Class Instructor: Juan De Lara

Presentation: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 2:00-4:00pm, KAP 445

Jessleen Kaur Dhaliwal

Meeting the Parents: Culture and Belonging in Interracial Couples

Jessleen Dhaliwal is an American Studies and Ethnicity Major. Her thesis, “Meeting the Parents” uses film and literature to interrogate the intersections between cultural identity and filial belonging among interracial couples. Thesis Advisor: Dr. Lanita Jacobs


Vanessa Diaz

Abolition Through Healing: Gender, Violence, and Accountability  

Vanessa Diaz is a Major in American Studies and Ethnicity. Her thesis, “Abolition Through Hearing” examines how gender-based violence can be addressed through community involvement and accountability. Thesis Advisor: Dr. Chris Finley




Taylor Alexis Grant

Bottom Line: Rhetoric and Reality in the 2016 Elections      

Taylor Grant is an American Studies & Ethnicity major. Her thesis, “Bottom Line” examines how race, class, gender, and other factors influenced the 2016 presidential election. Thesis Advisor: Dr. Sherman Jackson






Felicitas Luz Reyes

Undocumented Youth and the Juvenile Justice System: Community-based Efforts  

Felicitas Luz Reyes is a major in American Studies & Ethnicity and a minor in Spanish. Her Thesis, “Community-based Efforts” examines the plight of undocumented youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Thesis Advisor: Dr. George Sanchez




Jenny Villegas-Garcia

Virgen, Soldadera, y Chicana:

La Virgen de Guadalupe and Transborder Social Movements   

Jenny Villegas-Garcia is an American Studies & Ethnicity major. Her thesis, “Virgen, Soldadera, y Chicana” uses music and visual images to produce a transborder study of how social movements used La Virgn de Guadalupe in Mexico and the U.S.

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Juan De Lara