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.

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

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
2013

Kaelyn Caldwell
Feeling, Thinking, and Acting Beyond Liberal White Hope and Complacent Action
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Portfolio Advisor: Julie Shayne
2013

Tyrell Edwards
Establishing Student Support Services Through Community Based Action Research
Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum
Portfolio Advisor: Georgia Roberts
2013

EJ Juárez
Everyday Experts: Cultural Studies as ______.
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Julie Shayne
2013

Amanda Kercmar
Below the Deck: A Critical Mapping of Luxury Cruise Culture
Capstone Advisor: Crispin Thurlow
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner
2013

Tonja Lewis
“White Trash”: Classism within White Culture
Capstone Advisor: Bruce Kochis
Portfolio Advisor: S. Charusheela
2013

Amy Patterson
Visualizing Down syndrome in Ukraine
Capstone Advisor: Johanna Crane
Portfolio Advisor: Crispin Thurlow
2013

Jody Rauch
Everyday Experts: Cultural Studies as ______.
Capstone Advisor: Ben Gardner
Portfolio Advisor: Crispin Thurlow
2013

Erin Sanchez
Everyday Experts: Cultural Studies as ______.
Capstone Advisor: Ted Hiebert
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood
2013

Katherine Shaw
Drawing on Memory: An Exercise in Experience and Articulation
Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood
2013

Jason Tentor
Artistic Relativity: Performative Activation
Capstone Advisor: Ted Hiebert
Portfolio Advisor: Joe Milutis
2013

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
2013

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
2013

Brandon Yost
The Epistemologies and Reflexive Practices of "Googling"
Capstone Advisor: Crispin Thurlow
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett
2013

Michelle Zebrowski
Personal Narrative: The Stories That We Tell
Capstone Advisor: Johanna Crane
Portfolio Advisor: Kari Lerum
2013

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
2012

Lauren Dun
Existing in an “In-Between” State: An Autoethnographic Search for Belonging in Hawaii
Capstone Advisor: Crispin Thurlow
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner
2012

Katie Grainger
Tracing the Discourse of the Femme Fatale: A Literature Review
Capstone Advisor: Crispin Thurlow
Portfolio Advisor: Ron Krabill
2012

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
2012

Ken Matsudaira
Sansei Facing the Rising Sun: Negotiating Japanese imperialism in Nikkei archives
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Leslie Ashbaugh
2012

Ariel Roy
Profound Cognitive Disability, Subjectivity, and Presentation
Capstone Advisor: Eric Stewart
Portfolio Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren
2012

Nancy Li Will
Contemporary Workplace Racism towards White Collar Chinese Immigrants in the Seattle Area
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Leslie Ashbaugh
2012

Steve Will
The International College Experience: East Asian Students in a Setting of Higher Education
Capstone Advisor: Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Portfolio Advisor: Ron Krabill
2012

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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
2011

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
2011

Pei-Chia Fan
Being a Taiwanese in Postmodern Times: How Taiwanese Think About Their Identity
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas
2011

Caroline Fors
Voices of Afghan Women Leaders
Capstone Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett
2011

Priya Frank
Mapping Our Own World: Explorations of human agency within an exoticized world music market
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett
2011

Peter Freeman
Urban Plunge and Homelessness: A Discourse of Difference
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Second Reader: Amoshaun Toft
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart
2011

Ruth Gregory
The Historiography of Cinema History
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Portfolio Advisor: Kari Lerum
2011

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
2011

Paul Johnson
Neo-Colonialism and College $ports Today
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Second Reader: Leslie Ashbaugh
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas
2011

Theryn Kigvamasud’vashti
A Lynching in the Family: Storytelling, Racial Lessons, and Protection
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart
2011

Martha Levenson
Making Museums Matter: Performance, Outreach, and Evaluation
Capstone Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren
Second Reader: Brad Portin
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett
2011

Salem Lévêsque
Understanding Self: Existentialism & Cultural Studies
Capstone Advisor: Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Second Reader: Georgia Roberts
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart
2011

Jennifer Lockett
Cinema and embodied experience: the relationship between spectator and film
Capstone Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett
2011

Amanda Martin Sandino
the usual head/ache
Capstone Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett
2011

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
2011

David Ryder
Race, Space and Photojournalism - Intervening into the Inscription of Whiteness
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett
2011

Ryan Sackman
Resistance to Prescribed Privilege: Navigating Masculine Power Structures through Divorce and Custody
Capstone Advisor: Eric Stewart
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood
2011

Diane Venberg
Happy but Still Dead: the Hidden Costs of “Happy Meat”
Capstone Advisor: Maria Elena Garcia
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas
2011

Shuai Wang
Heavy Metal Culture: A Cultural Study of Chinese and American Heavy Metal
Capstone Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart
2011

Luke Ware
The Invisible Web Project
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner
2011

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
2011

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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
2010

Randi Courtmanch
The Black Heart and Other Works – Meaning Making in Art Practices   
Capstone Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood   
2010

salena farris
OutWrite Identities   
Capstone Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
Second Reader: Aimee Beth Leggett
Portfolio Advisor: Kari Lerum
2010

Ann Ferreira
Recontextualizing Hakani   
Capstone Advisor: Ron Krabill   
Second Reader: Bruce Burgett
Portfolio Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
2010

Joshua Heim
In an Adda Space and Time?    
Capstone Advisor: Benjamin Gardner   
Second Reader: Manish Chalana
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett
2010

Valerie Heuschkel    
Private Pleasure   
Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum   
Second Reader: Jeanne Heuving
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart
2010

Angelica Macklin    
Scholarly Activism Through the Documentary Process
Capstone Advisors: Ron Krabill and Jonathan Warren     
Second Reader: Greg Mullins
Portfolio Advisor: Susan Harewood
2010

Joy MacTavish-Unten   
Mixed-Race LGBTQ Families: Identities, Strategies and Support Systems   
Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum
Second Reader: Rebecca Aanerud
Portfolio Advisor: Bruce Burgett
2010

Christine Nelson    
Becoming a Diversity Worker   
Capstone Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
Second Reader: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas
2010

Tyler Pratt
Re:Sounding Community: Soundscapes and the Performance of Community Meaning   
Capstone Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren
Portfolio Advisor: Ben Gardner
2010     

Jeremy Richards    
Nietzsche! The Musical   
Capstone Advisor: Joe Milutis   
Second Reader: Constantin Behler
Portfolio Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
2010 

Faith Simonelli
Cultural Identity in Children within Shifting Cultural Boundaries   
Capstone Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas
Second Reader: Leslie Ashbaugh
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart
2010

Jayne Swift  
Hot for Teacher: Sex Work and Academic Spaces   
Capstone Advisor: Kari Lerum
Portfolio Advisor: Eric Stewart
2010

Myrella Thompson    
The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Knowledge and Understanding   
Capstone Advisor: Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren   
Portfolio Advisor: Elizabeth Thomas
2010 

Alan Williams   
"Mormon" and "Queer" at Crossroads   
Capstone Advisor: Susan Harewood
Portfolio Advisor: Jeanne Heuving
2010

 

Abstracts

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