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Senior Capstone Projects from 2017

Re-pathologizing queerness: The digitization of lesbian space and the production of respectability within lesbian dating App, “Her”, Sophie Bedecarré Ernst

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Representations and belonging: a brief study of the social contexts of museums in Samoa and Fiji, E.M. Bennett

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A past for the present: decolonizing heritage and building sustainable localities in Southeast Asia, Kryzel Bonifacio

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The impact of environmental regulations on the West Virginia coal economy: assessing the “coal means jobs” mantra and the prospect of deregulation, Richard G. Bryenton

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Creating a sense of community through self-description within LD spaces, Rory V. Chipman

Clear blue light, Jack Conway

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Interrogating the gayborhood: violence & the uneven geography of queer space, Karen A. Crook

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Let women live: (dis)ability at work in Mexican maquiladoras, Lauren F. Cutler

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“Pathetic and impressive”: recovering the role of American sentimental novels in the fiction/morality conflict, Elizabeth Dean

Scenes from twin modernization projects of American empire: twentieth-century experiments in tropical modern architecture and oral contraception in the Puerto Rican “laboratory”, Lily Doolittle Platt

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From archetypes to actors: the impact of the repatriation movement on museum displays of Native America, Penelope Heilbrun Duus

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Lost in transnation: reconciling geographical, linguistic and cultural distance in NoViolet Bulawayo’s "We Need New Names", Elizabeth Fetterolf

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Cødes: a poetry collection in three parts, Mariah Ghant

Ghost calls, Noah Goldberg

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Embodying American rituals: a corporeal understanding of cultural production, Grace Gregory

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Unseeing, Rishi Guné

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Hooha are you? (hooha am I?), Samantha Guss

Homecoming(s), Rachel Jacobe

Same size: a collection of linked stories, Abigail "Abby" Johnson

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Marginal Revenue Products of Collegiate Basketball Players: What's March Madness Worth to Your Team?, Nicholas K.S Johnson

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Making sustainability a part of campus culture: an analysis of social movements through a case study of Vassar College sustainability, Zoe Kurtz

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“Digital Punk Rock Spirit:” A Spatial Reorientation of Asian American Diasporic Subcultural Subjectivities, Richard Le

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Windows, mirrors, and tables: methodologies and theories of anthropological photography, Drew Robert Leventhal

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Webster Hall: an examination of urban nightlife in NYC, Josean Melendez

anti-Pride: disrupting gay pride parades, igniting queer futures, Joe Metcalf

Swamp queens: identity formation, domination & abjection in women’s stand-up comedy performance, Shira Mizel

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With not for: community design in Murphy Park, Joseph More and Elizabeth Vamos

Chinese resource extraction urbanization: the Xinjiang operational landscape, Elijah Ness

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Cowboys for a week: modern American dude ranching in myth and practice, Rose Paxton

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Mineralogical and geochemical characterization of the Cook Canyon Tuff with implications for magmatic processes, Sarah E. Perry

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White supremacy as design, Gabriel A. Ramos

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Olympic cities and the legacy of infrastructure: Barcelona 1992 and Athens 2004, Samuel Rosenthal

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School choice policies and education inequality in New York City, Céleste Royo

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Striking back: combating predatory equity and promoting affordable housing in New York City, Jonah Stewart Grob

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A path cut by water: the making of the Cochabamba water war through internationalization, postcolonialism and decoloniality, Sierra Tobin

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The city and the citizen: shifts in Argentine national identity through the contested spatial production of Buenos Aires 1880-1955, Michael Zajakowski Uhll

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"Saga Hwaet Ic Hatte": The Riddles of the Aenigmata and the Exeter Book in Conversation, Miranda Chiharu Villesvik

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Food injustice in Poughkeepsie: the creation of and challenges to oppressive food structures, Anthony Walker

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Reconsidering bus shelters: design interventions for public space, Aliah Candioty Werth

Meaningful gestures: dance’s place in foreign and domestic affairs and the fight for narrative control through ephemera, Natalie Westgor

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Dziedot Dzimu, Dziedot Augu: Latvian identity through folk poetry and choral music during the Soviet era, Krista Zamurs

Senior Capstone Projects from 2016

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Beyond the margins: invisibility and violence against Middle Eastern and North African American students in the orientalist, post-9/11 world, Ramy H. Abbady

Infotainment: the pressure of ratings and their dangers for democracy in cable news, Alex Adler

The relationship of preschool children and the media: a thorough investigation into the televised culture, Victoria M. Bachurska

Productive contradictions: challenges and opportunities in talking with elementary school students about race, Samantha Basch

Sexualized care work: Considering the power of reproductive labor, Tessa Baum

Remember where you came from: opiate addiction in the Hudson Valley and beyond, Eloy Bleifuss Prados

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Inform or A to Z, Zachary Bokhour

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"What am I to do about you? I fear you may be... quite mad:" an exploration of the mad superheroine on the comic book page, Cynthia Bonacum

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Text as creation: the centrality of motherhood across women's writing in the early modern period, Kristen Caccavale

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Senior Recital: Alyssa Caplan, soprano, Alyssa Caplan

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Flames and darkness: Sapphic symptoms of unrest within the verses of Catullus and Horace, Cady Cirbes

Read this for the meme, Ethan Cohen

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Playin’ tha game: the role identity plays in b-ball players’ and gangsta rappers’ public stances on black sociopolitical issues, Kelsey Cox

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Senior Recital: Gregory Cristina, Gregory Cristina

This land is your land: the socionatural construction of the socialist party of Oklahoma, 1907-1922, Taylor Crowl

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Re-creation and commemoration: Imperial messaging in the redefinition of the Roman landscape, Camille Victoria Delgado

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Synergistic space: reinvestigating Main Street, Poughkeepsie at street level, Huong Dinh

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Undeutsch: Ein spiel von toleranz und akzeptanz im modernen Berlin, Sean Downing

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The crypt, Jake Ellis

A bug in the system: speculations on cybernetics, superorganisms, and simulated serendipity, Layla Fassa

The grave, Katherine Finney

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Senior Recital: Rachel Fuerstman, mezzo-soprano, Rachel Fuerstman

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There's something queer about that Jake: marginalized in the Margins, Michael Gambardella

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What is health? Exploring conflicts in perceptions of health and illness, Margaret Ginoza

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The Chinese Hukou System: Structural Change and Political Reform, Benjamin N. Glasner

As good as the best of them: using animal metaphors and language in Anne Brontë’s Agnes Grey to overturn social hierarchies, Emma Glassman

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The formation of the hero: Achilles, Cú Chulainn, and Beowulf, Cari Goldfine

Going back to yesterday, Christa Guild

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Not now, but soon: Justification for continued research on CRISPR-Cas9 germline genetic modification before clinical application, Sylvia Haigh

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The certified nurse-midwife as a path to female agency in modern childbirth in the United States, Kate Hennessy

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HIV/AIDS in the Islamic world: Dissecting the relationships between religion, disease and public health decisions, Colin Hepburn

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Adapting Lamb: retelling a retelling of the oldest story ever told, Sophie Hessekiel

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Longshore variation of grain size distribution of the southern coast of Long Island, New York: a test of a sediment transport model, Olivia J. Hoch

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The 421-a tax abatement program: Affordable housing policy and its effect on characterizing Brooklyn communities, Jonathan Hong

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Senior Recital: Asia Howard, Asia Howard

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Cracking the textual chrysalis: Crafting universes in Nabokov’s novels, Elena Iannuzzi

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Reality check: A theoretical exploration of virtual reality, Shahira Idris

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Land repatriation as decolonization: Indigenous methods of reclaiming land and reversing “colonial spatial violence”, Julianne Johnson

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Senior Recital: Sarah Johnson, organ, Sarah Johnson

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Where did the time go? A preliminary analysis of PROGRESA’s impact on women’s time allocation, Andrew Joung

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Mother knows best: female perspectives on standardized testing and opting out in New York City, Kelsey Karpman

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Meta-Mythology: the undermining exempla of Ovid’s Remedia Amoris, Kacey M. King

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The Old English Phoenix, Kacey M. King

‘And despite everything the body remains’: monstrosity and materiality in Citizen and Autobiography of Red, Jacqueline Krass

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Medicine as an evolving system: The analysis of cultural and ethnic disparities to diversify medicine, Alana Lashley

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Directing violence from "stage to page": revenge tragedies and the early modern dramatic form, Robert Leinheiser

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Reading and reassessing the construction of gender and sexuality in Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography, Isabella Luksh

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Farm sanctuary geriatrics: A biopolitical examination of the American Veterinary Medical Association and United States animal agriculture, Kaden Maguire

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Downtown voices: urban development, cultural production, and territoriality in downtown Phoenix, Carlos E. Mandeville

Here's the thing, Dylan Manning

Food fight: the communal struggle for food justice in Poughkeepsie city schools, Elana Marble

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'Winning' the World Cup: the geopolitics behind the production of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Thomas Marrinan

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Silenced frequencies: dance music and the transformation of entertainment spaces in SoMa, San Francisco, Kathryn Marshall

Underground or under ground: punk, death, and transcendence in an unreal world, Jackson Martel

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Stealing away: a study of the Black Studies Movement and its afterlife at Vassar College, Alejandro McGhee

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Hands on the street: The rise of creative placemaking and everyday tactics in Poughkeepsie, NY, Destin McMurry

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You and media, Noah M. Mintz

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Complex culpability: childhood morality and the rights of citizenship in Jim Shepard’s The Book of Aron, Gabriella Mongelli

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Home planet, Wanda Noonan