Past Theses

The following thesis titles (with committee chairs in parentheses) should provide a sense of the range of research projects undertaken by our recent MA, MFA, combined MFA/MA, and interdisciplinary PhD students. We are working to update this list and should have the most recent titles available in fall 2021.

Master of Arts

Casie Cameron: "Voices from the Margins: Seriality in the Introductory Writing Classroom" (Stanley)

Brianna Frentzko: "Mythic Women Reborn: Djebar's Scheherazade & Atwood's Penelope" (Brightwell)

Master of Fine Arts

Alex Alfaro: "Recreation" (Johnson)

Heather Aruffo: "The Maiden's Firestorm" (Soos)

Brianna Frentzko: "Selections from: Nature's Womb & Perhaps Her Grave" (Harney)

Brandi Jo Nyberg: "Floating: Ruminations from the Open-Air Abyss" (Farmer)

Zoë Wise: "Dance, Dance, Dance: Stories

Andrew Luft: "She lives in Ohio" (Kamerling)

Master of Arts

Kerstin Aloia: "S.O.S. Eisberg versus S.O.S. Iceberg Two Nations' Visualizations of Arctic Lanscapes" (Schell)

Master of Fine Arts

Kendalyn Mckisick: "Skin-Tongue" (Johnson)

Jason Namey: "Plastic Alaska" (Brightwell)

Sarah Small: "Leaving Centralia and Other Stories" (Brightwell)

Master of Arts

Summer Dorr: "The Perimeters of Familial Affection: Examples with the Metamorphosis, The Sooterkin, and  A Very Old Man with Enormous                                                  Wings" (Carr)

Elle Fournier: "Control/Contrôle: Comparing Discourses of Power and Rebellion in Hair Care Products" (Stanley)

Kori Hensell: "In a Word:" Poetry, Place, and Prophetic Mode of C. D. Wright"(Coffman)

Tara Knight: "Displacing Phallogocentrism" Fragmented Subjects & Transgendered Bodies" (Coffman)

Megan Mericle: "The Malleability of Disciplinary Identity" (Farmer)

Tia Tidwell: "Settler Colonial Belonging and Indigenous Erasure in the Snow Child and the Rav's Gift" (Carr)

Master of Fine Arts

Micah Allen: "Selections from "The New Color" (Brightwell)

Kori Hensell: "Astray" (Hill)

Jennifer Hoppough: "A Reason For Being: A Memoir" (Farmer)

August Johnson: "Bitter" (Hill)

Megan Mericle: "Sparks Across the Gap: Essays" (Stanley)

Quintin Overton: "Investigations of the Funhouse" (Hill)

Whittier Strong: "Twin Citizen: A Memoir" (Farmer)


Master of Arts

Sharon Johnson: "Book Clubs in the ESL Classroom: A Microinteractional Anylysis of Literacy Development in Adult ESL Students" (Carr)

Master of Fine Arts

Jaclyn Bergamino: "Surface Tension: Circus Performers, Hurricanes, and the Scars of Sexual Trauma" (Farmer)

Master of Arts

Quinn Elizabeth Dreasler: "Tiny Robots in Our Pockets: A Critical Exploration of Podcasts" (Coffman)

Grace Annelyse McCarthy: "The Evolution of the Patient Woman: Examining Patient Griselda as a Source for William Shakespeare's                                                                                        The Winter's Tale" (Reilly)

Master of  Fine Arts

Megan Bush: "Porcelain Curtains" (Farmer)

Eric'Alain Parker: "Wolvendael" (Kamerling)

Natalie Taylor: "River of Fear" (Farmer)

Heather Warren: "Short Jabs" (Burleson)

Caitlin Woolley: "The Hound at the End of the Road" (Farmer)

Jonnell Liebl: "We Are Almost Talking" (Burleson)

Kathryn Michael: "Later That Night: Three Studies in Horror" (Kamerling)

 Derek M. Hinckley: "What We Teach" (Farmer)

Master of Arts

Victoria Avery: "Connecting Places: Writing About and With Portal" (Stanley)

Danny Dyer: "Sacred Trauma: Language and Recovery in Ingmar Bergman's Trilogy of Faith" (Carr)

Master of Fine Arts

Charles Frost: "The Ministry of Love" (Farmer)

Gwen S. "Wendy" Uzzell: "The Story of E. Lyman Graves: A Dispassionate Exploration of a Hard Luck Harry Who Also Happened to Be My                                                                      Grandpa" (Farmer)

Eric Notaro: "New Places to Burn: Stories" (Farmer)

Jennifer Popa: "The Lost Boys of the Shirley Marie" (Farmer)

Caitlin Scarano: "The White Dog Years" (Burleson)

Master of Arts

Emily Klotz: "The Meeting of Worlds: Postcolonialism and the Game-Worlds of Myst" (Heyne)

Heather Ann Stewart: "James Hogg, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Romantic Anachronism" (Edson)

Master of Fine Arts

Christopher Moran: "Sylph: A collection of poems on mytholo9gy, story, and transformation" (Burleson)

Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literature

Zackary Medlin: MA Project Title: "Home Sweet (Sint)home: Diagnosing Modernity from Symptom to Sinthome" MFA Thesis Title: "A Familiar & Favorite Terror" (Burleson/Coffman)

Master of Arts

Jennifer Hoppough: "Author First, Asian American Second: How a Literary Shift in Asian American Literature is Contributing to a new Wave of Authors" (Carr)

Master of Fine Arts

Ryan Ragan: "As Far as the Light Will Carry" (Burleson)

Mollie Murray: "Metanoia" (Crouse)

Jenni Moody: "This Apocalypse Won't Last Long Enough" (Brightwell)

Christopher Lee Miles: "Squid Song" (Burleson)

Cody Kucker: "Let Planes Be Stars and Brambles Beasts" (Burleson)

Aaron Bauer: "Reasons You Trust a Giant" (Burleson)

Jody Marie Hassel: "To the Root" (Kamerling)

John L. Messick: "Refrigerators at the End of the Road" (Farmer)

Sarah Jane Holsteen: "What Home I Have" (Farmer)

Christie Hinrichs: "A Giant of Its Kind" (Farmer)

Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literature

Chris D. Malmberg: "Complicating Swinburne's Heroines" and "The Moon was for Witches" (Crouse/Carr)

Master of Arts

Ryan Fleharty: "One Large Steppe for Russian Authorship: Gogol's Troika of Settings" (Carr)

Robert Byers: "Animal Companionship in the Middle English Ywain and Gawain: (Grossweiner)

Master of Fine Arts

Elizabeth Sharrock: "Her Firewater" (Thomas)

Edward Kim: "And Other Myths" (Burleson)

Patrick Barney: "In Memory of Days and Nights" (Farmer)

Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts

John Edward Fletcher: "Remedy" (Carr)

Hans Burger: MA Thesis Title "Counterhistory in the Literature of Juarez" and MFA Thesis Title: " A vast Tapestry of Madness" (Crouse/Grossweiner)

Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

Nathaniel Mohatt: "Shudder: Poems and Essay on Cancer, Care, and Healing" (Burleson)

Sarah Doetschaman: "Margaret Keenan Harrais: A Biography in Four Voices" (Carr)

Master of Arts

Julie W. Ruth: "Never Happy and Honest at the Same Time"; History, Duality, and Impossible Choices in Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated (Carr)

Jacob Pinkston: "Post-Colonial Side Effects: Perceptions of Doctors and Medicine in 20th Century Irish Literature" (Coffman)

Nan Lallish: "Malice Domestic": Exploring the Host/Guest Relationship in»Macbeth and King Lear" (Box)

Robert Byers: "Animals, Identity, and Companionship in Middle English Literature" (Grossweiner)

Robert Brown: "American Indian Stories: A Guide to the Development of Zikala-Sa's Sioux Identity" (Ruppert)

X'unei Lance Arron Twitchell: "Coyote's Song" (Brightwell)

Master of Fine Arts

Brooke O'Shay Sheridan: "Fortitude of the Ordinary World" (Burleson)

Tom Moran: "Boundary" ( Kamerling)

Gregory Woodrow Lyons: "Winter's Cricket" (Thomas)

Kyle Mellen: "Look At Us" (Crouse)

Carol Kaynor: "Anchoring the Sky" (Crouse)

Ann LaRee Johnson: "Animals and Men" (Heyne)

Jessica Caitlin Bryant: "Hands to Work" (Crouse)

Sara Jarvis: "Reading Beneath the Surface: "Jane Austen's Craft(iness) and Her Artful Women" (Dupras)

Kate Hove: "Ball and Chain: (Crouse)

Ryan Henderson: "And the Night Before" (Crouse)

A.M. Hartley: "Almanac" (Thomas)

Kevin C. Eib: "Proof of Identity" (Crouse)

Melina Draper: "Later the House Stood Empty: Poems" (Burleson)

Ian Dickson: "Lady on the Bell" (Burleson)

Douglas Scott Cost: "Analog Pop" (Burleson)

Master of Arts

Samantha Grissom: "From Ennui to Egress: Walker Percy's Sovereign Wayfarer" (Coffman)

Master of Fine Arts

Jacob Robert Stephens: "The Cedar Grove and Other Sorrows" (Thomas)

James Harris: "Other Such Matters" (Crouse)

Bryr Ludington: "The Bindle Stiffs" (Crouse)