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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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Contextual Questions: The Worldly Implications of an Insufficient Philosophical Stance, Serigne-Abdoulahad Kebe
Department: Philosophy

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Impact of School Vouchers on Guardian Investment in Education, Madeleine Keller
Department: Economics

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“We Need Your Help”: The Rhetorical Construction of the Citizen Detective in True Crime Podcast Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad, Amelia A. Kemp
Department: Communication Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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This Boat is Obviously Sinking : The Response of 90s Musicians to Neoliberalism, Andrew T. Kilbride
Department: English

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: Vergil and Ovid's Clashing Portrayals of Individual and Group Identity, Dante G. King
Department: Classical Studies

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Solvent Dependence and Thermodynamics of Swell Pressure Generation by Swellable Organically-Modified Silica: Progress Towards a Physical Model to Explain Swelling, Mattaeus J. Klonowski
Department: Chemistry; Physics

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A Case of Heartburn: Replicating the Heart's Electrical Signals with Fire, Craig Klumpp
Department: Physics

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Developmental Fluoxetine Exposure Affects Offspring Anxiety-Like Behavior and Hormonal Response to an Acute Stressor, Bryce Knopp
Department: Biology

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The Synthesis of Bio-Based Degradable Super Absorbent Polymers Through Employment of Multimetallic Catalysts, Kamron Knowlton
Department: Chemistry

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The Art of Reconciliation: The Influence of the Black Community on the Detroit Institute of Arts, Jillian Kouayara
Department: Art and Art History

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Adding to the Narrative: Stories of the Holocaust through Portraiture and the Museum, Marloes Krabbe
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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An Examination of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Pseudomonas chlororaphis in Response to Bacteriophage Therapy, Eric Kraus
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Identifying Non-Genetic Predictors of Alcoholism with the Aid of Reweighting Techniques, Trevor Krisan
Department: Mathematics

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The Effect of Rest on Soccer Match Outcomes in the Premier League, David Ku
Department: Mathematics

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Examining Light-Matter Interactions Through Two Photon Entanglement, Andrew M. Kunkel
Department: Physics

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Pretty Pink Penny: Exploring Consumer Behavior and Gender-Based Price Discrimination, Nasua Oforiwa Labi
Department: Economics

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Hyperconnected or Disconnected? An Analysis of Attachment to Smartphones and Their Use in Family Households of College Students During the Digital Era, Larissa Lamarca
Department: Psychology

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Le Tutoiement et le vouvoiement sur les réseaux sociaux : Twitter comme étude de cas, Paul J. Lance
Department: French and Francophone Studies

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Birth Work, Reproductive Justice, and Communities of Care, Hannah Lindsay Lane-Davies
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Catastrophic Imaginings: Human-Driven Catastrophe, the Anthropocene, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Lungs, Hayden Douglas Lane-Davies
Department: Theatre and Dance; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Fabric and Flesh: A Tactile Exploration of Personhood and Becoming, Ella Lang
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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American Dragon: A Story of an Asian American Woman Finding Her Way Home, Hannah Langer
Department: English; Art and Art History

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Parents, is it your Fault? Effects of Familial Influences on the Development of Disordered Eating Habits and Attitudes, Joelle Lau
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Adipokinetic Hormone on the Blood and Sugar Feeding Behavior and Life Span of Female Mosquito Aedes aegypti, Beenhwa G. Lee
Department: Biology

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Statistical and Machine Learning Approaches to Depressive Disorders Among Adults in the United States: From Factor Discovery to Prediction Evaluation, Minhwa Lee
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Flipping the College Calculus with Algebra Classroom: Does it Improve Student Performance?, Sejeong Lee
Department: Mathematics

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Haunted Households: Adaptation, Genre, and Gender Politics in Horror and the Gothic During Second Wave Feminism, Eliza C. Letteney
Department: English

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The Bees’ Needs: Phytochemical Dietary Additives as a Method of Reducing the Toxicity of Pesticides via Spray Exposure in European Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), Brittany Leyda
Department: Biology

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“Kamala Harris, for the People”: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Kamala Harris’s 2020 Democratic National Convention Speech, Gabija Liffick
Department: Communication Studies

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Stick or Carrot? How Multinational Venture Capital Firms Balance Compensation and Monitoring across Political Environments., Huzhi Li
Department: Global and International Studies

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An Investigation of the Influence of Exposure to Deaf Communities on Deaf Identity of Young Adult Cochlear Implant Recipients, Heidi M. Likins
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Evidence of Negative Cooperativity in Cytosolic Taurocyamine Kinase from Arenicola brasiliensis and its Implication in the Evolution of the Phosphagen Kinase Family, Mingyuan "Merlin" Li
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Sorry, I Think You’re Muted: A Typological Content Analysis on Tele-Education, Katherine Lindelof
Department: Communication Studies

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A Comparison of Two Distance-Based Phylogenetic Reconstruction Methods, Botao Liu
Department: Mathematics

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Deciphering the “Logic Puzzle” of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine: Investigating Cooperative Protective Effects of Artemisinin and Hyperoside Against Oxidative Damage in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Kejun Liu
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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How did the China-US trade war affect Chinese High- Technology Manufacturing industry?, Ruoqi Liu
Department: Global and International Studies

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Dog Behave Differently When Meeting a Stranger Depending on their Personality and How the Stranger Acts, Margaret Loarca
Department: Neuroscience; Biology

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Protecting The Sabbath: A Look at Sunday Baseball and how Protestant leaders Tried to Prevent It, Elijah Keith Lohrey
Department: History

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School Has Taught Us (Not) to Protest: Civil Rights Movement Education and Sanitized Narratives, Cat T. Long
Department: Political Science

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Reconstructing Home and Family: An Analysis of the Family Life Experiences of Queer Central Americans Living in the United States., Cesar O. Lopez
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Phenotypic and Biochemical Analysis of Active Site Variation in Thioredoxin: A Conserved Oxidant Defense Protein Responsible for Disulfide Bond Reduction in Cells, Eran N. Maina
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Elucidating the Biodegradative Pathway of Nicotinic acid by Bacillus Niacini: Defining the Biochemical Action of Bn DUF, Connor Thomas Mangan
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Presidents’ Speech Impact of National Security on Immigration, Gabriela Marin
Department: Political Science

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A+ Child Does Not Equal A+ Parent: Analysis of Parenting Types and Child Attachment Effects on Academic Achievement, Sarah Marion
Department: Psychology; Education

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Dissociation, Maria Martinez
Department: Art and Art History

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Perceptions Toward Persons with ADHD: Exploring the Relationship Between Intergroup Contact, Honesty-Humility, Accommodations and Attitudes, Marielle Monique Mason
Department: Psychology

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Female Rap Artists Relation to Fan Identity, Kobe Matesic
Department: Communication Studies

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We're All A Little Bit Gay: Female Homoeroticism in Greek Art, Devon A. Matson
Department: Archaeology; History

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From the Controller to the Television Screen - Adapting Dragon Age: Origins into a Television Drama, Aaron McAllister
Department: English

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The Great Outdoors, Indoors: An Evaluation of Green Spaces and Housing Prices in Pittsburgh, PA, Will McCullough
Department: Economics

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A Breech in Time: Identifying and Dating Historical Textiles using ATR-FT-IR and HPLC-UV/Vis, Brianna M. McKeen
Department: Chemistry; History

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Judgment in Relation to Chance Games and Scenarios, Mercer McLennan
Department: Psychology

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Diminished Sleep and the Presence of Risky Behavior: What Predicts General Health?, Alex Melchert
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Media Coverage on Public Opinion: A Comparative Case Study of Clinton and Trump's Impeachments by the House, Alexa N. Mellis
Department: Political Science

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Resource Boom, Manufacturing Bust: The Dutch Disease and Deindustrialization in South America, Gabriel Melmed
Department: Global and International Studies

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Perceptions of Social Activists: Evaluations of Criminality Based on Race and Social Activism, Jennifer Louise Meltzer
Department: Psychology

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Taking CHARGE: An Investigation of Audiologists' Familiarity with CHARGE Syndrome and Hearing Healthcare Guidelines Pertaining to Syndrome Management, Caitlyn Menolasino
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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The Influence of Physical Exercise Mediated by Self-Regulation on Mental Health of College Students, Samuel Merga
Department: Neuroscience

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Know My Rage: A Novel with Critical Introduction, Alicia Messenger
Department: English

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Wide Open, Lila Miller
Department: Art and Art History

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The Veteran Effect: From Battlefield to Ballot Box, Willem Mills
Department: Political Science

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The Effects of the Carolina Locust’s Camouflage on Perceiving Ability of Human When Searching for It on the Screen, Jiyoung Min
Department: Psychology; Biology

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Survive or Thrive? A Study of American Church Success During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Max Thomas Moller
Department: Religious Studies

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Why I Hate You (And Why You Hate Me): The Relationship between Inequality and Polarization in America, Alec H. Monnie
Department: Political Science

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Socializing Sons: How Lesbian Parents Engage With Masculinity While Raising Their Sons, Laura Isabel Montoya
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Narrative and Image as Memory: An Alternate History of the Alton Piasa Mural Using Indigenous Contexts, Natalia V. Moonier
Department: Archaeology

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Miguel de Cervantes, Platón, y Francisco Goya: La Conexión entre la Fantasía y la Realidad, Dezmond A. Morrow
Department: Spanish

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A Protest Analysis: Examining the Effectiveness of Occupy Wall Street, Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, and the Civil Rights Movement, Kate Murphy
Department: English; Global Media and Digital Studies

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An Investigation of the Impact of Broad-Based Stock Option Incentive Plans on the Rate of Voluntary Employee Turnover, Zach Myers
Department: Business Economics

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Propellant-less Space Travel with Tethers:Swimming in Space using an Asteroid's Gravity Gradient., Gentaro Nakata
Department: Physics

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Collective Memory and Community in the Sri Lankan Diaspora of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA, Anura Namachchivaya
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Eternal Silence: Statelessness as a Determinant of Journalist Killings, Joseph Jumil Naser
Department: Political Science

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The War for Germany's "Redemption", David E. Naugle
Department: German Studies; Global and International Studies

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What a Funky Fungus: Long-Term Monitoring of an Emerging Fungal Pathogen in Wooster Memorial Park Salamander Populations, Nathaniel C. Newman
Department: Biology

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“Keep It Private:” A Study on the Effect of Privatization on the Efficiency of Firms in Vietnam, Dung Nguyen
Department: Business Economics

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Effect of Concentration on Photo-oxidation of Butenedioic Acids Isomers by Hydroxyl Radicals, Xi Ning
Department: Chemistry

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Trends of Humane Entrepreneurial Activities since the Emergence of Global Citizenship, Yuta Nitanai
Department: Interdepartmental

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Small Town Queers: The Intersections of Gender Identity and Regional Location, Hayden Ruairí Nolan
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Host Domination: Characterizing Pseudomonas chlororaphis Bacteriophage’s Host Range and Binding Receptors, Marissa E. Norgrove
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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From Protest to Politics to Moving Pictures: How the Black Power Movement Inspired Blaxploitation, Peyton D. O'Laughlin
Department: History

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The Effects of Masculinity and Attachment Style on Perceptions of School Shooters and the Prevention of School Shootings, Matthew R. Olszewski
Department: Psychology

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Trajectory of an Anisotropic Particle Near a Light-Transmitting Optical Nanofiber, Carlos Owusu-Ansah
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Effect of Socioeconomic Status on Voters Preference for Primaries Verses Caucuses, Lucas Andrew Palmer
Department: Political Science

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A Continuación, Black Lives Matter: An Ethnographic Analysis of the Latinx Community’s Perceptions of the African American community Through the Events Surrounding the Black Lives Matter Movement, Natalia E. Parra Diaz
Department: Communication Studies; Spanish

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Effect of Adipokinetic Hormone on Mating Receptivity of Aedes aegypti Females, Dhwani Parsana
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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ESPN as a Two-Sided Market: How Fantasy Football Users Impact Advertising Prices, Joseph C. Passodelis
Department: Economics

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Joseph Passodelis Senior I.S, Joseph Christopher Passodelis
Department: Economics

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Illiberal Development: An Analysis of Differing Forms of Participatory Development Programs in Neoliberal Institutions, Cecilia Payne
Department: Political Science

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Quantifying How the Retreating Cold Microclimates Around Glaciers in Southeast Alaska Affect Rates of Warming in Nearby Mountain Ecosystems., Julia M. Pearson
Department: Earth Sciences

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The Mass Movements of Fern Valley, Morgan Antonio Pedroso Curry
Department: Earth Sciences

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Are Casinos a Winning Wager? A County-Level Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Commerical Casinos on Economic Growth, Shaun Conrad Peirce
Department: Business Economics

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《异乡人》“Strangers”: A Visual Ethnography about Expat Teachers in China during Covi-19 Pandemic, Xinyu Pei
Department: Communication Studies; East Asian Studies

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Turning Conceptions of Family ‘Upside Down’: Non-Familial Families Provide Social Support and Communal Coping as a Form of Social Support in Stranger Things, Sophia Deanna Pellar
Department: Communication Studies

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Play Spaces for children with ODD: How Nature Playgrounds can benefit a community, Drake W. Pence
Department: Environmental Studies

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Connection to Culture: An Analysis of Compositional Choices in the Songs of Xavier Montsalvatge, Jaime León, and Adolfo Mejía as They Reflect Cultural Significance, Jacqueline Frances Perez
Department: Music

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Why Give a Dam? Exploring the impacts of Castor canadensis Inundation on Benthic Macroinvertebrate Populations and on the Perceptions of Biologists who Work with Them, Wiley O. Phelps
Department: Environmental Studies

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Abstract Unity in Material Diversity: An Introduction to Category Theory and a Phenomenological Defense of Mathematical Realism, Micah Taylor Phillips-Gary
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities Suggest No Till Agricultural Practices Can Improve Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Health, Dylan P. Phillipson
Department: Environmental Studies

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Mobile Games and the Sunk Cost Fallacy, Sadie L. Phillips
Department: Psychology

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Whose Line is it Anyway? Rhetoric, Pathology, and the Jewish Race in Late Victorian England, Stephanie G. Pokras
Department: History