Recent Graduates

Bachelor of Philosophy Degrees Awarded in 2016 Spring Term

Paige Anderson

Architectural Studies

The Design of Dissent: An Investigation into the Imperative Relationship Between Protest and Space in Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement

Thesis Advisor: Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Joy Knoblauch, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Julia Dawson

Communication Science

Developmental Issues Related to Hearing Loss and the Phonetic Conext Effect

Thesis Advisor: Sheila Pratt, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

External Examiner: Lori Holt, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

Hannah Devlin

Anthropology

Compositional Analysis of Iroquoian Pottery: Determining Functional Relationships Between Contiguous Sites

Thesis Advisor: Kathleen Allen, Department of Anthropology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: William Engelbrecht, Department of Anthropology, SUNY: Buffalo State

Anna Gallagher

Anthropology

The Biderbost Site: Implications for Trade and Migration in the Pacific Northwest

Thesis Advisor: Kathleen Allen, Department of Anthropology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Lara Homsey-Messer, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Karl Gibson

Sociology and Psychology

Death and Dying: An Analysis of Suicide in Pittsburgh

Thesis Advisor: Waverly Duck, Department of Sociology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Douglas Maynard, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin

Marko Gudic

Politics & Philosophy and Economics

From Demands to Deliberation: Participatory Budgeting in Pittsburgh

Thesis Advisor: David Miller, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

External Examiner: Robert Cavalier, Department of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University

Brad Hanlon

History and International & Area Studies

A Shift in Perspective: US Print Media Coverage of Russia's War on Terror Before and After 9/11

Thesis Advisor: William Chase, Department of History, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Richard Immerman, Department of History, Temple University

Claire Kirby

Communication Science

The Role of Conflict in Executive Control in Bilingual Young Adults

Thesis Advisor: Michael Dickey, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

External Examiner: Erika Hussey, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Margaret Mallonee

International & Area Studies, Economics, and Chinese

China's Water Economy

Thesis Advisor: Thomas Rawski, Department of Economics, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Jennifer Turner, Director, China Environment Forum and Manager, Global Choke Point Initiative // China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Amber McAteer

Nursing

The Relationship Between BNP, Neurocardiac Injury Severity, Noninvasive Cardiac Output, and Outcomes After Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Thesis Advisor: Marilyn Hravnak, Department of Acute & Tertiary Care, School of Nursing

External Examiner: Matthew Gallek, Department of Surgery, College of Nursing, University of Arizona

Alaa Mohamed

International & Area Studies and Sociology

Intrapersonal Perspectives of Egyptian Women on Female Genital Mutilation

Thesis Advisor: Martha Terry, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health

External Examiner: Khlood Salman, School of Nursing, Duquesne University

Kristen Nunn

Communication Science

The Noisy Channel Model and Sentence Processing in Individuals with Simulated Hearing Loss

Thesis Advisor: Michael Dickey, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

External Examiner: Chaleece Sandberg, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Pennsylvania State University

Bhavini Patel

International & Area Studies, Africana Studies, and Sociology

Utilization and Access to Health Care Services Among African Immigrants and Refugees Living in Pittsburgh

Thesis Advisor: Abimbola Fapohunda, Department of Africana Studies, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Richard Zoucha, School of Nursing, Duquesne University

Sarah Pomfret

Communication Science

Characterizing Oropharyngeal Swallowing Following Single Lung Transplantation in Adults

Thesis Advisor: James Coyle, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

External Examiner: Rosemary Martino, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto

Allison Smith

Communication Science

Working Memory and the Interpretation of Multiple Inferences

Thesis Advisor: Connie Tompkins, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

External Examiner: Heather Harris Wright, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, East Carolina University

Teika Takedai

Nursing

The Association Between Social Support and Medication Adherence in Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Thesis Advisor: Elizabeth Schlenk, Department of Health and Community Systems, School of Nursing

External Examiner: Linda Ehrlich-Jones, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Mehrgol Tiv

Psychology and French

The Effects of Transparency and Ambiguity on Idiom Learning

Thesis Advisor: Tessa Warren, Department of Psychology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Debra Titone, Department of Psychology, McGill University

Jaxon Vallely

Rehabilitation Science

Pressure Ulcer Risk: The Effect of Anatomical Features on Loading and Tissue Deformation in People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Thesis Advisor: David Brienza, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

External Examiner: Jonathan Akins, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Widener University

Rebecca Wallace

International & Area Studies, History, and Chinese

Chinese Nationalism and the Confucius Institutes

Thesis Advisor: David Luesink, Department of History, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Arif Dirlik, Department of History, University of Oregon

Bingjie Wang

Physics and Philosophy

Evaluating the Standard Model of Cosmology in Light of Large-Scale Anomalies in the Cosmic Microwave Background

Thesis Advisor: Arthur Kosowsky, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Craig Copi, Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University

Alexandra Yingst

International & Area Studies, Biological Sciences, and Sociology

Mangroves and Development: A Case Study of Bocas del Toro, Panama

Thesis Advisor: Walter Carson, Department of Biological Sciences, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Crystal Fortwangler, Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham University

Bachelor of Philosophy Degrees Awarded in 2016 Summer Term

Amanda Chan

International & Area Studies and Sociology

Cultural Frontiers: Women Directors in Post-Revolutionary New Wave Iranian Cinema

Thesis Advisor: Frayda Cohen, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Sarah MacMillen, Department of Sociology, Duquesne University

Christina Fulponi

International & Area Studies and Political Science

The Uses of Italian Identity to Advance Political Agendas: Harnessing the Media to Influence the Parameters of Immigration Discourse

Thesis Advisor: Michael Goodhart, Department of Political Science, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Suzanna Crage, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Simon Fraser University

Elizabeth Hoadley

English Literature and Anthropology

Discrimination and Modern Paganism: A Study of Religion and Contemporary Social Climate

Thesis Advisor: Hannah Johnson, Department of English, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Zohreh Kermani

Bachelor of Philosophy Degrees Awarded in 2016 Fall Term

Rebecca Glucksman

Civil Engineering

Development of the Bamboo Test Kit-in-a-Backpack

Thesis Advisor: Kent Harries, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering

External Examiner: David Trujillo, Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Building, Coventry University

Taylor Mulcahey

International & Area Studies and Political Science

The Internet as a Tool for Feminist Development in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Thesis Advisor: Luke Peterson, Department of History, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Radhika Gajjala, School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University

Devin Rutan

Urban Studies

Legacies of the Home Owner's Loan Corporation: Measuring Persistent Effects of Redlining in Pittsburgh

Thesis Advisor: Michael Glass, Urban Studies Program, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

External Examiner: Kristen Crossney, Department of Geography and Planning, West Chester University

Eleanor Turi

Nursing

Psychosocial Comorbidities Related to Return to Work Rates Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Thesis Advisor: Yvette Conley, Department of Health Promotion and Development, School of Nursing

External Examiner: Ansley Stanfill, Department of Advanced Pediatrics and Doctoral Studies, University of Tennessee