor: Maris Vinovskis)

Bryan LaPointe
“A Quick and Feverish Circulation”: Southeast Michigan Newspaper Perceptions of Slavery, Emancipation, and Blacks during the American Civil War, 1860-1863
(Advisor: Maris Vinovskis)

Rosie Levine
“I am a Boxer”: The Boxer Rebellion as Projection, Reflection and Symbol in American Culture, 1898-1901
(Advisor: Jay Cook)

Baihan Li
Chen Duxiu and his Democratic Thoughts: a Search for Liberation
(Advisor: Fabio Lanza)

Chen Liu
An Analysis of the Development of Chinese Museums Under the Chinese Community Party: 1949-1966
(Advisor: Pär Cassel)

Nicholas Maue
In Their Hands: Analyzing the Relationship Between Student Co-Operative Housing and Student Social Movements at the University of Michigan, 1932-1941
(Advisor: Matthew Lassiter)

Caitlin Miller
"Fragrance Exhaled”: Olfactory Power in Late Antique Christian Syria
(Advisor: Paolo Squatriti)

David Penner
Can the Nazis be Funny? Can We Laugh at the Holocaust? Examining Comedic Representations of the Nazis and their Contexts from World War II to the Present
(Advisor: Anne Berg)

Emily Riippa
Place of Hope and Misery: Women’s Experiences in Michigan’s Copper Country, 1880-1930
(Advisor: Gabrielle Hecht)

Brianna Wilson
Perseverance in the Midst of Resistance: Building a Jewish Community Around Growing Anti-Semitism in Mexico, 1920s – 1940s
(Advisor: Lenny Ureña)

2013

Katharine Allen
A Crowded Theater: A Study of 1920s Cinematic Representations of the French Revolutionary Crowd
(Advisor: Jay Cook)

Steven Bareis
Beneath the Fog of War: German Censorship of the 1918/19 Flu Pandemic
(Advisor: Kathleen Canning)

Hussein Bazzi, President Ford’s Policy on "the Crisis in Lebanon": A Non-Interventionist & Stabilizing Approach
(Advisor: Melanie Schulze Tanielian)

Katherine Bergen
The Queens of Good Taste: Patriots, Gentility, Femininity, and Fame  in Virginia Society, 1780-1835
(Advisor: Susan Juster)

Rory Cahill
From Civil War to Civil Rights: The Ideological Roots of Ireland’s Troubles, 1962-1973
(Advisor: Geoff Eley)

Katherine Cartwright
Undressing the English Gentleman through the Eyes of John Leech: Male Fashion in Punch Magazine, 1841-1864
(Advisor: Kali Israel)

Daniel Chardell
A Modern Education for an Anticolonial Generation: Third World Students in the Soviet Union
(Advisor: Penny Von Eschen)

Christine Convery
“Black, Proud, Beautiful, Relevant, Yours”:  The Student Voice in Detroit’s Education Debates, 1965-1972
(Advisor: Penny Von Eschen)

Joseph Duncker
A Cloud from the West: Greek Perceptions of Rome During the Macedonian Wars
(Advisor: Celia Schultz, Classics)

Mallory Edel
The Pink Juggernaut: The Origin and Trajectory of Cause-Related Marketing for Breast Cancer Activism in the United States
(Advisor: Martin Pernick)

Benjamin Estes
Victory for the Middle Class: College Football Controversy in the East and at the University of Michigan, 1890-1907
(Advisor: Matthew Lassiter)

Matthew Greenberg, “To Liberate, We Must Separate!” Remembering the Nation of Islam and the Legacy of Black Separatism
(Advisor: Angela Dillard, Residential College)

Saul Hankin
“Brothers and Sisters of Work and Need”: The Bundist Newspaper Unzer Tsayt and its Role in New York City, 1941-1944
(Advisor: Scott Spector)

Erwin Kim
Keepin’ It Real: From the Bronx to Cape Town, an Analysis of  Hip-Hop in South Africa
(Advisor: Kevin Gaines)

Anil Lakehal-Ayat
Sport and Government in Algeria
(Advisor: Joshua Cole)

Riley Linebaugh
The Practices of a Radical Archivist: Agnes Inglis, the Labadie Collection and Its Import
(Advisor: Howard Brick)

Crista McClain
A Complex Community: The Italian Americans of Metropolitan Detroit
(Advisor: Dario Gaggio)

Abigail Meert
“And For What?”: Anti-War Sentiment in America, 1918-1941
(Advisor: Jonathan Marwil)

Daniel O’Donnell
Flags as Expressions of Political Identity in Weimar Germany
(Advisor: Kathleen Canning)

Dale Spicer
Americans in the Historiographical Landscape of Muslim Spain
(Advisor: Rudi Lindner)

Sam Spiegelman
“There is a Time for All Things–”: The Holocaust, the Sixties, and the Origins of the Jewish Defense League, 1945-1972
(Advisor: Deborah Dash Moore)

Mary Walle
The Blood Stops Here: Democratic Citizenship, Faith Communities, and the Question of Human Rights in Detroit’s Sanctuary Movement
(Advisor: Regina Morantz-Sanchez)

2012

Bilal Baydoun
Understanding Hizbullah’s Ascendancy, 1978-2000
(Advisor: Victor Lieberman)

Aaron Bekemeyer
The Acme of the Catholic Left: Catholic Activists in the US Sanctuary Movement, 1982-1992
(Advisor: Howard Brick)

David A. Cassleman
“The Friendly Disposition”: American Relations with Toussaint Louverture and Revolutionary Saint-Domingue, 1798-1801
(Advisor: Julius Scott)

Belle Devlin Cheves
Breaking Chains of Oppression: The Voice of Ashraf Dehghani in 1970s Iran
(Advisor: Kathryn Babayan)

Sian Christina Olson Dowis
Youth Insurgents in the “Other America”: SDS, Community Organizing, and the Meaning of Success and Failure in Social Movements
(Advisor: Howard Brick)

Shannon Elliott
The Reds Invade the Maize and Blue
(Advisor: Howard Brick)

Matthew Lasser Green
“To Make a Friendship in Marriage”: Examining Jewish Marriage in Colonial New York City Through the Letters of Abigaill Levy Franks
(Advisors: Susan Juster and Gina Morantz-Sanchez)

James Henry Hammond
Evangelization, Injections, and the Baganda: Mengo Hospital and Biomedicine to Colonial Uganda
(Advisor: Nancy Hunt)

Emma Claire Lawton
No Nature so Wild: The Ursuline Nuns and Female Community in Native Conversion to Christianity, 1639-1655
(Advisor: Michael Witgen)

Gabriel Moss
All the King's Men: Second-Tier Politicians in the Fall of the Roman Republic
(Advisor: Ray Van Dam)

Jessica May Oyler
How to Build a Nation: The American Domestic Advice Genre, 1820-1870
(Advisor: Mary Kelley)

Ethan Sachs
A State and Its Prison: The Attica Riot of 1971 and Untold Stories Since
(Advisor: Matthew Countryman)

A. Brad Schwartz
The War of the Worlds Letters: Orson Welles, Fake News, and American Democracy in the Golden Age of Radio
(Advisor: John Carson)

Paul Wilson
“The Vision Thing”: George H. W. Bush and the Battle for American Conservatism
(Advisor: Maris Vinovskis)

2011

Laura Chanoux
From the City to the Suburbs: School Integration and Reactions to Boston’s METCO Program
(Advisor: Matthew Lassiter)

Shirley Chen
“To work, write, sing and fight for women’s liberation”: Proto-Feminist Currents in the American Left, 1946-1961
(Advisor: Howard Brick)

Adam Deutsch
Policy By Other Means: The United States Military and the Aftermath of the Vietnam War
(Advisor: David Smith)

Richard Durance
“The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me”: The Development of Liberation Theologies in North America
(Advisor Daniel Ramírez)

Alanna Farber
From Street Schooling to Free-Basing:At-Risk Youth Culture in Detroit, 1967-1989
(Advisor: Matthew Lassiter)

Michael E. Franczak
Multilateralism with an American Face: The United States, Great Britain, and the Formation of the Postwar Economic Order, 1941-1947
(Advisor: Ron Suny)

Nicholas Gable
Remembering Constantine’s Conversion
(Advisor: Paolo Squatriti)

Rachel Hatcliffe
Selling Birth Control: Lanteen Laboratories and the Conflict over Contraceptive Authority in the 1930s
(Advisor: Martin Pernick)

Caleb Heyman
Mobile Homes: Cooperative Housing and Jewish Neighborhoods in the Bronx, 1920-1950
(Advisor: Deborah Dash Moore)

Hajin Jun
Hosanna, Mansei, or Banzai?: Missionary Narratives and the 1919 March First Movement
(Advisor: Deirdre de la Cruz)

Michael Kolton
Broken American Heart: A History of Liberalism, Marxism, and the Rise of the Weathermen in Students for a Democratic Society
(Advisor: Matthew Countryman)

Elaine LaFay
Public Health and Civic Identity during the 1888 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Jacksonville, Florida
(Advisor: Martin Pernick)

Courtney Marchuk
“The Frenchman’s Day is Over”: A Comparative Analysis of French Michigan and French Louisiana: Why One French Society Survived and the Other Disappeared
(Advisor: Ramona Uritescu-Lombard)

Zachary Martin
Subduing the Slaveholders’ Rebellion: Republican Politics in Michigan and Ohio and the Coming of Emancipation
(Advisor: Pamela Brandwein)

Wasim Nasir
The American Medical Association’s Response to Title XVIII (Medicare) and Title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act on July 30th, 1965
(Advisor: Michelle McClellan)

Arthur Ng
Informal Representation: Participating in Politics through Sociopolitical Movements in 1960s and 1970s Hong Kong
(Advisor: Pär Cassel)

Lauren Rivard
“Fighting Back”: Violence and Self-Defense in Radical Second-Wave Feminism
(Advisor: Howard Brick)

Emily Rose Schiller
“To Give Medicine Back to the People”: Community Health Activism of The Black Panther Party
(Advisor: Regina Morantz-Sanchez)

Amanda Seyerle
Scottish Smallpox: Enlightenment Medicine and the Fight Against Smallpox in Scotland, 1750-1850
(Advisors: Joel Howell and Michael MacDonald)

Adam Stefanick
Personality and Power in the Ford Motor Company Hierarchy: The Story of Harry Bennett, 1916-1945
(Advisor: Howard Brick)

Gabriel C. Surprise
Interpreting Augustus’ Reforms: The Search for Economic Growth in the Roman Empire
(Advisor: Arthur Verhoogt)

Christopher H. Yee
White Sun Over Chinatown: Pro-Kuomintang Support in New York City, 1927-1957
(Advisor: Scott Kurashige)

2010

Andrew R. Balabuch
“To Run and Play”: Resistance and Community at the Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial School, 1892-1933
(Advisor: Tiya Miles)

Joel Berger
“We’ve Gotta Be Together to Do This”: The Unemployed Councils in Depression Detroit
(Advisor: Scott Kurashige)

Avi Bhuiyan
Books, As Well As Bullets: The Story of the USIS Library Program
(Advisor: Penny Von Eschen)

David L. Boyle
The Polish Resettlement Act: Immigration, Assimilation, and Politics in Postwar Britain
(Advisor: Ron Suny)

Harun Buljina
Belated Nation: Yugoslav Communists and the “Muslim Question” 1919-1971
(Advisor: John Fine)

Ginger Cline
Overcrowded, Outdated and Otherwise Reliable: Why Dakar Still Needs the Car Rapide
(Advisor: Rudolph T. Ware)

Sarah Domin
Accidental Destinations: The Story of the Senegalese Immigrant Community in Detroit, Michigan
(Advisor:: Rudolph T. Ware)

Kelly Goodman
From Integration to Equal Funding to School Choice: The Politics of Rolling Back Government’s Role in Michigan Schools
(Advisor: Matt Lassiter)

Marie L. Greenman
The Jugendweihe: Politicized Rite of Passage and Cultural Celebration of the German Democratic Republic
(Advisors: Rita Chin and Kerstin Barndt)

Erin Lange
“Who Can Define the Meaning of Un-American?”: The Story of Ed Yellin and the Era of Anti-Communism
(Advisor: Howard Brick)

Liliana LaValle
After Alfonsín: The Presidency and Memory of the Man Who Became a Symbol for Argentine Democracy
(Advisor: Paulina Alberto)

Alexandra Legutko
Newsworthy Kids: Newspaper Reports of Head Start, 1965-1967
(Advisor: Maris A. Vinovskis)

Max Meyers
Bordering on Rebellion: The Challenges of Missouri’s Unionists
(Advisor: J. Mills Thornton III)

Matthew Miller
Force Majeure: The Medieval Warm Period in England and Wales c. 900-1300
(Advisor: Paolo Squatriti)

Bradon J. Smith
Beyond Politics?: The Political Development of Presidential Signing Statements in Historical Context
(Advisor: Pamela Brandwein)

Michael Spitulnik
Sports: Unifier or Divider? A Study of the Response of the White and Black Media to the Integration of African-American Athletes into Mainstream Sports from 1936 to 1968
(Advisor: Penny Von Eschen)

Sara Sterkenburg
The Sole of Italy: Assessing the Evolution of “La Questione Meridionale” in the Post-Risorgimento Mezzogiorno
(Advisor: Dario Gaggio)

Joshua W. Strazanac
“Romney’s Republicanism: Searching for “Voluntary Cooperation” in the Civil Rights Era
(Advisor: Matt Lassiter)

Brian Tengel
“Good Jimmy, Bad Jimmy”: Jimmy Carter and the Press, 1980-2010
(Advisor: Jonathan Marwil)

Suzana Vuljevic
Becoming Albanian: Poetic Expressions of Nation, 1878-1912
(Advisor: John Fine)