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 2013

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Rethinking National Growth: A Political-Economic Analyses of the Regional Development Disparity in Ghana and a Comparison with China, Mohammed Adawulai

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All the World's A Stage: The Actor-Audience Relationship in Western Interactive Theater, Emily Baker

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Determining the Stability of Alkyne Protecting Groups and Degradable Linkers Used in the Solid Phase Synthesis of Block Copolymers, Sheeba Bali

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Ontologies of a Post-Modern World: A Short History and Examination, Cameron Barrows

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Harmonic Journeys: Some Instrumental Music, Aaron Basch

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Ancient Art/Modern Frames, Joseph Berger

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Failing Better: Essays on Anxiety, Impotence, and the Incomprehensible, Zak Breckenridge

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The Fruits of Exile: Materialism in Suspension, Isaac Brosilow

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Worm in the Apple, Georgia Byler

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Dimension 5: The Mystery of Dreams, Zerabruk Cavallaro

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Decoding Facial Expressions and Emotions, Jasmine Sou Mei Cunningham

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A Dialogic Path to Practicing the Sacred, Edan Dalsheim-Kahane

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Man to Manifesto: A Project in Four Books, Rebecca Dawson

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Design and Development Process of Innovative Food Allergen Detection Device, Juan Diaz Rodriguez

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Staging the Scandal of Democracy: Politics and Aesthetics in the Tunisian Revolution, Jonathan Durfee

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Culture of Intolerance? Race Relations, Racism, and the Legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Laura Fisher

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From Techne to Transhumanism: An Inquiry into the Nature, History, and Theory of Technology, Lukas Fuchshofen

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Show me the Money: Need and Greed in the Field of Human Rights, Elissa Furlong

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Anthropology in an Imagined World: Life in the City of Valari, Nathaniel Gage

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Perceptions of the Use of Point of Care Medical Devices To Diagnose Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Haiti, Marne Garretson

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Kiss While they Conspire: A Dramaturgical Analysis of Edward II, Molly Greene

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The Great God Man: on object, method, and transcendental knowledge, Anthony Gulotta

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Masters in Their Own House: Representations of Québecois Identity in Canadian Literature, Mallory Hogan

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Symbolism, Affectation, and Cats at the American University of Beirut, 2010-2011, William Hopewell

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Static (of) American Democracy: The Electoral Campaign as Institution and the Obstacles to Change, Taylor Horn

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The Essences of Listening: Music Inspired by Various Forms of Art, Taylor Kang

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"A blue vapor rose up into Felicite's bedroom...": An Analysis of Gustave Flaubert's "A Simple Heart", Savannah Lamb

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Don't Hays Me Bro: A Brief History of the Hays Code and its Effects on Modern Film Through Comparative Analysis, Elijah MacCullagh

An iOS Library for Vewing Complex 3D Models, Miriam Melnick

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Using a Massively Parallel Computer Architecture to Model the Ocean's Biological Pump, Thomas Meyer

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Behind the Seen: A Philosophical Exploration of Dance and Dance Criticism, Caitlin Murphy

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Healing or Fixing: Energy Healing in Contemporary Thailand, Piangpat Namtip

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Realm of the Eternal Leader: The Cult of Ho Chi Minh, Dat Nguyen

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Nauticis Nugarum, Emily Paruolo

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Thank You for Recycling! Promoting Recycling Behavior Among College Students Through Feedback, Lauren Payne-Riley

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Relationships and Ideas of Marriage in Emerging Adulthood, Abigail Peña

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Fear, Force, and Fieldwork: Anthropology in Post-September 11th US Conflict Operations, Kirsten Peterson

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Contesting the "Diagnosis" of Fatness: An Analysis of Weight Discrimination in Contemporary America, Sierra Randall

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I, Violence: Mapping the Mediated Subject, Craig Rathgeber

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Medea? Ancient Greek Theatre in 21st Century America, Amanda Rowe-Van Allen

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The Right Side of History? The Realist School of International Relations, Hillary Saviello

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Globalizing Grassroots Networks for Sustainable Development: A Political Ecology of the Glocal, Lauren Scanlon

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Cultural Encounters: Comparing Three Translations of Heinrich von Kleist's "Das Erdbeben in Chili", Emily Schwab

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Arguedas' Los rios profundos: Land and Indigenous Identity in Peru, Ramiz Shaikh

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An Exploration of the Inner Life through Portrait, Katherine Smith

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LACE: Written Document, Slide Show, and Sculpture Set, Gabrielle Tillman

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Will it Blend? An Experimental Exploration into Sponge Cell Reaggregation Behavior, Sarah Trachtenberg

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The Politics of Prison Privatization: Navigating the Public and Private Spheres, Ian Wallach

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The Children's Society: Measuring the Successes of the Unconventional Child Rearing and Education System of the Classis Kibbutz, Hillary Weinberger

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point blank, or silence as practice, Julynn Wilderson

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Black Words, White Pages: Challenging American Socialization Through Creative, Critical, and Introspective Writing, Alexis Wint

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Mohammed Adawulai

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Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation: An Analysis of Functional Outcome, Katie Ansel

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Emily Baker

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Sheeba Bali

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Cameron Barrows

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Aaron Basch

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Power and Public Image in the Cultural Representations of Augustus in Ancient Rome, Claudia Berger

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Joseph Berger

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Examining the Effects of Environmental Toxins on Ryanodine Receptor Activity Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Pollutants, Juliana Biro

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Zak Breckenridge

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How Much Does it Cost to Buy a Duck?: An Exploration of the Sudbury School Movement, Paige Breisacher

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Spiritual Landscapes and Modernization in 21st Century Nepal, Perri Brierley-Bowers

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Isaac Brosilow

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A Citizen: An Examination of Reflections on American Citizenship, Alannah Buford

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Political Perspectives of the Flaneuse: Reflections on the DSK Scandal, Katherine Campbell

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The Witness and the Cyborg: Adventures in Virtuality, Intimacy, and Politics, Starling Carter

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Zerabruk Cavallaro

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The Importance of Looking Earnest: Performing Identity Through Clothing, Holly Chayes

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Examination of Tumor Suppressor cep-1/p53 in Caenorhabditis elegans through RNAi Mechanism and Stress Induction, Cheryl Chen

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Oh My Lady Gaga! It's the Grass Mud Horse: An Examination of Chinese Internet Language, Joelle Chevrier

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Recent Influences of the West onf Bhutan: Women, Tourism, and Infrastructures, Tshering Choki

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jasmine Cunningham

Opportunity or Opportunism? Contract Modification in Federal Procurement, Lauren Dahlin

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Edan Dalsheim-Kahane

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Rebecca Dawson

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Mushrooms: An Evaluation of Fungi Indigenous to Berkshire County, William Deng

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The Blameworthiness of Implicit Bias: A New Theory, Noel Dominguez

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jonathan Durfee

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The Revolution will Not be Televised, It Will be Live-Streamed, Maeve Dwyer

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Investigating the Role of Interleukin 8 Citrullination in Breast Cancer Progression, Emma Ehrlich

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Waterfall Crawl: The Use of Challenge to Facilitate Personal Growth in Outdoor Adventure Education, Max Ehrman-Shapiro

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Wanderland: An Experiential History of Yellowstone National Park, Elisabeth Ellis

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Science Rules: An Examination of the Practice and Purpose of Science Writing, Rachel Feltman

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Laura Fisher

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Murder Motifs: Reading Politics and History in Genet's The Maids, Ari Fogelson

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How to Tell a Story, or Something Like It, Jordan Frye

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Elissa Furlong

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Nathaniel Gage

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Arantzazu Galdos

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Marne Garretson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Byler Georgia

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"You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Make You Odd": Christian Concerns in the Works of Emily Dickinson and Flannery O'Connor, Kathryn Giles

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Theatre Contra Theatre: Essays and Plays Toward the Revival of Politics, Elizabeth Glass

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A NEAT Training Algorithm for Artificial Neural Networks, Eitan Goldshtrom

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Clothing and Power in Late Nineteenth Century Spanish and French Literature and Art, Febianna Gonzalez

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The Record Was Always Broken: Rethinking Queerness, Knowledge, and Academia, Michelle Gonzalez

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Molly Greene

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Literary Revisions: Analysis and Art, Jillian Hanley

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Agent-Based Financial Modeling with Stock-Flow-Consistent Microfoundations, Will Hayworth