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 2014

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"The Image is the Poet's Pigment": Paradoxical Intersections Between Word and Image, Zoe-Eve Rhinehart

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Theater v. Film: A Comparitive Analysis, Virginia Robinson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Kahlia Russell-Self

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"To Cross the Road": Implications of Language Planning, Nationhood, and the Amazigh of Morocco, Emma Sanger-Johnson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Aaron Santiago

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Much Assembly Required: Protein Polymer Engineering with Triggers, Adaptors, and Levers, Daniel Sawyer

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Willing Skin, Andrea Schuchardt

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Everything but-enolides, Johanna Schwartz

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Fowl Heartburn: A Study of Tiles and Fire, Patricia Sendao

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Pet Provocateur: Questioning Human/Non-Human Relationships in Visual Representations, Linsen Settembrini

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Michael Shank

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Friedolin Stockmeier

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ali Stritzler-Levine

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Biomass Gasification and the Construction of a User-Friendly Gasification Unit, Luke Stroehlein

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Moses Sukin

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Charlie Suydam

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Mayu Suzuki

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Being-On-Stage: 9 Phenomenological Movements for Solo Actress, Tara Turnbull

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Moe Thet War

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An Enclosure of Separable Planes: Interiority in late Mozart, Keelan Watlington

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A Comparitive Analysis of Hepatitis C Virus Genotypes and Subtypes Using Bioinformatics Techniques, Jared Weiss

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Death in Translation: Swallowing la Granada, Kiyomi Wilks

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A Stitch in Time Saves Lives: Preventive Medicine in the United States, Samantha Yarmis

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Barefoot in the Park: A Study of Set Design, Spencer Zeitel

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Skeletal Ontogeny in Larval Stage American Toads, Molly Ziegler

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Sarah Abusaa

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Edward Bakshis

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Alexandra Black

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ceilidh Blood

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Sahra Brubeck

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Michael Depp

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Marcel Garbos

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Paige Gbasie

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Gemma Gearhart

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Bethany Geiger

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Robert Connell Gess

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Rohan Ghatak

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Nicole Gunara

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ian Hetterich

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Bianca Johnston

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Miranda Jones

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Julian Claire Mia Kang

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

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Erik Koch

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Ei Kyaw

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Jordan Lome

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Elliot Luttrell-Williams

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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

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Cary Mandell

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Avery Mauel

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Kirsiah McNamara

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Chelsea McNay

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Heather Meehan

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Sophie Miller

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Bradley Oerth

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Serina Pace

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Benjamin Palmer

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Lucy Peterson

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Taylor Polster

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Dante Popple

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Joelle Portelinha

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Senior Thesis Proposal, Philip Psomopoulos

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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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Senior Thesis Proposal, Zoe Rhinehart