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: 03/17/2014
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Smith Hall
Room: 348

Just Security or a Secure Justice?: Mapping the Transitional Justice – Human Security Nexus

By: Lauren Balasco          Chair: Matthew Weinert         

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Political Science and International Relations
Date: 03/14/2014
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Memorial Hall
Room: 216

Objects and Anxiety in Late Medieval English Writing

By: Gabrielle Lewis (Parkin)          Chair: Jim Dean         

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Date: 02/24/2014
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Willard Hall
Room: 207

From Laissez-Faire to Vouchers: An Intellectual History of Market Libertarian Thought on Education in Twentieth-Century America

By: Kevin Currie-Knight          Chair: Robert Hampel         

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Date: 02/05/2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Center for Composite Materials
Room: 106

Exploring Diffusion of Ultrasonically Consolidated Aluminum and Copper Films through Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy

By: Jennifer Sietins          Chair: J. W. Gillespie, Jr.         Co-Chair: Suresh Advani

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Materials Science and Engineering
Date: 02/05/2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Memorial Hall
Room: 216

Behind the Curtain: The Spectacular Rhetoric of the Victorian Actress

By: Rachael Zeleny          Chair: Melissa Ianetta         

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Date: 01/17/2014
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 125 East Main Street
Room: 107

Particles and Particle-verb Constructions in English and Other Germanic Languages

By: Darrell Larsen          Chair: Benjamin Bruening         

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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 >