Alumni: Master's Students

2016-2017

Blayne Amson, MAIS 2016

Blayne completed an M.A.I.S. (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/Human Development and Family Services) project, "A New Supportive Role: Allyship and Disability Justice," under the direction of Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill (chair), Dr. Janet Lee, Dr. Nana Osei-Kofi, and Dr. David Bernell.

Drew Dakessian, MA 2016

Drew completed her M.A. thesis, "Internet Usage of College Women with ADD/ADHD," under the direction of Dr. Patti Duncan (chair), Dr. Mehra Shirazi, Dr. Janet Lee, Dr. Stephanie Jenkins, and Professor Sara Jameson.

Addie Davidove, MA 2017

Addie completed her M.A. thesis, "Nepantla Collaboration: Strategic Support for LGBTQ Populations," under the direction of Dr. Liddy Detar (chair), Dr. Bradley Boovy, Dr. Juan Herrera, and Dr. Rorie Solberg.

Emilee Hunt, MA 2017

Emillee completed her thesis "Institutional (In)Justice: Queer and Trans Survivors’ Experiences Accessing Resources at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon" under the direction of Dr. Patti Duncan (chair), Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill, Dr. Brenda McComb, and Dr. Mehra Shirazi. Current: Outreach and Education, Rape Crisis and Intervention.

O'Dessa Monnier, MA 2016

O'Dessa completed her M.A. thesis, "Women's Political Autobiographies," under the direction of Dr. Patti Duncan (chair), Dr. Susan Shaw, Dr. Liddy Detar, and Dr. Molly Engle.  Current: PhD Student in Women's Studies at the University of York.

Amélie Ollivier, MA 2017

Amélie completed her thesis "’I Couldn’t Bring Myself to Say It’: Challenging Heteronormativity in Teacher Education Programs" under the direction of Dr. Nana Osei-Kofi (chair), Dr. Natchee Barnd, Dr. Bradlley Boovy, and Dr. Rican Vue.

Ashley Rowe, MA 2017

Ashlley completed her thesis "The Politics of Population: A Transnational Feminist Analysis of India's National Population Policy of 2000" under the direction of Dr. Janet Lee (chair).

Raquel Rosario Sánchez, MA 2016

Raquel completed her M.A. thesis “The Construction of Masculinity in the Online Communities Where Men Talk About Their Experiences as Buyers in the Sex Trade” under the direction of Dr. Susan Shaw (chair), Dr. Bradley Boovy, Dr. Amy Koehlinger, and Dr. Janet Lee.

Karissa Sabine, MA 2017

Karisa completed her thesis, "Girlhood Reimagined: Representations of Girlhood in the Films of Hayao Miyazaki," under the direction of Dr. Bradley Boovy (chair).

Vanessa Vanderzee, MA 2017

Vanessa completed her thesis, "Accessing Health Care on the Asexual Spectrum: A Feminist Analysis of Patient-Practitioner Relationships and Compulsory Sexuality in Medical Discourse," under the direction of Dr. Mehra Shirazi (chair), Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill, and Dr. Elizabeth Gorman, and Dr. Janet Lee.

Marcos Viveros Céspedes, MAIS 2016

Marcos completed his M.A.I.S. (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/Adult Education) thesis, “The Experiences of Male Students in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,” under the direction of Dr. Susan Shaw (Chair), Dr. Janet Lee, Dr. Shelley Dubkin-Lee and Professor Yuji Hiratsuka.

 

2015-2016

Daryl Adkins, MA 2016  

Daryl completed her M.A. thesis, "Sites of Memory: Black Women's Geographies, #SayHerName Protests, and Black Hair Politics," under the direction of Dr. Patti Duncan (chair), Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill, Dr. Philipp Kneis, Dr. Nana Osei-Kofi, and Dr. Robert Thompson.

Suha Hassen, MA 2016  

Suha's M.A. thesis, "Investigating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence as a Weapon of War and a Tool of Genocide against Indigenous Yazidi Women and Girls by the Islamic State, was completed under the direction of Dr. Mehra Shirazi (chair), Dr. Patti Duncan, Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill, and Dr. Jessica White. Suha also earned a Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching. Current: Ph.D. Student in the School for Conflict Ananlysis and Resolution at George Mason University.

Silvia Heilbut-Guillen (Fulbright Scholar), MA 2016  

Silvia completed her M.A. thesis, "Sexo en las Márgenes: Troubling Sexuality Education in Colombia and Embracing a Critical Sexuality Education Framework Towards Social Justice," under the direction of Dr. Nana Osei-Kofi (chair), Dr. Bradley Boovy, Dr. Juan Antonio Trujillo, and Laurie Bridges.

Lizz Koch, MA 2016 

Lizz completed her M.A. thesis, "'I've Lived on these Streets, and these Streets aren't Pretty': The Life Stories of Corvallis Homeless Women" under the direction of Dr. Mehra Shirazi (chair), Dr. Liddy Detar, Kryn Freehling-Burton, and Dr. Daniel Lopez-Cevallos.

Andrés López, MA 2016 

Andrés completed his M.A. thesis, "Ni de aquí ni de alla: A Mythohistoriography of Growing Up In-Between," under the direction of Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill (chair), Dr. Patti Duncan, Dr. Christina León, and Dr. Marta Maldonado. He also recieved an MA minor in Queer Studies. Current: PhD Student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.

Megan Spencer, MA 2016

Megan's research interests include black and women of color feminisms, black literature and aesthetics as resistance, queer theory, racialized constructions of gender and sexuality, and historical/ancestral trauma related to slavery and settler colonialism. She completed her M.A. thesis, "Cartographies of Haunting: Black Feminist Refusal in Toni Morrison's A Mercy and Octavia Butler's Kindred," under the direction of Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill (chair), Dr. Patti Duncan, Dr. Elizabeth Sheehan, and Dr. Christina León. Megan also completed the MA minor in Queer Studies. Current: PhD Student in Feminist Studies at the University of Calinfornia, Santa Barbara.

Alex Villalba, MA 2016

Alex completed a M.A. thesis entitled "Putting Coyolxauhqui Back Together: Queer Neplantleras Rewriting Latinx Memory," under the direction of Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill (chair), Dr. Patti Duncan, Dr. Christina León, and Dr. Juan Herrera.

Luhui Whitebear, MAIS 2016

Luhui completed her M.A.I.S. (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/Ethnic Studies/Queer Studies) thesis, "Oppression from Within: AIM, Heteropatriarchy, Settler Colonialism, and the Death of Anna Mae Aquash," under the direction of Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill (chair), Dr. Patti Duncan, Dr. Natchee Barnd, and Dr. Daniel Newhart. Luhui is the first student at OSU to include Queer Studies in their M.A.I.S. degree. Current: PhD Student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University; Assistant Director of Eena Haws Native American Longhouse at Oregon State University.

Chelsea Whitlow Shay, MAIS 2016

Chelsea completed her MAIS degree (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/Art) for a project and exhibit in late fall 2015, under the direction of Dr. Patti Duncan (chair), Dr. Bradley Boovy, Dr. Julie Green, and Dr. Brenda McComb.

 

2014-2015

Amber Coyne, MA Queer Studies Minor, 2015

MA in Public Health. Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill (Queer Studies Advisor). Current: Shop Owner, Femme Provisions.

Melissa Crocker, MAIS 2015

M.A.I.S. (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/Contempoary Hispanic Studies) thesis: "Leaving the Closet: Coming Out Experiences of Queer Chicanas and Latinas and Their Representation in Television. Committee: Dr. Crystal Boson (chair), Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill, Dr. Juan Antonio Trujillo.

Kali Furman, MA 2015

Kali defended her thesis "Gender, Race, and Nation in the Dear America Series" under the direction of Dr. Janet Lee (chair), Dr. Marisa Chappell, and Dr. Molly Engle, and Dr. Elizabeth Sheehan. Kali also completed the Graduate Certificate in Univeristy Teaching. Current: Ph.D. Student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.

Lisa Hendrick, MAIS 2015

M.A.I.S. (Ethnic Studies/Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) thesis: "A Tale of Two Schools: Exploring Race and Class Inequalities for Latino Students in the Salem-Keizer School District." Dr. Ronald Mize (chair), Dr. Mehra Shirazi, and Dr. Adam Schwartz.

Rodney C. Perry, MAIS 2015

M.A.I.S. (Speech Communication/Sociology/Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) thesis: "Resisting Society's Influence: Selling Sex in Women's Professional Sports." Committee: Dr. Trischa Goodnow (chair), Dr. Dwaine Plaza, and Dr. Susan Shaw. Current: Assistant Coach-Secondary for Oregon State University Beavers Football.

April Whitney, MAIS 2015

M.A.I.S. (Speech Communication/Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) thesis: "Constituting the Invisible : An Examination of the Social Construction and Communication of Female Bisexual Identity." Committee: Dr. Elizabeth Root (chair), Dr. Bradley Boovy, Dr. Trischa Goodnow, and Dr. Paul Kopperman. Current: Admissions Representative for INTO Oregon State Univeristy.

 

2013-2014

Whitney Archer, MA 2014

Whitney completed an M.A. thesis, "Negotiating Conflicted Climates: The Experiences of Transgender Students Attending Women's Colleges," in 2014 under the direction of Dr. Susan Shaw (chair), Dr. Bradley Boovy, Dr. Patti Duncan, and Dr. Brenda McComb. Whitney also completed an MA in College Student Services Administration. Current: Assistant Director of the Women's Center at Oregon State University.

Clare Conway, MA 2014

Thesis: "You Better Work: Negotiating Race, Sexuality, Gender, and Neoliberalism in Plus-Size Fashion Blogs." Committee: Dr. Elizabeth Sheehan (chair), Dr. Bradley Boovy, and Dr. Patti Watkins. Current: Elementary Staff, Bookworm Program Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Chattanooga.

Leah Houtman, MA 2014

Thesis: "'It's Not about Place it's about Space': Place-of-Birth Decision-Making in Cork, Ireland." Committee: Dr. Melissa J. Cheyney (chair), Kryn Freehling-Burton, and Dr. Mehra Shirazi. Current: Ph.D. Student in Biocultural Anthropology at Oregon State University.

Stephanie L. McClure, 2014

Thesis: "Voices within a Gray World: An Evaluation of Oregon State University's Sexual and Dating Violence Prevention Curriculum."  Dr. Mehra Shirazi, Chair. Current: Director of the Women's Center at Weber State University.

Sahar Mohtashamipour, MA 2014

Sahar completed her M.A. thesis, "'Freedom from What?' Iraqi Women's Narratives from the 2003 U.S.-Led War" under the direction of Dr. Mehra Shirazi (chair), Dr. Bradley Boovy, Dr. Patti Duncan, Dr. Susan Shaw, and Dr. Sebastian Heiduschke.

Aisha K. Nasser, 2014

Thesis: "The Art of Resisting the Patriarch." Committee: Dr. Anita Helle (chair), Dr. Liddy Detar, Dr. Mehra Shirazi, and Dr. Adam Schwartz.

Jyl Wheaton-Abraham, MA Queer Studies Minor, 2014

M.A. in Applied Anthropology. Thesis: "'They Said I Would Never Amount to Anything': the Life of a Kootenai Woman." Jyl is the first student at OSU to obtain a minor in Queer Studies at any level. Dr. Joan Gross (chair), Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill (Queer Studies Advisor).

 

2012-2013

Julie Ann George, MAIS 2013

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Sociology) thesis: "Feminist and Mormon: Reconciling Ideals of Equality and a Culture of Patriarchy." Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair.

Stephanie Glick, MAIS 2013

Stephanie completed her M.A.I.S. (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/Education) thesis, "Unpacking Success: How Women and Girls Measure Up at the Mitraniketan School," in 2013 under the direction of Dr. Patti Duncan (chair), Dr. Shelley Dubkin-Lee, Dr. Sebastian Heiduschke, and Dr. Mehra Shirazi. Current: Doctoral Student in Educational Studies at the University of Brisith Columbia.

Neha Neelwarne, MAIS 2013

Neha completed her MAIS thesis, "Toward a Framework for a Feminist Microfinance Organization," in 2013 under the direction of Dr. Patti Duncan.

Jeanna A. Ramos, MAIS 2013

M.A.I.S. (Ethnic Studies/Philosophy/Women Studies) thesis: "Learning from Women of Color within the United States Forest Service." Dr. Norma Cárdenas (chair), Dr. Joseph Orosco, and Dr. Merha Shirazi.

 

2011-2012

Nancy Staton Barbour, MAIS 2012

Nancy completed her MAIS degree in 2012. Her thesis, "Global Citizen, Global Consumer: University Study Abroad and the Eat, Pray, Love Multicultural Model," was directed by Dr. Patti Duncan. Current: Instructor and Writing Advisor/Assessment Coordinator for the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University.

Rachel Brinker, MA 2012

Rachel completed her M.A. thesis, "'Walloped' by the Weather? Deflections, Diversions, and Dubious Representations of Women in Climate Change Discourse," in 2012 under the direction of Dr. Janet Lee (chair), Dr. Patti Duncan, Dr. Tony Vogt, and Dr. Trischa Goodnow. Current: Founder of Proud Mama Support Services.

Erin Dubyak, MA 2012

Erin completed her M.A. thesis, "'Flying the Plane as We Build It': A Qualitative Study of an Organization's Goals and Actions Toward the Prevention of Exploited Female Youth," in 2012 under the direction of Dr. Janet Lee (chair), Dr. Patti Duncan, Dr. Carrie Baker, and Dr. Norma Cardenas.

Nicolette M. Pastre, MAIS 2012 

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Anthropology) thesis: "Are Single Classified Women's Needs being Addressed by the Union in a University Environment?" Dr. Susan Shaw (chair).

Nadya A. Al-Sheikhly, MAIS 2012

M.A.I.S. (Adult Education/Women Studies/English) thesis: "Saudi Arabian Women Pursuing Higher Education at Oregon State University." Committee: Dr. Shelley Dubkin-Lee (Chair), Dr. David Bernell, Dr. Patti Duncan, and Dr. Anita Helle.

 

2010-2011

Andrea Doyle Hugmeyer, MAIS 2011

Andrea completed her M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Sociology) thesis, "The Impact of Feminist Pedagogy on Students Enrolled in Online Women's Studies Courses," in 2011 under the direction of Dr. Janet Lee (chair), Dr. Norma Cardenas, Dr. Patti Duncan, and Dr. Dwaine Plaza. Current: Assistant Director of Abby's House at Western Oregon University.

Heather Montes Ireland, MA 2011

Heather completed her M.A. thesis, "Transnational Feminism and the Microfinance (R)evolution: Excavating Microlending from Neoliberalism," in 2011 under the direction of Dr. Patti Duncan (chair), Dr. Janet Lee, Dr. Patti Sakurai, and Dr. Karen Holmberg. Current: Ph.D. in Gender Studies with a Latino Studies minor, Indiana University 2016. Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies at Marquette University.

 

2009-2010

Amanda L. Littke-Kellam, MAIS 2010

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/English) thesis: "Morrison's Magical Reality: Disrupting the Politics of Memory." Dr. Anita Helle, Chair. Current: English Teacher, North Salem High School in Salem, OR.

Elizabeth McNeil, MAIS 2010

Elizabeth McNeil completed the M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Political Science) degree in 2010, with a thesis entitled "'Wedding Bells, Binaries, and the Heterosexual Menace," under the direection of Dr. Susan Shaw.

 

2008-2009

Giovanna Muir, MAIS 2009

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Sociology) thesis: "Fear Inspiring Faith: A Rhetorical Analysis of Watchtower and Awake!" Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair.

 

2007-2008

Kathryn Atwood-Wheeler, MAIS 2008

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/History/Sociology) thesis: "Gender and Race Stereotypes in Advertisements in Science, 2004-2006." Dr. Janet Lee, Chair.

Melissa Morales-Warming, MAIS 2008

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Ethnic Studies/Philosophy) thesis: "Leadership and Loyalty Revisited: Catholic Latinas and Leadership." Committee: Dr. Susan Shaw (chair), Dr. Joseph Orosco, Dr. Steve Rupert, and Dr. Robert Thomson.

November R. Papaleo, MAIS 2008

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/English) thesis: "Confessing our Sims: The Construction of Gender and Sexuality among Women Ages 18-22 on MySpace." Dr. Susan Shaw (chair). Current: PhD in Gender and Women's Studies with a Minor in Rhetoric, Composition, & the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona.

Amanda R. Wright, MAIS 2008

M.A.I.S. (Speech Communication/Women Studies) thesis: "Identifying Audiences: a Rhetorical Analysis of Mary Shaw’s Suffrage Plays." Committee: Dr. Mark Porrovecchio (chair), Dr. Marion Rossi, Dr. Susan Shaw, and Dr. John Simonsen.

 

2006-2007

Kryn Freehling-Burton, MAIS 2007

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Theatre) thesis: "Passage through the Vagina Monologues: A College Anti-Violence Rite." Committee: Dr. Susan Shaw (chair), Dr. Becky Donatelle, Dr. Janet Lee, and Dr. Marion Rossi. Current: Senior Instructor, Core Faculty and E-Campus Coordinator. Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.

Michelle Marie, MAIS 2007

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Philosophy) thesis: "A Thematic Feminist Analysis of Best-Selling Children's Picture Books." Commiteee: Dr. Susan Shaw (Chair), Dr. Mina Carson, Janet Nishihara, and Dr. Lani Roberts. Current: Ph.D. in Design and Human Development from Oregon State University, 2016; Coordinator for the Writing Center at Oregon State University.

Erin A. Stone, MAIS 2007

M.A.I.S. (Speech Communication/Women Studies) thesis: "Women and Workplace Competition: a Study of Horizontal Hostility." Dr. Celeste Walls, Chair.

Marieke L. Steuben, MAIS 2007

M.A.I.S. (English/Women Studies) thesis: "Voices of CALYX: Narratives of Feminist Publishing Activism, 1976-2006." Committee: Dr. Laura Rice (chair), Dr. Courtney Campbell, Dr. Lisa Ede, Anita Helle, and Dr. Janet Lee.

 

2005-2006

Meghan E. Barp, MAIS 2005

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Human Development and Family Studies) thesis: "Managing a Non-Profit Organization: Directors' Views from the Top." Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair.

Jolyn E. Dahlvig, MAIS 2006

M.A.I.S. (Adult Educaiton/Women Studies/College Student Services Administration) thesis: "Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy of Evangelical Christian College Women." Dr. Rich Shintaku, Chair. 

Roni Sue, MA 2006

Susan Elaine Wood, MAIS 2006

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/English) thesis: "Twin Peaks and the Ideological Problematic of Feminine Representation: An Examination of the Character Audrey Horne." Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair.

 

2004-2005

Dawn M. Christiansen Cuéllar, MAIS 2005

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Applied Anthropology) thesis: "Thoughts of Talk at Work: Communication in a Feminist Battered Women's Shelter." Committee: Dr. Janet Lee (chair), Dr. Joan Gross, and Dr. Susan Shaw.

Michelle Kilkenny, MAIS 2005

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Sociology) thesis: "Women: Pregnancy and Sexual Activity" under the direction of Dr. Susan Shaw (chair).

Melanie S. Love, MAIS 2005

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Philosophy) thesis: "The Consequences and Effects for Male Students in the Women Studies Classroom." Dr. Janet Lee, Chair.

Shireen A. Soltani, MAIS 2005

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Ethnic Studies) thesis: "Domestic Violence in Iran." Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair.

Suzanne M. Wilson, MAIS 2005

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Sociology) thesis: "A Qualitative Study of Women in Modern Day Polygamous Households in the United States." Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair.

 

2003-2004

Jennifer Almquist, MAIS 2004

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Sociology) thesis: "Incredible Lives: An Ethnography of Southern Oregon Womyn's Lands." Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair. Current: Ph.D. in Anthropology, Oregon State University 2012; Chief Assistant to the President of Oregon State University.

Sriyanthi Gunewardena, MAIS 2004

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Political Science) thesis: "Exploring Sri-Lankan Women's Migration Experiences in L.A. County: Three Stories, Three Lives." Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair.

Amy L. Leer-Beyerlein, MAIS 2004

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/History) thesis: "A Qualitative Feminist Analysis of Welfare Mothers and Human Capital." Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair.

Aubrae M. Vanderpool, MAIS 2004

M.A.I.S. (English/Women Studies) thesis: "Virginia Woolf and 'A Woman's Autobiography': Rewriting Victorian Conventions of Autobiography." Committee: Dr. Anita Helle (chair), Dr. Janet Lee, Dr. Vicki Tolar Burton, Dr. Marion Rossi.

Suzanne M. Wilson, MAIS 2004

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Sociology) thesis: "A Qualitative Study of Women in Modern Day Polygamous Households in the United States." Dr. Susan Shaw. Chair.

 

2002-2003

Jessica Ashley, MAIS 2003

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Speech Communication) thesis: "InHERitance: The Transmission of Women's Inalienable Possessions, Personal Narrative and the Mother-Daughter Bond." Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair.

 

2001-2002

Rebecca L. Farrow, MAIS 2002

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/English) thesis: "(In)forming the Female Bildungsroman in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John." Commitee: Dr. Susan Shaw (chair), Dr. Anita Helle, Dr. Patti Sakurai, and Dr. Ame Skaugset.

Trina Robin Filan, MAIS 2002

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Adult Education/Anthroplogy) thesis: "Women Farmers and Ranchers and Agricultural Knowledge: Gender, Experience, and Connection." Committee: Dr. Susan Shaw (chair), Dr. Joan Gross, and Dr. John Prickel.

Jennifer Gilmore, MAIS 2002

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Sociology) Thesis: "From Sister to Sister to Woman: The Role of Sororities in the Social Transmission of Gender." Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair. Current: Elementary School Teacher, American School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

 

2000-2001

Cecelia V. Carey, MAIS 2001

M.A.I.S. (English/Women Studies) thesis: "Bildungsroman in Contemporary Black Women's Fiction." Dr. David Robinson, Chair.

Suzanne M. Gaulocher, MAIS 2001

M.A.I.S. (Applied Anthropology/Women Studies) thesis: "Silenced Voices: Maids in Singapore." Dr. Sunil Khanna, Chair. Current: PhD from Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison; Master’s of Public Health from University of Wisconsin; Director of Community Engaged Learning in Health at Stanford University's Haas Center for Public Service.

 

1999-2000

Heather L. Burns, MAIS 2000

M.A.I.S. (Communication/Adult Education/Women Studies) thesis: "Critical Pedagogy Abroad: A Case Study of the Center for Global Education in Mexico." Committee: Dr. Natalie Dollar (chair), Dr. Denise Lach, Dr. John Prickle, and Dr. Susan Shaw. Current: EdD. Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) Graduate Program in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department at Portland State University.

C. Leigh Felesky, MAIS 2000

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Speech Communicatin/Business Administration) thesis: "Uncovering Women's Magazines: Editors' Perspectives on the Relationship between Editorial and Advertising Content in Women's Fashion/Beauty Magazines." Dr. Judith K. Bowker (Chair), Dr. Courtney Campbell, Dr. James McAlexander, and Dr. Kari Whittenberger-Keith.

 

1998-1999

Kurstin Finch Gnehm, MAIS 1999

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Speech Communication) thesis: "When She was Bad: Framing Female Killers in Contemporary Film." Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair. Current: Central FacultyAdvancement Regular Giving Manager for Direct Marketing, Imperial College London.

Gloria Willis, MAIS 1999

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Philosphy) thesis: "An Abortion Service Provider as Political Activist" under the direction of Dr. Susan Shaw (chair), Dr. Peter List, and Dr. Lani Roberts.

 

1997-1998

Sara Gelser, MAIS 1998

M.A.I.S. (History/Women Studies) thesis: "Beyond the Ballot: The Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Politics of Oregon Women, 1880-1900." Dr. Bess Beatty (chair), Dr. Steven Hackel, and Dr. Susan Shaw. Current: Member of the Oregon State Senate, District 8.

Janet L. Lockhart, MAIS 1998

M.A.I.S. (Scientific and Technical Communication/Archeology/Women Studies) thesis: "A Feminist Celebrates the Rediscovery of Immanence." Dr. Lisa Ede (chair), Dr. Fred Obermiller, Dr. Barb Roth, and Dr. Susan Shaw.

 

1996-1997

Spirit Dine'tah Cole, MAIS 1997

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Anthropology) thesis: "Native American Women: Leadership, Activism, and Feminism." Committee: Dr. Janet Lee (chair), Dr. Kurt Peters, and Dr. Barbara Roth.

Sindy Kay Mau, MAIS 1997

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Gerontology/Sociology) thesis: "The Resistance and Survival of Old Women: Striving for Empowerment in the Face of Oppression and Violence." Dr. Janet Lee, Chair.

Kerin G. Rose, MAIS 1997

M.A.I.S. (English/Women Studies) thesis: "In the Words of a Woman." Committee: Dr. Lisa Ede (chair), Dr. Rich Daniels, Dr. Janet Lee, and Dr. Mary Jo Nye.

Wendy Rielly Thorson, MAIS 1997

Wendy's M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/History) thesis, "Oregon Klanswomen of the 1920s: A Study of Tribalism, Gender, and Women's Power," examined histories of Protestant white women's participation in racist, anti-Semetic, anti-Catholic, and anti-immigrant organizing in Oregon. Committee: Dr. Janet Lee (chair), Dr. Mina Carson, Dr. Leslie Richards, and Dr. Susan Shaw.

 

1995-1996

Karla R. Cohen, MAIS 1996

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/English) thesis: "Breast Cancer Experience Literature: Women's Stories as Cultural Critique." Dr. Deltra Ferguson, Chair.

Mary Sanabe-Mao, MAIS 1996

M.A.I.S. (Sociology/Women Studies) thesis: "Tradition and Change Across Generations of Japanese American Women." Dr. Sally K. Gallagher (chair), Dr. Sheila Cordray, Dr. Janet Lee, and Dr. Peter List.

 

1994-1995

Katrina Knewtson, MAIS 1995

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/History/Adult Education) thesis: "The Experience of Women's Higher Education at Oregon Agricultural College, 1870-1916." Committee: Dr. Janet Lee (chair), Dr. Mina Carson, Dr. Vicki Collins, and Dr. Warren Suzuki.

Mary Kathryn Nolan, MA 1995

Current: Senior Instructor at Oregon State University.

 

1992-1993

Dodie A. Forrest, MAIS 1993

M.A.I.S. (English/Women Studies) thesis: "Writing a Feminist Position in the Classroom." Committee: Dr. Anita Helle (chair), Dr. Lisa Ede, Dr. Janet Lee, and Dr. Mark Moore. Current: Writing Center Director at Yakima Valley Community College.

Jaspal K. Singh, MAIS 1993

M.A.I.S. (English/Women Studies) thesis: "Indian Women Rewriting Themselves: The Representation of 'Madness' by Women Writers." Dr. Mona Fayad, Chair. Current: PhD in Comparative Literature from the Universit of Oregon; Professor of English Literature at Northern Michigan University.

 

1991-1992

Colleen Karen Brown, MAIS 1992

M.A.I.S. (Women Studies/Communication: Theatre/English: Composition and Rhetoric) thesis: "Playwriting and Authority: Collaborative Art and Feminine Production." Dr. Elissa Hare, Chair.

 

1990-1991

Aiko Shimada, MAIS 1991

 

1988-1989

Katherine H. Cummings, MAIS 1989

M.A.I.S. (History/Women Studies) thesis: "Exiles and Rebels: Women in the American Left 1900-1920." Committee: Dr. Ed Ferguson (chair), Dr. Jeanne Dost, Dr. Sally Hacker, Dr. Kathleen Moore, and Dr. Darold Wax.

Alumni: Undergraduate Students

2016-2017

Marwah Al-Jiani (WGSS Minor)

Donna Armstrong

Anna Bartholemy (WGSS Minor)

Ashleigh Burgess

Aya Bukres (WGSS Minor)

Jennifer Calbert

Tara Crockett

Victoria Dobrkovsky

Rebecca Fitkin (WGSS Minor)

Laura Galindo (WGSS Minor)

Molly Harney

Kennedy Hayes

Elizabeth Hintz

Melanie Ingram

Erin Lamere

Zachary Lee

Taylor Lewis

Rachel McCormick (WGSS Minor)

Kalie Morris (WGSS Minor)

Tori Olson

Jessica Perez

Andrew Peyton

Joanna Raskauskas

Mckenzie (Kenzie) Ross

Brittany Schaefer

Cheryl Smith

Savannah Storms

Heathyr Wing

2015-2016

AJ Abell (WGSS Minor)

Lia Bauman (WGSS Minor)

Lindsey Daberko (WGSS Minor)

Kendall Dunlop (WGSS Minor). Current: Outreach Coordinator, Student Sustainability Initiative at Oregon State University. 

Gail Gamero (WGSS Minor)

Elizabeth Hernandez-Cuesta

Esmeralda Flores

Regina Kaylor

Annie Kersting (WGSS Minor). Current: Landscape Project Coordinator, Student Sustainability Inititive at Oregon State University.

Marrisa McDowell

Alex Lair

Connie Langevin

Vicky Lin (WGSS Minor)

Elizabeth Newman (WGSS Minor)

Alyssa Tekiela

Justine Wendkos (WGSS Minor)

2014-2015

Altamease Burns

Luke Kawasaki (Queer Studies Minor). Luke is the first undergraduate minor in Queer Studies at Oregon State University.

Lara Matthews

Katie Wicks. Katie's Oral History Interview in Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center. 

Nicthé Verdugo (WGSS Minor). Nicthé's Oral History Interview with the Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Project.

2013-2014

Francesca Hawatmeh

2012-2013

Jennifer Hutt

Rebecca Laro. Current: Instructor at Oregon State University-Cascades.