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 1986

As Old as New: The Search for the Rural Community in Depression Years, Karen R. Merrill

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Visionary Excitability and George Eliot: Judeo-Mythic Narrative Technique in Daniel Deronda, Barbara Stufflebeem

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A Cross-Cultural Comparative Analysis of Levels of Social Development and Gender Stratification, Helen Elisabeth Wells

Theses/Dissertations from 1985

Napoleonic Tactics, Thomas F. Arnold

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Austrian National Socialism and the Anschluss, George R. Bent

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From Social Reform to Social Science: The Women's Educational and Industrial Union of Boston, 1877-1912, Charlotte H.L. Briggs

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History, Action and Identity in "Upon Appleton House": Andrew Marvell and the New Historicism, Theodore Chen

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American Women's Intellectual History in the Revolutionary and New Republican Era: Charting a Shift in Feminist Theory, Holly B. Fechner

Classes and Masses in English Education, Alex Franklin

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Energy Sustainability: The Case of Photovoltaics, Abram Walden Kaplan

England and the Eastern Question: A Shift in Policy, Amanda Martinsek

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Women in Ministry: 1853-1984, Leah Matthews

Bay of Islands Ophiolite Complex Western Newfoundland, Brian McAninch

Disraeli: The Search For and Handling of Power: A Study in Creativity, Courage, and Consistency, Grace E. Mueller

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The Spanish University: An Analysis of the Relationship Between Institutional and Political Change, Julia A. Nichols

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A New Topography: Elizabeth Bishop's Late Poems, Jennifer Soalt

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The ISS on Campus: The Intercollegiate Socialist Society, 1905-1921, John Wertheimer

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Ritual and Beyond: A Field Study of Black Pentecostalism, Jeanette Word

The Role of Bismarck's Flexible Polity in the Unification of Germany 1862-1871, Karl A. Zillgitt

Theses/Dissertations from 1984

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An Empirical Study of Property Tax Capitalization in the Cleveland Area, Kevin Adler

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Social Ethics in the Novels of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Alison A. Case

Tom L. Johnson and Progressive Municipal Reform, 1901-1909, Steven J. Davis

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Progress, Process and the Critique of Development: The Interplay of Gender and Genre in The Morgesons, Janet E. Graber

The Campaign to Repeal the Contagious Diseases Acts in Victorian England, 1864-1886, Sharon Harless

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Determining the Consumption Effects of Announced Permanent and Temporary Tax Cuts in Accordance with the Permanent Income Hypothesis, Aileen Liu

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Madeline Neroni and the Moral Design of Barchester Towers, Jennifer A. Low

Spain and the Strength of the West: American Foreign Policy Toward Spain, 1936-1953, Abbe J. Lubell

Voltaire, Rousseau and The Revolution in Geneva: 1763-1770, Thomas Luckett

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Leon Blum: Socialist and French Premier During the Spanish Civil War, Gail Schechter

Bankers, Diplomats and Oilmen: The United States' Response to Mexican Revolutionary Nationalism, 1917-1927, James F. Siekmeier

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A Raid on the Inarticulate: The Problem of Language in the Poetry of W.S. Merwin, Anthony G. Stocks

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Figurative Language and Speech Play: A Study of First Grade Children, Dena Weiss-Tisman

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Political Language and Trust: A Study in Machiavelli and Hobbes, Lauren Wenzel

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Real People Tell the Whole Story: Dialogue and Characterization in Malory's Morte Darthur, Anne Woehrle

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Social Drama, Rites of Passage, and The Winter's Tale, Aaron Zitner

Theses/Dissertations from 1983

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Mrs. Brook: Confidence Woman and Mother Usurper, Rebecca L. Berg

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Jewish Women Reformers and Jewish Immigrant Women: The Columbian Council of Pittsburgh, 1893-1920, Eileen Chotiner

The Secret War of British Intelligence: A Retrospective Study, Frederick S. Downs

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From Trusteeship to Containment: American Involvement in Vietnam 1945-1950, Sarah E. Dranoff

Mexican Migration to the United States: An Historical and Contextual Analysis, Jonathan H. Fischer

The Charleston Convent Riot of 1834, Timothy M. Flynn

In Pursuit of Economic Opportunity: Persistence and Mobility in the Rigid Socio-economic Structure of Logansport, Indiana, 1850-1880, Owen R. Glendening

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Products and Processes: Levels of Art in Pale Fire, Jon Hamilton

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The Child is Mother of the Woman: Parenting and Self-Parenting in Emma and Middlemarch, Andrea E. Lehman

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The United States and Naval Limitation: From the Washington Conference to Pearl Harbor, David Jonas Murphy

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A Synthesis of Theme and Style: "Prelude" as a Turning Point in the Fiction of Katherine Mansfield, Peggy Orenstein

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An Appraisal: George S. Messersmith on the Relationship Between the United States and Germany 1933-1934, Donald C. Philips

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Community Power and Powerless Communities: Two Theories of Urban Politics, Jonathan Pincus

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Insider Trading Regulations: Effective or Defective?, Paul A. Reeder

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Nothing More Real Than Nothing: The Unnamable as Self-Annihilating Fiction, Shawn Rosenheim

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Voices in the Wind: American Opposition to the Korean War, Joseph E. Slater

An Intellectual History of the Relationship Between Politics and the Development of Christian Doctrine Between the Councils of Nicea and Constantinople, 325-381, Bradford Scott Gram Swing

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Public Insurance, Private Insurance, and the Demand for Hospital Care: Implications for Medicare and Private Contracts, Martin Zelder

Theses/Dissertations from 1982

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Sample Selection Bias and the Nature of Unemployment, Joshua David Angrist

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Lord Jim and Under Western Eyes: Two Treatments of Guilt and Atonement, Francis Butler

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Peace Coalition Politics: The Liberal Experiment, 1954-1965, Steven K. Herrine

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The Lesbian Subculture: Characteristics of the Lesbian Minority, Societal Attitudes Toward Lesbianism, Paula C. Rust

Stalinist Collectivization, 1927-1930, Bill Segal

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Moving Beyond the Mask: The Progression of Women in Christina Rossetti's Poetry, Marianne Skoczek

Rural Women in Sri Lanka: Family Planning, Work and Development 1945-1978, Sarah Stockwell

Theses/Dissertations from 1981

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Structures of Ritual Sacrifice in Abraham and Isaac and Afore Night Come, Misty Baumann

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Women's Status and Roles in Contemporary Japanese Society, Schon Beechler

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Where Have All the Civil Engineering Students Gone? A Study of Student Choice of Engineering Department, Dan Bernhardt

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The Homecoming and The Cherry Orchard: Pinter's Inversion of Chekhov's Subtextual Method, Art Borreca

Ricardian Socialism and Its Impact on the Formation of the British Working Class, Gale Connor

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An Argument for Liberating Election Research from its Downsian Bonds, Kenneth J. Fairfax

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The Interweaving of Poetry and Dance in Ben Jonson's Masques, Ted Gradman

The Problematic Nature of American Radicalism: Students for a Democratic Society, Peter C. Mancall

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Loyalism in Massachusetts: The Characteristics and Motivations of the Harvard Loyalists, Joshua L. Rosenbloom

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Sowing the Seed: Oberlin Female Missionary Teachers of Southern Blacks, 1863-1875, Anne Spielberg

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Henry Agard Wallace and Latin America (1932-1946): The Limits of American Liberalism, Jason Steiker

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Heat Treatment of Lithic Raw Materials: Archaeological Detection and Technological Interpretation, Mary Beth D. Trubitt

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Public Opinion on the Death Penalty: The Reasons Behind the Views, Lauren Ungar

England Under Stephen: An Interpretation of King Stephen's Reign Through the Monastic Chronicles of Richard of Hexham, Aelred of Rievaulx, and William of Malmesbury, Eric Stephen Zakim

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Antislavery and a Modern America: Free Soil in Ashtabula County, Ohio, 1848, Michael Zakim

Theses/Dissertations from 1980

The Development of Dante's Political Thought: A Quest for Italian Unity, Ronald Henry Bedard

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Patterns of Disenchantment: The Position of the Liberal and Labour Party: 1910-1914, Jonathan Broder

Virginia Woolf's Feminism, Laurel A. Fields

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Three Homilies of Aelfric and Their Revisions by Wulfstan: A Structural Approach, Susan J. Haas

The Second Berlin Crisis, 1958-1962: Soviet Initiative and United States Response, Jessica J. Houston

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Socio-Historical Studies of the National Woman's Party and the National Women's Trade Union League, Janet Ellen Joseph

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Prison Design and Prisoner Behavior: Philosophy, Architecture, and Violence, Barbara A. Krancer

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Francesco Guicciardini and Philippe De Commynes: Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Historiography, Alex H. Levine

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The Role of the Protagonist in "The Faerie Queene": A Study of the First Three Books, Gretchen Mertz

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Julius Caesar in Medieval France: The Textual Sources and Iconography of the Faits des Romains, Mark M. Nelson

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"Pianos in the Woods": Emily Dickinson's Imaginative Vision, Steven R. Schindler

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DeGaulle, the European: 1961-1966, Leonard V. Smith

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Women's Liberation: Is it Smashing the Hothouse?, Wendy Tarnoff

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Letters Of Stanley E. Kerr: Volunteer Work With The "Near East Relief" Among Armenians in Marash, 1919-1920, Susan Kerr van de Ven

Theses/Dissertations from 1979

The Gambler's Throw: The German Spring Offensive, 1918, Lorin Mark Burte

John F. Kennedy and the Black Press: 1960 and 1961, Laura D. Coleman

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The Three Frances: 1940-1944, Sarah Fishman

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Mortuary Metaphor: Location of the Remains of the Deceased as a Symbol of Group Membership, Barbara Allen Fuchsman

Theories of Vision in the Middle Ages, J.E. Griffith

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"The Evil that Men do Lives After Them" (Sometimes): A Study of Twentieth Century Analysis of Plato's Political Theory, Merril Hirsch

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Felix Vallotton’s Intimites: “Le Cauchemar d’un Erudit”, Lisa Marie Holst

The Emergence of Populism: The Transformation of the North Carolina Farmer's Alliance Into the People's Party, 1886-1892, Douglas A. Johns

The Irish Parliamentary Party and the Liberal Alliance, 1910-1918, Jeffrey A. Mazer

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Two Upper Cretaceous Flysch Sequences in the Caribbean Mountains of Venezuela and Their Relationship to Caribbean Tectonics, Stephen A. Meyer

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Three Measures of Political Alienation, 1952 to 1976, Michael J. Muha