Well-known Princetonians and their thesis topics

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Ethan Coen ’79 (philosophy), playwright and one-half of the Coen brothers ­filmmaking team: “Two Views of Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy”

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Robert Caro ’57 (English), journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author: “Heading Out: A Study of the Development of Ernest Hemingway’s Thought”

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David Remnick ’81 (comparative literature), New Yorker editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer:“The Sympathetic Thread: Leaves of Grass 1855–1865”

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Frank Stella ’58 (history), abstract painter, printmaker, and sculptor: “Art in Western Christendom”

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Meg Whitman ’77 (economics), president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard: “The Marketing of American Consumer Products in Western Europe”

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Lisa Belkin ’82 (politics), author, former New York Times reporter, now senior columnist writing about work and ­family for The Huffington Post: “See How She Runs: Television Advertising and Women Candidates”

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Ted Cruz ’92 (WWS), Republican U.S. senator from Texas: “Clipping the Wings of Angels: The History and Theory behind the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the United States Constitution”

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Jodi Picoult ’87 (English), best-selling novelist: “Developments” (a novel)

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Alan Blinder ’67 (economics), Princeton professor, served on President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers: “The Theory of Corporate Choice”

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Lisa Halaby ’73 (architecture), Queen Noor of Jordan; president of the United World Colleges movement: “96th Street and Second Avenue”

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José Ferrer ’33 (modern languages), actor, theater, and film director: “French Naturalism and Lardo Bazan”

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Charles Gibson ’65 (history), former broadcast television anchor and journalist: “The Land and Capital Problems of Pre-Famine Ireland”

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Charles “Pete” Conrad ’53 (aeronautical engineering), U.S. Navy officer and third man to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 12 mission: “The Design of a Turbo-Jet Military Advanced Trainer”

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Laurance Rockefeller ’32 (philosophy), venture capitalist, financier, and ­philanthropist: “The Concept of Value and Its Relation to Ethics”

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Elena Kagan ’81 (history), associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: “To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900–1933”

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Christopher Eisgruber ’83 (physics), Princeton University provost, president-elect, and legal scholar: “The Global Implications of Local Violations of the Energy Conditions”