Eight Graduates Awarded Exemplary Master's Project Distinction

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May 1, 2018

Each year, Graduate Liberal Studies at Duke acknowledges a few extraordinary master’s projects and honors their creators. GLS chose the term, “Exemplary Master’s Project” to indicate that these carefully chosen projects represent the highest standards in interdisciplinary research and writing, whether they pursue traditional academic methods or articulate original and innovative new approaches.  

This year, eight graduates were awarded the distinction of Exemplary Master's Project. The recipients are listed below in alphabetical order.

Yuqiao Cao
Where Have All the Youth Gone: Cruel Youth and Juvenile Crimes in 21st Century “Cruelty of Youth” Films
from Japan and the United States

Supervisor: : Amy Laura Hall, Divinity School

Beletchei Ebia
West African Cotton and Global Value Chains:
From Production to Textiles

Supervisor: Gary Gereffi, Sociology

Abigail Ellen Martin, MD
The Gift of Life: Understanding Organ Donation
and Gift Exchange through Literature

Supervisor: Amy Laura Hall, Divinity School

Katherine Joanne Nopper
Gentrification and the Ethics of Home
Supervisor: Joseph Winters, Religious Studies

Maryanne Shanahan
A Journey Chronicling Memories of Grief and Loss
Supervisor: Margaret Sartor, Center for Documentary Studies

Max Peck Sinsheimer
Microbe Farmers: How Fermented Food Artisans
are Bringing Peace to the War on Microbes

Supervisor: Misha Angrist, Social Science Research Institute

Yiming Zhao
Caught in Between: The Japanese “Men of High Purpose” of the Nineteenth Century and Their Ambiguous Position
Between Assassin and Terrorist

Supervisor: Martin Miller, History

Caoyifu Zhou
The Effects of Disaggregated Longitudinal Volunteering Patterns
on Self-Rated Health

Supervisor: Linda George, Sociology




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