Thesis-Global Studies - Carnegie Mellon University


Students may apply for the Dietrich College Senior Honors Thesis Program. The Senior Honors Program is an opportunity for the college's most accomplished and promising seniors to work independently, with the close guidance of a faculty member, in the design and completion of a year-long scholarly or creative project. 

The following Global Studies seniors are currently pursuing a Dietrich College Senior Honors Thesis:

Casey Devine, DC '17
Thesis Title: Language Policy and Identity in France and Québec
Thesis Advisor: Rémi Adam van Compernolle
Thesis Abstract: My thesis will explore how language policy has been used to maintain and promote the cultural value of the French language through analyzing two pieces of language legislation. The first, passed in 1977 in Québec (La Charte de la Langue Française), dictated that French be the only official language of the Québec province; the second, passed in 1994 in France (La Loi Toubon) sanctioned that the French language must be present on all public signage, all official government documents, in all workplaces, in public schools, and in commercial communications. Both of these laws were passed with the intent of protecting the French language from English. I will analyze the historical precedent, contemporary debate and public opinion surrounding these laws to determine what the relationship between 20th century language policy and French/Québecois identity is. 

Kayla Lee, DC '17
Thesis Title: Understanding the Economic Self-Sufficiency of Adult Bhutanese-Nepali Refugees in Pittsburgh through English Language Proficiency: Towards a Theory of Refugee Self-Sufficiency
Thesis Advisor: Kenya Dworkin
Thesis Abstract: On the topic of refugee integration in the United States, English language proficiency is widely seen as a key factor in achieving economic self-sufficiency. The U.S. government and resettlement agencies prioritize finding jobs for refugee adults. Refugees are usually only able to obtain entry-level jobs because of their limited English language proficiency. Some critics have expressed concern that the high emphasis on employment does not provide refugee adults the opportunity to learn English. Refugee children, at least, have public schooling that allows them to reach higher levels of English language proficiency more quickly. Using ethnographic methods (i.e. participant observation and interviews), this research project will explore the validity of this correlation in the local context, with Bhutanese-Nepali refugees in Pittsburgh. In addition, this study will identify and analyze the factors that influence the Bhutanese-Nepali refugees’ understanding of economic self-sufficiency in relation to English language proficiency. 

Diana Yuh, DC '17
Thesis Title: Flexible Citizenship and Politics of Belonging: Gendered Migration of Chosonjok Women
Thesis Advisor: Judith Schachter
Thesis Abstract: Chosonjok are Chinese nationals of Korean descent, who have been migrating in large numbers to South Korea since the opening up of Sino-Korean relations in the 1990s. Despite their shared ethnic identity, the immigration of Chosonjok population has generated much disdain from the South Korean community. In my research project, I will investigate the Chosonjok return migration as a gendered phenomenon, and the ways in which South Korean perceptions of nationhood relate to and influence the migration experiences of Chosonjok women. In particular, I want to explore how Chosonjok women construct flexible citizenship through active manipulations of race, ethnicity, gender and kinship. I hope this project will help contribute to the emerging discourse on flexible citizenship and transnationalism by exploring the close connections between migration, citizenship, nationhood, and belonging.

The following Global Studies graduates have completed a Dietrich College Senior Honors Thesis:

Name Class Year Thesis TitlE Thesis Advisor
Christian Aponte 2013 When Hip-Hop and Education Converge: A Look into Hip-Hop Based Education Programs in the United States and Brazil
Judith Schachter
Elisabeth Arndt 2013 An Analysis of Socialized Medicine Advocacy Across Time: Fighting the "Long Defeat" for Universal Health Care
Caroline Acker
Meredith Ebel 2012 My Body is a Barrel of Gunpowder: Palestinian Women's Suicide Bombing in the Second Intifada Laurie Eisenberg
Emily Etzel 2015 The Current Quebec Separatist Debate and its Influence on the First Nations of Quebec Karen Faulk
Sara Faradji 2013 Heart of Caution: An Analysis of Post-Conflict State Building in and Rwanda
Rick Maddox
Kate Fisch 2014 Resolving the Kashmir Conflict: The Role of the United States
Nico Slate
Natalie Giannangeli 2015 #InstaCuba: Viewing Cuban Identity through the Tourist Filter Therese Tardio
Marcy Held 2013 On the Cover of Rolling Stone: Photographs, Politics, and the Public Nico Slate
Alexandria Hernandez 2015 Fostering Transnational Connections: Creative Writing’s Capacity to Promote Identity Formation in a Globalizing World Culture Nico Slate
Rachel Kuhn 2014 Extreme Beauty: Body Image in German and American Popular Media
Gabi Eichmanns
Chloe Lula 2015 The Contextual Implementation of Health Technologies in Overdose Control and Heptatis C Prevention Caroline Acker
Kristin Minno 2012 Learning from La Vara: Shaping Sephardic Identity in New York City after the Second Diaspora Richard Maddox
Ava Murphey 2013 Elusive Visibility: Female Athletes in Sololá, Guatemala
Karen Faulk
Lucy Pei 2016 English as a Second Language in the Pittsburgh Public Schools Susan Polansky
Amanda Russell 2012 Voting for Vichy: Careers of French Legislators, 1940-1958 Katherine Lynch
Marielle Saums 2013 Local government and NGO Impacts on Rural and Urban Water System Development in India
John Soluri
Richard Stuver 2014 Three Healthy Cows- Evaluating Development Programs through a Participatory Framework: Biogas Technology and the Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation
Nico Slate
Kristine Swarts 2015 The Fight Against HIV/AIDS and Stigmatization in Morocco, 1986-2014 Karen Faulk
Jena Tegeler 2013 Aesthetic Positioning: Locating Global Feminisms in Five Japanese Artists Yoshihiro Yasuhara
Chloe Thompson 2016 Militancy and Nationalism: A Comparative Case Study of Hezbollah and the PIRA Colin Clarke
Audrey Tse 2013 Queering Chinese Comrades! Through the Lens of Director Cui Zi'En
Elisabeth Kaske
Katy Wells 2012 Decision Making and Control in American Birth Karen Faulk
Ema Woodward 2013 How the European Union and its Economic Crisis have influenced Contemporary French Nationalism and Immigration Policy
Rick Maddox
Rebecca Yasner 2012 Maximizing Renewable Electricity in Israel: Energy Security, Environmental Impact, and Economic Development Laurie Eisenberg