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.

Learn more about deadlines »


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.

Submit your announcement through OneStart »

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. Click on the “Student Reference” link in the “Ph.D. Defense Announcement" section and scroll to the section pertaining to tracking your e-doc.

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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

Friday, April 03, 2015, 10:00 am
Business
Parker, Owen N.
Catering to the Crowd: Three Essays on Social Judgments and Strategic Action
HH-742-A
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Covin, (855-2715)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 4:30 pm
Business
Sul, Hong Kee
Essays on Contagion of Risk
HH 742A
Chair: Prof. Zhenyu Wang & Prof. Craig Holden, (856-2029 & 855-3383)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, April 02, 2015, 2:00 pm
Sociology
Johnston, Joseph B.
Resisting the Market: A Comparative Analysis of Charter School Policy Development in the U.S., 2002-2012
Ballatine Hall, Room 843
Chair: Prof. Pamela Barnhouse Walters, (856-4671)

Friday, April 03, 2015, 2:30 pm
History
Tipei, Alexandra R.
For Your Civilization and Ours: Greece, Romania, and the Making of French Universalism
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Rebecca Spang, (855-2437)

Monday, April 06, 2015, 2:00 pm
History
Garcia-Prieto, Carmen E.
In the Streets and On the Air: Catholicism and Civil Society in El Salvador, 1932-1972
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Gould, (855-6934)

Tuesday, April 07, 2015, 3:00 pm
Mathematics
Monteiro da Silva, Rafael
Transverse steady bifurcation of viscous shock solutions of a system of parabolic conservation laws in a strip
Rawles Hall 368
Chair: Prof. Kevin Zumbrun, (855-1503)

Friday, April 10, 2015, 9:00 am
Italian
Polegato, Andrea
IL LINGUAGGIO POLITICO DEL PRIMO MACHIAVELLI: PRUDENZA, VIRTÙ E GIUSTIZIA NELLE LETTERE AMMINISTRATIVE E DIPLOMATICHE (1498-1503)
Ballantine Hall, Room 340
Chair: Prof. Massimo Scalabrini, (855-8044)

Friday, April 10, 2015, 10:00 am
Religious Studies
Burch, Kate N.
Creation Care: Evangelicals, Politics, and the Environment
Sycamore Hall, Room 224
Chair: Prof. Candy G. Brown, (855-3531)

Friday, April 10, 2015, 10:00 am
Fine Arts-Art History
Goodman, Anna L.
Moretto da Brescia: Viewing Female Spirituality in Sixteenth-Century Lombardy
Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Room 002
Chair: Prof. Giles Knox, (855-5330)

Friday, April 10, 2015, 1:00 pm
Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior
Carlton, Elizabeth D.
Energetic signals and stressors regulate reproductive-immune trade-offs and seasonal sickness responses in Siberian hamsters
Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (409 N. Park Avenue)
Chair: Prof. Gregory Demas, (856-0158)

Friday, April 10, 2015, 3:00 pm
Political Science
D\'Amico, Nicholas J.
Product of our Environment: The Influence of Institutions on the Use and Effectiveness of Voting Heuristics
Woodburn Hall 218
Chair: Prof. Edward Carmines, (855-5065)

Monday, April 13, 2015, 9:30 am
Political Science
Holmes, Carloyn E.
The Black and White Rainbow: Belonging, Opposition and State Building in Democratic South Africa
Woodburn Hall, Room 218
Chair: Prof. Lauren Maclean, (855-6308)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 2:30 pm
Religious Studies
Sheikh, Faraz M.
SOURCES OF SELFHOOD AND TECHNOLOGIES OF ETHICAL FORMATION IN EARLY MUSLIM THOUGHT: THE CASE OF AL-ḤĀRITH B. ASAD AL-MUḤĀSIBĪ (d. 143/857)
Sycamore Hall 100
Chair: Prof. Kevin Jaques & Prof. Richard Miller, (855-6907)

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 1:00 pm
Chemistry
Agrawal, Toolika
CARBON-OXYGEN BOND ACTIVATION THROUGH IRON CATALYSIS
Chemistry, C033
Chair: Prof. Silas Cook, (856-3273)

Friday, April 17, 2015, 10:30 am
Anthropology
Conger, Andrea C.
Bodies of Knowledge: Cultures of Embodied Knowing in American University Dance Majors
800 3rd St., Room 102
Chair: Prof. Anya Peterson Royce, (855-0248)

Friday, April 17, 2015, 1:00 pm
Italian
Bowen, Edward M.
Nuovi Cinema Paradiso?: Closure, Urban Renewal, and Grassroots Movements in Rome, 1993-2014
Ballantine Hall, 209
Chair: Prof. Antonio Vitti, (855-2508)

Friday, April 17, 2015, 1:00 pm
Comparative Literature; American Studies
Schreiber, Holly E.
Representations of Poverty in American Literary Journalism
CMCL 256
Chair: Prof. Vivian Halloran & Prof. Akin Adesokan, (856-5653 & 855-7070)

Monday, April 20, 2015, 2:00 pm
History
Schaefer, Timo H.
The Social Origins of Justice: Mexico in the Age of Utopian Failure, 1821-1870
Ballantine Hall, Room 704
Chair: Prof. Peter Guardino, (855-6108)

Monday, April 20, 2015, 3:00 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Wilkins, Langston C.
Screwston, TX: The Impact of Space, Place, and Identity on Music Making in Houston, Texas’ Hip Hop Music Scene
504 N. Fess Rm. 202
Chair: Prof. Portia Maultsby & Prof. Fernando Orejuela, (855-1027 & 855-0399)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 2:30 pm
Economics
Shin, Donghwa
Essays on Married Women\'s Labor Participation
Swain Hall East, Room 009
Chair: Prof. Michael Alexeev, (855-7103)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 3:00 pm
Mathematics
Hong, Youngjoon
Analysis and approximation of linear and nonlinear partial differential equations: boundary layers, atmospheric equations, change of phase
Swain East 320
Chair: Prof. Roger Temam, (855-8521)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1:30 pm
Psychology
Jahn, Andrew A.
Medial prefrontal cortex signals prediction errors across domains of pain and cognitive control
MSB II, Gill Conference Room 102
Chair: Prof. Joshua Brown, (855-9282)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 3:00 pm
Mathematics
Bousquet, Arthur
Numerical Analysis and Computations of Fluid Flows: Geophysical Flows and Classical Flows
Swain East 320
Chair: Prof. Roger Temam, (855-8521)

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 10:00 am
Central Eurasian Studies
Rees, Kristoffer M.
Citizenship, Identity Politics, and Language Choice in Kazakhstan
Goodbody Hall 144/145
Chair: Prof. Gardner Bovingdon & Prof. Jack Bielasiak, (856-0230 & 855-5072)

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 2:15 pm
Mathematics
Wang, Chuntian
`Deterministic and stochastic nonlinear partial differential equations: theory and approximation
Swain East, Room 320
Chair: Prof. Roger Temam & Prof. Nathan Glatt-Holtz, (855-8521)

Friday, April 24, 2015, 9:00 am
Near Eastern Languages & Culture
Dechant, John E.
The Colossal Elephant Shaykh Ahmad-i Jam: Charisma and Hagiography in Islam
Ballantine Hall, Room 340
Chair: Prof. Devin DeWeese, (855-2298)

Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:30 pm
Geological Sciences
Furmann, Agnieszka T.
The Late Cretaceous Belle Fourche and Second White Specks formations in west-central Alberta, Canada as an emerging hybrid source rock/reservoir shale play
Geological Sciences, Room GY522
Chair: Prof. Simon Brassell, (855-3786)

Friday, April 24, 2015, 2:00 pm
English
Welsch, Lindsay E.
Rays Coming From All Directions: Creative Optics in Modernist Literature
Ballatine Hall, Rom 442E
Chair: Prof. Edward Comentale, (855-1543)

Monday, April 27, 2015, 10:00 am
History
Nelson, Elizabeth A.
Timeknots: Science and Reform at a Paris Asylum, c. 1900
History Department Conference Room, Ballantine Hall Room 704
Chair: Prof. Rebecca Spang, (855-8234)

Monday, April 27, 2015, 10:30 am
Mathematics
Tapay, Andrew M.
Some Results in Fluid Mechanics Using Littlewood-Paley Theory
Rawles Hall, Room 127
Chair: Prof. Nets Hawk Katz & Prof Ciprian Demeter, (855-1869)

Monday, April 27, 2015, 1:30 pm
History
Zoia, Fabio T. P.
Sanitizing South Africa: Race, Racism and Germs in the Making of the Apartheid State, 1880-1980
Ballantine Hall 704
Chair: Prof. Marissa Moorman, (855-5384)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 9:00 am
Political Science
Rees, Kristoffer M.
Citizenship, Identity Politics, and Language Choice in Kazakhstan
Woodburn Hall, Room 220A
Chair: Prof. Gardner Bovingdon & Prof. Jack Bielasiak, (856-0230 & 855-5072)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 1:00 pm
English
Yaggi, MIranda M.
Embedded: Hybrid Forms of Novel Theory, 1740-1900
Ballatine Hall, Room 442E
Chair: Prof. Mary Favret, (855-8283)

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 2:30 pm
Chemistry
Pierson, Elizabeth E.
Charge Detection Mass Spectrometry: Instrumentation and Applications to Viruses
Chemistry, Room 003
Chair: Prof. Martin Jarrold, (856-1182)

Friday, May 01, 2015, 2:30 pm
Psychology; Cognitive Science
Jao, Ruth J.
The Neural Development of Visuohaptic Object Processing
Psychology, PY 230
Chair: Prof. Thomas James & Prof. Karin James, (856-0841 & 856-0659)

Monday, May 04, 2015, 9:30 am
Italian
Love, Anna E.
From Silence to Advocacy: Identity and the Written Word in Medieval and Early Modern Italian Convents
Indiana Memorial Union, Sassafras Room
Chair: Prof. Marco Arnaudo, (855-7812)

Monday, May 04, 2015, 1:00 pm
Spanish
Solon, Megan E.
Do learners lighten up? Phonetic and allophonic acquisition of Spanish /l/ by English-speaking learners
Ballantine Hall, Room 847
Chair: Prof. Kimberly Geeslin & Prof. Erik Willis, (856-5470 & 855-8494)

Wednesday, May 06, 2015, 1:00 pm
Neural Sciences
Islam, Mohammad F.
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Nicotine Induced Upregulation of Alpha 7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Expressed in Xenopus Oocytes: The Role of Ca2+ and Ca2+-Dependent Signaling Pathways
MSB-II, Room 102
Chair: Prof. John Farley, (855-6828)

Wednesday, May 06, 2015, 1:00 pm
Spanish
Lavin, Erin E.
Discourse in monolingual and bilingual non-trial hearings
Ballantine Hall, Room 847
Chair: Prof. César Félix-Brasdefer, (855-9551)

Wednesday, May 06, 2015, 1:30 pm
Spanish
Carbajal, Eric
Violencia política y la lucha por el poder en la novela peruana contemporánea.
Ballantine Hall, Room 235
Chair: Prof. Deborah Cohn, (856-5993)

Wednesday, May 06, 2015, 1:30 pm
Chemistry
Searles, Keith F.
Implementing New Ligand Platforms for Metal-Ligand Multiple Bond and Dinitrogen Chemistry
Chemistry Building, Room C127
Chair: Prof. Jeremy Smith & Prof. Kenneth Caultson, (855-4798)

Wednesday, May 06, 2015, 3:00 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Dibaba, Assefa T.
ETHNOGRAPHY OF RESISTANCE POETICS: Salale Oromo Folklore and Resistance Culture (Northeast Africa, Ethiopia)
510 N Fess
Chair: Prof. John McDowell, (812-219-9546)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 3:00 pm
Fine Arts-Art History
Haslit, Andrew
Gamblers and Grifters: Morality, Economy and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Art
Fine Arts Building, room 002
Chair: Prof. Sarah Burns, (855-9556)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 10:00 am
Physics
Fry, Jason A.
Exploring the Hadronic Weak Interaction with cold neutrons in the NPDGamma and n-4He Experiments
CEEM, South Large Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Mike Snow, (855-7914)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 12:00 pm
Cognitive Science; Psychology
Bushmakin, Maxim A.
Feature Representations in Object Perception
Psychology Building (PY228)
Chair: Prof. Thomas James & Prof. Michael Jones, (856-0841 & 856-1490)

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 10:00 am
Astronomy
Janowiecki, Steven P.
The evolutionary status of high and extremely low surface brightness dwarf galaxies: BCDs and Almost Dark galaxies
Swain Hall West, Room 319
Chair: Prof. John Salzer, (855-6175)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 2:00 pm
Religious Studies
Logan, Dana W.
Uncivil Rituals: Civil Religion and Democracy in New York City, 1780-1850
Religious Stuidies Library, Sycamore Hall 230
Chair: Prof. Candy Gunther Brown, (855-3531)

Monday, August 17, 2015, 1:00 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Buterbaugh, Chad E.
Vernacular Entrepreneurship as a Model for Oral Tradition
501 N. Park Ave., Room 100
Chair: Prof. John McDowell, (855-0390)

Monday, August 24, 2015, 10:00 am
Sociology
Vassuer, Michael R.
POLITICAL PROCESSES AND VARIATION IN RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICIES BETWEEN U.S. STATES
Ballantine Hall 843
Chair: Prof. Clem Brooks & Prof. Brian Steensland, (855-8939 & 317-274-2418)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, GRADUATE DIVISION

Monday, April 06, 2015, 2:00 pm
Language Education
Kuo, Yi-Lu
READING STRATEGY USE BY CHINESE-AS-A-FOREIGN-LANGUAGE LEARNERS
School of Education, Room 2102
Chair: Prof. Beth Samuelson, (856-8256)

Friday, April 10, 2015, 2:00 pm
School Psychology
Thomas, Kelly A.
Mindful Teaching: A Narrative Exploration of Mindfulness and Livelihood Through the Eyes of Teachers
Education 4204
Chair: Prof. Thomas Huberty, (856-8332)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 2:15 pm
Counseling Psychology
Stewart, Whitney A.
The Help-Seeking Behaviors of African Americans
School of Education, Room 4204
Chair: Prof. Rex Stockton, (856-8344)

SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS AND COMPUTING, GRADUATE DIVISION

Thursday, April 02, 2015, 1:00 pm
Information Science
Freeman, Guo
In-game marriage as intimacy-mediated collaboration: How multiplayer online games shape interpersonal relationships
Wells Library LI001
Chair: Prof. Susan Herring, (856-4919)

Monday, April 13, 2015, 3:00 pm
Informatics
Bennett, Casey C.
Robotic Faces: Exploring Dynamical Patterns of Social Interaction between Humans and Robots
Informatics West, Room 232
Chair: Prof. Selma Sabanovic, (856-0386)

Monday, April 27, 2015, 9:30 am
Informatics
Terrell, Jennifer A.
Constructing rooms of requirement: Transmediation and the ethnography of Harry Potter fans
I2, Room 130
Chair: Prof, David Hakken, (856-1869)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 3:00 pm
Informatics
Kolchinsky, Artemy
Measuring Scales: Integration and Modularity in Complex Systems
Psychology, Room 128
Chair: Prof. Luis Rocha, (856-1832)

THE MEDIA SCHOOL, GRADUATE DIVISION

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 10:00 am
Mass Communications
Pennington, Rosemary M.
Identity, connection, community? A study of the uses and gratifications of Muslim Tumblr bloggers
Ernie Pyle Hall, Roy Howard Room
Chair: Prof. Christine Ogan, (812-272-8842)

Friday, May 01, 2015, 2:00 pm
Mass Communications
Ehmer, Emily A.
Seeking Refuge in a New Homeland: Media Representations of the Burmese Community in Indiana
Ernie Pyle Lounge, Rm. 203, Ernie Pyle Hall
Chair: Prof. Radhika Parameswaran , (855-8569)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, GRADUATE DIVISION

Wednesday, May 06, 2015, 4:00 pm
Public Affairs
Taylor Sims, Carletta F.
Financial and Social Savvy Amongst Earned Income Tax Eligible Households: The influence and importance of social knowledge, program participation and financial capability in household wealth-building behavior
SPEA (DCR300)
Chair: Prof. Maureen Pirog, (855-0732)

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Friday, April 17, 2015, 2:00 pm
Health Behavior
Hunter, Theresa M.
Assessing the Impact of Adverse Childhood Events on Health Behaviors in College Students
School of Public Health Dean’s Conference Room
Chair: Prof. Susan Smith, (856-5122)

Monday, April 20, 2015, 3:45 pm
Environmental Health
Chittiboyina, Shirisha
The role of the folate pathway in pancreatic cancer risk
School of Public Health, PH125
Chair: Prof. Barbara Hocevar, (855-2854)

Monday, April 27, 2015, 10:00 am
Epidemiology
Davis, Alissa
DIFFERENCES IN RISK BEHAVIORS, INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE, AND HIV & SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION PREVALENCE AMONG MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN AND MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN AND WOMEN IN CHINA
School of Public Health, Room 125
Chair: Prof. Juhua Luo, (856-2858)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
Health Behavior
Nyawade, Susan A.
Predicting the Intention of Health Professionals to Observe a Mother Breastfeed her Baby during the First Month of Life in Nairobi, Kenya: A Reasoned Action Approach
School of Public Health, Room PH125
Chair: Prof. Susan Middlestadt & Prof. Jonathan Macy, (856-2767 & 856-0704)

Tuesday, May 05, 2015, 10:00 am
Health Behavior
Chen, Cheng-Chia B.
LONGITUDINAL ANALYSES OF OBESITY DETERMINANTS AND ASSOCIATED HEALTH OUTCOMES IN THE U.S. MIDDLE-AGED AND OLDER ADULTS
School of Public Health, PH 125
Chair: Prof. Dong-Chul Seo & Prof. Hsien-Chang Lin, (855-9379 & 855-6197)