Recent Submissions

  • Romantic friendships in Shirley and Wives and daughters 

    Marshall Dungey, Michaela (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. -- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice The opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice is an often quoted ...
  • Restoration at the roots : mycorrhizal interactions and habitat restoration in glades and prairies 

    Tipton, Alice Grace (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    In a fragmented landscape, species diversity, richness, and abundance are largely determined by habitat characteristics such as patch size, successional age, isolation, and edge effects. Habitat patch characteristics may ...
  • The development and validation of the citizen disaster communication assessment 

    Spialek, Matthew L. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    Disasters pose a significant public health threat. Current federal disaster management perspectives encourage an approach where citizens become partners in their local communities' efforts to prevent or mitigate the negative ...
  • Effects of phenotype- and condition-dependent factors on juvenile dispersal of the ringed salamander (Ambystoma annulatum) 

    Ousterhout, Brittany Hunter (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    Dispersal is the movement of individuals from their natal population to a different breeding population. Long distance dispersal movements are rare, with most individuals staying within their natal population (hereafter ...
  • Locally semi-simple representations of quivers 

    Kline, Daniel (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    In this dissertation, we solve a conjecture raised by Victor Kac in 1982 concerning the so-called locally semi-simple representations of quivers.
  • In-situ x-ray scattering studies of Ag nano-structures 

    Chen, Yiyao (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    When metals are synthesized on the nanoscale, new physics can arise in the growth process as quantum confinement of the conduction electrons, known as quantum size effects, can lead to preferred heights of metallic nanoscale ...
  • Metadrama in the chorus : the first choral ode of Seneca's Oedipus 

    Sarais, Maria Silvia (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    The main topic of this dissertation is the first choral ode of Seneca's Oedipus. Seneca's handling of the choral parts has often suffered from negative criticism, mainly due to the fact that often, at first glance, the ...
  • Total salvation : the gospel of the abundant life and American culture, 1947-1989 

    Root, Jonathan B. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    My dissertation places the gospel of the abundant life, most popularly known as the prosperity gospel, at the center of American religious and cultural history during the last half of the twentieth century. While many scholars ...
  • Functional data analysis : children's mathematical development 

    Nicholas, Alan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    Bailey et al. (2014) suggested that children's mathematical development is related more to trait characteristics than to prior mathematical development. However, their study analysis was designed to examine trait and state ...
  • Iron-platinum nanoparticles as multifunctional vehicles in imaging and drug delivery 

    Mason, Christian Alan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    In the United States alone, approximately 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer and over 500,000 people die of cancer each year. According to the American Cancer Society the probability that a male and female will ...
  • Behind the blue shutters 

    Schrade, Corissa (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    Throughout western history, people feared what they did not know; anything considered different made society feel uncomfortable. Humans have been conditioned to dislike differences and stay away from them. Because of this, ...
  • Information, incentives, markets and policy 

    Yang, Fan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    Chapter One: How low might be the resource costliness of making signals credible? Using a job market as an example, I build a signaling model to determine the extent to which a transfer from an applicant might replace a ...
  • Severing the electoral connection : public preferences for governing through experts 

    VanderMolen, Kathryn A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    Non-elected persons, such as political appointees and civil servants, are critical to the functioning of American government. Commonly referred to as the "fourth branch", the bureaucracy poses a democratic accountability ...
  • Rape and censorship in Tess of the D’Urbervilles in the late 1800s 

    Layton, Ally (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    In my thesis I argue that the limitations of the publishing environment during the late-Victorian era led Thomas Hardy to practice self-censorship when writing the rape scene in Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Though a close ...
  • Eliza Haywood unmasks female sexuality in masquerade novels 

    Ysteboe, Taylor (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    The essence of the masquerade ball is one of secrecy and fantasy. As a uniquely 18th century phenomenon, the masquerade was an environment where one can transform into anything imaginable. One of the most prolific female ...
  • The role of the first-person narrator when dealing with mental illness 

    Zoellenr, Danielle (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    This thesis examines how the first-person narrator alters reader perception in a story about mental illness. The role genre plays with the first-person narrator when talking about mental illness is also important when ...
  • Maiden vs. monarch : the roles of Elizabeth I in contemporary depictions 

    Ruether, Samantha (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    People have been creating popular culture depictions of historical figures since forever. We, as a species, love telling stories, especially stories about people whose legacies have lasted for centuries. We create narratives ...
  • From Humayun Khan to Kamala Khan : ambivalence towards the Muslim super hero 

    Ghuman, Lydia (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    The 2016 Democratic National Convention saw the emergence of an unlikely national hero: Humayun Khan. Khan had passed away long before the Democratic National Convention while on duty as an American soldier in Iraq, but ...
  • Fearing the unknown : mental health in current day America 

    Bunte, Nicole (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    Throughout American history, the issue of mental health has ebbed and flowed with importance and acceptance. Even though there is a consistent record of mental illness in history, stigma toward those with mental illnesses ...
  • Reimagining history : writing poems about early exploration 

    Castanzo, Julia (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    Historical poetry is a valuable way to engage with the past. It not only allows readers to gain a better understanding of a prior time period, but it also gives them the opportunity to connect with historical figures, ...

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