#34: Post-Soviet Nationalism with Demeter Anderson ’21, Anthropology

Amelie and Demeter talk about Demeter’s thesis on nationalism, gender, and culture in Kazakhstan.

Reed community members can read Demeter’s thesis, “Blossoming from the Steppe: Nationalism and Culture in Urban Kazakhstan,” online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#27: Franken-thesis with Gabri LaFratta ’21, English

Gabri’s thesis focused on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a response novel written two hundred years later by Jeanette Winterson called FranKISStein. We also get to hear a bit about one of Gabri’s favorite classes at Reed and why you might want to throw a blanket over your desk sometimes.

Reed community members can read Gabri’s thesis, ““What is your substance, whereof are you made?”: Gender, Sex, Bodies, and Love in Frankenstein and FranKISStein,” online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#25: The Queer Outdoors with Lauren Mondroski ’21, History

Lauren and Amelie talk about Lauren’s thesis on intersections between queerness and the wilderness in postwar war America.

Lauren also created a Spotify playlist to go along with her thesis work. Here’s the playlist link if you’d like to check it out.

Reed community members can read Lauren’s thesis, “Out on the Trail: Queer Representations of Wilderness, Morality, and Fantasy, 1950-1979,” online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#20: Sexual Politics in Argentina with Dashiell Allen ’21, Spanish

Dashiell’s thesis exploration of sexual politics in Argentina in the 70s and 80s begins by examining a publication called Somos, an underground magazine published by what was likely the first lgbt political organization in Latin America. Dashiell also talks about what it was like to graduate Reed as a “spring/fall senior” (students who graduate in the fall instead of in the spring as most Reed students do).

Reed community members can read Dashiell’s thesis, “From Somos to Prosa plebeya: A Discussion of Sexual Politics in Argentina,” online in the Electronic Theses Archive.

#16: “Alexa, Who Are You?” with Libby O’Neil ’19, MALS

Frank interviewed a recent MALS grad, Libby O’Neil ’19, about her master’s thesis, “‘A Voice and Nothing More’: Technological Embodiment and the Artificial Female Voice.” Libby is a graduate of Reed’s only graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, often referred to as the MALS degree. Libby used Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant as a primary text for part of her thesis, and used Alexa, in part, to examine some ways we use technology in our daily lives.

Learn more about Reed’s MALS program.

Reed community members can read Libby’s thesis online in the Electronic Theses Archive.