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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Just Cyber Warfare? An Exploration into the Ethics of International Cyber War, Katie Reese
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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The Song of Siros, John-Paul W. Richard
Department: English; Russian Studies

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Rings & Things: Localization, Discrete Valuations, and Completion in Ring Theory, Lily Richardson
Department: Mathematics

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Innovation and Income Segregation: Engine of Growth and Separation, Ian Ricoy
Department: Political Science

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Through the Lens of Bumble Goggles: Manipulating Visual and Olfactory Cues of 3-D Printed Realistic Flowers for Bombus Impatiens to Monitor Their Learning and Decision Making, Jessica Rae Roberts
Department: Biology

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The Best Masculinity Can Be: Analyzing Tweets About an Ad That Has Shaped How We View Masculinity Through the Lens of Standpoint, Justin Robinson
Department: Communication Studies

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Talking about EU: The Impact of Leaders' Discourse on Public Support for the European Union, Marco Roccato
Department: Global and International Studies

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Rallying Around the Tricolor: The impact of state identity on independence movements in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Catalonia, Jared Rogers
Department: Political Science

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Tools of the Trade: An Ethnohistoric and Archaeological Investigation of Late Fort Ancient Bifacial Endscrapers, Kevin Andrew Rolph
Department: Archaeology

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Building Multilateral Military Coalitions: A Study of Bribery and Coercion in Controversial Military Interventions, Marina Rae Roski Miss
Department: Political Science

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Investigation of Galaxy Disk Formation at 0.8 < z < 1.2., Nicholas B. Rosner
Department: Physics

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An Ethnographic look at Organizational Culture within the Children's Defense Fund, Alyssa Noelle Rotte
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Synthesis of O-nitrobenzyl Esters and Their Host-Guest Photochemistry, Sophia Rovenko
Department: Chemistry

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

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Lost in Excavation: A Study of Ancient Greek Burial Artefacts and How They Are Displayed in Museums in the Context of Their History, Nina Ruth Hooper Rusmore
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Classical Studies

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The Role of Adipokinetic Hormone in female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes Bloodmeal Digestion, Zainab Moyosore Saliu
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Influence of Parenting Styles on College Students Academic Achievements and Personality, Akalia Samms
Department: Psychology

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A Predictive Model for Coach Firings in NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball, Eli Samuelson
Department: Mathematics

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Ordinal Data Analysis: Determining the Effectiveness of Domestic Abuse Intervention in Adolescent Teens, Christian Santos
Department: Mathematics

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The Role of National Culture on Risk Preference, Akari Sato
Department: Economics; Psychology

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“To Thine Own Self Be True”: Deconstructing the Ideal of Authenticity, Brianna Lee Schmidt
Department: Philosophy

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The Genuine Option: What Religious Studies is Missing Concerning William James, Peter F. Schopen III
Department: Philosophy; Religious Studies

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You Think You Do, but You Don’t: An Investigation of Fandom and Nostalgic Media Through an Analysis of World of Warcraft Classic, David Andrew Schulz
Department: Communication Studies

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An Investigation of How English Language Learner Teachers Are Addressing the Needs of Bilinguals Students Who Have Language Impairments, Katherine Schwab
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Investigating the Effects of the chico1 Genetic Mutation on Regional Eye Morphology of Drosophila melanogaster, Katie Schwab
Department: Biology

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The Impact of Acquisition Context on the Affective Perception of Taboo Words, Katherine Sendek
Department: Neuroscience

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Wading Through the Gene Pool: Genetic Counseling and its Principles, Sidney Senita
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Guilt of Innocence: How Evidence Type and Perceived Intelligence Affect Culpability Judgments of Exonerees, Shannon R. Sertz
Department: Psychology

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Paleoecology of Bivalves in the Carmel Formation (Middle Jurassic, Bajocian) of Utah, Evan L. Shadbolt
Department: Geology

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Laughing Matters: Late-Night Political Comedy Television & Individual-Level Affective Polarization, Nicholas R. Shereikis
Department: Communication Studies; Political Science

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The City of Goblins, Hope K. Siegel
Department: English

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Is it Just a Language Exam? An Analysis of the Test D'Évaluation De Français as a Marker of Republican Integration, Margaret Maeve Simmering
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; French and Francophone Studies

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Expression, Purification, and Crystallization of S. aureus MurG: Towards Structural Characterization of a Putative Antibiotic Target, Leman WI Simpson
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry

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Teaching Basic Python Programming Using the LEGO Mindstorms Robot, Emily J. Skerl
Department: Computer Science

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Before the Streetlights Come on: An Analysis of the Politics of Black Motherhood Within American Society, Alana Smith
Department: Africana Studies

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Journey to the West: A Rhetorical Analysis of Asian Hip Hop Subculture, Devyn Smith
Department: Communication Studies

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Would You Date Her? How We Process Social Preferences and Social Perceptions, Madeline Claire Smith
Department: Psychology

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Something in the Water: Nonpoint Source Pollution and The States, Matt Sobota
Department: Political Science

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Analysis on determinants of Firm’s Decision between Operation Through the Markets and Integration when Expanding into a New Country, Atul Sonthalia
Department: Economics; Business Economics

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Fleeing for their Lives: United States Intervention and its Impact on the Central American Immigration "Crisis", Maryori Sosa
Department: Political Science

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Child Labor Amidst Globalization: A Study of Economic Development and Child Labor in West Africa as Seen Through Economic Structural Change, William Southerland
Department: Business Economics

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Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game: A Rhetorical Analysis Of Media Messages About The Partnership Between Jay-Z And The NFL, Aaron Spidell
Department: Communication Studies

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AgriCulture: Selective Strategies One Cooperatives Uses as a Mediator for its Amish Growers, Elizabeth Stanis
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Defending Preservation of the Environment While Considering Wild Animal Suffering, Shay Steele
Department: Philosophy

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Hummingbirds Are Not Fab-Aceae Pollinators: Erythrina Flabelliformis, a Hummingbird-Pollinated Desert Perennial, Has Significant Fine-Scale Genetic Structure and Low Pollen Movement Distances, Mia Stevens
Department: Biology

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A Concussion But I Can't Hear You: An Investigation of the Familiarity With and Understanding of Audiologists and Athletic Trainers in Regard to Labyrinthine Concussions, Jake Stewart
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Stitching Society Back Together: An Analysis of Post-Genocide Restorative Justice and the Prospects for Fostering Interpersonal Trust in Rwanda and Guatemala, Emily Stoehr
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Political Science

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"A World of Inclusion": A Rhetorical Analysis of the Special Olympics Website and Its Construction of Identity for People With Disabilities, Nicholas Strausbaugh
Department: Communication Studies

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How Ionic Strength Affects the pKa of SOA Components: An Examination of Oxalate and Sulfate Equilibria Systems, Katherine V. Strickert
Department: Chemistry

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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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An Exploration of Retention and Persistence in STEM Fields at the College of Wooster, Harriet FC Sudduth
Department: Mathematics

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A Boolean Model of Interleukin-6 Mediated Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition, Emmalee Sullivan
Department: Biology

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Understanding, Supporting, and Rationalizing the State of Israel: An Examination of Educational Tools for Reform Youth, Hannah R. Sullivan
Department: Religious Studies

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Synthesis of Potential Small-Molecule Inhibitors for MurG, a Glycosyltransferase Involved in Bacterial Cell Wall Biosynthesis, Regan N. Szalay
Department: Chemistry

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Understanding Behavioral and Emotional Responses to Frames Used by Animal Rights Organizations in the United States and France, Alysa Tarrant
Department: Communication Studies; French and Francophone Studies

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An Efficiency Analysis of Football Clubs in the English Premier League, Aakash Thapa
Department: Economics

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The Effects of Childhood Bullying Victimization on Social Anxiety in College, Claire Margaret Thompson
Department: Psychology

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An Age of Walls: Effects of Parent-Child Separation on Mental Health Outcomes and Academic Performance of Guatemalan Children, Katherine G. Thurston-Griswold
Department: Psychology

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“Inner Lives: Looking at how Incarcerated Parents Educate and Raise their Children from Behind Bars.”, Akwia S. Tilton
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Characterization of Ampulex compressa Venom Adenosine Deaminase That Superimposes and Antagonizes Purinergic Signaling in Periplaneta americana, Garrett S.D. Tinline
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Effect of Bacteriophage Therapy on the Antibiotic Resistance Profiles of Pseudomonas Bacterial Strains, Trenton J. Tipton
Department: Biology

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

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SkillSHARE: An Advisor Consulting Web-app utilizing a Hybrid Recommender Engine, Hieu Tran
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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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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Investigating and Comparing the Relationship Between pH, Ionic Strength, and pKa for Atmospherically Relevant Inorganic and Organic Acid-Base Equilibrium Systems, David A. Trujillo
Department: Chemistry

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An Investigation into the Possible Impact of Early-Life Stress on Music as a Stress-Reduction Tool, Sarah Marie Histed Vandenbergen
Department: Neuroscience

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Why People work for Nonprofits: The Biases and Effect of Staff Retention within a Boys and Girls Club in Western Michigan, Audrey VanderVelde
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"How We got Here": Interpresting First-Generation Latinx Students' Transitions to College, Jocelynn Vega
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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A New Migration: Investigating Public and Private Violence Frames as Predictors of U.S. Public Sympathy for Central American Refugees, Jonathan Velazquez
Department: Political Science

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Internal Migration and its Effects on Property Value: A Case Study of Spain., Eduardo Vetancourt
Department: Economics

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Kinetics and Products of Hydroxyl Radical Initiated Reactions with Long Chain Alkanes in the Atmosphere, Wesley J. Wagner and Jennifer Faust
Department: Chemistry

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Moorea Than You Bargained For: The Attempted Confirmation and Characterization of a Novel Arginine Kinase in Moorea producens, Anneliese C. Wagoner
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Revolutionary Possibilities: Anarchist Philosophy and Its Influence on the Work of Thomas Pynchon, Addison R. Wanner
Department: English

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The Persistence of Mixed Income Neighborhoods: A Case Study of Neighborhood Change in Chicago, Ian Warren
Department: Urban Studies

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Spaced Training in the 5CSRTT Proves Beneficial in Early Levels, Rebecca Renee Warren
Department: Neuroscience

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The Effects of Children's Literature on Cognitive Empathy, Affective Empathy, and Prosocial Motivation, Cobi Warstler
Department: Psychology

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Incentives to Buy: An Analysis of Trading Behavior Among Competitive Teams in Major League Baseball, Eric F. Wasserzug
Department: Economics

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The Same and Other Race Effects: The Minority Classroom Experience, Micaela Watson
Department: Psychology

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Seeing Color a Little Betta: Investigating the role of tyr in melanin-based phenotypic variation in Betta splendens, Sierra Weir
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Compactness Measures for Legislative Districts, Isaac Weiss
Department: Mathematics; Political Science

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The Abundance and Diversity of Glass Frogs (Centrolenidae) in Primary and Secondary Tropical Forests of Costa Rica, Keara Weiss
Department: Biology

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Synthesis of Novel Fluorescent Unnatural Amino Acid Using Fluorophore from EVOblue 30 Fluorescent Dye, Meghan K. Wells
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Welcome to the Masquerade: Deception in the Preliminary Job Search Process, Rebecca D. Wells
Department: Communication Studies

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Investigating the Influence of Educators’ Mental Health Literacy on the Identification and Referral of Students With Mental Illness, Anna L. Whitman
Department: Psychology

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

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How Life Gets in the Way: Los Obstáculos de Las Escuelas Urbanas, Las Familias Migrantes, y El Estudiante Migrante, Brianna L. Williams
Department: Spanish

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Use Your Head: A Frame Analysis of Digital Media on Concussions in the National Football League Using the Health Belief Model and the Extended Parallel Process Model, Harrison Stow Witwer-Dukes
Department: Communication Studies

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

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Who are the Savages?: Racialization of Eating and Appetites in Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Brown’s Edgar Huntly, and Melville’s Typee, Taylor Wood
Department: English

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The Effect of Seminal Fluid Adipokinetic Hormone on the Blood Feeding Behavior of Aedes aegypti, Chen Wu
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Mind Control? Immunohistochemical Analysis of Tachykinin Receptor and GABAergic Neurons in the Cephalic Ganglia of the Cockroach Brain, William J. Yakubik III
Department: Neuroscience; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Investigating the Effects of Nab2 Overexpression on Molecular and Sleep Phenotypes of Tau Neurotoxicity in Drosophila Melanogaster, Daron Z. Yim
Department: Neuroscience

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How does Environmental Performance Influence a Firm’s Stock Price?, Yiqun Yu
Department: Business Economics

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Identifying Cell Fate Determining Transcription Factors during Zebra fish development, Qaiser H. Zaidi
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Cocktail Parties and Semen Quality: Effects of Auditory Cues on Semen Parameters, Mahlet Frezer Zemedkun
Department: Neuroscience

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Minimize Return Risk: —Using NLP Model to Select a Desirable American and European Options Portfolio, Yinxi Zhao
Department: Mathematics

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Spooky Scary Skeletons: Sexual Dimorphisms in the Cranial Morphology of Betta splendens, Sara Zidek
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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A Time Series Analysis of the Relationship between Agriculture and Economic Growth in Southeast Asia from 1960-2018, Daniel E. Zuchelkowski
Department: Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Infection Control! Synergism in Hippocratic Wound Infection Theory and the Antimicrobial Efficacy of the Barbarum Plaster against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Araam Abboud
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Classical Studies

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Insurrecting Purity: Creativity as Resistance in Somatic Ambiguity, Margy J. Adams
Department: English; Philosophy