Honors Program

Wrenica Archibald's honors thesis defense, April 2016. Photo by Astry Silvestre.

Advanced students are encouraged to pursue Honors in the Department. Writing an Honors thesis offers students the chance to:

  • Conduct original research in a topic of their interest
  • Engage deeply with methodologies of their discipline
  • Work closely with faculty in their chosen field
  • Produce a significant, original work of scholarship

Interested students must secure a faculty member who will be their advisor for the honors thesis as well as write a 1-2-page thesis proposal (approved by advisor and handed in to the Department Honors Coordinator) by the end of their junior year. It is advisable that students consult with faculty from whom they have previously taken courses.

The thesis may be written in Spanish, Portuguese or English, agreed in conjunction with advisor.

Students conducting research that requires travel or other expenses are encouraged to apply for funding through the Emory College SIRE program and/or Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. We also encourage students to present their research in April at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Contact Lisa Dillman (ldillma@emory.edu), Department Honors Coordinator, with questions or to set up an informational appointment.

 

2020-2021 Honors students

Six students majoring in Spanish or in Spanish and Portuguese are pursuing Honors in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Madison CherryMadison Cherry, "Regional Effects on Asylum Approval for Latin American Immigrants in the United States."

I plan to research the variation in the asylum granting process by region in the United States by concentrating on large variations in approval amongst the eight principal Asylum Offices and immigration courts.

Alyssa ForsythAlyssa Forsyth, "Portrayal of the National Health Services (NHS) in Portugal's News through the First Wave of COVID-19: A Textual Analysis."

In this thesis, I compare the discussion of the Portuguese National Health Services (NHS) in articles published by five different Portuguese news sources across the political spectrum during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to qualitatively gauge the perceived success of its response.

Nayive GaytánNayive Gaytán "Tourism and a Telenovela: Representations of Tequila, Mexico."

Using visual analysis, I will identify how narratives conveyed through state-sponsored tourism and privately funded broadcast media projects promote symbols associated with Mexican national identity.

Claudia MichaelsClaudia Michaels "Covid-19 and Inequality in Buenos Aires."

Summary: This project seeks to identify how the Covid-19 epidemic and subsequent government responses in Greater Buenos Aires have impacted measures of inequality by studying the distribution of Covid-19 cases across populations in the city with varying access to income, housing, healthcare, and government support.

Arianna RahimianArianna Rahimian, "Del foro público a la esfera doméstica: un estudio comparativo sobre la vida cotidiana de las mujeres durante la Segunda República y el franquismo."

This project will investigate themes of family, sex and love, work, and education among working class women in urban centers in Spain. The legal, cultural, and social situations of women changed drastically during the first years of the Franco dictatorship after a relatively progressive Second Republic. I will use legislation, oral histories, literature, and film to characterize and compare the daily lives of women with special emphasis on feminist dissent.

Gwyneth TefftGwyneth Tefft, "Os retornados: Understanding Portuguese identity through the literary works of a colonial past."

My thesis will analyze topics of identity, race and colonial legacy within Portuguese society through the lens of the retornados, the group of Portuguese settlers who were living in Portugal's overseas territories and who were forced to flee Africa after the fall of the Salazar regime and onset of the decolonization process.

Completed Honors theses

Undergraudate Honors theses are archived in the Emory Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Repository. Search for the names of the students below or for the terms Spanish, Spanish and Portuguese, or Spanish and Linguistics.

2018-2019

2017-2018

2016-2017

Joseph Benevento
"An Original English Translation of Carlos Fuentes's "Calixta Brand," With Critical Introduction"
Jason Ehrenzeller
Traducciones extraterrestres y abducciones lingüísticas (Extraterrestrial Translations and Linguistic Abductions)"

2015 - 2016

Wrenica Archibald
"Translating Over, the Dominican Sugarcane Industry and Its Victims"
John Clarke Harned II
"El comercio justo: El posicionamiento de las historias de la Fundación Max Havelaar, Eduard Douwes Dekker, y Francisco Van der Hoff Boersma en un marco cosmopólita"

2014 - 2015

Micah Castle
"Sounds of Silence: The Unspoken Voices in Four Spanish and German Post-War Texts"
Chalotte Chaiklin
"Problem or Blessing: Language and Communications used to address Adolescent Pregnancy in rural Costa Rica"

2012 - 2013

Susan Danielle Levinson
"Los Desconocidos Sin Voces: Liminal Lives in the U.S.A."
Julia Marie Prochazka
"Mother of the Mountains: the Virgin Mary as a Bridge from the Inka Past to Post-Colonial Christian-Andean Religiosity"

2010 - 2011

Andrea Candace Lewis
"Corn is their blood, Corn is their dollars: Analyzing the cultural and economic value of corn between Mexico and the United States"
Richard
Christopher White
"The Representations of HIV/AIDS in Contemporary Latin American Literature"

2009 - 2010

Andria Chambers
"Three Latin American Female Voices: Gabriela Mistral, Vilma Espín, and Eva Perón"
Ashlyn Winkler
"'Model Women': The Nourishing Words of Almudena Grandes Translated into English"

2006 - 2007

Taylor Pierce
"Memorias en disputa: reflexiones sobre la cultura de conmemoración del Proceso de Reorganización Nacional en la Argentina."
Maria Rosensweig
"A translation from Spanish into English of a short novel by Laura Restrepo Olor a rosas invisibles - The Scent of Invisible Roses"

2004 - 2005

Karen King
"Latinos en Atlanta: alfabetización y otras tendencias"
Alison Powers
"El lenguaje oficial y familiar de la violencia doméstica: cómo se habla y no se habla de ella"

2003 - 2004

Lauren Shapiro
"Coherencia y contradicción: economía, derecho y la coexistencia de cristianos y judíos en Castilla-León"

2002 - 2003

Jacquelyn
Lindsey Madden

"La guerra sucia: violencia, memoria, exilio"
Alexandra Rodu
"Opresión y protesta en el movimiento chicano feminista"

2001 - 2002

Smriti Goyal
"Narciso descubre su nacionalidad: Las tribulaciones del sujeto en la República Dominicana"
Justus Kam
"Después que anochezca, antes del alba: el sujeto gay en Cuba"
Sarah Langley
"Lactancia, discurso médico y control del cuerpo de la mujer del siglo XVII en España"
Susan Liebowitz
"Kcho: Entre las divisas y la censura"
Vanessa Lopes
"La afrocubana en la batalla morejonista: reconstrucciones y revoluciones"
Michael Roche
"Realidades y representaciones en conflicto: la guerra contra la droga en Bolivia"
Cole Screiber
"El movimiento muralista mexicano y el arte público"
Jessica Taub
"Entre el sueño público y la resistencia privada: El gracioso Clarín como actor del guion privado"

2000 - 2001

Elise M. Jarvis
"Gabriel García Márquez y la fundación narrativa de América Latina"

1999 - 2000

Zachary Erwin
"El sí y el no de un (pos)novisimo: La poesía de Jaime Siles"
Erin Hewitt
"Las Mujeres Encarceladas en los Desenganos Amorosos"
Rebecca Ingram
"Patrias Recicladas: Vacac, Yonquis y Sangre en el Contexto Vasco Posnacional"
Rosny Mampilly
"La Reacción de la Hija a la 'Mala Madre' en la Literatura y el Cine Moderno Español"
Grace Telcs
"Pos Personajes': Construcciones Literarias y Cinemáticas de la Generación X"
Yvette Valdez
"El Cambio de Código entre los adolescentes de Miami"
Amanda Walker
"Voces Gitanas: el Espacio Femenino desde el Margen Español"