Dissertations: December 7, 2020

December 07, 2020



  • de Nadal Alsina, Lluis. Lenin hiding behind an empty signifier: The making of a left-wing populist party in the digital age. Sponsor: Todd Gitlin.

Computer Science

  • Ball, Maynard. On resilience to computational tampering. Sponsor: Tal Malkin.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Gruenburg, Laura. Indonesian throughflow heat transport, and spreading within the eastern tropical Indian Ocean. Sponsor: Arnold Gordon.
  • Russell, Joshua. Structure and evolution of the oceanic lithosphere-asthenosphere system from high-resolution surface-wave imaging. Sponsor: James Gaherty.

Electrical Engineering

  • Kim, Sung. Integrated and distributed digital low-drop-out regulators with event-driven controls and side-channel attack resistance. Sponsor: Mingoo Seok.


  • Hidalgo Garza, Sara. The small universe of social protection: Labor, underemployment and assistance in Mexico's welfare state, 1917-1970. Sponsor: Pablo Piccato.

Mechanical Engineering

  • Kim, Bumho. Synthesis and characterization of high-quality transition metal dichalcogenides. Sponsors: James Hone and Katayun Barmak Vaziri.

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

  • Ziai, Hengameh. Ploughing for the hereafter: Debt, time and Mahdist resistance in Sudan, 1821-1935. Sponsor: Timothy Mitchell.

Nutritional and Metabolic Biology

  • Agrawal, Rishi. Neurometabolic alterations after traumatic brain injury: Links to mitochondria-associated ER membranes and Alzheimer's disease. Sponsor: Estela Area-Gomez.

Urban Planning

  • Park, Jung. Cost overruns and schedule delays of major projects. Sponsor: Lance Freeman.


Biomedical Engineering

  • Swanberg, Kelley. Optimization of sensitivity to disease-associated cortical metabolic abnormality by evidence-based quantification of in vivo proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy data from 3 T and 7 T.

Biomedical Informatics

  • Kang, Tian. Neural-symbolic approaches for delivering medical evidence from literature to practice.
  • Rogers, James. Using real-world data to enhance clinical trials.

Computer Science

  • Yang, Zixiaofan. Identifying speaker state from multimodal cues.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Stubblefield, Aaron. Dynamics of glacial lakes and channels.


  • Wyatt, Andrew. Conflicts of imagination: Literary geographies in the northern Adriatic.

Political Science

  • Gomez-Espinal, Jose. Essays on Latinx early political socialization and electoral engagement.