Upcoming Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Announcements

One of the last steps to obtaining your doctoral degree is to defend your dissertation. Once you have finalized your dissertation, you must schedule and announce your defense.

Schedule Your Defense

First, arrange a mutually agreeable time with your committee. Set up the oral exam at least 30 days prior to when you wish to defend. Provide all members of your committee with a complete copy of your dissertation at least 30 days before the defense so they will have sufficient time to read and criticize your work.

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Announce Your Defense

Once the date of your defense has been established, you should complete the Ph.D. Defense Announcement Submission through OneStart. The announcement e-doc must reach the University Graduate School at least 30 days before the date of your defense. The University Graduate School begins counting the 30 days from the date your e-doc is received by our office. We recommend that you submit the e-doc at least 40 days before your defense date to allow time for the e-doc to route for approval through your academic department.

The summary should be informative and contain a brief statement of the principal results and conclusions. Unlike the abstract, which is intended for specialists in the field, an attempt should be made in the summary to communicate the findings in language and style that can be understood by the University community at large. The summary should be no less than 150 and no more than 300 words in length.

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Once announced, the time and place cannot be changed without the approval of the dean of the University Graduate School.

Ordinarily, the defense is conducted here at Indiana University, but under extraordinary circumstances other arrangements can sometimes be made. Prior approval must be obtained from your committee and the University Graduate School.

After submitting your Ph.D. Defense Announcement Submission e-doc, track your document to ensure timely approval. Retain the email confirmation containing your document ID.

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At Your Defense

Have your committee sign the acceptance and abstract pages of your dissertation at the defense.

Learn more about formatting requirements »

Upcoming Announcments

This list of scheduled Ph.D. dissertation defenses is distributed so that faculty may attend or see the full announcement. If you are a faculty member and wish to see the full announcement, please call the University Graduate School Office at (812) 855-8853. If you wish to attend, please contact the committee chair in advance as a courtesy.


KELLEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, April 17, 2017, 9:00 am
Business
Bhattacharya, Abhimanyu
Market Share: Is it Valuable and for Whom?
Hodge Hall, Doctoral Conference Room (HH 7301)
Chair: Prof. Neil Morgan, (855-1114)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 10:30 am
Business
Kim, Hee Ryung
Political Ideology and Consumer Creativity
Hidhe Hall, Room 7301
Chair: Prof. H. Shanker Krishnan / Prof. Adam Duhachek , (855-1210 / 855-1099)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 1:00 pm
Business
Bradley, Kyle
On The Abundance of Star Teams: Investigating the Drivers of Heavy Tails in Team Productivity Distributions
Hodge Hall, Room 7301
Chair: Prof. Tim Baldwin, (855-2770)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 9:00 am
Mass Communications
van Driel, Irene
Losing Control? The Influence of Contemporary Media Use on Self-Regulation of Emotion, Cognitions, and Behavior
Franklin Hall, Room 230M
Chair: Prof. Walter Gantz, (855-1621)

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4:00 pm
Mass Communications
Pavelko, Rachelle
Beyond stigma: Developing and testing a scale of perceived trivialization of mental illness
Franklin Hall, Room 215
Chair: Prof. Jessica Gall Myrick, (856-7380)

Friday, March 31, 2017, 11:30 am
Cognitive Science; Psychology
Williams, Joshua
"Modality Adaptation Hypothesis": Neurocognitive alterations to novel visuospatial components of sign language during initial acquisition in adulthood
Psychology, Room 288
Chair: Prof. Isabelle Darcy / Prof. Sharlene Newman, (855-0033 / 856-1776)

Friday, March 31, 2017, 2:00 pm
English
Thomas, Christopher
Narrative Possessions: The Pursuit of Authenticity in Nineteenth Century Polynesian Travel Accounts
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library, Room 442
Chair: Prof. Christoph Irmscher, (443-622-3277)

Monday, April 03, 2017, 8:30 am
Cognitive Science; Informatics
Gates, Alexander
The anatomical and effective structure of complex systems
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Randall Beer / Prof. Luis Rocha, (856-0873 / 856-1832)

Wednesday, April 05, 2017, 4:00 pm
Communication & Culture
Zale, Jennifer
Bolshoi Ballerina Vera Karalli: Russia's First Film Star, The Imperial-Era Dance Film, and the Modernization of Cinema-Going Practices and Perceptions in Prerevolutionary Russia
Franklin Hall, Room 230M
Chair: Prof. Joshua Malitsky, (856-0405)

Friday, April 07, 2017, 9:00 am
Anthropology
Bigozhin, Ulan
SHRINE, STATE AND SACRED LINEAGE IN POST-SOVIET KAZAKHSTAN
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Beverly Stoeltje, (855-1203)

Friday, April 07, 2017, 2:00 pm
Fine Arts - Art History
Matuszak, Joanna
From Red Square to Pushkin Monument: Russian Performance Art in Public Spaces in the 1990s
Fine Arts 002
Chair: Prof. Janet Kennedy, (855-9556)

Monday, April 10, 2017, 1:00 pm
Communication & Culture
de Onis, Kathleen
Energy Remix: Decolonial Discourses of Decarbonization
Indiana Memorial Union, Sassafras Room
Chair: Prof. Robert Terrill, (855-0118)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 11:30 am
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Kostyun, Jamie
The Developmental Genetic Basis and Evolutionary Consequences of Floral Differences among Jaltomata (Solanaceae) Species
Simon Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. Leonie Moyle, (856-7027)

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 9:00 am
Geography
McCord, Paul
Spatial dynamics of water governance and crop production in irrigated smallholder agricultural systems
Student Building, Room 014
Chair: Prof. Tom Evans, (856-4587)

Friday, April 14, 2017, 8:00 am
Anthropology
Barbosa de Lima, Ana Carolina
An anthropological exploration of the effects of family cash transfers on the diets of mothers and children in the Brazilian Amazon
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Eduardo Brondizio, (855-8162)

Friday, April 14, 2017, 12:15 pm
Microbiology
Feirer, Nathaniel
Control of Agrobacterium tumefaciens Attachment by a Pterin-Mediated Regulatory Pathway
Smino Hall, Room 001
Chair: Prof. W. Clay Fuqua, (856-6005)

Friday, April 14, 2017, 2:00 pm
Germanic Studies
Gilboa, Zvi
National Scripts, Transnational Legacies: Cultural Imagination in Works by Yoko Tawada, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Wladimir Kaminer, and Alexander Belousov
Global & International Studies, Room 1060
Chair: Prof. Claudia Breger, (855-1894)

Monday, April 17, 2017, 9:00 am
Political Science
Kweon, Yesola
Orienting the Welfare State: Electoral Systems, Social Cleavages, and Policy Priorities
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. Timothy Hellwig, (855-3519)

Monday, April 17, 2017, 4:00 pm
Anthropology
Lamberth, Susan
Absorbing Culture: Intercultural Kinesthetics of Balinese Dance in America
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Anya Peterson Royce, (855-9588)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 10:00 am
Economics
Argudo, Esteban
Essays on the Monetary Policy Transmission Mechanism
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Bulent Guler / Prof. Juan Carlos Hatchondo, (855-7791 / 856-1202)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:00 pm
History
Kolbe, Constanze
Trans-Imperial Networks: Jewish Merchant Mobility Across and Beyond the Adriatic Mediterranean in the 19th Century
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Matthias Lehmann / Prof. Mirjam Zadoff , (360-0719 / 855-5164)

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 10:00 am
Near Eastern Language & Cultures
Alebdha, Fahd
Arab and Persian Ethnicities in Arabic Poetry: Negotiating Political and Social Status in the Umayyad and Abbasid Periods
Global & International Studies, Room 3067
Chair: Prof. Asma Afsaruddin / Prof. Suzanne Stetkevych, (856-7347 / 272-2039)

Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:00 am
English
Coombs, Adam
Entrepreneurial Uplift and the Making of a Black Modernity, 1910-37
Ballantine Hall, Parker Library, Room 442
Chair: Prof. Shane Vogel, (855-8224)

Friday, April 21, 2017, 1:00 pm
Economics
Lopez Cruz, Ivan Guillermo
Essays on the Economics of Crime
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Michael Kaganovich, (855-6967)

Friday, April 21, 2017, 1:00 pm
English
Lanfersieck, Lindsey
The Pursuit of Harmony: Romantic Legacies in Post-Civil War America
Ballantine Hall, Room 442E
Chair: Prof. Jennifer Fleissner, (855-1543)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 9:00 am
Near Eastern Language & Cultures
Nasr, Ghassan
Fairouz and the Rahbanis: A Lebanese Musical (Post-)Modern
Global & International Studies, Room 2067
Chair: Prof. Kevin Martin / Prof. Kaya Sahin, (361-5328 / 856-0309)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 9:30 am
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Wang, Jing
Cytosine methylation and epigenetic inheritance: Insights into condensin function and hybrid incompatibility
Jordan Hall, Room 123
Chair: Prof. Craig Pikaard, (855-1874)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:00 am
Folklore & Enthnomusicology
Downs, Kristina
The Enamored Indian Princess Narrative: Race, Sexuality, and Ancestry in the Stories of La Malinche, Pocahontas, and Sacagawea
Classroom Office Building, Room 261
Chair: Prof. Diane Goldstein, (855-1168)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 2:00 pm
Economics
Jung, Kyongchae
Three Essays in Financial Economics
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Juan Carlos Hatchondo, (856-1202)

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 10:00 am
Geography
Matheus, Trevis
The importance of wood anatomy, site and species selection to dendrochronology
Student Building, Room 014
Chair: Prof. Justin Maxwell, (855-5557)

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 4:00 pm
Chemistry
Kafader, Jared
Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Temperature Dependent Reactivity Studies on Metal Oxide Cluster Anions
Chemistry, Room 033
Chair: Prof. Caroline Jarrold, (856-1190)

Friday, April 28, 2017, 2:00 pm
Chemistry
Liu, Yijun
Mechanistic Studies of Fluorination and Defluorination Involving Graphitic Carbon
Chemistry, C127
Chair: Prof. Liang-shi Li, (855-7178)

Friday, April 28, 2017, 3:30 pm
Chemistry
Yang, Xu
Advances in the Synthesis of Insulin and Structurally Related Peptides
Chemistry, A127
Chair: Prof. Richard DiMarchi, (856-1840)

Monday, May 01, 2017, 12:00 pm
Sociology
Mize, Trenton
Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in the Labor Market
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Stephen Benard, (856-7418)

Monday, May 01, 2017, 12:00 pm
Anthropology
Riley, Jenny
An Experimental Investigation of Bone Surface Modifications on Extinct Sloth Bones from Padre Nuestro Cavern, Dominican Republic
Student Building, Room 159
Chair: Prof. Geoffrey Conrad / Prof. Laura Scheiber, (334-7681 / 855-6755)

Tuesday, May 02, 2017, 2:00 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Ingalsbe, Suzanne
Church Museums as Practice: Religion, Authority, and Narrative
Classroom Office Building, Room 261
Chair: Prof. Pravina Shukla, (856-1715)

Tuesday, May 02, 2017, 2:00 pm
Economics
Lu, Ye
Three Essays in Continuous Time Econometrics
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Joon Y. Park, (856-0268)

Tuesday, May 02, 2017, 3:30 pm
Economics
Han, Zhao
Incomplete Information, Asset Prices, and Fiscal Policy Uncertainties
Wylie Hall, Room 329
Chair: Prof. Eric Leeper / Prof. Todd Walker, (855-9157 / 856-2892)

Tuesday, May 02, 2017, 4:00 pm
Economics
Hu, Bo
Econometric Analysis of Distributional Dynamics
Wylie Hall, Room 225
Chair: Prof. Joon Y. Park, (856-0268)

Thursday, May 04, 2017, 1:00 pm
Folklore & Enthnomusicology
Kennedy, Maria
Finding Lost Fruit: The Cider Poetic, Orchard Conservation, and Craft Cider Making in Britain.
Classroom Office Building, Room 261
Chair: Prof. Michael Dylan Foster, (855-1027)

Thursday, May 04, 2017, 2:30 pm
Linguistics / Near Eastern Language & Cultures
Al-Raba'a, Basem
Reflexivity and Reciprocity in Arabic
Indiana Memorial Union, The Charter Room
Chair: Prof. Salman Alani / Prof. Yoshihisa Kitagawa, (323-8243 / 369-6225)

Monday, May 15, 2017, 12:00 pm
Sociology
Quadlin, Natasha
Academic Performance and Gender: Perceived Causes and Potential Consequences
Ballantine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Brian Powell, (855-7624)

Monday, May 22, 2017, 11:30 am
History
Roberts, Alaina
Chickasaw Freedpeople at the Crossroads of Reconstruction
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Christina Snyder, (855-2176)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 3:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Browning, Thomas
Beyond Downloaded Routines: Core Reflection as a Tool for Addressing Uncertainty
Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Robert Kunzman, (856-8122)

Friday, March 31, 2017, 12:00 pm
Counseling Psychology
Liu, Tao
The Intersection of Race and Gender for Asian American Men: Conceptual Paradigms, Empirical Studies, and Scale Development
Wright School of Education, Room 34
Chair: Prof. Joel Wong, (856-8293)

Friday, March 31, 2017, 1:00 pm
School Psychology
Merrill, Anna
The Additive Effects of Video Self-Modeling on a Social Skills Training Package Addressing Conversational Skills in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Wright School of Education, Center for Human Growth, Room 0020
Chair: Prof. Scott Bellini, (345-3839)

Friday, April 07, 2017, 11:00 am
Learning & Development Science
Santo, Raphael
Working Open in the Hive: How Informal Educational Organizations Learn, Collaborate and Innovate in Networks
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Joshua Danish, (856-8330)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:30 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Avsar Erumit, Banu
HOW DOES A HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY TEACHER INTERACT WITH HIS 10TH GRADE STUDENTS?: EXAMINING SCIENCE TALK IN EVOLUTION AND HUMAN GENETICS INSTRUCTION FROM A SOCIOLINGUISTICS PERSPECTIVE.
Wright School of Education, Room 3134
Chair: Prof. Valerie Akerson, (856-8140)

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9:30 am
Instructional Systems Technology
Callison, Matthew
A CASE STUDY EXAMINING HOW SCHOOL LEADERS SUPPORT SCHOOL-WIDE IMPLEMENTATION OF PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING IN A COMPREHENSIVE PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Wright School of Education, Room 2277
Chair: Prof. Thomas Brush, (856-8458)

Wednesday, May 03, 2017, 1:00 pm
Instructional Systems Technology
Tomita, Kei
Influence of Multiple Visual Design Elements on Student Learning Experience
Wright School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Elizabeth Boling, (856-8467)

Thursday, May 04, 2017, 12:00 pm
Counseling Psychology
Gabana, Nicole
Exploring the Effects of a Gratitude Intervention on College Student-Athletes
Wright School of Education, Room 0034
Chair: Prof. Jesse Steinfeldt, (856-8331)

Monday, May 08, 2017, 10:00 am
Curiculum & Instruction / History, Philosophy, & Policy in Education
Lim, Kyungeun
An Inquiry of How Art Education Policies are Reflected in Art Teacher Preparation: Examining the Standards for Visual Arts and Art Teacher Certification
Wright School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Marjorie Manifold / Prof. Margaret Sutton, (856-8133 / 856-8368)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 1:00 pm
Curriculum & Instruction
Kim, Hyojin
EMPATHY IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM: EXPLORING TEACHERS’ PERCEPTIONS, UNDERSTANDING AND PRACTICES
Wright School of Education, Room 2140
Chair: Prof. Mary Benson McMullen, (856-8363)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, April 03, 2017, 8:30 am
Informatcs
Gates, Alexander
The anatomical and effective structure of complex systems
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Randall Beer / Prof Luis Rocha, (856-0873 / 856-1832)

Tuesday, April 04, 2017, 1:00 pm
Informatics
Xing, Luyi
Squatting Menace on the Horizon: Understanding and Mitigating Resource-Hijacking Attacks on Modern Computing Systems
Lindley Hall, Room 101
Chair: Prof. XiaoFeng Wang, (412-780-0022)

Friday, April 14, 2017, 10:00 am
Informatics
Kannabiran, Gopinaath
Embodied Wellbeing: A Reimagination of Sustainability and Desire in HCI
Informatics West, Room 107
Chair: Prof. Shaowen Bardzell, (855-1341)

Monday, April 24, 2017, 10:00 am
Informatics
Manicka, Santosh
The role of canalization in the spreading of perturbations in Boolean networks
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Luis Rocha, (856-1832)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12:30 pm
Informatics
Knepper, Richard
Shifting Modalities of Use in the XSEDE Project
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Nathan Ensmenger, (855-0705)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 3:00 pm
Informatics
Varol, Onur
Analyzing Social Big Data to Study Online Discourse and its Manipulation
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Filippo Menczer, (856-1377)

SCHOOL OF MUSIC, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4:00 pm
Music Education
Williams, Douglas
Mister Rogers' Musical Neighborhood: Fred McFeely Rogers' Contributions to Early Childhood Music Education
Simon Building, Room M271
Chair: Prof. Lissa May, (855-0308)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4:15 pm
Musicology
Rorick, Laura
The Significance of Accessibility in American Orchestral Music
Simon Music Library and Recital Center, M267
Chair: Prof. J. Peter Burkholder, (855-7097)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Friday, March 31, 2017, 8:00 am
Public Policy
Nath, Sanchayan
Beyond Institutional Diversity: Studying Governance & Leadership in the Social-Ecological System of Urban Lakes in Bangalore, India
School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Room A318
Chair: Prof. Daniel Cole / Prof. Michael McGinnis, (855-2426 / 855-1646)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 1:00 pm
Public Affairs
, Shun-Wen
The Welcome Mat Effect of the Early Medicaid Expansions – The Medicaid Enrollment, Health Care Utilization, and Spending
SPEA, Dean's Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Kosali Simon, (856-3850)

Monday, April 17, 2017, 3:00 pm
Environmental Science
Donaldson, Melissa
Nitrous Acid Cycling and Reaction on Soil Surfaces
MSBII, Room 334
Chair: Prof. Jonathan Raff, (855-6525)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 2:30 pm
Public Affairs
Witesman, Owen
Universality in Public Service Values: A Methodology for the Comparison of Value Structures and Content
SPEA, Dean's Conference Room, Room 300
Chair: Prof. Sergio Fernandez, (855-2457)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Friday, April 07, 2017, 9:30 am
Leisure Behavior
Barnett, Susan
Social Interaction, Identity Formation and Substance Use in the First-year Transition to College
School of Public Health, Room C013
Chair: Prof. Bryan McCormick, (855-4711)

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 2:30 pm
Health Behavior
Hung, Chia-Ling
A META-ANALYSIS OF THE EVALUATIONS OF SOCIAL MARKETING INTERVENTIONS ADDRESSING EATING, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, SMOKING AND ALCOHOL DRINKING
School of Public Health, Room C013
Chair: Prof. Susan Middlestadt, (856--2767)

Friday, April 21, 2017, 12:00 pm
Health Behavior
Erbe, Ryan
Examining Adolescents' Beliefs About Meditation: A Mixed Methods Study Using the Reasoned Action Approach
Global & International Studies, Room 1134
Chair: Prof. David Lohrmann, (856-5101)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8:00 am
Leisure Behavior
de Leon, Bernadette
Analysis of Accessibility at National Park Service Sites with the Application of the Principles of Universal Design to Facility Renovations
School of Public Health, Room C013
Chair: Prof. Alan Ewert, (855-8116)

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 10:00 am
Health Behavior
Cho, Beom-young
Associations of Overweight and Obesity Status with Emerging Public Health Concerns in the United States: Electronic Vapor Product Use among Adolescents and Falls among Elders
School of Public Health, Room C013
Chair: Prof. Dong-Chul Seo / Prof. Hsien-Chang Lin, (855-9397 / 855-6197)

Friday, April 28, 2017, 10:00 am
Leisure Behavior
Nagata, Shinichi
Leisure and Recurrence of Depression: Identification of the Role of Leisure-Generated Resources, Physical Activity, and Sense of Coherence.
School of Public Health, Room C013
Chair: Prof. Bryan McCormick, (855-3482)

Thursday, May 04, 2017, 1:00 pm
Leisure Behavior
Lee, Dohyun
EXAMINATION OF ASSOCIATIONS BETWEEN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AS MULTIDIMENSIONAL CONSTRUCTS IN COLLEGE STUDENTS
School of Public Health, Room C013
Chair: Prof. Sarah Young, (855-3085)