Many academic departments at Oberlin have honors programs which provide selected students an opportunity to pursue in-depth research under faculty supervision. Each department establishes its own requirements for the format and deposit of completed projects. In addition to undergraduate honors theses, this collection includes some graduate theses from the periods when Oberlin offered masters degrees, as far back as 1924. Some theses are only available by request.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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General Game Playing as a Bandit-Arms Problem: A Multiagent Monte-Carlo Solution Exploiting Nash Equilibria, Brandon Mathewe Banda

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The Stigmatization of Vaginal Masturbation and Its Effect on Sexual Pleasure, Hannah I. Berk

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The Realness or, Liquid Smoke or, This is What the F••k Boutta Happen, Octavia M. Burgel

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“...Members of One and the Same Mystical Body…” Development of a British Protestant Identity During the Thirty Years War, Shira Cohen

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Agents of Soviet Decline: Mass Media Representations of Prostitution During Perestroika, Emma C. Downing

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The Sound & the Surplus: Speculation as a Radical Mode, Emma B.B. Doyle

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Oberlin's Experimental Hazelnut Orchard: Exploring Woody Agriculture's Potential for Climate Change Mitigation and Food System Resilience, Naomi Fireman

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Native America's Pastime: How Football at an Indian Boarding School Empowered Native American Men and Revitalized their Culture, 1880-1920, David Gaetano

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Delegate Voting at the 1787 Constitutional Convention: The Entanglement of Economic Interests and the Great Compromise, Emily Highkin

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Just Punishment?: The Epistemic and Affective Investments in Carceral Feminism, Tess Joseph

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Can Machine Learning on Economic Data Better Forecast the Unemployment Rate?, Aaron S. Kreiner

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The Molluscan Taphofacies of and Influence of Callianassid Shrimp on a Carbonate Lagoon (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands), Rowan Lee

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A Theory of Democratic Christian Appeals, Andrew MacPhail

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Love and Refusal: Contrasting Dialectical Interpretations and its Implications in the Works of Erich Fromm and Herbert Marcuse, 1941-1969, Cole Mantell

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Public Art in Outdoor Space: How Environmental Art Can Influence Notions of Place, Elsa Mark-Ng

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Dedekind Sums: Properties and Applications to Number Theory and Lattice Point Enumeration, Oliver Meldrum

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Individualism, Privacy, and Poverty in Determining the Best Interests of the Child, Dena Jolie Miller

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Circular Inspirations: Medieval Mediterranean Influence in the Treasury of San Marco, Claire Rasmussen

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A Gas Flow-Through System for Hydrogen Isotopic Separation with Metal-Organic Frameworks, Katharine Harp Rigdon

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Destierro and Desengaño: The Disabled Body in Golden Age Spanish Portraiture, Colin C. Sanborn

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Harrowing the Church: Gregory VII, Manasses of Reims, and the Eleventh-Century Ecclesiastical Revolution in France, John Schechtman-Marko

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Nature of the Crescent: Humans and the Natural World in Genesis 1-11 and Mesopotamian Mythology, Bryton A. Smith

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A Child Could Do That: Communicating Fragmented Memories Outside of Their Context, Rachel Weinstein

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Carceral Camouflage: Inscribing and Obscuring Neoliberal Penality through New York City's Borough-Based Jail Plan, Katie Wilson

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A Thesis is Not a Diary and Other Myths, Erin Irene Wolf

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Initial Coin Offerings: The Role of Subjective Information in Whitepapers, Jiahang Zhang

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Killing Time: Historical Narrative and the Black Death in Western Europe, Kira Zimmerman

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Yangzhou Latin Tombstones: A Christian Mirror of Yuan China Society, Mengtian Bai

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Acute Exercise Effects on Error Processing in Adult ADHD, Mia K. Bates

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Quality Journalism in the Digital Age: Strategies to Adapt and Remain Profitable, Jack Brewster

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"Regularities" and "Irregularities" in Chinese Historical Phonology, Tianrang Bu

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Gettin’ it Right: Rethinking Policy, Revitalizing Schools, and Reforming the Experience for Young Men of Color in Chicago’s Public Schools, Brian Cabral

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I Love Lucy, That Girl, and Changing Gender Norms On and Off Screen, Emilia Anne De Leo

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The Language of Sport: Understanding Chile and Chilenidad through Marathon Races and Fútbol Games, Lilah Drafts-Johnson

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Purifying the Sacred: How Hindu Nationalism Reshapes Environmentalism in Contemporary India, Owen Dunton Ellerkamp

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Haunted by Solitude: Isolation and Communal Representation in Zanele Muholi's Archive, Michelle Marie Fikrig

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Chopin Onscreen: Media Representations of Frederic Chopin, Monika Cecilia Franaszczuk

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This Unleavened Bread: Matzot as an Insight into Iberian History, Culture, and Power Dynamics, Sadie Gelman

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Horror Without End: Narratives of Fear Under Modern Capitalism, Andrés Emil González

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"A Spectacle of Vice": Sex Work and Moralism in the Paris Commune of 1871, Eliza Guinn

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"Overrun All This Country..." Two New Mexican Lives Through the Nineteenth Century, Isabel Hannigan

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Filipino American National Democratic Activism: A Lens to Seek Historical Justice for U.S. Imperialism in the Philippines, Melissa Manlulu Harris

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Madrassas: The Evolution (or Devolution?) of the Islamic Schools in South Asia (1857-Present), Samir Husain

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Generative Processes for Audification, Judith Jackson

Gendering Genitals: Medical Discourse and Provider Education on Intersex Conditions, Tess Jewell

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Simulating Pulsar Signal Scattering in the Interstellar Medium with Two Distinct Scattering Phenomena, Adam P. Jussila

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"Forget-Me-Not": The Politics of Memory, Identity, and Community in Armenian America, Hannah Marijke Kim

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Fatum ad Benedictum: Moscow-Petushki, Homo Sovieticus, Postmodernism and the Fatidic post-Soviet Irony of Venedikt Vasilevich Erofeev, Paul N. Kleiman

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"Crooked" Language: Moroccan Heritage Identity and Belonging on YouTube, Radia Lyna Lahlou

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Sí, me afectó: The Women of Bracero Families in Michoacán, 1942-1964, Eleanor Inez Lindberg

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Patterns in Road Maintenance: An Analysis of San Diego Roads, Kendall Caitlin Alexandra Mahavier

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Mapping Architecture as Archive: Stories in the Walls, Caitlin Anne McCuskey

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The Terror Experts: Discourse, Discipline, and the Production of Terrorist Subjects at a University Research Center, Liam Christopher McLean

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An Environmental and Cost Comparison Between Polypropylene Plastic Drinking Straws and a "Greener" Alternative: An Oberlin Case Study, Madeline Elyse Moran

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Testing the Production of Scintillation Arcs with the Pulsar B1133+16, Stella Koch Ocker

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De pura cepa: Seis cuentos de Puerto Rico, 1548–2017, Rita M. Pérez-Padilla

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Comparing Two Thickened Cycles: A Generalization of Spectral Inequalities, Hannah E. Pieper

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Gender Nonconformity and the Stereotype Content Model, Ari M. Rosenblum

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Women and Children First: American Magazine Image Depictions of Japan and the Japanese, 1951-1960, Alexander Adorjan Somogyi

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'At Least You're Not Neurotypical': Social Barriers to Mental Health at Oberlin College, Charis Justine Stanek

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A Computational Introduction to Elliptic and Hyperelliptic Curve Cryptography, Nicholas Wilcox

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The Flying Tigers: Transnational Memories of a World War II Collaboration, Kaho Yasuda

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Hydrogen Isotope Separation in Metal-Organic Frameworks, Naiyuan Zhang

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Does What You Do Before Class Matter?, Elayne Zhou

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Deconstructing Hypermasculinity: Combatting the War on Black Men, Aliyah Abu-Hazeem

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Average Shortest Path Length in a Novel Small-World Network, Andrea J. Allen

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Negotiating Domestic and International Pressures: France and Germany on Refugees, Aditi Banerjee

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At the Edges of Queer: Navigating Ambiguity in Identity, Community, and Politics, Madeline McCray Batzli

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Atheists are Visualized as Untrustworthy, Maria C. Bertrand

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Interrogating The "And": A Study of Environmentalism and Disability, Melissa Cabat

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Regulatory Uncertainty and the Natural Gas Industry in the US, Jasper W. Clarkberg

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Finding Music’s Words: Moses und Aron and Viennese Jewish Modernism, Maurice E. Cohn

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"The Fountain Pen and the Typewriter": The Rise of the Homophile Press in the 1950s and 1960s, Elizabeth A. Coretto

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Thomas Paine's (Un)Common Sense and the Politics of Radical Disagreement, Jordan P. Ecker

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U.S. Democratization Efforts in Haiti and Iraq: Implications for Future Policy Makers, Emma R. Eisenberg

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Multilevel Governance in Sea Level Rise Adaptation: An Analysis of U.S. Cities, Emma Eisendrath

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Songs of Change: How Music Helped Spark the Arab Spring Revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, Brendan Thabo Eprile

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Rethinking Redevelopment: Neoliberalism, New Urbanism and Sustainable Urban Design in Cleveland, Ohio, Julian Andrew Escudero Geltman

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Pretrial Attitudes and Their Influence on Interpretation of Case Evidence and Mock Juror Decision-Making in Insanity Defense Cases, Justine M.L. Gonzales

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Towards a Relative-Pitch Neural Network System for Chorale Composition and Harmonization, Samuel P. Goree

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Glaciovolcanic Megapillows of Undirhliðar, Reykjanes Peninsula, Southwestern Iceland, Rachel Heineman

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Digital Morphologies: Environmentally-Influenced Generative Forms, Sage Jenson

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Social Movement Unionism: Through Teachers Unions' Mobilization in Opposition to Corporate Education Reform, Peter McNeel LaFreniere

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From the Circle to the Square: Symmetry and Degeneracy in Quantum Mechanics, Dahyeon Lee

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Official Rebrand and the Importance of Queer Adornment, MI Leggett

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Dealing with the Digital: Literary Media, Mediated Narratives, and Sketchy Politics, Amanda A. Leopold

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Old Fields and New Fields: Ceramics and the Expanded Field of Sculpture, Robert J. Lewis-Nash

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Artin Presentations and Closed 4-Manifolds, Jun Li

"This is DC, RIAlized:" Brookland Manor as a Site of Rebranding from Above and Resistance from Below, Clara Lincoln

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E-Cigarette Use among Individuals Diagnosed with an Eating Disorder, Alexa Mary L'Insalata

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I Am the Luchadora: Countering Exotification through Printed Installation, Margaret Landa Middleton

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A Brisk Tour of (Enriched) Category Theory, David Jaz Myers

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Remaking "Public" Space: Neoliberal Spatial Management and the Criminalization of Homelessness in San Francisco's Union Square, Sophie Newman

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Vegetarianism In Historical and Contemporary China: Tracking Transitions In Discourse Through Rhetorical Idioms of Entitlement and Endangerment, Brendan Nuse

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Experimental Biomechanics of Trinucleid Fringe Pits (Trilobita), Kirk Pearson

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Codeswitching in Hiaki Conversational Discourse: An Evaluation of Myers-Scotton's Matrix Language Frame Model, Sofia Gottlieb Pierson

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Does Training Enhance Entraining? Musical Ability and Neural Signatures of Beat Perception, Kira Pinard-Welyczko

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“Head Start Works,” But Why? Understanding the Persistence of an American Welfare Program, Leah Rich-Awkward

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Sound and Silence in the Forge: Work, Space, and Communication in Early Cistercian Monasticism, Jacob Bradley Roosa

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Fearless Foreign Women: Exploring Tamar and Ruth as Characters Within a Post-Exilic Debate on Intermarriage, Rachel Saks