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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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"Different Ways of Being American": Food as Culture and Host Parenting in a Foreign Exchange Program, Isabel Hannah Bonhomme
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The Frontier Shifts of Edges Becoming centers: Gentrification Challenging Neighborhood Identity, Anthony M. Cisneros
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Examining Representation of Women and People of Color in Crime Drama Series, Margaret Clark
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Aura and Ethnicity at Yunnan Nationalities Museum and Yunnan Nationalities Village: An Investigation into Museum Representation and Reflections on Identity, Sue Stuart Cook
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Chinese Studies

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Opening Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise: The Work of Art and its Contexts between Renaissance Florence and Modern Museum Culture, Ilaria Novella Crum
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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What it Means to be Lithuanian in America And What Russia’s Got to Do With it: A Study of Ethnic Identity Formation Among Later Generations in a Diasporic Community, Marija Cyvas
Department: Russian Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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What's Going On, Washington, D.C.? An analysis of gentrification and its effect on pregnancy and childbirth in the nation's capital, Monét Simone Davis
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Fighting for Freedom: A Sociological Study of Violent versus Nonviolent Forms of Social Movement as Reflected in the Writings of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King., Jesse Booth DeWitt
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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“Marblescape of Memory”: An Examination of Aesthetics, Identity Construction, and Museum Display through the Appropriation of Ancient Greek Sculpture in Neoclassical England, Presley Feezell
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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“Germinating the Future Through Sustainable Architecture”: An Ethnographic Study of a Sustainable House of Worship, Jackson McCamic Feinknopf
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Examining How Social Perception and Society Affect the Construction of Self-Identites Among Documented and Undocumented Latinx Young Adults in the Trump Era, Maria E. Garza
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Erosion of the Professional Housewife Model: Changing Marriage and Career Aspirations of Japanese University-Educated Women, Rachel Erika Ho
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Ecological and Social Drivers and Impacts of Farm Diversification in Northern and Central Ohio, Remi Katayama
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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21st Century Technology Meets Old Time Gender Ideals: The Role of Gender in Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, Megan J. Lasersohn
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Civil Communication Pedagogy for a More Diverse and Inclusive Society: A Case Study of Woostories, Jisou "Armel" Lee
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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White Superhero, Black Sidekick: A study of Representation of Black people in Cartoons and Comics and the Effect on One’s Self-Perception, Lalah Lewis
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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It's What You Make It! Modified and Queer: A Feminist Look Into Queer Experience with Tattoos, Hailey Elizabeth Malzeke
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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“Honey, where is my super suit?” Audience Response to the 2018 Marvel Black Panther Film Based on Varied Intersectional Identities of Ethnicity, Race, and Gender, CJ Mandell
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The School Resource Officer in the United States Education System: An Investigation of the Perceptions of SROs Roles, Effects and the Militarization of Schools, Trey Miller
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself: Understanding the Conservative Christian Perspective on Homosexuality and Welfare, Larissa S. Myers
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Changing Forms and Meaning of Work for Amish Women, Megan Myers
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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You Are What You Eat: Regression Analysis of the Social Determinants of Diet, Callie Ogland-Hand
Department: Mathematics; Sociology and Anthropology

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NAGPRA and Native American Voices: Collaboration between Museums and Source Communities, Fiona Powell
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Ritualization, Education, and Time Travel: An Ethnographic Look at Visitor Experience within Modern and Neoclassical Art Galleries at The Cleveland Museum of Art, Myra Marie Praml
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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From Fiction to Reality: An Examination of Attitudes Towards Moral and Biological Human Enhancements, Jack Rider
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Real Life Impact of Digital Feminist Movements, Sophie Schrader
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Recognize Thy Neighbor: Conceptualizing the Nuances of the Religious Identity of Muslims Living in America, Bekah Smith
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Between Two Homes: Identity Formation in Transracial Adoptions, Sachi Lian Toepp
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Culture is Not a Costume: The Appropriation of the War Bonnet as a Form of Colonial Oppression, Emma West
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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Identity in the Straight Edge Movement: An Exploration of Ideology, Individuality, and Solidarity, Stuart Ayers
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The New Face of News: The Manifestation of Partisan Bias and the Fragmentation of Political Identity, William C. Bates
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"Kill the Indian, and Save the Man": Examining the Assimilation Tactics Used Against Native Americans by the United States Government Through the Implementation of Boarding Schools, Molly Campbell
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Everyday Acts of Amish Resistance: Contextualizing Patterns of Antimicrobial Susceptibility in a Small-Scale Agricultural Setting, Geoffrey Carney-Knisely
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Sociology and Anthropology

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In the Eye of the Consumer: A Sociocultural Analysis on Food Choice, Pagona N. Duda
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Speaker of Words: A Linguistic Examination of Science Fiction, Invented Language, and Society, Sierra Fletcher
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Opportunity to Succeed: An Analysis of First-Generation, Latinx College Student Aspirations, Family Expectations, and Definitions of Success, Nancy Garzon
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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I've Been in the Storm So Long: African American History and the Journey Toward Equality Through the Lens of the DuSable Museum of African American History, Grace N. Hodges
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Adoption Across Cultures: A Comparative Analysis of Adoption Attitudes between the United States and Honduras, Sidney A. Irias
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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“Discourse Begins in a Book Club”: An Analysis of Online Book Club Literary Discussion of Race and Gender in The Handmaid’s Tale and The Underground Railroad, Catherine Lockwood
Department: English; Sociology and Anthropology

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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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Learning to Work: The Success of English Acquisition in Education vs. the Tourism Industry in the Cloud Forest of Ecuador, Katie Mandych
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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More Than a Club: An Analysis of Black Women’s Identity, Networks, and Social Mobility in Black Greek-letter Organizations, Clarke Martin
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Athletes' Influence and Evolution in Social Movements in America, Gary Muntean
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Experiences of the Plague in 14th Century Avignon, France, Hope E. Nelson
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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"I Love Them and I Hate Them:" The Effects of Gentrification on Collective Efficacy in Detroit Neighborhoods, Rose Osburn
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"Let's Talk About Sex, Baby": A Study Analyzing the Effects of Sexual Education, Peer Communication, and Sexual Shame, Natalie Rummel
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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“So, You Do Drugs?”: A Study on Public Perceptions & Stigma of Medical Marijuana & Prescription Opioids, Bonita Salmeron
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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She Can Brew It Ale By Herself: Women in the Male Dominated Craft Beer Industry, Cameron S. Smythe
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The Reinterpretation and Transformation of the American Liberal Arts Model in the Indian Context, Nikhil Tummalapalli
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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An Investigation of the Fascistic Tendencies Within the Israeli Radical Right, Arieh N. Venick
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Sociocultural Perspectives on Adaptability of Dogs at Shelters, Jacob Weindling
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Understanding the Opportunity Structure and Sustainable Development Strategies for Nongovernmental Organizations in China, Yichu Xu
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Adjusting to Life in the United States: A Qualitative Study on the Acculturation of Female Refugees from Iraq in the US, Caroline F. Andrews
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Pulling the Plug on a Community Hospital: An Analysis on the Intersection of Gentrification and Affordable Healthcare Access in New York City's West Village, Beatrice S. Apikos-Bennett
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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“You PC, bro?” “Why is your title gendered?” Examining Political Correctness on The College of Wooster Campus, Emilio S. Bartlett Asenjo
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Who Are You When You’re Online? A Study of How People Present Themselves in their Online Dating Profiles and the Stigma of Online Dating, Danielle M. Besancon
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Big Man and The Big House: The Influence of Protestantism on the Danish and American Prison Systems, Elizabeth C. Brewington
Department: Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Experiences and Misrepresentation of Minority Leadership in Football, Troy Brown
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Balance and Conflict: A Comparative Ethnography of the Experiences of Conflict Japanese Christians Face When Balancing Their Cultural and Religious Identities in Japan and the United States of America, Jasmine Carruth
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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What’s Race Got To Do With It: The Preparation and Perceptions of Social Workers Working with Diverse Racial Populations, Ashley N. Casey
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Beliefs, Barriers, and Bridging Gaps: Clinical Care in an Urban Puerto Rican Population, Celia S. Connolly
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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A Comparative Analysis of the Māori and Shoshone Bannock People and their Utilization of Volcanic Geothermal Features, Lucy Cummins
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"Ask your Doctor": A Study of Causes and Consequences of Pill Culture in the U.S., Sydney Failing
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Food Activists or “Small Capitalists?”: The Tension between Market Forces and Social Goals at Urban Agricultural Organizations in Cleveland, OH and Detroit, MI, Grace Gamble
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Mental Disorders and Illness: Ethnic Minorities' Cultural Perspectives on Professional Treatment, Drucella A. Garcia
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"Destroyer or Detroit: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Urban Revitalization and Public-Art In Detroit, Michigan Through Photographic Cartography, Aram E. Gibson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Home Is Where the School Is: An Investigation of the Experiences of Homeschooled Students Transitioning to College, Naya Simone Guthrie
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Coming Home: The Unique Experiences of Former Criminals Returning to Small Towns, Zoe Hostetler
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Masculinity and Damaged Selves: Football Players' Perspectives on Manhood, Yasmine Hunt-Strong
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Case for Home: An Analysis of a Successful Homeless Shelter in East Tennessee, Laura R. Ivy
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Hispanic/Latino Accessibility to Health Care, Arue Z. Jacobo
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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A Hindu Temple in Kalamazoo: An Ethnographic Study on the Role of Temple Communities in the Preservation and Re-creation of Identity among Hindu-Americans, Brenton David Kalinowski
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"The Perfect Life is Just to Balance:" Ayurveda as a Growing Cultural, Social, and Medical Movement in the United States, Nell Krahnke
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Barriers to Going Green: Overcoming Resistance to Sustainable Interior Design, Averi Lassiter
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Multiple Intelligences and Teaching Pedagogy, Eli Looper
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Examining the Role of the Public Health Community During the Ebola and Zika Epidemic in the U.S., Samantha Lunsford
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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“Title IX … It’s All That, But It’s Not”: An Anthropological Perspective on Black Women in Sport, Dyese N. Osaze
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Rebuilding a Community: A Consideration of the Syncretic Healing Practices and the Symbols the Healers Manipulate, Emily M. Patterson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Self, Identity, and Stigma: An Examination of the Chronically Ill Athlete, Kennedy C. Payne
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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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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Still Saluting: An Exploration of the Identities of Veterans of the United States Military Who Pursue Protective Service Work Upon Reentry into Civilian Life, Lauren E. Pugliese
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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School Outside?: An ethnography of American forest kindergartens and nature preschools and how “nature” is used in these “classrooms”, Emily T. Reid
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Unleashing Potential: An Investigation of the Social Effects of Pediatric Autism Assistance Dogs, Julia B. Rothschild
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall: How the Commodification of Terroir Impacts Small Producer Viability in a Global Economy, Christina Solazzo
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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From Life Circumstance to Cultural Competence: Understanding Barriers to Health Care Access Among Spanish-Speaking Populations in the United States, Elena M. Soyer
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Short Term Missionary Work in Haiti, Maria C. Steinert
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Perceptions of Mental Illness in Ghanaian Metropolitan Areas and the Effect of Public Education and Open Discussion., Akosua Thompson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Stigma and Construction of Childfree Identity in a Pro-natalist Society, Tiffany Trunk
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Negroid Hermaphrodite to Seated Man: An In-Depth Analysis of Modern and Ancient Ideas of Race and Ethnicity in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Emily Walker
Department: Classical Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Celebration and Rebellion: An Anthropological Exploration of Cumbia-Punk as the New Wave of Punk Identity, Elena Williams-Moreiras
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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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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The Multifaceted Ethnic Identities of Salvadoran-Americans: The Challenges, Pride and Everything in Between, Isabel Abarca
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Gift Exchange and Reciprocation in the Context of Music Consumption, Shelby Bretschger
Department: Economics; Sociology and Anthropology

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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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Yo Soy Una Mujer, Yo Soy Latina, Now you see my life in the U.S.: Testimonies of Undocumented Latina Women, A Navigation of their everyday lives through a Devised Performance, Stephanie Castrejon
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Theatre and Dance

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“Shikata Ga Nai:” An Analysis of the Japanese American Experience of Internment, Social Injustice, and Perseverance, Hayley J. Cooper
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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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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Gracias a La Casa Mono, progreso: A critical analysis of sustainable tourism in Nicaragua, Cullen T. Dolson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"The Word Is Hula": An Exploration of the Use of Hula in Christian Churches on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, Emily Donato
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Theatre and Dance