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 1996

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Crossed Wires, Noisy Signals: Language, Identity, and Resistance in Caribbean Literature, Barry Eidlin

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Foreign Direct Investment in Eastern Europe: Applying Traditional Models of FDI to the Transitional Countries of Eastern Europe, Jonathan Austin Kerr

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Viability of Traditional Banking Services: Evidence from the Regional Level U.S. Banking Industry, Sofia Xinchen Lou

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Meat and Potatoes: Recipes for a Range of Egalitarianism in Three Hunter-Gatherer Societies, Amy Vlassia Margaris

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Deep R-Band Surface Photometry of NGC891, Eric Miller

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Feminist Social Research: Epistemological and Methodological Implications, Molly Moloney

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An Analysis of Foreign Direct Investment and Portfolio Investment Into Developing Countries, Sunaina Kilachand Patel

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"Yes, friends, these clouds...Are...stage machinery": An Exploration of Subject in John Ashbery, Shauna Sutherland

Theses/Dissertations from 1995

Taphonomy of Holocene and Pliocene Molluscan Assemblages in Bahia Concepcion and the Loreto Basin, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Christina Empedocles

Molluscan Assemblages of Bahia Concepcion: Holocene Analogs to Pliocene Marine Rift Basin Faunas of Baja California, Mexico, Chris Gustafson

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Financial Intermediation and Growth in Developing Countries, Asim Husain

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Relating to the Rood, Christopher C. LeCluyse

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Estimating the Demand Structure of Housing Characteristics: A Nonparametric Approach, Christopher Ngai

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Modern Marine Sediments of Bahia Concepcion: Patterns, Processes, and Potential Analogues to Neogene Rift Basin Deposits of Baja California, Timothy William Reardon

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Exchange Rates and the Trade Balance in Argentina and Peru: Is There a J-curve?, Steven C. Trost

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Scarlett's Sisters: The Privileged Negotiations of Plantation Women, Nancy Weissman-Galler

Theses/Dissertations from 1994

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The Association Between Racial Group and Levels of Conservatism Concerning Attitudes Toward Women, Julie Chambers

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Faith and Banishment: The Artistic Credo of Katherine Anne Porter, Paul Richard Jaskunas

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State Anti-Smoking Legislation and the Demand for Cigarettes, Jean McIntire

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Rape Law Reform's Limits, Beth Ann Richman

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Flow and Fantasy: An Exploration of Role-Playing Games, Andrew Roy

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Kendal at Oberlin: An Examination of Desires, Expectations, and Concerns of Residents and Management and Staff in the Formation and Development of a New Continuing Care Retirement Community, Megan A. Schulte

Theses/Dissertations from 1993

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Using Fourier Transform Analysis to Extract Information From the Shapes of Folded Layers, Thomas Billiard

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Capital Flight and Exchange Restrictions, Kazi Zhain S. Hasan

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Foreign Debt Rescheduling and Private Investment in LDCs, Zeeshan Hasan

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"As If I Could Do Anything Except Just Sit and Stare": A Gaze of a Viewer/Reader in Psycho and To The Lighthouse, Stephanie Hunt Hegstad

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Social and Political Discourse in America: The Civil Republican Revival in American Legal Theory and the Critical Theory of Jurgen Habermas, Daniel Hope

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The American Public Library Building: A Social History and Feminist Critique, Shirley J. Lincicum

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Factors Effecting Bangladesh Jute Prices, Naeem Mohaiemen

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Classifying Gilbert and Sullivan, Joshua Rutsky

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Spaces Between: Towards Depolarized Readings of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Bethany Suzanne Schneider

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Say What I Mean: Metaphor and the Exeter Book Riddles, Sarah L. Thomson

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Testing for Speculative Bubbles in Foreign Exchange Markets, Akila Weerapana

Shell Concentrations and Their Genesis: Case Studies in the Middle Devonian of Ohio and the Lower Pliocene of Baja California Sur, John Warren Williams

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Resistance and the Possibility of Freedom: Foucault, Merleau-Ponty and Subjectivity in Tension, Joshua Ziady

Theses/Dissertations from 1992

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Preference Reversal and the Independence Axiom, Dan Adelman

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"Nobody Said Anything" Issues of Communication in the Short Stories of Raymond Carver, Darren Bosch

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The Evolution of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics at Oberlin College, Leland J. Brandt

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The Prevalence of Abuse and Battering Among Homeless Women, and an Assessment of Current Services Provided for Battered Women: Should Homeless Women Receive Such Services?, Liza Oktay Hicks

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The Mythmaking Self (or the Myth Making Self): Fiction and Experience in Galway Kinnell's The Book of Nightmares, Michael Patrick Robertson

Theses/Dissertations from 1991

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Liberation Theology: Social Impact and Change in Brazil and Columbia, Jennifer D. Bickham

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Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and the Powers of Creation, Danielle Kolker

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Gardening the Desert, Deserting the Garden: Culture, Agriculture and Ecology on the Northern Plains, 1830-1930, Ben Larson

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The Friends of the Indians and Their Foes: A Reassessment of the Dawes Act Debate, Christopher J. Love

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The Politicization of Maternal Care: The Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912, Mary-Beth Moylan

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Long Horizon Movements in Exchange Rates: Great Expectations, Minsok Pak

Cataclasite Formation Along the McConnell Thurst and Its Implications to Deformation, Susan E. Van Gundy

Theses/Dissertations from 1990

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All Work: An Evaluation of Worker's Attitudes, Worker's Behavior and Productivity in the U.S. Automobile Industry, Todd M.R. Baker

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An Antislavery Mission: Oberlin College Evangelicals in "Bleeding Kansas", John Edward Clayton

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In Pursuit of "Our Heroine's Biographer": A Study of Narrative Method in Henry James' The Portrait of a Lady & The Ambassadors, James C. Davis

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The Evolution of American Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia, Geoffrey Stephen Hudson

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Strain and Volume Loss in a Second Order Buckle Fold, Central Appalachian Valley and Ridge, U.S.A., Michelle J. Markley

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Gravity's Rainbow: Modernist Discourse Vineland: Postmodernist Discourse, Ted Mouw

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Frowning Babe or Brightening Glance? Blake and Yeats's Particular Uses of Metaphor, Daniel Muir

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The Fiction of Truth: Intergenerational Conflict in the Life and Works of Flannery O'Connor, Elizabeth Reed

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Production, Consumption, and Consciousness, Warren Sprouse

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"As If She Had No Secrets": Approach, Recognition, and Coming of Age In Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women, Catherine Laura Sweeney

Theses/Dissertations from 1989

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Oberlin Local Legend, Laura Naomi Albert

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Paleoenvironmental History of the Middle Ordovician Rugosa of Eastern North America, Gretchen Hampt Andreasen

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Multiple Identities/Multiple Narrative Strategies: Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, Gabrielle N. Dean

The Jews of Southern and Central Illinois and Western Kentucky, Steve E. Jablon

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The Foreign Policy of William Gladstone in the 1860s: The Limits of Liberalism in Victorian England, Orlando W.G. Knauss

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The Reinscription and Qualification of the Feminine in Elizabeth Stoddard's The Morgesons, Jeffrey Mihok

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The Sinagua and Aggregation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Cultural Development, Joshua Aaron Piker

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Breaking and Connecting in the Short Stories of Flannery O'Connor: "The Look of This Fiction is Going to be Wild" (Grace Minus Nature Equals Mystery), John Benjamin Schwartz

Theses/Dissertations from 1988

The Feminist Thought of Simone de Beauvoir, Jennifer Gay

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Comparisons Across Countries: Public Policy and the Performing Arts in the 1980's, John Kirtley Glenn

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Survivals of Paganism in Christian Medieval Iceland as Evidenced by the Icelandic Family Sagas, Deborah Grossman

Colonial Reaction to British Policy, 1766-1770: The Non-Importation Movement, Timothy A. Hacsi

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Oedipus Fallen: Irony in the Fiction of Milan Kundera, Douglas Lauen

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History of Jews at Oberlin College: A Mirror of Change, Andrea R. Meyer

The Petrogenesis of the Red Hill Alkaline Igneous Complex, New Hampshire, USA, Seth Charles Moran

The Justiciarship in the Reign of Richard I: An Exercise in Self-Rule, Lisa Ann Murray

A Generation's Experiment: Oberlin Womanhood, Coeducation, and The Ladies' Board of Managers 1835-1879, Rachel Filene Seidman

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Women, and Health in Rural India: An Anthropological Perspective, Kelly S. Ward

Theses/Dissertations from 1987

Boss Rule: Charles F. Murphy and the New York City Mayors, 1902-1924, Jeffrey A. Auerbach

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Devaluation, Short-Run Supply Response, and the J-Curve, Alexander L. Brown

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The Fool As a Provisional Role in Shakespeare: Three Examples, Santha Cassell

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Predictors of Reliance on Children's Self-Care by Urban Black and White Families in the United States, Carol Hoffman Culbertson

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The Commercialization of the Colloquial Voice: Raymond Carver and the Minimalist Aesthetic, Cara Diaconoff

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The Presidential Business Cycle in the U.S.: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination, Ranjit S. Dighe

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Listener Comments: A Form of Collaboration in Conversational Narrative, Cynthia Dunn

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Journeying Towards America: An Anthropological Inquiry Into What We Think is Real, Jonathan Freiman

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Giving Up the Ghost: Death in the Depression, Victoria Getis

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An Analysis of the Effect of Airline Deregulation upon the Demand for Intercity Bus Service, Daniel G. Greenberg

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An Album of Caricature Drawings by Pietro de Rossi, Richard Hemphill

The Evolution of Camus' Political Philosophy, Eric LeBlanc

The Role of Higher Education in the Construction of the "Feminine Mystique" In Post-War America, Stephanie L. Maxwell

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The Belgian Rexist Movement Before the Second World War: Success and Failure, Gabriella Newes-Adeyi

Economics and the Ratification of the Constitution in Pennsylvania and Virginia, Eric Phillips

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The Function of Forest in The Faerie Queene: Seeing the Woods for the Trees, Nicholas Randell

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The Sensitivity of Brazil's Balance of Payments and Foreign Debt to Future Changes in World Economic Conditions: 1987-1991, David Rostov

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Petrographic Criteria for the Recognition of 'Magadi-Type' Cherts, Kathryn A. Schubel

Backroom Boys: The Evolution of British Cryptography 1914-1945, Andrea Van Hook

Theses/Dissertations from 1986

American Intellectuals and the Problem of Ideology, Steven Betensky

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"Are You Speaking?": A Speech Act Analysis of Pinter's A Kind of Alaska and No Man's Land, Brian M. Britt

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Four Voices of Pound in Cantos I-XVII, Malcolm D. Childress

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A Study of Erasmus's Editions of the Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Robert B. Hardy

England, Napoleon and the Peace of Amiens: 1801-1803, Ken Jassie

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Extra-Legal Factors in the American Legal System, Peter W. Mayer