American Studies ETDs

American Studies ETDs

 
Foremost, among the American Studies Department’s many areas of distinction in research and teaching are:
  • Transnationalism, Globalization, and Colonialism
  • Critical Regionalism and Southwest Studies
  • Critical Race and Class Studies
  • Environmental and Social Justice
  • Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
  • Comparative Cultural and Popular Culture Studies
Students have the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary approach to their specific areas of interest, and receive training in a broad range of historical, literary, visual, and ethnographic theory and methods.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD IN THE DIALOGIC TENSION OF WOLF POLITICS IN THE U.S. WEST, Kaisa T. Lappalainen

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Transgender Murder Memorials: A Call for Intersectionality and Trans Livability, Lazarus Nance Letcher

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The Territorial Politics of the New York Botanical Garden, 1891-1912, Carolyn McSherry

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The Heart of K'e: Transforming Dine Special Education and Unsettling the Colonial Logics of Disability, Sandra Yellowhorse

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Arresting Narratives: Incommensurability, Policing, and Settler Security, Darcy H. Brazen

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KERES LANGUAGE LOSS IN THE SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO COMMUNITY, Christopher Chavez

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Our History is the Future: Mni Wiconi and the Struggle for Native Liberation, Nick Estes

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(Dis)Appearing Subjects: Managing Violence Through the Discourse of Bullying, Rachel E. Levitt

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FROM SAND CREEK TO SOMALIA: BLACK BODIES IN DENVER’S POST-INDUSTRIAL URBAN CULTURAL RE-IMAGINATION, Webster Matjaka Mr.

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Texas-Mexico Border Cultural Production: Ethnographic Aesthetics and Modernity in Folklore, Literature, and Film, Margie Montanez

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"Revealing Reality": Four Asian Filmmakers Visualize the Transnational Imaginary, Stephen Edward Spence

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Place, Imaginary, Identity: Place Ethnography in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Tita Berger

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Settler Social Order: The Violence of Policing in New Mexico, Elisabeth R. Ehlert Perkal

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The Scientific Conquest of New Mexico: Local Legacies of the Manhattan Project 1942-2015, Lucie Anne Genay

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Reclaiming the Land: Indigenous Articulations of Environmentalism at Bears Ears, Caroline Goodman

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Complicating Transgender: White Privilege and the Politics of Rurality, Jordon Johnson

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DECOLONIZING THE BODY: BREAST CANCER AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN TOXIC TIMES, Cynthia L. Martin

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African Dreams of America: Diaspora experience in the Writing of Aidoo, Adichie and Cole, Gbenga Olorunsiwa

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FEMMAGE AND THE DIY MOVEMENT: FEMINISM, CRAFTY WOMEN, AND THE POLITICS OF GENDER PERFORMANCE, Rosemary L. Sallee

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CONTESTING LIBERALISM, REFUSING DEATH: A BIOPOLITICAL CRITIQUE OF NAVAJO HISTORY, Melanie Yazzie

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Obama as Visual Icon: Blackness, Post-Raciality, and Multiculturalism in the Neoliberal Age, Jadira Gurule

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THE CRITICAL TRAVELER AT PALESTINE/ISRAEL INTERNATIONAL BORDER CROSSINGS: SETTLER COLONIALISM, POSTCOLONIAL CRITIQUE, AND THE UNITED STATES AS A THIRD STATE, Farah Nousheen

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Reproducing Prevention: Teen Pregnancy and Intimate Citizenship in the Post-Welfare Era, Clare Daniel

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Transnational Perspectives on Authenticity, Representation, and Expressions of Visual Memory in Jewish Women and Childrens Holocaust Narratives, Tania Garcia

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Intimate Gestures: Race, Photography, and Spectatorship in Tijuanas Dumps and Irregular Settlements, George Luna-Peña

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Material Embodiments, Queer Visualities: Presenting Disability in American Public History, Andrew B. Marcum

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Unsettling Accounts: Life, Debt, and Development in the Middle Rio Grande, Samuel Karrigan Robison Markwell

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Counter Culture Youth: Immigrant Rights Activism and the Undocumented Youth Vanguard, Rafael A. Martinez

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Eva'lution in Fandangos, Fiestas, and Flamenco: Adding to the Repertoire of Chicano Expressive Arts, Trisha Martinez

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REVISIONING REALITY: NORMATIVE RESISTANCE IN THE CULTURAL WORKS OF THE LINCOLN MOTION PICTURE COMPANY, NELLA LARSEN, AND ALLAN ROHAN CRITE, 1915-1945, Andrea L. Mays

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The Un-Exceptional Bomb: Settler Nuclearism, Feminism, and Atomic Tourism in New Mexico, Eileen Clare Shaughnessy

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No Admission Required: Sovereignty, Slots and Native American Art, Jane Sinclair

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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WRITE OF THE VALKYRIES: AN ANALYSIS OF SELECTED LIFE NARRATIVES OF WOMEN IN THE HEAVY METAL MUSIC SUBCULTURE, Aurore Diehl

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The Power of Voice: The Indian Arts Research Centers Identity Shift, Laura Elliff

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SOVEREIGN CONFLICTS AND DIVIDED LOYALTIES:NATIVE AMERICAN SURVIVANCE IN THE ERA OF NUCLEAR MODERNITYA STORY OF THE WESTERN SHOSHONE AND THEIRRESPONSE TO THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE REPOSITORY, Amy Sue Goodin

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When is a Convento Kiva? : A Postcolonial-Critical Indigenous Critique of the Convento Kiva at Pecos National Historical Park, David Holtkamp

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Carnales: Transnational Affiliation in Chicano Vietnam War Protest, Kirsten Lustgarten

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Imagining "the Town too Tough to Die": Tourism, Preservation, and History in Tombstone, Arizona, Kara McCormack

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Microbes, Individuals, and Medical Charity: Tuberculosis and the Remaking of Liberal Individualism in Late 19th-Century Philadelphia, Carson Metzger

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The Borderpsychosocial Development Project: Is There a Specific Psychosocial Consciousness that Frames Development for Border Women?, Maria Gloria Munguia Wellman

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SAVAGE FAKES: MISDIRECTION, FRAUDULENCE, AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN THE 1920s, Whitney Purvis Rakich

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New Mexico's Nuclear Enchantment: Local Politics, National Imperatives, and Radioactive Waste Disposal in the Desert, Jennifer Richter

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Bio+Terror: Science, Security, Simulation, Melanie Armstrong

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Risky Subjects, Subjects at Risk: HPV Vaccination and the Neoliberal Turn in Public Health, Anzia Bennett

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Colonizing Chaco Canyon: Mapping Antiquity in the Territorial Southwest, Berenika Byszewski

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Recordando Nuestra Gente: Ritual Memorialization Along the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Theresa Cordova

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Panhe at the Crossroads: Toward an Indigenized Environmental Justice Theory, Dina Gilio

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The Becoming of Age: How discourses of aging and old age in contemporary, popular film both reinforce and reimagine the narrative of aging as decline, Pamela H. Gravagne

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WHOSE "SHARED HUMANITY"?: THE TRIBAL LAW AND ORDER ACT (2010), BARACK OBAMA, AND THE POLITICS OF MULTICULTURALISM IN SETTLER COLONIAL STATES, Liza Drake Minno

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The Transformation of Albuquerque, 1945-1972, Robert Turner Wood

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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CASHING IN ON INDIAN CASINOS: THE IMPACTS OF "OFF-RESERVATION" CASINOS ON SOVEREIGNTY, THE GAMING INDUSTRY, SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES, RESERVATIONS, AND TRIBAL IDENTITIES, Adam Bubb

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Expressions of Another Center: Borderlands Visual Theory & the Art of Luis Jimenez, Eric Castillo

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Gendered Crimes, Gendered Fans: Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Fandom in the Contemporary American Crime Drama, Melanie Cattrell

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Occam's Beard: Belief, Disbelief, and Contested Meanings in American Ufology, William J. Dewan

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Assembling the Poor People's Campaign (1968) Queer Activism and Economic Justice, Christina Juhasz-Wood

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Ghostly I(s)/Eyes: The Formation of Subjectivity in Mexican American Life Narratives, Patricia Marie Perea

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Imagining the Saints: Representations of Mormonism in American Culture, Jeremy R. Ricketts

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Land, Gender, and the Politics of Identity Formation: Uncovering Hispana/Mexicana Voices in the Southwest, Karen R. Roybal

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Los Tres Grandes - Herman Gallegos, Ernesto Galarza, Julian Samora: Rooted in Community, Guided by Friendship, Cultivating Leadership., Carmen Samora

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Miniature Nation Building: Model Railroading and the Dialectics of Scale in Post-WWII America, Ivan Weber

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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To Prevent the Breakup of the Indian Family: The Development of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978., Evelyn Lance Blanchard

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Triptych Cultural Critique: Fray Angelico Chavez and Southwestern Critical Regionalism, 1939-2004, Melina Vizcaino-Aleman

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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The Noose That Builds the Nation: Mexican Lynching in the Southwest, Annette M. Rodriguez

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Folklore and Alternative Masculinities in a Rave Scene, Anthony P. Avery

Theses/Dissertations from 1995

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Female Millworkers and the Mechanization of Textile Production: The Boston Manufacturing Company of Waltham, Massachusetts, 1813 to 1822, Lois Bayer Gonzales

Theses/Dissertations from 1987

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The Early Life of Ann Nolan Clark: A Contextual Biography, Jeanne Carolyn Whitehouse

Theses/Dissertations from 1985

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We Come as Friends: Violent Social Conflict in New Mexico, 1810-1910, Tobias Duran

Theses/Dissertations from 1963

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Civil-Military Relations in Chile, 1891-1938, Frederick McKinley Nunn

Theses/Dissertations from 1961

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Jack London's Heroes: A Study of Evolutionary Thought, Roy W. Carlson

Theses/Dissertations from 1958

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A History of the Italians in New Mexico, Frederick G. Bohme

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William Allen White: the Respectable Rebel, John DeWitt McKee

Theses/Dissertations from 1957

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Patterns of Dissent: The Reform Ideas and Activities of George D. Herron, Herbert R. Dieterich

Theses/Dissertations from 1955

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The Idea of Failure In Henry Adams, Charles Sanders Peirce, and Mark Twain, Robert M. Bunker

Theses/Dissertations from 1952

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Carl Van Vechten and the Twenties: Literature, Society and the Arts, Edward G. Lueders