Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Completed Dissertation Projects



Anderson Bean

Dissertation Title: Popular Power, Agency, and Communes in Venezuela

Major Professor: John G. Dale


Melissa Cidade

Dissertation Title: Defining Bullying: A Split-Ballot Survey Experiment

Major Professor: James Witte


Victoria Hoverman

Dissertation Title: Social Perceptions Matter: Exploring Factors that Influence Perceived Community HIV/AIDS Stigma amongst Black, White, and Hispanic Men Who Have Sex with Men

Major Professor: Shannon N. Davis


Ann Johnson

Dissertation Title: A Right-to-Work Model, the Unionization of Fairfax County Government Workers

Major Professor: Dae Young Kim


Jeffrey Johnson

Dissertation Title: “Meet Them Where They Are”: Social Movement Communication in a Culture of Personal Politics 

Major Professor: Amy L. Best




Abigail Reiter

Dissertation Title:  Racialized Microaggressions, Internalized and Intersecting Oppressions, and Identity Negotiation among Students of Color at a Predominately White University in the US Southeast

Major Professor: Dae Young Kim


Randall Salm

Dissertation Title: The Transformation of Ethnic Conflict and Identity in Syria

Major Professor:  John G. Dale


Jean Boucher 

Dissertation Title: Culture, Carbon, and Climate Change: A Class Analysis of Climate Change Belief, Lifestyle Lock-In, and Personal Carbon Footprints

Major Professor: James Witte


Nicole Barreto Hindert

Dissertation Title: The Jeito of the Mulata: Race, Identity, and Distinction in a Racial Democracy

Major Professor: Nancy W Hanrahan


Katie Kerstetter

Dissertation Title: School Reform, Care Work, and Social Reproduction in Two Public Elementary Schools

Major Professor: Amy L Best


Randy Lynn

Dissertation Title: Hardware, Software, and "Peopleware": Educational Technology and Embedded Struggles in U.S. High Schools

Major Professor: Amy L Best 




Olivia Blackmon

Dissertation Title: Underrepresented Minority Students in Urban School Districts: A Study of Technology Use and Student Academic Performance in Math Grades Four and Eight

Major Professor: James Witte


Perry Threlfall

Dissertation Title: Contextualizing the Support Systems of Single Mothers in College: Facilitating Critical Feminist Analysis Using Mixed Methods

Major Professor: Shannon N Davis


Naliyah Kaya

Dissertation Title: Pen-Full Resistance: Poetry, Power, and Persona

Major Professor: Joseph A Scimecca




Sara Moore

Dissertation Title: The Moral Landscape of Modern Motherhood: Ideology, Identity, and the Making of Mothers

Major Professor: Amy L Best


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