Members of the Class of 2021 and their senior thesis topics, alphabetically by department.

Africana Studies

  • Venessis Collado, Dominican Republic: Confronting Black Existence in the White Imaginary

American Studies

  • Kathryn Kearney, Women Breaking Barriers in the American Jazz Industry
  • Alessandro Mariani, The Cathy Project: Providing Psychotherapy Funding to Active and Retired United States Service Members Who Have Been Victims of Sexual Assault During Their Time of Service
  • Adriana Mullin, The Effects of COVID-19 on Emergency Food and Hunger Relief


  • Sophia Coren, The Conflation of Race and Ethnicity: Chinese Adoptees and Their ‘Cultural’ Upbringing
  • Abby Henkel, Makeup and Other Masks: Beauty and the Self During COVID-19
  • Ishan Mainali, Forget the Past, Sing in the Present: The Nepali Nation as Imagined by Young Music Artists in Kathmandu
  • Julia Martin, Gendered Athletic Aesthetics: How Female Athletes Control the Conversation About Bodies
  • Charlotte Miller, Unmasking the Hook Up: Intimacy on Campus in COVID-19
  • Claire Resele-Tiden, To post or not to post: A Comparative Analysis of the Motivations Behind Posts on @HamiltonDenounced and #MeToo
  • Emely Rojas, Negradada: Theorizing Personal Identity, Race in America, and Social Change Using Autoethnography
  • Olivia Wenzel, “Hey I’m not Racist, I Listen to Hip-Hop”: An Exploration of the “White Liberal” Identity through Music


  • Lana Dorr, The Consequences of Cultural Encounters on Late Bronze Age Transylvania Cuisine and Subsistence Economies
  • Erica Ivins, Active Forgetting: Cemetery Abandonment and Mortuary Politics in Bronze Age Transylvania


Class of 2021 Senior Art Thesis WebsiteSenior Art Thesis 2021

Safa Ahmed, Urbana Anam, Cecilia Areizaga Rojas, Luke Bernard, Hillary Bisono Ortega, Lucille Brinkman, Audrey Chor, Sophie Cote, Samuel Guindon, Amy Harff, Madeline Justiniano, Zeyan Tang, Kirubel Tesfaye

Art History

  • Julia DeMaio, Instituting Multiplicity: The Reduction of Identity and Art in the 1993 Whitney Biennial
  • Elizabeth Groubert, Monument Building & Myth-making: The United Daughters of the Confederacy & The Lost Cause
  • Ivy Huang, Art on Art? Defining Reflexivity in Conceptual Art
  • Michael McEneney, The Symbolism of US Currency: A Review of the Origins of its Value through Visual Analysis
  • Kyra Richardson, You should be women / And yet…”: Witchcraft, Gender, and Anxiety in Jacques de Gheyn II’s Witch Drawings
  • Jean Song, Transforming Middle-Class White Domesticity: The Kitchen of Case Study House No. 24
  • Lily Williams, Jessica Dismorr’s Abstract Composition: A Historiographic Critique
  • Eleonor Wolf, Cy Twombly’s Quattro Stagioni: Past & Present Influences

Asian Studies

  • Shavell Jones, Afro-Japanese Visions: Representations of Blackness in Japanese Media
  • Nate Koike, Shadow of the Ghost: An Analysis of Adaptation
  • Chih Ling (Denise) Kuo, Kore-eda’s Commentary on the Invisible People in Japanese Society: A Study on the Filmmaker’s Approach
  • Bo Wang, Edogawa Rampo: In Search of a New Narrative Style in the 1920s
  • Frederick Xongmixay, Understanding the Transformation of Benshi in the Soundscape

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

  • Urbana Anam, Exploring Scaffolding Technologies to Assemble and Analyze the Macronuclear Genome of the Pathogenic Ciliate Ichthyophthirius multifiliis.
  • Dayeon Cheong, TBD
  • Michael Kim, Polymer-Immobilized Water Oxidation Catalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Donna Le, Characterization of CwlD and PdaA activity in Muramic-δ-lactam Biosynthetic Pathway.
  • David Opozda, BRD9876 as a Probe for Studying Mitotic Spindle Assembly in Zea mays
  • Catherine Pontius, The Role of TBhR inProliferative Cells of Drosophila melanogaster
  • Savannah Ryan, Enrichment, Isolation, and Identification of Endogenous Extracellular Electron Shuttles Using a Novel Loop-Flow Microbial Incubator
  • Tessa Ryan, Biosynthesis of Peptidoglycan in Bacterial Endospores
  • Makayla Spicer, The Chemical Analysis of North American Propolis and its Antimicrobial Activities Against Nosema cerenae
  • Nathaniel Spicer, Investigating the interchangeability of optimal and suboptimal binding sites for the maternal transcription factor Bicoid in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Emma Szegvari, Implications of Herbicide Application on the KTSA Aquatic and Stream Ecosystem
  • Megan Walls, Circadian Rhythms in the Gut Microbiome of Mice Independent of the Host
  • Stephanie Wu, Effect of Anti-Cancer Drugs on Tetrahymena Thermophila
  • Liuhui Xiao, The Roles of Alpha-fetoprotein in Cancer Therapies
  • Elaine Yip, Elucidating SpoVDE Polymerase Complex Activity in B. subtilis and C. difficile
  • Yunxiao Zheng, Poison or Solution? Testing the Effect of Environment on the Secondary Chemicals of Alliaria petiolata for Potential Application


  • Emma Bartle, The Effects of Lead Toxicity on Drosophila melanogaster Eye Development
  • Madeline (Madie) Bologa, Isolating and Enriching Electrochemically Active Bacteria in Meromictic Green Lake, Fayetteville, NY
  • Grace Carey, Enrichment and Distribution of Palindromic Sequences in Regulatory DNA in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Hailey Carson, Effect of Electrode Potential on Nanowire Formation and Networking in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1
  • Ellen Chinchilli, Using Electrode Potentials to Selectively Enrich Novel Extracellular Electron Shuttle-Producing Bacteria
  • Sophie Cote and Margaret (Maisie) Merz, Context Dependent Neophobia in Rural and Urban American Crows
  • Kathryn Craine, Development of Vacuolar Lesions in Drosophila melanogaster Following Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Brian Gallagher, Characterizing the Seasonal Shift in Microbial Community Composition in the Water Column of Meromictic Green Lake at High Spatial Resolution
  • Alexandria Geer and Megan Taruc, Chemical and Structural Characterization of Sulfur-Oxidizing Biofilms Associated with Redox Inverted Cold Seeps in Green Lake
  • Eamon Gibbons and Reilee Gunsher, Putting More Keyhole Limpets on the Map: Using COI Barcoding to Understand Phylogeny and Global Distribution of Diodora spp. 
  • Grace Godwin, PFAS Contamination Effects on Immune Function in Snapping Turtles and Painted Turtles
  • Brigit Humphreys, Quantifying PFAS in Streams Around Contamination Sites in Oneida County, NY
  • Ajla Karabegovic, De Novo Assembly of the Transcriptome of the Fish Parasite Cryptocaryon irritans 
  • Luca Katz, The Effects of Developmental Lead Exposure on Drosophila melanogaster Flight
  • Sydney Kim and Lily Sochan-Rosen, Diversity, Distribution, and Patterns of Invasion by Jumping Worms in Hamilton College Forests 
  • Kaela Makins, The Dynamics of Phagolysosomes in Tetrahymena thermophila
  • Meaghan Parlee, Bicoid and Zelda Binding Site Interchangeability in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Yaa Konama Pokuaa, Effect of Aromatase Inhibition on the Viability of Trachemys scripta Hatchlings with Temperature Dependent Sex Determination Using an Advanced Breeding Technique 
  • Yeo (Jean) Song, The Loss of Essential Amino Acid Autotrophy in Protists
  • Christopher (Chris) Victor, Extending the “Mozart Effect” by Assessing the Concentration of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) in Hippocampal Tissue of Postnatal Rats
  • Emma Walsh, Evaluating the Cognitive Abilities of Captive and Wild American Crows
  • Oliver Watkins, Exclusion Device Effectiveness in Preventing White-Tailed Deer Browsing in Regrowth Forests


  • Lucy Brinkman, Electrocatalysis of Proton Coupling by Polymer Coordinated Cobaloxime
  • Sam Cho, Fluorescence of in-situ Chelated Europium TEOS Sol-Gels
  • Julia Ganson, A Competition-Based Hammett Study of the Cyclopropylcarbinyl Radical Ring Opening Transition State
  • Amy Glanzer and Holly Hutchinson, 2-Halo-N-(1-ethoxyvinyl)pyridinium triflates: A New Class of Electrophiles for Mild, Additive-free Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution Reactions with Amines
  • Brian Lawson, Photocatalyzed Redox Reactions with Silyl Enol Ethers
  • Eli Marris, Development of a Novel Allylation Reaction Using an Inexpensive and Environmentally Friendly Organic Photocatalyst.
  • Will Richardson, Progress Towards ROMP Polymer Immobilized Electrocatalysis for Selective C02 Reduction
  • Leyla Valerio, Intercalation of Lanthanides into Arene Complexes


  • Nicholas Becker, The Connection Between Style and Political Message In Yellow Earth (1984)
  • Sean Conroy, Understanding Chinese-Taiwanese Relations Through Film: The Cases of At Cafe 6 (2016) and Night Market Hero (2011)
  • Daniel Harwood, Wolf Warrior II (2017): Insight into Chinese Nationalism, Racism, and Masculinity
  • Nikki Matsuoka, The Influence of WeChat on China’s Social Commerce
  • Matthew May, Exploring Western Influence and Concession Culture in China Through Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution (2007)
  • Julianna McCann, The Poet Yu Xiuhua: Is Her Success Connected to “Inspiration Porn?”
  • Marlena Napier-Smith, Ecocriticism or Political Criticism? An Analysis of the Genre of Still Life (2006)
  • Emma Yanco, American and Chinese Consumer Cultures and Their Mobile Payment Systems

Cinema and Media Studies

  • Karina Bayrakdarian, Pomegranates, Sheep, and Mountains: Cultural Memory in Armenian Avant-Garde Film.
  • Ruth Coolidge, Not-So-Foreign Film: An Analysis of Highly Successful Non-English Films in the United States
  • Patrick Faulkner, Avant-Reality TV: Searching for Sincerity
  • Saira Khan, Pussy, Performance, and Protest: a theoretical and cinematic analysis of Black female identity performance in the contemporary rap and hip-hop visual sphere
  • Hunter Olstein, Film: ScreenT(est)Talks
  • Isha Parkhi, The Trauma of a Developing Nation: An exploration of three mainstream films in post-liberalisation Bollywood cinema that unpack the haunting memory of trauma
  • Jake Samieske, Representational Materialism in America’s Visual Culture: The Cinematic Investment in Whiteness and the Digital Resistance.
  • Caroline Washington, Defining the Teenage Girl in Film
Honors projects
  • Jane Nealey, Layover (16 minutes) and Life/Death: A Reckoning through the work of Frederick Wiseman (56 minutes)
  • Ava Witonski, Buried Flame (4 minutes) and Bright Lights (24 minutes)


  • Madeleine Cavallino, Forever Boldly Going: Mythological Structure in Roddenberry’s Star Trek.
  • Jeffery Martinez, Political and Racial Misrepresentations of the Ancient Mediterranean in Contemporary Media
  • Francesca Parson, Exploiting the Past: Visual Rhetoric in the Propaganda of Augustus and Mussolini

Computer Science

  • Amr Abdelhady, Ryan Friedman, Peter Kelly, and Grace Woolson, Insights for Counseling Center Data
  • Roger Danilek, Nathan Koike, Liam O’Connor, and Vanessa Vincent Martinez, Transcription of Historical Text
  • Jiin Jeong, Kirubel Tesfaye, Séamus Wiseman, and Emma Yanco, HillSkills: Collaborating Hamiltonians
  • Nathaniel Adair, Nonso Mogor, and Sam Vigneault, Fully Searchable Shaker Manifesto 
  • Ben Kallus, Jake Lanning, and Alma Thompson, Graph Structure of Cells and Nanowires
  • Connor Cates, Chad Dubin, Jack Scacco, and Louise Thompson, Hamilton Faculty Voting

Creative Writing

  • TJ Berley, Dawnbringers
  • Emily Brewer, Heartless
  • Madeleine Cavallino, Five Stories
  • Kelly Collins, In the Silence of These Women
  • Avery Cook, A Peep Into the Country
  • Ruth Coolidge, A Michigan Field Guide on Waterways, Bears, and Fire-Building
  • Julia Dupuis, When No One Is Watching
  • Kayah Hodge, Real Life
  • Lynn Kim, Fragility
  • Tiffany Lopes, When the Glass Bottle Breaks
  • Bianca Macdonald, Driving Forces
  • Brendan Manley, Giza, Daughter of Calamity
  • Max Mayer, Sophie and the Cynanthropy
  • Julianna McCann, Unwell Woman
  • Emily Midgley, Something Tangible
  • Stephanie Milam, Délajo
  • Megan O’Hara, Fickle Things
  • Dorothy Poucher, The Four-Way Stop on Mulberry Lane
  • Haruna Shimizu, Counting the Seconds in a Time-Lapse Tunnel
  • Julia Stevens, Novella
  • Alina van den Berg, I Said, Don’t Touch Me
  • Kayla White, A.F.R.O.: The First Mission
  • Heidi Wong, Lavinia does not die and instead becomes a poet


Honors Theses
  • Garrett Callen, Financial Development and the Trade Openness-Economic Growth Relationship
  • Jakeb Camel, Hospital Ownership Type and Length of Stay: Does Profit Structure Influence the Patient Experience?
  • Robert Dotterer, The Impact of Armed Conflict on Human Capital Outcomes in South Sudan
  • Craig Engert, The Efficient Market Hypothesis: A Case Study in Mega-Mergers
  • Benjamin Gardner, The Efficiency of “Magic Formula” and “Warren Buffett” Equities: Passive Strategies that Outperform Market Indices
  • Xingyu He, Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Related to COVID-19: a Cross-sectional Study in the U.S.
  • Daniel Heintz, Lateral Damage: The Impact of Sanctions on Neighboring Countries’ International Trade Flows
  • Jiin Jeong, More to Cryptos than Bitcoin: A GARCH Risk Modeling of Heterogeneous Cryptocurrencies
  • Everett Johnson, Misspecification Risk: Simple Models Improve Asset Return Forecast Accuracy
  • Joshua Labonte, An Investigation into What Affects Chief Executive Officer Compensation
  • Anna Neumann, Disparities in Obesity Rates between Rural and Urban Adults: Results from the California Health Interview Survey
  • Sajan Palanki, An analysis of the economic effects of SARS-CoV-2
  • Conor Quinn, PG&E’s Rising Prices’ Impact on Residential Electricity Consumption.
  • Jafar Sharipov, The effects of the 2006 Yogyakarta Earthquake on marriage age in Indonesia.
  • Adeoto Sotinwa, Terrorism as a Brain Drain Push Factor: Evidence from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Insurgency.
  • Frederick Xongmixay, Title: Is the Japanese Market a Safe Haven? Evidence from Contagion Analysis
  • Jianyi Yang, Stock Market Participation and Financial Literacy in China

Environmental Studies

  • Lupita Cabanillas, Assessing the dimensions of climate justice in the Green Climate Fund
  • Lindsay Canaday, Asha Grossberndt, Sara Jadbabaie, and Ravena Pernanand, What Should We Be Doing About Dairy? Perceptions, Beliefs and Culture of Dairy
  • Amy Harff, Emily Walther, Hannah Katz, and Henry Elkind, If Dairy Could Talk: Understanding Dairy in Upstate New York through the Stories We Tell
  • Avery Morgan, Hannah Käufer, Jonathan Dong, Jon Beniers, and Robbie Rioux,  If Theres a Will, Is there a Whey? Barriers to sustainable technologies, conservation programs and alternative business practices on small-to-medium-sized dairy farms
  • Emmett Orgass, Estimating ocean acidification footprints
  • Rebecca Ridgway, Understanding New York farmers’ perspectives on soil carbon sequestration and N2O emissions reductions
  • Robbie Rioux, Land use-based nutrient modeling: A path forward to controlling Harmful Algal Blooms in the Skaneateles Lake watershed
  • Abby Roller, Smart and successful?: An evaluation of community engagement practices and definitions of success in New York State's Climate Smart Communities Program
  • Hans Wydler, Avian biodiversity in different land types on Hamilton College campus
  • Celine Yam, Maddie Beitler, Emma Stuart, and Max Zimmerman, Environmental Impacts and Information Management on Dairy Farms

French and Francophone Studies

  • Sam Alderson, L’Algérie et la France en gros plan: Réponses politiques et sociales au cinéma de fiction
  • Rosa Carter, Complexité de l’identité sous l’angle de la pensée postcoloniale
  • Ellen Chinchilli, La beauté est dans la rue: l’intersection photographique du regard masculin, la mode féminine et la féminité à Paris, 1960-1970
  • Julianna DeSimone, Langue, écriture, et mémoire collective dans l’œuvre de Leïla Sebbar et Anna Moï
  • Joseph FilippettiLa comédie des différences dans la société française
  • Abby Henkel, La Parisienne fantasmée: Les représentations des femmes dans les films de la Nouvelle Vague
  • Paige Hinchey, La langue comme outil de marginalisation scolaire: le système éducatif laïc français
  • Gus Huiskamp, L’être et le noir: La colonialité à l'intersection de la Négritude et de la philosophie française.
  • Amari Leigh, De Bohème à B.O.S.S.: L’esthétisation de l’identité en révolte et les défaillances de “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité” à travers le rap français.
  • Elisabeth LoweLa comédie controversée: la tradition satirique française du Moyen Âge à Charlie Hebdo
  • Elijah Marris, Le rôle de la langue et du langage dans les œuvres comiques françaises, depuis la farce médiévale jusqu'au stand up de nos jours
  • Haruna Shimizu, L’écrivaine française dans le japonisme littéraire: exotisme et désirs de femmes dans Komati de Judith Gautier et Le Dernier amour du prince Genghi de Marguerite Yourcenar
  • Olivia Wenzel, Laisse-moi te chanter’: perspectives féministes à travers la musique
  • Kayla White, L’évolution du genre dans la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture (1868-1945)


  • Cristian Calixto, Ostracods in the Turkana Basin: An Analysis of Paleoecology and Sedimentology through Space and Time
  • Fiona Duckworth, Garnets of New York State: A Review of their Occurrences and Properties
  • Juanita Gordon, Guide for the Identification of Saint Kitts Carbonate Sand
  • Tierney Latham, Spinel: The Hidden Gem of New York
  • Meg Manning, Analysis of Paleosol-based Proxies from the Turkana Basin through Paleoenvironment and Paleoclimate reconstruction
  • Erin Pimentel, Previously Unrecognized Submarine Mass Transport Deposits in Limestones of the Eocene Dungul Formation, Western Desert, Egypt
  • Mairin Rogers, Saint Martin Beach Sand: A Guide to the Carbonate Grains
  • Maggie Ryan, Creating a Numerical Groundwater Flow Model of the Oriskany Creek Valley Aquifer
  • Yuheng Zheng, Documenting Reactivated Basement Faults through Mapping and Interpretation of Riedel Shears in Mesozoic Sandstones in Northern Sudan Using High Resolution Satellite Imagery in Google Earth

German Studies

  • James Gallagher, Christa Wolf’s Was Bleibt and Social Alienation in the GDR Political System
  • Hannah Käufer, Success is Not Emancipation: Illusions of Equality in Irmgard Keun’s Das kunstseidene Mädchen
  • Theodore Simson, Political Fallacies in Cold War Architecture at Stalinallee and the Hansa District
  • Hudson Smith, Forgery Without Origin: Deconstructing Authority in Thomas Bernhard’s Alte Meister


Honors Theses
  • Will Andriola, Patterns of Opposition Electoral Performance in Authoritarian States: The 2020 Russian Regional Elections
  • Johanna Bowen, Youth Participation in the 2020 General Election: the Case of a Swing State
  • Alma Bradley, What’s the matter in Cincinnati?: Examining police reform success through community satisfaction
  • Lily Delle-Levine, Women Empowered and Women In Power: An Analysis of Factors Influencing Women’s Decision to Run for Political Office in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  • Lizzie Ely, The Myth of Judicial Independence: A Study on the U.S. Supreme Court and its Political Polarization
  • Carson Goos, WIC Uptake: A Case Study of Virginia and Maryland
  • Emma Liles, Investigating Violence Against Native American Women
  • Matt McGoey, A Study of the Relationship Between Public Policy and COVID-19 Deaths

Hispanic Studies

  • London Barreras, La historia oficial: descubriendo la verdad real de la guerra sucia
  • Andrew Charman, La palabra escrita como conquistador
  • Noah Giovannelli, Carancho y Neoliberalismo: Los Efectos de una Sociedad Corrupta
  • Amy Glanzer, El acceso médico en los documentales How to Survive a Plague y Está todo bien: un análisis de clase, género y raza
  • Joel Harper, La Ropa, la Ceniza, y la Casa: Un Análisis de las Representaciones de la Slow Violence en La Tierra y La Sombra
  • Claire Inzerillo, El sistema público de salud en Argentina: la cultura de la enfermedad de un estado contra un público dividido
  • Philip Marks, La evolución de la violencia lenta dentro de La tierra y la sombra
  • Charlotte Miller, Filmando la fluidez: Navegando las categorías sexuales y sociales en el cine de la Movida madrileña
  • Nonso Mogor, Landfall (Cecilia Aldarondo, 2020): una mirada dentro de Puerto Rico, la fachada de un documental y cómo la cinematografía cuenta su propia historia
  • Savannah Ryan, El impacto del neoliberalismo en el sector de sanidad pública en Argentina
  • Tessa Ryan, Cómo el sistema neoliberal en Colombia empeora la calidad de asistencia médica y su representación en el cine colombiano
  • Hans Wydler, Perspectivas hacia la naturaleza andina y el turismo moderno en los Andes
Honors presentations
  • Sophia Archos, La ideología feminista en Jamás el fuego nunca de Diamela Eltit
  • Sadye Bobbette, Discerniendo a horcajadas entre la(s) realidad(es): un recorrido a través de la ficción de Jorge Luis Borges
  • Matthew Cappelletti, Los patrones de la narcocultura en Colombia y México
  • Gianni Hill, Dos poetas, dos Cubas, una musa: el escapismo en las obras de José Martí y Reinaldo Arenas
  • Grace Janes, Matemáticas fallidas: Incertidumbre, inducción, y deducción en estéticas de suspenso
  • Aaron Kraus, Representaciones revolucionarias de Martí y el Che: Juventud, humanización e idealización de dos revolucionarios en José Martí: el ojo del canario y Diarios de motocicleta
  • Olivia Rodrigues, Amor: ¿eres tú, Modernismo?


  • Antton De Arbeloa, Othli From Sea to Sea: A History of Aztec Pathways and Spanish Colonialism From Acapulco to Veracruz, 1500-1600
  • Jesse Elmer, Teutonic Brothers: Britain’s Affinity with Germany Before WWI
  • Anna Gagliardi, Cult of Corpses: The Postmortem Journeys of Russia’s Past Leaders
  • Ben Kaplan, Rewriting History: The Historiography of Print and China
  • McKenna McLean, “All Shades of Political Opinion”: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Early 20th-Century Ulster
  • Hunter Olstein, Gender in the Crusades: The Historiography of Women Crusaders
  • Peter Schavee, The Makings of Biotechnology from Kendall Square to San Francisco
Honors Presentations
  • Cameron Blair, Bullets and Wizards: A Struggle for the Spatial Heart of Washington, D.C.
  • Jay Carhart, Two Pittsburghs: Conflicting Narratives of Public Housing in the Steel City, 1940-1980
  • Joseph Fraser, “To Drive Nature Out with a Pitchfork”: Explaining the Inverse Trajectories of the Abolition of Slavery in the United States and the Abolition of Serfdom in the Russian Empire
  • Gus Huiskamp, Public Opinion and Responsible Democracy: Populism in the Behavioralist Imagination
  • Erica Ivins, Recognizing and Reconstructing African Agency: Self-Liberation and the End of Slavery in French Colonial West Africa, 1857-1903
  • Adriana Jonas, Witnessing Atrocity Across Time: Stanley Kerr and the Reconstruction of the Humanitarian
  • Christine Walsh, Tonantzin Guadalupe: Mother and Virgin of Reappearance (1521-1649)

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science
  • Sophia Archos, La Vía Campesina: a case study of social movement participation in El Salvador and Honduras
Interdisciplinary Studies in Law and Social Justice Studies
  • Kavya Crasta, Foreigners at Home, Natives Abroad: An Exploration of Christian Indians’ Social Status in India and the United States


  • Gabrielle Buck, Whose Tragedy Is It: An Examination of the Tragic Patriarchs in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and C.E. Morgan’s The Sport of Kings
  • Gretchen Dowdy, Dickinson’s Poems: Religion and Poetry
  • Justin Felhaber, Manhood in Beloved: Bloom and G & G’s Intersection?
  • Natasha Lane, Men, Women, and Ghosts: Gender as the Instigator of Trauma within a Dying Southern Patriarchy
  • Nicole Miller, “Let Ahab Beware of Ahab”
  • Olivia Rodrigues, Ladies, Ladies, Ladies: The Representation of Women in Matthew Gregory Lewis’ The Monk
Honors Presentations
  • Isabel Bates, Loyalty and Lust: A Close Reading of Aaron’s Interactions with Tamora in Modern Productions of Titus Andronicus
  • Genevieve Cohen, Unlocking the Roman à Clef: Gossip as a Literary Concept in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance
  • Daniella Edwards, Contemplating Race and the Sentimental Genre in Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Haley Katz, Toward a Moral Education in Literature: A Comparison between Lolita and Johnny Mad Dog
  • Philip Marks, Gloria Naylor’s 1996: Where From Breeds Content
  • Cliff Musial, The Hybrid “Half-Life” of a Bird-Man and a Spider-God: Hybridity of Bodies, Minds, and Cultures in China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station and H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories
  • Kyra Richardson, A Portrait of Gertrice/Altrude: (Self-)Portraiture and Alterity in Gertrude Stein’s Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
  • Leo Ross, Feeling Like a Jew
  • Majestic Terhune, Performing Queenship: The Fairy Queen in the Elvetham and Ditchley Progresses
  • Eleonor Wolf, An Incomprehensible Passage of Time: Authorial Control and Bewilderment in “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Swimmer”
  • Stephanie Wu, The Evolution of the Woman Warrior’: Reconfiguring Asian American Femininity

Mathematics and Statistics

Honors Projects
  • Aurora Cai, Options and derivative securities: a binomial model
  • Dayeon (Emma) Cheong, Likelihood ratio methods for evaluating forensic methods
  • Lindsay Gearty, How race, income, and education relate to internet access in US counties
  • Alexandra Golub, A look at Lie groups important to physics
  • Xingyu He, Restricitve Bolzmann machines
  • Jafar Sharipov, A simple proof that e is irrational
  • Xia (Summer) Sheng, The effect of network structure and intervention on the spread of COVID-19
  • Theodore Simson, Social distancing optimization using a mixed-integer linear programming
  • Qianqian (Jade) Xu, Queueing theory and applications to blockchain


Honors Thesis
  • Kevin Sanderson, Mozart’s Tchaikovskiana & The Evolution of Sonata-Allegro Form


  • Ella Antolini, Sensory integration in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Allison Babbitt, What are you feeling? A Virtual Reality study on pain perception and interoception
  • Karina Bayrakdarian, Impaired Motor Sequence Learning and Compensatory Mechanisms in Huntington’s Disease
  • Alyssa Bonanno, Examination of adenosine A, receptor mediated neuroprotection in the visual pathway of Trachemys scripta during anoxia
  • Erin Bryant, Dolls & zombies & avatars, oh my: Evaluating the uncanny valley effect through part-whole facial processing
  • Lily Charron, Therapeutic potential of neuropeptide Y in treating hyperalgesia in a rat model of PTSD
  • Gillian Driscoll, Towards a functional role of tyramine beta-hydroxylase related protein
  • Anna Lyndaker, Can white noise improve focus in adults with ADHD symptoms?
  • Alanna McGill, COVID-19 Prevention in Colleges
  • Emma Parkhurst, Statistical learning in infancy
  • Caroline Paulson, Effects of developmental lead exposure on activity rhythms in Drosophila
  • Sarah Pierpont, Effects of Lead Toxicity on Drosophila Behavior
  • Maya Taliaferro, The interaction of explicit and implicit processes in motor learning: Influence of task complexity
  • Ashley Thayaparan, How negative consequences affect learning and decision making in an intergroup context
  • Vera Wang, Women’s bodies and attentional biases in individuals with eating disorder symptomatology


  • Honor Allen, Panic Attacks
  • Luke Carstens, For Perceptual Ultimacy: On Bogen’s “Empiricism and After”
  • Vince Conn, How Does Whiteness as the Norm Create White Privilege, and How Does the Privilege Contest the Idea that America is a Democracy When it Comes to the Right to Vote?
  • Henry Curcio, Boredom
  • Daniel DeMatteo, Autonomy and Technical Mediation: A new look into the effects of ICT and machine learning
  • Ryan Dilello, Philosophy and the Adversary Method
  • Daniel Flores-Santiago, Justice and Practical Wisdom in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics
  • Levi Freinberg-Trufas, Against Therapy
  • Danielle Hirsch, Towards a Better Theory of Happiness
  • Chris Mailman, Learning to Crash
  • Matthew May, Am I Allowed to Cook Italian Food? Reflections on Cooking and Eating
  • Kate Mullin, Exploring the Autobiography: An Exercise in Personal Reflection
  • Riley Nichols, Making Space for Wonder: Experiential Education and Community Building Through Virtual Philosophy With Children
  • Anjali Papadopoulos, Using Lysander Spooner’s Essay on the Trial by Jury & Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience to Establish the Case for a Transparent Jury Trial for Whistleblowing Prosecutions Under the 1917 Espionage Act
  • Jono Quinn, Life on Two Wheels
  • Liam Rogers and Patrick Faulkner, Philosophy of Voyeurism
  • Ryan Stewart, Drugs in School: Weed, Universities and the War on Drugs
  • Séamus Wiseman, Reviving the Public Good: A Case for Enforcing an Ethical Monism


  • Mitch Bierman, Crowding in active colloidal particle solution: A more optimized model for cellular cytoplasm
  • Lily Brackett, Sense(ors) and Magnetic Sensibility: Proving We Can Map a Uniform Magnetic Field
  • Calen Carron, Magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor Bubble Disruptions and Their Effect on the Magnetic Field in a Black Hole Accretion Disk Simulation
  • Andrew Charman, Building a 3-Season Portable Tiny House
  • Mufudzi Chogugudza, Engineering of Helmholtz Apparatus and Gradiometer
  • Sean Conroy, Ultrasonic Transmission Through a Single Layer of Bubbles
  • Adriana Cruz, Physics of a Peruvian Water Whistle
  • Sammi D’Angelo, Using Faraday Rotation to Measure Relative Densities and Polarization of a Rubidium-Potassium Hybrid Cell
  • Peter Fisher, How It Stood The Test Of Time: Modeling the Efficiency Hamilton College’s Solar Classroom
  • Lindsay Gearty, Porting Code and Assessing Expectations for Measuring Faraday Rotation
  • Alex Golub, Voynich Manuscript: An Exploration of the Table and Grille Generating Method
  • Thomas Graham, Measuring Magnetic Fields with a Hall Effect Sensor
  • Colin May, Exploring Orbits in Modified Newtonian Dynamics
  • Andrew Projansky, On Exponential Corrections to Black Hole Entropy
  • Catherine Ryczek, IV LEED Analysis of Silica Structures on an Oxygen Covered Ru(0001) Substrate
  • Patricia Shiebler, Developing High School and Undergraduate Physics Teaching and Learning Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Karina Sirabian, Examining the Effects of the Magnetic Rayleigh Taylor Instability in Thin Magnetically-Arrested Accretion Disks around Black Holes
  • Hudson Smith, Examining the Impact of Blend Ratio and Annealing Time on the Densities of Thin Squaraine Films
  • Leenie Wilcox, Exploring a Repulsive Regime within the Symmetron Model of Modified Gravity
  • Bentley Wilking, Investigating the Effects of Streamlining Organic Solar Cell Production and Efficiency Measurements to Improve Consistency and Reduce Degradation
  • Lucas Wright, Microfluidic Fluorescent Nanodiamond Sorting
  • Jade Xu, Outward Transportation of Angular Momentum in Magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor Instability Model and its Relationship with Accretion of Black Holes


  • Carlie Abraham, Reducing Racism in the Police Force: Testing the Effectiveness of Empirically-Based Implicit Bias Training among Three US Police Departments
  • Kalea Blaustein, Talking About Feelings: Linking Parental Emotion Socialization to Emotional Competence and Conflict Management
  • Maggie Carmen, Staying Socially Connected with Just One Click: Fulfilling Our Need to Belong on Social Media During a Pandemic
  • Amelia Casparian, Police are Biased, but I’m Not: The Racial Bias Blindspot in Stop and Search Decisions
  • Katherine Cronin, “The Verdict is In”: The Effect of Legal Insanity and Mental Health Knowledge on Guilt Perceptions
  • Emily Cutajar, Does Social Anxiety Moderate the Relationship Between Self-Awareness and Social Conformity in an Online Setting?
  • Kelly Elugardo, “Are You Okay?” Examining Links Between Early Parent-Child Relationships, Stress, and Empathy
  • Gustavo Gonzalez, Turn On, Tune In, Take a Deep Breath: The Effects of Psilocybin on Patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Jessica Haviland, Predicting Child Emotion Dysregulation and Anxiety from Emotion Dismissing Parenting: The Role of Physical Activity
  • Amanda Johnson, Does Generalized Trust Predict Delay of Gratification After a Violation of Trust?
  • Benjamin Keller, The Role of Reflection in Implementing Digital Game Based Learning into Classrooms
  • Amanda Kim, Waste Not, Cheat Not: The Effects of Resource Availability on Cheater Detection
  • Krissi Kim, Who Gets the Toilet Paper? The Effect of Perceived Vulnerability on Inequity Aversion
  • Kate Labosky, The Effect of Situational Cues on Experiences of SES-Based Stereotype Threat
  • Anne Larkin, Won’t Sad Music Make You Sadder? Analyzing Music Listening Choices
  • Karen Lin, The Roles of Health Literacy and Anxiety on Health Behaviors During COVID-19
  • Brian Lynch, Unmasking Humanity: The Impact of Face Masks on Dehumanization
  • Max Mayer, Why Did She Struggle? Gender Salience and Stereotypicality in the Ultimate Attribution Error
  • Elle McCusker, Who Wears Fashionable Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Why: The Moderating Role of Social Comparison Orientation, Public Self-Consciousness, and Status Consumption
  • Noemi Meli, Can We Just Talk? Longitudinal Associations between Parent-Child Conversations about Mental Health and Child Emotion Regulation
  • Jonina Mignon, “Just Doing Their Jobs”: Police Defendants and the Influence of Training on Jury Verdicts
  • Duc Pham, “Are You a Homophobic Racist?”: Applying the Theory of Generalized Prejudice in the Discrimination-Distress Link
  • Kate Piacenza, Athletes’ Use of Cognitive Reappraisal and Expressive Suppression in Relation to Performance
  • Iftikhar Ramnandan, Does Self-Compassion Reduce Self-Handicapping Following a Threat to Academic Competence in People with Contingent Self-Esteem?
  • Erin Rosen, The Impact of Choice and Contingent Self-Esteem on Post-Failure Well-Being and Intrinsic Motivation
  • Sophie Ruzecki, False Confessions: The Effects of Jury Instructions and Group Deliberation on Verdict and Perceived Coercion
  • Perrin Salewood, The Association Between Coaching Style and Student Athlete Well-being and Mental Health
  • Maximilian Scheidl, Generalized Improvements in Performance: The Influence of Extended Practice and Varied Environment
  • Andrew Schultheiss, Send Them to Jail or Talk it Out? A Look into Willingness to Engage in Restorative Justice
  • Montana Sprague, The Impact of Pandemic Isolation and Parent Fear Behavior on Social Anxiety in Children
  • Michelle Sun, Teaching Children (Book) Shelf-Control: Priming Children to Delay Gratification through Storytelling
  • Anna Tinker, Combatting the Harmful Effects of Concealing Mental Health Status on Management of Mental Illness
  • Amalia Tobias, The Struggles of Social Distancing and Zoom Classes: ADHD Symptomatology and College Adjustment During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Christine Tomasi, I Won’t Buy It! Connecting Consume Anger and Moral Licensing to Boycott Decisions
  • Erin Urbaniak, Dissociative Identity Disorder: The Effect of the Mass Media on Public Perception
  • Vanessa Vincent Martinez, The Effects of White Guilt on Punishment: A Moral Cleansing Approach
  • Samantha Wolfe, Predicting Adolescent Body Dissatisfaction and Depression: The Role of Parental Comments and Negative Emotionality
  • Jianyi Yang, Do Self-Control Strategies Improve COVID-19 Prevention Adherence?

Public Policy

  • Milo Donovan, Alleviating Traffic in New York City: Evaluating the Nation’s First Plan for Congestion Pricing
  • Rachel Fein, The Inescapable Weight of Socioeconomic Status: Factors Considered by Superintendents in Opening Schools During COVID-19
  • Noah Giovannelli, Police Homicide: Does Police Representativeness Matter?
  • Gianni Hill, Cost and Effectiveness of Various Policy Responses to Aviation Noise Pollution in Revere, MA
  • Claire Inzerillo, Tuning In: A Content Analysis of How the Media Frames the Issue of Immigration, and Its Relation to Political Polarization
  • Kelsey Knapp, Charter Schools and Their Target Demographics: Charter School Location in Brooklyn, NY
  • Jaydin Knight, Implicit Discrimination: The Relationship Between Blackness and Eviction Rates
  • Aaron Kraus, Prison is No Place for a Pandemic: A Comparative Analysis of COVID-19 Responses in State Prison Systems
  • Arlyn Lopez, Race, Class, and COVID-19: Disease and Death in Pandemic New York City
  • Casey Macolino, The Relationship Between Building Height and Rent in Washington, D.C. Why Affordable Housing Activists Are Sabotaging Themselves
  • Nikki Matsuoka, The Train Through Paradise: Fragmentation of Authority and Honolulu’s Rail Transit Project
  • Michael McEneney, Inescapable Partisanship: The Factors Governors Weigh When Responding to COVID-19
  • Kayleigh Miller, Division in America: The Role of Internet, Cable Television, and Radio in Political Polarization
  • Julia Rowland, What Drives Attendance at a WNBA Regular Season Home Game?
  • Jake Samieske, Reconsidering Mental Health as a Socioeconomic Issue Through the Lens of Inequality
  • Maria Valencia, Can We Really Defund the Police?  An Empirical Study of Policy and Crime in Large U.S. Cities
  • Alexander Walen, What Factors Drive Illegal Immigration?  An Empirical Analysis of the Economic Factors that Affect Immigration Flows in the European Union
  • Celine Yam, Telework and Climate Change in New York City

Religious Studies

  • Peter Kelly, The Devil’s Advocate: The Satanic Temple’s Fight for Religious Freedom
  • Camille Laude, Creation through Replication: The Camino Cebu of Philippines
  • Emma Walsh, Rituals at Nalanda Buddhist Monastery in the Seventh Century 

Russian Studies

  • Leo Ross, My Summer with Anna: Contextualization and the Reading Process
  • Edward Shvetz, The Search for and the Tragedy of Russia’s Destiny


  • Leslie Arevalo, BLM and COVID-19 at a PWI: How Asian and Black students come to terms with racial identity at Hamilton College
  • Kaja Bielecka, Life on Hold: The Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Career Aspirations of College Graduates
  • Josie Blatt, Adjusting to Zoom University: The Impact of Social Network Changes on Student Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Gigi de Hechavarria, Making Sense of Parenting and its Intergenerational Transmission
  • Kendall Discenza, A Widespread Shift to Functional Medicine: What factors will lead to the adoption of these practices?
  • Honor Gabriel, Does the Apple Fall Far from the Tree? A Study on the Transmission of Parental Versus Non-Parental Values in Young Adult Attitude Formation
  • Abby Goodman, From 19 Kids & Counting to 90 Day Fiancé - Why do we watch?: Understanding Why and How We Watch Reality TV About Families
  • Diamond Jackson, It’s Not Giving What Yall Said It’s ‘Posed to Gave: A Racial Campus Climate Study at Hamilton College
  • Julie Kokot, “Nobody Ever Tries to Gain Weight”: An Analysis of Chronically Ill and Healthy, College Aged Women’s Body Images
  • Emma Lynam, Moralism vs. Meritocracy: The Impact of the Religiosity of Private Education on Student Life Aspirations
  • Hope Medina, “So Lucky,” but “So Stressed:” How Mothers Negotiate Childcare During COVID-19
  • Jay Menner, Conceptualization of Future Family Amongst College Adults
  • Isha Parkhi, Conditional Vulnerability: Examining the impact of gender identity on college students’ perceptions of romance and intimacy
  • Emily Rivito, What Can I Do For You? How Spheres and Skills Collaborate with Past Experiences to Promote Trust
  • Holly Sauer, The Role of “Sorry”: Gender, Status, and Apologies
  • Caitlin Stern, Managing Academic and Social Pressure with Prescription Drugs


  • Jack Clark, directing, The Bear by Anton Chekhov
  • Duncan Davies, directing, Talking Chairs by Charles Mee
  • Lily Delle-Levine, directing, Trifles by Susan Glaspell
  • Lizzie Ely, Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
  • Rebekah Fowler, directing, Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill
  • Gus Gonzales and Kenny Letts, directing, Eat the Taste by Greg Kotis
  • Danielle Hirsch, directing, Medea Redux by Neil Labute
  • Emily Midgley, directing, (Just/Not) Like That, devised piece
  • Ndanu Mutisya, directing, The Winner by Amy Berryman

Women’s and Gender Studies

  • London Barreras, Motherhood Viewed as an Integral Part of Femininity: Media Representation of Women Voluntarily without Children
  • Yuri Choi, An Examination on the Level of Assimilation for Asian-Identifying Individuals of Hamilton College
  • Carson Goos, The Kavanaugh Hearing: A Site of Gendered Analysis
  • Emma Grace Liles, Women and Law: Deconstructing Dichotomy in Pursuit of Equality
  • Sam Zachar, Attitudes Toward Mental Health Treatment Among Black and White Cisgender College Students

World Politics

Honors Theses
  • Peter Case, Law and Order: Exploring Regime Counter-framing in Central America
  • Liesl Guenther, Far Right Parties in Europe: a case study of Germany, Denmark, Spain and Portugal
  • Savannah Kelly, La invisibilidad en la latinidad: A comparative study on racialized poverty in Ecuador and Peru.
  • Amari Leigh, Hashtagging Repression: Stigma, Women's Movements, and the Role of the State in Brazil

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