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Honors Graduates

communication department

To graduate with Communication Honors, a student must satisfy all of the requirements for the major, receive an A or A- in two honors seminars, and complete an honors thesis directed by a member of the Communication faculty.

In recent years, the following students have graduated with Communication Honors:

Class of 2013

Alicia Battistoni
Thesis Title: “Miss America is No Ideal: The Repercussions of One Beauty”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Lisa Cuklanz

Katharine Burkland
Thesis Title: “Hitting Turbulence: A Crisis Management Analysis of ValuJet Flight 592, Trans World Airlines Flight 800, and EgyptAir Flight 990”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Donald Fishman

Jaclyn D’Esposito
Thesis Title: “Louder Than Words: An Examination of Visual and Nonverbal Communication in Presidential Campaigns”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Michael Keith

Elaina Donofrio
Thesis Title: “The Wonderful World of Gender Roles: A Look at Recent Disney Children's Films”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Lisa Cuklanz

Chloe Green-Vamos
Thesis Title: “Recoil, but No Reform: Crisis Communication in the Wake of the Columbine and Sandy Hook School Shootings”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Donald Fishman

Alexander Manta
Thesis Title: “The Celebrity Athlete: An Endorsement and Marketing Superstar”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Michael Keith

Izabela Marciszewski
Thesis Title: “The Phenomenon of Whistleblowing: A Series of Conceptual and Legal Considerations”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Donald Fishman

Christina Pizzi
Thesis Title: “Social and Psychological Implications of the Matching and Mismatching of Online Dating Profile and Dating Sites”
Thesis Adviser:  Dr. Seung-A Jin

Tierney Smith
Thesis Title: “Self-Presentation on Facebook and Facebook Users’ Dating Behaviors”
Thesis Adviser:  Dr. Seung-A Jin

Bernice Togher
Thesis Title: “A Dual Analysis of the American and Arab Media and the Effects of Social Media on Cross-Cultural Impressions”
Thesis Adviser:  Dr. Michael Keith

Greta Wiessner
Thesis Title: “Television News and Social Protest in a Comparative Perspective”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. William Stanwood


Class of 2012

Kerry N. Brunelle
Thesis Title: “Reframing the Effects of Divorce: Adult Children's Feelings and Coping Strategies”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Kelly Rossetto

Taylor M. Costas
Thesis Title: “Parental Divorce and Relational Repair: The Role of Forgiveness in Child-Parent Dyads"
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Kelly Rossetto

Leah E. Cowper
Thesis Title: “Technology Tensions: Technology’s Influence on Relational Dialectics within the Family”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Kelly Rossetto

Courtney T. Davenport
Thesis Title: "Toddlers & Tiaras: Consumerism, Sexuality and the Augmentation of the "Perfect Girl"
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Lisa Cuklanz

Susan A. El Khoury
Thesis Title: “Framing Effects of Reality Television Programs”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. William Stanwood

Chloe M. Kivestu
Thesis Title:
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Lisa Cuklanz

Margaux S. Labaudiniere
Thesis Title: “Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Crises: An Argument for Normal Accident Theory"
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Donald Fishman

Logan W. Macomber
Thesis Title: “The Search for Authenticity: Media's Construction of Irish Musical Identity”
Thesis Adviser:  Dr. Michael Keith

Emma A. Marr
Thesis Title: “Just Do It? From Nike to PowerAde to Beijing, An Analysis of Representations of Female Athletes in the Media”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Lisa Cuklanz

Kristen M. Nicolai
Thesis Title: "Traditionally Modern Family: Analysis of Gendered Family Role Portrayals in the Television Series Modern Family"
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Lisa Cuklanz

Mary (Molly) Rosenman
Scholar of the College Thesis Title: “The Rhetorical Components of Apologia: A Critical Analysis of Professional Athletes”
Scholar of the College Thesis Adviser: Dr. Donald Fishman

Gregory I. Sacharoff
Thesis Title: “What Makes a Photograph Iconic? A Study of Images that Have Widened Human Perspective and Understanding”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Ann Marie Barry

Sarah M. Salvia
Thesis Title: “Revenge is a Dish Best Served Female: The Qualifying Revenge Narrative in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Lisa Cuklanz

Lauren M. Sopko
Thesis Title: “Mnemonic Engagement in Tibetan Buddhism: A Comparative Analysis of Buddhist and Western Memory Applications”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Charles E. Morris III

Anne Tousignant Miller
Thesis Title: “Playboy vs. Prime Minister: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Berlusconi's Rubygate”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Marilyn Matelski

Robert Vogel
Thesis Title: "To Teach and To Please: Reality TV as an Agent of Societal Change"
Thesis Adviser: Dr. William Stanwood

Kathryn E. Weintraub
Thesis Title: “Triumph of the Whistleblower”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Donald Fishman

Xi Ying Zhang
Thesis Title: “An Analysis of How Politicians, Corporate Leaders and Celebrities Make Apologies to Protect Their Image”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Donald Fishman


Class of 2011

Courtney G. Allessio
Thesis Title: “Where Does a Woman Fit in a Mad Men’s World?”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. William E. Stanwood

Robyn E. Antonucci
Thesis Title: "The Prevalence and Nature of Food-Based Programming and Commercials and their Influence on Childhood Obesity”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. William E. Stanwood

Amanda Batstone
Thesis Title: "Hegemony and American Supremacy: An Ideological Analysis of the United States Government, Popular Press, and Celebrity Responses to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie Jefferson

Isabella M. Biedenharn
Thesis Title: "Kanye West's Use of the Diatribe: An Offensive “Scumbag”or A Modern-Day Cynic?”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie Jefferson

Joseph M. De Maio
Scholar of the College Thesis Title: "Rude Awakening: The Effects of the Digital Revolution and the Internet on Media”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Donald Fishman

Daniel Duquette
Thesis Title: "Eagles Flying Together: An Examination of Boston College, Its Basketball Team, and Social Identity"
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Marilyn J. Matelski

Stephanie T. Fernandes
Thesis Title: "A Rhetorical Analysis of the Failure of Public Service Announcements in Addressing At-Risk Youth”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie Jefferson

Melanie K. Harris
Thesis Title: "Sports, Sex, Scandal: An Analysis of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case Through a Rhetorical Lens”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Donald Fishman

Michael P. Keebler
Thesis Title: "Reaching the Goal: An Intercultural Communication Analysis of the “Social Profitability” of the FIFA World Cup"
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Marilyn J. Matelski

Soo J. Kim
Thesis Title: "Building Communities and Leaving Legacies: Comparing the Effects of the 1960s Bay Area Asian American Student Movement with Modern-Day Boston College Asian American Student Activism"
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Charles E. Morris III

Stephanie V. Mariani
Thesis Title: "Wikileaks: Crisis and Crossroads for a Digital Age”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Donald Fishman

Patricia J. Moran
Thesis Title: "Do Television’s Depictions of Female Body Image Encourage Eating Disorders in Young Women?”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. William E. Stanwood

Jennifer C. Muse
Thesis Title: "An Analysis of the Rhetoric of Media Sensationalism and the Insanity Defense”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie Jefferson

Lindsay E. Neeven
Thesis Title: "Monetizing Television with the Rise of New Technologies”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. William E. Stanwood

Christine J. Olson
Thesis Title: "Homemakers, Breadwinners, Working Women, and Married Men: The Evolution of Gender Stereotypes on Sitcoms”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. William E. Stanwood

Erika M. Page
Thesis Title: "Different but Equally Dangerous: A Comparative Study on How Appearance Related Television Commercials Affect Male and Female Adolescents’ Body Images”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. William E. Stanwood

Lucia A. Passanisi
Thesis Title: "The International Musical Philanthropy Genre: A Cadence for Global Community, a Chorus for Change, and a Refrain for African Aid”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie Jefferson

Sean P. Peick
Thesis Title: "News You Can Trust?: The History and Appeal of Parodic News Programs”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. William E. Stanwood

Christy J. Titus
Thesis Title: "Tell Me What You Eat, and I’ll Tell Me Who You Are: The Creation of the New Mexican Food Culture and Identity"
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Marilyn J. Matelski

Melanie J. Toner
Thesis Title: "'No on One': A Media Analysis of Maine's Fight for Gay Marriage"
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Charles E. Morris III

George J. Trakadas
Thesis Title: "Green Television Advertising”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. William E. Stanwood

Stephanie A. Winiarski
Scholar of the College Thesis Title:
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Donald Fishman


Class of 2010

Christina N. Cerutti
Thesis Title: “One Click to Suicide: First Amendment Case Law and its Applicability to Cyberspace”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Dale A. Herbeck

Laura Correnti
Thesis Title: “What a President Says Matters: An Analysis of Presidential Responses in Times of Economic Crisis”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie S. Jefferson

Brenden P. Dougherty
Thesis Title: “Poisoning the Learning Environment: Creating More Space for Student Speech”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Dale A. Herbeck

Elizabeth A. Glatzer
Thesis Title: “Sitcoms in a League of Their Own: A Critical Analysis of Situational Feminism in The Golden Girls and Sex and the City”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie S. Jefferson

Emily Koruda
Thesis Title: “‘Any One of the Prisoners Would Have Been Willing to Die for His Country’: A Rhetorical Analysis of Prisoners of War Survival Narratives”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie S. Jefferson

Mary Elizabeth Lauer
Thesis Title: “Dog Fighting and the First Amendment: An Analysis Using the Categorical Approach”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Dale A. Herbeck

Emily Ann Legros
Thesis Title: “Unsubs and Profilers: Reality or Fiction? Depiction of Criminal Profiling in the Television Series Criminal Minds”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie S. Jefferson

Michelle E. Losordo
Thesis Title: “An Ex of a Friend is My Friend?: An Exploration of the Effects of Pre-Marital Romantic Relationship Termination on Social Networks”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Pamela J. Lannutti

Megan Maginnis
Thesis Title: “From Polarization to Accommodation: The Rhetorical Progress towards Peace in Northern Ireland”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie S. Jefferson

Blair Marsh
Thesis Title: “The Emperor and the Little King: The Narrative Construction of Kobe Bryant and Lebron James”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie S. Jefferson

Toni Mione
Thesis Title: “From Betamax to YouTube: Communication Technology and Copyright Law”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Dale A. Herbeck

Kellen E. O’Gara
Thesis Title: “An Apocalypse of Change: The Reconstruction of the American Identity in Post-9/11 Cinema”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie S. Jefferson

Anisha Patel
Thesis Title: “The Ideology of Madness in Media: A Textual Analysis of International Newspaper Coverage of Mental Illness”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Elfriede Fürsich

Margaret Rulli
Thesis Title: “‘Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night’: The Evolution of Humor as Rhetorical Statement in the 35 years of Saturday Night Live”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie S. Jefferson

Sydney S. Sanchez
Thesis Title: “Can Web Sites Incite? Extending Physical Standards into the Virtual World”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Dale A. Herbeck

Michael M. Tuntevski
Thesis Title: “‘God Hates Fags’ and You, Too: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Westboro Baptist Church’s Anti-Gay Diatribe”
Thesis Adviser: Dr. Bonnie S. Jefferson