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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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2017 Ph.D. Graduates and Dissertation Titles

Catherine Ofelia Ahearn, B.A., “In Conversation with Readers and Their Times: Myles Na Gcopaleen’s ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’”

Adam John Avakian, Sc.B., M.A., “Dynamic Modeling of Systemic Risk in Financial Networks”

Alejandro Avenburg, B.A., Corruption and Electoral Accountability in Brazil”

Qinxun Bai, B.E., “The Differential Geometric Structure in Supervised Learning of Classifiers”

Swati Banerjee Carr, B.Sc., M.S., “Reliable Gene Expression and Assembly for Synthetic Biological Devices in E. coli through Customized Promoter Insulator Elements and Automated DNA Assembly”

Heather Elizabeth Barrett, B.A., M.A. ,“In Hot Pursuit: Gothic Virgins and Villains in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction”

Rebekah Anne Beaulieu, A.B., M.A., M.A., “Accounting for the Past: Historic House Museums and the American Midwest”

Seth Gordon Benzell, B.S., B.A., “Essays in the Economics of Automation and Networks”

Jessica Marie Biagi, B.S., M.A., “Assessing the Selectivity and Efficacy of Dihydroquinolinone Inhibitors directly targeting the Oncogene LSF”

Alexander Bernard Bloom, B.S., “Design of a Three-dimensional in-vitro Model to Elucidate the Influence of Integrin ß1 and Matrix Metalloproteinases in Breast Cancer Remodeling of Collagen I”

Cara E. Bowman, B.A., “Transferring Ambitions: Families Negotiating Opportunity Consumption”

Jonathan Henry Boyce, B.S., “Total Syntheses of Polyprenylated Acylphloroglucinol Natural Products and Analogs Utilizing Alkylative Dearomatizations/Cationic Cyclizations”

Mikhail Breslav, B.S., M.S., “3D Pose Estimation of Flying Animals in Multi-View Video Datasets”

Jacqueline Rose Bullis, B.A., M.A., “Temporal Patterns of Sleep Disturbance, Anxiety, and Depressed Mood in Generalized Anxiety Disorder”

Devin L. Byker, B.A., M.A., “Glimmering Worlds: The Drama of Dying in Shakespeare’s England”

Allyson Lindsay Byrd, B.S., “Bacterial Strain-Tracking Across the Human Skin Landscape in Health and Disease”

Thomas Matthew Byron, A.B., M.A., J.D., “Of Evolution, Information, Vitalism and Entropy: Reflections of the History of Science and Epistemology in the Works of Balzac, Zola, Queneau and Houllebecq”

Cuifang Cai, B.S., M.A., The Preparation of Heterocycles by [2+2+2] Cyclization and Inverse Electron Demand Diels-Alder Reactions of Arynes with 1,2,4-Triazines”

Fatih Çakır, M.S. , “Online Hashing for Fast Similarity Search”

Constantine Springer Cavounidis, B.A., M.A., “Three Essays on Information and Its Acquisition”

Osman Ali Chaudhary, B.S., “Rigorous Justification of Taylor Dispersion via Center Manifold Theory”

Hang Gyeong Chin, B.Agr., M.S., , “Transcription Factor LSF: Interactions with Protein Partners Leading to Epigenetic Regulation and Microtubule Modifications”

Stacy Lee Chin, B.A., “Synthesis and Characterization of Glucose- and Galactose-derived Poly-Amido-Saccharides (PAS) using Experimental and Computational Techniques”

Sungho Choi, B.Sc., M.Sc., “Metabolic Scaling Theory and Remote Sensing to Model Large-Scale Patterns of Forest Biophysical Properties”

Cherita Yvonne Johnson Cloy, B.A., M.T.S., “Exploring Meaningful Experiences of Black Women with HIV: A Qualitative Study of Relational Care Practices and Spirituality”

Christopher Richard Conz, B.S.B.A. ,M.A., M.Ed. , “’Wisdom Does Not Live in One House’: Compiling Environmental Knowledge in Lesotho, Southern Africa, c. 1880-1965”

Benjamin Goldman Cooper, B.S., “Polyzwitterionic Biomaterials for Improving Tribological Properties of Articular Cartilage: Injectable Treatments for Early-stage Osteoarthritis”

Julio Felipe Cordova Fernandez, Lic., Ing., M.S., “Essays on Default, Entrepreneurship and Institutional Arrangements”

Elizabeth Thomas Crocker, B.A., M.A., “Moral Geographies of Diasporic Belonging: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity for Haitian Vodou Practitioners in Boston”

Robert William Crowe, B.M., M.M., M.B.A., “Giovanni Battista Velluti, the Last Operatic Castrato: Literary Constructions of Identity, Gender, Morality and (Dis) ability in the Multi-Registered, Damaged, Virtuoso Voice of the Romantic Castrato in 1820’s London”

Guillermo Lagarda Cuevas, B.A., M.A., “Essays on Two Contemporary Topics From an Intergenerational Lens: Smart Technologies and Economic Sanctions”

Patrick Michael Cummings, B.A., M.A., “Nonlinear Schrödinger Approximations for Partial Differential Equations with Quadratic and Quasilinear Terms”

Todd Alan Czubek, B.S., M.Ed., “A Comprehensive Study of Referring Expressions in American Sign Language”

Meredith Elaine Danowski, B.S., M.S., “Enigmatic Extinction: An Investigation of the 2175 A Extinction Bump in M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy”

Shainen Morrison Davidson, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Phil., “Novel Phase-Space Methods to Simulate Strongly-Interacting Many-Body Quantum Dynamics”

Nicole DePolo, B.F.A., M.F.A.,“Norman Mailer’s Book of the Dead: A Companion to Ancient Evenings”

Cody Alan Desjardins, B.A., “The Myocyte Enhancer Factor-2 (MEF2) Family Mediates Complex Gene Regulatory Interactions in Striated Muscle”

Gloria Jessica DeWalt, B.S., M.A.,“Immunocytochemical Evaluation of the Cellular Responses in a Mouse Model of Direct Cranial Blast and in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Human Postmortem Brains”

Nicholas Carlo DiDonato, B.S., M.Div., “Causes and Causation in Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite and Modern Natural Sciences”

Holly Donovan, B.A., M.S.T., “Believing, Belonging, and Boundary-Work: Sexuality in Interaction”

Ewan Streets Douglas, B.S., M.A.,“Advancing Spaceborne Tools for the Characterization of Planetary Ionospheres and Circumstellar Environments”

Ann Genevieve Dunlea, B.S., “Biogeochemistry and Geochemical Paleoceanography of the South Pacific Gyre”

Yasser El-Shimy, B.A., M.A., “Unveiling the Gun: Why Praetorian Armies Decide to Rule, the Case of Egypt (2011-2013)”

Regina Meredith Elkins, B.A., M.A., “A Multimodal Investigation of Distress, Intolerance and Youth Anxiety Disorders”

Benjamin Owen Emmert-Aronson, B.S., M.A., M.S., “A Dimensional Assessment of an Implicit Measure of Emotion Regulation”

Danielle Marie Enserro, B.A., M.A., “Measures of Discrimination, Reclassification, and Calibration for Risk Prediction Models: an Exploration in Their Interrelationships and Practical Utility and Improvement in Their Estimation”

Rebecca Kline Esterson, B.A., M.T.S., “Secrets of Heaven: Allegory, Jews, the European Enlightenment and the Case of Emanuel Swedenborg”

Daniel Joseph Fallu, B.A., M.A., “Bronze Age Landscape Degradation in the Northern Argolid: A Micromorphological Investigation of Anthropogenic Erosion in the Environs of Mycenae, Greece”

Adel Ramilevna Fauzetdinova, B.A., M.A., “Translation as Cultural Contraband: Translating and Writing Russian Literature in Argentina”

Amin Feizpour, B.S., M.S., “Plasmonic Techniques for Viral Membrane Characterization”

Michael Joseph Figuccio, B.A., B.S., M.A.,“Identifying Brain and Behavioral Predictors of Language and Reading Development in Typically Developing and At-Risk Children”

Daniel J. Franklin, B.A., M.B.A., M.T.S.,“A Neural Network Model of Normal and Abnormal Learning and Memory Consolidation”

Zach Simcha Fredman, B.A., M.A., “From Allies to Occupiers: Living with the U.S. Military in Wartime China, 1941–1945”

Kun Geng, B.Sc., M.A., “Dynamic Studies of Nano-Confined Polymer Thin Films”

Daniel Joseph Gianotti, B.S., “Potential Predictability of Precipitation Over the Continental United States”

James Patrick Gilbert, B.A., M.A.,“Investigation of the X-Linked Autism Protein KIAA2022/KIDLIA in Neurodevelopment and Brain Function”

Allison Lorraine Gill, A.B., “Global Patterns in Belowground Carbon Cycling and Ecosystem-level Responses to Global Change”

Reed Abigail Gochberg, B.A., M.A., “Novel Objects: Museums and Scientific Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century American Literature”

Aleksandrina Valerieva Goeva, B.Sc., M.A., “Complexity Penalized Methods for Structured and Unstructured Data”

Stacey Lynne Goguen, B.A., “Stereotype Threat, Epistemic Agency, and Self-Identity”

Anna Goldfield, B.A., “The Role of Physiology and Behavior in the Replacement of Neanderthals by Anatomically Modern Humans in Europe”

Behzad Golshan, B.Sc., “Computational Approaches for Engineering Effective Teams”

Darcy Greer Gordon, B.A., M.S., “Evolutionary Neurobiology of Exceptionally Polymorphic Ants”

Tiago Aecio Grangeiro Souza Barbosa Lima, B.Sc., M.Sc., “Geodesic Paths and Topological Charges in Quantum Systems”

Jessica Chamberlain Greenawalt, B.A., M.S.W., “Predicting Success in Social Change Coalitions: Learning From 25 Years of Leader Experience”

Agnieszka Grzegorzewska, B.Sc., M.S., “Role of Oxidative Stress, Inflammation and Fibrosis in Promoting Vasculopathy in Systematic Sclerosis Related Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”

Wei Guo, B.E., M.E., “Sound Processing in the Mouse Auditory Cortex: Organization, Modulation and Transformation”

Diane Aude Roxanne Clotilda Hamann, M.S., “Studies Toward the Total Synthesis of Swerilactones A and B”

Han Han, B.S., M.A., “Building a Novel Nanofabrication System Using MEMS”

Steven Francis Hannigan, B.S., M.A., “Redox Reactions of Copper Complexes with Flourinated Oxygen-Donor Ligands”

Melanee C. Harvey, B.A., M.A., “Upon this Rock: Mapping Architectural, Material and Visual Histories of Black Protestant Churches, 1881-1969”

Margaret Frisbie Hendrick, B.A., M.S., “The Environmental and Political Ecology of Natural Gas”

Jonathan Hersh, B.A., A.M., M.Sc., “Applications of Econometrics and Machine Learning in Development and International Economics”

Melissa Hirschi, B.S., M.S.W.,“The Role of Law Enforcement in Helping and Responding to Individuals with Mental Illness: Police and Family Perspectives”

Thomas Paul Iadecola, Sc.B., “Designing Topological Quantum Matter in and out of Equilibrium”

I-Kai Jeng, B.A., M.A., “Knowledge and Logos in Plato’s Sophist”

Brian Patrick Jenkin, B.B.A., M.A.,“John Dewey and an Ecological Philosophy of Religion”

Nan Jia, “Developing an Oculomotor Brain-Computer Interface and Charactering Its Dynamic Functional Network”

Matthew Slater Johnson, B.A., “Three Essays on Nonwage Compensation”

Marie Elizabeth Jordan, B.S., “Combination Metronomic Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy in Preclinical Mouse Glioma Models”

Elizabeth L. Kane, B.A., “Evaluating Multiple Imputation Methods for Longitudinal Healthy Aging Index – A Score Variable with Data Missing Due to Death, Dropout and Several Missing Data Mechanisms”

Amrita Kar, B. Tech, M.S., “Using High Throughput Data to Understand Microbes and Their Interaction with the Environment”

Emily Gruber Keck, B.A., M.A., “Hungry Bodies: The Politics of Want and the Early Modern Stage”

Caroline Elizabeth Kerns, B.A., M.A., “Maternal Emotion Regulation during Child Distress, Child Anxiety Accommodation, and Links between Maternal and Child Anxiety”

Matthew Thomas Klepacz, B.S., B.A., M.A.,“Three Essays in Price Setting and Volatility”

Marlena Dagmara Konieczynska, B.A., M.A., “Dissolvable Hydrogel-Based Wound Dressings for In Vivo Applications”

Parker Samuel Kuklinski, B.S., M.A., “Absorption Phenomena in Quantum Walks”

Anjuli Joy Lebowitz, B.A., M.A., “Faith in the Field: The Art of Discovery in Auguste Salzmann’s Photographic Albums, 1854-1875”

Hae Won Lee, B.A., M.A., “Assessing the Impact of Transitional Justice: South Korean Experience, 1980-2016”

Nicole Claire Lefebvre, A.B., M.A., “Beyond the Flagship: Politics & Transatlantic Trade in American Department Stores, 1900–1945”

Joao Ricardo Lemos Rodrigues Dos Santos, Lic.,“Aging Effects on the Statistical and Structural Properties of the Fornix of the Brain”

Sarah Catherine Leventer, B.A., M.F.A.,“Beasts of the Southern Screen: Race, Gender and the Global South in Contemporary American Cinema”

Maxwell Eli Joshua Levis, A.B., “Power Management: Introducing an Integrative Therapeutic and Diagnostic Clinical Assessment”

Jiang Li, B.S., “Wavefront Sensing and Conjugate Adaptive Optics for Biomedical Microscopy”

Michael Adam Lipsitz, B.A., “Three Essays on Noncompete Agreements”

Nolan Davis Little, B.A., M.A., “Authenticity and Inauthenticity in Martin Heidegger’s Philosophy of History”

Brian Sian Min Loh, B.A., “Confucian Ritual and Solidarity: Physicality, Meaning, and Connection in Classical Confucianism”

Joshua Keala Loving, B.S., B.A., M.S., “BIT-Parallel and SIMD Alignment Algorithms for Biological Sequence Analysis”

Nicholas Edward Williams Lubbers, B.S., M.A., “A Statistical Mechanical Model of Economics”

Calvin Edward Luscombe, B.A., M.A., “Choice and Consequences, Economics of Pharmaceuticals and Health Insurance”

Nicholas Roy MacDonald, B.Sc., M.Sc., “Order & Disorder: A Study of the Flaring Properties and Polarized Emission of Blazars”

Chad Allen Madsen, B.A., M.A., “Waves, Bursts and Instabilities: A Multi-Scale Investigation of Energetic Plasma Processes in the Solar Chromosphere and Transition Region”

Magdalena Malinowska, B.A., M.A., “Intrepid White Saviors: International Development in Contemporary Travel Writing”

Michael Paul Malmrose, B.S., M.A., “Thermal Emission Signatures in Non-Thermal Blazars”

Kathryn Ann Maneiro, B.S., “Development of a Detrital Garnet Geochronometer and the Search for Earth’s Oldest Garnet”

Solaiappan Manimaran, B.Sc., M.E., M.B.A., M.A., “Statistical Methods for Analyzing Sequencing Data with Applications in Modern Biomedical Analysis and Personalized Medicine”

Christopher Johnson Markiewicz, B.S., B.S.C.S., M.A., “Multivariate Pattern Analysis of Input and Output Representations of Speech”

Elizabeth Anne McCarthy, B.S., “Contribution of the Accessory Olfactory System to the Expression of Proceptive and Receptive Behaviors in Female Mice”

Avery Isaac McIntosh, B.S., M.A., “Extensions to Bayesian Generalized Linear Mixed Effects Models for Household Tuberculosis Transmission”

Xianrui Meng, B.S.,“Privacy-Preserving Queries on Encrypted Databases”

Lauren Gioia Micalizzi, B.A., M.A.,Executive Functioning in Early Childhood: Etiology and Developmental Significance”

Channon Sierra Miller, B.A., M.A., “Migrant Black Mothers: Intersecting Burdens, Resistance, and the Power of Cross-Ethnic Ties”

Mohammad Saber Mirzaei, M.E., “A Theory of Flow Network Typings and Its Optimization Problems”

Sophia Mizouni, B.L.Arch., M.L.Arch., M.A.,“Nineteenth-Century-Paris, Capital of Illusion: Commercialized Urban Landscapes in the Works of Flaubert, Baudelaire and Zola”

Caroline Moore-Kochlacs, B.S., B.A., M.S., “Extracellular Electrophysiology with Close-Packed Recording Sites: Spike Sorting and Characterization”

Dylan Parker Morgan, B.S., M.A., “The Effects of Close Binaries on the Magnetic Activity of M Dwarfs as Probed Using Close White Dwarf Companions”

Jessica Arlene Morrison, B.S., M.A., “Statics and Dynamics of Electrothermal Micromirrors”

Naghmeh Mostofi, B.Sc., M.Sc., “Visual Functions of Microsaccade Transients”

Ha Thanh Nguyen, Sc.B., M.S.E., “Ecological Impacts of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Northwestern Bornean Peat Swamp Forests”

Erin Hyde Nolan, B.A., M.A., “Ottomans Abroad: The Circulation and Translation of Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Portrait Photographs Between the Ottoman and Euro-American Worlds”

Megan Elizabeth O’Leary, B.A., “Caring Here, Caring There: Boston-Based Black Immigrant Caregivers as Agents of the Globalization of Eldercare”

Julia Rose O’Toole, Mus.B., B.M., M.F.A., “National Identity and Comedy in the Music of Antonin Dvorak’s Comic Operas”

David Olson, B.A., M.A., “The World ‘In Search of its Soul’: UNESCO, America, and the Stuggle to Build a Postcolonial World”

Dimitrios Papadopoulos, B.Sc., “Function-Specific Schemes for Verifiable Computation”

Valerie Jean Pasquarella, B.A., M.A.,“Utilizing the Landsat Spectral-Temporal Domain for Improved Mapping and Monitoring of Ecosystem State and Dynamics”

Ana Brandusa Pavel, Lic.,B.E., M.S., “Multi-Omics Data Integration for the Detection and Characterization of Smoking Related Lung Diseases”

Joseph Frank Perez-Rogers, B.Sc., M.S., “Development of a Minimally Invasive Molecular Biomarker for Early Detection of Lung Cancer”

Jeremiah Perez, B.S.B.A., B.A., M.S., “Assessing Non-Inferiority via Risk Difference in One-to-Many Propensity-Score Matched Studies”

Alexander T. Poterack, B.A., “Compromise, Extremism, and Guilt”

Deepti Putcha, B.S., M.A., “Perception and Cognition in Parkinson’s Disease: A Neural Network Perspective”

Chao Qi, B.S., “Total Syntheses of Prenylflavonoids and Polyketide-Derived Natural Products”

Zhiqiang Ren, B.Eng., B.Eng., M.Eng., “Combining Type Checking with Model Checking for System Verification”

Robert Douglas Ribera, B.A., M.A., M.F.A.,“Between Patriotism and Pacifism: Jacob Lawrence, John Huston, Bill Mauldin, and Walt Disney during World War Two”

Stetson Jon Robinson, B.A., “Straws in the Wind: The Correspondence of Charles S. Peirce and the Open Court Publishing Company, 1890–1913”

Jonathan Chapman Root, B.A., “Concentration of Measure, Negative Association, and Machine Learning”

Anna Maria Rosales, B.A., M.A., M.S.W., “Latino Immigrant Child Welfare Involvement & Street-Level Bureaucracy: Caseworkers’ Experiences within an Organizational Context”

Natali Ruchansky, B.A.,“Matrix Completion with Structure”

Rebecca Sanders-DeMott, B.S., “Interacting Effects of Growing Season and Winter Climate Change on Nitrogen and Carbon Cycling in Northern Hardwood Forests”

Daphne Schatzberg, B.Sc., “Bioelectrical Differences Are Required for Normal Development of Sea Urchin Embryo”

Guy Spencer Tafakula Schuh, B.A., “Aristotle on the Impossibility of Altruism”

Svetoslav Ivanov Semov, B.A., M.A., “Common Ownership, Firm Financial Policy and Product Market Strategy”

Heather Marie Shappell, B.S., M.A.,“Methods for Longitudinal Complex Network Analysis in Neuroscience”

Rebecca Shingleton, A.B., M.A.,“Novel Motivational Text Message Intervention for Eating Disorders: A Single Case Experimental Study”

Lana Sloutsky, B.S., M.A.,“Quasi Alterum Byzantium: The Preservation of Memory, Identity and Culture by Aristocratic Byzantine Women, 1440-1600”

Deborah Hartry Stein, M.B.A., M.A., “The Visual Rhetoric of Charles Callahan Perkins: The Early Italian Renaissance and a New Fine Arts Paradigm for Boston”

Kyle Robert Strom, B.S., “Halocyclizations and Cycloisomerizations of 1,6-Diynes, and Sequence-Defined, Self-Replicating Polymers”

Kira Ann Sullivan-Wiley, B.S., M.A., “Risk Reduction and Development in a Multi-Hazard Landscape: A Case Study of Eastern Uganda”

Kathryn Eva Summo, B.S., M.A., “The Development of a Practical Catalytic Petasis Reaction of Glycolaldehyde and the Asymmetric Allylboration of Acyl Cyanides”

Anna Tassinari, B.S, M.S., “Multi-omic Biomarker Discovery and Network Analyses to Elucidate the Molecular Mechanisms of Lung Cancer Premalignancy”

Patricio Andres Toro Venegas, Lic., M. Ec,“Essays on the Real Effects of Financial Frictions”

Elizabeth Anne Villar, B.A., “Study of Protein-Macrocycle Interactions for Lessons in Drug Design”

Emily Leslie Voelker, B.A., M.A., “From Both Sides of the Lens: Anthropology, Native Experience & Photographs of American Indians in French Exhibitions, 1870-1890”

David Patrick Walton, B.A., “The Production, Consumption, and Function of Stone Tools in Prehispanic Central Mexico: A Comparative Study of Households Spanning the Formative to Postclassic Period”

Guan Wang, M. Ecol, B.Agr., “Regulation of AMPA Receptor Acetylation and Translation by SIRT2 and AMPKL: The Molecular Mechanisms and Implications in Memory Formation”

Huaiyuan Wang, B.A., M.A., M.A., “Essays in Inequality and Macroeconomics”

Yuefeng Wang, B.Eng., M.Sc., “Multi-Layer Virtual Transport Network Design and Management”

Lenka Wieluns, B.A., M.A., “Understanding the Relationship between Military Spending Cuts and Military Capacity: European States 2000–2012”

Jennifer Lynn Sherman Willoughby, B.S., “Transcription Factor LSF: A Mitotic Regulator in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells”

Gregory Hal Winger, B.A., M.A., “Soft Power by Other Means: Defense Diplomacy as a Tool of International Statecraft”

Jeremy David Wurbs, B.S., “Neuromorphic Models and Principles of the Human Visual System for Sense and Avoid Capabilities in Autonomous Robotic Systems”

Adrian Sonjong Yi, B.A., M.A., “Vibrational Spectroscopy of Cation and Anion Channelrhodopsins”

Matthew Joshua Yost, M.A., B.A., M.A., “Illusive Spaces: Women and the Cliche of the Natural in Emile Zola and Guy de Maupassant”

Xin Yuan, B.Nat.Sc., M.A., “Percolation and Reinforcement on Complex Networks”

Nikolas Zanetti, A.B., M.S.W., M.T.S.,“Revisiting the Concept of Self in the Methodology of Mystical Hermeneutics”

Jianming Zhang, B.S., M.S., “Visual Saliency Computation for Image Analysis”

Mengqi Zhong, B.S., “Energetics and Inhibition of the KEAP1/NRF2 Protein-Protein Interaction Interface”

Wenjia Zhu, M.A., B.Ec.“Health Plan Innovations and Healthcare Costs in the Commercial Health Insurance Market”