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Honors Thesis Titles

Writing an honors thesis in Women's Studies gives highly motivated concentrators (majors) a unique opportunity to work closely with Women’s Studies faculty to investigate a particular intellectual question through feminist, interdisciplinary scholarship. Below are the Women’s Studies honors graduates and the titles of the theses they have written. The Honors theses are available to look at in the Women’s Studies Reading Room adjacent to the main office in 1122 Lane Hall.

Undergraduate Honors Theses by Year


McKenzie Campbell, Fifty Shades of Agency: The Impact of Fifty Shades of Grey on Sexual Agency in America

Katherine Irani, Violence and Voicelessness: Experiences of Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence on College Campuses

Sophia Kotov, Let's Talk About Non-Monogamy: Self-Labeling, Actual Practice, and What Happens in the Interstices

Ebere Oparaeke, "I'm a black woman, we been doin this!" How black women conceptualize and enact agency in the home birth space


Kaitlyn Diekman, "Suffragist Housekeepers”: Women’s Suffrage and the Art of Persuasion in Ann Arbor, Michigan 1910-1913

Cosette Kathawa, “They Were The Originators, But Whatever”: Doulas of Color and the Reproduction of Inequality in the Natural Birth Movement

Emma Maniere, "Abortion as Solution: A Discursive Study of Debates Surrounding" Reproductive Freedom/Control in Michigan, 1966-1975

Emily Preuss, “Fancy a Little Fun?”: Manifestations of Sexual Negotiation in both Mainstream and Feminist Pornographic Film

Haley Schreier, Communication between Jewish Mothers and Daughters about Romantic Relationships

Margaret Scribner, Navigating the Masculinist State: An Analysis of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994


Hannah Almeter, Reading Text and Image: The Use of Text in Artworks by Carrie Mae Weems and Yong Soon Min

Michael Lourie, Screening the Gay Body: Interpreting Gay Male Pornography through Compartmentalized Desire

Aubree D. Sepler, Baring the Queer Body: Restructuring the Narrative of Queer Female Presentation in Public Social Spaces


Renee Gross, Negotiated Bonds: Analyzing the Mother/Daughter Relationship Through the Lens of Disability

Alex Kulick, How Gay Stayed White: Millennial White Gay Men and the Production of and Resistance to Racism, Sexism, and Heterosexism

Amy Navvab, From Fag Hags to Gay Best Friends: Understanding Millennial Straight Women’s Heterosexual Authorship, Allyhood, and Friendships with Gay Men


Alexandra Tourek, Gender Perceptions in Mathematics

Lauren Elizabeth Rink, “Even More Scared”: The Effects of Childbirth Reality Shows on Young Women’s Perceptions of Birth

Kirsten Meeder, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Partial-Birth Abortion Law: A Real or Imagined Influence?

Anne Laverty, Practice What You Read?: A Feminist Critique of the Theory-Practice Relationship in Clinical Psychology

Kaitlyn Filip, Genre Trouble: Locating the Politics of Women’s Humor

Rachel Fentin, Disobedient Youth: Political Involvement and Genre Resistance in Contemporary Young Adult Dystopian Fiction

Lindsay Acker, Femicide or Genocide?: Tracing the Evolution of Jurisprudence on Sexual Crimes in International Law


Adonia-Lynn Arteaga, Diosa y Hembra, Feminista Y Activista: Rediscovering a Chicana Feminist Text

Katila Howard, Early Education From a Parental Perspective:  A Qualitative Study


Alex Cooperstock, The F-Word: Feminist (Non-)Identification among Undergraduate Women

Lindsay Hoyle, Adolescent Conceptualizations of Dating Problems: 
Bullying, Sexual Harassment, and Dating Violence


Micaela G. Battiste, Realizing Neoliberal Globalization:  A Transnational Feminist Reading of Fair Trade and Gender Mainstreaming
Amy M. Bowers, Embracing English, A Subtle Violence: 
Five Essays on Contemporary South Asian / Western Literature

Jamie Budnick, Subversive Stories / Hegemonic Tales: Conversations with Non-heterosexual College Women on Sexuality, Society, and Self
Amanda Grigg, Popping the Question:  (Do Marriage Promotion Programs Live Up to the Hype?) A Response to Feminist Concerns Over Federal Marriage Promotion

Rebecca Halpern, Making It Count:  A Gendered Analysis of the Survival of Incarcerated Women


Emily Gelmann, The Promise of a Better Future: An Argument for Androgyny.  The Power of Children’s Books as a Socializing Agent for Change
Anna Luke, Food for Change: The WIC Program and Community-Based Care

Andrew McBride, Transmen in Porn:  Alternative Masculinities and Dilemmas of Visibility

Kelly Rauser, '‘FemHags’ vs. ‘Big Daddy Protector:’
The Fight over Women in Combat in the Blogosphere”


Emily Chaloner, A Never Ending Chase: Toward a New Understanding of Layered Agency in Prostitution

Stephanie J. Christians, Our Bodies, Our Cells: Toward a Preventative Prison Health Care Model for Women in Prison

Amanda Hooper, (De)Constructing Violence: Gender, Sexuality and Domestic Violence Discourse

Azmat Khan, Muslim Media Darlings: An Examination of the Monopoly on the Discourse of Islam and Gender in America

Rachel E. Lappin, Is there Really a Difference? Adolescent and Young Adult Women’s Use of Emergency Contraception: A Retrospective Study

Laura Pisarello, Domestic Violence: New Discourses in Hawaii, New York, and Texas

Jessica Roberts, Impacts of Centering Pregnancy on Feelings of Isolation in Latina Immigrants

Rebecca Rueble, Creating Active Agents: Transforming Girls’ IT Roles through the GirlTech Program

Elizabeth Turk, Representations of Rape in Medical Discourse: The SANE Perspective

Smita Walavalkar, Queer Activism and Women’s Same-Sex Desire in India


Tamar Goldenberg, Connecting Women and Resisting Multiple Oppressions: Strengthening Cross-Race Coalitions in the Anti-Violence Movement

Sarah Ingersoll, Improving Behavioral Change Communication: An Analysis of The Haniff HIV/AIDS Education Module