Past Undergraduate Thesis Titles


  • John Anderson, Department of Economics
    “Power Play: The Effect of Locational Marginal Pricing on Market Power in the United States Electricity Sector”
    Advisor: Nicholas Buchholz
  • Susan Baek, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    “What It Means to Be ‘Asian American’ in New York City: An Interview-Based Analysis of an Evolving Political Category”
    Advisor: Tanushree Goyal
  • Elizabeth Boeckman, Department of Anthropology
    “From Playing Fields to Zoom Calls: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Princeton Student-Athletes”
    Advisor: Jeffrey Himpele
  • Christina Bradley, Princeton Neuroscience Institute
    “Consciousness and the Social Brain: Neuronal Priming in Neurological Machinery Pertinent for Attentional Awareness Performance and Awareness Attribution in Social Cognition”
    Advisor: Michael Graziano
  • Kaelani Burja, Department of Anthropology
    “Not Your Great White Way: An Ethnography of New York City and New Jersey’s Latiné and New Theatrical Works Rehearsal Room Processes”
    Advisor: Elizabeth Davis
  • Kathryn Chou, Department of Computer Science
    “OCR and Asian American History: Creating a Search Tool for the Survey of Race Relations Records”
    Advisor: Brian W. Kernighan
  • Gisell Curbelo, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    “The End of Cuban Exceptionalism: A Post Wet-Foot/Dry-Foot Analysis of Cuban Migration”
    Advisor: Sahar Aziz
  • Meghan Curran, Department of History
    “The Silenced Movies: The Oppression of Women in the Film Industry from the Golden Age of Hollywood to the Rights Revolution”
    Advisor: Laura Edwards
  • Katherine Elmlinger, Department of Computer Science
    “My Data, My Choice? An Analysis of the Data Broker Industry and the Exercise of Privacy Choices”
    Advisor: Brian W. Kernighan
  • Michael Fording, Department of Religion
    “In the Meantime: Culture and American Christian Apocalypticism”
    Advisor: Eric Gregory
  • Londy Hernandez, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    “Ver Demonios Es un Don: A Look at (Swimming, Horseback-Riding, Retching) Guatemalan Demons”
    Advisor: Nicole D. Legnani
  • Alison Hirsch, Department of Art and Archaeology
    “Monsanto as Image Maker: Feeding the World Lies”
    Advisor: Rachel Z. DeLue
  • Tiffany Huang, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering
    “A Random Walk Approach to Quantifying Racial Segregation and Food Access in Atlanta, Georgia”
    Advisor: Elizaveta Rebrova
  • Sloan Huebner, Department of Sociology
    “Show Me the Green: A Comparative Study of the Value Ascribed to Philadelphia Neighborhood Pocket Parks”
    Advisor: Benjamin Bradlow
  • Ergene Kim, Department of English
    “Photographic Angst: Desire, Defect, & Death in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando & Dazai Osamu’s No Longer Human
    Advisor: Anne Cheng
  • Christopher Lugo, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    “Pandemic Policy and Mutual Aid: An Application of Elinor Ostrom’s Polycentricity to Princeton’s Pandemic Response”
    Advisor: Anastasia Mann
  • Riley Martinez, Department of Politics
    “Remedy’s Ruin: Limiting Redress Against Government Wrongdoing in the Supreme Court’s 2021 Term”
    Advisor: Paul Frymer
  • Tanzila Morshed, Department of Computer Science
    “Tweeting Prejudice: Analyzing the Evolution of Attitudes Toward Asian Americans During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
    Advisor: Suma Bhat
  • Grace Ni, Department of History
    “Wanna Grab Some Take Out? A History of Chinese Food in America From 1850 to the Present”
    Advisor: Jacob Dlamini
  • Kaitlee Ornelas, Department of Psychology
    “Latinidad in the Legal System: The Effects of an Expert Witness with a Spanish Accent on Individual Juror Decisions”
    Advisor: Joel Cooper
  • Gianni Pacheco, Department of Sociology
    “Playing a Role with Me: Mother-Son Relationships and the Performance of Family among Formerly Street-Involved Men in Chicago, Illinois”
    Advisor: Kathryn Edin
  • Megan Pan, Department of Comparative Literature
    “Paper Boats”
    Advisors: Karen Emmerich and Ilya Kaminsky
  • Angelica Qin, Department of Sociology
    “Chinatown Divided: A Relational Account of the East Asian Co- ethnic Gentrification of Flushing, Queens”
    Advisor: Benjamin Bradlow
  • Carmina Rangel-Pacheco, Department of Sociology
    “Eating Alone, Eating Together: An Investigation of the Barriers and Strategies Surrounding Food Acquisition at Princeton University”
    Advisor: John Robinson
  • Zachary Sahin, Department of English
    “The Last Romantic Poet of Sympathy: Arthur Henry Hallam”
    Advisor: Lee Clark Mitchell
  • Claire Schmeller, Department of History
    “‘The Best Camp in America’: The Hypocrisy of Nazi Prisoner of War Experiences in Camps Clinton and Shelby, Mississippi during World War II”
    Advisor: Alison Isenberg
  • Taryn Sebba, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    “Why the Caged Bird Can’t Sing in a Jail Made of Gold: A Mixed Methods Analysis of The Efficacy of United States Indefinite Detention Practices, History, and Consequences on Migrant Case Outcomes”
    Advisor: Stanley Katz
  • Sophia Singletary, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    “Shielding Sovereignty: America’s Defense of Democracy in Confronting Russian Aggression in Ukraine, 2014-2022”
    Advisor: Aaron Friedberg
  • Serena Starks, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    “Minor Feelings about Major Changes: Post White America’s Mechanisms for Voter Mobilization”
    Advisor: Susan Fiske
  • Grace Stone, Department of African American Studies
    “Finding a Philosophy of Love: Toni Morrison’s Beloved Imagined and Reimagined”
    Advisor: Kinohi Nishikawa
  • Juliet Sturge, Department of Anthropology
    “Pottery in Practice: Gender, Tourism, and the Nature of Authenticity in Acoma Pueblo”
    Advisor: Jeffrey Himpele
  • May Tieu, Department of Economics
    “(No) Effect of Recreational Marijuana Legalization on Young Employees’ Work Capacities”
    Advisor: Kate Ho
  • Emily Trieu, Department of Comparative Literature
    “Moms are the Future: The Influences of Maternal Mental Health on Child Behavioral Development”
    Advisor: Jean B. Grossman
  • Ava Vilensky, Department of German
    “‘Dies Buch ist ausschließlich für die Frau geschrieben’: Unmasking Gender Ideology in the Health Rhetoric of Bess Mensendieck’s Körperkultur der Frau
    Advisor: Susan Morrow


  • Maricar Almeda, Department of Molecular Biology
    “Identification and Characterization of Positive Regulators Governing Hepatitis C Virus Host Tropism”
    Advisor: Alexander Ploss
  • Lauren Almstead, Department of Sociology
    “A Comparative Analysis of Agricultural Systems and Risk Based on Self-Sufficiency in France, Argentina, and the United Kingdom”
    Advisor: Miguel Centeno
  • Rachel Chen, Department of Economics
    “Crash Landing on You: An Error-Corrected Approach to the International Trade Creation Effects of the Korean Wave”
    Advisor: Iqbal Zaidi
  • Emma Daugherty, Department of Sociology
    “Negotiating Rurality & Modernity: Access to the Internet, the COVID-19 Pandemic, & Defining Culture in Appalachia”
    Advisor: Timothy J. Nelson
  • Tara Frederick, Department of Politics
    “The Impacts of Socioeconomic Status on Political Socialization in the United States”
    Advisor: Patricia Kirkland
  • Alejandro Garcia, Department of Politics
    “The Fifth Threat to Democracy: An Analysis of the Federal Judiciary’s Politicization and Its Role in Democratic Backsliding”
    Advisor: Paul Frymer
  • Violet Gautreau, Department of English
    “‘Change Come Fast, and Change Come Slow’: Caroline, or Change, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and the Disruption of Normative Female Sexuality in American Musical Theatre”
    Advisor: Tamsen Wolff
  • Chloe Horner, Department of Politics
    “Diversifying Congress: Political Amateurism and Women’s Representation in the House of Representatives”
    Advisor: Frances Lee
  • Talha Iqbal, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    “A Predictive and Case Study Analysis to Examine the Potential Impacts of Proposed Healthcare Expansion Policies under the 116th Congress”
    Advisor: Paul Frymer
  • Andrew Kim, Department of History
    “The Role of Media in the Evolution of Public Intellectuals”
    Advisor: Sean Wilentz
  • Nicole Kresich, Department of English
    “Look at Me Looking at You: An Examination of the Female Gaze in the Fraternity of Rock and Roll”
    Advisor: Susan J. Wolfson
  • Cammie Lee, Department of English
    “The Entropy of Smell: Theorizing a Logic of Olfaction Through the Art and Literature of Asian Women”
    Advisor: Anne Cheng
  • Sarah Lee, Department of Sociology
    ““Rent Eats First”: The Social Contract of Korean Tenants and Landlords in Immigrant Enclaves”
    Advisor: Kathryn J. Edin
  • Marissa Michaels, Department of Sociology
    “Theaters of Accountability: A Performance Studies Analysis of Discipline in Newark Youth Court”
    Advisor: Shamus Khan
  • Ashley Morales, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    “Preserving Our Homes: An Analysis of the Mitchell-Lama Affordable Housing Program”
    Advisor: Anastasia Mann
  • Noel Peng, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    “DIÓJUÀ (or Mai travels through Nepantla...and not back)”
    Advisor: Christina Lee
  • Michael Phillippy, Department of English
    “Transcending Limitation: Exploring the Fiction vs. Nonfiction Distinction”
    Advisor: Russ Leo
  • Sara Sacks, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    “Not Just a Rich, White Woman’s Problem: Addressing Disparities in Access to Assisted Reproductive Technologies”
    Advisor: James Raymo
  • Emily Sanchez, Department of History
    “Dismantling Development: How Black Activists Spearheaded Affordable Housing in Paterson, New Jersey, 1950-1980”
    Advisor: Alison Isenberg
  • Kate Semmens, Department of History
    “Entertaining History at America’s Theme Parks: Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland, and Freedomland USA, 1940-1964”
    Advisor: Emily Thompson
  • Maria Jose Solorzano Castro, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    “In Times of War: Salvadoran-American Counterpoetics”
    Advisor: Rachel L. Price


  • Lucy Chuang, Department of Politics
    “Who Gets to Rock the Vote? An Analysis of the Structural Barriers to Voting for Asian American Collectives Within the State of Georgia”
  • Abby Clark, Department of English
    “Driving Old Dixie Down: Faulkner as a Lens for Analyzing Monumentality, False Narratives, and Legacy in the South”
  • Mariana Corichi Gomez, Department of Music
    “La Casa del Árbol: An Immigrant’s Story of Loss and Forgiveness. An Original Song Cycle”
  • Jacy Duan, Department of Sociology
    “Seen and Unseen: Asian American Actors and Representation in Hollywood”
  • Lindsay Emi, Department of English
    “Rare Trips to America”
  • Christian Flores, Department of Politics
    “‘Latino Vote’: Immigration and Identity Appeals in Political Campaigns”
  • Glenna Jane Galarion, Department of Anthropology
    “‘Honor’: Rapping and Representing Asian America”
  • Laura Molina, Department of African American Studies
    “Property Technology in the Age of Algorithmic Discrimination”
  • Alyssa Nguyen, Department of English
    “The Embodiment of Asian Masculinities & Femininities in Genre: Generic and Gendered Representation in Film and Television”
  • Khanh-Linh Nguyen, Department of History
    “A New ‘Invisible Man’: The Vietnamese Refugee Question and Black Activism in Cold War America”
  • Emma Parish, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    “Voting 101: What Universities Can Learn from the COVID-19 Pandemic about Increasing Student Voter Turnout”
  • Madeline Pendolino, Department of Politics
    “Unprecedented: How the Events of 2020 Affected the Outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election”
  • Lauren Sanchez, Department of Politics
    “Capabilities Justice in Education: A Defense of Inclusion for Students with Cognitive Disabilities”
  • Ryan Schwieger, Department of Sociology
    “Boundaries, Redistricting and Identity in North Carolina”
  • Gabriella Tummolo, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
    “Caring for Our Nation’s Caregivers: An Analysis of Domestic Worker Wellbeing and Mobilization during the Era of Covid-19 in Miami-Dade County, Florida”
  • Dorothy Zhao, Department of Computer Science
    “Understanding and Evaluating Racial Biases in Image Captioning”


  • Tessa Albertson, Department of English
    “Feminine Products: A Theatrical Exploration on Feminism, Post-Feminism, and the Ultimate Quest Towards True Womanhood”
  • Tabitha Belshee, Department of Politics
    “Doing Right by Our Children: Understanding and Redressing President Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’”
  • Juston Forte, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “Perils for Low-Income Boys: A Look into How School Cut-off Dates Unfairly Hurt Low-income Boys”
  • Grace Koh, Department of History
    “The Origins of a Nation: Constructing a ‘Korean Nation’ from the Three Kingdoms of Korea”
  • Kate Leung, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “A Case Study of Culture Institutions in Albuquerque, NM”
  • Nathan Levit, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “The Politics of Poverty: A Case Study Analysis of Interest Groups in Conservative State Legislatures”
  • Kade McCorvy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “A Tale of Three Cities: Effects of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection on Border Town Economies”
  • Mariah McVey, Department of Art and Archaeology
    “A Sculptural Affair: How the Sculptures on the Theaterama at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair Flourished as Public Art”
  • Hugo Myron III, Department of Politics
    “Stubborn As An Ass? Shifting Democratic Party Framing of the Charter School Question”
  • Jeremy Nelson, Department of History
    “‘Our Task’: The New Deal and Meteorological Catastrophe in 1936”
  • Julia Pak, Department of History
    “Sugar and Slavery: Remembering the Narratives of Former Slaves of Louisiana’s Sugar Plantations”
  • Alejandra Rincon, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    “Time Commences in Xibalba: A Queer Analysis of Gender Mestizaje and Trauma Temporalities”
  • Haneul Ryoo, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “The Untold Side of Artificial Intelligence: A Call For Researcher Protection From Vicarious Traumatization”
  • Jenna Shaw, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “Testing the Waters: A Case Study of the Relationship Between Risk Perception and Water Consumption Habits in Trenton, NJ”
  • TJ Smith, Department of English
    “They Only Wanted to Belong: Frustrated Stories of Queer Emergence in Modernist Women’s Fiction”
  • Linda Song, Department of Anthropology
    “The Millennial Caregiver as the ‘Canary in the Coal Mine’: The Politics of Injury, Slow Violence and Field ‘Care’”
  • Audrey Spensley, Department of History
    “Machinery of the Law: Edmund Du Cane and the English Prison System, 1850-1895”
  • Jenny Xin, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “The Model Maternity Myth: An Exploration of AAPI Experiences in the U.S. Maternal Healthcare System”


  • Temi Aladesuru, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    “Socioeconomic Determinants of Health Outcomes in American Urban Environments”
  • Noah Bramlage, Department of Politics
    “Til Death Do Us Part: Re-Imagining the Role of Inheritance and Gifts in American Society”
  • Wesley Brown, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “New South Renewal: The Uphill Battle for Upward Mobility in Charlotte”
  • Stephen Chao, Department of Anthropology
    “Curating Queer Utopia in Queer/Trans Asian/Pacific Islander Nightlife”
  • Lou Chen, Department of Music
    “Reconfiguring the Double Bind: The Individual and the Collective in Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN”
  • Katherine Duggan, Department of English
    “Ghost Melodramas and the Staging of American History”
    Katherine Duggan, Program in Theater
    “Disposable Ghosts”
  • Ana Patricia Esqueda, Department of Psychology
    “The Role of Language Transfer: Spanish Speaking Children’s Success in Artificial Language Production”
  • Katherine Fleming, Department of History
    “Borders, Bridges, and Burdens: Latinas Navigate Our Bodies, Ourselves, 1969-Present”
  • Majida Halaweh, Department of History
    “It Matters What You Call a Thing: Sovereignty, Material Culture and Palestinians in Exile”
  • Micah Herskind, Department of African American Studies
    “Decoding Decarceration: Race, Risk, and Reform in New Jersey, 1986-2017”
  • Kauribel Javier, Department of Sociology
    “Towards a Nation of Neighbors: A Study of Immigrant-Welcoming Initiatives in Kentucky”
  • Nathaniel Jackson Jiranek, Department of History
    “The American Blackstone: The Inception, Creation, and Dissemination of a Legal Treatise in the Early Republic”
  • Tylor-Maria Johnson, Department of Sociology
    “‘DON’T SEE ME WHITE’: A Study of the Constructions of Roma Identity in the United States”
  • Matthew Miller, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “A Hostile Dependency: Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council”
  • Adalberto Rosado, Department of Sociology
    “Unaccounted: Exploring the Impact of Ethnic Attrition on Estimates of Social and Economic Progress for U.S. Hispanics”
  • GJ Sevillano, Department of Politics
    “Cutting Imperial Ties: Resisting Uncle Sam’s Filipino Puppet Ferdinand Marcos”
  • Sarah Spergel, Department of History
    “Spilling the Tea: An Exploration of Tea Pads in 1930s Harlem”
  • Elizabeth Van Cleve, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “In Political News: Partisan Slant and Viewer Polarization in Local and Late-Night Broadcast Television”
  • Samuel Vilchez Santiago, Department of Politics
    “From Revolution to Diaspora: Societal Responses to Venezuelan Migrants in Cúcuta and Boa Vista”
  • Angela Wu, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “Towards a Nation of Neighbors: A Study of Immigrant-Welcoming Initiatives in Kentucky”
  • Alis Yoo, Department of History
    “Chinese-Irish American Relations and the Rhetoric of the Chinese Question: A Study of Working-Class Activism, Comparative Racial Hierarchy Debasement and Integration, 1850-1902”


  • Molly Bordeaux, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “More Money, More Problems: The Impact and Implications of Campaign Finance Deregulation in the United States”
  • Nicholas Fernández, Department of Politics
    “Parties at the Podium: Analyzing Ideological Rhetoric at Presidential Nominating Conventions”
  • Arlene Gamio Cuervo, Department of History
    “‘We Would Have Never Found These People’: Black Students’ Right to University Membership and Protest at Rutgers University, 1965-71”
  • Haley Giraldi, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “Too Much of a Good Thing? A Study on the Evolution of Executive Privilege”
  • Mark Goldstein, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “Climate Change in American National Parks: Impacts, Management, Communications, and Public Perception”
  • Collin Gurgul, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “Policy and Populism: How Immigration Proved to Be a Winning Issue in the U.S. and U.K.”
  • Colton Hess, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “Opioid Abuse Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Recovery Strategies for Colleges and High Schools”
  • Isabel Hetherington, Department of History
    “Making the Mormon Question Difficult to Answer: Polygamy, Political Potency, and Legal Ambiguity in 19th-century America”
  • Christian F. Krueger, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “The Implications of China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ for U.S. Foreign Policy”
  • Alicia Lai, Department of Neuroscience
    “Brain Bait: Effects of Neuroscience Evidence on Cognitive Biases in Legal Decision-Making”
  • Katherine Walker Pratt-Thompson, Department of Art and Archaeology
    “Winslow Homer and Cullercoats”
  • Sarah Reeves, Independent Study in Gender and Sexuality Studies
    “Obergefell Families: The Disciplinary Intersection of Marriage and Parenthood”
  • Katherine Shifke, Department of Art and Archaeology
    “‘A Phenomenal Presence That is Unequivocally Black and Beautiful’: Redefining Beauty Through the Art of Kerry James Marshall”
  • Emily Smith, Department of Politics
    “Protecting Hate Speech: The Failing American Experiment”
  • Aaron B. Stevens, Department of Art and Archaeology
    “Collecting Alaska: Sheldon Jackson, Louis Shotridge, and the Pursuit of Northwest Coast Artifacts, 1879-1932”
  • Anna Stillman, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “An Analysis of the Effect of Local Budget Policies on Police Killings”
  • Nicholas Wu, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
    “Finding Safe Passage: Analyzing Juvenile Asylum Determinations in the United States and the European Union”