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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Education, Sati, and Missionaries, Tara Abhasakun
Department: History

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Amassing Subsistence: Creating an Environment Through Objects and Time, Matilda J. Alexander
Department: Art and Art History

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Near and Far: A Series of Paintings Exploring the Concept of Home, Hannah Ayers
Department: Art and Art History

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From Port to Open Ocean: The Development of the U.S. Navy from the Mexican American War to the Spanish American War, Henry F. Bauerschmidt
Department: History

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By George, He's the First! An Examination of Britain's First Hanoverian Monarch, His Public Perception, and Role in Stabilizing the Parliamentary Monarchy, Bridget R. Brately
Department: History

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The Rubber City’s Other Export: Harvey Samuel Firestone’s Urban Investment and Employee Management Policy in Akron, Ohio and Liberia, Marcus Carano
Department: History

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Serendipity in Liminality: A Photographic Study of the Liminal Space in Music Performance, Chelsea B. Carlson
Department: Art and Art History

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Living the American Dream in the Eyes of Immigrants: A Study of Italians and Jews from 1870-1920, David Castrignano
Department: History

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Living the American Dream in the Eyes of Immigrants: A Study of Italians and Jews from 1870-1920, David Castrignano
Department: History

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Living the American Dream in the Eyes of Immigrants: A Study of Italians and Jews from 1870-1920, David Castrignano
Department: History

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Battle for the Birthing Chamber: Gender, Tools, and Writings in Childbirth in Early Modern France, Anna Claspy
Department: History

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The Schools of Choice: An Evolutionary History of Charter Schools and the Charter School Movement, Sheamus G. Dalton
Department: History

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Making and Mindfulness: How Process-Oriented Tasks Encourage Reflection and Lead to Recovery, Devin DeLaney
Department: Art and Art History

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Home Is Where…? : A Visual And Textual Exploration Of Home, Nostalgia, And Persona, Dallas K M Dickey
Department: Art and Art History; English

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The Scholar, the Teacher, the Saint: The Life, Work, and Nonviolent Philosophy of James M. Lawson, Jr., Kristen Estabrook
Department: History; Religious Studies

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The Hero, Villain, Martyr, and Terrorist: John Brown and his Portrayal throughout History, Joseph R. Gilmore
Department: History

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From "The Bear" to "The Ball Coach": The Evolution of College Football Coaches from 1945-2015, Daniel S. Gorzynski
Department: History

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Dungeons, Dunces, and Dragons: The Collapse of the Post-War American Family in the 1980s Satanism Scare, Nicolaus J. Hajek
Department: History

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There is No Return to Normalcy: How Warren G. Harding Addressed the Issue of Race Following the Great War, Brett J. Hall
Department: History

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Khrushchev’s Nuclear Gamble: Misjudgment, Rhetoric, and Cold War Politics in The Cuban Missile Crisis, Nicholas Halle
Department: History

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No Laughing Matter: Medicine and Pregnancy in Giambattista Basile’s Tale of Tales, Greta Hayer
Department: History

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An Unlikely Hero: How Virginia Hall Became the Most Feared Allied Spy in Occupied France, and Why You've Never Heard of Her, Abigail C. Helvering
Department: History

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The CIA and the Culture of Espionage: How the CIA's Effort to Prevent Domestic Espionage Influenced American Culture, Corwin H. Huegel
Department: History

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Dynamic Beauty: The Journey to Perfection, Jenna L. Hunkins
Department: Art and Art History

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Atomic Terror in the Face of a Determined Enemy: A Look at Revisionism and Revisiting Why the Atomic Bomb Was Necessary, Brock D. Jones
Department: History

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Victims of Downing Street: Popular Pressure and the Press in the Stoddart and Conolly Affair, 1838-1845, Sarah E. Kendrick
Department: History

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Custom Framing: An Analysis of Camille Pissarro's "Les Turpitudes Sociales" within a Base-Superstructure Model, Robin S. Klaus
Department: Art and Art History

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Fears of the Body: Exploring the Regulation of Male Sexual Acts in Nineteenth Century England, Sophia Krauth
Department: History

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Stress Induced Deterioration of the Human Form, Anna Kruse
Department: Art and Art History

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"Let Them Eat Crack": A Look at Street Art Culture and Banksy’s Epitomizing Role in the Advancement of Graffiti as Art, Melissa K. Ladd
Department: Art and Art History

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Why Is Skateboarding so Popular? An Examination of the National Sensation that is Skateboarding and its Relation to the Atlanta Skate Market and Experience, Zachery A. Lampkin
Department: History

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It Started With a Blank Piece of Paper: the Making of a Children’s Picture Book, Joyce A. Lee
Department: Art and Art History

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Captivity, Execution, and Liberation: An Examination of Deteriorating Treatment within Japanese and German Prisoner of War Camps During World War II, Keith Lemke
Department: History

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In the Middle of the Fight: An Assessment of the Formulation of Armored Tank Doctrine in World War II, Christopher M. Logsdon
Department: History

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The Virtuous Rebel: Developing an Anarchist Ethic Informed by the American Anarchist Movement (1881-1919), Michael S. Long
Department: History; Philosophy

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Matilda Loses the Throne, But Takes The Stage: Connecting the Present and the Past by Dramatizing the Key Female Figure from the History of “The Anarchy”, James F. Lorenzin
Department: History

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"That She is of White Blood and Free and Entitled to Her Freedom:" Examining the Louisiana State Supreme Court Case of Morrison v. White from 1857-1862, Roderick D. Malone
Department: History

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"I'm not black... I'm Dominican:" American Perceptions of the Dominican Republic's Racial Identity, Patric Marshall
Department: History

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In Black and White: The Sociopolitical Rhetoric Surrounding Anti-Miscegenation Attitudes in Ohio, Sarah McCrea
Department: History

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U.S. Special Operations Forces: A Broader Role in the Battle Against Radical Insurgencies, Stephen A. McKinney
Department: History

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Distilling the Quintessence of British Marxism amidst Stalinist Superficiality ~ Identifying the Ideology of the Communist Party of Great Britain in the 1930s, Colin J. Montgomery
Department: History

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The Economic and Historical Review of the Non-profit Hospital Dr. Altruist: Or how I learned to stop donating to hospitals and love conspicuous production, Ian Murphy
Department: Economics; History

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The Ramifications of an Intellectual Precursor: The Potential Revolutionary Circulation and Literal Legacy of the Radical Achievements of the Mexican Revolution, Olivia J. Murphy
Department: History; Spanish

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Can Martyrdom Transcend the Ancient and Modern World? History and Archaeology at the Roman Fort of Halmyris, Colin P. Omilanowski
Department: Classical Studies; History

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Strange Reflections and Obscured Bodies: the Presence of the Surrealist Unconscious in Paul Delvaux's the Break of Day, Rebecca L. Osborne
Department: Art and Art History

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Sport as an Instrument of Social Change: A Study of the Effect of Sports on the Movements for Racial Equality in the United States and South Africa, Will Ossyra
Department: History

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Street and Elite, William Owen
Department: Art and Art History

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Guatemala: A Buried History, Collin J. Perez
Department: Art and Art History

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War and the Environment in the Mother of States: The Dynamic Relationship Between the Natural Environment of Virginia and the American Civil War, Isabel D. Perman
Department: History

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"Don't Read This!": Lemony Snicket and the Control of Youth Reading Autonomy in Late-Nineteenth-Century Britain, Brittany A. Previte
Department: English; History

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From the Muses to the Museum: Presenting The Iliad Through Public History to Facilitate Historical Perspective, Emily K. Pudnos
Department: Classical Studies; History

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Contraceptive Controversy in Nineteenth Century New York City: An Examination of Ann Lohman's Contentious Impact on Women's Reproductive Health, Karli Pulice
Department: History

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If You Draw It They (Might) Come: Analyzing American Consumer’s War Bond Purchasing Habits During the War Loan Drives of 1943 and 1944, Alexander M. Rentzepis
Department: Economics; History

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Art Making as an Ecofeminist Exercise in Understanding Species Extinction and Animal Farming, Adrian Rowan
Department: Art and Art History; Environmental Studies

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The Affect of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War, Nicholas Ryan
Department: History

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What You’ll Miss Just Driving By: A Visual History of My Family's Relationship with Industry, Natalie Renee Shreeve
Department: Art and Art History

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The Role of the Army Rangers From D-Day to the Rescue Mission at Cabanatuan, David Smith
Department: History

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Exploring the Unknown: A Ceramic Journey Through the Sea of Imagination, Kaitlin N. Starr
Department: Art and Art History

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Colonizing Wilderness: Alaska's Imagined Identity, Audrey Steiner-Malumphy
Department: History

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From Hitler to Hippies: The Story and Impact of the Volkswagen Beetle, Harrison Suttle
Department: History

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Exposing Mental Illness in New Light, Isabel R. Taccheri
Department: Art and Art History

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Lessons from Andøya: The 1995 Black Brant XII False Alert as a Lens on Post-Cold War Relations, John W. Trainor
Department: Film Studies; History

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Examining Conceptions of the Nation at World's Fairs and Expositions, 1958-2015, Elliott H. Valentine
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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The Queen’s Serpent: An Examination of the Serpent Vessel from Burial 61 from El Perú-Waka’, Sarah Van Oss
Department: Archaeology; Art and Art History

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Beyond the Binary, Petr Wiese
Department: Art and Art History

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Flames and Identity: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and The Vision of New Chicago, Julia L. Williams
Department: History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Soeurs d'Empire: Trois histoires de voyage, de genre et de camaraderie dans des récits de voyage féminins d'Algérie, 1869-1900, Elisabeth Abell
Department: French and Francophone Studies; History

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Mycenae and Cultural Memory: 150 to 2015 CE, Elora A. Agsten
Department: Art and Art History; Classical Studies

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A Beautiful Self, A Beautiful Home, A Beautiful Romance: Magazine Advertisements and the Creation of Domestic Culture in the 1950s, Chelsea Amis
Department: History

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Animating America: A Historical Study of How the Art of Animation has Helped to Define American Culture., Andrew J. Badger
Department: History

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Two Gods, a Dancer, and a Skeleton Walk into a Bar: an exploration of created space through puppetry and performance, Colin Bauman
Department: Art and Art History

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The Nuke in Our Souls: The Apocalypse Comes Down to Earth in Three Postmodern Novels, Andrew Bevis
Department: History

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Discussions in and of Conceptual Art: Different Modes of Conveying Experience, Anthony J. Black
Department: Art and Art History

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The Development and Impact of Investigative Journalism, John Michael Bogusz III
Department: History

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Our Children: A Documentation of Modern Day Lynching in America, Adam Brinson
Department: Art and Art History

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A Neopagan Renaissance: Appropriation of Medieval Imagery and Pre-Christian Folklore in the Magazine Covers of Harvest, Jennifer C. Caventer
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Art or Artifact? African Objects in the Museum, Elizabeth Chamis
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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The Function of Masochism in Performance Art of the 1970's: A Psychoanalytic Examination of Performances by Chris Burden, Marina Abramović, and Abramović/Ulay, Philip W. Chung
Department: Art and Art History

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The “Production” of Urban Poverty: Comparative Analysis of Brazilian Favelas and South African Townships (1964-1985), Ngozi Monica Cole
Department: History

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The Role of Espionage During the American Revolution, WIlliam J. Coll
Department: History

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What Went Wrong?—The Cleveland Browns’ Expansion Years 1999-2003, Ian Crawford
Department: History

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Technomorphis: Artistic Explorations of Humanity’s Dynamic Relationship with Technology, Julia M. Cropper
Department: Art and Art History

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Organizing on the Margins: The National Domestic Workers Union of America and the Development of Intersectional Labor Activism in the 1970s, Shannon Dade
Department: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Visions of Progress: Ohio's New Deal Post Office Murals, Curtis J. Davies
Department: History; Art and Art History

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The Developement of Craft, Samuel S. Donnroummo III
Department: Art and Art History

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“A Moral Heroism Even Greater and Grander Than That of the Soldiers Who Fell:” The Transformation of the Public Sphere for White Southern Women After the Civil War, Diana R. Drushel
Department: History

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A Portrait A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, Jessica D. Friesen
Department: Art and Art History

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The Moral Implications of Legislative Reform and Civil Strife, Nathan A. Gibian
Department: History

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Captain John Smith and the English Colonists Changing Perceptions of Virginia and the Algonquin Native Americans, 1584 to 1622., Jalyn Glassco
Department: History

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Masculine Space: The Final Frontier; A Historical Analysis of the Spatial Politics of Gender through the New Woman’s Access to Brassieres, Bicycles, and Higher Education in the United States from 1890-1930, Shelby Kirst Goldman
Department: History

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Exposure of the Self: Expressions of Internal Conflict Through Fashion, Melissa G. Hackett
Department: Art and Art History

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Abstractions from 1848: Marx, Tocqueville, and Herzen, on the Revolution, Ned Huffman
Department: History

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The Canyon as Home: Accessing food, water, education, and employment in Tijuana's former municipal landfill, Morgan E. Hughes
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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“How Long Can You Suppress a Feeling?"An examination of Global Black Oppression through State-Sponsored Violence, “Othering,” and Conservative Policies in relation to the 1981 Brixton Riots and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, Kelly D. Jones
Department: History

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The Impact of Neoliberalism on Urban Schools in Cities with Black Mayors: Cases in Newark, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., Miko J. Jones
Department: Africana Studies; History

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Sauerkraut and German-American Identity: A Case Study, Victoria Kean
Department: History

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Photographing Experience in Natures of united States and South Korea: Construction of Landscape Sceneries with Cubism Approach, Min Sung Kim
Department: Art and Art History

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Stopping Power Analysis of 37K, 44Cl, and 71 Br Incident on a He:CO2 (9:1) Gas Target, Min Sung Kim
Department: Art and Art History; Physics

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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I've Been to the Mountaintop' Speech: A Rhetorical Analysis of his Efforts to Motivate his Audience and to Re-establish his Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, Nathan R. Lapin
Department: Communication; History

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Exploration of Form and Technique in Functional Ceramics, Grace Lawton
Department: Art and Art History