The full complement of CMS graduate student theses — on television, games, activism, education, and more.
Master's thesis by Diego Cerna Aragon S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2021
The concept of sociotechnical nonfictions highlights the role that expertise and media assemblages played in the (re)production of facts.
Master's thesis by Lucy Jakub S.M., Science Writing, 2020
The future of the gulf will depend not just on the trajectory of ocean warming, but on whether people can rethink the way we use the environment, and adapt to a changing world.
Master's thesis by Rachel Fritts S.M., Science Writing, 2020
Plague On The Prairie: The Fight To Save Black-Footed Ferrets From The West’s Most Insidious Disease
When a single remaining population of black-footed ferrets was discovered in Meeteetse, Wyoming in 1981, scientists had one last chance to save North America’s only native ferret from extinction.
Master's thesis by Kate Petersen S.M., Science Writing, 2020
How scientists are searching for alien life — and the limitations and ambiguity in data interpretation.
Master's thesis by Sam Mendez S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2020
A combination of theory, applied media practices, educational field work, and design to highlight the opportunities that a ritual view of communication presents to advance health equity.
Master's thesis by Ben Silverman S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2020
Furry queers fandom through several interrelated processes: severing fandom from textual objects; developing queer sex publics; paving new pathways to queer becoming; and displacing online identity through stylized, affective modes of embodiment.
Master's thesis by Ashley Belanger S.M., Science Writing, 2020
As it becomes harder for the Sonoran pronghorn to escape increasingly inescapable human activity, it also becomes harder for the recovery team to ensure the Sonoran pronghorn survives.
Master's thesis by Fernanda de Araújo Ferreira S.M., Science Writing, 2020
Looking at the effects of high heel use on the body, the history of the high heel and discussing the reasons why countless women have endured a shoe that is by design uncomfortable.
Master's thesis by Elizabeth Borneman S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2020
Data visualizations that convey emotions, embodiment, and arise from a participatory design process grounded in design justice and data feminist principles, can inspire the collective discussions and perspective shifts required for communal cohesion.
Master's thesis by Judy Heflin S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2020
This thesis focuses on contemporary AI-generated literature that has been traditionally published in the form of a printed book.
Master's thesis by Iago Bojczuk S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2020
Media Cartographies of Broadband Access in Brazil: The Case of the Geostationary Defense and Strategic Communications Satellite (SGDC-1) and Rural Schools
“Through a critical media studies approach, I describe how the satellite’s sociotechnical relations reveal what remains largely obscure to Brazilian publics.”
Master's thesis by Annie Wang S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2020
Creators, Classrooms, and Cell: Designing For The Benefits and Limitations of Learning in Immersive Virtual Reality
Grounding VR within the greater context of technology-mediated learning by examining its affordances, relevant educational frameworks, and cognitive limitations through the academic lenses of pedagogy, cognitive science, and educational psychology.
Master's thesis by Han Su S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2020
This thesis scrutinizes the evolution of Internet technologies, the changing paradigms of netizens’ online interactions, and the socioeconomic structures of Internet platforms in the larger context of the proposed shift from a centralized web to a decentralized one.
Master's thesis by Anna Chung S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2020
An investigation of anti-algorithmic tactics through two case studies of social media users responding to algorithmic content moderation and content curation
Master's thesis by Sultan Sharrief S.M., Comparative Media Studies, 2019
How the lack of nuance in data representation and media practices of the American educational system impedes the design of effective educational interventions for low-income Black youth.