Honors Thesis and Independent Study

Any faculty member with research interests that intersect with WGSS may supervise a student research project. A WGSS major’s Honors Thesis may be a year-long project or a one-semester project (fall semester plus Winter Study). Independent Studies are 1-semester projects and can be conducted by a student in any major. Research projects may consist of a conventional research paper or another mode of presentation (e.g. art, music, poetry, theater, fiction). Refer to the course catalog for more details.

If you are interested in doing a thesis or independent study, talk to a faculty member whose teaching and/or research area aligns with a potential research topic.

Key dates for full-year honors theses, 2022-2023

4/25/22: Initial proposal due
TBA: Revised proposal/plan of action
TBA: Progress report
TBA: Progress report and one draft chapter (or equivalent)
TBA: Thesis due
Last two weeks of classes TBD: Presentations

Recent WGSS theses and independent studies

Liminal Relationality: Disrupting the Binaries of Being.
by Hannah Moore

Sovereignty and Censorship: Excavating Korean Women’s Liberation from Nationalist Historiography (1910-1945).
by Syke An

Queer Temporality And Rural Space: Theorizing Futurity From The Perspective Of Rural Oregon.
by Olivia Goodheart

“The Forest is Ours”: Toward a New Visual Politics of Sovereignty within Indigenous  Photographic Projects.
by Julia Blike

Queer Arab identities in postcolonial literature.
Saadia Yacoob (Religion), advisor

Defining femininity for the Korean military bride: Uncovering a history of control at the U.S.-Korean Border
Scott Wong (History), advisor

Desire, consumption and agency: Anti-blackness in “interracial” pornography
Greg Mitchell (WGSS), advisor

Carceral feminists at home in the U.S. of A.: Sex work, sex trafficking discourse, and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act
Greg Mitchell (WGSS), advisor

“I Ain’t Sorry”: An exploration of black female agency and romantic love in Insecure, The Bachelorette and Lemonade
María Elena Cepeda (Latino/a Studies) and Vivian Huang (WGSS), advisors

Choice without access: Abortion in Berkshire County
Kim Gutschow (Religion, Anthropology & Sociology), advisor

The health status of transgender adults in the U.S.
Lucie Schmidt (Economics), advisor

Mulata não: Afro-Brazilian women and the concept of racial democracy
Roger Kittleson (History), advisor

Disrupting the gatekeeper role: Sexual scripts embedded in shameful silences in sex education in the United States
Kiaran Honderich (WGSS), advisor

Mistress of evil, mother of good: Queer potentialities and subversion in Disney’s Maleficent
María Elena Cepeda (Latino/a Studies), advisor

Evaluation of sexual assault prevention at Williams
Sarah Bolton (Physics, Dean of the College), advisor

Off the record: Intimacy and discourse at Williams College
Greg Mitchell (WGSS) and Amy Holzapfel (Theater), advisors

Underground landscapes
Greg Mitchell (WGSS), advisor

Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. Music Video: Theory and Method
María Elena Cepeda

Inverting Sexual Scripts Using Popular Music
Scott Wong (History), advisor

Readings in gender and sexuality
Greg Mitchell (WGSS), advisor

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl: a question of agency
Amy Hozapfel (Theater), advisor

Queer Science Fiction
Greg Mitchell (WGSS), advisor

Sexuality Studies Podcast
Greg Mitchell (WGSS), advisor

Epidemic politics: Representation and resistance in the first decade of AIDS
Sara Dubow (History), advisor

Revolting bodies: Female body politics and prostitution in nineteenth century New York and London
Gretchen Long (History), advisor

“Why don’t you take a seat?” Dateline’s To Catch a Predator, vigilantism, and narratives of sexual predation
Gail Newman (German), advisor