Senior Theses and Advisors

J. Ryan Hileman:
Störtebeker Through the Ages: The Political Afterlife of a Folk Hero
Adviser: Joel Lande

William Samuel Keiser:
Trance Dance, Berlin to Tel Aviv: The Roots of Modern Israeli Dance Aesthetics in Early 20th Century German Dance
Advisor: Sara S. Poor

Christian Alwyn Lawson:
The Historical Multi-Image of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s BRD-Trilogie
Advisor: Joseph Vogl

Decitre, Marc:
The Ecological Paradox: A Critique of Recent Environmental Discourse
Advisers: Michael Jennings and Thomas Y. Levin

Fleming, Allison:
Mediated Bodies: Technologies of Communication and the Human Form Around 1900
Adviser: Devin Fore

Hadley, Spencer:
Am Rande des Sagbaren: Rainer Maria Rilkes Sonette an Orpheus, Hugo von Hofmannsthal und der deutsche Stimmungsbegriff
Adviser: Nikolaus Wegmann

Lee, Sang:
“At the Gate(s) of Mercy”: Reading Celan’s Jerusalem-Gedichte
Adviser: Michael Wood

Robinson, Alexander:
An Ambivalence of Signs: The symbolic, literary, and psychoanalytic in Paul Klee’s 1920 Pandora constellation
Adviser: Brigid Doherty

Baker, Charles Carr:
War is Not an Earthquake: Capitalism, Virtue and Resistance in Mother Courage and her Children
Adviser: Michael Jennings

Casserly, Isabel Lockett:
Criminal Chronotopes: The Effect of Crime on Narrative Structure
Adviser: Devin Fore

Knight, Jackson D.:
A European Crusade: An Analysis of the Saxon Wars and Charlemagne’s Efforts to Christainize the Pagan Tribes of Medieval Germany
Adviser: Sara Poor

Nuckols, Chad Logan:
Lifting the Veil of Phantasmagoria: Berliner Kindheit um Neunzehnhundert as a Guide for the Critical Reader
Adviser: Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz

Albarran, Eleanor:
A Modern Art of Education and the Education of Modern Artists: Comparing Waldorf and Bauhaus Pedagogies
Adviser: Michael Jennings, 86pp.

Morris, Colby:
Die Flucht in den Rausch: Das Problem des Gehirnprinzips in Gottfried Benns Rönne-Novellen
Adviser: Devin Fore, 85pp.

Nelson, Andrew:
“Auf die Art und Weise kommt alles an” Approaching a Walserian Ethic in Jakob von Gunten
Adviser: Barbara Nagel, 98pp.

Smith, T.J.:
Degenerate Aesthetics
Adviser: Devin Fore, 78pp.

Tuckwell, Richard:
Heidegger’s Concept of World
Adviser: Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, 90pp.

Aupiais, Juan-Jacques:
Eros, Mythology, Subjectivity: Topoi in Hölderlin’s Early Odes
Advisor: Joel Lande, 87pp.

Mooney, Philip D.:
Er hat es nicht angenommen: Karl Jaspers’ Metaphysical Guilt and Germany’s Modern Sonderweg
Advisor: Nikolaus Wegmann, 82pp.

O’Neil, Cody Lee:
„Die Zeichen meines Morgens‟: A Heliographic Account of Nietzsche’s Zarathustra
Advisor: Sarah Pourciau, 103pp.

Pinkerton, Byrd:
“Hear Yourself as Others Hear You” On the Aesthetic Politics of Gramophonic Self-Recording
Adviser: Thomas Y. Levin, 107pp.

Veltri, Gerardo:
In-Betweens in Middle High German Arthurian Romance
Adviser: Sara S. Poor, 106 pp.

Yuen, Hoi Ki:
The Idea of Integration: The Naturalisation of Middle Eastern Immigrants in Germany
Advisor: Barbara Nagel, 70 pp.


Burgher, Regina Ann:
Melos in Drama: Exploring the Musical Mind through Melodrama in Wagner, Brecht, and Sirk
Advisor: Devin Fore, 85pp.

Seongcheol, Kim:
Theory, Organization and Milieu in the West German Extra-Parliamentary Left, 1966-78
Advisor: Jan-Werner Müller, 121pp.

Kowalski, Jamie:
Der Bildungsbergriff im Zeitalter seiner Auflösung: Thomas Mann, Walter Benjamin and the German Tradition of Bildung
Advisor: Michael W. Jennings, 83pp.

Schwartz, Lauren Isabel:
Poetry and Practical Purpose: Literary Encounters with the Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Advisor: Sarah Pourciau, 86pp.

Telljohann, Lillian G.:
Of Modernity and on Modernity: Explorations of Meaning and Personhood in Karl Barth’s Der Römerbrief and Contemporary Literature
Advisor: Michael W. Jennings, 88pp.


Kerck, Antoine:
Germany’s Protestant Ethics and the Greek Sovereign Debt Crisis: A Weberian Perspective
Advisor: Michael W. Jennings, 72pp.

Lebsack, Victoria:
The ‘Vremde’ and the Fantastic in “Wolfdietrich”
Advisor: Sara S. Poor, 125pp.

Stolzenberg, Stephen:
Killer Communications: The Terror Attack as Medium and its Representations through Film
Advisor: Michael W. Jennings, 91pp.


Hendren, Lieve:
Life as Art: Radical Social Change in Nietzsche
Advisor: Christiane Frey, 93pp.

Kurwa, Shelina:
Illusions of India: the Distant Shore of the German Imagination
Advisor: Michael W. Jennings, 82pp.

Reilly, Kelly:
Objective Gaze in Nature and the Nature of Objective Gaze: Rilke’s Aesthetics in the Context of Cézanne
Advisor: Devin Fore, 88pp.

Walsh, Matthew:
Society Finds Closeness: Increasing the Cultural Relevance of Opera for Mass Audiences through the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Live in HD’ Broadcasts
Advisor: Christiane Frey, 59pp.


Benitez, Robert Loen:
The Construction of a Life Worth Living in German Queer Literature: 1919-1933
Advisor: Michael W. Jennings, 92pp.

Hopkins, Nicole Lynn:
Father/Mother/Secret Lover: A Jungian Analysis of Daniel Paul Schreber’s Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken
Advisor: Sara S. Poor, 91pp.

Loewenstein, Jacob:
Integrest State Support of the Culture Industry from UFA to Media: Televisual Policy to Resist Americanization
Advisor: Thomas Y. Levin, 114pp.

Muenzel, Johannes:
The “Private” Detective: Public and Domestic Masculinities in the West German Crime Film of the 1950’s
Advisor: Brian Hanrahan, 62pp.

Parks, Rebecca K.:
Painting Politics: George Grosz, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix and the Experience of Germany’s Interwar Art and Politics
Advisor: Nikolaus Wegmann, 68pp.

Ziegler, Jayden:
Generalization and Productivity in Morphological Paradigm Gaps: Varying Type Frequency and Competition
Advisor: Adele Goldberg, 65pp.


Chaney, Justine Mary:
Contorting the Invisible: the Emergence of Corporal Punishment in German Narrative at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Advisor: Christiane Frey, 78pp.

Chereches, Anca:
Combinatory Categorical Grammar and German Local Scrambling
Advisor: James Rankin, 83pp.

Denz, Jacob:
‘Wichtig zu Lernen’: Einverständnis and Body Politics in Brecht’s “Lehrstücke”
Advisor: Devin Fore, 101pp.

Madole, Robert:
The Specter of Automation: The Organic and its Limits in Robert Musil’s “Man Without Qualities”
Advisor: Michael W. Jennings, 74pp.

Porter, Allen:
Immanence and Transcendence
Advisor: Thomas Y. Levin, 74pp.


Colgan, Brendan:
Nation Branding and National Identity: Making Euros and Sense of German Identity
Advisor: Sara S. Poor, 98pp.

Harper, Jason:
Datamoshing: Aesthetics of the Glitch
Advisor: Thomas Y. Levin, 94pp.

Kim, Christine:
More than Meets the Eye: Connections between Phenomenology and Art
Advisor: Arnd Wedemeyer, 53pp.

Kowen, Michael:
Speculations about Speculation (about Speculation): Text as Text, Text as Theory
Advisor: Nikolaus Wegmann, 88pp.

May-Gamboa, Julio:
Navigating the Metropolis: Advertising, the Bauhaus, and Objectification in Weimar Germany
Advisor: Brigid Doherty, 69pp.

Plaku, Bora:
Faust as a Political Tool in National Socialism; Faust as a Political Tool in Resistance, with an Example by Klaus Mann
Advisor: Sara S. Poor, 55pp.

Schlegel, Christian:
Musil, Criticism, Musil-Criticism
Advisor: Michael W. Jennings, 83pp.


Frankle, Elissa P.:
Iher Wege als Deutsche und Juden: Constructions of Identity in Jewish Museums in Bavaria
Advisor: Michael W. Jennings, 132pp.

Nunan, Timothy:
Leopold Schwarzschild, Das Neue Tagebuch and Anti-Totalitarianism in Interwar Europe 1933-1941
Advisor: Anson Rabinbach, 177pp.


Burkle, Arthur:
Love and Terrorism in Heiner Müller’s “Quartet”
Advisor: Nikolaus Wegmann, 50pp.

Lampert, Marcus:
Walter Benjamin’s Fracture Cosmos: A Reading of “Einbahnstrasse”
Advisor: Michael W. Jennings, 69pp.

Langer, Abigail E.:
Verschiedene Gehirne: Medical Observation and Social Self-Destruction in the Poetry and Prose of Gottfried Benn
Advisor: Devin Fore, 92pp.

Stolzenberg, Emily:
“Der Sinn von Politik ist Freiheit”: Conceptions of Politics and Freedom in Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Hannah Arendt
Advisor: Arnd Wedemeyer, 74pp.


Dillon, Maggie Blair:
The Threat of the Blur: Stress and Rupture in Gerhard Richter’s ‘October 18, 1977’
Advisor: Brigid Doherty, 55pp.

Fockele, Kenneth E.:
The Poetics of Physical Love in Heinrich von Morungen and Walther von der Vogelweide
Advisor: Sara S. Poor, 106pp.

Purdie, Denise Rita:
Technische Nothilfe: The Evolution of Perception in the Works of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Walter Benjamin and Robert Musil
Advisor: Michael W. Jennings, 90pp.

Shimp, Scott:
Online Offentlichkeit: A Habermasian Analysis of the Blogosphere
Advisor: Thomas Y. Levin, 147pp.

Voute, Thomas M.:
Shields and Swords: Stasi Surveillance through the Use of Informants
Advisor: Walter Hinderer, 71pp.