Category Archives: Research Essay

Divergent: Commentary on Religion in American Popular Culture

There are just so many things I want to say about these books…where do I start? I guess I can start with what I loved. The faction system really interested me. You have six: Dauntless (bravery), Erudite (knowledge), Candor (truth), … Continue reading

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Breaking through the “Chain of Blame:” Perceived Gaps in High school Preparation for College Composition Part III: Standardized Testing

Today we will continue with my final installment on the topic of the “Chain of Blame:” that supreme baddie, standardized testing. Just the mention of these words is enough to set off in most of us a sweaty-palmed nervous twitch. … Continue reading

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Breaking Through the “Chain of Blame:” Perceived Gaps in High School Preparation for College Composition Part II: Time

Today we will continue our discussion in part two of my topic, the “Chain of Blame.” The culprit in my second installment is that old meddler, time. No matter who you are or what you do, there just never seems … Continue reading

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Thesis defense 2013–Exploring Pottermania: the Post-Modern Sacred in American Mass Culture

Well everyone, I’m happy to report that I have completed the scariest milestone in my graduate school experience: the thesis defense. But to be honest, it really wasn’t that scary at all. It was actually pretty fun. I mean, how … Continue reading

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Freeing the Voices: Issues of Canon and Representation in American Literature Regarding the Spanish Civil War

Awarded Best Graduate Research Proposal Abstract, Marymount University, 2013 This paper was presented at Marymount University’s Graduate Research Conference on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Video of presentation available below. About: I wrote this essay last winter, and it stemmed from … Continue reading

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Exploring Pottermania: Examining Post-Christianity in American Popular Culture

This paper was presented at the PCA/ACA national conference in Washington, D.C. on March 28, 2013. About: This project stemmed out of my love of the Harry Potter series, my interest in popular culture, and an interest in consumer behavior. … Continue reading

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Tragic No Longer: Charles Chesnutt Reclaims the Mulatta Tradition

This paper was presented at the College of William & Mary’s 12th Annual Graduate Research Symposium on March 22, 2013. Video available below. About: This paper came about as a result of an independent study in Multicultural American Literature. I … Continue reading

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