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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Are We Making The Grade?: An Analysis of the Effects of Racial Bias in Attitudes Towards Funding Public Schools, Madeline M. Baker
Department: Political Science

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When Do Black Lives Matter?: An Experimental Analysis of White American Support for Black Social Movements, Latrice M. Burks
Department: Political Science

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Shouting Into the Darkness: The Effects of Naming and Shaming on the Use of Death Squad Violence in Guatemala and Honduras Between 1979-1988, John B. Cartafalsa III
Department: Political Science

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Rationality, Intuitions, and Government Restrictions: Human Rights Abuses across the Moral Foundations Spectrum, Gregory K. Clark
Department: Political Science

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PRISONS FOR PROFIT: NEOLIBERAL RATIONALITY’S TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA’S PRISONS, Kelsey Clark
Department: Political Science

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All The Help We Can Get:The Effects of Mentoring on Women's Career Success in the American Political Arena, Emily Dean-McKinney
Department: Political Science; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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"Looking Westward?": An Independent Study on China's Grand Strategy Shift, Feng Ding
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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Placing the International Criminal Court on Trial: a Jus Cogens Theory of Procedural Due Process Peremptory Norms at the International Criminal Court, Alexander P. Downs
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Bailed Out, Marc S. Flamer
Department: Political Science

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Leadership Style Matters, But Does Gender?: A Study of Women Exectuive Heads of International Organizations, Savannah Glidewell
Department: Political Science

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The Tension Between Immanuel Kant's Ethical & Political Philosophies, Michael J. Gyeszat
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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"Hello my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!" Messaging Effects on Support for Violent Non-state Actors, Alexandra D. Haines
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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Are Democracies Truly "Bad" at Intelligence? An Analysis of Counterintelligence vs. Intelligence and State Structure, Abigail C. Helvering
Department: Political Science

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Junts Pel Si: a Comparative Analysis of Independence Movements in Sub-state Regions, Ian M. Herrera
Department: Political Science

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Who Gives A Dam? An Experimental Examination of Framing Techniques and Water Conservation, Rachel E. Huxhold
Department: Political Science

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Creating The Middle-Class: The Impact Of Class Based Identity Appeals In Presidential Campaigns, Lois Kimmel
Department: Political Science

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Responding to Genocide: A Poliheuristic Analysis of U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making, Elizabeth Paige Kittner
Department: Political Science

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The Puzzle of Post-Conflict Justice: Identifying Factors That Influence State Selection of Mechanisms, Taylor V. Knoop
Department: Political Science

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Framing Effects of Humanizing Language And Personal Stories of Injustice on Consensus and Action Mobilization For Prisoners' Human Rights Advocacy, Rowan G. LaFramboise
Department: Political Science

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A Comparative Case Study of the Effects of Foreign Aid on Six Developing African Nations and Whether Assistance was Ultimately Successful to Each, Molly R. Laubernds
Department: Political Science

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State Interactions with Sub-National Groups within and Across Their Borders, Faye E. Levin-O'Leary
Department: Political Science

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Explaining Strength of the Renewable Energy Policies of the EU: From a European Integration Theory Perspective, Aaron Levy
Department: Political Science; Environmental Studies

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To Join or Not to Join: A Statistical Analysis of Non-State Armed Groups' Size, 1980-2008, Sarah J. Litt
Department: Political Science

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The Effect of Facial Competence on Female Candidate Electoral Success, Stephanie Marengere
Department: Political Science

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Why the Good Go Bad: A Comparative Analysis of Sexual Assault and Exploitation Allegations in the UN Peacekeeping Missions in Liberia and Darfur, Bianka E. Michalski
Department: Political Science

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The Effects of Presidential Personality on the Ability to Accept Defeat During Military Engagements: An Analysis of Presidential Character and Decision-Making, Brigid E. O'Hara
Department: Political Science

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Microaggressions, Trigger Warnings, and the Fight to Redefine Free Speech: An Analysis of the Judiciary's Response to Campus Speech Codes Through Liberal and Communitarian Perspectives, Madeleine G. O'Neill
Department: Political Science

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Gubernatorial Gimmicks: A Case Study Approach to Partisanship and Macroeconomics, Asfaw P. Pickering
Department: Political Science

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Media or Meeting: Exploring the Roots of Xenophobia, Matayo Rague
Department: Political Science

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How do Strategic Resources Affect Relations Between States?, James Rolen
Department: Political Science

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Evolving Standards of Decency: The Intersection of Death Penalty Theory and Supreme Court Jurisprudence, Rachel S. Sullivan
Department: Political Science

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The Somewhere We Wish Were Nowhere: Dystopian Realities and (un)Democratic Imaginaries, Benjamin B. Taylor
Department: English; Political Science

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It Takes Two to Tango: A Comparative Case Study Analysis of Social Movement Framing Contests on Traditional and Social Media Venues, Arianna N. Thomas
Department: Political Science

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The Problem of Positive Right, Shawn M. Thomas
Department: Political Science

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The Effect of Charismatic Leadership Style On The Levels of Support for Self-Determination Movements, Marco Vinicio Zuniga Lopez
Department: International Relations; Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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International Nongovernmental Organizations and Democratic Consolidation: How do These Organizations Promote Higher Quality Democracy?, Evan B. Albertson
Department: Political Science

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The Clash of Norms: An Examination of Emerging Governance Norms in Cyberspace, Daniel J. Bloomberg
Department: Political Science

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Uncovering the Strategic Logic of Boko Haram, Kyle Conklin
Department: Political Science

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Express Yourself! The Effects of Regional Norms and the Perceived Roles of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Council of Europe (CE) on Civil Society Organization (CSO) Permeability, Pablo D. Doster Ropero
Department: Political Science

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Using Role Theory To Analyze The Link Between Exceptionalism And The Use Of Military Force By States, John Eyre
Department: Political Science

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An Analysis of Robert Goodin's Public Utilitarianism in Application to the Current Firearm Debate, Anna Elise Fleming
Department: Political Science

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Runaway Or Reigned in? Presidential Power and Congressional Controls During Times of War., Robert H. Friedhoff
Department: Political Science

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Success or Failure of International Non-proliferation Regimes of Five Nuclear-weapon States' Behavior, Nataliya Gaydey
Department: Political Science

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Business and Political Clout: Reexamining the Relationship Between Government, Private Interests and Public PO, Connor A. Goulding-Miles
Department: Political Science

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The Effectiveness of the Strategies Interest Groups Use to Influence Health Care Reform in The United States: A Case Study Analysis of President Clinton, Bush, and Obama's Health Care Reforms, Jacquelyn E. Hannan
Department: Political Science

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The "Advocacy of Seeing": Understanding the Culture of Non-Profit Organizations and its Effect on the Organization’s Interaction with the Issue of Access to Legal Counsel for Undocumented Immigrant Children in Legal Proceedings in the United States, Holly A. Hickman
Department: Political Science; Sociology and Anthropology

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Soft Power in Hard Focus: An Analytical Approach to Power in International Relations, Henry B. Knecht
Department: Political Science

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***Blksavage: A Study On The Elements of Traditional Radical Black Political Theories & Their Contributions To Contemporary Black Political Thought, Jestin B. Kusch
Department: Political Science

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The Uncounted Votes: Felon Disenfranchisement and its Variance Across States, Alison E. Moore
Department: Political Science

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Liberty, Security, and Judicial Review in the War on Terror: An Analysis of Supreme Court Approaches to Deference in a Post-9/11 Context, Jacob Oppler
Department: Political Science

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"If You Want to Test a Man's Character Give Him Power" Abraham Lincoln's Character and Use of Strategic Action: An Analysis of Presidential Decision-Making, Hannah Sharfman
Department: Political Science

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Violence without Verdicts: A Comparative Analysis of Social Movements and Race Relations in the United States and South Africa, Madison Swoy
Department: Political Science

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Constituents on the Cutting Room Floor: An analysis of the relationship between redistricting processes and malaportionment in the United States House of Representatives, Luke F. Tonat
Department: Political Science

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“Forgiving The Unforgivable”: An Exploration of Post-Ethnic Conflict Peacebuilding and The Effects On The Durability of Peace, Casey Diane Wade
Department: Political Science

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The Institutionalization of Social and Ethnic Divisions in Democratic States, John K. Wagner
Department: Political Science

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Armed with an Easel: Understanding Artistic Political Praxis Through the Works of Theodor Adorno and Chantal Mouffe, Evelyn Yu Yu Swe
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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The Dragon, Mearsheimer and the Rising Sun: An Examination of Offensive Realism through the Sino-Japanese Dyad, Samuel P. Zais
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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U.S. Foreign Aid and Geostrategic Interests: Does USAID Positively Impact Education Levels in Developing Countries?, Angela M. Bauman
Department: Political Science

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Clean Air - A Luxury Only the Rich Can Afford? An Analysis of International Environmental Policy Using a Development Framework, Nicholas J. Biniker II
Department: Political Science

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Religiously Influenced Interstate Conflict: The Role of Religiosity and Perceived Loss in International Relations, Aaron Brown
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies

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How Inclusive Nationalism Implemented by the State can Prevent an Increase in Religious Polarization, Erin T. Bruening
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies

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The Youth Unemployment Crisis Facing Welfare Regimes: How States Develop New Social Policy, Andrew C. Campbell
Department: Political Science

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Dueling For Their Votes: A Study on the Impact of Presidential Debate Rhetoric on Public Opinion, Daniel J. Cohen
Department: Communication; Political Science

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Does European Union Membership Change Corruption?, Alison M. Doolittle
Department: Political Science

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Timepiece Teaching: How Rhetoric Molds the World, Nicholas H. Fischbach
Department: Political Science

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A Changing American Security Paradigm: The Risk Management Model and American National Security Strategy, Ethan A. Flack
Department: Political Science

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The Effect of Ethnic Microtargeting on Latino Americans' Political Identity Perception, Emma Flanagan
Department: Political Science

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Who’s The Boss? Principals, Agents, and the Intricacies of Non-State Wartime Violence Against Civilians, Patrick Elliot D. Flautt
Department: Political Science

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Cloudy With A Chance of Violence: An Analysis of the Environment-Conflict Nexus, Rita A. Frost
Department: Political Science

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Choosing Gods: Constructivism vs. Realism in the Military Interventions in Religious Civil Wars, Alex Fukui
Department: Political Science

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Aiding Aids: The Motivations of French HIV/AIDS Foreign Aid to African Countries, Alexandra G. Hamasaki
Department: Political Science

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Gauging and Explaining the Impact of Campaign Field Offices in the 2012 Presidential Election, Ben Heavenrich
Department: Political Science

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Restorative Reintegration: Restorative Justice and the Applications and Implications for Child Soldier Reintegration, Carolyn Elizabeth Hockey
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Assessing Chinese Soft Power In Africa Through UN General Assembly Votes, Tyler J. Hoff
Department: Political Science

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The Role of Presidential Worldview on United States Counter-Narcotics Policy in Colombia Since 1981, Joshua L. Holland-Gresock
Department: Political Science

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Dam Institutions: The Nexus of Anarchy and Interdependence - Dams, Water, and States, Daniel Ikuma
Department: Political Science

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Southeast Asia on the Five Pillars of Nationalism: Case Studies of the Mon and Karen of Burma (Myanmar), Min K. Khant
Department: Political Science

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Determinants of Internet Censorship in the PRC: The Cases of Tiananmen, Charter 08, and Zhixian Party, Susie Ko
Department: Political Science; International Relations; Chinese Studies

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Perception Versus Reality: How Preferences for Divided Government and Perceptions of Government Performance Affect Citizen Satisfaction, Kathryn Kotraba
Department: Political Science

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Schooled: How Chicago Learned to Apply Civic Capacity to Accomplish Successful School Reform, Emily K. LeCompte
Department: Political Science

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"The Federation of the World": Examining the Ideological Influences on the Charter of the United Nations, Adam M. Levin
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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Valuing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: A Defense of Countercultural Environmentalism, Mae Manupipatpong
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Portfolio Management Model Strategy Reform: Lessons Through Civic Capacity in Baltimore and New Orleans, Stephanie Megas
Department: Political Science

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An Examination of the Factors Necessary for Successful United Nations Intervention in Civil Wars, Jeremy J. Meyers
Department: Political Science

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Shaking Hands or Staging Protests: Do Autonomous Judiciaries Set the Norms that Govern Democracy?, Rachel J. Myers
Department: Political Science

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International Intervention in Time of Crisis: Explaining the Motives Behind the Selectivity of States' Actions, Claire M. O'Malley
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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EU Energy Policies: A Driving Force of Nationalist Party Support?, Cowles S. Ostrander
Department: Political Science

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What Makes Rivals Agree? IGO Mediation of Crises Between Strategic Rivals, Andrea S. Patton
Department: Political Science

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Mental Health in Post-Conflict Societies: The Economic and Social Impacts of Widespread Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oliver Paul
Department: Political Science

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An Analysis of Contemporary Theories of Constitutional Interpretation in the Supreme Court: Scalia's Originalism Versus Breyer's Pragmatism, Erica L. Rickey
Department: Political Science

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The Impact of Sanctions on Corruption: The Cases of Iraq and Serbia, Andrea Roganovic
Department: Political Science

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The Determinants and Effects of R&D intensive FDI, Usman Shabbir
Department: Business Economics; Political Science

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American Military Strategy and the Offense-Defense Theory, Derek A. Simi
Department: Political Science

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The Political Consequence and Psychological Mechanisms of Dictatorial Cults of Personality, Wyatt C. Smith
Department: Political Science; Psychology

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The Impact of U.S. Economic Sanctions on Cuban Inequality, Noah R. Wagemann
Department: Political Science

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The Continuity of United States Counter Terrorism Policy: An Analysis of the Impact of Bureaucratic Leadership Dynamics on Policy Decisions, Christian Raimund Wasner
Department: Political Science

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The Power to Repress v. The Power to Produce: A Foucaultian Power-Analysis of Law and Punishment in Colonial and Post-Revolutionary America, Janet M. Zahorsky
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Women and the Election: An Examination of Mortality Salience on Candidate Gender Preference, Zoe Baker
Department: Political Science

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Arming the Homeland: Ethnic Interest Group Influence on U.S. Arms Sales, Daisy Bledsoe-Herring
Department: Political Science

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Economic Capability and Its Role in Determining Compliance With International Law, Kees C. Burns
Department: Political Science