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Senior Capstone Projects from 2021

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The Food of Dis-possession and the Making of Western New York, Benjamin Aaron Bachman

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Religion, Politics, and Belonging: A Study of Jewish Community Life on Campus, Itamar Ben-Porath

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The Longevity Pagoda: A Collection of Short Stories by Ba Jin, Molly Berinato

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Bending the Elementary, Sophia Blush

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Creating the Autistic Perspective Via the Comic Book Genre, Adlai Brandt-Ogman

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Tuskegee and the Health of Black Infants, Benjamin Brody

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Can You Hear Us? A Content Analysis of Queer Representation in Audio Dramas, Tatianna Brown

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Bridging the Gap, Sophia Calder

Best of Drew Canning, Drew Canning

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The Black Cyborg: The Weaponization of a Human Body, Camryn Casey

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Translation and Juvenal: A Study in Translation analysis and the implications for Classics translation through the lens of modern-language translation, Daisy Catling-Allen

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Traces and Associations: Art and Archival Turns in the Late 20th and Early 21st Century, Karina Curry

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Agitations in Western American Rangelands: Memory, Property and Regionalism in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Occupation, Jake Edington

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The House on the Riverbank: Flooding, Vulnerability, and Buyout Programs in the United States, Elsa Erling

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Intersectionality amongst Disproportionate and Forgotten Numbers within the Child Welfare System, Alessandra Fable

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From Organic to Co-creation: A Farm’s Process of Reshaping their Relationship with Nature, Katia Galambos

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The Coloniality of Conservation: Slow Violence and the Dispossession of the Ahwahneechee in Yosemite National Park, Perri Goodman

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Verified: Surfacing the Relationship Between Social Media Influencers and Emotional Capital, Hattie Goodwin

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Homosexual Subculture by Li Yinhe, Nicholas Gorman

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Perversion, Inversion, and Subversion: An Exploration of Intimacy in College Girl Fiction, Hannah Hildebolt

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The Social Displacement and Public Censorship of Public Spaces in Buenos Aires, Matthias Howley

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Duck and Cover: The Dissemination of Domestic Cold War Propaganda from 1947 to 1957 and Its Lasting Impact on Race Relations, Angelie Hu

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Whatever Makes Me a Modern Girl: Hookup Culture's Failure to Liberate Female Sexuality, Yvonne Hunter

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Manifest Your Destiny: A Satirical Board Game Exploring the, Caroline James

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Virgil’s Bumpkins: An examination of rural idealization and denigration in Virgil’s Georgics and 21st-century American culture, Elizabeth A. Janitz

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Recording COVID-19: “Escape” an Autobiographical Graphic Novel on Pandemic Experiences, Tianyi Jiang

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The Military-Industrial-Media Complex: The Decline of the “Alert and Knowledgeable Citizenry”, Helen Johnson

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Korean International Students (yuhaksaengs) in New York City: A phenomenological study on the US college experiences of Korean international students in relation to privilege, class, and race, Ji Won Kim

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Cosmetics, Femininity, and Kawaii Culture in Japan, Sarah I. Kim

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Senior Project: A Translation of Everyday Butterfly・日々蝶々, Sarah I. Kim

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Understanding Pedagogies of Care: An Investigation of Educator Experiences Supporting Special Education Students Throughout the Juvenile Justice Process, Tessa Kirtzman

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Building Love Outwards: Modeling a Pedagogy of Lovingness Through Peer-to-Peer Storytelling and Artmaking, Elliot Kleinman

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Cellular Movements: A Critical Investigation of HIV/AIDS Through Dance, Elinor Krichmar

Here and There, Here and Now: A Multi-Lens Analysis of the Politics of Korean-American Adoption in the United States, Clara LeBlanc

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The Thoughts of a Lecherous [Wo]man: Desire as Resistance in Celia Dropkin’s Poems, Sydney Levy

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Jackson and Washington Parks: a History of Governance, Resistance and Citizenship in Urban Space, Claire Luning

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What the Landscape Tells Us: Nationalism and the Erasure of Indigenous Narratives and Histories on Long Island, NY, Peter George Markotsis

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"It's Gotta be the Shoes": A Case Study on Shoes, Distance Running, and Technology in Sport, Hannah K. Martin

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Exploration of the unique aspects of Chinese Rhetoric Xiūcí 修辞, Spencer D. McGrath

Eichmann in Washington: American Society and the Ethics of Hannah Arendt, Ezra Mead

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Brazilian Corporate Sector: The Interplay of Public and Private Discourses in a National Struggle for Human Rights, Juliana Milani Viana da Silva

Neutrality and Accountability in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: Historical Faults and How to Ameliorate Them, Henry Morgan

Flight MH17 and Tales of Life After Violence: What to Make of Grief?, Jessica E. Moss

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Colonial Imaginaries: Reconstructing French Indochina through Cultural Artifacts, Nam Nguyen

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Shanghai Street Food and the Making of a Global City, Katherine Niu

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The Salty Commons: Oyster Farmers Forging Socio-Ecosystems on Land & Sea, Julia Noonan

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Unsettling American Superhero Narratives: Super Indian and Deer Woman as Spaces of Native Survivance and Maps to Native Futures, Sophie Novak

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Holocene climate variability and the climate divide in the northeastern United States, Brendon Owczarek

Three Essays Towards Rewriting Politics in Kashmir: Exceeding the Present with Futility, Impossibility, and Nonsense, Prat Parhi

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Invisible Shrimp: An Exploration in Secret, Sound and Storytelling, Lucy Posner

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Reproductive Inequity among Incarcerated Black Women, Danielle Quick Holmes

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The Hidden Effects of Trauma in Narrative: Uncovering Odysseus’ Story-truth, Logan Ragsdale

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Our Dam, Our Water: Re-imagining Egyptian and Ethiopian Relationships with the Blue Nile in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Conflict, Hassan Ragy

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"A Disappearance of Alternatives": Contesting Monocultures in the Bolivian Lowlands, Elizabeth Ralston

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POSTCOLONIAL ACTS: The use and importance of art in the immigrant experience, Rhea Randhawa

“They Pushed Me to Continue My Education”, “Portate Bien Que Nada Te Cuesta”: The Impact Of Latinx Values and Culture on Latinx Students' Aspirations and Achievements, Evelyn Lazario Ruiz

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On Digitality: From Spectacular Narcissism to a Deepened Granularity of Perception, Nina Salvatore

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Squash and Stretch: The Animated Body, Body Horror, and the Phenomena of Childhood Fears, Delaney Sears

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Oh, How The Mighty Have Fallen: Unpacking the American Situation in James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room and Another Country Through the Lens of Postlapsarian Anxiety., Gawain Semlear

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[Picturing] Italy in Poetry and Prose: Collected Perspectives on Italy in Victorian Travel Literature, 1842-1877, Maya Slocum

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Do or DoNo: Financing Inequality in Hartford, Connecticut Through the Downtown North Redevelopment Project, Samantha Beatrice Steeves

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Vassar Students’ and High School Counselors’ Perceptions on the Role of the School Counselor: A Study on the Similarities and Differences, Marissa Steinberg

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Water the Roots: The Fluidity of Blackness and Time, Lena Stevens

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Unnatural Acts: A Political Ecology of Conservation in the Catskills (1820-1997), Hannah Stouter

The Crowd as Interruption: Politics of Invisibility and Protest Photography in the Anti-ELAB Movement in Hong Kong, Kaiqing Su

The Crowd as Interruption: Politics of Invisibility and Protest Photography in the Anti-ELAB Movement in Hong Kong, Kaiqing Su

“Can the Transatlantic World Order Survive the 21st Century", Charles Summa

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What Do You Meme? An Exploration of Internet Communication Through Memes, Shannon Tilley

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The Importance of Intersectional Programming for Developing Black Middle School Girls’ Future STEM Identities, Ciara Tomlinson

The Story of Milwaukee WI Reveals the Temporal Preservation of Racial Violence Embedded in Urban Renewal, Jasmin Walters

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Inviting Inquiry: A Pattern Language for Learning Spaces, Kate Walters

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Inviting Inquiry: A Pattern Language for Learning Spaces, Kate Walters

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Your Best American Girl: Asian American Sexual Literacies in Family, Schooling, & Media, Annie Wang

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Your Best American Girl: Asian American Sexual Literacies in Family, Schooling, & Media, Annie Wang

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Education for Abolition: A Prison Abolitionist Curriculum for a Youth After-School Program, Ella Xiao

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Inclusive STEM Education at Vassar College: Perceptions, Practices, and Lessons Learned from Teaching Under COVID-19, Naike Ye

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The “Cure” is the Affliction: Pregnancy and Childbirth as Healing and Harming in Ancient Greek Gynecology, Naomi Zeltzer

Senior Capstone Projects from 2020

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Music Mentorship for Empowerment, Aidan Anderson

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A Gamers Thoughts: An Exploration Into Marginalization in Video Games, Kevin Arce

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The Predecessor who unexpectedly became [X] struggles to avoid the enemy, Elliot Baik

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The pillows of our palms, Ella Baum

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The art of resurrection: inheriting an activism from the margins of the aids crisis, Anya Bernstein

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Never mind the sex pistols, here’s CBGB the role of locality and DIY media in forming the New York punk scene, Ariana Bowe

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16 and pregnant​: female centered sex education through reality television, Bethany Brown

The virtual museum of American queer history & culture: A reflection, Ruby Brown

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The poet as oracle: T.S. Eliot and his quest for the immortal, Alyssa Jayne Burch

BUNNIES IN THE CITY: An exploration of hypertext comic as a hybrid medium, Zhiqin Cai

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Patchwork Green: Visualizing Landscape Evolutions at Vassar College, Ann Carriere

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Unlocking her diary: the “Confessional” in U.S. female singer-songwriting of the 1990s, Leah Cates

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Oh, never dies: the haunted fiction of Alice Munro, Sam Cibula

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"Adapt and Overcome": The Relationship Between Emergency Departments and the Opioid Epidemic, Victoria Ashley Clarke

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Beetle, Tieren Costello

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Ugly Food for Thought: Ripple Effects from a New Food Movement, Lindsay Craig

Looking right at you: the culling and preserving of familial memory, Zahra Crim

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Doctor D, Bella Dalton-Fenkl

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“All we hear” navigating our relationship with music in the age of Spotify, Julianna DeAngelis

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Storytelling’s capacity for individual and collective healing: Vassar voices as latent commons, Antonella DeCicci

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The Mattapan Trolley: Public Transit Improvements amidst Displacement Concerns, Allegra Amram DeNooyer

The Netflix model: an exploration of racial capitalism and qualified progressivism in Netflix’s original programming, Sachi Depardon

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“For as long as you remain here”: retraumatization, video game trauma theory, and player response in ​Undertale, Max Dubois