2000-2010

2000 – 2010 Alumni Thesis

2010

Autumn Bishop “Muslims in the Media: The New York Times from 2000-2008.” August 2010. Thesis Chair: Dr. David Gay.

Lucretia Cooney “Bullying: Out of the School Halls and Into the Workplace.” August 2010. Thesis Chair: Dr. Lin Huff-Corzine.

Denise Crisafi The Response of Administrators and Instructors in the Orange County, Florida Public High School System to Dating Violence Prevention Programs.” May 2010. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Ashley Maddox “When Love Turns Lethal: A Content Analysis of Intimate Partner Homicide in Print Media.” May 2010. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Rachel Morgan “Victimization, Risky Behaviors, and the Virtual World.” May 2010. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Lillian O’Connell “Energy-Use Behavior among College Students.” August 2010. Thesis Chair: Dr. Penelope Canan.

Joshua Roosth “University Leadership in Sustainability and Campus-Based Environmental Activism.” May 2010. Thesis Chair: Dr. John Lynxwiler.

Melissa Tetzlaff “Snagging the Online Sexual Predator: Descriptions of Who and How.” August 2010. Thesis Chair: Dr. Libby Mustaine.

2009

Meagan Arrastia “Have You Heard?: Predictors of HPV Awareness among a Random Sample of College Students.” May 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. Fernando Rivera.

Donavan Bowers “Education and Spiritual Internalization.” August 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. David Gay.

Nnenia Campbell “Hurricane Katrina and the Perception of Risk: Incorporating the Local Context.” August 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. Penelope Canan.

Hilary Dotson “Homeless Women in the Orlando Shelter System: A Comparison of Single Women, Families, and Women Separated from their Children.” May 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Adrienne Horne “The Effect of Relative Deprivation on Delinquency: An Assessment of Juveniles.” August 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jason Ford.

Wendi Kane “Working Hard and Barely Making It: Ideological Contradictions and the Working Poor.” May 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Andrew Lash “Religiosity and Subjective Interpretation of Personal Wealth.” May 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. David Gay.

Jason LeVine “The Effects of Religious Affiliation and Participation on Racial Discrimination.” August 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. David Gay.

Hollianne Marshall “Defended Neighborhoods and Organized Crime: Does Organized Crime Lower Street Crime.” August 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine.

Brandon Presley “Testing Bias in the Occupational Interview: A Pilot Study on Racial Discrimination.” August 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. John Lynxwiler.

La’Shawn Rivera “Social Norms and College Dating Violence among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (GLBTQ) Students.” December 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Patrick Sacleux “A Study of Regional Language and Identities in a Small Occitan Village.” December 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. Fernando Rivera.

Tangela Towns “Race and Health Behaviors: A Study of Diabetes among African Americans.” May 2009. Thesis Chair: Dr. Fernando Rivera.

2008

Nicole Bauer “The Impact of Religiosity on Sexual Victimization Experiences and Reporting Behaviors among Female College Students.” December 2008. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Mary Collins “Collaborative Dispute Resolution in Superfund Enforcement: Does the Resolution Approach Vary by Community-Level Sociodemographic Characteristics?” May 2008. Thesis Chair: Dr. Brent Marshall.

Jamie Dodge “Living and Thriving in the Land of Milk and Honey: Religion and the Success of Mexican Immigrants to the United States.” August 2008. Thesis Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Brian Gentry “Technological Disasters: An Investigation of the Conservation of Resources Theory on Depression.” Thesis Chair: August 2008. Dr. Fernando Rivera.

Sara Neuenschwander “The Social Construction of Claims-Making: Bahamian Anglers vs. Non-Resident Sports-Fishermen.” August 2008. Thesis Chair: Dr. John Lynxwiler.

Rachel Rayburn “We are Not Responsible for Our Addictions, but we are Responsible for Our Recovery: A Qualitative Exploratory Study of the Life Histories of Homeless Alcoholics in Recovery.” August 2008. Thesis Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Anthony Saieva “Marijuana Legalization: Americans’ Attitudes over Four Decades.” August 2008. Thesis Chair: Dr. David Gay.

2007

Matthew Graham “The Driving Force behind Gun Crimes: A Time Series Analysis of the Impact of Gun Type and Gun Density.” May 2007. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine.

Katherine Lieftink  “Addressing Domestic Violence among Small Baptist Church Clergy.” August 2007. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Jennifer Truman “Fear of Crime and Perceived risk of Victimization among College Students.” May 2007. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

2006

Melissa Castora “Opinions on Government Spending on Social Security: A Year and Cohort Analysis.” May 2006. Thesis Chair: Dr. Tracy Dietz.

David Cintron “The Taino are Still Alive, Taino Cuan Yahabo: An Example of the Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity.” August 2006. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine.

Michelle Coleman “The 1980’s and Today: An Analysis of Women’s Subjective Well-Being.” August 2006. Thesis Chair: Dr. David Gay.

Chantel Dufrene “College Drinking, Greek Affiliation and the Need to Fit in: An Analysis of Social Norms and Motivations Associated with Fraternity and Sorority Binge Drinking.” August 2006. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jason Ford.

Rebecca Feiler “Engagement, Trust, and Reciprocity: Exploring the Relationship between Social Capital and Participation in Nonprofit Organizations.” December 2006. Thesis Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Meggan Jordan “10X the Talent=1/3 of the Credit: How Female Musicians are Treated Differently in Music.” August 2006. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Nicholas Libby “Falling Down: The Influence of Traffic Patterns and Availability of Emergency Medical Service Personnel on the Lethality of Violent Encounters.” August 2006. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine.

Erin Nabors “Relationship Violence among College Students: The Predictive Power of Sociodemographic Characteristics and Domestic Violence Beliefs.” May 2006. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Nasima Pfaffl “Catching Satisfaction: Personal and Political Framings in the Homebirth Movement, 1970-2000.” May 2006. Thesis Chair: Dr. Lin Huff-Corzine.

Diane Prather “Public Religious Participation: A Comparison of Three Distinct Birth Cohorts.” December 2006. Thesis Chair: Dr. David Gay.

Martin Smith “Rapitalism.” December 2006. Thesis Chair: Dr. John Lynxwiler.

David Zeller “Does Hope VI Deep-Six the Poor?: Analyzing the Effects of Displacement on Former Residents of Distressed Public Housing in a Mid-Sized Southern City.” May 2006. Thesis Chair:  Dr. James Wright.

2005

Brian Bigelow “Double Jeopardy: Homeless and Over 55.” May 2005. Thesis Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Megan Duesterhaus “When Life Really is a Stage: A Test of Objectification Theory using Dancers and Non-Dancers.” May 2005. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Kristina Dzara “Is Gay Really Gay?: A Heterosexual/Homosexual Quality of Life Comparison.” May 2005. Thesis Chair: Dr. David Gay.

Minna Grantham “The Maintenance of Ethnic Culture and Manifestations of Ethnic Identity in the Life Stories of Finnish Immigrants.” December 2005. Thesis Chair: Dr. Tracy Dietz.

Tara King “Race, Socio-Economic Status, School Level Resources and Parental Influences on FCAT Scores in Florida: A Quantitative Study.” December 2005. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Sandra Nead “A Constructionist Analysis of Same-Sex Marriage.” August 2005. Thesis Chair: Dr. John Lynxwiler.

Rebecca Weichsel “Risk Factors for Adult Victimization among Florida’s Homeless Women.” August 2005. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Heather Wilson “Gender Differences in Characteristics of Intimate Partner Homicide Offenders.” August 2005. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

2004

Christine Bevc “Exposure Matters: Examining the Physical and Psychological Health Impacts of Toxic Contamination Using GIS and Survey Data.” May 2004. Thesis Chair: Dr. Brent Marshall.

Marguerite Cashen “Population Churn: The Migration Flow of Florida.” December 2004. Thesis Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Amy Donley “For Richer and For Poorer: The Impact of State Level Legislation on Marriage, Divorce and Other Outcomes.” May 2004. Thesis Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Delores Edelen “Explaining Churn: Mass Society, Social Capital, and Community Turbulence.” December 2004. Thesis Chair: Dr. James Wright.

Ashley Elmore “The New Man and the New Lad: Hegemonic Masculinities in Men’s Lifestyle Magazines.” August 2004. Thesis Chair: Dr. Earl Wright II.

Leith Lombas “Do You Have a Friend?: The Impact of Personal Knowledge of Someone with AIDS on Attidtudes towards AIDS.” May 2004. Thesis Chair: Dr. David Gay.

Jennifer Parham “Aggression in Lesbian and Bisexual Relationships.” May 2004. Thesis Chair: Dr. Tracy Dietz.

Jason Ruckert “Gun Ownership Trends in the United States: 1973-2000.” May 2004. Thesis Chair: Dr. James Wright.

2003

Kimberly Daniels “Economic Dependency and the Division of Household Labor: Examining the Impact of Relative Earnings on Household Labor Patters.” May 2003. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Sada Sheldon “Exploring the Social Determinants of Gambler Motives.” August 2003. Thesis Chair: Dr. John Lynxwiler.

Shauna Taylor “Revictimization by the Media: A Content Analysis of the Portrayal of Femicide in the News.” December 2003. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

2002

Corina Medley “Seen Any Good Movies Lately?: Demographics and Attitudinal Predictors of Female X-Rated Film Viewership.” December 2002. Thesis Chair: Dr. Huff-Corzine.

Heidi Watt “Fit for Deviance: An Exploration of the Social Dynamics of Obligatory Exercise.” August 2002. Thesis Chair: Dr. John Lynxwiler.

2001

Janet Mackall “Non-Professional Congregational Leadership in the United Methodist Church: Identifying Factors Affecting Levels of Female Participation.” December 2001. Thesis Chair: Dr. Ida Cook.

Meghan Probstfield “Perceptions of Death: An Exploratory Study about Thoughts and Feelings of the Biological Body as a Corpse.” August 2001. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

Jennifer Slotkin “Home-work: Examining the Impact of Power and Resources of the Domestic Division of Labor.” December 2001. Thesis Chair: Dr. David Gay.

Steve Wilson “The Integration of African-American Officers into the Police Profession and its Effect on Arrest Discrimination and the Police Subculture.” August 2001. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jana Jasinski.

2000

Nadine Barrett “To Train or Not to Train: An Assessment of the Florida Dependency Circuit Court Judges in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases.” August 2000. Thesis Chair: Dr. Tracy Dietz.

Cory Bernston “Saving Face: Perceived Comfort Level in Self-Disclosure by Gender-Role Identity and Social Context.” December 2000. Thesis Chair: Dr. Lin Huff-Corzine.

Scott Burns “Inmate Criminality: A Study of the Importation and Deprivation Models of Behavior.” August 2000. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine.

Giovanna Gianesini “A Multivariate Approach to the Dynamic of Violence within Intimate Relationships: An Application of Theory of Coercive Power in Exchange.” May 2000. Thesis Chair: Dr. Jay Corzine.

Joyce Glaser “An Impact Assessment of the 1992 Change of the Florida Domestic Violence Law.” December 2000. Thesis Chair: Dr. Ida Cook.

Christina Lanier “Native Americans and Homicide: A County-Level Analysis Utilizing Social Disorganization Theory.” August 2000. Thesis Chair: Dr. Lin Huff-Corzine.