Student Senior Theses

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Complete version of Anthropology senior projects at the library's Digital Commons linked below.

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What does a senior project in Anthropology entail?

Anthropology Program Handbook for Senior Project Proposals & Preparations in Junior Year

File: Final Version Guidelines for SProj.pdf

Senior Projects 2018

“No Longer a ‘Silent Remembrance’: Excavating 18th-Century German American Identity in the Hudson Valley”
Anthropology and Historical Studies
by KATHERINE ANN ALBERT    
Project Adviser: Christopher Lindner

“The Politics of Distinction and Exchange in Displacement: How Aesthetics Become Ethical”
by JOY HUDA AL-NEMRI   
Project Adviser: Gregory Duff Morton

“Sorting Crabs: An Analysis of Tourism, Economy, Labor, and State Division at Zhoushan Fish Market”
by XI BAO
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“We Get Better: (Re)Negotiating Power Dynamics in a Brooklyn Charter School”
Concentration: Africana Studies
by INDIRA DHANIA BISRAM   
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“'Hope Springs Eternal in the Human Breast,' an exploration of feminist and womanist perspectives of the breast from the 1960s to the present"
Concentration: Gender and Sexuality Studies
by GAVRIELA BURSTON
Project Adviser: Michèle D. Dominy

“Musical Infrastructures and Techniques of Survival in Dakar”
Anthropology and Music
Concentration: Africana Studies
by SIMON CHARLES DEBEVOISE
Project Adviser: Maria Sonevytsky

“Water Music New York: Listening Adventurously on the Albany Symphony’s Journey along the Erie Canal”
by RACHEL CLAIRE EISEMANN
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther

“Event, Narrative, File: Ethnography of a Nonprofit Mental Health Clinic for Children”
by RILEY ERIN GRIFFIN  
Project Adviser: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

“‘Brother Can You Spare a Friend?’ Documents, Masculinities, and Histories in a Masonic Lodge”
by HAYDEN FRANKLYN WILLIAM HARD
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther

“Fashioning Seoul: Everyday Practices of Dress in the Korean Wave”
Concentration: Experimental Humanities
by EMMA WEISS HOLYST  
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther
 
“‘Pink’ Public Transport: A Necessary Evil?” an ethnography exploring women-only sections of public transportation in Mexico City"
Concentration: Latin American/Iberian Studies
by ELLA DAIR MCLEOD
Project Adviser: Gregory Duff Morton
 
“The Village of Hope: Community Reformation in Post-Katrina New Orleans”
Anthropology and Film and Electronic Arts
by MILAN ALICIA MILLER
Project Advisers: Ephraim Asili and Laura Kunreuther

“(Un)packing the Natural: Exploring Tactics of Empowerment for Girls through Outdoor Education”
by AVALON BLUE QIAN
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“Knowing Water: Science and the Politics of Knowledge Production along the Saw Kill”
Anthropology and Environmental and Urban Studies
by CARLO DIEGO RAIMONDO 
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki
 
“The State and Its Aftermath”
by JOSEPH DANIEL SHEEHAN
Project Adviser: Gregory Duff Morton
 
“‘For Us, by Us’: Professionalization and Witnessing in New Orleans”
by VIRGINIA CLAIRE SPERKA
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther
 
“'A Healthy Gorilla Makes a Healthy You: Preventing and PREDICT-I-ng the Next Pandemic Disease,' an ethnographic account of the people, projects, marketing, and scientific practices of EcoHealth Alliance"
Concentration: Global Public Health
by MARK ANTHONY WILLIAMS JR.
Project Adviser: Michèle D. Dominy

Senior Projects 2017

Anthropology: “Blasian and Proud: An Examination of Race and Identity among Half Black and Half Japanese Youth in Japan”

by HELEN ITSEL ARACENA
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

Anthropology: “The Worth of Aura in the Work of Fine Art Publishing,” an anthropological account of the context of display in the creation of aesthetic and economic value

by ALEXANDER KUNIN BACON
Project Adviser: Jonah S. Rubin

“The Alchemy of Brand”
Anthropology and Philosophy

by WALKER WOLF BOCKLEY
Project Advisers: Daniel Berthold, Laura Kunreuther, and Ruth Zisman

"How to Follow Jesus for Life: Reconstituting Youth as Ideal Christian Subjects in Short-Term Mission"
Anthropology and Human Rights

Concentration: Latin American and Iberian Studies

by ELIZABETH V. BOYD
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“A Spatial Affair: Experiencing the Built Environment through Graffiti”

by CHRISTIAN  HERNANDEZ
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther

“Managing Motherhood Online: Authority, Assemblage, and Fetal Personhood”

by JULIET ROSE MALLOUK
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther

“Dancing in the Public Eye: DIY Music and a Child’s Discourse”

by JACOB ELI MERRELL
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther

“Privatizing the Green Line: Solidere and the Postwar Development of Downtown Beirut”

Concentration: Middle Eastern Studies
by JACQUELINE MICHELLE MERRILL

Project Adviser: Jonah S. Rubin

“Look at Where You Listen: A Study of Commercial Music and Mediation”
Anthropology and Music

by THOMAS WALTON MOORE
Project Advisers: Laura Kunreuther and Maria Sonevytsky

"'Material Politics of the Bicycle,' an exploration of how a reading of the material and social aspects of a bicycle are related to larger concepts of class, status, identity, and knowledge"
by JOSHUA DAVID ROTBERT

Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“A Geography of Grief: An Exploration of the Significance of the Northern New Mexican Landscape in the

Grieving Process”
by TRESKA LYDIA STEIN

Project Adviser: Michèle D. Dominy

​​​​​​​“Where Do We Go from Here? Exploring the Shifts in Linguistic and Cultural Identities for Latvian Americans”

by ARIANA VERONIKA ULE
Project Adviser: Michèle D. Dominy

Senior Projects 2016

“Immigration and Remittance Development: Their Effects on Families and Community”
Concentration: Latin American/Iberian Studies
by JORGE ENRIQUE ALTSCHUL DELASHMUTT
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick
 
“Projectile Points as Cultural Markers: Identity and Interaction in the Hudson Valley 5,000 Years Ago”
by RASHIDA DUSHYANTH ALUWIHARE
Project Adviser: Christopher R. Lindner

“Against the Future: One Community’s Revolution of the Everyday”
by EMILY CLARE BROWN
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther

“Working for the Voice: Cultivating the Classically Trained Singer”
Anthropology and Music
by VITALIS IM
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther

“Red Hook Mothers and Discipline: Customs and Practices”
by CAROLINE ISABELLE KNOP
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick

“Sanctioned Silencing, Symbolic Resistance: Race, Space, and Dispossession in a Marginalized South African Community”
Concentration: Africana Studies
by KILLIAN RICHARD MILLER
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“Detangling the Roots: An Analysis of Today’s Natural-Hair Movement”
by SKY MYASIA SEALEY-OTERO
Project Adviser: Diana De G. Brown

“No Tomorrow in the Fruit Business: Precarity and Belonging at Montgomery Place Orchards”
Anthropology and Human Rights
by ILANA SARA SILBER
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“Reconstructing Critical Perspectives: An Excursus on the Archaeological Interpretations of Power and Ideology in the William Paca Garden”
by ERIKA FRANCES WITZENBURG
Project Adviser: Christopher R. Lindner

Senior Projects 2015

“Gated Communities in Gurgaon: Caste and Class on the Urban Frontier”
by ARMAAN MULLICK ALKAZI
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther

“Adapting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Nostalgia for a Childhood That Never Was”
Anthropology and Literature
by HELEN M. BENDIX
Project Adviser: Deirdre d’Albertis

“Accomplices Not Allies: Stepping outside of Liberal Solidarity and into the Bullets and Tear Gas of ‘the Most Moral Army in the World’”
Anthropology and Human Rights
Concentration: Middle Eastern Studies
by CONNOR JOSEPH GADEK
Project Adviser: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

“Diasporic Imaginations: On the Articulation of Intimate History"
Anthropology and Literature
by JESSE ELIZABETH GOLDBERG
Project Adviser: Alex Benson

“Noise, Music, and Social Categories: The Institutionalization of Music at Bard College”
by CAROLYN CLAIRE HIETTER
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther

“Denouncing the Narco State: Corruption, Violence, and Outrage in Coamiles, Mexico”
Concentration: Latin American and Iberian Studies
by TANNYA AMARIS ISLAS
Project Adviser: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

“Public Health and Its Discontents: The Schismogenesis of Childhood Vaccination in Boston, Massachusetts”
Concentration: Global and International Studies
by SOPHIE ELIZABETH LUCRETIA LAZAR
Project Adviser: Diana De G. Brown

“Back to the Oven: Cultural Imaginations of Bread and Community in the Hudson Valley"
Anthropology and Environmental and Urban Studies
by ANTONIA ESTELA PEREZ
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“Engaging Family Values: Global and Religious Dimensions of LGBT Rights in South Africa”
Concentration: Global and International Studies
by GABRIELA ALIS PHILO
Project Adviser: Miles Rodríguez

“Children’s Media and Princess Pedagogy: The Mentoring Roles of Disney’s Princess Franchise in Sofia the First”
by ​​​​​​​KEWING SANCHEZ
​​​​​​​Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

Senior Projects 2014

“Rape Humor in American Society”
by COSETTE ANDUJAR
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick

“Searching for Dignity and Rights: Two Approaches to the Liberation of the Manual Scavenger”               
by LOUIS ISKANDAR BONHOURE
Project Adviser: Peter Rosenblum

“Street Medicine: Guerrilla Health Care in Times of Social Crisis”
by RIXEY CAROLINE BROWNING
Project Adviser: Diana De G. Brown

“Good Game,” an exploration of skill, friendship, and the development of identity in League of Legends 
by LUNA CREE CATINI
Project Adviser: Maria Sachiko Cecire

“The Spiral Growth of Cultural Systems,” a structural analysis of the religious and cosmological structure of the Bhagavata Pur¯ana used as a methodological model for the structural study of human cultural systems
by LOGAN COY DAVIS
Concentration: Africana Studies
Project Adviser: Richard H. Davis

“The Bangwa Queen: Interpretations, Constructions, and Appropriations of Meaning of the Esteemed Ancestress Figure from the Cameroon Grassfields”
by JULIA LYNN DEFABO
Concentration: Africana Studies
Project Adviser: Drew Thompson

“Freedom from Structure and Preparation for Collapse: Dialectical Narratives in Primitive Skills Culture”
by ELISSA IRENE FITTERMAN
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“Banks Are an Organized Interest, Students Aren’t: Voice, Power, and Experience under the Rising Cost of Liberal Education”
by LEE GENSLER
Project Adviser: Michèle D. Dominy

“Tanto va la gatta al lardo che ci lascia lo zampino: The Transformation of Italian Cuisine, Culture, and Identity through Immigration to the United States”
Concentration: Global and International Studies
by KAI LIA GERMANO
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“Performing Syncretism: Corpus Christi in Alangasi, Ecuador”
by CAMILA HERNANDEZ
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick
Dance: “Blending Backgrounds: Ethnography and the Creative Process in Choreography”
Project Adviser: Leah Cox

“Tracing Forms of State Violence: An Ethnographic Examination of Experiences in Turkey”
by JESSICA ZERRIN HOLLE
Concentration: Middle Eastern Studies
Project Adviser: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

“Stories That Tell Themselves: A Study of What Makes Student Newspapers Tick”
by JAY PRINCEVILLE LAWRENCE
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick                                                                                                                                                    

“I Have Been Given This Language and I Intend to Use It: Language, Literature, and Cultural Autonomy in Postcolonial Africa”
by ADRIENNE CLAIRE LUEDERS-DUMONT
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick

“Taking Root: An Ethnographic Study of One Midwestern Community’s Relationship with Agriculture”
by MARNA MARIE MACGREGOR
Project Adviser: Diana De G. Brown

“Learning to Act: How Liberal Arts Students Get NGO Jobs, Join the Revolution, Sell Out, Infiltrate the System, Bus Tables to Pay Loans, or Bring New Worlds into Being,” a paired case study of the Bard Prison Initiative and Environmental and Urban Studies Program
by IAN HELGI MAGNUSSON
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki
                                                                                                                                                   
“The Embattlement of Reproduction: Exploring the Contemporary Pro-Life Movement as Embodied in Crisis Pregnancy Centers”
by MADELINE MARIE MCQUAIL
Project Adviser: Diana De G. Brown                                                                                                                                                   

“Spaces Contained: An Investigation of the Placement of Experimental Dance in Museums”
by JULIA ELIZABETH MEYER
Project Adviser: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
Dance: “Exp(a/e)ndable” and “Stella Rose(n)fell,” an investigation of site-specific work vs. the proscenium stage
Project Adviser: Jean Churchill                                                                                                                                                  

“Trudeau, Tuberculosis, and Trails: The Adirondack Cottage Sanatorium and the Social Dimensions of TB”
by MORAIMA ORTIZ
Concentration: Science, Technology, and Society
Project Adviser: Gregory B. Moynahan

“The Irish Hunger: The Anthropological and Historical Environment of the Irish Potato Famine of 1845”
by JULIA LISANNE PELAEZ
Concentration: Irish and Celtic Studies
Project Adviser: Richard Aldous                                                                                                                                                  

“Christiania, You Bound My Heart: Generating, Negotiating, and Maintaining Boundaries in Copenhagen’s Freetown”
by KARA JO SCHULTZ
Concentration: Experimental Humanities
Project Advisers: Diana De G. Brown and David Kettler                                                                                                                                                

“Growing City,” an ethnography of urban farming in Tokyo
by NICHOLAS GEORGE SUGIHARA
Concentration: Africana Studies
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“Relatively Sexy: Passive Ethnographies by Millennial Americans in Cairo”
by NADINE NADER TADROS
Concentration: Middle Eastern Studies
Project Adviser: Omar Youssef Cheta 

“What Is Dead May Never Die,” an ethnography of Occupy Wall Street, revolutionary neontology, and messianic time after the end of history
by STEVEN TRAN-CREQUE
Concentration: Middle Eastern Studies
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick                                                                                                                                                    

“Low Income, High Ability: Mapping Tensions of Multiple Modernities at the Renzulli Academy”
by ADRIENNE NICHOLE VITULLO
Concentration: Africana Studies
Project Adviser: Christian Crouch

Senior Projects 2013

"My Identity Was a Journey: Blackness, History, and Cultural Heritage in the Construction of African American Identity at Bard College, an analysis of the multiple ways in which African American students articulate their identity"
by Marie Louise Balo Lou
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

"The Environmental Ethic of Wildland Firefighters: A Case Study of the 2002 Biscuit Fire"
by Julia Marie Denning
Advisor: Michèle D. Dominy

"The Gym, the Garage, and the Country Villa: Narratives of Space, Identity, and Retreat at Bard College"
by Jonathan Bernard Greenberg
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

"Mediating the Narcomoment: (In)security, Propaganda, and Journalism in Contemporary Mexico, a critical look at the role of the news in Mexico's ongoing drug war"
by Thomas Parker Hatley
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

"Conventions of Cosplay, an exploration of fandom, gender, and costumes at comic conventions"
by Shana Jean Hausman
Advisor: Abou Farman

"Depression: Illness and Experience at Bard College"
by Samantha Leigh Hyers
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

"Commercialization and Experience: Contemporary Developments in Electronic Dance Music in the United States of America"
by Mihir Maitreya Mukhopadhaya
Advisor: Abou Farman

"Texting the New Habitus: (Re)producing and Negotiating Practices and Expectations of the Texting Medium"
by Daniel Kyoungshik Park
Advisor: Abou Farman

"The Amigos' Swap-Meet Mall: Space, Place, and Latino Identity in a Los Angeles Swap Meet"
by Carlos Ivan Ramos
Advisor: Abou Farman

"Teaching Culture Inside the Classroom: Speech, Space, and Pedagogy"
by Marika Majet Fine Sitz
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

"Reexamining Rape: The Shifting Views amongst College Students on Sex, Rape, and Sexual Violence"
by Emma Victoria Thake
Adviser: Neni Panourgiá

"Here Come the Brides: Strategies to Perform Legitimacy in Lesbian Weddings through the Reimagination of Marriage"
by Molly Ariella Wexler-Romig
Advisor: Allison McKim

"Sacred in the Raw: Cows, Communion, and Cosmology as Experienced by American Yogis through the Sacrament of Biodynamic Raw Milk, an examination of the multidimensional significance of taking raw milk as spiritual sacrament"
by Alexandra Markakis Mills
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

"Muslims and the Media in a Post-9/11 World: A Case Study of the 'Ground-Zero Mosque' Controversy"
by Abby Miles-Ruttenberg
Advisor:  Mairaj Syed

"A Very Merry Palestinian Christmas: Using Bethlehem Tourism to Create a Sovereign Palestine"
by Sarah Stern
Adviser: Neni Panourgiá

"The Cultural System of Medicine: The Sociocultural and Psychological Influences behind the Treatment of Intersexuality"
by Dora Glenn Bowman
Advisor: Kristin Lane