Croft Theses

 

One of the requirements for graduating with a major in International Studies is completion of the senior thesis during the final year in a student's program. The senior thesis is a substantial work of original research and analysis in the student's regional and/or thematic concentration.

Prizes for the best theses in each region, the best interregional thesis, and the best overall thesis are recognized each year at the Croft graduation ceremony.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Trafficking of Haitians on the Island of Hispaniola after the 2010 Earthquake, Caroline Bass

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Commodity Fetishism and Performative Identity: Studying the Effects of Neoliberal Reform on the Work of Non-Governmental Organizations in Cairo, Cynthia N. Bauer

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The Haves and the Have Nots: Segregation and Marginalization in Puebla, Mexico, Jarvis Benson

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How Non-Centrist Parties Gain Electoral Success in German Politics: An Analysis of the Alternative für Deutschland’s Success in the 2017 Federal Election., Madison B. Bickert

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Generational Expressions of Basque Nationalism, Mollie Bradford

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Regionalism and Reform: The Consequences of Consociationalism in Belgium, Elizabeth L. Brown

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Renewables & Refugees: A Solution for Jordan, Lauren Burns

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Rice Bunnies in China's #MeToo: Discussion of a Feminist Movement under Censorship, Tyler Caple

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Sons of the Sāqiya: Grassroots Water Politics in Southeastern Morocco, John Chappell

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German Regional Identity and Soccer: Comparison of Soccer’s Impact on Cultural and Political Identities in Munich and Dortmund, Germany, Megan DeGrafft

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Watering the Desert: Azraq, Public Opinion, and Environmental Post-Materialism, Wesley Gerard

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Economic Advancement Across the European Playing Field, Zac Herring

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Institutional Divides: How Democracy Affects Economic Complexity In The Transition Economies Of Eastern Europe And Central Asia, Mary Frances Holland

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Foreign Direct Investment and Migration to the Persian Gulf, Paul Hunt

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The Neighbor Before the House: Jordan's Internal and External Drivers Regarding the Refugee Crisis, Katherine G. Levingston

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Conflict or Cooperation: How Climate Change is Transforming Geopolitics in the Arctic, McRae E. Mayfield

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Japanese Mascots: Diplomatic Tool, Domestic Escapism, Gwenafaye McCormick

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The Holy See and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Study of the Catholic Church's Soft Power, Lauren A. Newman

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When Words Are Not Enough: The Development of Human Trafficking in Venezuela Under the Maduro Administration, Holly Prather

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“Nosotras Como Mujeres”: The Environmental Activism of Indigenous Women of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Leta Rowan

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Religion in Education: The Effects of Political Ideologies on Andalusian Youth, Jessika Brittni Russell

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Food Waste in German Households: A Policy Analysis, Carlie Maree Vowell

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Terrorism in the Time of Schengen, Alaina Bierdz

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Spain's Rapid Transition: A Case Study of Late Modernization, Sydney Elizabeth Brown

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Women in the Chilean National Identity: How Futbol and Consumption Cultures Affect the Public Sphere, Madeleine Hall Carpenter

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Bit By Bit: An Analysis of the Role of Bilateral Investment Treaties on China's Investment in Latin America, Matthew Forgette

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Mujeres Modernizadas: Defining the Implications of Modernization for Basque Working Women, Natalie Gagliano

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Abortion Access and Child Maltreatment: A Cross-National Analysis, Alexandra Gersdorf

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The Israeli Druze: Neither Here nor There, Sydney Green

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The Yasuní ITT Initiative and the Creation of Global Green Sovereignty, MarlaRose Gridley

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The Utility Player: An Examination of the Role of Baseball in Cuban Society, Emily Harral

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The Future was a Riot: Causes of Youth Unemployment in Spain and Challenges to Immigration and the Welfare State in the Era of the Common Market (1999-2016), Andrew Hayes

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It is Impossible to Overdo Luxury: French Variety of Capitalism and its Contribution to Luxury Market Presence, Emily Henderson

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Policy Responses to Migration Flows Through the Mediterranean Sea: An Analysis of European Union and Italian Policies, Megan M. Krynen

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Water, Women, and Migration: Examining the Interconnections Between Water Scarcity, Environmental Migration, and Women in Bolivia, Sarah T. Meeks

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The Effect of Participation in Party Politics on Terrorist Organizations: A Case Study of Hamas and Hezbollah, David Newman

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¡El Nuevo Chile Papi!: An Examination of the Influence of Public Opinion on the Development of Chilean Immigration Policies, Nicholas Senften

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Out of the margins: Mississippi English language learner curriculum practices and their implications, Alexis Smith

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Ici on noie les algériens: France's Repression of the 1961 Algerian Massacre, Brianna Starnes

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The Holy Trinity: Religion, Identity, and International Law in Egypt, Henry Owen Stonnington

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Social Evils + Stigma: A Cumulative Study of HIV and the Moral Model of Disease in Vietnam, Argentina and Mississippi, Sarah Thornby Stroup

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Catholicism and Feminism: A Chilean Paradox, Gabrielle Toppin

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The New Mafia: Vladimir Putin's Inner Circle and Russian Organized Crime, India Trummer

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We Never Said We're Independent: Natural Resources, Nationalism, and the Fight for Political Autonomy in Russia's Regions, Cassandra Turner

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Argentina's contemporary multiculturalism and its implications for Chinese identity in Buenos Aires, Madeleine Achgill

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Evaluating the Success of Russian Hybrid Warfare in Ukraine, Gage Adam

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!Patagonia Sin Represas! Hydropower Development and the Competing Spheres of Power in Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, Joseph Mac Bell

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They Call It Le Big Mac: The Importance of Adapting to Local Preferences in Marketing Strategy, Walker BoBo

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Agricultural Production Cooperatives in the EU: Explaining Variation in Cooperative Development, Alexander Borst

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Outcomes of FDI in Mississippi: The Cases of Nissan and Toyota, Cayla Cardamone

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Water Policy in Chile and Bolivia: A Comparative Case Study, Margaret Cartner

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The Barriers They Face: The Legal, Social, and Economic Obstacles Immigrants Encounter as They Attempt to Gain Acceptance in French Society, Kara Rachel Chobot

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Effects of Second Language Learning on Mental Representations of Time, Conner S. Clark

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(N)ostalgic Consumption and the Former German Democratic Republic, Savannah Coleman

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Effects of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Island Dispute on Sino-Japanese Relations, Meredith Cuilik

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To Donate Is Glorious: The CCP, Chinese Civil Society, and the Wenchuan Earthquake, James Joseph DeMarshall II

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Are Chinese Firms Attracted to Political Risk? Locational Determinants of Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment, Grant DePoyster

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Price Controls in Argentina: A Case of Urban Bias, Megan Freveletti

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Comparative Analysis of Hong Kong and Taiwan's Independence Movements: a case study of identity and politics using social movement theory, Sarah A. Hasselle

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Succès de Scandale: the Role of Satire in French Society, Connor Holeman

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ETA in Spain: Explaining Basque Violence, Jenny Kern

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Market Competition and Individual Security in the Chilean Pension System, William Mahoney

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Women Empowerment Externalities of the 2004 Moroccan Moudawana Reform: Intrafamily Bargaining and Educational Attainment, Jane Alexandra Martin

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Far Right, Left Out: European Far Right Parties and the Implications for Refugees, Michelle Miller

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Dam Politics: Bolivian Indigeneity, Rhetoric, and Envirosocial Movements in a Developing State, Thomas Moorman

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On the 路(Lu) to the Loo: A Case Study of Public Restrooms in China Since the Chinese Communist Revolution, Elizabeth S. Newsom

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From Rich to Refugee: The Collapse of Venezuela's Healthcare System, John Pierce

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Psychosocial Care in the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Miller Richmond

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From a Tweet to the Street: The Effect of Social Media on Social Movement Theory, Elizabeth Romary

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Spitting Fire en Français: The Racialization of French Hip-Hop Artists in the Media and their Responses After the Charlie Hebdo Attack, Adam Schoenbachler

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Cross-Cultural Comparison of Cosmetic Procedures in Latin America and East Asia, Rebecca Vorisek

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Celebrity Protest and Media Consumption: A Comparative Analysis Across Media and Cultural Context, Paxton Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Where the Government Went Wrong, Annelise Albert

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Tortoise and the Hare: A Case Study of Quota Laws and Women's Representation in Congress in Argentina and the United States, Hannah Arrington

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Understanding Effective Venues of Women Representation in Latin America: An Empirical Study of Millennium Development Goals 3 and 5, Sheila Arun Kumar

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Trade Policy Formation in Europe: Disparities Between the EU-15 States and the CEE New Member States, Beau Bettiga

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Analyzing the Growing Islamic Radicalization in France, Virginia Ruth Brommer

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An Industry Giant's Struggles: Google's Relative Failure Within China, Zachary T. Cookston

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Intentions to purchase genetically modified foods in the United States and Germany: the impact of consumer knowledge and attitudes, Maggie Hall

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Urbanization and Exclusion: Examining the Wages of Migrant Workers in the Chinese Urban Labor Market, Evan Heitzmann

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Cultural Implications of Starbucks Consumption in China: Why do Chinese Have a Latte on their Mind?, Garrett Hersh

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Strait Talk: United States Containment of Communism in the Taiwan Strait, Elizabeth Leary

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Exogenous Barriers to the Incorporation of the Second Generation North Africans in France, Amber Malone

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Political Underrepresentation and Domestic Terrorism: The Deficiency of Minority Descriptive Representation as a Causal Factor of Violent Radicalization in Western European Democracies, Erica Shannon McGraw

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An International Crossover: Comparing The Chinese Basketball Association With The National Basketball Association, Allison J. Slusher

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Tigers, Flies, and Longines: The Chinese Corruption Crackdown and its Effect on Conspicuous Consumption, Kayla Smith

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Their Brothers' Keepers? Ethnicity, Rebel Diplomacy, and State Support for Insurgency, Connor Somgynari

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Opportunities and Challenges for Socially Responsible Business in China, Liana Tai

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Portrayals of Pinochet: Historical Narratives in Chilean Schools, Katie J. Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Regime Type and Healthcare Systems: A Global Quantitative Analysis, R. L. Barr

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The Evolution of Chinese Students' Motivations to Study Abroad in the U.S., Alison Elizabeth Bartel

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Women Hold Up Half the Internet: Examining the Political Identities of Chinese Women Bloggers, Taylor Brack

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Machismo in Chilean Politics: A Case Study of the 2005 and 2013 Presidential Elections, Laura Bridges

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Human Capital in Mexico: Estimating Externalities with the Constant-Composition Approach, Lorin D. Dawson

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Apartheid in France: Galvanization of Political Concern for the Role of Ethnic Identities in French Society, Francesca Talley Diggs

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The Chinese Inquisition: Xi Jinping's War on Corruption, Harriet E. Fisher

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Death, Maintenance and Revitalization of the Quechua Language in Peru: A Case Study with a Focus on San Pedro de Cajas, Madeline Fumi

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Modernizing the Marianne: The French Feminist Movement and its Effects on Gender Equality, Hallie Grace Haines

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Catalunya No Es Espanya?: Examining Catalan Nationalism, Shiloh Jaggers Jones

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Still Innocents Abroad: The Relationship between Anti-Americanism and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East, Kelly Kennedy