Honors Theses

Established in 1997 by family and friends in memory of Ryan Fairman Waldron '97. To be given annually to an outstanding student majoring in American Studies.


Maya Doig-Acuna, Ryan F. Waldron '97 Award Recipient
"'We are all of us its children"': Afro-Latinidad and Responses to Colonialism in The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao and Mama's Girl


Tamir Williams, Ryan F. Waldron '97 Award Recipient
Bette, AKA Mammy, Big Momma, Madea, and Others Alike: Constructions of an American Stereotype


Tyler Boyd, Ryan F. Waldron '97 Award Recipient
1000 Shards of the Forever Ending Twilight (Graphic Novel)


Andrew Guff, Ryan F. Waldron '97 Award Recipient
Notions of Identity in Riverside Park's Pickup Soccer Community

Tessa Howard
Decoding Elite Southern Women of the Civil War: When Gender Expectations and Wartime Realities Collide

Dorrie Paradies
Seventeen's Presentation of the Idealized Image of Teen Girls


Alexandra McAtee, Ryan F. Waldron '97 Award Recipient
Pseudonyms and Tumblr: Performing Authenticity and Building Intimate Connections

Ashlee Bird
What Makes the Red Man Red: The Figure of the Native American in Modern Literature and Popular Culture

Oonaugh Ziegler
Cinema of Representation: A Comparison on Representations of Gender, Race and Disability Between Postwar Era Social Problem Films and Early 21st Century


Colleen Carroll, Ryan F. Waldron '97 Award Recipient
Race, Space, and the Noose: Lynching from 1890-1930

Grace Waters
Liberation and Objectification of Women Through Advertising: How Nike and Reebok Have Attempted to Court the Female Consumer

Georgia Wright-Simmons
Mining Bodies for Mixed Messages, Eating Disorders and the Cultural Body in Memoir and Literature

Maria Layman Bourdeau
Female Athletes in the Spotlight: Contemporary Representations of Female Athletes in the Media

Harry Morgenthau
Winslow Homer's Gulf Stream: A Portrait of Science and Humanity at the End of the Nineteenth Century

DaVia Walker
The Effects of Media-Fed Stereotypes on the Individual as Represented by "The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire" and "Everybody Hates Chris"

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