The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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Policy and Regime Choice: the Missing Link Between Economic Growth and Human Development, Christina Zink
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2010

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Time to Back Down: Explanations of Sudden Termination of Enduring Rivalries in the Middle East, Davis Bates
Department: Political Science

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Continuity or Change? The Strategic Culture of Australia, Andrew A. Charlton
Department: Political Science

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What Women Want and What the Media Won't Give Them: An Examination of Media Coverage of Male and Female Candidates in Gubernatorial Elections, Simone C. DiSalvo
Department: Political Science

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Observing Political Identity Contestation Among the Political and Societal Elites of the Russian Federation, Stephanie Diane Stanislav Ham
Department: Political Science; Russian Studies

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Lens of Perception: Photography's Effect on Environmental Issue Framing, Sarah E. Harbottle
Department: Political Science

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European Union As a Negotiator: Understanding How the EU's Actorness Impacts Its Level of Effectiveness, Katie L. Johnson
Department: Political Science

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Local Practice or a Western Imposition?: Case Study of Sustainable Development in Senegal, Alexander Richard Jue
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Political Science

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Cultural Considerations and Counterinsurgency, Catherine M. Lankford
Department: Political Science

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Please Pay Them More: An Examination of Women's Interest Groups and Pay Equity From 1980-1992 and 1992-2009, Alexander Osman Lans
Department: Political Science; History

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Right to Participate: Political Rights, Civil Liberties and Colonial Ethnic Stratification in West Africa, Samuel Lewis
Department: Political Science

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Deterrence Theory and the Sino-Soviet Split, 1969-1974, John J. McKeegan
Department: Political Science; History

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Is the Six O'Clock Evening News Still Informative? An Explanation of the Relationship Between the Quality of the National Network Evening News and Voter Knowledge, William H. Miller
Department: Political Science

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Qui Est Ivoirien? Question of National Identity in Cote D'Ivoire, Tess M. Morrissey
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Political Science

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Destruction of Identity and Citizenship Through Loneliness & Totalitarianism, Sarah Palagyi
Department: Political Science; Philosophy

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Thoughtcrime or Leveling the Playing Field?: Analyzing the Constitutionality of American Hate Crimes Legislation, Alexa R. Roggenkamp
Department: Political Science

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Two Major Episodes of European Integration Through the Lens of Intergovernmentalism and Neofunctionalism, Karl A. Ruter
Department: Political Science

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Fighting Fire With Friendship: the Connection Between Social Capital and the Effectiveness of Fire Protection, Robert Harrison Wilson
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2009

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Third Party Interventions in Intrastate Conflicts: An Analysis of the Effects of Third Party Motivations on the Durability of Peace Settlements, Joseph Basalla
Department: Political Science

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Democracy on Demand: Barriers to Democratic Consolidation in Post-Communist Eastern Europe in the 1990S, Jeffrey P. Berne
Department: Political Science

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Civil Society in An Authoritarian State: Eight Case Studies of China's Grassroots Environmental Movement, Alexandra P. Browning
Department: Political Science

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Analysis of State Energy Export Policies Through the Lenses of Realism and Liberalism or Why We Are Not All Doctor Manhattan, Nathan A. Busman
Department: Political Science

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Facts on the Ground: Propaganda, Truthiness and Media Distortion, Alexander M. Cacioppo
Department: Political Science

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Sustainable Swamp Solutions Bloated Bog Bureaucracies and Marsh Mitigation Meltdowns, Thomas R. Egge
Department: Political Science

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National Security For Hire: Effects of the Privatization of Security on the State Monopoly of Force, Brian Frederico
Department: Political Science

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Examining Strategic Behavior in the Judicial Decision-Making Process: a Case Study of the Rehnquist Court, Eric Grinnell
Department: Political Science

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Towards a Comprehensive Systems Theory of International Relations: Relaxing Neorealism's Assumption of State Primacy, Mark D. Hayward
Department: Political Science

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Sprawl! Growth! Crumbling Cities! Oh My! How Do You Create Smart Growth Policies?, Anna Hurley
Department: Political Science

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Unified Vs. Divided Government's Effect Upon Treaties and Executive Agreements in the United States, Ian Lilburn
Department: Political Science

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Stopping the President From Going to War, Aaron J. Lowry
Department: Political Science

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Media Coverage of African-American Candidates Running For Office: Are all Candidates Treated Equally?, Heather E. Madonia
Department: Political Science

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Civic Capacity and Public Education Reform: Identifying Components For Implementing Sex Education Curricula, Kayla S. Miller
Department: Political Science

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Public Opinion and Executive Decision Making: Does Electoral System Matter?, Jeffrey Neal
Department: Political Science

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A State Level Analysis of How Declining Unionization Has Affected Income Inequality in the United States, Andrew R. Porter
Department: Political Science

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Economic Interdependence: Coercion and Cooperation Between the United States, China, and Taiwan, Nicholas C. Robison
Department: Political Science

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Rethinking Civil Disobedience: Possibilities For Expanding the Boundaries of Legitimate Political Action, Alexandra Vesta Schmitt
Department: Political Science

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The Up and Coming Vote: a Study on African American Voting Turnout in Past Presidential Elections, Andrew Zachary Schultz
Department: Political Science

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A Theoretical Study of the Connection Between Ethics and Economics in the Free Market Theories of Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, Joseph E. Stiglitz, and John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, Andrew J. White
Department: Political Science

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Politics of GMOs: a Case Study Examination of Underlying Social, Cultural, and Political Variables Influencing Consumer Attitude Toward GMOs, Natalie S. Worcester
Department: Political Science

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Laws, Love & Lesbians: International Human Rights and Women's Sexual Orientation, Stefanie H. Zaranec
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2008

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The Five Permanent Members of the Security Council and Their Actions Inside the Security Council in Relationship to Cote D'Ivoire and Rwanda, Andrew J. Becker
Department: Political Science

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A Consideration of Human Trafficking Policy in Canada, the Democratic Republic of North Korea and Honduras, Daniel P. Blommel
Department: Political Science

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The Construction of a European Identity Through Discourse Othering "Less European" Actors: Debates on Turkish Accession to the European Union, Alex E. Brower
Department: Political Science

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Earning Their Wings: The Military-Industrial Complex and Defense Procurement, Justin Chapman
Department: History; Political Science

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Setting the Stage For Terrorism: Non-State Actors Taking Advantage of State Failure, Heather M. Couch
Department: Political Science

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Pandemic Policymaking: Examining Cross-National Variation in AIDS Governance, Drew H. Glassroth
Department: Political Science

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Facilitating Cooperation in Economic Sanctions: An Analysis of Decision-Making Models in State Cooperation, Christopher L. Goodness
Department: Political Science

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Gardens and Revolutions: Guy Debord, Wendell Berry and the Cultivations of the Creative Subject, Andrew Gross
Department: Political Science

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There Is No Theory, Only a Strategy: Speculation to Death, Jeff Kaatz
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Reconciling Work and Family Life: An Analysis of Corporatist Family Policies in France, Italy, and the Netherlands, Peter Lucas
Department: Political Science

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Ecosystem Versus Traditional: Yielding Successful Natural Resource Management in Terms of Sustainability and Public Needs, Ted Polley
Department: Political Science

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Political Agendas in Attracting Professional Sports Franchises, Adam Samson
Department: Political Science

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Transnational Advocacy and Asylum, Erica L. Seng
Department: Political Science

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Refugees, Externalization of Violence and Interstate War in Indochina: a Humanitarian Dilemma, Clarence George Simmons IV
Department: Political Science

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Just War Theory: a Normative Approach to Understanding State Action in Warfare, Kyle O. Yoder
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2007

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Understanding Internet Politics: a Quantitative Analysis, Scott A. Covill Jr
Department: Political Science

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Measuring the Effect of Colonialism Upon the Political Development of African Nations, Robert H. Dible
Department: Political Science

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Media As a Revolutionary Actor: a Case Study of Nicaragua During the Sandinista Government, Sarah C. Horne
Department: Political Science

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Secret Weapon or Neglected Demographic: Youth Mobilization in the 2006 Senatorial Elections, Bradley T. Ingraham
Department: Political Science

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Comparative Explanation For the Lack of Universal Health Care in the United States Using the Residual Welfare Models of Great Britain and Canada, Ernest Neilson
Department: Political Science

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Power of Persuasive Speech: the Interplay Between Ethnicity, the Speaker, His or Her Message, and the Audience, Michael Panfil
Department: Psychology; Political Science

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Assisted Suicide: An Interest Not a Right, Eric G. Roscoe
Department: Political Science

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President's Agenda: "The Politics Behind Presidential Spending and the Federal Budget", Justin M. Schafer
Department: Political Science

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Civic Capacity and Regional Sustainability: the Evolution of Metropolitan Sustainability Policy, Steven Christian Schott
Department: Political Science

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Is the Current Election System in the United States Truly Democratic? a Normative Study of Felon Disenfranchisement in United States Election System, Andre M. Smith
Department: Political Science

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Inside the Grand Illustion: How Presidents Make Decisions Based on What They Already Believe, John Warren Steinman
Department: Political Science

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Reactions of the United States to External Threats As a Result of Bureaucratic Politics, William J. Stevens
Department: Political Science

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Presidential Success in Congress: a Study of Fast Track Authority, Nathaniel Whitfield
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2006

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Road to Military Intervention: An in Depth Look at the U.S. Decision Making Process After the Cold War, Tyler T. Collen
Department: Political Science

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Put Your Money Where Your Patients Are: A Study of International Funding for AIDS Treatment, Margaux J. Day
Department: Political Science

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Eroded Path to Conflict: A Study of Unsustainable Environmental Practices and Acute Violent Conflict in the Sudan and Sri Lanka, Taylor Jon Delhagen
Department: Political Science

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Construction of Communal Identities, Andrew Etter
Department: Political Science; Spanish

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Re-Conceptualizing Political Participation: Hannah Arendt, Jurgen Habermas, and Their Theories of Democratic Engagement, Emily Cross Hilty
Department: Political Science

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Judicial Review of the Executive Prerogative: Do Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures or Does Objectivity Reign Supreme?, James Thomas Lazar
Department: Political Science

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Selling Wars to the Morally Conscious: A Comparative Content Analysis of Leaders' Use of Just Rhetoric As An Extension of Policy, Ryan Matura
Department: Political Science

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Public Opinion's Negative Effect on U.S. Foreign Drug Policy, Nicholas Morris
Department: Political Science

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Will They or Will They Not? the Lone Crescent and Star's Quest For European Union Membership, Michael George Prohaska
Department: Political Science

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Foreign Influence in the Third Wave of Democratization: a Comparative Study of United States Hard and Soft Power Influence, Elizabeth Steiner
Department: Political Science

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Inter Arma Leges Silent: the Supreme Court and Their Decisions During War, Anne M. Teckman
Department: Political Science

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Uzbekistan on the Threshold of Revolution? Radical Islam and the Threat to the Post-Soviet State, Andrew White Whitner
Department: Political Science; History

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Local Citizen's Knowledge and Attitudes of Environmental Concerns Within the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area: Transitions Towards the Goals and Ideals of Ecosystems Management, Tim W. Wyatt
Department: Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2005

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Presidential Success in Congress: the Myth of Second Term Failure, Christopher M. Billow
Department: Political Science

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From the Euro to the Afro Lessons From European Monetary Union For Africa, Patrick M. Bourke
Department: Economics; Political Science

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Can You Believe What's on TV These Days? An Examination of the Effects of Citizen Groups on the Enforcement of Federal Communications Commission Broadcast Indecency Policy, Andrew C. Darneille
Department: Political Science

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Rise of the Extreme Right in Western Europe Since 1945: Theories and Cases, Michael Rubin Kwong
Department: Political Science

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Making the Grade or Grading the Makers: A Look at Nclb in America, Christopher James Laubenthal
Department: Political Science

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Government Warning--The Ingredients of this Regime may be Carcinogenic: A Comparative Case Study of Corruption in Four Developing States, Audra Lewicki
Department: Political Science

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Power to Negotiate: How Power Symmetry Affected American Bilateral Arms Control Treaties, Eli Lewine
Department: Political Science

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With No Uncertain Terms: An Examination of the Effects of Legislative Term Limits on State Fiscal Management, Matthew A. Long
Department: Political Science

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Casting a Wide Net: An Investigation Into How Political Campaigns Are Utilizing the Internet For Political Gain, Joshua Nowack
Department: Political Science

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Art of Changing Minds: a Comparative Study of the Political Significance of the Works of F.T. Marinetti and Vaclav Havel, Michael C. Nunnari Jr.
Department: Political Science

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Photo Finish or a Finished Photo? a Picture of Hard-Fought and Low-Key U.S. Senate Competition, 1998-2004, Douglas Mark Palmer
Department: Political Science

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Disease and Conflict: Analyzing the Impact of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sameera S. Pochiraju
Department: Political Science

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Does Public Involvement in Economic Development Benefit the State? a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Four Case Studies, Andrea Porter
Department: Political Science

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Strategies For Success: Union Learning and the Latino Migrant Worker Community in the United States, Shoshana Ellenbogen Raskas
Department: Political Science; Spanish

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Voice For the Future? the Lasting Effects of the 1968 Student Movement on Contemporary German Foreign Policy, Jessica L. Riviere
Department: German Studies; Political Science

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Broken Landscapes, Divided Classes: a Portrait of Agrarian Reform and Its Effects on Rural Class Structure, Sarah Elizabeth Romorini
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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Strange Bedfellows: the Influencing Effect of U.S. Economic Incentives Upon Level of Cooperation in the 'War on Terror', Lindsay Bronwen Tingley
Department: Political Science

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New Tensions in American Politics: Bioethics and Philosophies of the Moral Individual, Kristen Kirby Veblen
Department: Political Science

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Onward Christian Soldiers: a Look Into Religious Terrorism, Jonathan F. Webster
Department: Political Science