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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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I Made This With My Hands, Andrea Arts
Department: Art and Art History

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Monet and the Western Kimono: The Creative Reasoning and Critical Legacy of La Japonaise, Katarina Margaret Baltisberger
Department: Art and Art History

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Cinema, Memory, and the Russian State: Representation of the Past in Contemporary Russian Film, John Costley Barrow IV
Department: History

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Pedagogía Política: Un análisis de la enseñanza de la dictadura de Pinochet y los derechos humanos en Chile, Emily Elizabeth Xiubei Beuter
Department: History; Spanish

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Project Documerica: How Environmental Photography Captured an Era, Ingrid E. Buckley Ms
Department: History

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Lights, Camera, Busing: An Analysis of Differing Media Perspectives Surrounding the Boston Busing Crisis, Jacob P. Bueter
Department: History

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Modern Women in Popular Periodicals and Films in Shanghai, 1920-1930, Churou Chen
Department: History

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The Trials and Corruption of Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamster Union, adam clark
Department: History

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The Tactics and Tech of the Pacific Theater: Ingenuity in a New Kind of War, Jacob L. Cohen
Department: History

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The Atypical Summer '69 Story: The Football War of 1969, William A. Collis
Department: History

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Redemption of the Gàidhealtachd: The Formation of Highlandism from 1745 to 1822, Isaiah Corso-Phinney
Department: History

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Sun, Sea, Sand, and Sangria: The Development of Working-class Holiday Experience from the 19th to the 20th Century, Dylan Cox
Department: History

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Remembering the City: An Augmented Reality Reconstruction of Memory, Power, and Identity in Ho Chi Minh City through Cartography & Architecture, Thuy Dinh
Department: Computer Science; History

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“Sometimes You Want to Just Run Away”: Participation and Mobilization of the New Sanctuary Movement, Elyse Echegaray
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Commercializing Lifestyles: An Analysis of Lifestyle Brand Identities and Consumer Engagement in Post-War Mass Media, Daniel Engel
Department: Communication; History

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Pope Pius XII and Moral Ambiguity, Ryan D. Farrell
Department: History

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Wood, Paper, and Glue: Studying the Book Beyond Its Bindings, Jack R. Felch
Department: Art and Art History

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Meaningful Military Experiences: A Look Into Congressional Members Who Have Served in Combat, Daniel Grant Fraser
Department: Political Science; History

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A Concrete Asylum: How the Issue of Immigration Embodies the European Union's External Identity Crisis, Nicholas Groves Gargaro
Department: History

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Boy Meets War: A Critical and Creative Analysis of Civilian Masculinities in Britain During the Second World War, Savanna Hitlan
Department: History

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The Deterioation of Public Opinion in the Vietnam and Iraq War, Tyler Iversen
Department: Political Science; History

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Yijing and Its Mathematical Thinkings, Yifan Jiang
Department: History; Mathematics

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Contested Commemoration: The Relationship Between Politics and the Memorialization of the Second World War in Polish Literature, Cinema, and Museums (1945-Present), Alexandria Joyner
Department: History

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Britain First: The British Union of Fascists’ Peace Campaign, 1932-1940, Cormac Kelly
Department: History

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Nascent Archaeology: The Reception of Classical Antiquity During the Renaissance, Lauren Ashley Kozlowski
Department: Art and Art History; Archaeology

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Do Cheaters Prosper? Examining How Organizations Use Sports Cheating to Achieve Institutional Advancement, Cullen Kuhn
Department: History

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Exploration of Cultural Identity Among Chinese Avant-Garde Artists: An Analysis of Xu Bing, Gu Wenda, and Huang Yongping, Qingyue Li
Department: Art and Art History

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Cheap Thrills and Moral Guidance: The Limitations of Subversive Themes in Mid-Nineteenth Century Urban Literature Centered on New York City, Victoria McCaslin
Department: English; History

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An Overview of the Playing Sappho Project, Conclusions and Findings, Mary G. McLoughlin
Department: Classical Studies; History

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Character: A Study in Kinship, Gloria Murray
Department: Art and Art History

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Through the Looking Glass: A Self Portraiture Exploration of Selfhood and Identity, Kelsey M. Nolin
Department: Art and Art History

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East Germany’s West: the Indianerfilme and Identity in German Film and Culture, Fred F. Prichard
Department: History

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Appropriation: Black Hair & Black Culture, Donyea M. Ruffin
Department: Art and Art History

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Chasing Gold Statues: A Study of Kanye West and the Case for Abstract Minimalism in the Digital Age, Sarah Stutler
Department: Art and Art History; English

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Life and Letters of Mary Compton Rice, Rachel Tomei
Department: History

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The Surge of Religious Polychrome Sculptures in the Golden Age of Spain as Vivid Artistic Responses to the Call of the Counter Reformation, Samantha Tromba
Department: Art and Art History

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The Sword and Its Place in Norse Story and Society, Andrew J. Williams
Department: History

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Inventing Christine de Pizan: Art and Authorship in Late Medieval France, Adria Leigh Woodruff
Department: Art and Art History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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The Drum Break: Using the Poetics of Hip Hop as a Lens to Observe the Black Freedom Movement Post-Civil Rights & Black Power, Andrew Aldridge
Department: English; History

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Pardon My Black Power! The Root of Black Stigma, Antonio G. Bailey
Department: History

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Deadly Tail: The Rise, Fall, and Long-term Consequences of the Dalkon Shield IUD, Eleanor Barker
Department: History

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Fundamentalist-in-Chief: How Jerry Falwell Built the Religious Right and Became the Face of Family Values in American Politics, 1956–1980, Abigail Blinka
Department: History

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The Witch’s Apprentice: An Original Graphic Novel, Lorelei KM Carrier
Department: Art and Art History

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Thus Come: The Making and Seeing of the Buddha in China, Julia S. Cavallo
Department: Art and Art History; Chinese Studies

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Liminal Souls, Liminal Bodies: Michelangelo’s Non Finito and the Poetics of Liberation, Mackenzie Clark
Department: Art and Art History; English

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In the Act of Witnessing Art, Regan Concannon Clark
Department: Art and Art History; English

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Rosie in the Empire: Gender in British and Australian Media Propaganda during the Second World War, Josie Cotton
Department: History

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Opening Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise: The Work of Art and its Contexts between Renaissance Florence and Modern Museum Culture, Ilaria Novella Crum
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Dancing with Wooster: Strengthening Community through Self-expression and Collaborative Art, Juliana Davis
Department: Art and Art History

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Ottoman Reactions to a Decline in British-Ottoman Relations 1876-1914, Liam Dingle
Department: History

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Location, Location, Location: The Expansion of the Lexington Public Library from 1795-2019, Robin Emmons
Department: History

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The Mechanisms of Memory: Britain’s Remembrance and Forgetfulness of the British Raj in World War Two, Essam Farah
Department: History

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“Marblescape of Memory”: An Examination of Aesthetics, Identity Construction, and Museum Display through the Appropriation of Ancient Greek Sculpture in Neoclassical England, Presley Feezell
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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When Science and Art Collide: Learning the Methods Like a Scientist in Order to Break the Rules Like an Artist, Marissa Bailey Fiume
Department: Art and Art History; Biology

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A Comprehensive Analysis of the Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Population in Ohio over Time with a Focus on the Melanistic Color Morph, Weston Gray
Department: Biology; History

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Rights, Naturally: An Examination of Natural Rights Philosophy in Constitutional Thought and Decision Making, Jordan Griffith
Department: History; Political Science

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From the Depths: Impacts of the H.L. Hunley, Kolten Del Hainsey
Department: History

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History = Change Over Time: Potential Adaptations for Three Contemporary Northeast Ohio Historical Societies, Marissa Hamm
Department: History

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L’Image Coloniale: Representations of Sub-Saharan Africans in Primary School Textbooks and Children’s Literature During France’s Third Republic, 1870-1914, Olivia Holland
Department: French and Francophone Studies; History

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Phyllis Schlafly’s Lasting Legacy: Discovering Continuity in Women’s Anti-Era Writings, Annabelle Hopkins
Department: Political Science; History

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‘False Frenchwoman’: William Shakespeare’s Reinterpretation of Powerful Female Historical Figures in the Reign of Elizabeth I, Rebecca Giver Johnston
Department: English; History

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The Process of Mending: A Cathartic Exploration of Personal, Social, and Familial Relationships, Reagan N. Kazyak
Department: Art and Art History

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Dr. George S. Benson and the National Education Program: An Analysis of Films from 1948 to 1972, Cullen Wayman King
Department: History; Religious Studies

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Very Happy Exile: The Life and Works of Charlotte Wolff, Abby Lang
Department: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Full Pull:The Worlds Heaviest Motorsport, Trenton M. Leggett
Department: History

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Athletes Engaging in Activism: Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos and their influence on Colin Kaepernick, Brian Lief
Department: History

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The Lakota: On the Importance of Community and Selflessness, Wyatt Ogden Linde
Department: History; Philosophy

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Broken Mirrors: A Historical Analysis of Racial Depictions in Video Games Through a Character, Francisco Martinez
Department: History

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A Few Clumsy Lines: Ramifications of Philosophical Shifts in Neo-Confucian Philosophy to Ming Governance, John Martin
Department: History; Philosophy

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The Ghosts of Terentia: The History and Historiographical Representations of the Woman who Married Cicero, Mary McKinley
Department: Classical Studies; History

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The Untransacted Destiny: William Gilpin and the Birth of Modern America, Ben McKone
Department: History

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A Rubbish Affair When Art Met Tech: Dissecting How Consumerism’s Recycling Exploits Southeast Asian Environment Through a Virtual Art Experience Using Leap Motion Technology for Gestural Commands and Physical Interactions, Thanh Nguyen
Department: Computer Science; Art and Art History

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Modernism in Qatar: The South Asian Migrant Struggle and the Evolution of the Kafala System, Will Noel
Department: History

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The Idea of "The Decisive Battle" As It Applies to Military Conflict from the Late 18th to the Early 20th Century, Spencer John O'Keefe
Department: History

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“She Turned Me Into A Newt!”, an Examination of the Fictionalized Identities of Cunning Folk and Witches During the Witchcraft Trials, Katarina E. Padavick
Department: History; English

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Humanity’s Forge: Constructing a Scientific Narrative around Los Alamos and the Atomic Bomb, Erika M. Purdy
Department: History

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Little Puerto Rico: The Migration and Emergence of the Puerto Rican Community in Lorain, Ohio, Raymond Rhone IV
Department: History

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Yogyakarta 1948: National Identity and the Indonesian National Revolution (1945-1949), Emily J. Root
Department: Art and Art History; History

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Rootin’, Tootin’, and Shootin’: The Role of Western Towns in the Creation and Perpetuation of the Mythic West, Finn J.R. Schneider
Department: History

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Reading Between the (Color) Lines: The Complex History of the Integration of Major League Baseball, Jacob Morris Schwartz
Department: History

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A Critical Analysis of The Korean War In South Korean Films, Wooseong Seol
Department: History

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Black Culture/Black Politics: Hip Hop Culture and Politics from the 1970s to the early 90s, Tori Smith
Department: History

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How the Socialist and Feminist Revolutions in Cuba and Chile Liberated and Limited Women, Natalie E C Souleyrette
Department: History

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Shōjo, Sexology, and Suicide: Female Same-Sex Relationships that Challenged Gender Roles in Prewar Japan, Jacob Rollin Springwood
Department: History

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From the Hands of Midwives to the Forceps of Men: The Medicalization of Birth in Early 20th Century United States, Collier B. Summay
Department: History

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An Examination of the Senegalese Boat Migration, Ousmane Sy
Department: Africana Studies; History

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The African Female narrative explored through art: A transnational Generation of Women, Toshiko Tanaka
Department: Art and Art History; Communication

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Intersections, Hao Tang
Department: Art and Art History

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Pyae Thein's Life: A Visual Representation Using Pufferfish and Octopus, Pyae Thein
Department: Art and Art History

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Pursue This Discourse Instead: Deconstructing Settler Colonialism and Climate Change Through Art, Carolyn S. Webster
Department: Art and Art History

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Cleveland's Ladies Rock: An Analysis of Women's Contributions to Cleveland Rock and Roll in the 1970s, Peter G. Zaremba
Department: History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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

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

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