Graduate Theses and Projects

This list is a collection of thesis titles submitted by Humboldt Sociology students. Click on the thesis title to be directed to their thesis/project posted at Humboldt Digital Scholar.

2023 MA Graduate Thesis Titles

Winston Grady 

"The socio-political history of cannabis in Costa Rica"

Daniela Tierra

"Think of the children!": understanding parental and community opposition to critical race theory

Raquel Munoz

Indigenous women in active drug abuse recovery: an analysis of Native and non-Native programs

2022 MA Graduate Thesis Titles

Travis Cunha

A theater of the absurd: economic sanctions in the emerging age of multipolarity

Xandra Gradine

Envisioning a grassroots framework for community-based mental health crisis intervention

Colton Hubbard

Resource access and equity in Humboldt County (how social myth becomes social fact)

Casey McCullough

“There's always people in the room for whom this is not merely theory”: emergent pedagogies

Jacob Stalcup

Evaluation of a veterans treatment court in the northwest United States

Evan Morden

Organizing for power: understanding changing conceptions of power in rural community organizing

Juan Anzada

A discourse analysis on the importance of outdoor recreation for Latinx first-generation college students attending California Polytechnic Humboldt

2021 MA Graduate Thesis Titles

Danielle Daniel

"It kind of polishes all your flaws away": long term experiences with psilocybin mushrooms and the influence of set and setting

Lauren Profitt

Access to technology in Humboldt County: Measuring Digital Preparedness at the Start of a Pandemic

2020 MA Graduate Thesis Titles

Leonard Henderson

Ain't no love in the heart of the mountains: hip-hop, exclusion, and the White Wilderness

Elizabeth Jackson

Changing Seasons of Resistance: Impacts of Settler Colonialism and Climate Change in Indigenous Worlds

Kellie Wilkerson

The Making of a Global Citizen: An Analysis of Student Study Abroad Experiences at Cal Poly Humboldt

Tracie Wynand

An Analysis of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and its Role in the Neoliberal Context

2019 MA Graduate Thesis Titles

Jovanah Arrington

"There's No I in Team”: Student Athlete Identity at an NCAA Division II University

Celia Haro

Cultivating Chingona power: a Study on the Chingona Identity

Kaitlyn Boyes

"We're all Aging": A Discourse Analysis of Older Adults Aging Experiences in Humboldt County

Samantha Silver

Pornstars, Content Creators, and Sex Educators: A Discourse Analysis of Gender, Sexuality & Resistance in the West-Coast Pornography Industry

Vanessa Smith

Reclamation through Alteration of the Body: Heavily Tattooed Women's Perceptions of Self

Isaac Torres

Consensual Non Monogamy in Humboldt County: An Exploration of Jealousy, Intimacy, and Emergent Relational Ideologies

Preston Allen

DIY Art and Community Activism

2018 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
John Veit

How Anthropogenic Climate Change Exacerbates Vulnerability in Prison Communities; A Critical Environmental Justice Analysis

Alison Hong-Novotney

Listening to Our Graduate Students' Feedback: Graduate Student Exit and Alumni Surveys

Christopher Coker

A Little Dab Will Do Ya: An Exploration of First-time Cannabis Dabbers

Dafer Alqarni

Religion, Language, Gender, and Culture: Challenges Experienced by Saudi Students in Humboldt County

John Krapf

Public Perceptions of Homelessness in Humboldt County

Lindsay Mixer

"And then they Boned": The Effects of Explicit Fanfiction on Sexual Self-Awareness

Molly Noble

Religiosity and Feminism: Navigating Gender Constructions and Ideologies

Natasha O'Loughlin

Access to Education in Santa Maria Zoogoochi Commmunity, Oaxaca, Mexico

Joshua Smith

The Entangled Student: Identity Control Theory and Student Identity

Jessica Smith

What's So Great About the Alternative? Understanding Motivations for Participating in Humboldt County Alternative Food Networks

Torisha Stone

"We Break Our Bodies to Save Our Souls": Identity Construction through the Participation in Flat Track Roller Derby

2017 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Hanna Baus

Equine Assisted Learning with Special Populations

Heather Clark

Steven Universe, Exploring Representations of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Class, and Sexuality in Children's Cartoons

Yancy Meija

"Truth or Dare: The Anonymous Collective--A self-proclaimed Cyber Anarchist Movement."

Jennifer Miles

Aspirants and interlopers: First-generation, underrepresented, low-income master's students

Lizbeth Olmedo

Navigating the Gender Nonconforming Identity on the Humboldt Campus

Vanessa Vrtiak

Reintegration in Humboldt County


2016 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Ben Andres

The Identity of the Performing Disc Jockey in Relation to New Media

Rudolph Bielitz

Life's Footprints: Undergraduate Students Reflecting on their Bullying Experiences

Wendy Brown

Instructor Perspectives on Open Textbooks in Higher Education

Loren Collins

Alternative Visions of Globalization-Occupy and the World Social Forum

Stephanie Lane

College Persistence and the Division II Athlete

Sara Lucarelli

Addressing Landfill Waste on Campus

Hanna Menefee

The Alternative Food Movement in Humboldt County, CA: Social Bonds and Divisions

Randy Prejean

The Evolving Face of Student Disability: A Program Evaluation of the LiveScribe Echo Program at Cal Poly Humboldt

Alina Randall

Experiencing Historical Trauma: American Indian Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Alex Underwood

Grassroot Campaigns: How Canvassing Shapes a Canvasser's Political, Social, and Civic Engagement

Alexander Weiland

From Homelessness To Permanent Supportive Housing - Housing As Healthcare in Rural Communities

Spring 2015 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Janae Teal

“Black trans bodies are under attack”: gender non-conforming homicide victims in the U.S. 1995-2014

Nicole Chappelle

Food insecurity at Cal Poly Humboldt

Stephanie Martinez-Ramirez

Community-based theatre: a medium to advocate for social justice and change

Patric Esh

Rural police officers and their attitudes and perceptions of protest events

Kristin Kovaks

Anti-poverty movements and the creation of national service programs

Spring 2014 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Taylor Cannon

Embracing "Non-Traditional" Capital for Bachelor Degree Attainment: First-Generation Transfer (FGCT) Student Negotiations of Self at a Public Four-Year University

Daniel Draskinis

Power Dynamics and Integrative Treatment Modalities in Breast Cancer Patients

Michelle M. Showers

Autism in a Rural Community: A Needs Assessment of Awareness, Importance, and Access to State Mandated Supports and Services

Tabitha Gray

Narratives of Sexual Assault: Military and Civilian Online Resources

Ian Huddon-Cossar

Media Ownership and Cannabis in Humboldt County News Media

Katie Mills

Social Movement Master Frames and Internet Activism: Comparing Reformative and Transformative Gender and Sexuality Movements

Colleen O'Sullivan

Victim-Offender mediation in the Humboldt County Justice System

Sara Schremmer

Resilience in a Time of Drought: Building a Transferable Model for Collective Action in North Coast Watersheds

Candance M. Van Patten-Walsh

The Impacts of Autism: Having a Child with Autism and the Formation of Mother's Identity

Spring 2013 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Andrew Adamus

Evaluating "New Horizons": A Mixed-Method Inquiry

Lora Bristow

Women's Work: Social Relations of Quilting

George Shaw

The Road to My Lai

Gary Shurtz

Structural Inequality in Global Timber-Based Commodity Chains

Spring 2012 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Karen August

Playing the Game: Marijuana Growing in a Rural Community

James Beattie

Meta-Analysis: First-Generation/Low-Income Outreach Program Development

Samantha Bryant

Public Policy Assessment of Local Government Approaches to Implementing California's Medical Marijuana Laws

Patricia Hutchens

Multicultural Feminism and Domestic Violence Services in Rural Communities

Rachelle Irby

Student-Driven Energy Independence: A Case Study of Humboldt Energy Independence Fund

Ronald Kuhnel

Reframing the Whimsy Garden Project

Vanessa Villavicencio

Leaving Home: An Analysis of Intra Migration Patterns Within the European Union

Spring 2011 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Amanda Bertana

China's Rise to Hegemony: The Search for African Oil

Jacqui Brennan

Youth at the Crossroads: Participatory Action Research with Homeless Rural Youth

Travis Byrne

Bill Devall's Deep Ecology: Simple In Means, Rich In Ends

Dan Davis

The Mystic on the Concrete: Decision Making Strategies Among Those Who Say They Hear From God

Robert Hogard

The Mentoring of Male Youth: A Valuable Contribution to Society

Dustin Mabry

Community Food Security: A New Social Movement Approach

Colin Trujillo

Marijuana, Mexico and the Media

Jimmy Valdes

Sociology and Health: Understanding Nonurgent E.R. Visits in Humboldt County

Amanda Ybarra

Latino Immigration, Globalization and Health: Striving to Find Equality in the United States

Spring 2010 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Rebecca Raymond

Montana Bison: Controversy in Yellowstone National Park

Laura Atkins

The Humboldt Community Breast Health Project: Social Support Among Women with Cancer

Elias Pence

Becoming Upward Bound: Ritual, Self-Esteem and the Production of Belonging

Sheila Pierre

The Achilles Heel of Higher Education: Minority Student Retention

Spring 2009 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Brandi Wilson

An Adventure in creating Socially Just Community Colleges: A case study of a Northern California Community College

Jason M. Whitley

Cameras, COPS, and Contention: The Policing of Independent Media at the 2008 Republican National Convention

Ali Razzak Chaudhary

Choosing "Desi" Exploring the New Second Generation South Asian American Community

Mark Daniel Blackurst

Community Influence in Humboldt County a Comment Regarding Power

Zachary David Funk

Dissonant Lyricists: Expressions of Identity and Resistance in Underground Hip Hop

Jayme Buckley

Food, Land, and Community: A Social Movement in Humboldt County

Ruben Sanchez

Families and children: their experience of homelessness

Spring 2008 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Amanda Beatty

The Globalization Of Agriculture and Social Resistance

Berru, Melanie Renee

Voices of strength: a qualitative study of the process of leaving domestic violence relationships

Vance William Luther Edwards

Well-Being in Cohousing:  A Qualitative Study

Kathleen Joy Ellion

Researching Evidence-Based Actuarial Assessment Tools for the Humboldt County Probation Department

John Edward Haskell

A Bird's Eye View:  Medical Marijuana - The Patient's Perspective

Lou Jacobson

Anthroprogenic Carbon Dioxide Mitigation: Social Barriers to the Diffusion of the Compact Flourescent Light Bulb

Matthew Ambrose Jelen

Evaluating the Viability of Community Currency as a Tool of Sustainable Development: A Case Study of the Humboldt Exchange Community Currency Project

Karen Elizabeth Nelson

The Right Thing to do: Returning Land to the Wiyot Tribe

Amber Lea Smith

Mapping a Whole New World With the Emma Center: Integrative Healing to Generate Empowerment

Natalie Terese Soder

Community Currency : An Approach to Economic Sustainability in One Local Bioregion

Jessica Ruth Stephan

The V-Day Movement:  Women Organizing Communities Against Violence

Spring 2007 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Maral Attallah

Choosing Silence: The United States, Turkey, and the Armenian Genocide

Sarah Barrington

Community organizing for economic development : a program evaluation of the Maine Downtown Center

Mark Bauermeister

Small Farm Disinvestment in Eastern Nebraska: Seeking Sustainability in the Periphery

Lori Cortez-Regan

Expanding your horizons: A Study of girls' participation in math and science

Timothy Faiella

Media and Social Change Processes Cal Poly Humboldt

Gisela Rutishauser-Chappelle

Assesment and Redesign of Teaching "Theories and Methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution" Online

Belinda White

Disaster Preparedness in the United States

Spring 2006 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Elizabeth Archibald

Learning Disability Assessment and Student Retention Rate at Cal Poly Humboldt

Dorothea Bott

Your Voice~ Your Choice Coalition Transportation Committee Project

Margaret Campbell

Social Sustainability of Rural Community Well-Being and Designing a Planning Process that will Minimize the Negative Impacts of "Big Box" Retailers

Megan McDrew

Peace Corps: Motivational Factors to Enhance Recruitment and Volunteer Retention

Leah Thompson

Girls Participation in Math and Science: A Program Evaluation of Expanding your Horizons

Spring 2005 MA Graduates Thesis Titles
Jordan T. Camp

Zapatismo and Autonomous Social Movements: Reading the Communities Politically

Yi-Lang Chao

The Equip Mode and the New Horizons Program

Adrian L. Chevraux-Fitshugh

Discovering Democracy: Grassroots Organizations and Strategies of Mobilization

Stephanie Daley

An Evaluation of Humboldt County's Juvenile Detention Risk Assessment Tool

David D. Dominguez

Totalitarian Democracy

Christina E. Fritschi

Barriers to the Process of Change in the Integrated Health Care Model for Clients and Health Care Providers

Jeffrey Gunn

The Nation-State and the Transitional Capitalist Class in the Era of Global Accumulation

Micheal Levy

Globalization, Biodiversity, and Resistance in Mexico: Deconstructing Plan Puebla-Panama

Lorrie A. Loveman

The Global Genie Project

Henryetta H. Martin

The Suppression of Honor: Sexual Molestation of Young Men in the Boy Scouts of America

Keiko Mori

Social Change in the Emperor System

Adriane S. Mozzini

Learning for Life: The Social and Academic Outcomes of a Waldorf Education

Tiffany Wilson

The Fusion of Asset Mapping and a Community Network: Bayside as a Case Study

Paula Yoon

Utilizing Principles of Transformative Mediation in the Development of the Redwood Regional Watershed Center

Spring 2004 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Hermine Amoussou

Social Perception of Working Women in Benin: Gender Analysis

Michael Levy

Globalization, Diversity, and Resistance in Mexico: Reconstructing Plan Puebla- Panama.

Andrew Lord

A Brief History of Place: a Guide to Economic Recovery for Timber Dependent Communities

Lorrie Loveman

The Global Genie Project

Nicholas Osborne

Prostitution as Legitimate Work: an Analysis of Sex Work in America

Jenny Shayani

A Sociological Theory of Depression: an Integrated Approach to Optimism and Pessimism, Toward Effective Resolution of a Societal Problem

Spring 2003 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Andrea Bustos

Examining Organizational Social Change in CA and Chile

Richard Jennings

RV Tourism in Humboldt County, California: an Exploratory Case Study

Jodi Kateiva

When the Abused Fightback: Analysis of Victim Precipitated Trigger Response

Jacelyn Macedo

Working Butch: Lesbian Gender Nonconformity in the Workplace

Nadia K. Raza

From Awareness to Action: A Case Study on Applied Environmental Values

Dan Saveliff

The Hurdles We Overcome: Factors and Processes Influencing the Social and Academic Integration of Non-traditional College Students

Will Tift

Exploring Alcohol use Among University Students in Social Context: The Impacts of Binge Drinking, Connectedness to Drinking Peers

Bethaney Weber
A Rationalization of Bureaucratic Infrastructure: Federally Recognized Indian tribes in California

Spring 2002 MA Graduate Thesis Titles

Christina Begley

Training Mediators to be Reflective Practitioners

Fergus Breck

Five Cases of African Revolution- a Comparative Historical Study of Successful Anti-colonial Revolutions.

Farnad Darnell

Iranian Americans: a Comparative Study of Iranian Cultural Retention Among Three Generations of Iranian Americans

Gregory Gibson

Carnegie Heroes: a Social Exchange Theory Examination

Michael Grossman

A Feminist/ Interactionist Approach to Disability

Thomas Hunnicutt

A Teacher's Guide to Genocide in California History

Karla Lusby

Men Who Batter: an Examination of a Typology in Batterers Completing Treatment

James Vaughn
The Culture of the Bohemian Grove: a Symbolic Interactionist Study
Spring 2001 MA Graduate Thesis Titles
Elizabeth Bennett

Surf like a Girl: Women, Identity, and Representation in Surf Culture

Laura Estetter

Personal Assistance for People with Disabilities: an Exploratory Study

Joel Mitchell

The Moral Panic About Raves: Newspaper Transmission and Legislation

Robyn Schroeder

Designing a Parent-teen Mediation Program for the Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville, Area

Lael Washington

Black Women at the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Class: How These Issues Affect our Lives and How we Deal with Them