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2003 - Present Proposal Defenses


May 3, 2016 Fabiola Ortiz-Valdez successfully defended her proposal "Milking Cows, Draining Workers: Labor, Resistance, and Cultural Moral Economy in New York's Dairy Industry"

May 3, 2016 Andrew Korn successfully defended his proposal "Development in Mopti, Mali: The Impact of Natural Resource Management Development Programs on Participation, Conflict and Identity"

April 29, 2016 Ross Freedenberg successfully defended his proposal "Possessing the Future: Divine Encounter, Futures, and the Transnational in Kali Mai Mother-Goddess Worship in Guyana and Queens, New York"

December 18, 2015 Christopher Waters successfully defended his proposal "Culture of Competitive Fear: Elite Dynamics and Antigua Colonial Defense Network".

May 7, 2015 Taapsi Ramchandani successfully defended her proposal "The Politics of a Handshake: Participation, Planning, and the Lived Experience of Local Economic Development in Trinidad and Tobago".

March 4, 2015 Samuel Amartey successfully defended his proposal "Sociopolitical Transformations and the Atlantic Trade in West Africa, AD 1000-1900".

May 1, 2014 Retika Rajbhandari successfully defended her proposal "Humanitarianism's Movement: The Resettlement of Nepali-Bhutanese Refugees from Nepal to the United States".

March 28, 2014 Lauren Hosek successfully defended her proposal "Crossroads at the Elbe: Intersections of Bodies, Materials, and Histories in Early Medieval Bohemia."

October 30, 2013 Linh Nguyen successfully defended her proposal "The Politics of Destinations: Movement and Social Mobility in Contemporary Vietnam".
June 19, 2013 Lalit Narayan successfully defended her proposal "Global Curricula, Local Practices: The role of medical education in constructing Indian biomedicine".

May 6, 2013 Melinda Gurr successfully defended her proposal "Lovers, Laborers, Agitators: Youth and Politics in Brazil’s Landless Rural Worker’s Movement (MST)".

April 30, 2013 Steven Johnson successfully defended his proposal "Less than Refugees: The Gaddi Tribals of Dharamsala".

April 23, 2013 Edwin Kwame Otu successfully defended his proposal "Reluctantly Queer: Sassoi, and the Shifting Paradigms of Masculinity and Sexual Citizenship in Postcolonial Ghana".  

March 22, 2013 Ayse Ozcan successfully defended her proposal "Becoming Public: Making the French Mosque into a Multicultural Space"

August 30, 2012 Sarah Loftus successfully defended her proposal " The Bethel Community and the Benjamin W. Jackson Plantation: Postemancipation Landscapes and Material Culture". 

August 21, 2012 Matthew Reilly successfully defended his proposal"Constituting a Counter Colonialism: Irish Transplants Within and Outside of Seventeenth-Century Colonial Barbadian Society".

April 26, 2012 Jocelyn Killmer successfully defended her proposal “Envisioning Medicine: Learning Women’s Reproductive Health "

February 10, 2012 William Suk successfully defended his proposal "Practices of Relatedness in Transnationally-Disbursed Zimbabwean Families"

August 23, 2011 Catherine LaVoy successfully defended her proposal "The Gossamer Threads of Social Change: Social Networks and Plantation Slavery from Colonial to Modern in Pernambuco"

August 22, 2011 Meredith Ellis successfully defended her proposal "The Children of Spring Street: The Remains of Childhood from a Nineteenth Century Congregation."

April 29, 2011 William Werner successfully defended his proposal "Markets, Material Culture, and Mestizaje": An Historical Archaeological Study of Hacienda El Mirador, Veracruz, Mexico (1830-1930).

April 21, 2011 Carolina Arango Vargas successfully defended her proposal "Insist, Persist and Resist": Mujeres Populares and the Politics of Feminist Organizing in the Columbian Women's Movement for Peace.

April 21, 2011 Jonathan Jackson successfully defended his proposal "Unholy Alliance": Queer Kinship and Reform Judaism.

December 13, 2010 Wesley R. Willoughby successfully defended his proposal The ‘Pub’ in ‘Public’: The Archaeology of Community, Ritual, and Politics in Maryland’s First Capital

September 8, 2010 Rachel Wright successfully defended her proposal  Making a Living at Making a Difference: Oppositional Consciousness among Employees of Nonprofit Social Service Organizations

September 7, 2010 Madhura Lohokare successfully defended her proposal The Politics of Public Space: A Study of Neighborhood Associations in Pune, India

July 29, 2010 Faris Khan successfully defended his proposal  Mapping Dissconance: Sexual Subjectivity and Rights Activism in Kolkata

January 18, 2010 Zachary Beier successfully defended his proposal The War in Slavery: Testing the Boundaries of Contested Identities at the Cabrits Garrison, Dominica (1765-1854)

October 22, 2009 Christian Williamson successfully defended his proposal Merchants, Maritime Economy and Development in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies: A Case Study at the Magens House Compound

June 15, 2009 Jill Priest successfully defended her proposal "School-Based Mental Health Services: Experiences with a Community Health System

June 1, 2009 Nicole Wilson successfully defended her proposal "In the Mother's Presence, There is Happiness and Music": Performing Hindu Identity in Urban South India

May 1,  2009 Holly Norton successfully defended her proposal "Estate by Estate: The Landscape of the 1733 St. Jan Slave Rebellion"

April 27, 2009 Moushumi Shabnam successfully defended her proposal "“New” American Islam: An Ethnographic Research on First and Second Generation Bangladeshi Muslims Living in Queens, NY in the Post 9/11 Era"

April 22, 2009 Laurah Klepinger-Mathew successfully defended her proposal "Globalized Yoga in South India: Flexible Labor and the Fashioning of Tradition."

April 16, 2009 Jesse Harasta successfully defended his proposal "Tin Mines & Golden Ages ."

November 7, 2008 Lori Lee successfully defended her proposal "Consumerism, Social Relations, and Slavery at Antebellum Poplar Forest, 1828-1862."

October 22, 2008 Fethi Keles successfully defended his proposal "Bosnian Ways to Refuge: A Comparative Ethnography of the Resettlement Experiences of Bosnian Refugees in Metropolitan United States."

September 18, 2008 Bethany Bloomston successfully defended her proposal "Uneven Mobilization: Gender and Land Movements in Maranhao, Brazil."

August 29, 2008 Samantha Rebovich successfully defended her proposal "Value, Labor and Practice at Green Castle Estate, Antigua"

August 19, 2008 Daniel Pettit, Jr successfully defended his proposal "Deconstructing Culture, Religion, and Class Among Ireland's Tenant Farmers. Casheleenan, County Donegal"

July 28, 2008 Dwayne Scheid successfully defended his proposal "The Barbadian Ceramic Industry"

January 23, 2008 Chen-I Kuan successfully defended her proposal "Debates on Biomedical Technology and Gender: Cesarean Births in Taiwan"

December 6, 2007 Kassahun Kebede successfully defended his proposal "Roots and Routes: The Lived Experience of Transnational Migrants from Ethiopia to the United States"

November 28, 2007 Paola Schiappacasse successfully defended her proposal "Archaeology of Isolation: Historical Documentation and Archaeological Research at the 19th Century Lazareto de Isla de Cabras, Puerto Rico"

October 5, 2007 Karen McNamara successfully defended her proposal "Modernizing Medical Practices: Unani and Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals in Bangladesh."

August 24, 2007 Amy Roache successfully defended her proposal "The Socio-economic Role of the Blacksmith on the Fur Trade Frontier, Fort Michilimackinac (1715-1781) and Fort St. Joseph (1796-1812) "

June 11, 2007 Lori Klivak successfully defended her proposal "Zapotec Tourism": The Community Politics of Indigenous Organizations and Ethnic Revival in Southern Mexico"

June 5, 2007 Jamie Johnson successfully defended her proposal "Conserving Heritage, Constructing Identity: Saving Place in a Himalayan Tourist Town"

June 1, 2007 Rachel Horlings successfully defended her proposal "Maritime Trade and the Sea: Site Formation Processes and the Archaeological Record of Historic Shipwrecks in Coastal Ghana"

May 23, 2007 Connie Etter successfully defended her proposal "Charity and Critique: Conviction in a Tamil Nadu Convent, 1916-present"

May 23, 2007 Ian Wilson successfully defended his proposal "A Variously Understood Past: The Negotiation of Bharatpuri History"

May 3, 2007 Emera Bridger successfully defended her proposal "Competing Developments: Water Resource Management in Eastern Rajasthan"

April 26, 2007 Jishnu Shankar successfully defended his proposal "Stories of the Aghoreshwar: Charisma, Miracle and Social Service in the Life of Baba Bhagwan Ram Ji"

April 16, 2007 Andrew Pietruszka successfully defended his proposal "Artifacts of Exchange: An Archaeological Survey of European Shipwrecks off of Elmina, Ghana"

January 9, 2007 Stephan Lenik successfully defended his proposal "Understanding Responses to the Emergence of Frontier Regions: An Archaeological Studiy of Dominica, West Indies, AD 1000-1800"

November 10, 2006 Lori Stahlgren successfully defended her proposal "Negotiating Boundaries: An Archaeology of the Kentucky borderland"

October 11, 2006 Helen Blouet successfully defended her proposal "Interpreting Roles of Commemoration through Burial Markers on St John, Virgin Islands"

May 3, 2006 Kyung Ju Ahn successfully defended her proposal "From Seoul to Syracuse; Transnational Korean Family's Educational Project"

March 27, 2006 Francesca Gaiba successfully defended her proposal "Straight Women and Gay Men: An Ethnographic Study"

November 29, 2005 Liza Gijanto successfully defended her proposal "Change and the Era of the Atlantic Trade in Niumi, The Gambia" 

October 12, 2005 Amy Sipe successfully defended her proposal "CUnderstanding Materials Forms of Expression and Engendered Religious Experiences at the Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 

September 30, 2005 Alexandra Bonano successfully defended her proposal "Fit for Molding: Beauty Practices, Migration and the Reshaping of Dominican Identity"

August 22, 2005 Ana Servigna successfully defended her proposal, "Space of Democracy. An Ethnography of the Contested Public Space in Venezuela."

June 21, 2005 Hong Ahn Vu successfully defended her proposal, "Shrimp Aquaculture and Sustainable Livelihoods in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam."

May 26, 2005 Marcos Souza successfully defended his proposal, "An Archaeology of Slave identities in Central Brazil." 

May 25, 2005 Katy Mabeck successfully defended her proposal, "Verbal Art in Villa: Humor, Migration and Group Identity in a Mexican Community." 

May 4, 2005 Shannon Dunn successfully defended her proposal, "Seasonal Migration and the Deserted Village: Investigations of Travel and Home." 

April 27, 2005 Mengistu Debela successfully defended his proposal, "Local Institutions, Natural Resource Management, and Livelihood Strategises in Southwestern Ethiopia: An Anthropological Study." 

August 27, 2004 Heather Gibson successfully defended her proposal, "Daily Practice and Domestic Economies in Guadeloupe, French West Indies: An Archaeological and Historical Study." 

June 1, 2004  Vikas Choudhary successfully defended his proposal, "The Middlemen: Theory and Praxis of the State, Market, and Vicil society Intermediation in supporting Rural Livelihoods." 

March 26, 2004  David Babson successfully defended his proposal, "Spring and Sweetness Across the Land: Making Maple Syrup at Fort Drum, New York." 

January 22, 2004  Robert Cromwell successfully defended his proposal, "The Queen's China on the Columbia Department's Tables: Consumer Choice, Class, and Ethnicity at HBC Fort Vancouver." 

December 22, 2003  Joanna Behrens successfully defended her proposal, "Digging the Great Trek: An Historical Archaeology of a Voortrekker Community, Limpopo, South Africa." 

December 4, 2003  Douglas Pippin successfully defended his proposal, "The Archaeology of Fort Haldimand: the British Army and the American Revolution in Northern New York." 

August 27, 2003  Sadaf Ahmad successfully defended her proposal, "Al-Huda: Exploring a New Religious Trend Amongst the Urban Women of Pakistan." 

August 7, 2003  Gregory Cook successfully defended his proposal, "West Africa and the Atlantic World: Culture Contact, Trade and Shipwrecks in Coastal Ghana." 

July 17, 2003  Paul Derby successfully defended his proposal, "Changing Environments: An Ethnography of Glen Lakers' Changing Views About Their Environments." 

June 10, 2003  Fritz Lampe successfully defended his proposal, "The Ritual of Conversion in Elwambillo, Kenya: Consumption and Consummation - Dialectics, Commodification and Agency in Religious Conversion." > 

April 21, 2003  George Farag successfully defended his proposal, "Accompanying Male Partners: A Cultural Construction of Masculinity in the US Foreign Service." 

April 4, 2003  Angela Herrald successfully defended her proposal, "Gurus, Seekers, and Spirituality Brokers: the Business of Selling Spiritual India."