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Senior Capstone Projects from 2019

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The bootstraps have snapped: the stigmatization of those on American welfare in present day, Edmond Tyler Boyle

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Dancing in the stars: the radical capacity of utopic thought, Zoë Bracken

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When women whisper: rumor and gossip as transcripts of resistance, Violet Cole

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Worlds in-between: Afro-caribbean immigrants and black ethnic conflict in the U.S., Lorraine Jabouin

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Social script to screenplay: heteronormativity in contemporary romantic comedies, Aurora Jeffrey

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Moving with our eyes closed: a rumination of the body on white masculinity, the carceral imaginary, a habitus of violence and other worlds, Maggie Kennedy

Medicine and black fugitivity: escaping and evading disparities in health, Jhamelya Lee

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The consistencies and shifts in American television portrayals of Latinx immigrant families, Lisset Magdaleno

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Gendered conceptions of the American dream in country music from 1994 to 2018: how the belief in the myth maintains the status quo, Hailey Marchand-Nazzaro

Criminalizing blackness and humanizing whiteness: policy, media, and the racialization of drug use in America, Alysha McKenzie

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Talking back and rewriting our stories: a reflection on personal narrative cultivating identity formations and social theory in latinas, Isela Ortiz

In­Between poetics: im/migrant writing as collective resilience and political consciousness, Ankoor Patel

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Shopping for good: the socialized practice of conscious consumption in America, Michelle Perri

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All you need is love (and support): restorative practices for families of those incarcerated, Christiana Prater-Lee

Reverting the social and structural stigma on teenage pregnancy: understanding teenage mothers’ experiences as essential in deconstructing structural and social inequality an improving educational attainment in New York city public schools, Gabriel Quinones

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Towards a queer-Jewish future: an exploration of the Jewish mother-queer daughter relationship and the liberatory potential of queerness, Tali Shapiro

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Friends in high places: competing ideologies at an independent Quaker school, Charlotte Varcoe-Wolfson

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Touring memory: investigating connections between tourism and collective memory in post-apartheid South Africa, Allegra von Hirschberg

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Constructing dialogue around sexual violence: #metoo, Danielle Wiseman

Senior Capstone Projects from 2018

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Shehar katsuri, Udbhav Agarwal

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Women who butcher: gender bias, knowledge politics, and solidarity in meat processing systems, Maria Cali

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Whose body, whose choice: interactions between the pro-choice and pro-life social movements outside the abortion clinic, Sophie Deixel

Mothering and othering: an exploration of the state’s policing of motherhood through child protective services, Grace Findlen-Golden

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"O beauty!": a liberationist critique of the New York City Opera's renaissance LGBTQ initiative, Jason Goldman

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More than memes: analyzing social justice and the spread of information on Tumblr, Megan Jackson

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Prison theater: how drama programs in correctional facilities challenge the roots of the prison industrial complex, Fran Kuperberg

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Tourism and the environment in Bocas del Toro: manifestations of the neo-colonial metabolic rift, Anika Rose Lanser

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Designing for the Anthropocene: sympathies, tensions and hypocrisies in clothing, Zachary Leazer

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Who’s the terrorist?: the production of anti-Muslim racism through historical amnesia, Victoria Majarali

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Between “the potential” and “the actual”: lead poisoning in New Orleans as state sanctioned environmental racism, Eliana Marcus-Tyler

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The liberations and limitations of schooling: insights into the curriculum and environment of U.S. private and public schools, Allegra Pauline Neely-Wilson

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The gendered and racialized profitability, expansion, and decline of the New York City garment industry, Hanna Park

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El eterno retorno: latinx youth radicalism and resistance through art, Yesenia Rose Perez

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Writing truth to power: a study of prison publications as tools for liberation, Emily Rosenzweig

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Nothing about us without us: the politics of race and compassion in heroin epidemics, Ann Tartakoff

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Rucksack revolution: long-distance hiking as an ecological resistance movement, Jia Min Wu

Senior Capstone Projects from 2015

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Korean: the Power of the Counter-Story in Young Adult Fiction, Lily Choi

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White Dominion: A Durkheim-based Exploration of Collective/Individual White Identity And The Destruction of Elliot Rodger, Andre Cousineau

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Capital Never Sleeps, and Neither Should We: The Good Sense of Social Movement Unionism, Alexandra Deane

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The Precarious Line between Prescription Drug Use and Abuse, Velvet Duncan

Sadomasochistic Pleasure vs. Danger: Second-Wave Feminism’s Relevance to Women’s Experiences in (BD)SM, Yanée Maudia Ferrari

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Oil in Ecuador: The Traps of Transnational Capitalism, Kathleen Gould

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From Farm to School to Justice: How Social Problems are Constructed and (Un)Solved, Clara Howell

Archiving Access: Racial Formation and (De)claiming Excellence, Jennifer Lopez

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mmune to Inequity? The HPV Vaccine, Women’s Health, and the Discourse of Responsibility, Sitara Mahtani

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Healing from the Trauma of Living: Yoga in Contemporary United States, Lauren Mulligan

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Exporting a National Identity: Green Tea’s Entrance into the Global Food Network, Erika Nakagawa

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Imagining Alternatives to Present-Day Gender With Help From Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, Emilia Plater-Zyberk

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Mix with Care: An Intervention Against Multiracialism, Michael Prentice

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Gramsci and Us: Toward Gramscian Strategy in the Neoliberal Moment, Spencer Resnick

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Internalized Homophobia: A study of Internalized Homophobia and its related mental health outcomes among Black Sexual Minorities, Dennis Rivera-Cash

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Diversifying the Teaching Workforce: A Critical Race Theory Content Analysis of Popular Texts on Teacher Diversity, Eunice Roh

Put the Team on Their Back: Black Football Players and Internal Colonialism in the SEC, Kelly Wilkinson

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Big Dreams in a Little League: How Social Factors Influence Success in Competitive Youth Baseball, Steven Williams

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Healing from Trauma: The Restoration of Social Bonds Among Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence to Establish Solidarity and Restorative Communities, Nicole Wong

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Trusting Teachers as Educational Experts: Implications of a Teacher-positive Framework for Educational Policy, Leigh Yakubowski

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The Future of Primary Health Care: Alternatives to a Legacy of Structural Violence, Casey Zuckerman

Senior Capstone Projects from 2014

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We’re City Lifers: Transformative Community Organizing in Boston’s City Life/Vida Urbana, Jonathan Bix

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Catching Herself In the Middle: How Chinese-American Adoptees and Their Parents Construct Narrative and Ethnic Identity, Mei Jiang Bresnahan

Sex Work, Theory and Praxis: A Study in Student Dialogue, Alyssa Chai

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Powerless Children: How U.S. Immigration Policies are Impacting U.S. Citizen Children, Eliana Corona

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Finding Feminism: The Ideologies of Hip-Hop from Black Women in Spaces of Higher Education, Tiarra Dickens

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Miss Samoa: Navigating Gender, Politics, and Culture in the National Pageant, Mariko Hamashima

DREAMers Act: How Undocumented Latina/o Youth Define Citizenship Through Online Discourse, Luke Hopping

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Black Women on the White Screen: How American Popular Culture affects the Visuality of the Black Female Body, Anastassia Knight

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Assata Shakur: Embracing Community, Martha Lino

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Critiquing Institutional Diversity: Ethnic Minorities’ Racial Identity Formations in Ideological and Physical Counter-Spaces, Margarita López

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Individualization and Collectivity in Networks of Discursive Cyberspace: A case study on reddit, Raymond Mark

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Message from the Black Woman: Gendered Roles of Women in the Nation of Islam from 1995 to 2005, Angel Needham-Giles

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Speaking to the Silences: Black Women’s Mediation of Historical Trauma and Healing, Naimah Zulmadelle Pétigny

Histories of Color in Critical Pedagogy: The Collective Re-Memory of Trauma and Resistance, Thomas Poole

American Jewish Summer Camp: Changing Identity in Community, Theo Pravitz-Rosen

Representing Black Identities: An Exploration of Photographic Racial Projects in American Society, Alisa Prince

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Theater and Social Change: How Small-town U.S. Theaters Reproduce and Resist Inequality, Hannah Schenk

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Unworthy: Neoliberal Moral Values in Hiv Care for the Homeless, Julianna Shinnick

From Alternative to Integrative: An Exploration of Acupuncture Within the Western Medical Paradigm, Sarah Spitz

Mental Health in Ghana: The Impact of Stigma and Poverty on an Invisible Institution, Zoe Stern

Formations of Queer Diaspora: Trauma and Empire, Akeel St.Vil

Liberty and Justice for Whom? Educational Reforms and Capital, Labor and Social (Im)Mobility in the Age of Neoliberalism, Henry Tran

Resisting Binaries? Multiracial Black/White Identity and the U.S. Racial Project, Natalie Ward

The High Price of High Heels: How Women’s Fashion is an Agent of Patriarchal Control, Chloe Williams

Senior Capstone Projects from 2013

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Artistic Value in America: The Educational Significance of the Arts, Elizabeth Annis

Aren’t Americans Human? Conceptualizing Intimate Partner Violence as a Human Rights Violation in the United States, Caitlin Arias

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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