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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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Who’s The Boss? Principals, Agents, and the Intricacies of Non-State Wartime Violence Against Civilians, Patrick Elliot D. Flautt
Department: Political Science

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Cloudy With A Chance of Violence: An Analysis of the Environment-Conflict Nexus, Rita A. Frost
Department: Political Science

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Choosing Gods: Constructivism vs. Realism in the Military Interventions in Religious Civil Wars, Alex Fukui
Department: Political Science

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Aiding Aids: The Motivations of French HIV/AIDS Foreign Aid to African Countries, Alexandra G. Hamasaki
Department: Political Science

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Gauging and Explaining the Impact of Campaign Field Offices in the 2012 Presidential Election, Ben Heavenrich
Department: Political Science

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Restorative Reintegration: Restorative Justice and the Applications and Implications for Child Soldier Reintegration, Carolyn Elizabeth Hockey
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Assessing Chinese Soft Power In Africa Through UN General Assembly Votes, Tyler J. Hoff
Department: Political Science

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The Role of Presidential Worldview on United States Counter-Narcotics Policy in Colombia Since 1981, Joshua L. Holland-Gresock
Department: Political Science

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Dam Institutions: The Nexus of Anarchy and Interdependence - Dams, Water, and States, Daniel Ikuma
Department: Political Science

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Southeast Asia on the Five Pillars of Nationalism: Case Studies of the Mon and Karen of Burma (Myanmar), Min K. Khant
Department: Political Science

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Determinants of Internet Censorship in the PRC: The Cases of Tiananmen, Charter 08, and Zhixian Party, Susie Ko
Department: Political Science; International Relations; Chinese Studies

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Perception Versus Reality: How Preferences for Divided Government and Perceptions of Government Performance Affect Citizen Satisfaction, Kathryn Kotraba
Department: Political Science

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Schooled: How Chicago Learned to Apply Civic Capacity to Accomplish Successful School Reform, Emily K. LeCompte
Department: Political Science

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"The Federation of the World": Examining the Ideological Influences on the Charter of the United Nations, Adam M. Levin
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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Valuing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: A Defense of Countercultural Environmentalism, Mae Manupipatpong
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Portfolio Management Model Strategy Reform: Lessons Through Civic Capacity in Baltimore and New Orleans, Stephanie Megas
Department: Political Science

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An Examination of the Factors Necessary for Successful United Nations Intervention in Civil Wars, Jeremy J. Meyers
Department: Political Science

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Shaking Hands or Staging Protests: Do Autonomous Judiciaries Set the Norms that Govern Democracy?, Rachel J. Myers
Department: Political Science

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International Intervention in Time of Crisis: Explaining the Motives Behind the Selectivity of States' Actions, Claire M. O'Malley
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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EU Energy Policies: A Driving Force of Nationalist Party Support?, Cowles S. Ostrander
Department: Political Science

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What Makes Rivals Agree? IGO Mediation of Crises Between Strategic Rivals, Andrea S. Patton
Department: Political Science

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Mental Health in Post-Conflict Societies: The Economic and Social Impacts of Widespread Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oliver Paul
Department: Political Science

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An Analysis of Contemporary Theories of Constitutional Interpretation in the Supreme Court: Scalia's Originalism Versus Breyer's Pragmatism, Erica L. Rickey
Department: Political Science

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The Impact of Sanctions on Corruption: The Cases of Iraq and Serbia, Andrea Roganovic
Department: Political Science

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The Determinants and Effects of R&D intensive FDI, Usman Shabbir
Department: Business Economics; Political Science

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American Military Strategy and the Offense-Defense Theory, Derek A. Simi
Department: Political Science

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The Political Consequence and Psychological Mechanisms of Dictatorial Cults of Personality, Wyatt C. Smith
Department: Political Science; Psychology

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The Impact of U.S. Economic Sanctions on Cuban Inequality, Noah R. Wagemann
Department: Political Science

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The Continuity of United States Counter Terrorism Policy: An Analysis of the Impact of Bureaucratic Leadership Dynamics on Policy Decisions, Christian Raimund Wasner
Department: Political Science

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The Power to Repress v. The Power to Produce: A Foucaultian Power-Analysis of Law and Punishment in Colonial and Post-Revolutionary America, Janet M. Zahorsky
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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Women and the Election: An Examination of Mortality Salience on Candidate Gender Preference, Zoe Baker
Department: Political Science

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Arming the Homeland: Ethnic Interest Group Influence on U.S. Arms Sales, Daisy Bledsoe-Herring
Department: Political Science

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Economic Capability and Its Role in Determining Compliance With International Law, Kees C. Burns
Department: Political Science

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Violent Sex Crime and Federal Legislation: the Effects of Federal Sex Crime Legislation Implementation, Crime Expenditures, and Population Demographics on State Level Forcible Rape Rates, Joshua Claytor
Department: Political Science

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What is the Goal? Nationalist Mobilization Through Football and Regional Government in Three Spanish Autonomous Communities, Kathryn Marie Dengiz Crawford

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The Global City of New York: Neoliberalism, Occupy Wall Street, and the Polarization and Repoliticization of Denationalized Space, Daniel Grantham
Department: History; Political Science

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Judgment and Justices: Judicial Philosophy and Modalities of Constitutional Argument, Brandon Harris
Department: Political Science

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Variation of Female Genital Mutilation Rates Between Egypt and Sierra Leone Examined Through Underlying Root Causes, Jenna Hohan
Department: Political Science

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Waking the Sleeping Bear: Strategic Culture or Realism as Explinations for Russian Foreign Policy Behavior in Territorial Disputes, Andrew Holmes
Department: Political Science

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Do You Support the War?: A Study on the Effects of Private Military Companies on U.S. Troop Casualties and U.S. Public Opinion, Adrienne G. James
Department: Political Science

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The Curious Case of Malnutrition in Guatemala and Honduras, Shannon Latsko
Department: Political Science

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Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds You: The Effects of Structural Adjustment Lending on Voting Alignment in the United Nations General Assembly, Lauren Elizabeth Lee
Department: Political Science

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Human Rights Organizations As Agents of Change: When Do They Fail and When Do They Succeed?, Kyla J. McEntire
Department: Political Science

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The Politics of Anti-Affirmative Action Initiatives: a Comparative Case Study Approach, Jordan McIntyre
Department: Political Science

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Neglected Human Rights: Examining the Causes of Socio-Economic Rights Violations Within the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Katherine Morton
Department: Political Science

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The Evolution of International Sovereignty Norms and the Process of State-Level Norm Internalization, Katherine A. Mozynski
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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Growing a National Economy: a Comparative Analysis of the Economic Growth in a Country Under Authoritarian or Democratic Rule, Girard W. Ogletree-Crawford
Department: Political Science

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May it Please the Environment?: A Study of the Role Regional Location Plays in Influencing Federal Court Decisions on Fossil Fuel Cases, Stephen Perrott
Department: Political Science

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Ethnoscapes and Nationalism in the Cherokee Nation's Constitutional Law, 1960-2013, Richard Tadd Pinkston
Department: History; Political Science

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Peaceful Benefits: A Study of Peace Education Programs and their Effects on Violent Conflict, Anna M. Rella
Department: Political Science

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The Balance of Power Has Shifted: How Affluent Interest Groups are Contributing to Income Inequality in the United States, Michele R. Ring
Department: Political Science

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Amish War Criminals and Fascist Hippies: How Combatants' Methods of Motivations Affect the Amount and Intensity of Their Nonmilitary Atrocities, Nicholas S. St. Amour
Department: Political Science

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More Than Just a Meal: the Economic Utility of Social Capital in the Lives of the Poor, Benjamin Higby Strange
Department: Political Science

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The Land of Immigrants?: the Role of Nationalism in the American Public in the Creation of Restrictive Immigration Policies in the United States From the 1920s to the 2000s, Tablet Tesfaye
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Revolution Has Gone Viral: the Effect of Facebook and Youtube on Social Movement Mobilization Within the Arab Spring, Zuri Rose Baron
Department: Political Science

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Keepin' the 'Hood Intact: Using Civic Capacity to Study and Prevent Displacement in Redeveloping Neighborhoods, Timothy Barz
Department: Political Science

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Democracy and Political Citizenry: Wolin From Student Revolt to Superpower, James Bush
Department: Political Science

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American Dream: a Foucauldian Analysis of the American Discourse on Education, John P. Carter
Department: Political Science

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Landmark Legislation and Models of Presidential Power: a Case Study of the 2010 Health Care Reform Bill, Chris Caventer
Department: Political Science

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Which Is Better, Democracy or a Traditional Government?; Fiafia i Malo Democracy o i Aganu'u Malo Matai? Customized Democracy in the South Pacific: Theory, Opinions, and Understanding, Christine Marie Crites
Department: Political Science

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Hitting Eject: a Study on the Use of Frames to Influence Public Opinion of the United States Automotive Industry Bailouts, James DeCrispino
Department: Political Science

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The South Will Rise Again! A Study of the Effectivnes of South-South Trade Blocs, John Derksen
Department: Political Science

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Role of Regimes in the Making of Federal Education Policy, Hannah Haas
Department: Political Science

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Let's Talk About Me: a Habermasian Investigation of Discourse in Aristophanes' "Birds" and "Ecclesiazusae", Sidney H. Helfer
Department: Classical Studies; Political Science

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Success or Failure of Presidential Power: a Study on the Process of Presidential Legislation, Anthony Jackson
Department: Political Science

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Impact of Congressional Perceptions of a Use of Force on United States Military Operations, Sklar Jacob Michael
Department: Political Science

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State vs. Norm: the Impact of Culture on State Internalization of International Norms, Cori Kubat
Department: Political Science

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Body Wars: Nationalism, the State, and Wartime Sexual Violence in Guatemala and Sri Lanka, Meredith M. Loken
Department: Political Science; Urban Studies

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Rocket Science Behind the Political Science: Comparing Space Visions of the Presidents From 1993-2011 and the Rocket Technology That Helped Characterize Them, Alyse Marquinez
Department: Physics; Political Science

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Dimensions of Liberation: Transcending Advanced Industrial Society, John P. McGovern
Department: Political Science

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That Is All the Details I Have, Scott Merrifield
Department: Communication; Political Science

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Cooperation Not Cooption: Organizing Strategies For Food Justice in Youngstown Ohio, Matthew Porter
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Political Science

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When Your Past Hurts Your Present: the Exploration of What It Means to 'Start Over', Yanique Rae
Department: Political Science

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Efficacy of the State in Providing Transitional Services to Foster Youth Aging Out of Care, Maria Rodis
Department: Political Science

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Balancing Security and Liberty: Supreme Court Decision Making in Wartime, Matthew Rubin
Department: Political Science

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Food Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Impact of International Food Aid Policies, 2006-2011, Kristen Schwartz
Department: Political Science

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The Impact of Congressional Perceptions of a Use of Force on United States Military Operations, Jacob M. Sklar
Department: Political Science

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Going Green: Assessing the Strategies Sustainability Organizations Use For Mobilizing the Grassroots, Peter Swinton
Department: Political Science

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Responsibility to Protect Responsibly: Lessons From Kosovo and Sierra Leone, Mary Elizabeth Walters
Department: History; Political Science

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Survival or Collapse? Comparing the Legitimacy of the Communist Regimes in China and the Soviet Union During the 1980s, Yuxin Wu
Department: Political Science

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Pura Vida: Costa Rica's Dirty Secret; An Analysis of the Causes of Sex Trafficking in Costa Rica, Caitlin Zusy
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

Terrorists and the Internet: a Study of Counter-Terrorism's Impact on Group Functions, Benjamin D. Althaus
Department: Political Science

How Has the European Union Led to Sub-Nationalist Movements Gaining Greater Political Control? a Comparative Analysis of Scotland and Catalonia, Emily Billingsley
Department: Political Science

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That's What (S)He Said: the Effects of Leader Rhetoric on the Outcomes of Public Diplomacy, Elijah Bresley
Department: Political Science

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Conditional Foreign Aid: the Morality and Success of Its Use For Democratization, Ian Carlin
Department: Political Science; Philosophy

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Irish Political Society: a Normative Democratic Evaluation, Andrew Dirgo
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Breakthrough? a Comparison of Civil Rights Era and 21st Century African American Mayors in Washington, D.C., and Newark, New Jersey, Sally Dorman
Department: History; Political Science

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American Voting Behavior: Moral Voting Issues and Their Impact on Vote Choice, Brian H. Holmes
Department: Political Science

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Laboring to End Child Labor: the Effects of Transnational Advocacy Networks, Fernanda A.M. Iunes
Department: Political Science

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Exploring the Evolution of International Organizations Within Food Aid Regimes 1947-2010, Taylor Keegan
Department: Political Science

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Faith, Politics, and the State: the Impact of Antagonistic Rhetoric By the U.S.' Christian Right and India's Hindu Nationalism, Linda Kuster
Department: Political Science; Religious Studies

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The Media's Effect of Public Opinion of Congress, Nathan Laslow
Department: Political Science

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Presidential Character in the Decision Making Process: a Case Study of Richard Nixon, Jacob Lucius
Department: Political Science

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United Nations Peacebuilding and Economic Development Programs: Evolution of Peacebuilding Mandates and Impact on Implementation, Sarah Minot
Department: Political Science

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Case Studies of States With and Without Educational Voucher Programs, Jeremy P. Petit
Department: Political Science

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Electoral Competition and Political Repression: the Effect of Competitive Presidential Elections on State Repression, Ayshna Rajbhandary
Department: Political Science

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Framing Conservation: the Implications of Framing For Public Opinion on Conservation Policies, Whitney A. Rappole
Department: Political Science

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Interest Group Politics: a Comparative Case Study Analysis Examining the Influence of Interest Groups Representing Minority Populations on Major Immigration Legislation, Jessica Schumacher
Department: Political Science

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Instruments De Polyphonie: Les Festivals De Musiques Comme Politique En Europe, Kaia Smith
Department: Political Science; French and Francophone Studies

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I'd Like to Talk to You About the Upcoming Election ... : An Empirical Analysis of the Effectiveness of Get-Out-The-Vote Messages, Marijke van Dijk
Department: Political Science; Economics