Dissertations: March 9, 2020

March 02, 2020


Biological Sciences

  • Lawry, Stephanie. A whole-genome sequencing-assisted screen to investigate genetic determinants of gentle touch sensation in Caenorhabditis elegans. Sponsor: Martin Chalfie.


  • Boughanmi, Khaled. The dynamics of musical success. Sponsors: Asim Ansari and Rajeev Kohli.

Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

  • Mills, James. Indentation of multi-layered materials using spherical indentation. Sponsors: Xi Chen and Gautam Dasgupta.

Computer Science

  • Lim, Jin Tack. The design, implementation, and evaluation of software and architectural support for nested virtualization on modern architecture. Sponsor: Jason Nieh.

Electrical Engineering

  • Nagam, Shravan. High performance sub-sampling phase detector based ring-oscillator PLLs. Sponsor: Peter Kinget.


  • Okan, Orcun. Coping with transitions: The connected construction of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq (1918-1928). Sponsor: Rashid Khalidi.


  • Saccomano, Mark. Musical sound and spatial perception. Sponsor: Mariusz Kozak.

Neurobiology and Behavior

  • Mishra, Neeli. Large-scale dynamics of internal and behavioral states in Drosophila melanogaster. Sponsor: Richard Axel.

Pharmacology and Molecular Signaling

  • Quejada, Jose. In vivo characterization of Zfp106. Sponsor: Masayuki Yazawa.


  • Corley, Kenneth. Detection, data analysis, and astrophysics of gravitational waves. Sponsor: Szabolcs Marka.

Slavic Languages

  • Kapilevich, Inna. Spaces of servitude: Servant and master in the nineteenth century Russian novel. Sponsor: Irina Reyfman.

Social Work

  • Meinhart, Melissa. The role of social support among urban migrants in Jordan and Kazakhstan. Sponsor: Nabila El-Bassel.

Sociomedical Sciences

  • Erickson, David. An ethnography of bureaucratic practice in a New York State federally qualified community health center. Sponsor: Kim Hopper.

TC / Anthropology and Education

  • Mayorga-Camus, Luis. Between hope and hopelessness: Citizenship education and student mobilization in a Chilean public high school. Sponsor: Nicholas Limerick.

TC / Mathematics Education

  • Li, Shuhui. A comparative study of directional connections in popular U.S. and Chinese high school mathematics textbook problems. Sponsor: Alexander Karp.

Urban Planning

  • Joseph, Sophonie. Urbanisme in Ayiti: Diffusion, decentralization & disaster. Sponsor: Clara Irazábal.



  • Elliott, Sturtevant. Empire's stores: The architecture of conveyance and entrepôt urbanism in America, 1876-1939.

Art History and Archaeology

  • Unger, Gwen. Other selves: Critical self-portraiture in Cuba during the 'Special Period in the time of Peace,' 1990-1999.

Classical Studies

  • Cassini, Francesco. Evergetism and artistic patronage in Italy, 4th - 1st Century BCE.

Computer Science

  • Williams-King, David. Improving security through egalitarian binary transformation.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Chesley, Christine. Marine electromagnetic studies of the Pacific Plate and Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand.


  • Al-Chanati, Motaz. Essays on education economics: Evidence from New Zealand.
  • de Souza Netto, Felipe Anderson. Essays on finance.