The following is a registry of completed doctoral dissertations in American Studies, American Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies programs as reported by U.S. Ph.D. degree-granting institutions in the field. This list is based on requests to American Studies, American Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies programs for lists of doctoral dissertations completed between July 1 2001 and June 30 2002. The survey was sent to forty universities. Twenty-seven were American Studies programs of which 24 replied. Eight were American Ethnic Studies programs of which 6 replied. Five were Women’s Studies programs of which 1 replied. The following programs had no completed dissertations to report: Indiana University; University of Southern California; Harvard University (African American Studies); Claremont Graduate School; University of Washington (Women’s Studies). A total of 123 completed dissertations were reported. (100 from American Studies Programs, 23 from American Ethnic Studies Programs).

The report contains entries whose titles suggest the broad range of topics and diverse methodologies that American Studies scholars are exploring. For abstracts of these and other dissertations completed this year by ASA members, please see the December 2002 American Quarterly. A complete alphabetical listing of American Studies Dissertation Abstracts from 1986-1999 and past surveys are available from the online ASA Archive at (Note: * indicates an independently submitted dissertation from an international program or a non-American Studies program).


Anastasia Stefanidou, “Ethnic and Diaspora Poets of Greek America”


Naomi Z. Sofer, “Rites of Authorship: Gender and Religion in the American Literary Imagination.”


Carrol Elizabeth Arnold, “Oral Narratives of African American Women’s Experience of Church, Culture, and Community in Brooklyn, New York.” John Allen Barksdale, “A Construction of Community Among Miners During the California Gold Rush.” Kimberly Caldwell, “Out Stickney: Reminiscences of an African American Community, 1919-1960.” Camilla Elisabeth Dacey-Groth, “Slaves of Fiction: Coming to Terms with the American Holocaust Through Representations of Slavery.”


Briann Gail Greenfield, “Old New England in the Twentieth-Century Imagination: Public Memory in Slavem, Deerfield, Providence, and the Smithsonian Institution.” Jessica Shubow, “A Political History of the Normal Body in the United States from the Progressive Era to the Cold War.”


Michael Chang, “Racial Politics in an Era of Transnational Citizenship: The ‘Asian Donorgate’ Controversy in Perspective.” Charlotte J. Cote, “Re-articulating Tradition in Two Native Indian Communities: Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Whaling in the 20th Century.” Elizabeth Garcia, “Medicinal Histories: Puerto Rican Women’s Writings in the United States.” Eungie Joo, “Crisis to Collapse: The Racialized Subject in Contemporary American Art.” Irene Lara, “Decolonizing Latina Spiritualities and Sexualities: Transformative Practices in Las Americas.” Cesar Lopez, “El Descanso: A Comparative History of the Los Angeles Plaza Area and the Shared Racialized Space of the Mexican and Chinese Communities, 1853-1933.” Isabel Pelaud, “The Cost of Freedom: Locating a Vietnamese American Literature in Cultural Representation.” Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, “Communities of Desire: Memory and History from Queer Latina/Latino in the San Francisco Bay Area, from the 1950s to the 1990s.” Dylan Rodriguez, “Collisions at the Wall: Radical U.S. Prison Intellectuals and the Crisis of Knowledge.”


Lisa Cacho, “Disciplinary Fictions: The Sociality of Private Problems in California.” Ruby Tapia, “Conceiving Images: Racialized Visions of the Maternal.”


Joshua L. Miller, “Lingual Politics: The Syncopated Accents of Multilingual Modernism, 1919-1948.”


Robert Arjet, “Gunplan: Men, Buns, and Action Films in the United States.” Calinda Lee, “Creating the Pleasant View: The Impact of Gender, Race and Class on African American Suburbanization, 1837-1999.” Dan Madera, “At Home in the Tropics: American Writers in Latin America.” Michelle Wilkinson, “In the Tradition of Revolution: The Socio-Aesthetics of Black and Puerto Rican Arts Movements, 1962-1982.”


Craig Keller, “The Intellectuals and Eisenhower: Civil Religion, Religious Publicity, and the Search for Moral and Religious Communities.” Stephen Kidd, “Design of Markets: Social Division and the Progressive Design of Northeast Philadelphia, 1900-1960.”


Christine Doyle Dee, “Land Worth Fighting For: Madison County, Alabama and Scioto County, Ohio in the American Civil War.” Camille Fay Forbes, “Performed Fictions: The Onstage and Offstage Lives of Bert Williams.” Linda E. Prince, “A Quiet, Inoffensive and Useful Race: Blacks and the Etiquette of Interraciality in Boston, 1755-1830.” Penny Timika Tucker, “The Culture of Promises: Literary Ethics and American Cultural Politics, 1820-1870.” Jonathan M. Zasloff, “Law and the Shaping of American Foreign Policy: From the Gilded Age to the New Era.”


Myrna D. Marler, “Representation of the Black Male, His Family, Culture, and Community in Three Writers for African-American Young Adults: Mildred D. Taylor, Alice Childress, and Rita Williams-Garcia.” Aldona M. Sendzikas, “Due North: The American Search for a New Frontier in the Twentieth Century.” Louis Zitnik, “Life’s Highway: Mobility in the Outer Reaches.”


Laura Baker, “Capitalism Beautiful & Consumer Democracy: Civic Ideals, Mass Culture, and the Public in Chicago, 1900-1925.” Eliot Blake, “The Magical Armchair: Private Power and the Commodification of Expressive Freedom.” Taylor Lake, “American Delsartism and the Bodily Discourse of Respectable Womanliness.” Megan Nelson, “Peculiar Ecology: Swamps and Culture in the Southeastern Borderlands, 1732-1937.” Jane Simonsen, “Making Home Work: Race, Gender and the Uses of American Domestic Space, 1850-1920.” Michael Wiseman, “Rising on the Levee: Stories After the Flood and the Reconstruction of Place.”


Ann Birney, “Her Father’s Son: Girls Doing ‘Boys’ Work on Great Plains Family Farms and Ranches, 1915-1980.” Michael L. Ezra, “Muhammad Ali’s Main Bout: Black Nationalism an the Civil Rights Movement, 1964-1967.” John Cotton Seiler, “Anxiety and Automobility: Cold-war Individualism and the Interstate Highway System.” Myriam Vuckovic, “Onward Ever, Backward Never: Student Life and Students’ Lives at Haskell Institute 1884-1920.” Deborah Whaley, “The Cultural and Counterpublic Sphere Work of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.”


Ann E. Denkler, “Sustaining Identity, Recapturing Heritage: Exploring Issues of Public History, Tourism and Race in a Southern Rural Town.” Jeremy L. Korr, “Washington’s Main Street: Consensus and Conflict on the Capital Beltway, 1952-2001.”


Athena Devlin, “Between Progress and Primitivism: Rehabilitating White Middle Class Manhood in America, 1880-1917.” Robert Hayashi, “Haunted by Waters: Race and Place in the American West.” Angelo D. Robinson, “I’m Not the Boy for You: Images of African-American Male Homosexuality.” Matthew P. Schmidt, “Coming of Age in American Cinema: Modern Youth Films as Genre.”


Christopher Lehman, “Black Representation in American Animated Theatrical Short Films, 1928-1954.” Francis Njubi Nesbitt, “Race For Sanctions: The Movement Against Apartheid, 1946-1994.” Carolyn Powell, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?: The Dynamics of Race, Sex and Murder in the Slave South.”


Anthony Macias, “From Panchuco Boogie to Latin Jazz: Mexican Americans, Popular Music, and Urban Culture in Los Angeles, 1940-1965.” Anna Pegler-Gordon, “In Sight of America: Photography and U.S. Immigration Policy, 1880-1930.” Alexander Textor, “American Marriage in Modernity: Cultural Reproduction, , Relationality and Dissidence.”


Mary Rini Hughes, “We’ve Got Father and Mother and Each Other: Little Women and the American Nuclear Family Romance in Novel and Film, 1864-1994.” Patrick Lee Lucas, “Realized Ideals: Grecian-Style Buildings As Metaphors for Democracy on the Trans-Appalachian Frontier.” Paul Manoguerra, “Classic Ground: American Paintings and the Italian Encounter, 1848-1860.” Anthony Joseph Michael, “Cultural Rhetorics: Writing at the Intersection of British Cultural Studies and Rhetoric.” Debra Pozega Osburn, “Invisible Women in Transitional Times: The Untold Stories of Working Women in the 1950s.”


Bill Anthes, “Color, Line, and Color-ine: Abstraction, Identity, and the Post-War American Avant-Garde.” Daniel Barclay, “Wilderness Errands in Urban America: A Cultural History of Environmentalism in the Twin Cities.” Matt Basso, “(not until you see) the Whites of His I’s: The Cultural Politics of White Manhood on the Montana Homefront.” Eric Drown, “Usable Futures, Disposable Paper: Popular Science, Science Fiction and Modernization in America, 1908-1937.” Kimberly Heikkila, “G. I. Gender: Vietnam War-Era Women Veterans and US Citizenship.” Brett Mizelle, “To the Curious: The Cultural Work of Exhibitions of Exotic and Performing Animals in the Early American Republic.” David H. Noon, “Isolating Delinquency: Medical and Social Scientific Evaluations of ‘Normal’ and ‘Abnormal’ Children, 1880-1930.” Michael Willard, “The Trouble with Fun: White Consumers, Commercial Leisure, and the Racialization of Youth in Southern California, 1945-1965.”


Lydia K. Kualapai, “Cast in Print: The Nineteenth-Century Hawaiian Imaginary.”


Susan Campbell, “In the Shadow of the Sun: The Life and Art of Rebecca Salsbury James.” Julia Coates, “None of Us Are Supposed to Be Here: Ethnicity, Nationality, and the Production of Cherokee Histories.” Richard D. Periman, “The Changing Cultural Landscapes of New Mexico’s Rio Del Oso Valley.” E. Jean Sharer, “Hildreth Meiere: American Muralist.” Monica F. Torres, “Injurious Hails and the Making and Remaking of Cultural Identity in the Documentary Films of Lourdes Portillo, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Marlon Riggs.”


Davarian Baldwin, “Chicago’s New Negroes: Race, Class and Respectability in the Midwestern American Studies Program.” James Polchin, “‘Why Do They Strike Us?’: Representing Violence and Sexuality, 1930-1950.”


Margo Machida, “The Poetics of Positionality: Art, Identity and Communities of Imagination in Asian America”


Kimberly C. Ellis, “We Look Like Men of War: Africana Male Narratives and the Tulsa Race Riot, War and Massacre of 1921.” Rachael E. Groner, “Melancholy Subjects: Citizenship, Affect, and Publicity in Contemporary American Culture.” Holly Michelle Mickelson, “Replacing Memory: Comics, Survivorship, and Narrative Rupture in Art Spiegelman’s Maus Project.” Deems Morrione, “Sublime Monsters and Virtual Children.” Tiyi Morris, “Black Women’s Civil Rights Activism in Mississippi: The Story of Womanpower Unlimited.” Stephanie S. Turner, “Imagining Cloned Americans: Post-Dolly Revisions of the Genetic Explanation.”


Kent Bunting, “The Koan of Seiwa En: History and Meaning in the Japanese Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden.” Robert Lee, “Henry Adams and the Construction of Intellectual Unity.”


Marina Cacioppo, “If the Sidewalks of These Streets Could Talk.” Reinventing Italian American Ethnicity: Representation and Construction of Ethnic Identity in Italian American Literature.”


Lisa Bratton, “African American Attitude and Behavior Change Toward Purchasing Diamonds: The South African Diamond Industry and Its Impact on South African Economic Independence.” Audrea Dunham, “Well, its More’n a Notion: Determinants of the Appeal of Black Nationalist Thought in the Post Black Power Era.” Barbara Faggins, “An Afrocentric Analysis of Contacts Between Africans and First Americans in Colonial Virginia.” Denise Martin, “Nature, Maat and Myth in Ancient Egyptian and Dogan Cosmology.” Khadijah Miller, “Everyday Victories: The Pennsylvania State Federation of Negro Women’s Clubs, Inc., 1900-1930: Paradigms of Survival and Empowerment.” Kwabena Nuamah, “Individual and Community Healing: An Afrocentric Study of the “Apoo” Festival of Wenchi, Ghana.” Pamela Reed, “Composite Conjugality Considered: An Afrocentric Study of the Faces of So-called Polygamy in the African Novel.” Reiland Smith, “Africana Critical Theory: From W.E.B. DuBois and C.L.R. James’s Discourse on Domination and Liberation to Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral’s Dialectics of Decolonization.” Ana Teixeria, “Building a Bridge: Reconciling European and African World-Views in the Works of Contemporary Mozambican Woman Writers.” Victor Vega, “An Analysis of Centrality of the Latino of African Descent: Understanding Afrocentric Agency in a Selected Segment of Contemporary Representative Latinos of African Descent.” Ina Walker, “African-Centered Education: An Afrocentric Analysis of its Purpose, Principles and Practices in an Independent Black Institution.”


Danielle Brune, “Sweet Daddy Grace: The Life and Times of a Modern Day Prophet.” John Haddad, “The American Marco Polo: Excursions to a Virtual China in U. S. Popular Culture, 1784-1912.” Kim Hewitt, “Psychedelics and Psychosis: LSD and Changing Ideas of Mental Illness, 1943-1966.” Kelley Mendiola, “The Hand of a Woman: Four Holiness-Pentecostal Evangelists and American Culture, 1840-1930.” Tommie Meyers, “The Education of Frank Waters 1902-1969, Finding a Southwestern Literary Voice. Elizabeth Moore, “Being Black: Existentialism in the Work of Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin.” Fred Nadis, “Wonder Shows: Science, Religion, and Magic on the American Stage, 1845-2001.” Richard Ribb, “Jose Tomas Canales and the Texas Rangers: Myth, Identity, and Power in South Texas, 1900-1920.” Lisa Rhodes, “Groupies, Girls, and Chicks: Articles on Women, Musicians and Fans in Rolling Stone and Selected Other Mainstream Magazines, 1967-1972.” Linda Scarbrough, “A Road and a River: The Remaking of Williamson County, Texas, 1948-2000.”


Jason Haslam, “Fitting Sentences: Identifying Prisoners in 19th and 20th Century Prison Narratives.”


John Dougan, “Two Steps from the Blues: Creating Discourse and Constructing Canons in Blues Criticism.” Jane McKinney, “Anguilla and the Art of Resistance.” Karen Veselits, “Portrait of a Life: Dorothy West’s Harlem Renaissance Years.” Corey Walker, “The Freemasonry of the Race: The Cultural Politics of Ritual, Race, and Place in Postemancipation Virginia.


Lori Brooks, “The Negro in the New World: The Cultural Politics of Race, Nation and Empire, 1885-1911.” Bettina Drew, “Master Andrew Jackson: Indian Removal and the Culture of Slavery.” Joseph Entin, “Sensational Modernism: Disfigured Bodies and Aesthetic Astonishment in Modern American Literature and Photography.” Andrew Lewis, “The Curious and the Learned: Natural History in the Early American Republic.” Jack C. Mutchler, “Community of Conflict: Work, Nature, and Wilderness: Ranching on the Diamond Bar, 1897-1997.” Robert Perkinson, “The Birth of the Texas Prison Empire, 1865-1915.” Jessica Todd Smith, “Is Polite Society Polite?: The Genteel Tradition in the Figure Paintings of William McGregor Paxton (1860-1941).” Heather Williams, “Self-Taught: The Role of African Americans in Educating the Freedpeople, 1861-1871.”