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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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Brooklyn: A Toxic Tour. Using a Five-Part Environmental Inspection to Advocate for Environmental Justice, Jack Gilio
Department: Communication

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The First But Hopefully Not the Last: How The Last Of Us Redefines the Survival Horror Video Game Genre, Joseph T. Gonzales
Department: Communication

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A Theoretical & Empirical Analysis of the Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Corporate Leverage, Nathaniel Goodin
Department: Business Economics

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Production, Function, and Conservation of Ancient Roman Mosaics and their Display in Museums in the United States, Arabella Goodrich
Department: Archaeology

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Mass Melanin Movement: Black Women's Perceptions of Body Images and Beauty Ideals Through Analysis of Reality Television, Meonyez Goodwin
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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What's Taking So Long? The Timeline it Takes for the United Nations to Become Involved in State Sanctioned Violence, Alexandria Gordon
Department: Political Science

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An Empirical Analysis of the Predictive Power of Interest Rate Spreads in the Policy Normalization Period, Kevin H. Gould
Department: Business Economics

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Adsorption of Biomolecules by Porous Organosilica, Amy L. Graham
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Silent but Deadly: An Economic Approach to Reducing the Negative Externalities of the Beef Industry to the Environment, Ethan Greene
Department: Business Economics

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Analyzing the Effects of Bacteriophage Therapy Against Pseudomonas on Lettuce Leaves as a Means to Prevent Overuse of Antibiotics, Cheyenne Gregg
Department: Biology

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“KASH” Me Outside, How ‘Bout That: Using the LGB-KASH Scale and SDO to Measure Attitudes Toward the LGBTQ+ Community in the United States and Outside in France, Virginia Grohol
Department: Psychology

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Drone Brood Removal: A Bee-Utiful Form of Varroa Control and Source of Edible Insect Protein, Bridget A. Gross
Department: Environmental Studies

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Citizens in Name Only: Civil and Human Rights of Algerians in France, 1958–1961, Shelley Grostefon
Department: History; French and Francophone Studies

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Comparing Glass Frog (Centrolenidae) Diversity in Primary and Secondary Forests in Costa Rica, Christopher W. Gumpper
Department: Biology

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Comedic Personal Narrative and the Self Awareness of Vice: Rethinking Virtue, Amy Hagedorn
Department: Philosophy

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Analyzing and Solving the Nurse Scheduling Problem, Nicholas Hagopian-Zirkel
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Folktales From Origin Valley, Elen-Kalliopi Halimou
Department: English; Philosophy

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A Look at the “Goodfellas”: A Rhetorical Analysis on the Vindicator and How They Depict the Youngstown Italian Mafia, Alec Hammond
Department: Communication

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Investigating the Influence of Nab2 on CaMKII Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster, Camille Hanes
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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A History of Displacement: Gentrification and Black Activism in Portland, Oregon, Ryan Harms
Department: History

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Does Law Affect Morality? An in Depth Analysis of the Effects of Injustice on Morality, Jaelan R.O. Harney
Department: Philosophy

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Investigating the Impact of Invasive Plant Species on Native Plethodontid Salamander Populations, Haley M. Hartman
Department: Biology

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Children of the Empire, Jack Healy
Department: English

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Investigation of Carminic Acid Photodegradation: Separation, Analysis, and Characterization of Photoproducts, Margaret F. Heller
Department: Chemistry

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Preferred Asset Allocation of the Individual Investor Concerning ESG Scores, Thomas D. Helsel
Department: Business Economics

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Attacking the Curve: A Study on the Effect of Concavity on Aerodynamic Forces Associated with High Speed Automobiles, Collin Hendershot
Department: Physics

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Writing the Carceral Divide: Representations of Imprisonment in American Culture, Timothy Herring
Department: English

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Cyber Warfare: A Study of Threat and Cooperation, John Hessler
Department: Political Science

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I've Been in the Storm So Long: African American History and the Journey Toward Equality Through the Lens of the DuSable Museum of African American History, Grace N. Hodges
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Comparing the Expression of the Phosphodiesterase Pde1c between Drosophila melanogaster Mutants, Rebecca Hotz
Department: Neuroscience

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The Gender Differences in the Perception of Bullying in College of Wooster Students, Sessi Houessou-Adin
Department: Psychology

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Relationships Between Substance Abuse, Emotional Intelligence, Impulsivity, and Social Support: An Examination of Factors Relating to Addiction, Grant P. Hudson
Department: Psychology

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Masculinity (De)construction and Policing: A Comparative Study of Representation, Policies, and Legitimacy, Sarah Huffman
Department: Political Science

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The Double Burden: An Examination of the Political and Social Violence Experienced by Black Activists Participating in Nonviolent Protest During the Modern Civil Rights Era, Desmond Hughes
Department: History

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“His Blood Is Different… Even Though He’s Not Bad, His Ethnicity Is Bad” the Impact of Cultural Policies and Negative Rhetoric on the Severity of an Ethnic Conflict, Jinhee Huh
Department: Political Science

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An Analysis of Caddisfly Larval Cases from Bioherms in the Upper Green River Formation, White Hill Cuesta, Ephraim, Utah, Peter B. Hurst
Department: Geology

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Religion, Animals and Healing: Viewing the Horse through Islam, Christianity, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Emily Huxtable
Department: Religious Studies

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Perceived Deprivation and its Role in the Decisions of Former Obama Supporters During the United States Presidential Election of 2016, Jack Hyman
Department: Political Science

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Adoption Across Cultures: A Comparative Analysis of Adoption Attitudes between the United States and Honduras, Sidney A. Irias
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Americanized Chinese Dishes as Heritage Food and Bridging Identities, Megu Itoh
Department: Chinese Studies; Communication

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The Lord of Summer, Bird Jackson
Department: English

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Sports Analytics With Computer Vision, Colby T. Jeffries
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Dispatches from the Fly Killer: A mathematical model that studies the correlation between sleep fragmentation and longevity in Drosophila melanogaster, Vedica Jha
Department: Biology; Mathematics

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River Development and Incision on Dominica, West Indies, Cole Jimerson
Department: Geology

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The Effect of Vitamin D on Sprague-Dawley Rats Muscle Performance During Training, Patrick Johnson
Department: Biology

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A Bleak Hope For My Father: An Analysis of the Need For More Funding Earmarked towards Reentry Programs for African American Males, Derrius R. Jones
Department: Africana Studies

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Zero to Hero: Elite Burials and Hero Cults in Early Iron Age Greece and Cyprus, Alina M. Karapandzich
Department: Archaeology; Classical Studies

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Survival and Abundance of Glass Frog (Centrolenidae) Embryos in Primary and Secondary Forests in Costa Rica, Mackenzie Nicole Kellar
Department: Biology

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Investigating Soybean Resistance Mechanisms to Phytophthora Sojae Through the Plant Hormone Auxin, Tara Keller
Department: Biology

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Should You Lyse Your Neighbors’ Houses? This Model Says ‘No’ an in Silico Examination of the Interactions Between Bacterial and Viral Populations in the Presence of the Arbitrium System for Viral Communications, Brendan Kelley-Bukovac
Department: Biology

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Examining Relationships Between Personality and Inexperienced Imagery Ability Among Athletes and Non-Athletes, Jamie C. Kenyon
Department: Psychology

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Chasing the Light: Determining a Consistent Method of Device Fabrication for Single-Layered Organic Light Emitting Diodes, Austinjit S. Khara
Department: Chemistry

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Go to Sleep: A Comparison Between Spontaneous-Hypertensive Rodents and Sprague-Dawley Rodents' Performances in a Spontaneous Alternation Task after Short-Term Sleep Deprivation, Jordan Kindinger
Department: Neuroscience

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Gender Performance and Policy Issue Focus on U.S. Senate Campaign Websites, 2010-2016, Kiley Kinnard
Department: Political Science; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Biased or Unbiased?: Perceptions of Information Provided by Professionals to Parents Regarding Communication Options for Their Child Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Hannah G. Kiser
Department: Communication

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Understanding Gene Expression Alterations Following Sleep Deprivation, Ksenia J. Klue
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Save the Forest (Dependent Communities): An Analysis of Potential Factors That Help Explain the Inclusion of Forest-Dependent Communities in Redd+ Readiness, Maite A. Knorr-Evans
Department: Global and International Studies

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A Sound of Drum and Bass: Hip Hop as Identity and Means to Ethical Growth through Aesthetic Value, Justin Konyn
Department: Philosophy

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Unfair Journalism: An Investigation into Stereotypes That Emerged from Recent College Sports Scandals and Surrounding Media Accounts, Sam Kuhn
Department: English

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Blue Genes: A Comparative Genetic Analysis of Steel Blue, Royal Blue, and Turquoise Betta Splendens, Margaret Kuk
Department: Biology

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"Are We Not Peasants too?": Investigating the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Rural India, Maansi Kumar
Department: Economics

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The Effects of Low-Molecular-Weight Organic Ligands on Gallium and Aluminum Mineral Weathering and Soil Sorption, Benjamin W. Kumpf
Department: Geology

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Resilience in STEM Students: An Analysis of the Demographic, Intrapersonal, and Interpersonal Predictors of Resilience, Catherine B. Kuzmishin
Department: Psychology

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The Behavioral and Genetic Effects of Repeated Exposure to the Anesthetic Tricaine (MS-222) on Learning and Memory in Betta splendens, Christina Labib
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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An Investigation into the Recent Surge of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Healthcare Industry, Tyler LaCroix
Department: Business Economics

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What's Behind the Mask? A Qualitative Study of How Male Makeup Vloggers Perform Alternative Identities, Nicole LaPerna
Department: Communication

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Evaluation of Organosilica Sorbent Media as an Adsorbent for the Removal of Perfluoroalkyl Substances from Contaminated Groundwater, Michaela Lawrence
Department: Chemistry

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The Effects of Objectification on Varsity Athletes: A Comparison of Its Consequences in Sports with Revealing and Non-Revealing Uniforms, Maggie C. Layde
Department: Psychology

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The Role of Stress on Executive Functioning: Mediating Effects of Brief Mindfulness Meditation, Georgina M. Legierski
Department: Psychology

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Manipulating Diversity: A Rhetorical Analysis of Annalise Keating’s Intersectional Portrayal of Race and Sexuality on the Primetime Television Show How to Get Away with Murder, Melany Le
Department: Communication

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Selection on Phenological Traits Changes over the Flowering Season in a Self-Incompatible Annual: Implications for the Formation of Adaptive Temporal Clines, Laura C. Leventhal
Department: Biology

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Community vs. Capital: How the Ideals of Community Caused Religion to be the Driving Force in the Attempt to Save Youngstown’s Steel Industry, Jason C. Lillie
Department: History

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Making Room for Refugees: Understanding Trends and Valuable Criteria in the Humanization of Refugees through the Analysis of Multimedia, and Oral History, Heather C. Lockhart-Neff
Department: Global and International Studies

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“Discourse Begins in a Book Club”: An Analysis of Online Book Club Literary Discussion of Race and Gender in The Handmaid’s Tale and The Underground Railroad, Catherine Lockwood
Department: English; Sociology and Anthropology

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“Do You Even Lift?”: An Ethnographic Study of the Relationship Between the Gym Culture at the College of Wooster and an Individual’s Construction of His Masculine Identity, Andrew Long
Department: Communication

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It's Ground Breaking: Development of Soil Insertion Passive Sampler for Chemically Informed Crop Management, Katherine J. Longo
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Neurological Effects of Loving Kindness Meditation on Social Connection and Racial Bias, Colleen M. Lopez
Department: Neuroscience

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The Role of Neighborhood Stigma in Urban Inequality, Kathryn Lucero
Department: Urban Studies

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Dam It: Grand Coulee Dam, Electricity, and the Making of the Modern Pacific Northwest, Stephen Lumetta
Department: History

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Stratigraphy and the Origin of Silica at Gal Hill, Green River Formation, Sanpete County, Utah: A Petrographic and Geochemical Study, Eduardo Luna
Department: Geology

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Investigating the Role of Phytophthora sojae Effector Protein PsAvr3c in the Endoplasmic Reticulum UPR Defense Pathway, Katherine Lyden
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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A Rumination on Identity Politics with Durkheim and Rousseau, Austin Maffei
Department: Political Science; Sociology and Anthropology

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Fractals and Fractal Time Series, Sonia Malik
Department: Mathematics

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Learning to Work: The Success of English Acquisition in Education vs. the Tourism Industry in the Cloud Forest of Ecuador, Katie Mandych
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Responsibility of For-profit Corporations: A Dilemma in Ethics and Rationality, Kayleigh Marks
Department: Philosophy

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Intimidation or Emasculation? A Critical Analysis of the Representation of Masculinity in American Theatre, George L. Marn
Department: Music; Theatre and Dance

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The Relevance of Brick and Mortar Retail in the Age of E-Commerce, John Marousek
Department: Business Economics

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More Than a Club: An Analysis of Black Women’s Identity, Networks, and Social Mobility in Black Greek-letter Organizations, Clarke Martin
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Impact Message Framing and Construal Level Have on Health Decisions, Taylor Mathews
Department: Psychology

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Algorithmic Music Composition, Thomas Matlak
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Putting Socks on an Octopus: The Nature of United States Military Medicine During the Vietnam War, Kimiko McBryde
Department: History

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Are the Frogs Still Croaking? Surveying for Blanchard’s Cricket Frog (Acris Blanchardi) in Northwest Ohio and Assessing Mechanisms of Decline, John McCall
Department: Biology

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Help! She’s Fallen and She Can’t Get Up!: Pre-Raphaelite Depictions of the Fallen Woman and the Consequences She Faces, Specifically in the Works of William Holman Hunt, Lander McCarthy
Department: Art and Art History

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She Shoots, She Scores: Creating a Mathematical Model to Predict Expected Shot Value in Women's NCAA Division III Basketball, Paige McKean
Department: Mathematics

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A Visual Investigation of Criticality: Avalanche Classification on a Conical Bead Pile, Kyle McNickle
Department: Physics

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An Examination of the Relationship between Perceptions of Campus Climate and Academic Competence, Cheyenne McQueen
Department: Psychology

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Predictability of Arctic Sea Ice 1800-2013, Christopher Menolasino
Department: Geology

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Deconstructing Aloha: Confronting and Combatting Clichés of Hawai'i and its Native Culture through a Devised Performance, Vincent Meredith
Department: Theatre and Dance

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Modified Propagation of Anomalous Belousov-Zhabotinsky Waves in a Quasi-1D System, Jack S. Mershon
Department: Physics

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Caste Discrimination in the Indian Labor Market: Examining the Regional Differences in the Effect of Caste Affiliation on Wage Inequality in India’s Labor Market, Komal Mesvani
Department: Global and International Studies