As of 2014, all newly submitted Graduate Center dissertations and theses appear in Academic Works shortly after graduation. Some works are immediately available to read and download, and some become available after an embargo period set by the author. Dissertations and theses from before 2014 are generally accessible only to the CUNY community, but some authors have chosen to make theirs open access.

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Theses and Capstone Projects from 2017

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Making a Case for Social Innovation as a Structural Counterpart to Public Participation in Regional Planning, Manju A. Adikesavan

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Heavy Ink: A Documentary on the Comicbook Revolution, Renzo Adler

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The Untold Story of Africa: What Advertising from Africa Reveals to the Rest of the World About the Continent, Rachael F. Afolabi

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Back to Square One: Understanding the Role of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Ahmed A. Ahmed

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The Legacy of Slavery and the Continued Marginalization of Communities of Color Within the Legal System, Julia N. Alvarez

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Redshirting: A Critical, Historical Analysis of the Changing Theories, Policies, and Practices of Children's Transition into Kindergarten, Lisa Babel

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You Need Violence and Sincerity: Godard and the Manufacturing of a Revolutionary Cinema, Matthew Ballinger

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Production of Energy and Environmental Protection as a Prerequisite for Sustainable Development, Diana Baus

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Overpopulation and the Impact on the Environment, Doris Baus

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The Fantastic Manifesto: Monstrosity of Memory and Epiphany of Selfhood in The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), Layla Blodgett Carrillo

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Mapping How Culture in New York City and London Influences Respectively the Iconic Fashion Brands of Kors and McQueen: A Case Study, Carol Brathwaite

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Diplomas vs Incarceration: Does Intersectionality Affect Black Men and Women Differently?, Chelsie Burchett

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Great Power Politics in the Twenty-First Century: The Ukrainian Example, Oksana Byeha

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The Fat Female Bodies of Saturday Night Live: Uncovering the Normative Cultural Power of a Countercultural Comedy Institution, Katharine Cacace

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Walking as Ontological Shifter: Thoughts in the Key of Life, Bibi (Silvina) Calderaro

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By Beauty Damned: Millennial Feminism and the Exploitation of Women's Empowerment in Pop Culture and Corporate Advertising, Maria L. Carreon

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Sonifying Hamlet, Ashleigh Cassemere-Stanfield

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"La Dolce Vita" Today: Fashion and Media, Nicola Certo

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Muriel Rukeyser's "The Book of the Dead": An Analytical Appreciation, Emily Cogan

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Clara Lemlich Shavelson: An Activist Life, Sarah B. Cohn

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Imagining Basic Income as an International and Domestic Remedy to Wealth Inequality, Christian A. Davis

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Education Is Transformation: The Impact of Attitudes, Robert DeCaul

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Never Forgets: Traumatic Trace Within Public Space, Jan Descartes

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The Variation in Russia’s Foreign Policy in Near Abroad After the Disintegration of the USSR, Nataliia Donchenko

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Spectral Bodies: Women's Resistance Across Time in North America, Whitney C. Evanson

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The Economics of American Higher Education, Robin Freedman

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Reinventing the Wheel of Teaching Business? Learning in the Academic Classroom - The Case of the Business Consulting Course, Francesco R. Frova

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"Propaganda for Democracy": The Vexed History of the Federal Theatre Project, Karen E. Gellen

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A Realization of Modernity: Case Studies in Connectivity and Time, Mari Gorman

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“Pay, Protection, and Professionalism”: The History of Domestic Worker Organizing and the Future of Home Health Care in the United States, Julia R. Gruberg

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Beyond Vulnerability: Refugee Women’s Leadership in Jordan, Widad Hassan

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Arghhh! My Computer Screen Froze: A “Glitch” in K-12 Blended Learning Classrooms, Tricia P.A. Herbert

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Parental Influence on Second Generation Chinese-American Youth’s Career Choice and Development, Yingli Huang

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Secret and Divine Signs: A Cinematic Ode to the Art of Cruising, Terrence T. Hunt

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The Racialization and Exploitation of Foreign Workers by the Law, Seiko Ishikawa

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Violence Against Architecture: The Lost Cultural Heritage of Syria and Iraq, Heidi James Fisher

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Social Order and the Culture of Corruption in India, Arunodhaya Jebamani

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K-12 Education, Pedagogy and Student Achievement, Genevieve Johnson

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Heritage Language Education in South Korea: Challenges and Demands, Mihyun Jo

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Trumping Norms: Whither the International Liberal Order?, Maureen Jones

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The Bunker Hill Story: Welfare, Redevelopment, and Housing Crisis in Postwar Los Angeles, Stephen Jones

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Bodies of Knowledge: An Anatomy and Kinesiology of the American Prison Nation, 'Human'-making, and Twenty-first-century Techno-gods, Lyndsey Karr

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Beyond the Vale: Visualizing Slavery in Craven County, North Carolina, Marissa N. Kinsey

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Between the Cloud and the Page: Repetition and Textuality in Post-Conceptual Poetics, Michael Kirby

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The New American Slavery: Capitalism and the Ghettoization of American Prisons as a Profitable Corporate Business, David A. Liburd

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Queering Addiction, TaraRose Macuch

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Beyond the Biological: William Beebe, the Bronx Zoo, and U.S. Biological Field Stations in British Guiana, Katherine F. McLeod

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Clemence of Barking and Valdes of Lyon: Two Contemporaneous Examples of Innovation in the Twelfth Century, Lisa Murray

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Black Models Matter: Challenging the Racism of Aesthetics and the Facade of Inclusion in the Fashion Industry, Scarlett L. Newman

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The Expansion of the Mandarin Mind, Tyler Okney

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An Examination of the Needham Question: Why Didn't China Have a Scientific Revolution Considering Its Early Scientific Accomplishments?, Rebecca L. Olerich

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Things We Dare Not See: Media Revisions of Incestuous Relationships, Mattheus M. Oliveira

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Open Source Micro Diplomas: New Credentials for New Learning, Jack F. Powers

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Smita Patil: Fiercely Feminine, Lakshmi Ramanathan

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Washington Square Park: Struggles and Debates over Urban Public Space, Anna Rascovar

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Dancing Silhouettes: Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed: A Critical Study, Maria N. Rhodes

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Women in the Workplace: The Impact of Earning Potential Empowerment and the Work-Life Balance, Alysha-Beth Rodriguez

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The Conflict of Progressive and Conservative Tendencies in the Film Work of Steranko, James H. Romberger

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Deconstructing Rape Culture Through An Exploration of Consent, Desire, and Pleasure, Yael Rosenstock

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Imperial Butterfly, Dagmar Rothschild

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Culture and Mental Health: Considering the Role of the Complex Cultural-History in Irish-American Population, Tiffinie Patricia Sesko

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No More False Heavens: In the Wake of Campus Sexual Violence, Destry Sibley

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Parallels of Love and Hate Defined by Attachments, Nicole Spann

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Early American Cookbooks: Creating and Analyzing a Digital Collection Using the HathiTrust Research Center Portal, Gioia Stevens

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The Dream Deferred: The School-to-Prison Pipeline and the Destruction and Potential Resurrection of the Black Male, Alexandria L. Timoll

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The Personal Is Political: Promoting Empathy Through the Exchange of Personal Narratives About Gender Towards Social Change, Emily Tobey

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The Fight for Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Parenting Rights in The United States, Nancy Tresil

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American Civil Associations and the Growth of American Government: An Appraisal of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (1835-1840) Applied to Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and the Post-World War II Welfare State, John P. Varacalli

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Decidedly Uncertain, Sophia I. Varosy

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Dehumanization: A Case Study, Regina Varthi

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The Odyssey of African American Women in Films: From the Silent Era to the Post-War Years to the 1950s, Elvera L. Vilson

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Tandem 2.0: Image and Text Data Generation Application, Christopher J. Vitale

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The Fabric of Manhattan: Art and Industry in the Era of A.T. Stewart, Patricia Wadsley

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Mermaid Song: The Notebooks of the Writing Woman, Gianna T. Ward-Vetrano

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The Column of Constantine at Constantinople: A Cultural History (330-1453 C.E.), Carey Thompson Wells

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The Behavioral Effects Divorce Can Have on Children, Wanda M. Williams-Owens

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Conceptualizing the Emergence of Social Capital in Young Children, Courtney Wong

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A Girlhood Among Ghosts, An Experimental Project, Maple Wu

Theses and Capstone Projects from 2016

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The Anxious Shadow of a Coldwar: Affect, Biopower & Resistance in Fiction & Culture in the Period of Intra-Anxiety 1989-2001, Kate Adler

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Transatlantic Surrealisms, Imagined Homelands, and the Poetry of Paul Laraque, Maxine C. Anderson

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Bilingual French Initiatives in Public Schools: A New York Story: New Opportunities, Diversity and Shared History and Values, Claire JM Arnod Horikawa

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Christ the Queer: Gender and Sexuality in Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ", Stephen Barnett

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Empowerment from Within: Supporting Palestinian Women’s Struggle Against Violence, Ortal Bensky

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Can Concepts Associated with Physical Environments Be Applied to Social Media Sites? An Empirical Study Using Theories from Place Attachment, Social Behavior, and Social Integration, Brian Boyle

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YouTube As A Net"work": A Media Analysis of the YouTube Beauty Community, Barbara Casabianca

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Producing Discursive Change: From "Illegal Aliens" to "Unauthorized Immigration" in Library Catalogs, J. Silvia Cho

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Socio-Economic Inequalities, Academic Failure, and Institutional Interventions: What CUNY Is Doing To Help Its High Risk Populations, Cynthia Constant

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How Do Open Educational Resources (OERs) Impact Students? A Qualitative Study at New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Cailean Cooney

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The Virtue Mentality, Rachel Eckhardt

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Studies in the Creation and Implementation of School Cultures: Two New York City Stand-Alone Charter Schools, Olivia-Beate A. Franzini

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The South African Elderly: Neglect, Social Contribution and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, Alessia Frisoli

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Shadows and Light. Ernie Gehr Exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Sean M. Fuller

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Fragmentation and Multiplicity in Cuban-American Identity: In Cuba I was a German Shepherd by Ana Menéndez and Memory Mambo by Achy Obejas, Daimys E. Garcia

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Developments in Television Viewership, Lucile E. Hecht

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Media Representation of Asian Americans and Asian Native New Yorkers’ Hybrid Persona, Min Huh

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Response and Responsibility: The War Veterans’ Art Center at the Museum of Modern Art (1944–48), Laurel Humble

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‘Open, and Always, Opening’: Trans- Poetics as a Methodology for (Re)Articulating Gender, the Body, and the Self ‘Beyond Language’, Lizzy Tricano Kaval

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Normalization Policies with Cuba: Implications for Political and Economic Reform, Ramona N. Khan

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Life Experience: Freddy Got Fingered As Neo-Surrealist Masterpiece, Frank Koshel

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Commemorations and Ethnicity: Victory Day Celebrations Among Elderly Russian Jews in Brooklyn, Amy Kraizman