Research and Collaboration

Capstone Project Listing

Listed below are the Capstone research projects completed by MA in Cultural Studies students to date. The projects are organized by capstone year and then alphabeticallly by last name.

2014 Capstone Research Projects
2013 Capstone Research Projects
2012 Capstone Research Projects
2011 Capstone Research Projects
2010 Capstone Research Projects

2014 Capstone Research Projects

Christa Bell
The Problem with Worshiping Women: An Exploration of the Role That Self-Esteem Plays In the Production of Spiritual Culture               
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Jun Chen
The Efficacy of Performance-based Pedagogies for Developing Cross-cultural Communication Skills
Capstone Advisor: S. Charusheela
Portfolio Advisor: Ron Krabill

Jan Harrison
Drawing on Memory: An Exercise in Experience and Articulation
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Portfolio Advisor: Sarah Dowling

Lisa Herriott
Respite: a place of change, hope, and healing
Capstone Advisor: Johanna Crane
Portfolio Advisor: Christian Anderson

Vanessa Hooper
Can I Tell You My Story
Capstone Advisor: Dan Berger
Portfolio Advisor: Crispin Thurlow                                                                   

Gina Hutter
Visualizing Public Private Partnerships           
Capstone Advisor: Sarah Dowling                   
Portfolio Advisor: Crispin Thurlow                 

Nora Johnson
White Allyship: A Racial Project for Well Meaning White Folks
Capstone Advisor: Carrie Lanza
Portfolio Advisor: Kari Lerum

Judith Kuleta
Understanding the Culture of Resistance to Inclusion of Women in the American Fire Service  Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum                      
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Bogdana Manole
Haida’s strategies for claiming recognition through resource management: A Comparative Analysis
Capstone Advisor: Gwen Ottinger
Portfolio Advisor: Johanna Crane

Sofia Piel
Fish, Sitar, and Blood: The Senses as Cultural Representations of Home
Capstone Advisor: Christian Anderson
Portfolio Advisor: Julie Shayne

Amber Rozier
“This Is For My Niggas”: Examining Racialized Language and Representation in Contemporary Media
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: S. Charusheela

Lauren W. Russell
Sowing and Reaping: Seattle’s Community Gardens Serve as Sites of Innovation, Spirituality, and Resistance
Capstone Advisor: Ben Gardner
Portfolio Advisor: Crispin Thurlow

Nate Stout
Stop Making Sense: Identity, Common Sense, and Experimental Writing                                   
Capstone Advisor: Joe Milutis                      
Portfolio Advisor: Dan Berger

Ronnie Thibault
The Cultural Politics of Representation, Global Development & Developmental Difference in the United States: Radical Digital Cartography as a Cultural Studies Methodology                    
Capstone Advisor: Ben Gardner
Portfolio Advisor: Ron Krabill

Calvin Timmons
Critical Actions: Intervention into the Process of Knowledge
Capstone Advisor: Amoshaun Toft
Portfolio Advisor: Sarah Dowling

Nicole Wilson
Everybody’s Got Sh*t: The Marginalization of Mental Illness in Higher Education
Capstone Advisor: Crispin Thurlow
Portfolio Advisor: Georgia Roberts

2013 Capstone Research Projects

Leslie Albrecht
Beyond the Aesthetic: An Exploration of Identity and Habitus in the Arts through Oral History
Capstone Advisor: Amoshaun Toft
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Kaelyn Caldwell
Feeling, Thinking, and Acting Beyond Liberal White Hope and Complacent Action
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Portfolio Advisor: Julie Shayne

Tyrell Edwards
Establishing Student Support Services Through Community Based Action Research
Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum
Portfolio Advisor: Georgia Roberts

EJ Juárez
Everyday Experts: Cultural Studies as ______.
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Julie Shayne

Amanda Kercmar
Below the Deck: A Critical Mapping of Luxury Cruise Culture
Capstone Advisor: Crispin Thurlow
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner

Tonja Lewis
“White Trash”: Classism within White Culture
Capstone Advisor: Bruce Kochis
Portfolio Advisor: S. Charusheela

Amy Patterson
Visualizing Down syndrome in Ukraine
Capstone Advisor: Johanna Crane
Portfolio Advisor: Crispin Thurlow

Jody Rauch
Everyday Experts: Cultural Studies as ______.
Capstone Advisor: Ben Gardner
Portfolio Advisor: Crispin Thurlow

Erin Sanchez
Everyday Experts: Cultural Studies as ______.
Capstone Advisor: Ted Hiebert
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood

Katherine Shaw
Drawing on Memory: An Exercise in Experience and Articulation
Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood

Jason Tentor
Artistic Relativity: Performative Activation
Capstone Advisor: Ted Hiebert
Portfolio Advisor: Joe Milutis

Cora Thomas
Creating Innovative Spaces for Student Success: The Story of a Student Driven Peer Mentorship Pilot Project
Capstone Advisor: Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Portfolio Advisor: Ron Krabill

Rachel Tomczek
Who's Invited to the Table?: An Exploration of Food Access, Food Spaces and Food Justice
Capstone Advisor: Julie Shayne
Portfolio Advisor: Leslie Ashbaugh

Brandon Yost
The Epistemologies and Reflexive Practices of "Googling"
Capstone Advisor: Crispin Thurlow
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Michelle Zebrowski
Personal Narrative: The Stories That We Tell
Capstone Advisor: Johanna Crane
Portfolio Advisor: Kari Lerum

2012 Capstone Research Projects

Heath Davis
Think, Feel, Touch, Do: Zines and the Archive of the "Living" Dead
Capstone Advisor: Joe Milutis
Second Reader: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner

Lauren Dun
Existing in an “In-Between” State: An Autoethnographic Search for Belonging in Hawaii
Capstone Advisor: Crispin Thurlow
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner

Katie Grainger
Tracing the Discourse of the Femme Fatale: A Literature Review
Capstone Advisor: Crispin Thurlow
Portfolio Advisor: Ron Krabill

Shana Hirsch
Farming for a New Nation? Reframing the role of the crofter for an independent Scotland
Capstone Advisor: Ben Gardner
Portfolio Advisor: S. Charusheela

Ken Matsudaira
Sansei Facing the Rising Sun: Negotiating Japanese imperialism in Nikkei archives
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Leslie Ashbaugh

Ariel Roy
Profound Cognitive Disability, Subjectivity, and Presentation
Capstone Advisor: Eric Stewart
Portfolio Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren

Nancy Li Will
Contemporary Workplace Racism towards White Collar Chinese Immigrants in the Seattle Area
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Leslie Ashbaugh

Steve Will
The International College Experience: East Asian Students in a Setting of Higher Education
Capstone Advisor: Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Portfolio Advisor: Ron Krabill

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2011 Capstone Research Projects

Debbie Brown
Rock Stars and Pissing Contests: How the white male rock stars of development have bogarted the camera
Capstone Advisor: Ben Gardner
Second Readers: Karen Rosenberg and Leslie Ashbaugh
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood

Jill Dewald
What is this Place? An Auto/ethnographic look at small town life, representation, and experience
Capstone Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Pei-Chia Fan
Being a Taiwanese in Postmodern Times: How Taiwanese Think About Their Identity
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas

Caroline Fors
Voices of Afghan Women Leaders
Capstone Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Priya Frank
Mapping Our Own World: Explorations of human agency within an exoticized world music market
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Peter Freeman
Urban Plunge and Homelessness: A Discourse of Difference
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Second Reader: Amoshaun Toft
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart

Ruth Gregory
The Historiography of Cinema History
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Portfolio Advisor: Kari Lerum

Mona Halcomb
Boarding Schools: “Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.”
Capstone Advisor: Linda Watts
Second Reader: Elizabeth A. West
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner

Paul Johnson
Neo-Colonialism and College $ports Today
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Second Reader: Leslie Ashbaugh
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas

Theryn Kigvamasud’vashti
A Lynching in the Family: Storytelling, Racial Lessons, and Protection
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart

Martha Levenson
Making Museums Matter: Performance, Outreach, and Evaluation
Capstone Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren
Second Reader: Brad Portin
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Salem Lévêsque
Understanding Self: Existentialism & Cultural Studies
Capstone Advisor: Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Second Reader: Georgia Roberts
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart

Jennifer Lockett
Cinema and embodied experience: the relationship between spectator and film
Capstone Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Amanda Martin Sandino
the usual head/ache
Capstone Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Marilyn Peterson-Richter
Deconstruction of Gender Myths – A Discourse on the Dissemination of Constructed Gender Identities Through a Semiotic Lens
Capstone Advisor: Jeanette Sanchez
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas

David Ryder
Race, Space and Photojournalism - Intervening into the Inscription of Whiteness
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Ryan Sackman
Resistance to Prescribed Privilege: Navigating Masculine Power Structures through Divorce and Custody
Capstone Advisor: Eric Stewart
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood

Diane Venberg
Happy but Still Dead: the Hidden Costs of “Happy Meat”
Capstone Advisor: Maria Elena Garcia
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas

Shuai Wang
Heavy Metal Culture: A Cultural Study of Chinese and American Heavy Metal
Capstone Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart

Luke Ware
The Invisible Web Project
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner

Holly Johanna Winters
La vida no tiene subtítutlos (Life doesn't have subtitles): Building Spanish/English bilingualism through cultural studies
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner

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2010 Capstone Research Projects

Trina Ballard    
Environmentalism On Board - Becoming a Citizen Surfer Scientist   
Capstone Advisor: Benjamin Gardner   
Second Reader: Sean Schmidt
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas

Randi Courtmanch
The Black Heart and Other Works – Meaning Making in Art Practices   
Capstone Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood  

salena farris
OutWrite Identities   
Capstone Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
Second Reader: Aimee Beth Leggett
Portfolio Advisor: Kari Lerum

Ann Ferreira
Recontextualizing Hakani   
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill   
Second Reader: Bruce Burgett
Portfolio Advisor: Jeanne Heuving

Joshua Heim
In an Adda Space and Time?    
Capstone Advisor: Benjamin Gardner   
Second Reader: Manish Chalana
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Valerie Heuschkel    
Private Pleasure   
Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum   
Second Reader: Jeanne Heuving
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart

Angelica Macklin    
Scholarly Activism Through the Documentary Process
Capstone Advisors: Ron Krabill and Jonathan Warren     
Second Reader: Greg Mullins
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood

Joy MacTavish-Unten   
Mixed-Race LGBTQ Families: Identities, Strategies and Support Systems   
Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum
Second Reader: Rebecca Aanerud
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett

Christine Nelson    
Becoming a Diversity Worker   
Capstone Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
Second Reader: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas

Tyler Pratt
Re:Sounding Community: Soundscapes and the Performance of Community Meaning   
Capstone Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner

Jeremy Richards    
Nietzsche! The Musical   
Capstone Advisor: Joe Milutis   
Second Reader: Constantin Behler
Portfolio Advisor: Jeanne Heuving

Faith Simonelli
Cultural Identity in Children within Shifting Cultural Boundaries   
Capstone Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas
Second Reader: Leslie Ashbaugh
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart

Jayne Swift  
Hot for Teacher: Sex Work and Academic Spaces   
Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart

Myrella Thompson    
The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Knowledge and Understanding   
Capstone Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren   
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas

Alan Williams   
"Mormon" and "Queer" at Crossroads   
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Jeanne Heuving

 

Abstracts

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2014 abstracts (.pdf)

2013 abstracts (.pdf)

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2011 abstracts (.pdf)

2010 abstracts (.pdf)