Dissertation Defense Schedule

Academic Excellence

Sharing original dissertation research is a principle to which the University of Delaware is deeply committed. It is the single most important assignment our graduate students undertake and upon completion is met with great pride.

We invite you to celebrate this milestone by attending their dissertation defense. Please review the upcoming dissertation defense schedule below and join us!

Dissertation Defense Form

Must be received two weeks prior to your defense.

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Upcoming Doctoral Dissertation Defense

The list below is organized by the most current Dissertation Defense first. You may sort by “Program of Study” or search for a specific dissertation via the search box. To learn more about a specific dissertation select the dissertation’s title or the term “Full Abstract”.



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Defense Details Dissertation Program
Date: 04/10/2020
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: None of the aboveZoom
Room: 3

The Diffusion of Civic Technology: How Technology and Devolution are Reshaping Civic Life in Urban America

By: Eli Turkel          Chair: John McNutt         

Full Abstract >

Urban Affairs & Public Policy
Date: 04/09/2020
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: None of the aboveVia Zoom
Room: 1

The Diffusion and Adoption of Justice Reinvestment Across the United States

By: Dana Holz          Chair: John McNutt         

Full Abstract >

Urban Affairs & Public Policy
Date: 04/08/2020
Time: 9:15 AM
Location: None of the aboveRemote – Zoom Meeting: https://udel.zoom.us/j/370409842 One tap mobile +13126266799,,370409842# US (Chicago)
Room: 0

Estimating Unmeasured Variables in Development:  Quantifying Faith in an Economic Model of Human Capital

By: David Barnes          Chair: Jonathan Justice         

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Urban Affairs & Public Policy
Date: 04/06/2020
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Munroe Hall
Room: 203

Heirlooms of Tomorrow: Crafting and Consuming Colonial Reproduction Furniture, 1890-1945

By: Erica Lome          Chair: Katherine Grier         

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Date: 04/03/2020
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: None of the aboveZoom Meeting: https://udel.zoom.us/j/926338803
Room: 0

Participation and Sense of Community: Youth Development Organization Involvement and Perceptions of Public Entities

By: Kendra Brumfield-NaWangna          Chair: Harvey White         

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Urban Affairs & Public Policy
Date: 03/25/2020
Time: 1:15 PM
Location: Pearson Hall
Room: 311

Sustainability and Scaling in Youth Urban Education Organizing: A Historical Case Study of the Philadelphia Student Union

By: Aaron Searson          Chair: John McNutt         

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Urban Affairs & Public Policy

The Process


Visit our “Step-by-Step Graduation Guide” to take you through the graduation process.From formatting your Dissertation to Doctoral Hooding procedures.

Your First Step >

Dissertation Manual

Wondering how to set up the format for your paper. Refer to the “UD Thesis/Dissertation Manual” for formatting requirements and more.

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Defense Submission Form

This form must be completed two weeks in advance of a dissertation defense to meet the University of Delaware Graduate and Professional Education’s requirements.

Submission Form >