#14: Wholesale Electricity Markets with Mitzi Zitler ’19, Economics

Seth Paskin ’90 interviewed Mitzi Zitler ’19 back in fall of 2019 about her thesis work investigating the wholesale electricity market in Oregon, and some of its interactions with California markets. Mitzi’s thesis title: “Econometric analysis of real-time wholesale electricity prices at major west coast trading hubs”.

#13: Families in Photography Books with Duncan King ’20, Art

Frank and Duncan talk about his thesis, “Beyond the Photo Album: Families in Photography Books,” and Duncan explains why photo books are his favorite way to display photography. He also talks a bit about how the pandemic did, and didn’t, affect his thesis, along with how his current role working in the Reed Admission Office is informed by his experience in writing a thesis.

#12: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes with Gerry Peña-Martinez ’20, Art/Economics

Gerry wrote a thesis which focuses on 20th century cigarette advertisements, and the relationship which those advertisements mediated between cigarettes and the people who smoke them. Follow along with Gerry’s experience writing this thesis for an ad hoc interdisciplinary major.

#11: Microfinance in Mexico with Alyse Cronk ’20, Economics

Alyse entered Reed with an interest in microfinance and connections in Mexico, so spending a year examining microloans and their outcomes for people in Mexico made sense for her. Listen to Alyse as she talks about the thesis she wrote as part of her bachelor’s degree in Economics.

#10: The Politics of Pat Robertson with Lewis Chapman ’19, Political Science

Lewis had a secular upbringing, but was fascinated by Fundamentalist Christianity in the U.S. from a young age. His political science department thesis gave him the opportunity to research Fundamentalism by examining the politics of Pat Robertson. Lewis spent a year and a half visiting churches and interviewing Fundamentalists, and also took an unplanned dive into social theory to find a working definition of “fundamentalist” in order to support his thesis.