The ISP, or Independent Study Project, is written by students from the undergraduate programs of SIT Study Abroad and relates to a program theme. Using primary sources students choose topics with a manageable focus that can be carried out in a variety of settings, such as schools, nongovernmental organizations or field research stations. During the independent study period students work closely with a project advisor and other key contacts in the field. The ISP is typically a 20- to 40-page paper presented to student colleagues, the academic director and, often, the advisor and other interested host-country individuals.

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Submissions from 2017

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'You become a rock': Conceptions of motherhood and lessons of race as told and photographed by four mothers from Cape Town, South Africa, Kaitlin Abrams, Colgate University

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Tourism and the Vrankrijk as a Safe(r) Space, Megan Adams, American University

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Music as the Guide on the Pathway to Empowerment and Wellbeing. A Narrative on an arts-based Holistic Health Solution., Sabine Adler, Ithaca College

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What, where, why: a survey of Felidae populations at Enashiva Nature Refuge, Tanzania, Lucrecia Aguilar, Rice University

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Homefulness: The Cultural Safety Net in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Joshua Ahearn, Gordon College

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Panji's Present Predicament: the artistic prominence and tension of the Malat in painting and contemporary Balinese performance, Emily Austin, Washington and Lee University

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Fish community assessment of the Bonyic and Teribe Rivers within the Naso-Teribe territory Bocas Del Toro, Panama: Possible implications of Bonyic Dam., Shaylyn Austin, University of Michigan

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Investigation de regeneración natural de plantas vasculares en la Reserva Madrigal del Podocarpus / Investigation of natural regeneration of vascular plants in the Madrigal Reserve of the Podocarpus, Sy Baker, University of Colorado

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A Glimpse into Life on Avenida Caetano: An Auto-Ethnographical Study with Emphasis on Community Health and Social Determinants of Health within an Urban Context in Brotas, Salvador, Brazil, Harleen Bal, University of Richmond

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“Que rica...”: sexualización y exotificación de mujeres migrantes y sus experiencias y percepciones en el centro urbano de Santiago / "How rich ...": sexualization and exotification of migrant women and their experiences and perceptions in the urban center of Santiago, Alexandra Barton, Lafayette College

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El acceso y uso de las pruebas genéticas para la detección precoz de enfermedades congénitas en mujeres embarazadas en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires en el año 2017 \ The access and use of genetic tests for early detection of congenital diseases in pregnant women in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires in the year 2017, Anna Anna Bauer, Franklin & Marshall

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, Katelyn Bergl, University of Colorado Boulder

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The Impact of Program Structure on Language Acquisition and Intercultural Competence: A Comparative Study of Study Abroad Programs in Kunming, China, Samantha Bergman, Smith College

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La resistencia cultural a través del Teatro de las oprimidas para la cultivación de la subjetividad de la mujer en un contexto de violencia de género: un estudio de caso del Colectivo de Mujeres Osadía / Cultural resistance and the cultivation of the subjective through theatre of the oppressed for the woman in a context of gender violence: a case study with Colectivo de Mujeres Osadía in Jose Leon Suarez, Province of Buenos Aires, Lela Biggus, Providence College

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Pluralism and Religious Education In Bali: How lack of implementation of educational reform threatens Indonesian identity in the system used to construct it, Nikolai O. Birch, Occidental College

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The Environmental Paris-ite: The Current and Potential Impacts of the Paris Agreement on Sustainable Finance and the Global Market, Caitlin Boelsen, University of Minnesota

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Foreign Business Entrepreneurship in Cape Town: How To Start A Business - Stories Of 6 Cape Town Based Immigrants, Aleksandra Bogoevska, Hamilton College

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Whiteness Under Pressure: Race, Masculinities, and the Negotiation of Power in a Transforming South Africa, Sarah Bradach, Washington University in St. Louis

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Supermarket savvy: An analysis of psychological exploitation within grocery stores, Calvin Brinkworth, Washington University

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Distribution, diversity, and den locations of Canidae and Hyaenidae species across habitat type at Enashiva Nature Refuge, Grace Bullington, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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El Comienzo de un Cuento: Los Desafíos de Promover la Lectura Infantil en Cochabamba / The Beginning of a Story: The Challenges of Promoting Children's Reading in Cochabamba, Cecilia Caro, Macalester College

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The Roles of Activism and Citizen Science in the Area Covered by the East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement, Ian Corbet, Washington University in St. Louis

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Getting Down to Cannabusiness: How to Proceed with Morocco’s Cannabis Industry & the Resulting Economic and Social Impacts, Laura David, Kenyon College

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Pteropus voeltzkowi and the Understory: A Study of the Behavioral Impacts of the Pemba Flying Fox on the Vegetation and Soil Quality of Pemba Island, Lea Davidson, Macalester College

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Ignorance is Bliss: The Impacts of International Travel and Education on Political Beliefs, Kyle Decker, Loyola University

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Decadal vegetation succession along a chronosequence within Eucalyptus obliqua wet forest, southern Tasmania, Christine Dobbin, Rice University

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La negación de las experiencias de los afrodescendientes en Chile: La manera sistemática para mantener las jerarquías raciales en la sociedad chilena / The denial of the experiences of Afro-descendants in Chile: The systematic way to maintain racial hierarchies in Chilean society, Hailey Dutkin, Colby College

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Una aproximación al proceso de construcción de la identidad cultural coreano-argentina en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires / An Approach to the Korean-Argentine Ethnic and Cultural Identity in the City of Buenos Aires, Hyeree Ellis, DePauw University

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Environmental Education in Post-green Revolution Punjab, Qing Fan, Pomona College

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¡El agua es nuestra! Pensar desde afuera del discurso de ‘público vs privado’ / The water is ours! Thinking from outside the 'public vs. private' speech, Julius Figueroa, Columbia University

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Subversion and the State: Politics of Moroccan Hip-Hop and Rap Music, Grace Findlen-Golden, Vassar College

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Czech Artivism: The Function of Activist Art in Czech Political Culture, Kristen Fontaine, Stonehill College

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La Militancia, el feminismo y la participación de poblaciones marginales: El estudio de la Asociación Civil Juana Azurduy / Militancy, feminism and the participation of marginal populations: The study of the Civil Association Juana Azurduy, Claudia Freeman, Washington University

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Utilization and Accessibility of Securinega Virosa for Medical Use in Morogoro Municipality, Sasha Friedrich, Harvey Mudd College

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The Disappearance of Nyoman and Ketut, Laura Michelle Garvie, University of Maryland

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¿Trabajando juntos? La dinámica de la relación entre movimiento estudiantil y movimiento docente de 2014-2015 / Working together? The dynamics of the relationship between student movement and teacher movement 2014-2015, Klielle Glanzberg-Krainin, Tufts University

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Twisting the Tap: Water Scarcity and Conflict in the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin, Samantha Glass, Yale University

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Monitoring Anuran Populations in Bosque Protector Candelaria: A multi-year comparison of frog populations in an Ecuadorian cloud forest, Mindee Goodrum, St. Michael's College

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Health Literacy Skills of Aging Populations and Its Impact on the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Peter Gorman, DePauw University

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Small-Scale Farming of Sandfish (Holothuria scabra) at Unguja Ukuu, Zanzibar, Claire Hacker, Cornell University

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Into the lion’s den: Feeding behavior and territorial range of Pterois volitans on 3 reefs near El Porvenir, Guna Yala, Andrew Harwell, University of North Texas

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Resilience of Romanian Institutions during the Global Gag Rule: 20012007, Sara Hayet, Lafayette College

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"Ewondo in the Classes, French for the Masses." Mother-Tongue Education in Yaoundé, Cameroon., Parker Henry, Indiana University

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Equity and Community-Based Health Insurance: How does insurance coverage affect health seeking behavior among disadvantaged groups in India?, Hazel Hering, Occidental College

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Cuba’s use of Medical Diplomacy: Establishing Global Significance and Influence, Juan Herzberg, Columbia University

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Surveying the Distributions of Melaleuca quinquenervia, Psidium cattleianum, and Litsea glutinosa at Analalava Special Reserve, Hanusia Higgins, Washington University in St. Louis

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Abordajes de nuevos tratamientos para la enfermedad de Chagas y su potencial aplicación en pacientes desde las perspectivas de los profesionales en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina / Approaches to New Treatments for Chagas Disease and their Potential Application in Patients from the Perspectives of Professionals in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chelsea Hipwell, Lehigh University

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The Role of NGOs As Intermediaries: Negotiating the Space Between Donors and Community Members, Mara Horn, Washington University in St. Louis

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La valorización de la educación superior para estudiantes indígenas en Madre de Dios: Interrogando discursos y acciones del estado, la FENAMAD, y los estudiantes indígenas / The valorisation of higher education for indigenous students in Madre de Dios: Interrogating speeches and actions of the state, FENAMAD, and indigenous students, Sierra Houck, University of North Carolina

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Jordanian Public University Student Voter Participation in Parliamentary Elections, Sean Hyland, Franklin Marshall College

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Regulating the Reguliers: How the Normalization of Gays and Lesbians in Dutch Society Impacts LGBTQ Nightlife, Laura Jacobs, Smith College

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Access to Information and Services Regarding Maternal Health and Healthcare Within Tribal Communities Around Udaipur, Rajasthan, Arista Jhanjee, Georgetown University

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The Writing on the Walls: Street art as a site of participation in discourse and a platform for voice in the Moroccan public sphere, Natalie Johnson, University of North Carolina

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The Fish Community of Misali Island: Recommendations for Conservation Management and Implications for Mixed-Use Conservation Areas, Stuart Jones, William & Mary

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Eco-Anxiety at University: Student Experiences and Academic Perspectives on Cultivating Healthy Emotional Responses to the Climate Crisis, Anna Kelly, University of Colorado at Boulder

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Tourism in Raja Ampat: New Chances and Challenges, Chloe King, The George Washington University

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The effects of thermal stress on fluorescent protein expression in an Indo-Pacific scleractinian coral species, Acropora tenuis, Anna Knochel, Rice University

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The Taxonomy, Reproduction, and Distribution of Rare Plants: A Study of Magnolia sp. in the Río Zuñac Reserve, Ecuador, Alyssa Kullberg, Colby College

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At the Intersection of History, Diplomacy, and Domestic Affairs: Vietnam’s Difficult Position in the South China Sea Dispute, Michael Lanin, Skidmore College

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Picture This: The role of digital storytelling in motivating donations towards refugee relief, Mitra LeBuhn, University of Oregon

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Barriers to the Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technology in Mongolia Lee, Madeline Academic Director: Sanjaasuren, Ulziijargal Claremont McKenna College International Relations Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan, Salkhit, Hatgal Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment SIT Study Abroad Spring, Madeline Lee, Claremont McKenna College

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Pottery and Politics: Understanding the Economic and Political Integration of Rwanda’s Batwa in Post Genocide Rwanda, Michelle Lee, Connecticut College

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Generational and Intragenerational Differences of the Postpartum Practice Zuo Yue Zi in Kunming, China, Angela Leocata, Harvard University

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Munnar Plantation Strike, 2015: a Case Study of Keralan Female Tea Workers’ Fight for Justice, Shoshana Levy, Barnard College

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KUL SHAE MIZEAN—MOROCCAN RHETORIC OF RACISM: Obscured Moroccan Racism and Its Effects on Sub-Saharan African Refugees’ Integration in Rabat, Hannah Mangen

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Challenges and Successes of Adolescent Reproductive Healthcare and Education in Cachoeira, Bahia, Brazil, Elana Margosis, Rice University

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Assessing the affiliative behaviors of captive ghost bats (Macroderma gigas) at Perth Zoo, Western Australia, Rachel Martel, Saint Michael's College

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An Analysis of Positive Coping Mechanisms Utilized to Overcome Trauma in Post-Genocidal Rwanda, Danielle Marvin, The University of Iowa

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Developed Toast, Modern Laundry: Nepali Household Appliance Discourses, Maureen McCord, Wellesley College

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Reaching for the Heart: An Analysis of Language as a Weapon of Empathy For Three Capetonians, Sarah McDonald, Cornell University

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Transmitiendo la Identidad: Revalorización Sociopolítica del Kichwa por los Medios de Comunicación \ Transmitting Identity: Sociopolitical Revaluation of the Kichwa by the Media, Abi McDougal, Rice University

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A Review of 57 Zone: A social media network for TB consultation and communication in Kunming, China, India Medaris, Macalester College

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The Methane-Oxidizing Capability of Pumice Biocovers on Icelandic Landfills, Mitchell P. Miller, St. Olaf College

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Power to the Period: The Role of Menstruation in Nepal’s Formal Workplace, Johannah Mitchell, Cornell University

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Discourses of Psychiatry and Culture: The Interface Between Western and Traditional Medicine in the Treatment of Mental Illness, Madeline Molot, Barnard College

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The Jagori Rural Charitable Trust Model: Menstrual Education of Women and Adolescent Girls in The Villages of Rural Dharamsala, Madelon Morford, Emory University

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Coral Bleaching and the Effect of Disturbances on the Damselfish Community on Lizard Island, Australia, Alejandra Munoz, Tufts University

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Life in Purple: An Exploration of Moroccan LGBT+ Identity and Migration, Olivia Leone Nicholas, Whitman College

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El Suma Qamaña: La convivencia en relación a la salud según la gente Aymara de Arica, Codpa, y Putre / El Suma Qamaña: Coexistence in relation to health according to the Aymara people of Arica, Codpa, and Putre, Alison Ogawa, Amherst College

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Maternity Care: A Case Study at Centro de Parto Normal, Kemi Oladipo, Swarthmore College

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La continuidad de los juicios con el nuevo gobierno: El 2 x 1 / The continuity of the judgments with the new government: The 2 x 1, Julie Olesky, Connecticut College

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Tierra en Revuelta: La Presencia de la Cosmovisión Indígena en las Luchas de Resistencia en la Región de Qoyllurit’i \ Earth in Revolt: The Presence of the Indigenous Worldview in the Struggles of Resistance in The Region of Qoyllurit'i, Maya Pace, Tufts University

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Herpetoplogical survey across three distinct habitats in Ankarana National Park: Long-term effects of past land use on species composition in and around the park, Julia Park, Colby College

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“Todas las comunidades tenemos solo un espíritu:” Un análisis del reciente surgimiento en activismo político y social de las mujeres indígenas de la Argentina y el discurso sobre si existe un “feminismo indígena.” / “All of the communities we have one spirit:” An analysis of the recent rise of political and social activism of indigenous women in Argentina and the discussion of whether an “indigenous feminism” exists., Larissa Peltola, Claremont McKenna College

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Queer and Shear Moroccan Societal Norms Impact on Queer Women, Catherine Pendry, Elon University

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La lucha por Kimsakocha: resistencia contra la minería en Azuay, Ecuador \ The struggle for Kimsakocha: resistance against mining in Azuay, Ecuador, Lydia Petroske, Whitman College

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Where We Stand: a Case Study of Small Farmers’ Participation in a Farmer Producer Company (Fpc) in Telangana, India, Rachel Posner, College of William and Mary

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Los emprendedores tecnológicos en Buenos Aires: Un análisis de la coyuntura actual y oportunidades para el futuro / Technological Entrepreneurs in Buenos Aires: An Analysis of the Present Situation and Opportunities for the Future, Amanda Price, Columbia University

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Daycare, Decision-making, and the Determinants of Health: A Mother-centric Approach to Understanding Childcare and Child Health in Rural Dharamshala, Arielle Rawlings, Williams College

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No a la Tala: Percepciones sobre Reforestación en Cochabamba, Bolivia / No to La Tala: Perforations on Reforestation in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Kate Raybon, Macalester College

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La educación multicultural: enfoques y brechas en cuatro escuelas municipales en Santiago, Chile / Multicultural education: approaches and gaps in four municipal schools in Santiago, Chile, Fiona Riebeling, Yale University

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Here There Be Herders: Comparative Archaeological Survey of Bronze Age Monumental Landscapes, Charles Ronkos, Rice University

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The Business of Brandy: The Changing Roles of Women in Apple Brandy Production in Lower Mustang, Nepal, Madeline Sachs, Yale University

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DEFINIENDO LA CONCEPCIÓN DE LA SALUD MENTAL Y ESPIRITUAL: La Influencia de la Biomedicina y la Religión Occidental en la Comunidad Mapuche de La Araucanía, Maya Salvio, Smith College

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Factors that determine civil action in opposition to hydroelectric development along the Chiriquí Viejo River in the Chiriquí province of Panamá, Nora Sawyer, University of Oregon

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The Power Dynamics of Language: An Analysis of the Positionality of Amazigh Language in Morocco, Jessica Schwed, Vassar College

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Where Ethnography Breaks Down: The Ethics, Miscommunications, and Failures of My Independent Study Project, Natasha Shannon, University of Richmond

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Being Transgender and Seeking Healthcare in the World’s Most Liberal City, Nicole Sharpe, University of Colorado

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Chagas, enfermedad olvidada: Una perspectiva histórica de la prevención y control del Chagas en la provincia de Salta, Argentina (1909 – 2017) \ Chagas, A Forgotten Disease: A Historical Perspective on the Prevention and Control of Chagas in Salta Province, Argentina (1909 – 2017), Tara Shea, Yale University

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Avian species and family composition along elevational and disturbance gradients in Santa Fe National Park, Veraguas Province, Panamá, Benjamin Shipley, University of Colorado