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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

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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