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Senior Capstone Projects from 2013

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Landscape Consequences of Pennsylvanian Natural Gas Development: Fragmentation effects of unconventional gas development upon the future of Pennsylvania’s old growth forests., Jeremiah Bernau

Vacationing at Home: Authenticity, Modernity and Colonialism on Birthright Israel, Hannah Blume

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Operation Richard III: Dissecting Shakespeare’s Villain in Tradaptation, Tracy Brätt

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The Moral of the Mulberry: Early Vernacular Reinterpretations of Pyramus and Thisbe, Molly Bronstein

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Coalition for Abolition: Strategic Alliances and Antiprison Activism in California’s Central Valley, Ethan Buckner

In the Shadow of the Stars, Francesca Calo

In the Business of Change: Food Hubs, Entrepreneurialism, and the Politics of Devolution, Celia Holl Castellan

Unconditional Love and Other Disappointments, Rachel Chait

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“No Compunction Whatsoever:” An Examination of the Institutional Norms of Science at the MIT Radiation Laboratory During the Second World War and Implications Beyond, Alaric Chinn

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United States V. Private Danny Chen: Critiquing Colorblindness in a Military Court Martial, Julia Chung

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The Fires of September: The Lay of Mohamed and the Tragedy of the Two Towers, Noah B. Cogan

Whose Destiny? The Rise and Development of Place Branding in Syracuse, New York., Kara Conley

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Apples and Cyanide, Mackenzie Cook

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A Field Guide to Urbanism: Portland, Oregon Edition, Michelle Dingsun

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δώμασιν φίλη: The turbulent relationship between Medea and her house in Euripides' Medea, Katharine R. Dolson

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Fault Dating in Rosendale, New York Using Clay Polytype Quantification, Patrick S. Donohue

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Unrolling the Roll: Toilet Paper as a Socially Constructed Symbolic Artifact, Elizabeth Edgaro

Grow Up Slow, Matt Elisofon

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Archiving the Vanishing City, James D. Estrada

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A Linguistic Perspective on Higher Education Branding: A Case Study of Vassar College, Andrea Fahmy

Shades of Subversion: How Sadomasochism can be read as Feminist, Mara Feingold-­Link

First Garden, Meghan Feldmeier

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Whose Time is it, Anyway?: A Sociological Study of the Stigma of Gaming as Leisure in America, Olivia Framke

Stuck, Joseph Reed Gaines

Stage Text: Case Studies in Contemporary Theater Performance, Arianna B. Gass

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Designing Lysistrata: Reconciling Aristophanes and the Twenty-First Century Audience, Yannick Godts

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Senior Recital: Stephanie Goldberg, mezzo-soprano, Stephanie Goldberg

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Hollaback!: Challenging Street Harassment and Gendered Access to Public Space in New York City, Laura Green

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Move It Along: The Social-Spatial Imaginaries of Urban Spaces and the Exclusion of Homeless Populations, Devin B. Griffin

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Message in the Bottle: The consumption of private water, Melina Harris

Ways of Hiding, Mikko Harvey

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The Mind in the Hand Beyond, Vincent Hiscock

Affliction, Amanda Howard

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"These Indeed Seem": Shakespearean Mimesis in Richard III, Hamlet, and The Taming of the Shrew, Ryan Jaworski

Borges Dreams of the Universal Archive, Zachary Joseph

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“Life Stand Still Here”: The Prone “I” and Deixis in the Work of Virginia Woolf, Googie Karrass

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Bicycle politics in New York City: Rights to the City on Bedford Avenue and Prospect Park West, Zachary Kent

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Gaming Across the Divide: Racial Dynamics in e-Sports and the Changing Landscape of East-West Relations, Michael H. Kim

The Water Tower, Laura Kinter

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“Life Is, All, Transformation”: Desire and Lightness in John Berryman’s Poetry, Raffi Robert Kiureghian

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The Miko and the Itako: The Role of Women in Contemporary Shinto Ritual, Heather H. Kobayashi

Being Admittable: identity, meaning-making, and the presentation of self in personal statements of the college admissions process, Jenna Konstantine

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Drifting through Occupied Architectures: Confining Necessity and Apophenic Resistance, Nicholas Korody

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I heard it through the grapevine: Gossip as observational learning at college, Jenna Kronenberg

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Positive Transitions in a Changing World, Keiko Kurita

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Contradictions and Puzzles Examining a Manuscript of Vergil's Georgics from the Vassar College Archives, Michelle Lessard

Deng Xiaoping, Dazibao and Dissent: A Critical Analysis of the Xidan Democracy Wall Movement, Jill Levine

Falling with Style: A Personal Study of Salinger’s Franny, April Levins

Genetic Engineering and Food: An analysis of the safety regulation and labeling issues, Henry Liang

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Manual and landmark-based morphometric comparison of two populations of Campeloma, sp. across the K-Pg boundary, Gary D. Linkevich

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White Food, Black Spaces: Food, Privilege, And Gentrification In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Samantha C. Loewen

High Tidings, Thaddeus Long

Shakes, Quakes and Kokoro no care, Jessica L. Lum

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Historical and Contemporary Modes of Racism in Baltimore, Maryland, Alexandra Magill

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Saints in the Streets: Marking (Sacred) Spaces of Ethnic Belonging at Urban Feasts and Processions, Alyssa Justine Maldonado

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Le Hip-Hop: Constructing Local Identities in Early Francophone Rap, Antonia Massa

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Urban Agriculture in Detroit: Sustenance, Sovereignty, and Security, Amanda McCarthy

Champagne and Caviar for all? Exploring the juxtaposition of gourmet culture with social justice activism and transitions within the Slow Food movement, Meghan McDermott

[untitled], Julia McGill

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Exploring the Connection between Nationalism and Genocide through Classical Sociological Theory, Jessica Beth Metlay

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A Multifaceted Comparison of Concentrated and Distributed Solar Power, Nicholas Michel

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Vehicle To Grid: Plugging In the Electric Vehicle, Sean Morash

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Crackers and Coffins, Brian Muir

Fires in Gilead, Ian Muneshwar

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"When the Boys Come Back They Will Not Be the Same": Masculinity and the Male Body in the Poetry of the First World War, Caitlin Newby

Senior Translation Project: Stallone by Emmanuèle Bernheim, Burcu Noyan

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The Poughkeepsie Farmers Market: Whiteness and the Logic of Food Access, David A. Orkin

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The Unintentional Consequences of the Smartphone, Michael Perrone

The Color-lines of Colorblind: Finding the Racial in Post-Racial Media, Chelsea Peterson-Salahuddin

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Tuberculosis in the Modern Era and the Public Health Catastrophes that Lead to its Resurgence, Caroline Picher

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From Nature Sanctuary to “National Dump”: A Walk through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Adriana Provenzano

White Milk, White America: the Unexpected Role of Dairy in American Racial Inequality, Corrina Regnier

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Ecological Atonement in Fresh Kills: From Landfill to Landscape, Marissa Reilly

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Détours de Féminité : Vers une Nouvelle Espérance Caribéenne, Holly Runde

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William Blake and Matthew Fox: Religious Revolutionaries, Emma Russell

Olympe de Gouges and Qiu Jin: The Revolutionary Women of France and China, Jennifer Ruther

The Great Divergence in the Suburbs: Suburban Poverty and Second-Class Citizenship, Mariesa Samba

Literacy and Learning in Mediated Spaces, Tarryn Sanchez

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The Politics of “Liking”: Public Space, Consumption, and Meaning Making in the Virtual World of Social Media, Amanda Scott

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Meditative Breath Promotes Healing in the Process of Loss, Grief and Mourning, Kiara Segal

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Towards an Understanding of Marginality: Race and Class Relations in the Villas Miserias of Buenos Aires, Priscilla Sevilla

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The Golden Queen of a Golden Age: Representing Queen Elizabeth I in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England, Alexander Sham

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“Always True to You (In My Fashion)”: Female Agency in Musicalized Shakespeare, Becca Shulbank-Smith

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Senior Workshop: Ethan Slater, composer, Ethan Slater

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New Ape Idea, Daniel Sohval

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Music Scene Gentrification in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Joshua Solomon

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The Democratization of Popular Music: The evolution of music production and distribution technologies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Aaron Steinberg

Dire Transitions: An analysis of current educational structures & practices in negotiating racial tensions in the university application process in Malaysia, Patricia K. Szeto

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Listening Versus Skimming: What White Hip Hoppers at Vassar College Learn or Overlook When they Listen to Rap, Seth Tinkle

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Re-Presenting Reproductive Rights: A Matrixial Approach to the Abortion Debate, Rachel L. Vogel

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Revisting Technology in the Classroom: Secondary Schooling, Ipads, and Implications of Actor-network Theory, Samuel Wagner

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Clay Mineralogy of the MH-2 Core, Snake River Plain, Idaho, Joe Wheeler

Conservation et Développement : Notion Irréconciliable dans un Petit Village à Madagascar, Tarah Woodle

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The Value of Mediocrity: Exploring Arguments for the Repatriation and Distribution of Exceptional and Quotidian Artifacts, Tory A. Wooley

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Architecture as Instruction: Paradigmatic Interventions in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Noah Zaccaglini

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Breaking the “Spell of Tradition”: Ezra Pound’s Co-Creation of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Amanda Zeligs

Senior Capstone Projects from 2012

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Antiretroviral Expansion in Resource Limited Settings, Caitlyn Anderson

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The Migrant’s Quest Home : Caribbean Identity in the Diaspora., Tobian Banton

Cryonics: Definitions of Death and Ethical, Legal, and Moral Implications, Emily Beer

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Drool, Sarah Begley