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Academic Year 2016-2017

Jean Alger, PhD in Literature (Spring 2017): "Fictional Ethnographies and Ethnographic Fiction: 'Preserving,' Constructing, and Representing Indigenous Folk Identities in Interwar America"

Tahani Alsaigh, PhD in TESL (Spring 2017): "Second Language Activation in Arabic-English Bilinguals"

Alan Blair, PhD in Creative Writing - Fiction (Spring 2017): "The Mermaid's Brother"

Jacob Brewer, MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction (Spring 2017): Short Story Collection

Lindsay Clark, PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Writing (Spring 2017): "Genre Based Instruction and Graduate Student Writing"

Gary Corey, MA in Literature (Spring 2017): Literature Portfolio

Autumn Finley, PhD in Literature (Spring 2017): "Isn't it Byronic: A Libertine's Progress Through the Gothic"

Jessica Fokken, PhD in Creative Writing (Fall 2016): "Not Yet Time for Grief"

Angela Greenroy, MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction (Spring 2017): "Sprigs of Lavender and Other Stories"

Bryan Jones, PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Writing (Spring 2017): "V is what Democracy Looks Like: Image Politics in the Age of Digital Post Scarcity Information"

Cheryl Kutcher, MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2017): A Poetry Collection

Shahriar Mirshahidi, PhD in TESL (Spring 2017): "Predicting International Teaching Assistant's Success on a Performance Test: The Case of CAF Constructs and Compensatory Strategies"

Nicholas Martin, MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction (Spring 2017): "A Hole in the Heart is a Hole in the Head is a Hole in the Ground"

Macy McDonald, MA in Literature (Spring 2017): "Portfolio: Six graduate papers that engage in the ideas of resistance or revolution in the face of empire."

Dustin Morris, PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Writing (Spring 2017): "Texts in the Age of Digital Reproduction: A Rhetoric of Authenticity in the Multimodal Classroom"

Emma Murray, MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2017): "Poems"

Christopher Perkins, PhD in Literature (Spring 2017): "Laughing from the Outside: Hipsters and American Stand-Up Comedy"

Elenda Rodgers, PhD in Linguistics (Spring 2017): "Discursive Construction of Sociolinguistic Stereotypes in American English: A Rhetorical Speech"

Dakoda Smith, MA in Literature (Spring 2017): "Not Quite Satisfied: Theoretical Curiosity and Queer Africa"

Kate Williams, MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2017): "Shelter, Hack, Feed"

Academic Year 2015-2016 

Paul Armstrong, MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2016): "Smoked or Roasted - A Collection of Poems"

Alys Avalos-Rivera, PhD in Linguistics (Spring 2016):  “Mexican English Teachers' Identity Negotiations:  A Narrative Study”

Thomas Burnett, MFA in Creative Writing – Fiction (Spring 2016):  “Hard Water Season and Other Stories”

Chelsey Crawford, PhD in Screen Studies (Fall 2015): “The Permeable Self: Quotation and the Moving Image”

Joshua Cross, PhD in Creative Writing – Fiction (Fall 2015):  “Black Bear Creek: Stories”

Kyle Hays, MFA in Creative Writing – Fiction (Spring 2016):  “Sit Still and Other Stories”    

Jason Higgins, MA in Literature (Spring 2016): “Through Star-Spangled Eyes: Lewis B. Puller Jr.'s Autobiography and the Myth of Resolution in Combat Narrative Structure”

Trever Holland, PhD in Literature (Spring 2016):  “Performing Queer Mimicry as Anti-Colonial Resistance:  Re-presenting the Romantic Primitive in the works of Mourning Dove, Woody Crumbo, John Joseph Mathews, and Zitkala Sa”               

Emily Hull, PhD in Professional Writing (Spring 2016):  “What Keeps Me Up At Night:  An Autoethnography of New Motherhood”  

Haesong Kwon, PhD in Creative Writing – Poetry (Fall 2015):  “To Hills: Collection of Poetry”

Elizabeth Mock, MFA in Creative Writing – Poetry (Spring 2016):  Poetry Reading

Elizabeth Morgan, MFA in Creative Writing – Fiction (Spring 2016):  “The Dirt Road to Versailles and Other Stories”

Steven Pederson, PhD in Composition and Rhetoric (Fall 2015):  “Composing Place”

Elise Poston, MA in Literature (Spring 2016):  MA Literature Portfolio         

Hooman Saeli, PhD in TESL (Spring 2016):  “Persian EFL Teachers' and students' perceptions about grammar-centered written corrective feedback:  Impact of sociocultural norms about L2 teaching”                 

Galina Shleykina, PhD in TESL (Spring 2016): “The Speech Act of Greeting Performed by Russian EFL Learners”            

Ryan Thorpe, PhD in Creative Writing – Fiction (Spring 2016):  “Maybe Headed Home: Recontextualization in Travel Narratives

Academic Year 2014-2015 

Kathleen Abrams, MA in Literature (Spring 2015): "The Comic Book Villain's Body: Criminalizing Deviant Sexuality and Gender Transgression" 

Abeer Alqahtani, MA in TESL/Linguistics (Summer 2015): "Favor Asking Saudi Arabic"  

Andrew Arnold, MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction (Spring 2015): "Entropy: Stories" 

Jeaneen Canfield, MA in Rhetoric and Professional Writing (Fall 2014): "Resistance Within the Classroom Space: Teaching Contested Issues as Social Action"  

Rachel Chapman, MA in Rhetoric and Professional Writing (Spring 2015): "Marks of Professionalism: Academic Women's Clothing Choices and Perceptions Identity" 

Jeff Davis, MA in TESL (Summer 2015) 

Phil Estes, PhD in Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2015): "High Life - Poetry" 

Jessica Glover, PhD in Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2015): "Hunger House" 

Holly Hansen, PhD in Creative Writing - Non-Fiction (Spring 2015): "Poison: A Mormon Marriage"

Gwynievere Harris, MA in TESL (Fall 2014)

Michael Haskins, MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction (Spring 2015): "Third Millennium" 

Brandon Hobson, PhD in Creative Writing - Fiction (Summer 2015): "Rough Cut"  

Billy Howell, PhD in Creative Writing - Fiction (Spring 2015): "Be Not Lost: A Novel" 

Elliott Kastner, MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2015)

Nathan Knapp, MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction (Spring 2015): "Verklempt at the End of the World"  

Ivory Lin, PhD in TESL/Linguistics (Spring 2015): "Association: Mandarin-Taiwanese Code Switching in Spoken Media Discourse in Taiwan" 

Justin McBride, PhD, TESL/Linguistics (Spring 2015): “Native American-Accented English in  Oklahoma: Ethnolinguistic Vitality and Attitudes” 

Roger Mullins, PhD in Creative Writing - Fiction (Spring 2015): "Season's End - A Novel" 

Emily O'Connor, MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2015): "Sixty Watts" 

Debbie Olson, PhD in Screen Studies (Spring 2015): "Cast in Shadows: Black Children in Hollywood Cinema" 

Todd Osborne, MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2015): "Hydrology" 

Leah Palmer, MA in Literature (Spring 2015): "Between Silent Lines: Walt Whitman Imagines Possible Futures for Minorities in Post-Emancipation America" 

Ian Radzinski, MA in Screen Studies (Summer 2015): "Aging Masculinity in Cinema"  

Amy Rains, MA in Literature (Fall 2014): "Maternal Anxieties and Henry James' Turn of the Screw"

Benjamin Smith, PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Writing (Summer 2015): "The Rhetoric of Strength in American Culture, 1890-Present"  

Kendra Spaulding, MA in Literature (Spring 2015): "'Th'ensample of true loue alone': Spenser's Amoret as Second Eve"  

Kate Strum, MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction (Spring 2015): "Personal Geology"  

Jeff Tate, PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Writing (Spring 2015): "Teaching Genre Awareness in the First-Year Composition Classroom"  

Jay Whitaker, PhD in Literature (Fall 2014): "Indigenous Americans in Foreign Landscapes: Negotiating Contemporary Identity"  

Ashley Wood, MA in Literature (Fall 2014): "Carmilla's Contagious Disease: Conflations of Nineteenth-Century Medicine and Mortality"  

Seungmin Yun, PhD in TESL/Linguistics (Spring 2015): "Pragmatic Transfer of Korean Learners of English as a Second Language" 

Academic Year 2013-2014

Azza Abugharsa, PhD, TESL/Linguistics (Summer 2014):  “Code Switching among Arabic-English Speaking Bilingual Libyan Children in Non-Immigrant Families in the USA”    

Cassaundra Campbell, MA, TESL (Spring 2014)

Anna Codita, PhD, TESL/Linguistics (Spring 2014): “From Textbooks to the Real Classroom: Implications for Intercultural Teaching in Technical Communication Courses” 

Melody Denny, PhD, Composition and Rhetoric (Spring 2014): "The RER as an Emergent Discourse Space for  Scaffolding in Writing Center Sessions”  

Jennifer Edwards, PhD, Creative Writing – Poetry (Spring 2014): Mean Season” 

Dillon Hawkins, MA, Screen Studies (Spring 2014): Jane Campion Presents: Film Festivals and the Value of Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty (2011)”  

Erin James, MA, TESL (Spring 2014)

Elijah Johnson, MFA - Creative Writing - Fiction (Spring 2014): “Bummer Junction: A Collection of Short Fiction”

Dorcas Lam, MA, Literature (Spring 2014): “'I Know…Through My Eyes and Ears'”:  Charles Dickens’ Artistic Vision in Bleak House

Bonnie Pingel, MA, TESL (Spring 2014):

Nicole Quesada, MFA, Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2014): “Circuit and Other Poems

Karen Sisk, PhD, Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2014): “In a Glass Casket”

Andrew Terhune, PhD, Creative Writing - Poetry (Spring 2014): “Method Acting: A Collection of Poems with Critical Introduction” 

Oydin Uzalova, PhD, Literature (Spring 2014): “The Reception History of John Milton in Russia and the Former Soviet Union