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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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Musicians as mediators amongst communities of strangers and creators of subculture via the effects of technological determinism, Katie Chang

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

From agricultural subsidies to health outcomes: the implications of feed crop subsidies on industrial agriculture, the environment and human health, Saskia Comess

Clear blue light, Jack Conway

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An American gunplay: performances of race, gender, and nationalism in three acts, Jessica Villegas Couch

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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

A “not-straight time”: choreographing queer spatio-temporalities, Alexandra Dunham

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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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Always excluded: barriers to health care for immigrants in the United States and the United Kingdom before the Trump era, Lucy Ellis

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Conversing with Ixil authors: understanding the dialogue between la ley indígena and international human rights to rethink law and justice in Guatemala, Andrew Eslich

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An exploration of the diary as a medium: during the 17th and 18th centuries, Samuel Stephen Every

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Too much, too soon: a toolkit for teenagers who learn more about sexuality through their phones than in the classroom, Ryan Eykholt

A renewable Cuba: bilateral relations and renewable energy investments between the U.S. and Cuba, James Falino

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Selected applications and ethical implications of artificial human engineering and enhancement by three-dimensional bioprinting, Matthew Fastman

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

Moss green velvet tablecloth, Alexandra Frankland

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Transplanting the womb: an examination of the ethics and potential of uterine transplantation, Nathalie Freeman

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The CRISPR-Cas9 mediated disruption in the ethics of gene therapy: an analysis of contemporary developments, Walter Gabriel

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Cødes: a poetry collection in three parts, Mariah Ghant

Ghost calls, Noah Goldberg

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Shifting music culture in the age of streaming, Benjamin Greenspan

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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

The drone and our society, Patrick Hood

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Transgression and containment: transhistorical themes and tropes within televised American women’s stand-up comedy, Nicole Howell

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

The ethics and effectiveness of the policy response from medical teams to domestic violence victims: a case study of California’s progressive domestic violence policies and the utilization of the RASA model, Paige Jozefczyk

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“Alternative” childbirth: the complexity of birthing among Latinx folk in the United States, Natalie Kopke

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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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“Blind puppets of a capricious goddess”: clothing and skin in fairy tale adaptations, Jenna Lang

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

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Searching for the human(ness): resisting detachment in the specters of IR and the shadows of the drone, Emily Lerman

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

Diversity in American advertising: a case study of Coca-Cola advertisements and their role in homogenizing the diversity movement, Marie Lugo

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ThemTube: commercializing the digital public sphere, Jamie Bellomy Maher

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Towards a computational model of long-term diachronic change: simulating the development of Classical Latin to Modern French, Clayton Marr

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Spoil the rod, spare the child: cultural, personal, and social scientific perspectives on corporal punishment as a child-rearing technique, Mariah Marshall

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“Reading for our lives”: healing from sexual violence and remembering stolen sisters in Tracey Lindberg’s Birdie, Monica Martinez

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Rurally raised students: displacement for higher education, Neena McBaer

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College-aged women on Instagram: an analysis of gender and social media, Hanna McGuire

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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

rape jokes, Olivia Michalak

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Voicing the past: the legacy of imperial footprints on language policy in 1990s Ukraine and Belarus, Priya Ellen Misra

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

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Making (sense of) history after apartheid: neoliberal education in the ‘new’ South Africa, Caitlin Munchick

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

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The "touch" versus the "see": tactility as a challenge against digital media in "Subway Therapy", Sieu Nguyen

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Motivational insights for atomic spies during the Manhattan Project, Muhannad Al Nisheiwat

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

Wonder nine, James Pedersen

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

Pills + porn: exploring the conventions and implications of digital pharma spam, Soshyan Petroulas

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Race and the social construction of scientific knowledge in biomedical genomics research, Kylie Prutisto-Chang

Charlotte Brontë’s utilization of depression as a source of agency and the denial of this agency in her historical memory, Kelsey Quinn

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White supremacy as design, Gabriel A. Ramos

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The low-income, first generation and Latinx experience: resilience at an elite predominantly white liberal arts institution, Abigail Romero

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

“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”: challenging the narrative of illegitimacy and irrationality of armed insurgent groups, Kimberly Ross

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

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The inside, Hannah Shlaferman

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“The refugee problem”: an examination of Hmong refugee resettlement in Minnesota and its relevance to the modern-day refugee crisis, Emily Short

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A jab well done: acupuncture, American healthcare, and a place for ethnomedicines, Shereen Sodder

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

Exploring issues of access to cancer clinical drug trials, Seamus William Taylor

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Autonomy through image: the path of identity formation in Fun Home, Calling Dr. Laura, and Lighter Than My Shadow, Brooke Thomas

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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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Reluctant religion and radical politics: reimagining theology for countersovereign critique, Rainah Umlauf

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Textbook: the sitcom, "Louie", and the French New Wave, Cristian Uriostegui

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

Wing: a collection of short stories, Windy Vo

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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

Transforming the sky: the rise of China's women's NGOs in combating gender-based domestic violence, Julia Wieczorek

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Challenging the production of silent violence in U.S. public schools, Chealin Won

Delta ruins: stories, Jade Wong-Baxter

An unlikely power: education as a political tool in Singapore & Hong Kong, Christina Yang

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Modafinil as a cognitive enhancer, Joshua Yannix

For when I'm dead, Ben Yassky

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​Plenty​: a speculative fiction, Paul Younger

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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