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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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La Isla Silenciada: A Study on Puerto Rican Attitudes towards the U.S. Federal Government’s Response to Hurricane Maria and its Impact on Puerto Rico’s Status, Lizbeth Acevedo
Department: Political Science

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Putting the "Crisis" in "Climate Crisis": The Impact of Securitization on Climate Change Policy, Olivia C. Azzarita
Department: Political Science

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Get Schooled: Racial Integration and Political Empowerment in Saint Louis Public Schools, Austrella B. Balley
Department: Political Science

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Sagebrush Rebels: An Analysis of Conservative Anti-Public Lands Movements in the Western U.S. through Resource Mobilization Theory, Jackson Beckerley
Department: Political Science

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A Case of Mistaken (Ethnic) Identity: Rethinking Civil War Duration, Ethnic Saliency, Terrorism, and the Real Factors Discouraging Resolution, Angie Bittar
Department: Political Science

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LGBTQ and Leviticus: How the Use of Religious Appeals Affects the Electability of Queer Political Candidates, Samuel J. Casey
Department: Political Science

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An Examination of Policing and Violent Crime Rates in Youngstown, Ohio, Catera Clark
Department: Political Science

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¡Viva el Pueblo! Tactic Diversification and Elite Defection in Antiauthoritarian Uprising, Alyxandra D. Claycomb
Department: Political Science; Spanish

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Snapped: Examining how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation and Food Access Impact Health Outcomes Among Low- income/Low-access (LILA) Populations in Georgia, Paige Clay
Department: Africana Studies; Political Science

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The Role of Ambivalent Sexism in Women's Voting Behavior, Katrina Estill Culler
Department: Political Science

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The Nana Yaa Asantewaa War: Analysis of the Political Institutions of the Asante during The War Of The Golden Stool and the Existing Narratives, Angela Danso Gyane
Department: History; Political Science

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Foreign Election Interference and Hybrid Warfare, Jonathan Davies
Department: Political Science

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Keep it Simple Stupid: An Examination of Conservative Populism in the Neoliberal World, Maxwell B. Engel
Department: Political Science

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Negative Partisanship: How Perceptions of Political Opponents Fuels Participation, Aidan R. Enright
Department: Political Science

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Is the World Living Through a New Cold War? A Systematic Analysis of the Cold War and its Influences with a Comparative Study of the Cold War and the Modern Era, Nicholas William Hanna
Department: Political Science

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Black Enuf: An Exploration of the Strategic Use of Racial Appeals by Black Candidates to Garner Black Voter Support, Stachal Harris
Department: Political Science

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Shall Not Be Infringed: Examining the Relationship Between Executive Power and Civil Liberties in the War on Terror, Turner James Horn
Department: Political Science

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Pay to Play Politics: An Examination of Big Money's Influence in the United States Senate, Ciara L. Hudson
Department: Political Science

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Internet Accessibility and Usage in Relation to Political Participation and Knowledge, Nia Johnson
Department: Political Science

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

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

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

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

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Protest or Riot?: The Role of News Media in Characterizing the Unrest in Ferguson, Emma Reiner
Department: English; Political Science

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Equality and Redlining: An Adversarial Relationship Spanning Decades, Artemus Scissum
Department: Political Science

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First Responders (Post 9/11) ¿A Quien Acudo? (Marca 9-1-1): Analyzing the Effects of Heightened Immigration Enforcement on Migrant Communities, Legal-Non-Profits, and Community-Based Organizations, Alexis Sotelo
Department: Political Science

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Nativism, Another Word for Racism? A Study of How Anti-Immigrant Sentiments Create Animus Towards the Latinx Community, Elizabeth Suarez
Department: Political Science; Spanish

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Examining the Effects of Negative Attacks on Twitter, Jackson Todd
Department: Political Science

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Are Olympic Medals Worth Their Weight in Gold? A Political Economy Study of Governmental Financial Commitment to Olympic Teams and Potential Economic Benefits, Theodore Wells
Department: Political Science

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Exclusive Nationalist Rhetoric Can Reduce Ethnic Representation in Government: Why Nationalist Rhetoric Matters, Samuel J. Zimmerman
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Canned Talk Amidst Cornstalks: Analyzing Connections Between Rhetorical Frames in Renewable Energy Policy and Elazar’s Political Culture Categories in Three Great Plains States., Robert Agle
Department: Political Science

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Revisiter le pouvoir de la propagande et les répercussions de l'imagerie haineuse : The Impact of Propaganda Cartoons on the Perpetration of Sexual Violence during the Rwandan Genocide, Nela Aluwihare
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Political Science

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Empty Stadiums, Empty Promises: A Study of the Impact of Mega-Sporting Events on the Civil Unrest of the Host Country, Brandon D. Borges
Department: Political Science

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From Tweets to Seats: The Rise of Far-Right Parties and Their Use of the 'Us' and 'Them' Message Frame, Chelsea Brown
Department: Political Science

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I Thought Sharing Was Caring? Examining the Relationship Between Externally Spurred Power-Sharing in Ethnic Civil War and Reoccurring Violence, Emmanuell L. Burton
Department: Political Science

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The Defense Cannot Rest: The Impact of Funding for Indigent Defense Services on Incarceration Rates, Itala M. Colby
Department: Political Science

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How Minority Candidates' Intersectional Identities Affect Their Use Of Race And Gender Issue Ownership Campaign Strategies, Mary ("Emma") M. Cotter
Department: Political Science

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The Effect of the Status of Women on Sexual Violence Against Women, Emily A. Davis
Department: Political Science

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Thoughts and Prayers or Policy and Action?: The Role Interest Groups Play in Firearms Legislation, Abigail G. Donohue
Department: Political Science

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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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Keeping Them In Their Place: How American Party Leaders Harness Intraparty Factions, Alexander R. Hancock
Department: Political Science

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Delete Your Account: A Methodological Investigation of Leadership Trait Analysis and Its Ability to Utilize Twitter as Spontaneous Material, Jimmy Hinton
Department: Political Science

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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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Money Rules Politics, but do Voters Care? Moral Foundations, Corporate PAC Donations, and Candidate Trait Evaluations, Nathan Levesque
Department: Political Science

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Fall of the Two-Legged Stool: Neoliberalism's Toppling of the International Labor Organization, Ciaran Lyons
Department: Political Science

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Are Votes for Sale? an Examination of the Influence of Financial Support From the Health Care Industry and Related Interest Groups on Congressional Voting Behavior, Edward F. Manoli
Department: Political Science

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International Trade, The United States, and East Asia: How Foreign Governments Seek to Influence Domestic Politics in International Negotiation, J. Mathew Mayes
Department: Political Science

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Arguing Over America's Best Idea: Examining the Congressional Partisan Divide with Regards to Public Lands Policy, Anna Medema
Department: Political Science

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Does Age Matter? The Effects of Age Composition on Social Movement Success, Claire F. Miller
Department: Political Science

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Mother Nature and Menvironmental Politics: Analyzing How Gendered Frames Affect Support For The Clean Air Act, Grace Montgomery
Department: Political Science

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"Let It Be" an Examination of the Supreme Court's Impact on Liberal Abortion Discourse in Ohio and Kentucky Newspapers, Robin Perry
Department: Political Science

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Sun Yat-sen, The Three Principles of the People, and Ideology in China, John Demetrios Petersen
Department: Chinese Studies; Global and International Studies; Political Science

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The Nature of Environmental Displacement: Elite Framing Strategies and State Immigration Policies in Southeast Asia, Marco Peticca
Department: Political Science

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The Impact of Hosting The Summer Olympics on the Inflow of Foreign Direct Investment, Noah Plotkin
Department: Political Science

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Examining the Prevalence of Neocolonialism in the United Nations, Mikael Emmanuel Rae
Department: Political Science

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

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

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

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

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Orbital Debris Proliferation and the Evolution of the Space Sustainability Norm, Carson Wesley Simkins Bullock
Department: Physics; Political Science

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Non-governmental Organizations and their Structure, Salience, and Agenda Setting Ability, Kayla Campion
Department: Political Science

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How Will It Be Remembered?: Incorporation of TRC Reports in the Classroom, Rachel Cargal
Department: Political Science

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Finding Home: the Impact of Implementing International Law Through Domestic Legislation and Judges on Women Seeking Asylum, Alena Carl
Department: Political Science

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Location, Location, Location: How Geographical Differences Shape the Effects of Childhood Poverty and School Experience, Patience Chrisler
Department: Political Science

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Nevertheless She Persisted: Women's Representation in Government and its Effect on the Hidden Curriculum and the Representation of Women in Textbooks, Chloe Faye Cook
Department: Political Science

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“The Fem-pire Strikes Back”: Rethinking Gender Essentialisms by Analyzing the Impact of Female Combatants on Non-State Armed Group Terrorism, Abigail Anne Dean
Department: Political Science

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Do Neighbors Make Nativists?:The Linkage between Geographic Context and Immigration Attitudes in the United States, Samuel J. Delano
Department: Political Science

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E Unibus Pluram: Investigating the Differences in Political Participation Among the Religiously Unaffiliated in the US, Emma Folkenroth
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies

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Cyberwarfare, Information Warfare, and Military Force: The Impact of Hybrid Warfare on the Practice of Democracy in Target States, Adam S. Gillmor
Department: Political Science

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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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'Independent Minds, Dreaming Together': The Role of Discrimination in Producing Group Consciousness Among Racial Minorities in the U.S., Nicholas Hall
Department: Political Science

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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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National Rifle Association Member Mobilization And Senate Roll-Call Voting On Gun Control Legislation, Matthew Hartzell
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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Phyllis Schlafly’s Lasting Legacy: Discovering Continuity in Women’s Anti-Era Writings, Annabelle Hopkins
Department: Political Science; History

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

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What Does God Have To Do With It? : A study of the impact Protestant Christianity had on United States foreign policy during the Cold War., Garrett Layde
Department: Religious Studies; Political Science

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Safe or Scared: Military Presence in Public Spaces and Public Opinion of the Regime, Rachel Lauren Mandel
Department: Political Science

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To Whom Does Public Opinion Matter? Presidential Personality Characteristics and Sensitivity to Public Opinion, Stephen Maryo
Department: Political Science

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The United States-Cuban Relations: Una investigación de los impactos políticos en las remesas culturales, Hailey Matrone
Department: Spanish; Political Science

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Crisis Decision; A Study of How Personality and Advisory Systems Affect Presidential Decision-Making During Crises, Carolyn S. Mayer
Department: Political Science

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The Space Race, The Moon, Star Wars, and The Future: A Bureaucratic Politics Approach to American Space Policymaking, Kenyon Moriarty
Department: Political Science

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The Effectiveness of Targeted Killings Through US Drone Strikes in Pakistan and Yemen: A Comparative Case Study, Brian A. Murray
Department: Political Science

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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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No Time to Waste: An Examination of the Climate Change Norm and its Role in Increasing Observer Participation in the UNFCCC, Ethan Scully
Department: Political Science; Global and International Studies

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Almost Nuclear Weapons Development Assistance: Investigating State Decisions to Supply Dangerous Dual-Use Technologies, Isaac Shore
Department: Political Science

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The Impact of Death Squads on Sustainable Peace, Emily Singer
Department: Political Science

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The Judicial Arms Race: An Investigation Into the Weaponization of First Amendment Principles Against Substantive Due Process Protections From the Stone Court to the Roberts Court, Cameron K. Steckbeck
Department: Political Science

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Sing Out Your Soul Sweetie, They Will Judge You Anyways: Music's Effect on Shaping Public Attitudes Towards Immigration, Christina Vukovich
Department: Political Science

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Coloring Outside the Borders: How the Media Shapes Preadolescents’ Understanding of Global Politics, Gabriel Wasylko
Department: Political Science