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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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Being a Young Patient: Influences of Identity and Verbal Communication on Patient Disclosure and Compliance, Lauren Abbott
Department: Communication

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Of Fallen Heroes and Courageous Mothers: The Making of Martyrdom and Maternalism in the Movimento Feminino Pela Anistia, 1975-1985, Marina Adams
Department: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Quantifying the Impact of Drought on Vegetation Through Remote Sensing in Northwest Jordan, 1998 to 2017, Amineh B. AlBashaireh
Department: Geology

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The Science of Forgetful Mothers: Determining the Long-Term Effects of Parity on the Hippocampal Cholinergic System in Female Rats, Leighton Albrecht
Department: Neuroscience

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The Stigmatization of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as Influenced by Gender, Evelina Alex
Department: Psychology

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Post-WaterGate to Pre-Trump: A Look At Which Incumbents Are Hurt By Scandals Within The United States House of Representatives, Ashkahn Alikhani
Department: Political Science

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The ‘Black Republic’ on their Mind: African Americans and the U.S. Occupation of Haiti 1915-1934, Jerry Altemar
Department: History; Political Science

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Elite African American Football Players’ Career Paths from College, Professional Franchises, and Post Professional Athletic Careers, Roger An
Department: Africana Studies

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Perceived Discrimination, Social Support, and Group Identification: Predictors of Psychological Well-Being among International Students, Maria Atala
Department: Psychology

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Identity in the Straight Edge Movement: An Exploration of Ideology, Individuality, and Solidarity, Stuart Ayers
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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A Study of Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment for Video Game Balance, Tommy Bacher
Department: Computer Science

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Branding: Examining the Consumers’ Perception of Trademarks and How Firms Create Value from Those Perceptions, Amadou Bah
Department: Business Economics

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Connecting Five Stones: Artificial Intelligence Implementation For Go-moku In Unity, Jianqiu Bai
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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The Politics of Acceptability: The British Union of Fascists and British Society, Malachi Bailey
Department: History

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The Game Outside The Lines: A Study On The Impact Of The Relationship Between Non-Profit Organizations And NBA Athletes On Public Perception, Alexandre Baptiste
Department: Communication

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Assessing the Impact of Municipal Governance and Urban Development Megaprojects in the Developing World, Ethan Barham
Department: Political Science

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Cupid & Psyche: An Electronically Composed Pop Opera, William Barnett and CeCe Underwood
Department: Music

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BioScript: A Web Application for Biological Researchers, Erik Barroso
Department: Computer Science

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The New Face of News: The Manifestation of Partisan Bias and the Fragmentation of Political Identity, William C. Bates
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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When Sex Ed Pretends to be Secular: The Influence of Christianity in Secular Abstinence Education, Samuel D. Bauman
Department: Religious Studies

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Unique Development and Circumstance: A Theoretical and Empirical Exploration into the Determinants of Capital Structure in Chinese Firms, Robert Beall
Department: Business Economics

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“You Don’t Have to Live Next to Me, Just Give Me My Equality!” An Exploration of the Art of James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, and Nina Simone, and Their Criticisms of Racist America from 1955-1967, Asha Beasley
Department: History

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Profs or Rents?: A Quantitative Study of Percieved Social Support in College Students, Jennifer Beckley
Department: Communication

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Big Book in a Small Pond: An Investigation of Preschool Teachers’ Use of Emergent Literacy Strategies When Reading Big and Typical-Sized Picture Books Aloud, Sara Beckstrom
Department: Communication

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Geologists With Borders: American Scientific and Cultural Interactions with Europe and Japan after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Brandon B. Bell
Department: Geology; History

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Assessing the Subcellular Localization of Phytophthora sojae plant pathogen RXLR Effectors in Saccharomyces cerevisiae., Titas K. Bera
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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¿Más café por favor? El presente y el futuro de la industria del café en Colombia y Honduras a la luz del cambio climático opresivo, Diana Bickmore
Department: Spanish

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An Analysis of the Ego-Depletion Effects of Emotion Versus Attention Draining Tasks: Even Emotionally Arousing Depletion Tasks Do Not Show an Ego-Depletion Effect, Savannah Binion
Department: Psychology

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Hakuna Fermata: Music's Anxiolytic Effect on Chronic Stress in Sprague Dawley Rats, Elise K. Black
Department: Neuroscience

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How to Create Cohesion: An Examination of Communication Behaviors on Athletic Teams, Anna L. Blake
Department: Communication

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Politics of the Space Race: Episode in the History of the Space Race, Alexander S. Bloom
Department: History

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Autism Spectrum and Disordered Eating Traits Predicting Cognitive Functioning in a Non-Clinical Sample, Katharina S. Bochtler
Department: Psychology

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‘I takes freedom:’ A Digital Project on Black Youth and their Practice of Resistance from 1865-1914., Blaire Bosley
Department: History

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Fight or Flight: Bullying and the Differing Responses of Athletes and Non-Athletes, Trevor J. Bowden
Department: Communication

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Recognizing Sarcasm Using Machine Learning, Mary-Hannah E. Boyer
Department: Computer Science

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The Effects of Divorce on Baseline Corticosterone, Affiliative and Neophobic Behaviors in Zebra Finches, Rachel Brandon
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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An Interdisciplinary Examination into Factors that Impact the Long-Term Sustainability of Water Projects, Madelaine Braver
Department: Interdepartmental

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Phallocentrism and Images of Women in Chinese Literature: from Ban Zhao to Mian Mian, William T. Brethel Jr.
Department: Chinese Studies

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The Privatization of a Public Industry: A Study on Private Prisons in the United States and the Effects on Prisoners, Ian Brim
Department: Business Economics

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Exploring the Dynamics of a Small Dielectric Sphere due to the Higher-order Modes of an Optical Nanofiber, Emma Brinton
Department: Physics

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Interactive Sound Synthesis: Procedurally Generated Audio Based on User Drawn Waveforms, Todd Brockelman
Department: Computer Science

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The First Spacewalk: An Exploration of the Mathematical and Cultural Implications of the Space Race, Aidan Brown
Department: Mathematics; Russian Studies

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Cut the BS: The Harm of Benevolent vs. Hostile Sexism and the Buffering Effect of Gender Group Identification, Madison C. Brown
Department: Psychology

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Attempt at Expression of a Functional Recombinant Nicotinate Dehydrogenase from Bacillus niacini, Nathan M. Brownstein
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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“Flowin’ with the Water Cycle”: An Exploration of the Water Cycle Through Movement Through the Lens of Choreographer Doris Humphrey and Musical Composers Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy, and Hans Zimmer., Meredith Bruch
Department: Theatre and Dance

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Romance Versus Friendship: Examining Relationships Using the Investment Model, Angelica Buczkowski
Department: Psychology

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Probing the Activity of [(n6-p-cymene)RuCl2(P(R)3)] Complexes for the Metal-Catalyzed Oxidative Coupling of Alcohols and Amines, Brady Bunnell
Department: Chemistry

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Effects of Motivation and Personality Traits on Adherence to an Injury Rehabilitation Process, Rachel Burger
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Between Adult Playfulness and Decision-Making, George Burgi
Department: Psychology

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Wilderness Preservation in the Capitalocene: Valuing Wild Lands in an Instrumental World, Brandon Burkey
Department: Philosophy

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"Kill the Indian, and Save the Man": Examining the Assimilation Tactics Used Against Native Americans by the United States Government Through the Implementation of Boarding Schools, Molly Campbell
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Clothing Makes the Man: Constructing Morality and Masculinity Through Depictions of Men's Clothing in the Victorian Era, Anne Carney
Department: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Everyday Acts of Amish Resistance: Contextualizing Patterns of Antimicrobial Susceptibility in a Small-Scale Agricultural Setting, Geoffrey Carney-Knisely
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Sociology and Anthropology

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A Morphological Study of Pillow Lavas: Generating New Data on Submarine Pillows Along the 8°20’ N Seamount Chain, Eve M. Caudill
Department: Geology

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Metaphor and Truth-Condition Semantics, Junyi Chen
Department: Philosophy

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Understanding Human Well-Being, Junyi Chen
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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An Investigation of the Relationship between Government Purchases and Conspicuous Consumption, Tailun Chen
Department: Business Economics

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“Intercultural Exchange”: Analyzing The Exchange of Femininity and Masculinity Between The African American Community And The Global East Asian Community, Brandi Clarke
Department: East Asian Studies

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That’s Just the Way it grows: A Look at Phenazine Compounds and Their Effects on Agrobacterium rhizogenes Growth, Maxwell Clement
Department: Biology

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A Visual Analysis of the Medical Profession as Portrayed Through Nineteenth Century Painting and Photography, Caroline A. Click
Department: Art and Art History

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Fantastic Orientalism, Max A. Cohen
Department: History

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Men Were More Supportive of Male Rape Myths: An Investigation into Stereotypical Gender Role Beliefs and Support Organizations' Preparedness, Emily Colwell
Department: Psychology

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Human Action Motivation : For Love of Thyself: The Egoist Approach to Navigating Motives Among Social Guise, Kevin B. Compliment
Department: Philosophy

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Stay at Home Dads:The Effects of Abiotic and Biotic Factors on Decisions on When to Provide Paternal Care in Costa Rican Hyalinobatrachium valerioi, Sarah Comstock
Department: Biology

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How to Move Mountains: An Examination of the U.S. Political Response to the Aids Crisis, Jane Connard
Department: Political Science

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Wine, Women, and Woodcuts: the Maintenance of the Isolated Landsknechte Marginalized Society in Sixteenth-Century Germany, as Shown through the Dissemination of Military Genre Prints, Kathryn Connors
Department: History; Art and Art History

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Encrusting Sclerobiont Paleoecology and Bioerosion Of Oysters in the Type Campanian (Upper Cretaceous) of Southwestern France, Macy A. Conrad
Department: Geology

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Lo Bueno Y Lo Malo: A Critical Analysis of Mexican-American Machismo, Alondra Correa
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Climate change and GLOFs: A Multi-Locational Meta-Analysis on the Peak Discharge and Flood Volume of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods, Michael N. Craigmile
Department: Geology

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The Make or Buy Decision Across Borders: A Transaction Cost Economics Approach to Vertical Integration, Aidan Crowe
Department: Economics

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Employing a System of Pressure Sensors to Characterize Avalanche Dynamics on a Conical Bead Pile, Gabriel Dale-Gau
Department: Physics

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The Influence of Positive and Negative Context Images on the Other Race Effect, Samantha M. Davis
Department: Neuroscience

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“Everybody Worships”: Religious and Para-Religious Presences and Interactions in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, Nan Denette
Department: Religious Studies; English

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The Man Behind "Corduroy": The Life and Art of Don Freeman, Ellie R. DePastino
Department: History

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“College Is Over, What Now?”: An Analysis of the Returns to Human Capital Investment for Post-College Levels of Educational Attainment, with an Emphasis on Immigrants with U.S. Schooling, Soham Desai
Department: Business Economics

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Inhbitory Effects of Phytophthora sojae RXLR Effectors on MAPK Signaling in Yeast, Thomas DiFilippo
Department: Biology

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In the Eye of the Consumer: A Sociocultural Analysis on Food Choice, Pagona N. Duda
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Good Life: An Analysis of Buddhist, Epicurean, and Ascetic Perspectives, Christopher Dukich
Department: Philosophy

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#quitbullyingme: Teachers’ and Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions of the Academic, Social, and Emotional Impact of Cyberbullying on Individuals Who Stutter, Claire Dunwoodie
Department: Communication

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“You like Me, Aren’t We Friends?”: Exploring the Relationship Between Resource Control Strategies and Friendship, Martinique Eaddie
Department: Psychology

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Past Determines Future: The Effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Individuals’ Adherence & Compliance and its Variance Amongst Athletic Identity, Chevy Echols
Department: Psychology

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Using A Boolean Model to Identify Requirements for Successful Yamanaka Reprogramming, Campbell Elliott
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Role of Traditional and Western Healing Practices on the Well-being of Diné People, Sierra Elrod
Department: Psychology

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The Role of Children in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Paintings: Social Distinction and National Identity, Helena Enders
Department: Art and Art History

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Elucidating the Physiological Role of a Putative Arginine Kinase in Myxococcus xanthus Utilizing Homologous Recombinants, Zachary J. Engfer
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Illuminate: Nightlight Lamp & Lantern Series, Kari Everson
Department: Art and Art History

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The Enigma of the Twelve Handmaidens: an Analysis of Book 22 of Homer’s Odyssey, Theodora Evinger
Department: Classical Studies

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An Evolutionary Myx-up: Characterization of Bacterial Arginine Kinases in Species from the Order Myxococcales, Lindsay J. Fannin
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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« Il faut que la terre soit honorée » : La division de responsabilité gouvernementale, culturelle, et publique contre le réchauffement climatique, Katie Farr
Department: French and Francophone Studies

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Institutional Ownership and Corporate Performance: An Empirical Analysis of America's Publicly-Held Firms, Eric Fenton
Department: Economics

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Being Sixty: Aging, Agency, and Personal Narrative in Simone de Beauvoir's La Vieillesse and Doris Lessing's The Diary of a Good Neighbour, Ashley R. Ferguson
Department: English; French and Francophone Studies

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Niacini, Now You Don’t: The Catabolism of Nicotinic Acid and Nicotine and the Role of a Putative Monooxygenase Enzyme in Bacillus niacini, Sydney R. Fine
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Speaker of Words: A Linguistic Examination of Science Fiction, Invented Language, and Society, Sierra Fletcher
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Effects of nab2 on Phosphorylated Tau Protein Accumulation in Drosophila Melanogaster, Jacob A. Fling
Department: Biology

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The Role of Travel Memoir in the Production of Orientalist on Japan, Christopher Fried
Department: English

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Potatoes and Pathogens: The Creation of a Functional Plant Vector Using Effector Genes from Pathogenic Oomycete Phytophthora Infestans, Cameron Friedman
Department: Biology

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An Analysis of Filmic Adaptations of The Brothers Grimm Tale “Schneewittchen” in Postwar Germany, Brigitte K. Galauner
Department: Communication; German Studies

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The Opportunity to Succeed: An Analysis of First-Generation, Latinx College Student Aspirations, Family Expectations, and Definitions of Success, Nancy Garzon
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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You've Got a Friend in Me: The Effects of LGBTQIA+ Legislators on Same-Sex Partnership Rights in Latin America, Danica Genners
Department: Political Science

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Reclaiming Self-Love: Philosophy of Moral Worth, Colleen E. Gilfether
Department: Philosophy