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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2022

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On The Basis Of Biological Sex: Examining The Social Impacts Of The Maintenance Of The Two-Sex System In Sports, Camille Carr
Department: Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Clifton Canidae: An Anthropological And Sculptural Exploration, Sydney D. Clifton Ms
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Art and Art History

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Biopolitics And Immunitary Paradigm: Understanding College Of Wooster Students Opinion Towards The Covid-19 Pandemic, Sky Crain
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Identity Crisis: The Internet As An Alternative Source Of Sex And Reproductive Health Information For LGBTQ+ Individuals, Ruth Dahlhausen
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Right To Healthcare In Practice: Affordable Health Clinics & Spanish-Speaking Patients, Nicholas J. Harling
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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You Can’t Build A Canoe Online: Activism And Identity In Indigenous Taiwan, Adam King Hinden
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Chinese Studies

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Meat Your Vegetables: An Exploration Into Food Sustainability On A Small Liberal Arts Campus, Audrey R. Holder
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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“Orange Is The New Mistreatment?”: An Analysis Of Knowledge And Perceptions Of Incarcerated Women And Their Mistreatment Through (Non)Viewing Of Orange Is The New Black, Nikki M. E. Hoseus
Department: Communication Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Paleolithicc: Understanding The Woman Of Willendorf Through Contemporary Fat Studies, Shelby HL Jones
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Ganesh On My Christmas Tree: A Look At How Immigration To The Us Affects Generations, Anika Grace Teredesai Karp
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Why Is K-Pop So Popular?: A Study Of K-Pop Fandom, Abby M. Krizan
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Follow Your Arrow Wherever It Points: How Fandom Forms And How Fandom Interprets Gender Dynamics Through Kacey Musgraves, Noah Levy
Department: Communication Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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The First-Generation College Student Experience: How Financial Disparities Impact Success Rates Among Students, Riley Leann Maas
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Exploring The Black Entrepreneur In America: The Relationship Between Black Business And Society, Khaylen M. Mahdi
Department: Business Economics; Communication Studies; Economics; Psychology; Sociology and Anthropology; Interdepartmental

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The Impacts Of Childhood Parental Death Among College Aged Students, Jillian L. Ness
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Conjuring Authenticity: The Coven, Buckland Museum, And The Representation Of Magic Behind Glass, Ellen M. Nikirk
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Play Like A Girl: Examining The Stigma Of Women’s Health And Menstruation In Athletics, Rachel M. Osterhouse
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Forming National Identity Through Commemoration: Representation Within Postage Stamps At The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, Kate Read
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Will You Accept This Rose?: The Representation Of Black Women On The Bachelorette Seasons 13 And 18, Saralee Renick
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Effects Of Second-Hand Trauma: A Look Into The Lived Experiences Of African American Students And Their Perception Of Police Officers Versus Campus Security, Aryana Rhodes
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Analyzing The Experiences Of Adult Children Language Brokers In Mexican Immigrant Families, Vanesa Rubio Toxtle
Department: Education; Sociology and Anthropology

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Keep Students On The Field To Stay In The Classroom: The Effects Of Public School Funded And Regulated Extracurricular Activities On The School-To-Prison Pipeline., Sydney Pare Schuster
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Decision-Making in the Face of NFIP Policy Changes, Mohini Sharma
Department: Global and International Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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“No Matter Where You’re From, We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor”: Enacting Justice Initiatives And Community Formation In Faith-Based Organizations, Jenna M. Smith
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Our Bodies, Our Work; An Ethnographic Study Of Tattoo Artists In Chicago, Gabriel C. Spalding III
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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A Love Letter To Myself: The Social And Cultural Experiences Of Sexual Assault Survivors On Small Liberal Arts College Campuses And Using Ethnographic Playwriting As Advocacy, Gabriella M. Sullivan
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Theatre and Dance

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Building Youth Power To Transform Education: Exploring A Detroit Area Teenage Activist Organization, Harry Susalla
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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What Do College Students Know About Animal Trafficking?, Kennedy M. Tanner
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Puffins, The Charismatic Clowns Of The Sea: Examining The Relationship Between Community Identity And The Social Construction Of Animals, Megan Henry Tuennerman
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Mommy Issues: An Investigation Into How Social Systems Affect Single Mothers And The Adolescent Experience Of Their Children, Paige Gleason Williams
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Does Having A Birth Plan Impact Your Birth Experience? A Deeper Look Into Birth Plans, Birth Assistants/Attendants, And The Microbiome In Birth Experiences, Elijah Winfield
Department: Biology; Sociology and Anthropology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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Narratives of Heritage: Gender, Representation, and Diversity at the First Ladies National Historic Site, Annelisea Brand
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Exploring Risk, Uncertainty, and Ambiguity under the lens of the Entrepreneurial Day Trader, Jerry L. Bronson
Department: Business Economics; Sociology and Anthropology

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Liberté, Égalité, Paternité: Understanding the French anti-gay and anti-reproductive technology movement, La Manif pour tous, Elizabeth Cotton
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; French and Francophone Studies

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Can Climate Fiction Novels Inspire Social Change? A Literary and Empirical Ecocritical Analysis, Claire Davidson
Department: English; Sociology and Anthropology

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Music-making and Identity: Constructing and Collaborating on the Musicians' Self in Bluegrass Bands, Michael Dean
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"Love is a Bulletproof Vest": Protest as an Exploration of Women’s Right to the City, Sarah Foley Duran
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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“A Big Opportunity for Everyone to not Hide Those Beautiful Bodies”: Building Community Among Women of Color in the Body Positivity Movement on Instagram, Lilia Federico
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Defeating the COVID-19 Infodemic on Twitter: A SIP Agent-Based Model of Rumor Propagation and Truth Bot Intervention, Zhen Guo
Department: Computer Science; Sociology and Anthropology

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Trying to “Do No Harm”: Empathy’s Relationship with Medical Education, Cydney Grace Hall
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Collecting as Seva and Decolonizing Display: Art Collectors in the Sikh American Diaspora, Saeed Husain
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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“We Need Your Help”: The Rhetorical Construction of the Citizen Detective in True Crime Podcast Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad, Amelia A. Kemp
Department: Communication Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Adding to the Narrative: Stories of the Holocaust through Portraiture and the Museum, Marloes Krabbe
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Birth Work, Reproductive Justice, and Communities of Care, Hannah Lindsay Lane-Davies
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Fabric and Flesh: A Tactile Exploration of Personhood and Becoming, Ella Lang
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Reconstructing Home and Family: An Analysis of the Family Life Experiences of Queer Central Americans Living in the United States., Cesar O. Lopez
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Socializing Sons: How Lesbian Parents Engage With Masculinity While Raising Their Sons, Laura Isabel Montoya
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Collective Memory and Community in the Sri Lankan Diaspora of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA, Anura Namachchivaya
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Small Town Queers: The Intersections of Gender Identity and Regional Location, Hayden Ruairí Nolan
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Experience of Black Police Officers and an Examination of whether the Black Community Supports Them, Camryn Pollard
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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What Are Perfect Places, Anyway?: Exploring the New Zealand Government's Approach to Youth Suicide Prevention, Olivia C. Proe
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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New Space, No Place: Navigating Experiences in a Predominately White Higher Education Institution as Latinx Students, Priscilla Ramos Rico
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"MIXED-ISH" Exploring the Racial Identity of Black/White Biracial College Students, Keonn Scott
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Artifacts of Culture: Encounters with Multivocal Objects in Margaret of Austria’s 16th-Century Library, Jonas Short
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Art and Art History

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The Nurses and Mothering (NAM) Study: Intensive Mothering and the Dual Caregiving Role of Nurse Mothers in the Shadow of the Coronavirus-19 Pandemic, Sabina Beth Skolnick
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Reimagining Injustice Education: An Analysis of Pedagogy in Indigenous Museums, Tara Elizabeth Strauch
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Running with Responders: Exploring Anthropological Contributions to Disaster Response and An Ethnographic Study of First Response Culture, Diane Elise Tierney
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Global Ramifications of the Black Lives Matter movement, Perry E. Worthey
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Holding Hands with a Privatized Care Industry: The Paradoxical Relationship Between the Motives of Senior Care Workers and the Bureaucratic and Market-Oriented Structures in which They Are Embedded, Katherine H. Atwell
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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What Factors Affect the Perceptions of Higher Education Among the Hispanic Communities?” Do Hispanics Think That Higher Education Is a Reality or a Dream? and Why Do They Think So?, Fabio Barreto
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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A New Generation Rising Like the Sun, but Who Directs the Light?: An Analysis of the Sunrise Movement’s Meteoric Rise and Limited Scope, Benjamin J. Bridgman
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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A New Perspective on Poverty Alleviation: Evaluating Microfinance Programs Through Social Impact Indicators, Robert Driscoll
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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“Sometimes You Want to Just Run Away”: Participation and Mobilization of the New Sanctuary Movement, Elyse Echegaray
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Slender Waists and Coral Lips: An Examination of Gender Construction in Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty Fairy Tales, Isadora M. Hetrick
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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A Hidden Curriculum: Understanding the Impact of Emotional Labor on Elementary School Teachers’ Self Identities, Stephanie Hilton
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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“All Bodies Are Good Bodies”: How Anti-Diet Culture Activists Use Instagram to Challenge Diet Culture Norms, Miranda James
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Continuation of Violence: Analyzing the Retraumatization of Incarcerated Survivors of Domestic Violence and Evaluating the Potential of a “Trauma-Informed” Prison Model, Eliana Kahn
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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What are My Rites?: Exploring Tahara as a Ritual Process in Judaism, Kaitlyn Khayat
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Religious Studies

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Framing White Supremacy: The Creation of Collective Identity Over YouTube, Henry A. Mai
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Durkheim’s Day in Court: A Sociological Analysis of Supreme Court Cases Concerning Conditions of Confinement Under the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause, Elizabeth Main
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Parks for the People: A Comparative Analysis of Diversity Engagement between Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Yosemite National Park, Cameron Miller
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Hope and Struggle: Towards a Socialist Internationalism for the Rural Working Class, Robyn O. Newcomb
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Dream, Believe, Achieve: The Study of Mentoring and the Impact It Has on Student Athlete, Kylie Orr
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Gatekeeping in the Transgender Community, Kevin V. Ortiz
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Animals at the Fair: An Investigation Into Culturally Relevant Curriculum in Wooster City and Northwestern Elementary School Math Classrooms, Olivia R. Poindexter
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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An Ethnographic look at Organizational Culture within the Children's Defense Fund, Alyssa Noelle Rotte
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Lost in Excavation: A Study of Ancient Greek Burial Artefacts and How They Are Displayed in Museums in the Context of Their History, Nina Ruth Hooper Rusmore
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Classical Studies

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Wading Through the Gene Pool: Genetic Counseling and its Principles, Sidney Senita
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Is it Just a Language Exam? An Analysis of the Test D'Évaluation De Français as a Marker of Republican Integration, Margaret Maeve Simmering
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; French and Francophone Studies

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AgriCulture: Selective Strategies One Cooperatives Uses as a Mediator for its Amish Growers, Elizabeth Stanis
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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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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“Inner Lives: Looking at how Incarcerated Parents Educate and Raise their Children from Behind Bars.”, Akwia S. Tilton
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Why People work for Nonprofits: The Biases and Effect of Staff Retention within a Boys and Girls Club in Western Michigan, Audrey VanderVelde
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"How We got Here": Interpresting First-Generation Latinx Students' Transitions to College, Jocelynn Vega
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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