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  • Butler-Wall, Karisa Feeling Healthy: Media, Affect, and the Governance of Health.
    Regina Kunzel, Kevin Murphy, advisers
  • Keeler, Kasey Indegenous Suburbs: Settler Colonialism, Housing Policy, and American Indians in Suburbia.
    Jean O'Brien, Brenda Child, advisers
  • Owens, Tammy Making Black Girls Real: Reconstructioning Black Girlhood in the U.S., 1861 - 1963
    Roderick Ferguson, adviser
  • Topete, Daniel Taking Back Mi Lengua: Spanish Rock, Space, and Authenticity in Chicana/o Barrios & Academia.
    Edén Torres, adviser


  • Estrada Pérez, Jesus Decolonial Fantasies: Gay Chicano Art and the Practice of Utopian World-Making.
    Bianet Castellanos, Edén Torres, advisers
  • Lewis, Abram The Falling Dream: Unreason and Enchantment in the Gay Liberation.
    Roderick Ferguson, Regina Kunzel, advisers
  • Mahdi, Waleed, The Cultural Politics of Otherness: Arab Americans at Crossroads of U.S-Arab Imagery. 
    Rod Ferguson, adviser
  • Padrón, Karla, Legal Injuries: Deportability and U.S. Immigration Policy in the Lives of Trans Latina Immigrants.
    Bianet Castellanos, Edén Torres, advisers
  • Pottinger, Trecia  Black Suburbanization on Philadelphia's Main Line,1894-197..
    Katherine Solomonson, adviser


    Bianet Castellanos and Roderick Ferguson, advisers
  • Beam, Myrl Compassion, Community, Capital, and Crisis: Neoliberalism and the Non-Profitization of Queer Social Movements.
    Kevin Murphy and Teresa Gowan, advisers
  • Beane, Katherine Woyakapi Kin Ahdipi "Bringing the Story Home": A History Within the Wakpa Ipaksan Dakota Oyate.
    Jean O'Brien and Brenda Child, advisers
  • Cheyne, Michael Sitcom Citizenship: Civic Participation within Postwar Suburban Sitcoms, 1952-1972.
    Kevin Murphy and Laurie Ouellette, advisers
  • Hatmaker, Melissa Flooded in Sludge, Fueling the Nation: Generating Power, Waste, and Change in East Tennessee.
    Hoon Song, adviser
  • Sarmiento, Thomas The Heartland of Empire: Queer Cultural Imaginaries of Filipinas/os in the Midwest.
    Kevin Murphy and Kale Fajardo, advisers
  • Vitulli, Elias Canceral Normatives: Sex, Security, and the Penal Mangement of Gender Nonconformity.
    Regina Kunzel and Roderick Ferguson, advisers


  • Brown, James Anarchy and Individualism in American Literature: From Walden Pond to the Rise of the New Left.
    Lary May, adviser
  • Dillon, Stephen Fugitive Life: Race, Gender, and the Rise of Neoliberal-Carceral State.
    Roderick Ferguson and Regina Kunzel, advisers
  • Mitchell, Jasmine Popular Culture Images of the Mulatta: Constructing Race, Gender, and Nation in the United States and Brazil.
    Erika Lee and Bianet Castellanos, advisers
  • Norby-Marroquin, Patricia Visual Violence in the Land of Enchantment.
    Brenda Child and Jennifer Marshall, advisers
  • Pegues, Juliana Interrogating Intimacies: Asian American and Native Relations in Colonial Alaska.
    Erika Lee and Jigna Desai, advisers
  • Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew Peak Politics: Resource Scarcity and Libertarian Political Culture in the United States..
    Elaine Tyler May, adviser
  • Tang, Jasmine Kar Atomic Hospitality: Asian Migrant Scientists Meet the U.S. South.
    Eriak Lee, adviser
  • White, Karissa To Resist and Adapt: Tribal Narratives of Community, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights at the Squaxin Island Museum, Library and Research Center and the Mille Lacs Indian Museum.
    Brenda Child, adviser
  • Wiggins, Benjamin Managing Risk, Managing Race: Racialized Actuarial Science in the United States, 1881-1948.
    Richard Leppert and John Archer, advisers


  • Ault, Elizabeth Jane Take Responsibility for Your Good Times: Black Sitcoms, Citizenship, and the Reinvention of Government 1972-1985.
    Laurie Ouellette, adviser
  • Beitiks, Emily Smith Building the Normal Body: Disability and the Techno-Makeover.
    Roderick Ferguson and Bruce Carleton Elliott, advisers
  • Cartwright, Ryan Peculiar Places: A Queer History of Rural Nonconformity.
    Roderick Ferguson, Regina Kunzel, and Kevin Murphy, advisers


  • Butler, Pamela W Global Chicks: The Politics of Travel in Twenty-First Century Feminisms.
  • Jennifer Pierce, Roderick Ferguson, and Jigna Desai, advisers
  • Hyon, Soyoung Anxieties of the Fictive: The Immigrant and Asian American Politics of Visibility.
    Roderick Ferguson and Josephine Lee, advisers
  • Lachance,Daniel William Condemned To Be Free: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States, 1945-Present
    Elaine Tyler May, adviser
  • Mariano, L Joyce Zapanta Homeland Developments: Filipino America and the Politics of Diaspora Giving.
    Josephine Lee, adviser
  • Shoemaker, Scott M Trickster Skins: Narratives of Landscape, Representation, and the Miami Nation.
    Brenda Child, adviser
  • Watson, Cathryn M Spectral Materialisms: Colonial Complexes and the Insurgent Acts of Chicana/o Cultural Production.
    Louis Mendoza, adviser


  • Franklin, Michael David Spectacles in Transit: Reading Cinematic Productions of Biopower and Transgender Embodiment
    Roderick Ferguson and Kevin Murphy, advisers
  • Pate, SooJin Genealogies of Korean Adoption: American Empire, Militarization, and Yellow Desire.
    Roderick Ferguson and Jigna Desai, advisers
  • Park, Bongsoo "Intimate Encounters, Racial Frontiers: Stateless GI Babies in South Korea and the United States, 1953-1965."
    Lary L May and Hiromi Mizuno, advisers
  • Murphy,Ryan P On Our Own: Flight Attendant Labor and the Family Values Economy.
    Jennifer Pierce, adviser
  • Suarez,Harrod Japhet The Insolence of the Filipinas: Mothering Nationalism, Globalization, and Literature
    Roderick Ferguson, adviser


  • Galik,Angela E Queer Texts and the Cold War: How Nationalism and Domesticity Shaped U.S. Lesbian and Gay Writing, 1945-1960.
    Torres PhD,Eden E., adviser
  • Kizilos-Clift, Peter Justin Humanizing the Cold War Campus: The Battle for Hearts and Minds at MIT, 1945-1965.
    Elaine Tyler May, adviser
  • Park Nelson, Kim Ja Korean Looks, American Eyes: Korean American Adoptees, Race, Culture and Nation.
    Erika Lee, adviser
  • Richotte Jr, Keith Steven "We the Indians of the Turtle Mountain Reservation..." Rethinking Tribal Constitutionalism Beyond the Colonialist/Revolutionary Dialectic.
    O'Brien-Kehoe, Jean Maria, adviser
  • Williams, Melissa Drue "Excuse the Mess, But We Live Here": Class, Gender, and Identity in the Post-Cold War Working-Class Family Sitcom.
    May, Elaine Tyler, adviser
  • Xochimeh,Tlahtoki Imperial Discourses of Mexicah Cultures: Deconstructing Genealogies of Misinformation About Mexicah Communities
    Craig Hassel, adviser


  • Bauerkemper, Joseph K Narrating Nationhood: Radical Histories in Native Fiction.
    Noble, David W and Miller, Carol A, advisers
  • Berndt, Christina Kinship As Strategic Political Action: The Northern Cheyenne Response to the Imposition of the Nation-State.
    Patricia Albers, adviser
  • Feeney, Megan Jo Hollywood in Havana: Film Reception and Revolutionary Nationalism in Cuba before 1959.
    May ,Lary L, adviser
  • Geng, Zhihui Cultural Revolution Memoirs Written and Read in English: Image Formation, Reception and Counternarrative.
    Waltner, Ann Beth and May, Elaine Tyler, advisers
  • Johnson, Nalo The History of the Founding of the Legal Rights Center: A Study in Coalition Building between the Black and American Indian Communities of Minneapolis.
    Jennifer Pierce and Keith Mayes, advisers
  • Martinez, Matthew James Double Take: Tourism &Photography Endeavors Among the Northern Pueblos of the Rio Grande.
    Albers,Patricia, adviser
  • Ruiz, Jason Michael Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Mexico in the U.S. Popular Imagination, 1876-1920.
    Ferguson, Roderick A, adviser
  • Stark, Heidi Jo Stealing Fire, Scattering Ashes: Anishinaabe Expressions of Sovereignty, Nationhood, and Land Tenure in Treaty Making with the United States and Canada, 1785-1923.
    Wilkins, David E, adviser


  • Becker, Matt The Edge of Darkness: Youth Culture Since the 1960s
    Lary May, adviser
  • Doerfler, Jill Fictions and Fractions: Reconciling Citizenship Regulations with Cultural Values Among the White Earth Anishinaabeg
    Jean O'Brien-Kehoe, adviser
  • Gray, David Visualizing a Classless America: Motivational Campaigns in the Industrial Workplace, 1920-1955
    Lary May, adviser
  • Hemenway, Robin "The Efforts of Their True Friends": African Americans and Child Welfare in New York, 1836-1930
    Elaine Tyler May, adviser
  • Kinder, John Encountering Injury: Modern War and the Problem of the Wounded Soldier
    Lary May, adviser
  • Murphy, Deirdre The Look of a Citizen: Representations of Immigration in Gilded Age Painting and Popular Press Illustration
    David Roediger and David Noble, advisers


  • Barkan, Joshua Evdasin A Genealogy of the Corporation Articulating Sovereign Power and Capitalism
    Vinay Gidwani and Eric Sheppard, advisers
  • Connolly Lane, Karen Politics and the Private Eye: Ideology and Aesthetics in the Hardboiled Tradition
    Carol Miller, adviser
  • Geniusz, Wendy Djinn Decolonizing Botanical Anishinaabe Knowledge: A Biskaabiiyang Approach
    John Nichols, adviser
  • Todorova, Miglena S Race Travels: Whiteness and Modernity Across National Borders
    Roderick A Ferguson, adviser
  • Tyson, Amy Marie Living History: Producing Historical Narratives in the Service Economy
    Jennifer L. Pierce and Kevin Murphy, advisers
  • Vang, Chia Youyee Reconstructing Community in Diaspora: Narratives of Hmong American/Refugee Resistance and Human Agency
    Jennifer L. Pierce, adviser


  • Aikau, Hokulani K Polynesian Pioneers: Twentieth Century Religious Racial Formations and Migration in Hawai'i
    Jean O'Brien and Jennifer Pierce, advisers
  • Laderman, Scott M Witnessing the Past: History, Tourism, and Memory in Vietnam, 1930-2002
    Pat Albers and Elaine Tyler May, advisers
  • Monteyne, David Shelter From the Elements: Architecture and Civil Defense During the Early Cold War
    Kate Solomonson, adviser
  • Rizzo, Mary M Consuming Class, Buying Identity: Middle-Class Youth Culture, "Lower-Class" Style and Consumer Culture, 1945-2000
    Elaine Tyler May, adviser
  • Tsuchiya, Yuka Moriguchi Military Occupation as Pedagogy: The U.S. Re-education and Reorientation Policy for Occupied Japan, 1945-1952
    Elaine Tyler May, adviser


  • Amdahl, Jacquetta Elizabeth 'Perpetual Others': The Role of Culture, Race, and Nation in the Formation of a Mixed Race Identity
    Lary L. May, adviser
  • Erickson, Karla Anne Paid to Care: Selling Service, Smiles and Community in American Restaurants
    Jennifer Pierce, adviser
  • Garabedian, Steven P Reds, Whites, and the Blues: Blues Music, White Scholarship, and American Cultural Politics
    David Roediger and Lary May, advisers
  • Johnson, Gaye Theresa Marie A Sifting of Centuries: Political and Musical Crossroads of African- American and Chicanos in Los Angeles
    David W. Noble, adviser
  • Klopotek, Brian R The Long Outwaiting: Federal Recognition Policy in Three Louisiana Indian Communities
    Brenda J Child and David E Wilkins, advisers
  • Leon, Sharon M Beyond Birth Control: Catholic Responses to the Eugenics Movement in the United States, 1900-1950
    Elaine Tyler May and Riv-Ellen Prell, advisers
  • Spindel, Barbara R "Human Beings First, Women Second": Antifeminism and the Independent Women's Forum
    Ellen Messer-Davidow, adviser

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