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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

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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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Post-WaterGate to Pre-Trump: A Look At Which Incumbents Are Hurt By Scandals Within The United States House of Representatives, Ashkahn Alikhani
Department: Political Science

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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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Assessing the Impact of Municipal Governance and Urban Development Megaprojects in the Developing World, Ethan Barham
Department: Political Science

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How to Move Mountains: An Examination of the U.S. Political Response to the Aids Crisis, Jane Connard
Department: Political Science

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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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What's Taking So Long? The Timeline it Takes for the United Nations to Become Involved in State Sanctioned Violence, Alexandria Gordon
Department: Political Science

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Cyber Warfare: A Study of Threat and Cooperation, John Hessler
Department: Political Science

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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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“His Blood Is Different… Even Though He’s Not Bad, His Ethnicity Is Bad” the Impact of Cultural Policies and Negative Rhetoric on the Severity of an Ethnic Conflict, Jinhee Huh
Department: Political Science

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Perceived Deprivation and its Role in the Decisions of Former Obama Supporters During the United States Presidential Election of 2016, Jack Hyman
Department: Political Science

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Gender Performance and Policy Issue Focus on U.S. Senate Campaign Websites, 2010-2016, Kiley Kinnard
Department: Political Science; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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A Rumination on Identity Politics with Durkheim and Rousseau, Austin Maffei
Department: Political Science; Sociology and Anthropology

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Reaganomics: Issue Ownership and Retrospective Voting, Patrick T. Mohorcic
Department: Political Science

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Going Down the Yellow Cake Road: Populists Effect on Democracies Propensity to Develop Nuclear Weapons, Nathaniel Moore
Department: Political Science

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Historic Blocs and Legitimacy: A Framework for Understanding Hegemonic Stability, Robert Mueller
Department: Political Science

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Wait, Did a Woman Just Use Force? The Influence of Female Legislative Coalitions on Humanitarian Military Interventions, Danielle Vlahos Muster
Department: Political Science

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Manipulating Public Opinion: How Media Framing Affects Public Opinion of Military Engagement and Restricting Civil Liberties, Joshua D. Payne
Department: Political Science

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Make Italy Great Again: An Examination of Virtu And Power Politics Within Machiavelli’s The Prince and The Art of War and their Contemporary Application, Emma A. Petasis
Department: Political Science

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15 and a Union! A Comparative Case Study of the Fight for $15 Movement in Seattle and Baltimore, Eli Prelesnik
Department: Political Science

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The Case of the Gyllenhaal's: The Impact of Celebrity Endorsements on Public Opinion, Laura K. Rickey
Department: Political Science

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Voting as One: Is Racial Linked Fate an Obsolete Measure to Examine African-American Partisanship at the National Level?, Aaron Roberson
Department: Political Science

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Modern Day Slavery: A look into Sex Trafficking in the United States, Emma Roderick
Department: Political Science

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The Impact of Interest Group Involvement on the Allocation of State-Level Mental Health Resources, Katherine Sain
Department: Political Science

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The Military Industrial Complex and Defense Expenditure: An Analysis of Military Industrial Complex and its Impact on Defense Expenditure in the United States, Zubin Sethi
Department: Political Science

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Pathways Through Democratic Disconnection: Rawls, Connolly, and Mouffe, Erik Severson
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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

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No Church in the Wild: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis of Civilian-Perpetrated Sexual Violence during the 2002 Religious Riots in Gujarat, India, Vrinda S. Trivedi
Department: Political Science; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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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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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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The Lord's Place in Government: The Role of Religious Institutions in Government, Morgan Wagers
Department: Political Science

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Progress from the Grassroots: Enacting Redistributive Policies in Urban Localities, Oliver S. Warren
Department: Political Science

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See What I Can Be! Descriptive Representation and Its Effect On Female Students' Sense of Belonging, Chloe R. Wasserman
Department: Political Science

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Money Made Me Do It: A Comparative Case Study Examining the Connection Between The Presence of Extractive MNC’s and Corruption in Developing Countries., Spencer Williams
Department: Political Science

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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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Governing the Fifth Domain: Examining Approached to Internet Governance and their Impact on Cyber Attacks, Henry Anderson
Department: Political Science

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Communicating Identities: An Examination of Senatorial Bill Sponsorship in a Pre- and Post-9/11 Context, Lucy I. Brazil
Department: Political Science

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The Intended Protection of the Free Exercise Clause: An Analysis of Employment Division v. Smith and Hybrid Rights Theories, Hannah E. Buzolits
Department: Political Science

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Competing and Compatible Interests: Reconciling University Sexual Harassment Policies and the First Amendment, Alexandros Ehrlich
Department: Political Science

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The European Union Migration Crisis: The Power Struggle Between the European Union and its Member States over the Implementation of EU Policy, Paige G. Fabry
Department: Political Science

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Intelligent Decision-Making: The Use of Intelligence in the United States’ Foreign Policy Crises, Thomas David Fitz Gibbon
Department: Political Science

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Going Congress: A Rethinking of Presidential Use of Going Public as a Legislative Strategy, Spencer S. Gilbert
Department: Political Science

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Public Opinion and Civil War Mediation, Sydney Goggins
Department: Political Science

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The Decider: Modeling Presidential Group Decisionmaking in Foreign Policy, Jackson M. Groat
Department: Political Science

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Tin Foil Hats and Anxious Politics: The impact of Anxiety on Conspiracy Theory Endorsement, Michael J. Herman
Department: Political Science

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A Comparative Case Study On How Levels Of Violence In Terrorist Attacks Influence State Policy, Michael C. Houdek
Department: Political Science

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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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To reflect, or not to reflect, that is the question: an examination of the impact of personality traits on political leaders' responsiveness to political culture, Narae Lee
Department: Political Science

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Nationalism, Scepticism, and the European Project, Warren Lewis
Department: Political Science

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Friend or Foe?: A Study of Terrorist Group Behavior Towards Local Civilian Populations, Daniel Ludin
Department: Political Science

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Revolting Against Racism in Urban America: Questioning the Ethical and Political Concerns of Violent Urban Protest, Daniel J. Lynch
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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#Politics: An Evaluation of Political Expression and Efficacy of Twitter Users During the 2016 General Election, Anthony G. Malky
Department: Political Science

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Failed Promises: A Comparative Case Study on President Obama and Guantanamo Bay, Jessica Miller
Department: Political Science

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Graduates or Convicts: The School to Prison Pipeline and the Criminalization of Youth. A Statistical Analysis of Policies and Biases that Impact Mass Incarceration in the United States, 2012., Noah G. Miller
Department: Political Science

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The Efficacy of Regional Organizations to Mediate Durable Peace: A Comparative Case Study of Liberia and Sierra Leone, Parker Ohlmann
Department: Political Science

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A Machine Learning Approach To Understanding Against Party-Line Voting in Congress, John W. O'Neill
Department: Computer Science; Political Science

Cracking Fracking: Explaining Policy Differences Across States on the Marcellus Shale Rock Unit, Jacob Pries
Department: Political Science

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Determining Flexible Behavior during Crisis Management: Comparing Presidential Crisis Leadership During the Cuban Missile Crisis and the U.S.S. Pueblo Crisis, Jason Phillip Rhee
Department: Political Science

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Political Representation: Who Decides? An Analysis of the Media's Coverage of Women's Political Underrepresentation, Maeve Rogers
Department: Political Science

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Gods and Guns: Examining the Effects of Shared Religious Plurality on Military Expinditure, Marco A. Sapien
Department: Political Science; Global and International Studies

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How Long Can We Tolerate This? Understanding the Wallace Vote, Racial Backlash in the Metropolitan North, & the Emergence of the Modern American Right, Frederik W. Schoenfeld
Department: History; Political Science

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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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Disaster Discourse in Official Chinese Media: An Analysis of Media Response to the 2008 Sichuan Earthquakeake and the 2015 Tianjin Explosions, Marie Sheehan
Department: Chinese Studies; Political Science

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The State of Deterrence: The Role of Tactical and Strategic Nuclear Weapons, Bradley Van Tyne
Department: Political Science

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The Fall and Rise of Executive Clemency Granting: How Crime Rates, Presidential Rhetoric, and Public Opinion Impact a President's Decision to Grant Clemency, Zane L. Wright
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Are We Making The Grade?: An Analysis of the Effects of Racial Bias in Attitudes Towards Funding Public Schools, Madeline M. Baker
Department: Political Science

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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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Shouting Into the Darkness: The Effects of Naming and Shaming on the Use of Death Squad Violence in Guatemala and Honduras Between 1979-1988, John B. Cartafalsa III
Department: Political Science