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 2009

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An Analysis of Education Subsidy in the presence of Fertility Decisions, Human Capital Accumulation, and Spillovers, Woan Foong Wong

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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College Orientation for the First-Year and Transfer Student Populations: How Can the Needs of Both Groups Be Simultaneously Met During Orientation and Beyond?, Jamie Fay Caplan

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Cost Benefit Analysis of Wind Turbine Investment in Oberlin, Ohio, Saul Domingo Flores

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Assessment of Four Years of Marsh Restoration at the Jones Farm Experimental Restoration Facility in Northeast Ohio: Water Quality, Plant Community Development, and Adaptive Management, Jake J. Grossman

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The Impact of Colleges on House Prices in Ohio, Graham Mathieu Johnson

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An Eelnet Made for the Eel Fighting: Layers of Obscurity and the Continuous Present in the Space of Robert Lowell's Poetry, Alena Jones

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Jack Spicer and the Phenomenology of Meaning, Benjamin J. Kossak

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“Yo Soy Joaquín Murrieta”: Los múltiples rostros de Joaquín a través del espacio y el tiempo = "I am Joaquín Murrieta": The many faces of Joaquín across space and time, Francesca Minonne

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An Infinity of Questions: Dramatizing Science on Stage, Emily Miranker

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A Defense of Frank Jackson's Two-Dimensional Analysis of the Necessary A Posteriori from Scott Soames' Anti-Two-Dimensionalist Attacks, Brendan Scott Morris

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Anti-Semitism and the Early Printing Press: A Study of the Effect of the Printing Press on Jewish Expulsions in Germany, 1450-1520, Amy O'Callaghan

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The Effect of Teach for America Teachers Outside Their Classrooms, Sarah Prenovitz

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Connectedness to Nature and Electricity Consumption: An Interdisciplinary Study of Behavior and Emotional Response to Nature in the Union Street Housing Complex, Jenna Trostle

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Learning to Eat Appreciatively and Thoughtfully (EAT): Connecting with Food through School Gardens, Lina A. Yamashita

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Historias Nacionales ... or, Nation, Narration, and the End of the World in the Works of Jorge Luis Borges, Hannah Alpert-Abrams

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Income Inequality and the Probability of Violent Revolt, Noah Cecil

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Premium Risk and Healthcare Policy, Matthew Coffina

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George Frederick Wright and the Harmony of Science and Revelation, Peter Sachs Collopy

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Tradition, Modernization and Public Health Policy: Combating HIV/AIDS in Senegal, Hannah Godlove

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Improving Pulsar Timing through Interstellar Scatter Correction, Daniel Hemberger

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On the Relation Between Pay and Performance: Presidents of Liberal Arts Colleges, Imran Lalani

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Emancipation in the West Indies: Thome and Kimball's Interpretation and the Shift in American Antislavery Discourse, 1834-1840, Benjamin David Weber

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Man Thinking about Nature: The Evolution of the Poet's Form and Function in the Journal of Henry David Thoreau 1837-1852, SH Bagley

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The Rastafari as a Modern Day Pariah Group in Jamaica, Alexandra M. Bartolf

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Low-Temperature Infrared Spectroscopy of H2 in Solid C60, Hugh O.H. Churchill

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Taphonomic and Sedimentologic Study of the Cretaceous Tepee Buttes Limestone, Hilary G. Close

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Making Space: Sacred, Public and Private Property in American National Parks, Adina Langer

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The Gods Within: Checkhov, Lorca, and the Internalization of Tragic Fate, Gabriela A. Nirenburg

Petrographic Investigation of the Anomalous Age of a Precambrian Tuff in the Nauga Formation of South Africa, Maxwell Rudolph

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"Life into Dry Bones": Emergence of the Female Artist and Community Integration in L.M. Montgomery's Novels of Development, Laurie Elizabeth Stein

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Activist Anthropology: An Ethnography of Asian American Student Activism at Oberlin College, Ashley R. Suarez

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Hidden Meanings: A Search for the Historical Worldview in the Oberlin College Ethnographic Collection Organizational Systems, Erin Evangeline Allen

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Polar Measurements of Mesospheric CO, Susannah Burrows

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Small-Scale Biodiesel Production: A Feasibility Study, Isabel Call

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A More Porous Postmodernity: Absurdity, Politics, Consumerism and the Cultural Authority of Spongebob Squarepants, Annie Gaus

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Production Cost Structure and Commercial Success in the New Film Industry, Daniel Hatkoff

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Nonlinear Optics and an Experimental Test of Bell’s Inequality, Michael Herbst

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Does the Type of Legal Representation Affect Sentencing Outcomes?, Lawren Elaine Hill

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The Mistakes of the Infallible: The Internal Conflict of Eastern European Communist Intellectuals, Monica M. Lee

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Reading and Teaching Third World Women's Literature in the First World: Colonialism and Feminism in Crick Crack, Monkey and Nervous Conditions, Elvie Miller

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What's Really in Alaska?, Renata Perri Silberblatt

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The Quantum Dynamics of H2 in a C60 Lattice, Christie Simmons

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Post Merger Performances in Japan, Mami Suzuki

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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A Test of Bell’s Inequality for the Undergraduate Laboratory, Burton A. Betchart

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Epibiont Guilds as Paleoecological Tools in Environmental Analysis: An Example From Modern and Ordovician Shell Substrates, Stacy M. Boore

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In Need of Nature's Nourishment, Anna Gardner-Andrews

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Probing the Interstellar Medium on AU Size Scales Using Pulsar Scintillation, Alexander S. Hill

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Microstructures and Deformation in Some Fault Rocks From The McConnell Thrust at Mount Yamnuska (Alberta): Implications for Fluid Flow and Faulting and Cycles of Strain-Hardening and Softening, Lowell Miyagi

Theses/Dissertations from 2003

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The Effects of Regulatory Threats and Strategic Bargaining on Firms' Voluntary Participation in Pollution Reduction Programs, Claire M. Jahns

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Dramatic Relocation: The Time and Place for Shakespeare on Film, Lydia Lunning

Strontium Variations in a Speleothem from Crevice Cave, Missouri: Potential for High Resolution Paleoclimate Reconstruction, Jessica Oster

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Yoga 'Holistic' Exercise in Ohio, Theresa Schmidt

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"Stuff You Really Want to Read:" Pleasure and Negotiation in Teen Magazine Reading, Margaret E. Troyer

Theses/Dissertations from 2002

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Rural Whiteness, Realizing Race: White Race Identity in Rural Northwestern Pennsylvania: A Critical Review, Gloria Adams

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The Roma of Eastern Europe in Transition: Historical Marginalization, Misrepresentation, and Political Ethnogenesis, Michael Bobick

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Do Exchange Rate Regimes Affect Countries' Economic Growth and Inflation?, Yen Shern Chew

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All Hands Withdrawn: Touch and the Failure of Intimacy in A Passage to India and The Pisan Cantos, Douglas Diesenhaus

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Marital Happiness and Family Economics, Bryan Eldon Engelhardt

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Word is Born: Critical Gaps and the Poetics of Hip-Hop, Kabir Hamid

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Inheriting a Jewish Consciousness: Reading with a Sense of Urgency in George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, Joshua Mason

Textural Characterization of Microlites in Rhyolitic Obsidian: Implications for Crystallization, Eruptive Time Scales, and Degassing in the Inyo Volcanic Chain, Eastern California, Celestine N. Mercer

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Impact Spherules From Western Australia: A Textural Analysis of Really Old Tiny Rocks, Dawn C.S. Ruth

The Role of Biological Processes in Modem Microbialite Morphogenesis: A Field and Experimental Approach to the Stromatolitic/Thrombolitic Subtidal Mounds near Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas, Rebekah N. Shepard

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

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A Moment of Transcendence: Encountering Each Other In and Beyond the Fiction of Raymond Carver, Amy Lynn Leo

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Shaping the Thin Blue Line: American Police Reform from the London Model to Community Policing, Philip Rosenbloom

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Canons, Culture Wars and History: A Case Study of Canonicity Through the Lens of The Blithedale Romance, Daniel L. Shiffner

Theses/Dissertations from 2000

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A Narrative Epistemology of Sacred Frame Constructedness and Deconstruction: Exploratory Analyses of Ways of Knowing Sacred Interpretation and Understanding Through Context, Symbol/Concept, and Role, Joshua M. Aerie

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Phylogenetic Inference and Neanderthal Mitochondrial DNA: Comparison of Parsimony and Distance Models, Menahem Baguio Doura

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Asset Price Inflation- Theory, History, and an Alternative Model, Christian Fitchett

Deformational Styles of Transpression: Three Areas Along the Southern San Andreas Fault, Luke Jensen

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Metametascience Towards Reconciliation, John P. Kennedy

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Disarticulation and Dissolution of Crab Remains Across a Depth Gradient in the Bahamas: A Taphonomic Study, Rebecca A. Lincoln

The Microstratigraphy of the Meadville Member of Lodi, Northeastern Ohio: A Lithofacies Analysis, Andrew S. Madof

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Bad-Boy Bryozoan Biomarkers: Cheilostome Distribution Patterns Along a Bahamian Depth Gradient, Christopher J. Nytch

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Gendering Bodies in Preschool: The Importance of the Interconnectedness of Race, Class, and Gender, Abigail D. Paine

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The US School Breakfast Program: Short- and Long-Term Academic Effects, Chris Rohlfs

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Time-Variant Institutions: Implications for European Unemployment, Nathaniel Stankard

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Brownfield Redevelopment and Effects on Community: A Study of the Collinwood Neighborhood in Cleveland Ohio, Mike Wallerstein

Theses/Dissertations from 1999

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Environmental Clean-Up and Property Price Change, Emily Aronow

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Hold Your Tongue: Language, Culture, and the Power of Teacher Bias in the ESL and Bilingual Classroom, Maria E. Barajas

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Bridger Formation Sandstones Used as an Indication of Tectonics in the Green River Basin and Western Wyoming, Lisa S. Novins

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An Analysis of the Traveler's Dilemma with Experimental Evidence, Eduard A. Pelz

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Perceptions of Income Inequality: An Exploratory Study, Susanna Henighan Potter

A Comparative Study of Microstructures and Rheology From Two Thrust Fault Settings, Matthew Strine

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Olivine Petrofabric Analysis from the Leka Ophiolite Complex, Sarah J. Titus

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Looking Through a Lens: A Viewer's Story about Love and the Movies, Jennifer Waldo

Theses/Dissertations from 1998

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Human Cesspools by Design?: The Inherent Contradiction in Public Housing, Melissa Calivis Green

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The Place of the Answering Machine in Institutional Interaction, Julia Neikirk

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Household Saving Behavior and the Real Interest Rate: An Empirical Study, Harsha Thirumurthy

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The Petrography of the Buck Creek Dunite Body, Clay County, NC: Implications about its Origin and Emplacement, Trista L. Thornberry

Theses/Dissertations from 1997

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Status Attainment Among Children of Single Mothers: The Roles of Parenting and Economics, Sarah Barfels

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Amazight Identity in the Post Colonial Moroccan State: A Case Study in Ethnicity, Morag E. Boyd

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Mother Ireland: Women, the State and the Abortion Referendum in the Republic of Ireland, Jennifer K. DeWan

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Science Fiction: Rhetoric, Authenticity, Textuality and the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Jeremiah Dyehouse

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The 'Schizoid' Nature of Modern Hebrew Linguistics: A Contact Language in Search of a Genetic Past, Devon L. Strolovitch

Theses/Dissertations from 1996

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Urban Squatting: An Adaptive Response to the Housing Crisis, Rimma Ashkinadze

Petrography and Sedimentology of the Nauga Tuffs, Campbellrand Subgroup, Griqualand West, South Africa: Implications for Magma Composition, Volcanism, Depositional Mechanisms and Setting, Darian Davies

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No Longer Children, Not Yet Adults: Adolescence in the Fiction of L.M. Montgomery, Cathlin M. Davis

Paleoenvironmental Interpretation of the Messinian Kalavasos Formation, Kato Moni, Cyprus, Allison L. Dunn

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"Nyatiti is my people": Music and the Reconstruction of Culture Among the Luo of Western Kenya, Ian Eagleson