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Schedule of Thesis Defenses

Thesis defenses for the Spring 2021 semester are scheduled from Wednesday, April 14 until Friday, April 23.  All defenses will take place online.  If you are Croft student who would like more information about how to view a defense, contact Ms. Hilterbrand.

This page will be updated through April 23 as more defenses are scheduled.

All times are Central Daylight Time, the local time for Oxford, MS.

Monday, April 12
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
2:00 p.m.Anna Kate FerrellDr. M. CentellasDr. SchenckDr. SellarMamás Trabajadoras: An evaluation of Policies that Incite Maternal Participation in the Labor Force in Spain and the European Union
Wednesday, April 14
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
11:00 a.m.Melissa SanguinettiDr. LoveDr. DiniusDr. MendozaWho Gets to Ride? A Case Study in Inequality and Public Transportation in Santiago, Chile
Thursday, April 15
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
1:00 p.m.Ella LawsonDr. IbrahimDr. FranseeDr. ZachosA City Divided: A GIS-InformedStudy of Urban Planning in Amman, Jordan
2:00 p.m.Miller GreeneDr. HickmanDr. FranseeProf. WilliamsHere is not Yemen: Mizrahi Music and Identity in Contemporary Israel
Friday, April 16
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
1:00 p.m.Susanna CassisaDr. PetrescuDr. VelitchkovaDr. PayneGay Identity in the GDR: The Homosexuelle Interessengemeinschaft Berlin between Self-Expression and State Control
1:00 p.m.Katie DamesDr. FranseeDr. SchenckDr. NordstromFinding the Missing Peace: A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of UNSCR 1325 in the African Union and the European Union
1:00 p.m.Claire HaxtonDr. K. CentellasDr. DiniusDr. DelermeRefugees Not Welcome Here: An Analysis of Human Rights Transgressions under the Migrant Protection Protocols
2:00 p.m.Alana MitiasDr. FerryDr. FranseeProf. WilliamsThe Blue State: UNRWA’s Transition from Relief to Development in Providing Education to Palestinian Refugees in Jordan
3:00 p.m.Charlotte ArmisteadProf. WilliamsDr. FranseeDr. Winkle“Here We Start and in Jerusalem We Meet:” The Motivational and Organizational Influences of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine on Transnational Salafi Jihad
4:00 p.m.Jeannie WilliamsProf. WilliamsDr. FranseeDr. GuthrieWhy Did the Camel Cross the Road?: The Use of Camel Racing and Military Pageantry in Unifying Oman Through Nationalism
Monday, April 19
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
11:00 a.m.Claire BengeProf. EliasonDr. SchenckDr. SellarInternational Antitrust: A Comparison of the European Union and the United States Approaches to Regulating “Big Tech”
12:00 p.m.Lea DudteDr. K. CentellasDr. DiniusDr. AdamsThe Impact of Intercultural Healthcare on Indigenous Maternal Health and Access to Care in Ecuador
1:00 p.m.Thomas BleekerDr. HickmanDr. SchenckDr. FranseeAssimilation, Association, and Modernism in the Urbanism of the French Third Republic
1:00 p.m.Benjamin HagerDr. K. CentellasDr. DiniusDr. CaferSoda, Water and Convenience: An Evaluation of the Mexican Soda Tax
2:00 p.m.Allie Kate WilliamsDr. DiniusDr. VelitchkovaProf. EliasonThe Politics of International Investment Law in Latin America
2:15 p.m.Catherine BerichProf. WilliamsDr. FranseeMr. YatesThe Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces; Institutional Formalization and its Impact on Iraqi State Stability
4:00 p.m.Abby FlickingerDr. MendozaDr. DiniusDr. CromwellThe Politics of Everyday Subversion: Crisis, COVID-19, and Coming-of-Age in Córdoba, Argentina
Tuesday, April 20
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
9:00 a.m.Bailey BurlesonDr. M. CentellasDr. FranseeDr. OteroSupport for Regionalist and Nationalist Political Parties in Spain
1:00 p.m.Tayler DaughertyDr. ZerbaDr. SchenckDr. MendozaFactors in Disaster Response in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
Wednesday, April 21
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
9:00 a.m.Tori GallegosDr. LoveDr. DiniusDr. AllenThe Impact of Civil Society Engagement on Support for the Colombian Peace Accord
10:00 a.m.Lennis BarlowDr. HowardDr. SchenckDr. GuoThe Politics of Water Resource Management: State-Guided Framing of China’s South to North Water Diversion Project and Its Impact on Citizen Perception
12:00 p.m.Lilly FritzDr. M. CentellasDr. FranseeDr. GardnerWhat about the Kids: A Comparative Study of Youth Unemployment in France and Belgium
1:00 p.m.Channell ColeDr. K. CentellasDr. DiniusDr. MosesBeing Female and Indigenous: Barriers to Reducing Bolivia’s Maternal Mortality Rate under Evo Morales
1:00 p.m.Katelyn HutsonDr. HendricksonDr. FranseeDr. WellmanThe Politics of Taxation: An Economic Analysis of Politically Motivated Tariffs Placed on French Wine by the United States
Thursday, April 22
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
9:00 a.m.Santana AmakerDr. K. CentellasDr. DiniusDr. WangThe Great Equalizer or a Modern Iteration of Historical Inequality: Artificial Intelligence in Latin America
10:00 a.m.Sally WilkersonDr. M. CentellasDr. DiniusDr. LoveEconomic Progress and the Success of Democracy: Case Study of Uruguay from 1985 to 2018
11:00 a.m.William BradfordDr. M. CentellasDr. SchenckDr. CoteloThe Ceibalitas in Uruguay: How Digital Educational Technology Affects Social Cohesion
11:00 a.m.Eleanor SchmidDr. FirstDr. VelitchkovaProf. WilliamsFrom Ideological Resource to Financial Asset: The Evolving Relationship Between Youth and the State in Putin’s Russia
12:00 p.m.Lucy HerronProf. EliasonDr. HowardDr. GuoChina, Xinjiang, and the Genocide Convention: The Fragility of International Law
12:00 p.m.Isabelle HudsonDr. MendozaDr. DiniusDr. CoteloContests of Meaning in Ecuador: Decree 883, Neoliberalism, and the Political Struggle of 2019
1:00 p.m.Joey BakerDr. HowardDr. SchenckDr. GuoRegional Educational Disparities in Reform Era China
1:00 p.m.Rachel DuckerDr. NovicevicDr. VelitchkovaDr. Fragoso GonzalezCrisis and Catalonia: An Analysis on the Impact of Crisis on the Public Opinion of the Secessionist Movement in Catalonia
3:00 p.m.Sam SimonDr. IbrahimDr. FranseeProf. WilliamsChanging Power Politics in the Gulf: Exploring Muhammad Bin Zayed and the UAE’s Quest for Regional Balance
3:30 p.m.Madeline CookDr. MendozaDr. DiniusDr. Love‘Con Los Brazos Abiertos’: Venezuelan Migration and the Humanitarian State under Ecuador’s Moreno Administration
Friday, April 23
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
9:00 a.m.Ivy GerrellDr. ThillyDr. HowardDr. GuoTaiwan and Territories: Understanding Territorial Claims in the China Seas
11:00 a.m.Kennedy CohnDr. K. CentellasDr. DiniusDr. RoperFine Particulate Matter and Low Weight Births in Mexico City, Mexico
12:00 p.m.Liza ChuraDr. FirstDr. SchenckDr. NovicevicRussia as a Petrostate: The 90s up Until Today
1:00 p.m.Madison GeeDr. QuinneyDr. SchenckDr. FranseeAnti-Americanism and the Auteur: Critical Discourse and the French Film Industry from 1946 to 1965
1:00 p.m.Olivia MyersDr. FirstDr. VelitchkovaMr. YatesA Historical and Contextual Analysis of Soviet and Russian “Active Measures”: How Russian Political Warfare Efforts in Foreign Presidential Elections Have Transformed in the Information Age
2:00 p.m.Jeanne TorpDr. FirstDr. FranseeDr. HowardGoing Green: A Comparative Analysis of Green Urbanism in Paris and Shanghai
2:00 p.m.Alena VuDr. HutchinsonDr. VelitchkovaDr. HickmanUnderstanding German-Turkish Identity in the Context of Deutchrap
3:00 p.m.Matt TraversDr. GuthrieDr. HowardDr. GuoPerceptions of Chinese Influence in Tanzania
Wednesday, April 28
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
9:00 a.m.Elizabeth AtkinsonDr. NordstromDr. HowardMr. YatesA Unified Korea: A Structured Analytic Study of Swift Reunification Potential in the 21st Century
11:00 a.m.Swetha ManivannanDr. M. CentellasDr. SchenckDr. VijExploring the Global Rise of Ethnoreligious Nationalism: A Case Study of Vox in Spain and the Bharatiya Janata Party in India
Thursday, April 29
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
10:00 a.m.Eli LandesDr. VelitchkovaDr. FranseeDr. WellmanBretonnitude and Welshness: A Case Study onIdentity and Language in Brittany and Wales
Friday, April 30
TimeStudentMentor2nd Reader3rd ReaderTitle
9:00 a.m.Anna BrunoDr. GuoDr. HowardDr. OhEnduring Gender Disparities in China’s Education System
2:00 p.m.Bobby SimmonsDr. FirstDr. SchenckProf. WilliamsHand Over Fist: Russia's Use of Military Aggression to Affect Regional Policy