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 2016

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An Investigation of AMS in Oman Ophiolite Gabbros, Sarah D. Trutner

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Storytelling, Community and Dialogue: The Making of And Yet We'll Speak at Grafton Reintegration Center, Lillian W. White

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A Comparative Analysis of an Interior-point Method and a Sequential Quadratic Programming Method for the Markowitz Portfolio Management Problem, Zhifu Xiao

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Selfish Routing on Dynamic Flows, Christine Marie Antonsen

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The Tomb of Ny-ankh-nesut: A Contextualized Study of Looted Fragments, William L. Austin

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Chaos and Learning in Discrete-Time Neural Networks, Jess M. Banks

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Performance and Resilience: Performance, Storytelling, and Resilience Building in Post-Katrina New Orleans, Sophia Colette Becker

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Taking Up Space: Community Formation Among Non-Urban LGBTQ Youth, Madison Bishop

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The Electoral Influence of Teachers’ Unions on Democratic Education Policy Priorities, Molly Ziek Brand

Gendercomic, Anne H. Buckwalter

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Healing and Belonging: Community Based Art and Community Formation in West Oakland, Pablo Miguel Cerdera

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“The Whole Vexed Question”: Seamus Heaney, Old English and Language Troubles, Una A. Creedon-Carey

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Living in an (Im)material World: Consuming Exhausted Narratives in New Grub Street, Emma C. Eisenberg

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Into the Fray: Norman Jacobson, the Free Speech Movement and the Clash of Commitments, Kai Gardner

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The Complicated Relationship Between Music and Foreign Language Learning: Nuanced Conditions Required for Cognitive Benefits Due to Music, Talia Greenberg

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The Chicago Women's Liberation Union: White Socialist Feminism and Women's Health Organizing in the 1970s, Lara Griffin

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La Guerra Civil Española en la memoria histórica: Una conversación continua con el pasado, Jordan C. Hensley

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Rethinking the Ill Body in Phallocentric Western Culture: A Critical Engagement with Luce Irigaray, Sarah E. Kahn

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Can Bình Speak?: Marginalization, Subversion, and Representation of the Subaltern in Monique Truong’s The Book of Salt, Joanne Eun Jung Lee

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Pillars and Buttes: A Petrologic Comparison of Modern and Ancient Hydrocarbon Seep Rock, Erica C. Morelli

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The Effects of Foreign Language Acquisition on Wages for US College Graduates, Christopher Nguyen

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Partnerships and Mandates: Power Relations Between Donor and Recipient Organizations Promoting Gender Equality in Nicaragua, Alyssa Katherine Phelps

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Misreading the River: Heraclitean Hope in Postmodern Texts, Nancy Lee Roane

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Arrow: A Modern Reversible Programming Language, Eli Rose

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A Trickster in Disguise: Reading a New Type of Satan in 2 Corinthians, Miranda Julia Rutherford

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The Impact of the State Children's Health Insurance Program on Educational Outcomes in the United States: A Two-Fold Analysis, Olivia Simuoli

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Reconstructing Seville: Translating Eduardo del Campo’s Capital Sur, Hannah Lynn Varadi

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“La storia mia è breve”: reading Puccini’s La Bohème beyond the obvious, Parkorn Wangpaiboonkit

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Effect of Water Levels and Beach Availability on Waterfront Homes, Benjamin Towson Whitener

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Science and Medicine in Liudmila Ulitskaia’s Kazus Kukotskogo, William D. Wise

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Tropical Linear Algebra: Notions of Rank Over the Tropical Semiring, William D. Wise

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Minds, Bodies, and Political Selves: Embodying Pro-Choice Activism, Samantha Leah Aisen

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An Arbitrary Death? Capital Punishment and the Supreme Court, Truman Braslaw

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The Mechanical Aspirations of Written Things in Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Maxwell Harrison Cohn

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Anomie: Concept, Theory, Research Promise, Max Coleman

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La influencia de Don Quijote en la música clásica europea 1605-1935, Julia Connor

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Hegemonic Masculinity and Misconceptions of Gender and Mental Health in Violent Criminality, Mina Dailami

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The Accessibility of a Classical Music Education to Youth in the United States, Josie Davis

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How Unusual is Tropical Storm Irene? A Case Study of Storm Deposition in Littleville Lake, Huntington, MA, Catherine Dunn

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CELEBRATING EXTINCTION? The Disconnect Between Reality and Media Representation of Bluefin Tuna in Japan, Gene Fukui

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"The Nurceryes for Church and Common-wealth": A Reconstruction of Childhood, Children, and the Family in Seventeenth-Century Puritan New England, William C. Gautier

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Full of Hot Air: Heat Flow at the Medicine Lake Volcano Hot Spot, Modoc County, California, Katrina D. Gelwick

The Rise and Fall of Social Problems: Alcohol and Tobacco in Oberlin, Jung Han Guel

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Without Closets: A Queer and Feminist Re-Imagining of Narratives of Queer Experience, Julia Golda Harris

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On the Genealogy of Obscenity: Naked Lunch and The Death of Obscene Literature, Luke Harrison

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Polarization Analyzed Small Angle Neutron Scattering of Ferrite Nanoparticles, Kathryn Hasz

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Hearing Beyond the Veil: Benjy Compson and the Acousmatic Experience, Adam Hirsch

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Low-Temperature Deformation of Mixed Siliciclastic & Carbonate Fault Rocks of the Copper Creek, Hunter Valley, and McConnell Thrusts, Jack R. Hoehn

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Eclogites and eclogites: Oxygen isotope evidence of a shared subduction origin for Franciscan eclogites and Moses Rock eclogite xenoliths, William F. Hoover

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Traversing the Desolate Terrain: Creative Experimentation within Union Strategy, Johnnie Kallas

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Planning Against Planning: Friedrich Hayek's Utopian Vision of The Good Society, Nicholas Kuipers

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The one place we're trying to get to is just where we can't get: algebraic speciality and gravito-electromagnetism in Bianchi type IX, Benjamin Kurt Lemberger

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Anxious Seas: Reading Affect in Dazai and Murdoch, Joseph B. Lubitz

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Overtone Spectroscopy of Hydrogen in MOF-5, Jocienne N. Nelson

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Aloha, Marriage Equality: Unsettling Gay Constructions of Paradise, Cuyler Otsuka

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Ecotheology and the Parables of Jesus: Creative Re-readings of Parables In Light of the Environmental Crisis, Anita L. Peebles

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Inverted Linear Halbach Array for Separation of Magnetic Nanoparticles, Chetan Poudel

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The Effect of Rainfall and Post-revolutionary Land-use Changes on Sediment Yield in Weixi Basin, Yunnan, China : New insights from multi-temporal land-use classification and radionuclide analyses, Yue Qiu

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Meaningful Play: Exploring the Possibilities of the Novel in Don DeLillo's White Noise, Steven Quam

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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A Swarm of Salesmen: Algorithmic Approaches to Multiagent Modeling, Alexandre Amlie-Wolf

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Medicaid and Education: The Impact of Medicaid Coverage on Children's Educational Trajectory, Melissa Atlas

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Manhattan Transference: Reader Itineraries in Modernist New York, Sophia Bamert

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Relating Plant Spatial Pattern, Plant Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Function to Management Practices in Experimental Restored Wetlands, Erika C. Brandt

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Sovereignty and Exceptionalism: The Case of Israel/Palestine, Aaron Braun

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Virtue of Attunement: Contributions of Yuasa Yasuo's Embodied Self-Cultivation Practices to Ted Toadvine's Ecophenomenology of Difference, Pailyn Brown

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Unresolved Debates Over Memory and History: La Nación and the Evolving Portrayals of the Last Dictatorship in Argentina, Alexis Burdick-Will

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Amateurism and Professionalism in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Vlad A. Bursuc

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An Evaluation of Mergers in the U.S. Petroleum Industry, Matthew D. Capozzi

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More Than Duffle Bag Medicine: An Ethnographic Analysis of a Student Movement for Global Health, Julie A. Christensen

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Controlling Factors on Bedrock River Sinuosity in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau, Lydia Curliss

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Translating Chris Ware's Lint into Russian, Matthew Davis

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Two-Coloring Cycles In Complete Graphs, Claire Djang

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Posibilidades de la abstracción: la obsesión y la traducción en los cuentos de Julio Cortázar, Caitlin Dougherty

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Reconsidering the Puebloan Languages in a Southwestern Areal Context, Michael Sklar Everdell

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Payment Schemes and Moral Hazard, James Foust

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TARP: Indication of a Potential Target? Evaluating Market to Book Ratios and Their Relationship to TARP, Oscar Garcia

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The Content of Thought Experiments and Philosophical Context, Kevin G. Gilfether

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The Performance and Perception of Social Identities in Country-Rap Music, Rachel Grandstrand

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The Effects of Federal Reserve Liquidity Facilities On Inter-Bank Borrowing Rates, Isaac Green

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Dubbin' the Literary Canon: Writin' and Soundin' A Transnational Caribbean Experience, Warren Harding

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Drug Markets and the State: A Perspective from Political Economy, Jake M. Kosinski

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Private Corrections, Public Implications: The Local Economic Effects of Private Prisons, Charlotte Landes

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Strict Photo ID, Voter Turnout, and Race, Thomas La Voy

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Una cárcel de cultura: secuelas de la dictadura chilena en un centro de arte comunitario, Sofia LeBlanc

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A Study of Renewable Portfolio Standards and Renewable Energy Certificate Prices in Five Northeastern States, Yazhou Li

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A Poetics of Complicity: Translating Luis García Montero, Alice McAdams

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An Investigation into Crowd Out Phenomenon in Local Churches: Combining Experimental and Survey Methodology, Matthew Moench

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Parallel Pillars: How International Relations Theory Can Explicate and Rebalance the Three Pillars of the Responsibility to Protect, Lauren Muscott

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Intersection Number of Plane Curves, Margaret E. Nichols

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Building the Post-industrial Community: New Urbanist Development in Pittsburgh, PA, Steven Alexander Niedbala

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Renegotiating a Beheading: Literary Opposition to Varna Hierarchy in Shambuka's Story, Thomas Ahlers Nunan

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The School and Society: Secondary School Social Studies Education from 1945-1970, Kevin John Owens

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The Presence of the Past in Three Guatemalan Classrooms: The Role of Teachers in a Post-Conflict Society, Margaret Paulin

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The Jormungand Climate Model, Christopher V. Rackauckas

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Activating Community to Enable Residential Energy Efficiency, David Roswell

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Doppler-Free Saturated Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Lithium Using a Stabilized Frequency Comb, Michael E. Rowan

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Hybrid Rhythms, Antithetical Echoes, and Autopoiesis: Intersections Between Sound, Self, and Nation in the Poetry of Yeats, Connor Stratton

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Post-Learning Activities and Memory Consolidation: the Effect of Physical and Cognitive Activities on Memory Consolidation, Yue Tang

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Unfree Labor and American Capitalism: From Slavery to the Neoliberal-Penal State, David Tisel

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Thermobarometric Modeling of the Catalina Amphibolite Unit: Implications for Tectonic and Metasomatic Models, Henry W. Towbin