MA Thesis Archive

2024 

Maggie Lindrooth

  • CHINGGIS KHAN HAD THIS SONG IN HIS PLAYLIST: Constructing Mongolian Identity through Viral Musical Success

Nazerke Mukhlissova

  • Nationalization of Central Asia 1916-1936: The case of Kazakh and Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Union Republics

Casey Smith 

  • Mennonites and the Colonial Periphery: Russian Mennonites and the Great Trek

2023 

Cary Beehler

  • Feminine Subjectivity in Platonov’s Happy Moscow: Reading through the Male Gaze

Mourad Boumlik

  • Spatialité dans le roman maghrébin de langue française: Vers une cartographie et poétique-autre

Caroline Dunbar

  • Dignity as Lived Experience: How the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Shaped Ukrainian Soviety from the Underground to the Maidan (1945-2022)

Holly Harris

  • France, Nationalism and Migration: Evidence of French Nationalism in French and European Political Party Platforms

Vanessa Maderova

  • Revolutionary Desire to Secularise the Kingdom of God: Walter Benjamin’s Philosophy of History

Maksimas Milta

  • History of Russia’s Evasion of the United States Sanctions

Yevhenii Monastyrskyi

  • International is Everywhere: Fate of the Communist International Institutions on Case of International Red Aid (MOPR)

Ilya Plyat

  • From Vasily Shulgin to Dmitry Galkovsky: Ukrainian issue in Russian ideology through 100 years, a comparative study

2022 

Giorgi Buzaladze

  • Cultural Backlash vs. Economic Self-Interest: Democratic Backsliding in Hungary

Peter Chen

  • The Ukrainian Perception of China through News Media From 2010 to 2018

Zachary Cho

  • Pogrom in the Americas: Dutch Brazil, the Portuguese Inquisition, and the Cristãos-Novos of Pernambuco (1497-1654)

Meagan Ford

  • Going Beyond the Famine: the Secret Police in Soviet Kazakhstan, 1925-1939

Gabriel Rom

  • Sovereignty and Statelessness: Moses and Poland in the Work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ali Salmenbayev

  • What are the prospects of interaction between the European Union and Eurasian Economic Union? 

2021

Calvin K.C. Chang

  • Post-Cold War Russian and American Exceptionalism as Factors in Bilateral Relation

Nicholas Budd Fenton

  • World Economy and World Politics in 1934: A Discursive Analysis of the Soviet Turn to Collective Security and the Popular Front

Sisi Liu

  • Time and Victory over Time: Georg Lukács and the Problematic of Temporality

Alicia Strong

  • Shqip Hop: Race, Nation & Transnational Identity Negotiation in Kosova

2020

Logan Kilsdonk

  • The Making of a Government: The 1634 Form of Government in Sweden

Elliot Mertz

  • An Acquired Taste Mnemonic Arts in 18th Century Consumer Culture

Madeleine Muzdakis

  • Gender and Foodways in Early Modern London, 1660-1760

Cornell G. Overfield

  • Brake-ing Bad: European Debt Brakes and a Theory of Dictated Constitutional Change

Yurina Takeichi

  • When do ‘strong’ leaders emerge for right-wing populist parties? Comparative analyses of personalization in Western Europe

Ying Xing

  • Cultural Alterity: Foucault’s Conundrum in his Critique of Modernity

Hestia Zhang

  • Blurring the Lines: Paintings of Public Gardens in Late-Nineteenth-Century Paris

2019

James Samuel Daniel V

  • Reading Possession: Demonic Possession and National Identity Formation in Early Modern England

Irina Bakhareva

  • Impact of Migration on National Security of Receiving States A European perspective

Kathryn Fuselier

  • Subjects “Old” and “New”: Ceded Colonies and Imperial Reform in British Quebec and Spanish Louisiana, 1759-1774

Sarah Holzworth

  • Russian Identity and Preferences in Status-Seeking, 2008-2018

David Labastida Rodríguez

  • A Godly Desire for Transcendence: The Figure of the Biblical Scapegoat in Weimar’s Nazi Mentality and Buchenwald’s Christian Symbolic Meaning

Isabel C. van Paasschen

  • Distinctively Dutch: Women, Marriage, and Commerce in Colonial New York, through the Lives of Robert and Alida Livingston and their Descendants

Nathan Phair

  • “That which is interest differs totally from usuries”: A Reexamination of Peter Canisius’ Augsburg Mission

Emma Simmons

  • Affective Revolutions: Time and Emotion in Pil’niak’s The Naked Year and Olesha’s Envy

Darya Smirnova

  • Between Real and Imagined: Depicting National Identity During the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict (2014-2016)

Ruoxi Sun

  • Financial Markets and Political Crises in Europe, 1750–1960

2018

Harutyun Derderyan

  • Western Balkans: Actors and Factors Influencing Post-Communist Democratization

Sergii Drobysh

  • Failing the Liberal Order: NATO’s Response to War in Georgia as a Factor in Russia’s Current Aggression Against Ukraine 

Hayk Esaghoulyan

  • “The Only Armenian, Out of Several Thousands”: Reading “The Life and Adventures of Joseph Emin” as Enlightenment Text

Charles R. H. Littlewood

  • Russian Relations with the States of the Arabian Peninsula: The Long View

Kyle Mancuso

  • “Fuimus Troes:” The German “Discovery of Sicily” from Riedesel to Goethe

Patrick McNeill

  • Murder in the Salt Marshes: Labor, Migration, and the Aigues-Mortes Massacre

Jeffrey Michels

  • Electronic El Dorado Silicon Valley as a Vision for West Germany’s High-Tech Future 1977-1987

Mariia Muzdybaeva

  • Remembering Forgotten Wars: William Faulkner’s Military Discourse in Russian Adaptations

Kamila Orlova

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Shelby Alexus Pinkerton

  • From Empire to Nation: Origins of Hungarian National Identity in the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Benjamin Spikol

  • Money, Trade, and the Transformation of Economic Systems: New Approaches to Industrialization in New England, 1740-1820

2017

Daniel Bottino

  • Landscape, Memory and the Early Modern Sense of the Past

Matthew Dudley

  • Micro and Macro Perspectives on the Early Modern Sephardic Diaspora

Stephen R. Eesley

  • The Conception of the Carolingian Empire: The Dynamic Creation of the English Empire under Charles II to Counter Continental Claims to Universal Monarchy

Colin Hoch

  • Witness to Ruin: the Long Reformation, Iconoclasm, and Violence in Early Modern Memory

Zytha Kock

  • NOT FROM HERE, BUT OF HERE Moluccan commemoration and identity in the Netherlands, 1951-2012

Jacob McAuliffe

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Brendan Murphy

  • “Reconfiguring the Geopolitical Framework in Western-Russian Energy Security”

Qiyang Niu

  • Cooperation Unnecessary? Russian Far East and Northeast China in the Context of Stagnant Regional Economy

Joan Robledo-Palop

  • The Rise of Empathy: Goya and the Disasters of War

Max Shafer-Landau

  • The Novus Cursus Honorum: Practical Pedagogy for Training the Modern Demos

2016

Kristina Arakelyan

  • Addressing Human Trafficking in Armenia

Harry Leech

  • The Interpretation of Mercantilism in the Readmission of the Jews to England, 1656

Thomas Morley

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William Schreiber

  • Case Studies of Municipal Reform: Challenges and Opportunities in Kyiv, Ukraine 2014-2016

Julia Sinitsky

  • Competing Ideas About Identity and Reforms in Perestroika and Post-Perestroika Era Russia

Ruoyin Zheng

  • Russia’s China Policy at the Turn of the 20th and 21th Centuries

2015

Wendi Bootes

  • The Narrative Shape of Violence: Georg Lukács, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Subject Formation in Andrei Bely’s Petersburg

Lauren Young

  • Peter’s Curious Cabinet: Peter the Great’s Kunstkamera in European Context

Zixiang Zhao

  • Weather as a Cause of the Turmoil in Spain in the Mid-17th Century

2014

Liqi Dong

  • Sino-Russian Energy Cooperation The Economic and Political Factors in Energy Relations

Rachel Fleig-Goldstein

  • Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: Between Politics and Law

Jake Robert Nelson

  • The Hollande Doctrine: Counterterrorism and the Rhetoric of a New French Renaissance

Laura Leigh Neville

  • Russia’s Multifaceted Role in the Syrian Conflict: Evaluating Security, Geopolitical, and Economic Interests

Andrey Semenov

  • Free Market Meets Monopoly or Geopolitics of European Gas Trade

James Wang

  • Contesting Mitteleuropa

Matthew Thomas Wormer

  • An Empire of Luxury? Patriotism, Imperial Politics, and the Birth of Neo-Toryism, 1748 – 1763

2013

Matilda Curtis

  • ‘Mostly British, but with a tiny little bit of European’: Examining Student Experiences of the Year Abroad and European Identity Change

Earl Joshua Hodil

  • Russian Diplomacy and the German Wars of Unification: Otto von Bismarck, Alexander Gorchakov, and Dmitrii Miliutin

Tiffany Rechsteiner

  • Sweetheart, Mistress, Friend: Wives’ Roles and Strategies in Caroline and Restoration England

Brian Salant

  • Political Participation of Immigrants in Belgium: the Quest for Equal Political Knowledge

Sara R. Softness

  • Pathologizing the Jewish Image: The Legend of the Wandering Jew in the Modern Era

2012

Brian Davidson

  • Divisions Among the Elite: Georgian Advertisements for Books in London and the English Provinces

Dana LaMendola

  • The New Old Boys’ ‘Club : Voluntary Associations and English Middle Class forays into polite and political society. A Case Study of the Mock Corporation of Sephton

Deirdre A. Shannon

  • Falling Out of Love with the Market: The Influence of the European Economic Crisis of 2007-2012 on European Identity

Alexandra Sukalo

  • Better a Hundred Friends than a Hundred Rubles: The Soviet Union, A State of Survival

2011

Nicole Bauer

  • The Copernican Sun: Jesuits, the Sun King and Symbolic Imagery 

Jolanta Jasina

  • Katyn 1940 - Smolensk 2010 National Trauma and a Possiblity of Reconciliation

Jeppe Mulich

  • The Absolutist Turn Monarchical coups and political transitions in Northern Europe, 1648-­1682

Elizabeth Rogers

  • The Trials of Danton and Bukharin

2010

Nora Anderson

  • For His Love of War: Toward a Gendered Narrative of the Falklands War

Frank Brown

  • Mountain Jews

Virginia Insley

  • Framing Culpability: a Critical Analysis of the Woyzeck-Wozzeck Morphology in Opera and Literature

Major Robert R. Johnston II

  • European Security After the Lisbon Treaty: an Opportunity for Russia?

William Jones

  • Marxist Methodology: Melancholy and Form in Adorno, Benjamin and Lukacs

Kathleen Minahan

  • The Struggle for Identity in the Interwar Polish Education System

Tricia Ross

  • International Calvinism and the Synod of Dort

Rachael Streeter

  • Dalle Ceneri: The Theology of Seventeenth-Century Italian Alchemy

Emily Yao

  • Maghrebian Masculinities: Spaces and Selves in Mohammed Dib, Rachid Boudjedra and Tahar Ben Jelloun

2009

Claire Morelon

  • 1918 Bohemian Lands

Jeanette Norris

  • Identity, Structure, and Regionalist Parties

Elizabeth Sterling

  • From Immigration to Immigrant Policy: Shifting the Balance Across the European Union

Tao Zeng

  • The Relationship between Russia and the EU with a Focus on the Energy Issue

2008

Jennifer Gardner

  • Responding to the Nazis: Narratives of Russian Emigres in German-Occupied France

William Ko

  • Applying the “Third-Generation” Theoretical Approach to Soviet Strategic Thought: Implications and Framework for Cross-National Studies in Strategic Culture

Marc Ozawa

  • Toward a New Growth Model? The Russian Defense Industry in the 21st Century

Maryam Shahabi

  • The European Union’s Democratic Deficit: Myth or Reality?

2007

Silvio Pitter

  • Russian Multinational Energy Companies: LUKoil’s Global Expansion

Patrycja Podracjik

  • European Union’s Common Security and Defense Project a Decade Later: Case Study of the War in Lebanon in 2006

2006

Yulia Rusanova

  • YUKOS and Krivorozhstal: Case Studies of Property Rights in Russia and Ukraine

Jessica Scholes

  • “Russia For Russians”: Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism, and Nationalism in Contemporary Russia

2005 and earlier - Master of Arts Program in Russian and East European Studies

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