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 2015

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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

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Recycling Behavior in Germany in the Early 1990s: Person-Level and Contextual Determinants of Recycling, Jacqueline Grace Boyce

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Containing The Dragon: The Rise of Chinese Military Power and its Effect on US Foreign Policy, Robert William Eberhart

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Human Rights In Transit: Nationality, Anti-Haitianism, and the Reactionary State in the Dominican Republic, Ryan Keith Ezelle

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Theorizing Factors Influencing Missile Transfers: A Case Study if Sino-Iranian Missile Transfers and Implications for Regional Security, Paul Alexander Kynerd

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Attitudes Towards Homosexuality in China, Mallory Elaine Lee

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Millions of Owners, not Hundreds of Millionaires: An Analysis of the Middle Class as a Requisite Condition for Democracy in Contemporary Russia, Isaac Alan Lichlyter

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Divided We Stand? The Effects of Identity Crisis on Democratic Institutionalization in Ukraine, Rebecca Elizabeth Pocase

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Language Revitalization and Maintenance of Indigenous Languages in Chile, Blake Everett Pruett

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When Cultures Collide: A Comparative Study of the Culinary Cultures of Uruguay and the Lebanese Community in the Mississippi Delta, Claire Nicola Reid

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Mixed Record: Water Privatization in Latin America, Brianna Nicole Van Stekelenburg

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The Effect of the Economic Crisis of 2008 on the Basque and Catalan Nationalist Movements in Spain, Anastasia Artiom Varenita

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Resolving The Structural Paradox of Retail Transnational Corporations: A Case Study of Walmart in Latin America, Arlissa Nicole Whisenant

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Oil Wells and Well-Oiled Guns: The Resource Curse and Government-Directed Violence During the Arab Spring Uprisings, Vihara Anjalee Dharmaratne

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Intellectual Property and Culture: Differences and Origins, Evan James Extine

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Correlating Taxation And Income Inequality: An Interregional Study, Shantala Fabiola Weiss

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Disputed Sovereignty in the South Atlantic: A History of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and the Evolution of the Argentine and British Claims, Austin Bruce Alexander

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Ecophilosophies and Environmental Perspectives in the Amazon Rainforest: Conservation through Sustainable Use Projects, Scarlett Ashlen Andrews

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The Development of Renewable Energy Policy in the European Union: The Cases of Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Michael Impey Aubrey

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Have You Put On Weight? A Study on the Effects of Certain Factors on the Increased Presence of Eating Disorders in Modern Chinese Women, Kelli Michele Beard

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Papy Boom and Public Pensions: Achieving Fiscal Sustainability and Intergenerational Solidarity within the French Public Pension System, Emilie Anne Dayan

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The Recent Trend of Mass Killing: What Causes Civil Wars to Escalate to Using Genocide, Brenna Danielle Depies

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The Urbanization fo Chinese Citizenship: A Case Study of Shanghai and Suzhou, Ryan James Parsons

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Fundamental Humanitarian Principles in Aid Organizations: Impartiality and Neutrality in the Great Lakes Refugee Crisis, Maggie Elizabeth Savely

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Bridge over the River Kawaii: Examining the Consumption of Anime and Manga in the United States, Luke Daniel Schwalm

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The Effects of Economic Integration on Poverty Reduction: The Case of MERCOSUR, Sarah Emily Shaw

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De Mal en Peor: The Framing of Felipe Calderón’s “War on Drugs” in the United States and Mexican Print Media, Peyton Britt Smith

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Confucianism and the Modern East Asian, Paul Jennings Treutel

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Water, water everywhere: An Analysis of the Effectiveness of World Bank's and UNICEF's Efforts to Provide Access to Clean Water in Nigeria, Jessica-Phillips Tyson

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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The Dilemma of the Small State: Written Rules vs. Traditional Power in Mercosur, Amy Laura Goodwin

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“¡Que se vayan todos!” :Opportunity Structures, Social Movement Mobilization, and the Argentine Piquetero Movement, Daniel Palmer Hester

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Turkey and the European Union: Why Europe Doesn't Want a Taste of Turkey, Ann Kirkpatrick Jacobs

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The Motivational Forces Behind China's Foreign Policy in Africa: A Historical Comparison Between the 1960s and Today, Tatiana Claire Sarasin

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China's Role in the Darfur Crisis: An Inquiry into Global Ethics, Katie Malone Swain

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Capturing the Banner of Batlissmo: The Frente Amplio and the End of Uruguay's Two-Party System, Kelly Ann Usher

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The Olympics as a Catalyst for Chinese Environmental Regulation: A Theory with Three Case Studies from Beijing, Alecia Anne Waite

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Change in the European Court of Human Rights: Accession of Eastern and Central European Member States, Rachel Morgan West

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Power Play: How Grassroots Democracy has Affected Rural Chinese and the Chinese Communist Party, McDaniel Drake Wicker

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Institutionalized Islam: A Study of the Union des organisations islamiques de France, Andrus Gareth Ashoo

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Russians at Work: Past and Present of the Russian Mentality toward Work, Dustin Cody Bankston

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Left against Left in Brazil: Party Rivalry, National Politics, and Ideological Change, Marcos de Moraes Cerdeira

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Pink Wave or Red Threat? Bolivia's and Venezuela's Hydrocarbons Policies in Perspective, Patrick Hunter Dogan

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The Euro Effect: Is the Euro the Cause of Italy's Woes and Spain's Successes?, Robert Charlton Duke

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Military Reforms with Chinese Characteristics: Informal Decentralization in the Chinese Government and Its Effect on Party-Military Relations, Daniel John Hedglin

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Historical Memory and Muslim Identity in Andalusia, Sarah Lynn Karp

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Finding Space for Autonomy: Chiapas, the EZLN, and the Dynamics of the Indigenous Communities, Thomas Joseph Koger

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Going Places: The Shift of the Textile Industry to China, Vaughan Abbay Leatherman

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The Hartz Commission vs. the Alliance for Jobs: A Study in German Labor Market Reform, Robert Russell Lynch

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Sustainable Development in the Atacama Desert? Community and the Copper Mining Industry in Northern Chile, Livia Christina Macias

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The Perils of Privatizing Water: The Case of Buenos Aires in Comparative Perspective, Joshua Lee Norris

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The Politics of Memory: A Study of the Formation and Influence of Public Memory of the Military Regime in Argentina, Alexandra Azema Rodriguez

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At the Roots of Faith: A Comparative Analysis of the History and Appeal of Buddhism and Christianity in Comtemporary China, Megan Christine Rogers

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The Use of Presidential Decrees in New Democracies: A Study of Argentina and Chile, Lindsey Michelle Stringer

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A Study of Race Policy in Fidel Castro's Cuba, Lee Andrew Taggart

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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The Limits of Laïcité: Islam and the Headscarf Issue in France, Lindsay Blaire Beeman

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Elusive Peace: A Comparative Analysis of Civil Wars and Conflict Resolution in El Salvador and Colombia, Jessica Bryant

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The Post-Cold War Security Dialogue, Melanie Collins

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An Initial Evaluation of Select Social Welfare Programs Instated by Hugo Chavez, Maria Catarina Gutierrez