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 2016

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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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Reinventing National Identity in a World of Globalized Soccer: The Case of the Uruguayan National Team, Maia Cotelo

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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

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The Comedy of Frenchness: Exploring Social Issues in Mainstream French Cinema, Samantha Lund

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Fueling the Dragon's Fire: China's Coal Policy, Taylor Malcolm

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Vivre en Travaillant: Exploring the Economic and Social Effects of the 35-Hour Workweek in France, Mellie McGehee

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China's 'Leftover' Women Phenomenon: Media Portrayal and 'Leftover' Voices, Mazie Merriman

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A Global Perspective on Ethical Consumerism: A Study of Advertisements from Social Enterprises to Identify the Ethical Consumer, Murray Miller

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Legislative Action and the Future of Transatlantic Trade, Zachery Newton

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“Architects of Their Own Solutions:” A Comparative Study of Gender in Environmental Justice Work, Ellen Olack

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Economic vs. Ideological Interests: Examining Chinese Arms Exports and Aid, James Delton Rhodes

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That Awkward Moment When...: An Explanation of How Britain Made the Modern Arab World Homophobic, Sequareah Sayles

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The Impact of Hosting the Summer Olympic Games on Economic Growth in Developing Countries: A Case Study of the 2008 Beijing Games, K. G. Scott

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Drink, Drank, Drunk: an Analysis of Three Possible Solutions to Urban Residential Potable Water Shortages in China, Holly C. Smith

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Defining the Revolution: A Study of Contemporary China's Sexual Transformation, Zackary L. Whitehead

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Windows Into Changing Worldviews: A Critical Cartographic Analysis of Four Influential World Maps from the 13th to the 21st Century, Elizabeth E. Wicks

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Boss Lady: How Female Chinese Managers Succeed in China's Guanxi System, Charles Palmer Withers

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To be, or not to be-Statehood is the Question: Analyzing the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Leigh Anne Zook

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Liberté, Égalité, Laïcité?: Defining French National Identity, Elizabeth Adair Abbot

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The Success of an Ethnic Political Party: A Case Study of Arab Political Parties in Israel, Samira Abunemeh

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Croatia in the European Union: A Study on Foreign Direct Investment, Unemployment, and Infrastructure, Mary Grace Boland

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The Evolution of a Social Movement: A Study of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo, Grace Anne Boyd

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Uncontrolled Enrollment Expansion: Fragmented Authoritarianism in Chinese Higher Education, William Bumpas

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Investment in the Developing World: Democracy and/or Transparency, John Carter

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How to Win Elections and Influence Parties: Party and Electoral System Development and Manipulation in the Republic of China, James B. Cutchin

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Plátano Power: Understanding the Rise of Dominicans in Major League Baseball, Patrick Fields

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The Trajectory of the Argentine Economy from 2001 to the Present: What Comes Next?, Mary Morgan Gladney

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Nostalgia and the Myth of Old Russia: Russian Emigres in Interwar Paris and their Legacy in Contemporary Russia, Brad Gordon

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What is a Berber?: Characterizations of Imazighen from Britain and Morocco, Byron Head

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Chile Se Moviliza: Protest Movements and Inequality in Post-Dictatorship Chile, Shruti Jaishankar

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The Specter of Franco, Alexandra L. Jones

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The Dólar Blue: The Black Market Exchange Rate for Dollars in Argentina, Brad Brunson Lanier

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Organic Farming in France: À La Mode or A Mode of Life?, Ellen L. Mallette

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Effects of Globalization on the Use of the Mediterranean Diet in Spain, Jacob J. McGee

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The Currency Union Effect on Trade: The Role of Financial Development, Walker Lee Messer

Explaining the Decline in Fertility Rates in Post-War Italy, Susanna Rychlak

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The Effectiveness of Basel II, Rachel Shaw

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A Yen Saved is a Yen Earned: Deconstructing the Japanese Savings Rate, James Smith

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Changes in United States Foreign Assistance Allocation and its Effect on Terrorism, Mary Anna Smith

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New Propaganda: Remnants of Soviet Mass Media in Pro-Kremlin Popular Culture, Sylvia M. Stewart

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Festivals and Revelry: a Study of Identity in the Cantons of Modern Switzerland, Courtney Gayle Taylor

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La Alegría Ya Viene: How Chile's Youth are Reshaping History, Anna Terry

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We Live like the Poor, but We Die like the Rich: Cuban Biomedical Implementation and its Implementation within Ecuador, James Drew Toppin

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North-African Immigration to France: Economic Benefit or Burden?, Adam Weaver

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Ja, Ich Will: Framing the Same-Sex Marriage Debate in the 17th Session of the German Bundestag, Stephen Colby Woods

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Bolivian Public Health Care: Interculturation for Indigenous Rights, Kendra Leigh Wright