The senior thesis is emblematic of the kind of intellectual freedom Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s Upper College students are given. It is a year-long, self-designed scholarly project that is the capstone of a student’s work. It’s required of everyone. The thesis is not just an academic requirement for a Simon’s Rock Bachelor of Arts degree, it is work that adds to the world’s storehouse of knowledge.

At the beginning of the thesis project, a formal proposal must be submitted and approved. This collection includes senior thesis proposals beginning in academic year 1998-1999 as well as theses beginning in 2011.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Competitive Coloring: A Structural Approach, Ethan Ackelsberg

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Gentle Nightmares: A Collection of Short Stories, Kathleen Ansel

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Ironbound, Carrie Basch

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Infected: The Experience of the Female Artist Based on "Infection in the Sentence: The Woman Writer and the Anxiety of Authorship" by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Natalie Becker

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Investigating the Digital Darkroom: A Discussion on the Ethics of Photographic Manipulation, Adam Bigelow

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Campbell’s Broken Model: Women in the Role of the Literary Hero, Kori Brierley-Bowers

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Urban Agriculture: Community Farms and Agribusinesses in New York City, Caitlin Chai

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The Media of Capital and Contradiction, Nikola Cooper-Fateyev

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Cooperative Water Management: A Means For Conflict Resolution in Israel and Palestine, Marjorie Cort

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From Gertie to Ghibli: The World Industries Behind Animations - Their Successes, Failures, and Futures, Kate Decker

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Sex Poems, Cian Doyle

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HERE I STAND; THERE YOU SIT: An Exploration of Space and Relationship in a Theatrical Environment, Theodor Gabriel

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Our Barbarous Tongue: A Sociohistorical Study on the Emergence of Prescriptive Attitudes in the English Language, Arantzazu Galdos

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Don’t Wake Up A Sleeping Baby, Rory Qianqing Huang

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It’s Way Past My Bedtime: Culture, Sleep, and Why We Should Be Getting More of It, Shannon Igo

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Political Ethics in the Three Kingdoms Period of China, Greg Inamine

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Environmental Education: Enhancing Massachusetts’ Science Curriculum for Middle School Students, Jo-Ellen Jeffries

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Platinum Underground: Engaging the Music of DJ Screw, Jan Jurchak

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Physical Exploration of Non-Textual Narratives: Fuck You & Your Book, Wes Elliot Kang

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Filtering Arsenic to Make a Difference in Southeast Asia: Prototype Optimization of SafaPani, Eldred Lee

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Understanding Industrialization through Literature: An Economic Analysis of 19th Century England and Post-1970s China, Cindy Zhaoran Li

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Noise as Music: A Study of Narrative and Aesthetics through “Noise Music” Composition, Mia McGiffert

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Rusted Links: A Spiritually Ecological Critique of Modern Society and Its Relationship to Land, Jade Mermini

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Another Golden Braid: An Exploration of Formal Systems, Absurdism, Logical Assumption, and What We Learn From Them (feat. Godel, Bennett, and Milgram), Matthew Meyer

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The Knit Wits: Creating a Cam and Linear Actuator Driven Knitting Machine, Megan Patoskie

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African American Women in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, Queen-Ama Phillips

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Beyond the Blurred Lines of the Borderlands: Exploring Identity and Displacement of Ethnic Khmers in South Vietnam, Naomi Pitman

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The Stories We Tell: Reading, Writing, and Imagining Black Women, Brianna Pope

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In The Sunlit Prison of Heaven: Salvation, Statehood, and the Religious Politics of Emancipation, Cameron Powell

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One Question, Two Approaches; An Examination of the Role of Myosin 1e on Focal Adhesion Dynamics in Podocytes, Maria Presti

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The Application of Mathematical and Theoretical Methods to the Chinese Housing Market: A Case Study, Mallie Prytherch

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A Custom Built Hexapod Spider Robot: The Design, Fabrication, and Control Processes, Vasu Rabaib

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PCBs Filtration Model using Perfluorocarbons as an Active Agent, Sofia Rafikova

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Rewriting the Story: Neither Here, Nor There, Katharine Reid

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Unanswerable Questions: What is a Director and How Does One Direct?, Seth Roseman

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Mark My Words: Exploring the Power of Spoken Word Poetry, Grace Rossman

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Two Accounts of History A Phylogenetic Approach to Reconstructing Gene Trees and Species Trees or Ninety-Five Theses on Species A Tree-tise, Nathan Sadowsky

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Lesbian Mothers Don't Get Divorced: Exploring Kin Without Commiseration, Irene Shamas

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On Groups and Their Graphs, Melissa Sherman-Bennett

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A Conchologist’s First Book: The Systematics, Ecology, and Distribution of the Non-Marine Mollusks of Montserrat, Lesser Antilles, Nathaniel Shoobs

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The Young Lords Party & Puerto Rican Traditions of Anti-colonial Resistance, Cori Stenning-Barnes

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Polymer Nanocomposites and Understanding Their Rheological Behavior, Koshu Takatsuji

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Bhutan’s youth struggle in Kingdom of Happiness, Riksel Tshering

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Bhutan Traditions in the Three Worlds, Sonam Wangmo

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World of Conquest: Race and Violence in a Virtual Realm, Sierra Warren

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Protective Factors and Resiliency: The Ability to Bounce Back, Soraya Weill

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The Art of Exploding Kittens Artificial Intelligence in Gaming and the Process of Making a Video Game, Aaron Weiss

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No Such Thing as a One Man Show - A Theater Exploration of Solitary Ordeals, Naida West

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Occasionalism: A Brief History and Analysis, Gavin Young

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Ōmagatoki -逢魔時, the Hour of Twilight and Spirits: A Collection of Short Stories Based on and Inspired by Japanese Folktales and the Supernatural, Dawson Zimmermann

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ethan Ackelsberg

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Eliana Actor-Engel

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Kathleen Ansel

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Agency within Authenticity, or How I Finally Found(ed) My Self, Zara Anwarzai

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Carrie Basch

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Natalie Becker

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Vers(us) Translation: Emmanuel Dongala’s Jazz and Palm Wine, Marisa Benitez

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Adam Bigelow

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Kori Brierley-Bowers

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Caitlin Chai

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Nikola Cooper-Fateyev

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Marjorie Cort

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Kate Decker

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To be Black and Female in a White Society, Demitria DeRiggs

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Cian Doyle

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Gimballed Spherical Protection of a Quadcopter, Erik Elbieh

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States of Refuge: Moving Bodies & Emerging Politics, Colin Eubank

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Grieg Fields

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City.Text., Isabel Filkins

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Luxuriant Withholding: Blackness and Concept in the Event of Charles Gaines, Ciaran Finlayson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Theodor Gabriel

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Well-Oiled Machine in the Next Town Over (+ Other Organized Sounds), Julian Garcia-Kwan

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The Role of Language in Developing Environmental Relationships & Intimate Landscapes: A Photographic Study of Environmental Relationships, Isabella Goldman

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Software Entrepreneurship in Healthcare: An Experience in Software Conception and Implementation, Harrison Gregg

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“TRAP SNAKE”, Lee Hayes

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"I Am Obstinate...I Disappear": Toward a Communism of Reading A Lacanian Thesis, Izaak Hecht

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Rory Qianqing Huang

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Shannon Igo

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Greg Inamine

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I Am My Father's Son: A Journey in Life, Love, and Liberations, Jacob Ireland

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jo-Ellen Jeffries

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Reimagining the Home[made], Amanda Johnston

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jan Jurchak

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The American Food System: We The People -- Why We Eat What We Eat, Jessica Kaller

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Wes Elliot Kang

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BiMusicality: How to Eat Your Cake and Still Have It!, Jake Larcqua

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Eldred Lee

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Saximus: The Saxophone Playing Robot, Giancarlo Lezama

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Cindy Zhaoran Li

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An Analysis of Gravity’s Rainbow: On the Radical Politics of the Historical Novel, Cary Long

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Theoretical and Kinetic Analysis of Nitrification and Reactor Design in the Scope of Lab Scale Wastewater Treatment, Alessandra Martinelli

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Mia McGiffert

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jade Mermini

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Matthew Meyer

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Prosperous Piracy: Contemporary Maritime Economics and Politics in Two Case Studies, Alexander Morrow

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Conserving the State: Postcolonial Nigeria's Gender Troubles, Victoria Ogundipe

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Amour oiseau d’étoile: Messiaen’s Divine Surrealism, Sam Paris

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Megan Patoski

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Queen-Ama Phillips

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From Pacific Ocean to Plastic Sea: Political Ecology of the Pacific Garbage Patch, Arden Pickoff-Rafferty