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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

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Fantastic Orientalism, Max A. Cohen
Department: History

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Experiences of the Plague in 14th Century Avignon, France, Hope E. Nelson
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Locality Test of the Simple Ocean Data Assimilation (SODA) in the Bering Strait, Jacob Nowell
Department: Art and Art History; Geology

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The Peoples Car and American Culture, Christian Peralta
Department: History

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Dangerous Consumers: A History of Credit Inequality, Christopher J. Perrin
Department: History

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The Importance of Children's Literature: Combating Children's Understanding of Gender Roles/Biases Informed From Meida, Ashley Christine Plassard
Department: Art and Art History; Education

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Influences Throughout the Generations, Jessy A. B. Pojman
Department: Art and Art History

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The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of Montessori in the United States, 1910–Present, Emily Regenstreif
Department: History

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The Role of the Horse in Pre-Ming China, Kristen N. Scott
Department: History

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A Cause for Freedom: Analyzing and Digitizing the Lane Theological Seminary Records for a Modern Audience, Madeline E. Smith
Department: History

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Fire in the Hole: The United Mine Workers of America and Their Struggle Against the State and Mine Operators in Gaining Comprehensive Health and Safety Regulations, William Swales
Department: History

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McKinley, Eisenhower and Bush: The Importance of Military Experience in Presidential Nominations and Elections, Benjamin N. Vesper
Department: History; Political Science

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Cosmopolitan Love: Contextualizing and Reimagining Race in America, Vy Vu
Department: Art and Art History; English

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The Lady or the Tramp: An Analysis of the Public and Private Gendered Representation of Countess Constance Markievicz, Natalie Walsh
Department: History

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Studs Terkel: Bard, Entertainer, or Historian?, Ian D. Weissman
Department: History

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Gateway to Discrimination: An Analysis of Race and Class Issues Embedded in Cleveland’s Gateway Project, Hannah R. White
Department: History

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Conserving Land, Restoring People: The Promise of New Deal Environmental Policy, Ann Wilkinson
Department: History

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"If I Didn't Define for Myself, I Would be Crunched into Other People's Fantasies of Me and Eaten Alive." An Exploration of how Angela Davis, Nina Simone, and Audre Lorde Influenced the Notion of Self-Definition During the Black Power Era, Grace Williams
Department: History

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"Axing" Questions About Gender: Media Representations of Lizzie Borden, Abigail Woltman
Department: History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Women Marine from World War I to the Vietnam War, Cristina Ancog
Department: History

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The Silenced Directors; The careers and films of Alice Guy (Alice Guy Blache), Lois Weber, and Dorothy Arzner., Jacqueline J. Angulo
Department: History

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The Game of Art: An Analysis of Venetian and Florentine Military and Economic Identity by Artwork from 1300AD to 1600AD, Andrew Beck
Department: History

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An 'Answer to Hopes and Dreams': Utopianism, Progressivism, and the American Spatial Tradition in the New Deal Resettlement Community of Greenhills, Ohio, Jared M. Berg
Department: History

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A Lens of Our Own: A Feminist Photovoice Exploration of LGBTQ+ Experience at The College of Wooster, Foster J. Cheng
Department: Art and Art History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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"A New Weapon - A New Monster - The Walkout": The East Los Angeles Student Walkouts of 1968, Camille G. Christenson
Department: History

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The Impact of the Civil War on the Reconstruction of Elite Southern Womanhood, Louisa MC Dallett
Department: History

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“Marching Mothers”: The Battle for Desegregation in Cleveland Public Schools, 1957-1976, Theresa Dunne
Department: History