The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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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

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Walk This Way: Hip-Hop's Journey from Sub-Culture To Pop Culture as a Musical Genre, Jon Erik Lindberg
Department: History

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All the World’s a Stage: Elizabeth I and the Crafting of Power Through Dance, Jocelyn M. Lion
Department: History

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Fire from the Sky: Theories of Strategic Bombing and their Implementation in the Second World War, Jacob J. London
Department: History

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Boys in the Jungle, Elephants in the City: An Analysis of the Colonial and Imperialistic Themes in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Jean de Brunhoff’s The Story of Babar, Anna M. Masland
Department: History

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A Study of the First African American Males Breaking the Racial Barriers of the NFL, Michael L. McCants II
Department: History

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Insurgencies and the United States: An Exploration of the Factors Influencing the Outcome of American Counterinsurgency Campaigns, Aaron McDougal
Department: History

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Lost and Found: An Exploration of Design in Urban Cartography, Chloe McFadyen
Department: Art and Art History

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Samurai Baseball: A History of the Japanese Players in the American Major League Baseball, John W. McLain
Department: History

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Big Brother is Watching You: A Historical Contextualization of Authoritative Power in Dystopian Literature, Lydia McPherson
Department: History

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Memsahibs at Work: British Women's Political Participation in the Raj, 1858-1914, Laura Y. Merrell
Department: English; History

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Blurred Lines: "Should an Artwork have Toilets", Matthew A. Miklavcic
Department: Art and Art History

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The Russian Mafia: The Spread of Organized Crime through Globalization of Markets, Trey E. Moats
Department: History

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Do You Ever Get Nightmares?: A photographic journey through the lives of wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans, Gabrielle M. Morrison
Department: Art and Art History

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Just Spoonful of Sugar Makes Imperialism Go Down: The Role of Sugarcane in the Formation of Portugal's Atlanti Empire, Robert B. Mosher
Department: History

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Finding Vlad: A Historical Fiction Novella, Caroline M. Mount
Department: English; History

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The Suez Crisis of 1956: The End of British Influence & Imperialism, Ryan P. Neff
Department: History

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Knight Life: The Construction of the Modern Knight Templar through the Symbols of the Past, Mike Ohsfeldt
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; History

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Inside the Black Box: Relationships Between Structure and Natural Spaces, Bjorn Olsen
Department: Art and Art History

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Russian military adaptation to a changing battlefield: A study of military reforms after 1992 and the 2008 conflict in Georgia, Nicholas J. Oneill
Department: History; Russian Studies

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Venus and the Salon of 1863: Allegorization, Transformation, and The Gaze, James L. Parker II
Department: Art and Art History

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An Exploration of Self: Continued, Aniecia L. Patridge
Department: Art and Art History

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Investigating Intrigue: Past and Imagined, Lauren D. Perrino
Department: Art and Art History

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Was the Great War Just?: A Re-examination of Just War Theory in Light of Events During 1900-1920, Oliver S. Raker
Department: History; Philosophy

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Origins of Oregon: A Cultural Geography of Two Oregonian Cities, Claire McNaught Ramey
Department: Geology; History

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Health Care for Everyone: Presidential Influence on the History of Medicare, Daniel Reese
Department: History

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Ski Masks and Assault Rifles: A Brief History and Examination of the Violent Politics of the Irish Republican Army in the 1960s and early-1970s., Benjamin W. Robertson
Department: History

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The Cultural Effects of Federally Mandated, Off-Reservation Boarding Schools on North American Indian Women, Molly Sennett
Department: History

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Cold War Hopes and Fears: Science Fiction Film in the Fifties, Meg Sharber
Department: History

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A Fool's Comedic Cavalcade of Heads, Young Jae Oliver Shin
Department: Art and Art History

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Anglo-Saxon and Viking Ship Burials as Indicators of Status and Power, Meagan Shirley
Department: Archaeology; Art and Art History

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The Cool Kids at School: A Comparative Analysis of Native Education Policies and the Rise of the African Elite in Colonial Senegal and Kenya, Stephanie C. Sparrow
Department: International Relations; History

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The 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympic Games: Altitudes Effects on the Performance Capability of Track and Field Athletes and Future Training Methods of Distance Running, Karl R. Stemen
Department: History

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History in the Hand Through Functional Ceramics, Katherine E. Stephens
Department: Art and Art History

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Sexually Incompatible: Female Solders and Social Change of the American Civil War, Emily Stoner
Department: History

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“The Gang of Virtue”: Colonial South Africa, Congo and Kenya in British Imperial Literature and Media, 1870-1970, William Swank
Department: English; History

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Turkey's New Islam: A Study of Religious and Political Identity in the Kemalist Political State, Nathaniel D. Weaver
Department: History; Religious Studies

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Pittsburgh Steel: Cultural Identity in the Mill Towns of Pittsburgh, Jonathan McLaren West
Department: History

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The Steady Path to Prominence: World War One and the Development of U.S. Global Engagement, William Wojtkiewicz
Department: History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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The Silent Protest: An Investigation of the 1988 Deaf President Now Movement, Rachel L. Appleton
Department: Communication; History

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A Wilderness of Mirrors: Intelligence in the Revolutionary War, John T. Battaglia
Department: History

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Independent Study Is-Real (Israel): An Examination of American Immigration to Israel, Kristen Bell
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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They Teach As They Were Taught: Teaching and Women’s Work in America’s Early Republic, Nichole Blackwood
Department: History

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Radically Practical: Rabbi Emil G. Hirsch’s Response to Modernity, Elizabeth J. Boykin
Department: History

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Re-Examining Carter: The President’s Relationship with Congress in Formulating and Enacting Comprehensive Energy Legislation, Jeremy E. Burke
Department: History

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Convenience and Control: Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Privatization Attempts 1980-2014, Tyler M. Campbell
Department: History

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Serving Up a Cup, Mattie R. Cannon
Department: Art and Art History

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Our Best Work Was Never Recorded: Understanding the Role of Public Perception during the Beatles’ Formative Years, David Cath
Department: History

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Breaking Down the Walls: Black Student Activism at The College of Wooster, 1960s-1990s, Antwan Chambers Jr.
Department: History

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Jesus Saves: Branding Theology and Image in Twentieth Century Los Angeles Evangelicalism, Morgan W. Clark
Department: History

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A Body of Commodity: an Analysis and Story of the Weimar Prostitute, Audrey V. Creamer
Department: German Studies; History

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The Holocaust in Jewish American Collective Memory: A Study of Holocuast Memorials in American Synagogues, Sarah Crosswy
Department: History

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Overlooked and Underappreciated: The Impact of Organized Crime in Cleveland, Ohio on the American Mafia, Brett L. DeWester
Department: History

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Women in Water: The Drowned Female Victim in Victorian Painting, Catherine Everett
Department: Art and Art History

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Adventures in Time and Race: A Study of the Acceptance of Multiculturalism in Doctor Who, Meredith A. Farley
Department: History

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Fashion, Flappers and Freedom?: Women and Personal Expression in 1920s Dress, Lynn R. Fortney
Department: History

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An Unexpected Alliance: Haiti and Great Britain after the Haitian Revolution, 1804-1865, Emily Frank
Department: History

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Power, Sex, and Intrigue: An Examination of Mistress Portraiture at the Court of Charles II, Margaret S. Frick
Department: Art and Art History; History

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Windy City Radicals: Sister Carrie, Organized Labor, and the Problem of Chicago, Ben Fuqua
Department: English; History

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Revolution on Stage and Screen: Historical Narrative through Cuban Film and Spanish Theatre, 1959-1971, Kevin J. Glass
Department: History; Spanish