Inside The Graduate Center: A Dissertation Showcase

MAY 13, 2019 | 6:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1201: Elebash Recital Hall


May 13, 2019: 6:30 PM


Free; Reservations Required


Public Programs



Reservations are full. This event will be LIVE-STREAMED.

In this annual showcase event—now in its second year—selected doctoral candidates present the impact and importance of their Ph.D. dissertations in just three minutes each. Join us for a fun and informative evening of TED-style talks. Sample the intellectual life of The Graduate Center, as our diverse and talented students share their work—in language for a general audience—across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Topics include: how immigrants are targeted by the criminal justice system, the role of grief in responding to the opioid crisis, racial and ethnic impersonations by comedians in vaudeville, the love story as a narrative form, how nanotechnology can create powerful new anti-cancer drugs, and many others across a wide range of disciplines. 

"Inside the Graduate Center: A Dissertation Showcase" is made possible through the generous support of Joanna Migdal.

Ashna Ali (Comparative Literature)
“Migritude: Migrant Structures of Feeling in the Minor Literature of Globalization”
Michael Shane Breaux (Theatre and Performance)
“Just a Buncha Clowns: Comedic-Anarchy and Racial Transgressions in Early 20th-Century U.S. Musical Variety Performance”
Emily Brooks (History)
“‘A War Within a War’: Policing and Gender in New York City During World War II”
Emily Campbell (Sociology)
“Grief, Care, and Politics in the American Opioid Crisis”
James Clark (Biology – Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental)
“Integration of BMP and Insulin/IGF-1 Signaling Regulates Multiple Homeostatic Functions in Caenorhabditis Elegans”
Joseph DeLuca (Clinical Psychology)
“Adolescent Mental Health Stigma Reduction and Health Promotion: Developmental Predictors of Stigma and a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of ‘Ending the Silence’ in New York City”
Ryan Donovan (Theatre and Performance)
“Broadway Bodies: Casting, Stigma, and Difference in Broadway Musicals since ‘A Chorus Line’”
Angela Francis (English)
Recognizing the Twentieth-Century Love Story
Devin Heyward (Critical Social Personality Psychology)
“Racial Becoming: How Agentic (Self-initiated) Encounter Events Inform Racial Identity Refinement”
Whitney Hollins (Urban Education)
“Guilty by Association: A Critical Analysis of How Imprisonment Affects the Children of Those Behind Bars”
Meghan Moore-Wilk (Urban Education)
“Impacts of the Erosion of State Funding for Public Higher Education: Longitudinal Case Studies of Four State Systems – California, Georgia, New York, and Wisconsin”
Milton Ottensoser (Political Science)
“Oil Pollution on the High Seas: The Establishment of an International Regime to Deal with Public International Law and Private Law Issues and the Role of Non-State Actors in the Resolution Prior to and at the International Legal Conference on Marine Pollution Damage (‘Brussels Conference’)”
Anna Paltseva (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
“Lead and Arsenic Contamination in Urban Soils in New York City”
Aliza Panjwani (Health Psychology and Clinical Science)
“Intra- and Inter-Personal Factors Predicting Distress Among Individuals with Advanced Cancers”
Frederick Pearsall (Chemistry)
“Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocrystals for Advanced Energy and Information Storage”
Jiye Son (Chemistry)
“Design and Application of Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 Responsive Peptide Nanostructures”

Sarah Tosh (Sociology)
“Defending the ‘Bad Immigrant:’ Aggravated Felonies, Deportation, and Legal Resistance at the Crimmigration Nexus”