The following Senior Independent Study Theses were awarded Honors and nominated by their departments to serve as examples of the outstanding work done by Wooster students. The PDFs of these exemplars may be downloaded from any location. For questions about the exemplar nomination process, please email openworks@wooster.edu.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Tying Truth's Shoes: The Value of a Realist Notion of Truth Within Democratic Discourse, Emma Arvedon
Department: Philosophy

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Language of Disability, Language of Disorder: An Investigation of Lived Experiences and Perspectives of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum with Respect to Communicative Interventions, Rebekah Burkhart
Department: Communication

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Says Who? A Feminist Challenge of Moral and Epistemic Authority in Advocacy, Coral Ciupak
Department: Philosophy

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Examining the Effect of Attachment Styles on Sternberg's Love Components and on Loyalty, Voice, Neglect, and Exit in Adult Romantic Relationships, Jamila Coleman
Department: Psychology

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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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Optimizing Timber Harvest Value: A Dynamic Programming Investigation, Kayleigh T. Dietz
Department: Mathematics

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An Analysis of Fractures around the Sevier Fault Zone near Orderville, Utah, Charley H. Hankla
Department: Geology

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Who Runs the World? An Analysis of the Internal Dynamics of International Organizations and Their Impact on the Ability of Women to Attain High-Level Leadership Positions, Sabrina K. Harris
Department: Political Science

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Talking Red White and Blue: An Investigation into the Relationship Between Polarization and Congressional Floor Speech, Dawson Patrick Honey
Department: Political Science

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Signing in the Margins: Manifestations of Professional Identity and Creative Agency in Viking Age Oval Brooches, Ellie Howell
Department: Archaeology

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Six of One, Une Demi-Douzaine de L’Autre: Detecting Cross-Language Code-Switching in a Continuous Narrative, Melissa Kadish
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Psychology

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Determinants of Latinx Patients’ Perceptions of Trust in their Physicians at the Primary Health Care Level, Emani J. Kelley
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Personal Styling on Constituents’ Perceptions of Candidates, Cassidy D. Ktsanes
Department: Political Science

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Perseveration or Perseverance: Investigating Interpretations of Echolalia, Self-Stimulatory Behaviors, and Intervention Approaches for Children Who Have Autism, Ashlynn Rae Kufleitner
Department: Communication

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Do You Want To Run a Regression? Nah, I Think I’ll Dance One Instead: Physicalizing Econometrics, Rachel Lau
Department: Theatre and Dance

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The D&D Sorting Hat: Predicting Dungeons and Dragons Characters from Textual Backstories, Joseph C. MacInnes
Department: Computer Science

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Inviting Others In: How Oppression Affects the Self, Mylo Apollo Parker-Emerson
Department: Philosophy

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The Politics of Exclusionary and Inclusionary Zoning: The Road to Residential Segregation, Emily M. Partika
Department: Political Science

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"But it's not Fair!": Effects of Experimenter Familiarity on Inequity Aversion in Dogs, Kia Radovanovic
Department: Psychology

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The Progression of Aβ Proteins in the Retrosplenial Cortex Using an APP/PS1 Alzheimer’s Disease Transgenic Rodent Model, Maha H. Rashid
Department: Neuroscience

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Expectation Versus Reality: An Examination of the Training and Awareness Primary Care Physicians Have About Communication Differences and Sensory Sensitivities Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Present and Accommodations Provided During Office Appointments, Rachel H. Topper
Department: Communication

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Exploring Topics of the Art Gallery Problem, Megan Vuich
Department: Mathematics

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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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A HoTT Approach to Computational Effects, Phillip A. Wells
Department: Computer Science

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Cowboys and Tiaras: The Role of Child Gender Nonconformity on Evaluations of Same-sex and Different-sex Families, Andrew David White
Department: Psychology

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Applying Gadamer: An Evaluation of Interpretations of the Confucian Analects by Different Schools Under the Light of Gadamerian Hermeneutics, Yifeng Xu
Department: East Asian Studies; Philosophy

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Think About It: The Role of Think Tanks in Public Debate and Policy-Making, Shana E. Zelenka
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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The Stigmatization of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as Influenced by Gender, Evelina Alex
Department: Psychology

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Big Book in a Small Pond: An Investigation of Preschool Teachers’ Use of Emergent Literacy Strategies When Reading Big and Typical-Sized Picture Books Aloud, Sara Beckstrom
Department: Communication

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An Analysis of the Ego-Depletion Effects of Emotion Versus Attention Draining Tasks: Even Emotionally Arousing Depletion Tasks Do Not Show an Ego-Depletion Effect, Savannah Binion
Department: Psychology

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Encrusting Sclerobiont Paleoecology and Bioerosion Of Oysters in the Type Campanian (Upper Cretaceous) of Southwestern France, Macy A. Conrad
Department: Geology

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#quitbullyingme: Teachers’ and Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions of the Academic, Social, and Emotional Impact of Cyberbullying on Individuals Who Stutter, Claire Dunwoodie
Department: Communication

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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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You've Got a Friend in Me: The Effects of LGBTQIA+ Legislators on Same-Sex Partnership Rights in Latin America, Danica Genners
Department: Political Science

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The First But Hopefully Not the Last: How The Last Of Us Redefines the Survival Horror Video Game Genre, Joseph T. Gonzales
Department: Communication

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Masculinity (De)construction and Policing: A Comparative Study of Representation, Policies, and Legitimacy, Sarah Huffman
Department: Political Science

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Americanized Chinese Dishes as Heritage Food and Bridging Identities, Megu Itoh
Department: Chinese Studies; Communication

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Sports Analytics With Computer Vision, Colby T. Jeffries
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Zero to Hero: Elite Burials and Hero Cults in Early Iron Age Greece and Cyprus, Alina M. Karapandzich
Department: Archaeology; Classical Studies

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Resilience in STEM Students: An Analysis of the Demographic, Intrapersonal, and Interpersonal Predictors of Resilience, Catherine B. Kuzmishin
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Objectification on Varsity Athletes: A Comparison of Its Consequences in Sports with Revealing and Non-Revealing Uniforms, Maggie C. Layde
Department: Psychology

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Manipulating Diversity: A Rhetorical Analysis of Annalise Keating’s Intersectional Portrayal of Race and Sexuality on the Primetime Television Show How to Get Away with Murder, Melany Le
Department: Communication

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An Examination of the Relationship between Perceptions of Campus Climate and Academic Competence, Cheyenne McQueen
Department: Psychology

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The Dissemination of Responsibility: Exploring the Audience as Bystander in Theatre, Helen Rooker
Department: Theatre and Dance

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Beyond The Breakfast Club: The Influence of Breakfast Type on Cognition, Jillian D. Saccogna
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Exposure to Unbalanced Sex Ratios on Perceived Vocal Attractiveness, Taylor N. Sikich
Department: Psychology

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Real Fake News: The Colbert Report and Affective Polarization, Jeffrey J. Skoroda
Department: Political Science

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Crime Around the World: Using Mathematical Modeling Techniques to Model Aggregated Worldwide Crime Rates, Kelly M. Steurer
Department: Mathematics

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Food for Thought: The Effects of Past and Present Food Insecurity on Subjective Well-Being and Child Behavior, Jena C. Styka
Department: Psychology

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Logic -> Proof -> REST, Maxwell Taylor
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Inclusion of Blocking Power for a Complete Voting Power Analysis in the IMF, Shiwani Varal
Department: Mathematics; Political Science

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Tuned In: An Investigation of the Use of Group Amplification Systems for Students, Including Those on the Autism Spectrum, in First Grade Mainstream Classrooms, Emily Velichka
Department: Communication

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Attachment Style and Romantic Satisfaction as Predictors of Relationship Visibility on Facebook, Amanda I. Wells
Department: Psychology

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Power, Profit, and Political Participation: How Neoliberal Rationality Limits Citizen Influence in a Democracy, Emma Woods
Department: Political Science

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From Retribution to Restoration: An Analysis of Restorative Justice as a Policy Reform Effort to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline in New York City Public Schools, Leigh T. Yartz
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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

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

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On Degree Bound for Syzygies of Polynomial Invariants, Zhao Gao
Department: Mathematics

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Paradojas de la narrativa colonial: Representaciones de la gente indígena en el arte indigenista y la obra plástica de Enriquestuardo Álvarez, Erin Gass
Department: Spanish

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Saint or Politician: A Gendered Analysis of Catherine Benincasa’s Letters, Jacob Hailperin-Lausch
Department: History

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Beyond an Uncertain Future: Vietnamese Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Needs for Social Support, Khue M. Hoang
Department: Communication

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Laughing Against White Supremacy: Marginalized Performance of Resistance Comedy, Caren Holmes
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Building a Course Recommender System for The College of Wooster, Nan Jiang
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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The Soul's Response to Surveillance: A Foucaldian Investigation Into the Economy of Power Created by Contemporary Surveillance Techniques and the Conditioning of the Post 9/11 Subject, Jack Johanning
Department: Political Science

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La Fiebra Telenovela: Audience Perceptions of Telenovelas and their Representation of Economic Disparity, Brenda Khor
Department: Communication

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All Hands on Deck: The Role of Ship Burial Reentry in the Maintenance and Construction of Narrative in the Vendel and Viking Periods, Gina Malfatti
Department: Archaeology

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Pretending To Be Human: An Automated Theorem Prover To Write Mathematical Proofs, Khoa Nguyen
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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"Orange Is the New Black": The Skin-Tanning Phenomenon and Its Influence on Perceptions of Race, Class, and Gender, Madeleine Polovick
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Grasping the Void: Immersion Tactics Using Gesture Controlled Physics Interaction Systems in Virtual Reality, Avery Rapson
Department: Computer Science

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Liebe, Leid und Rache: Die Wiederentdeckung des Mittelalters im 19. Jahrhundert und der daraus resultierende Einfluss auf den Anstieg des Nationalismus im Laufe des Jahrhunderts., Adrienne Reding
Department: German Studies

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What is Privacy? The Threat of Surveillance and Blackmail in the 21st Century, Harrison S. Ruprecht
Department: Philosophy

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The Relationship Between Self-Esteem, Ambivalence, and Relationship Outcomes within Romantic Partnerships, Victoria J. Schriber
Department: Psychology

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Immigration Policy Demanders: The Influence of U.S. Interests Groups and the American Electorate on Major Political Party Platforms, Scott D. Sears
Department: Political Science

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Projection of Groundwater Pumping Sustainability in Volta Wildlife Refuge, Merced County, CA, Helen Siegel
Department: Geology

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Show Me the Money: A Study of Interrelationships between a Regional Theatre's Revenue and Location, Rebecca Snedeker-Meier
Department: Theatre and Dance

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For Country, Liberty, and Money: Privateering and the Ideologies of the American Revolution, Scott D. Wagner
Department: History

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"The Least of These": Towards an Integrated Queer of Color Critique of the Prison Industrial Complex, Jahqwahn J. Watson
Department: Africana Studies

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La (re)presentación de las mujeres en la sociedad puertorriqueña: Un análisis comparativo de las obras de Rosario Ferré y Ana Lydia Vega, Gina B. Williamson
Department: Spanish

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Politics of the Apolitical: A Study of Operational Autonomy and International Non-Governmental Oganizations (INGOs), Rachel Wilson
Department: Global and International Studies

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La Transgresora Fetichista: Los Efectos de la Dictadura Franquista en la Evolución del Discurso Sexual Español, Marisa Lee Iola Yerkes
Department: Spanish

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The Search for GTO: Determining Optimal Poker Strategy Using Linear Programming, Stuart Young
Department: Mathematics

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The Role of Ethnic Enclaves on the Integration Process of Modern Immigrants: Case Studies in Columbus, Ohio and France, Caitlin Ziegert McCombs
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Amassing Subsistence: Creating an Environment Through Objects and Time, Matilda J. Alexander
Department: Art and Art History

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The Problematical, The Cave, and The Maya: A Theoretical Discussion and Ethnoarchaeological Investigation, Haley N. Austin
Department: Archaeology

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Fronteras entretejidas: Texto, textil, y la formación de una narrativa mestiza en las obras de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Gloria Anzaldúa, y Sandra Cisneros, Claire R. Billingsley
Department: Spanish

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La Trahison et la honte : Le rôle du gouvernement de Vichy dans la rafle du Vel’ d’Hiv’ et sa mémoire aux yeux de la société française, Olivia Bolek
Department: French and Francophone Studies

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s Just My I.S.: An Historical Exploration of Superheroes and American Identity, Caroline G. Breul
Department: History

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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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A Comparative Analysis of Photon and Electron Wave Functions in Spherically Symmetric Potentials, Michael Bush
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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The Groundwork for Food Criticism: How Normative Aesthetic Judgments Are Possible with Regards to Tastes, Jacob Caldwell
Department: Philosophy

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Cruising The Borderlands: Queer Latinx Creating Space in Lowrider Culture, Elisia I. Campos
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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From Fried Bologna Sandwich to Butternut Squash Prosciutto Flatbread: Examining Food Culture as a Multivocal Dominant Symbol in the Wessex, Ohio Restaurant Foodscape, Clare T. Carlson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Prisons for Profit: Neoliberal Rationality's Transformation of America's Prisons, Kelsey Clark
Department: Political Science

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Opportunity and Empowerment in Female Prison Reentry in Wooster, OH, Zoe E. Cunningham-Cook
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Making and Mindfulness: How Process-Oriented Tasks Encourage Reflection and Lead to Recovery, Devin DeLaney
Department: Art and Art History

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Optimal Placement of Family Planning Centers, Kiera Dobbs
Department: Mathematics

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Policies and Clinical Practices Regarding Candidacy and Auditory Treatment for Hispanic Pediatric Patients in Cochlear Implant Centers in the United States, Matthew Ehrenburg
Department: Communication; Spanish

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Fuerzas narrativas femeninas en El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha, Margaret Fishback
Department: Spanish

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“You Can’t Change What You Were”: Liminality and the Process of Role Exit Among Former Amish, Kathryn Foster
Department: Sociology and Anthropology