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 2022

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Traumas of German Unification and Weakness of Civil Society: Contributing Factors to the Disproportionate Strength of Populist Parties in Eastern German States, John Bethea III

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Population Aging and Healthcare Costs in China and Japan, Sean Brown

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To Be or Not to Be: An Assessment of Latin American Airport Infrastructure and the Creation of An Airport Infrastructure Index, Jess Elisha Cooley

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“A History of Heartache”: Korean Reunification through the Eyes of Giseong Sedae, Johanna Avalyn Cooper

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Protest Music and Survival in the Basque Country During the Franco Regime, Michael J. Dodick JR

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Exhuming Franco: Polarization in the Debate over Historical Memory in Contemporary Spanish Politics, Stephanie Gardiner

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Body Image Perceptions Reflected in Social Media: A Guatemalan Instagram Study, Sarah Harris

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Table Stakes in the War for Talent: Examining the Role of Educational Assistance Programs Among the Fortune 1000, Noah Hubbard

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Learning Local Languages as a Means of Preserving Culture: An Analysis of the Federal Education Laws’ Treatment of Regional Languages in the Basque Country and Colombia, Olivia Jaramillo

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Russia's Agenda For Ukraine: An Examination Of Putin's Media Propaganda Narratives, Gillian Grace Littleton

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Aftermaths of Opposition: Effectiveness of Repression Against Reformist Islamists in Saudi Arabia, Londyn Lorenz

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The Sustainability Rhetoric among the Spanish Fashion Companies Involved in the Rana Plaza Collapse of 2013, Keegan Lyle

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Popular Protests and Democratization in Post-Soviet Countries: An Analysis of Why Some Democracy Movements Failed and Others Succeeded, David McDonald

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How Chinese Media Reports on Infectious Disease Emergence and Human Environmental Interactions, Kai-Shin Newman

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Church State Relations: Religiopolitics in Chile and Uruguay in the 21st Century, Calley Overton

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Driving Factors Behind Language Use Among Younger Generations in Taiwan: Is the Demise of Hokkien Inevitable?, Jesse Weaver Paxton

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Cultural Memory Conflicted in Post-Conflict Peru: Constructing Heroes and Villains La hora final and La casa rosada, Reed Peets

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Panda Diplomacy: China's Use of Soft Power to Influence the World, Anna Reed

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Why No Rallying Force? Factors of Rassemblement National Underperformance in 2021 French Regional Elections, Amy Rhodes

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Pendulums of Personhood? Exploring the Multitudes of Immigrant Womanhood in Spanish-Maghrebi Literature, Kaitlyn C. Sisco

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The Legality of the European Union’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and the Limitations of World Trade Organization Rules on Effective Climate Action, Delaney Smith

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From Patrons to Landlords: The Transformation of Class Relations in Zanzibar Through Wakf Reform, Isabel Spafford

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A Look Towards the Future of Eldercare: Lessons Learned from Social Care Models in Japan, Caroline M. Steil

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Social media agenda setting of Environmental Policy Issues in Switzerland, Canaan Vaughan

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Ageism, Eldercare, and Healthcare: An Examination of Growing Old in Costa Rica, Akshaya Vijayasankar

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The Politics of Migration in América: A Comparative Analysis of Federal Immigration Policy AND Local Impacts in the United States and Ecuador, Hayden Williamson

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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'Here we start and in Jerusalem we meet:' The Motivational and Organizational Influences of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine on Transnational Salafi Jihad, Charlotte Armistead

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The Politics of Water Resource Management: State-Guided Framing of China’s South to North Water Diversion Project and its Impact on Citizen Perception, Mary Barlow

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Assimilation, Association, And Modernism In The Urbanism Of The French Third Republic, Thomas Bleeker

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The Ceibalitas in Uruguay: How Digital Educational Technology affects Social Cohesion, William Bradford

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Support for Regionalist and Nationalist Political Parties in Spain, Bailey Burleson

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Gay Identity in the GDR: The Homosexuelle Interessengemeinschaft Berlin between Self-Expression and State Control, Susanna Cassisa

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Fine Particulate Matter and Low Weight Births in Mexico City, Mexico, Kennedy Cohn

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Being Female and Indigenous: Barriers to Reducing Bolivia's Maternal Mortality Rates Under Evo Morales, Channell Cole

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‘Con Los Brazos Abiertos’: Venezuelan Migration and the Humanitarian State Under Ecuador's Moreno Administration, Madeline Cook

Finding the Missing Peace: A Postcolonial Feminist Analysis of UNSCR 1325 in the African Union and European Union, Katie Dames

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Factors in Disaster Response in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, Ashleigh Daugherty

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Crisis and Catalonia: An Analysis on the Impact of Crisis on the Public Opinion of the Secessionist Movement in Catalonia, Rachel Ducker

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The Impact of Intercultural Healthcare on Indigenous Maternal Health and Access to Care in Ecuador, Lea Dudte

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Rome Joins the Belt and Road Initiative: Implications for the Development of Trieste and Italy’s Position in Chinese Foreign Policy, Colin Durkin

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Mamás Trabajadoras: An Evaluation of Policies that Incite Maternal Participation in the Labor Force in Spain and the European Union, Anna Kate Ferrell

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The Politics of Everyday Subversion: Crisis, COVID-19, and Coming-of-Age in Córdoba, Argentina, Abby Flickinger

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The Impact of Civil Society Engagement on Support for the Colombian Peace Accord, Victoria Gallegos

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Anti-Americanism and the Auteur: Critical Discourse and the French Film Industry from 1946 to 1965, Madison Gee

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Soda, Water, and Convenience: an Evaluation of the Mexican Soda Tax, Benjamin Hager

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Refugees Not Welcome Here: An Analysis of Human Rights Transgressions Under the Migrant Protection Protocols, Claire Haxton

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China, Xinjiang, and the Genocide Convention: The Fragility of International Law, Lucy Kate Herron

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The Politics of Taxation: An Economic Analysis of Politically Motivated Tariffs Placed on French Wine by the United States, Katelyn Hutson

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A City Divided: A GIS-Informed Study of Urban Planning in Amman, Jordan, Ella Lawson

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Exploring the Global Rise of Ethnoreligious Nationalism: A Case Study of Vox in Spain and the Bharatiya Janata Party in India, Swetha Manivannan

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The Blue State: UNRWA's Transition from Relief to Development in Providing Education to Palestinian Refugees in Jordan, Alana Mitias

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A Historical and Contextual Analysis of Soviet and Russian "Active Measures": How Russian Political Warfare Efforts in Foreign Presidential Elections Have Transformed in the Information Age, Olivia Myers

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Who Gets to Ride? A Case Study in Inequality and Public Transportation in Santiago, Chile, Melissa Sanguientti

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From Ideological Resource to Financial Asset: The Evolving Relationship Between Youth and the State in Putin's Russia, Eleanor Schmid

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Hand over fist: russia's use of military aggression to affect regional policy, Bobby G. Simmons II

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Going Green: A comparative analysis of green urbanism in Paris and Shanghai, Jeanne Torp

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Perceptions of Chinese Influence in Tanzania, Matthew Jacob Travers

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Understanding German-Turkish Identity in the Context of Deutschrap, Alena Tien Vu

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Why did the Camel Cross the Road?: The use of Camel Racing and Military Pageantry in Unifying Oman through Nationalism Racing, Elizabeth Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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How Misinformation and Mistrust Compound the Threat of Epidemics, William Boyd

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On the Basis of Sex: Personal Status Law Reforms and Economic Growth, Kylie Bring

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Socializing Caregiving: Social Services, Women's Employment, and Overall Economic Success, Summer Caraway

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French Exceptionalism: The Impact of Laïcité, Rachel Culp

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Can Cities Be Feminist? A Cross-National Analysis of Factors Affecting Local Female Representation in Latin America, Katie Davis

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The Differences in Talk about Violence and Terrorism: A Case Study of Northern Ireland and the Basque Country, McClellan Davis

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Diabolus Ex Machina? A Comparative Case Study to Test Whether Automatic Weapons Can Disproportionately Benefit Irregular Forces, Harrison Durland

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The Mexican Voter Transformed: MORENA Success in the Wake of Party System Failure, Madeline Gegg

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Immigrants: A Threat to the Economy or Cultural Identity? A Case Study of Haitian and Venezuelan Immigrants in Chile, Erin Geist

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"ARMY, I'm Home!": Digital Community and Mediated Intimacy in K-Pop Fandom, Olivia George

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The Mapuche and Chilean State: An Analysis of the State Reaction to Mapuche Protests, Mckenna Gossrau

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Screening Revolution: Cinema as an Alternative Public Space during the Years of Lead (1969 - 1994), Patrick Hayes

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Cooperating for Charity: The Effect of Decentralization on French Associations, Ragan Ketrow

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Clarifying the Conceptualization of Empire: Is China's Belt and Road Initiative an Attempt at Empire?, Olivia Melvin

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A Crisis of Masculinity: The Rise of the AfD and the East German Man, Chandler Molpus

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When Worlds Collide: Charlie Hebdo and Islam in the 21st Century, Mildred Morse

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Analyzing the Adjustment of American Business Expatriates in China: Professionalism, Culture and Social Support, Ramelle Mueller

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SEALDs: A Quantitative Content Analysis of #DontTrashYourVote on Twitter, Viviek Patel

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A Thumb on the Scale: Chinese Investment and Influence in Ecuador and Colombia, Christina Pendergrast

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Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchange and Their Impact on International Healthcare System Efficiency, David Pfaehler

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Mind Your Youth: Youth Unemployment and Islamic Radicalization, Caleb Ray

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The Covert Abolition of the Death Penalty: A Comparative Analysis of France and Mississippi, Emma S. Rice

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Nationalism Beyond a Nation: Non-Iberian Spanish Nationalism Examined, George Ruggiero IV

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Who Will Do the Good Works?: The Troubling Case of Secularization and the Failure of the Welfare State in England and Perú, Gabrielle Anna Schust

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Whose Right is it Anyway? A Study of Human Rights Language on Both Sides of the Abortion Debate in Post-Dictatorial Argentina, Ysabella Carmen St. Amant

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Brand Translation and Country of Origin Advertising in the Jeans Market in Latin America, Elson Stewart

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Social Housing and the Affordability Crisis: A Study of the Effectiveness of French and American Social Housing Systems in Meeting the Increasing Demand for Affordable Housing, Claire Sullivan

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Public Sentiment Toward Migration in a Globalizing World: The Case of Spain and its Distinctive Demeanor Toward its Immigrants, Caroline Thompson

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The Collapse of a Communist Giant: A Study of Party Unity in the Soviet Union, Jillian Vice

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"We Missed Our Youth": The Identity Formation of Child Migrants, Refugees, and Jewish Children in France From 1940 to 1942, Michaela Maria Gouge Watson

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Success and Failure of Indigenous Social Movements: a Comparative Case Study of Ecuador and Chile, Jenna White

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Applying International Law to the Regulation of Media Incited Genocide: Rwanda and Myanmar, Savannah Whittemore

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Why Families Flee: A Study Of Family Migration Patterns From the Northern Triangle of Central America, Claire Williams

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