Below is a list of submitted qualifying projects from the past four years. For a complete list of MA theses and qualifying projects, visit our library website.

Class of 2022

a satin scarf, and its many uses
adeogun, mary

(Mis)fitting Taliesin: The Women of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship
Bartal, Bridget

Fashioning Equality, Independence & Freedom for Women in the Nineteenth Century: Madame Demorest’s Business Empire
Billingslea, Grace

Loud Jewelry, Loose Women: Sex, Power, and Adornment in Storyville, New Orleans, 1880-1920
Carabatsos, Julia

Totem and Anti-Totem: Dual Signification and the Contentious History of Richmond’s Robert E. Lee Monument
Cox, Marion

Adorned in Gold: Religion, Personal Display, and Women’s Agency in Ancient Macedonia
Enderle, Ellen

Timeless Dispositions: Devotional Objects as Non-Mimetic Portraits
Lanza, Katherine

Challenging the Status Quo: Unsettling Dominant Narratives in MoMA’s Gallery 412
McCool, Kristin

The Foreign-born Mother and the Materiality of Americanization: Photography and the Creation and Documentation of Americanization by the Educational Committee for Non-English Speaking Women
Mogulescu, Laura

“May I be deaf at the Opera”: Dress and Voice of Macaroni and Castrati
Snodgrass, Samuel

“One Sheds One’s Sickness in Books”: Illness, Uncertainty, and the Book as Creative Intervention
Supavarasuwat, Pim

Class of 2021

Perfumed Air and Scented Bodies: Materializing the Philosophy of Scent in Sixteenth-Century Padua
Clyburn, Madison

“A Little World of Themselves”: Women and the Cultivation of Fern Cases in the Nineteenth Century
DeQuarto, Natalie

Comfort & Convalescence: Fauteuils de Malade in Eighteenth-Century France
Dubay, Noah

Seafaring Treasures: Latin America and the Transpacific Trade
Fagua-Arias, Juliana

Imitating the Flower: Nineteenth-Century Artificial Plants and Gendered Botanical Education
Isakson, Emily

Tonsorial Transformations: Women’s Sokuhatsu in Nineteenth-Century Meiji Japan, 1868-1912
Murphy, Daria

The Afterlife of Lacquer Panels: Transforming Chinese Luxuries into French Furniture
Qu, Weixun

The Lives of Berenike: A Port City and Its People
Sidamon-Eristoff, Constantine

Dehua Porcelain Figures of Budai: Models of Adaptivity in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century China and “Europe”
Volk, Cynthia

Science in the Study and Authentication of Catholic Relics
Williams, Madison

On Anne Wilson and Winding the Warp: Embodied and Tacit Knowledge in Contemporary Textile Art
Young, Jessica

Class of 2020

Fashioning the Northwest Coast: 200 Years of Indigenous Dress
Allen, Laura

The Head and the Hand: Hospitality and Collaborative Craftsmanship
Birkett, Jordane

Playing Tourist: The Grand Tour and Cartographic Board Games of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
De Cola, Christina

“Shoulders down; arms back; chest open; and waistband properly HIGH up”: Dandyism, Fashion, and the Perception of Masculinity in Late-Georgian Britain
Dee Collins, Nicole

The Crafting of Skins and Laws: Legislative Rhetoric, Handicraft Production, and Indigenous Alaskan Identity
Hayflick, Emily

Designing Destruction: Archizoom Associati’s “Superonda” Sofa as Radical Critique
Koehn, Elizabeth

Make It Real: Fantasy and Development of Interwar Japanese Girls’ Culture
Lin, Chi-Lynn

Tao and Ci: The 1908 Ceramics Exhibition in Late Qing Shanghai and the Emergence of Modern Chinese Cultural Nationalism
Liu, Jinyi

A Taste for Death: Love, Humor, and Suicide in an Eighteenth-Century English Recipe Book
Mazzone, Jacqueline

Logic, Nervousness, and Architecture in Vienna: Two Studies in the Unhomely
Neibergall, Will

Fashion Playground: The Relation between Fashion and the Body in the Spaces for Comme des Garçons
Rong, Yi

Ghostly Traces and Haunted Labor: The Sincere Craft of Janine Antoni
Schwabe, Rachael

Space Sells: The Life and Times of a “Tin” Toy Mars Gun Made in Japan
Warner, Madeline

I Have Seen Her in the Mirror: Elsa Schiaparelli, Surrealist Fashion, and Female Agency
Weindling, Danielle

Photography and the Roycroft Press: Photogravures, Halftones, and Mythmaking in East Aurora
Weintraub-Weissman, Caleb

“A Few Diamonds, Judiciously Worn”: Jewelry, Etiquette, and Feminine Virtue in the Gilded Age
Winkler, Alice

Ecology by Design: Biosphere 2 and Closed-System Design in the Space Age
Zhou, Coco

Class of 2019

Setting the Modern Table: American Flatware and the Domestication of Stainless Steel
Boven, Jessica

Dressing the Strange Artist: Fashion and Fame in Georges Clairin’s “Portrait de Sarah Bernhardt
Brekka, Dylan

Buttons to Banners: The Material Culture of Museum Marketing
Clary, Taryn

“Grandeur Now Departed”: Race, Nationalism, and the Aesthetic of Nostalgia in the Brooklyn Museum Southern Period Rooms”
Goldsher, Tessa

Morbid Consumption: The Commodification of Mummies in Victorian England.
Jaffe, Bates

Sensing Sassafras: Materia Medica Exchange in the British Atlantic
Jepson, Drew

Very Much American: The Education, Travels, and Legacy of Thomas Gold Appleton, 1812–1884
Johnson, Sybil

Elizabeth Robins Pennell’s Cookery Book:
A Symphony in the Gender Politics of Nineteenth-Century Dining
Outcalt, Leela

Lacing a Nation: Renaissance Lace Revivalism and the Scuola Merletti di Burano in Post-Unification and Fascist Italy
Puton, Clara

Familiar Narratives and Clothing Caricatures: The Realities of Tex Avery’s Imaginary Universe.
Smith, Skylar

Plush: Wall-to-Wall Liberation
Swanson, Sophie

Voices in Stone: An Exploration of the Use of Pounamu in the Contemporary Jewelry of Aotearoa New Zealand
Teague, Christianne

Rose Slivka and the Crafting of Craft Horizons, 1955–1979
Terrell, Collen

Conspicuous Cataloging: An Investigation of Collections Management in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Museum
Tichenor, Bailey

European Turned Ivories at the Court of the Kangxi Emperor: A Study in Early Modern Cross-Cultural Relations
Zhou, Joyce