Crystal’s thesis research asks whether a “motherist approach” or a feminist approach” is more helpful in obtaining women’s rights. In this exciting and innovative study, she performs a comparative case study of Lebanon and Liberia. She concludes that while a more practical approach to promoting social change, known as the “motherist” style, doesn’t preclude rights advancements, feminist approaches are necessary in order to sustain larger gains throughout society.
During her graduate work, Crystal completed a prestigious internship at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in Washington D.C. She helped supervise a workshop for high school teachers wanting to incorporate Arab perspectives into their curricula. Crystal also assisted a professor with research for a book on the Iraq War. Her internship was facilitated through the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations and thus she was able to attend a closed media event featuring Tony Blair and she met several ambassadors, congressional staffers, and non-profit representatives.
Crystal was selected to present her research at the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies’ Graduate Symposium in Montreal. During her time as a graduate student at Wright State, Crystal served as a Graduate Assistant, providing invaluable help to faculty members and students in the Department of Political Science. She also volunteered as an assistant in the University Center for International Education as well. Crystal’s thesis director was Dr. December Green, and her committee included Dr. Awad Halabi, an Associate Professor of History and Religion, and Dr. Laura Luehrmann from Political Science.