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 2015

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Ulaanbaatar’s Ger District Issues: Changes and Attitudes, David Engel, Gettysburg College

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The Impact of Vaccine Hesitancy on the Polio Vaccine in South Asia, Leah Everist, University of North Carolina

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Refuse and the Revolution: Perceptions of Trash and Litter Among Urban Tunisians and the Value of Public Space, Ryan Fajardo, Williams College

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A Dysfunctional Triangle An analysis of America’s relations with Israel and their impact on the current nuclear accord with Iran, Andrew Falacci, George Washington University

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Mind within the Body The Presence and Importance of Mental Health Within Traditional Tibetan Medicine, Reta Flynt, University of San Francisco

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Impact of Invasive Species Datura arborea on Plant Species Richness In the West Usambara Mountains, Megan Foley, Villanova University

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El Grano Milagroso y su Lado Oscuro: Un estudio sobre la demanda de la quinua y sus efectos en los sistemas de producción de la comunidad de Cabana, Jacob Frankel, Carleton College

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Tunisia’s Young Islamists: Religious or Revolutionary Zealots?, Sawyer French, George Washington University

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Vamos creciendo La educación bilingüe e intercultural en Ecuador: Lecciones de Peguche, Imbabura, Samantha Friedlander, University of Pennsylvania

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Curandera, Partera, Bush Doctor, Luna Olavarría Gallegos, Ithaca College

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Storytelling as Self-Empowerment: A Case Study of AVEGA Beneficiaries in Post-Genocide Rwanda, Lauren Garretson, Elon University

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From Private to Public Women’s Cooperatives and the Construction of a Public Sphere, Cecilia Garza, Brown University

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Herbs, Home Medicine, and Self-Reliance: A Study on the Current Status of Traditional Home Medicine in Idukki District, Kerala, Richard Gaunt, Ithaca College

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Comparative Study of Terrestrial Arthropod Diversity in Primary and Re-planted Pine Forest in a Community Forest at Andasibe, Madagascar, Tyler George, Mira Kelly-Fair, and Andrea Wade, Oregon State University, Mount Holyoke, The College of Wooster

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The Dichotomy Between Colonial Heritage and National Identity in the Senegalese Education System, Kyra Ghosh, Pitzer College

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Extractivist Agribusiness Model: Analysis of social resistances emerging in response to the extractivist agribusiness model: a case study of the Industrial Belt of Gran Rosario, Alexa González, University of San Francisco

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A Resistance, Remembered? Remembrance, Commemoration and the Parallel System In Prishtina, Kosovo, Conner Gordon, DePauw University

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TAMING THE TEESTA: EXPLORING THE HOLISTIC EFFECTS OF HYDROELECTRIC DAM DEVELOPMENT ON THE TEESTA RIVER THROUGH DOCUMENTARY FILM, Taylor Graham, Ithaca College

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Theravada Buddhism and Dai Identity in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna, James Granderson, Gettysburg College

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La Implementación De La Ley N° 26.485 En El Sector De Salud Pública En La Ciudad De Buenos Aires, Meredith Greene, Northwestern University

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Gender and Sexuality in Nepal: The Experiences of Sexual and Gender Minorities in a Rapidly Changing Social Climate, Sophia Greene, Carnegie Mellon University

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Huggies, high-fives, and huismannen: Exploring the masculinity and everyday experiences of Dutch stay-at-home fathers, Courtney C. Grey, Stonehill College

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URBAN GARDENING PRACTICES IN BANGALORE: TOWARDS A MORE LOCALIZED FOOD SYSTEM?, Delfina Grinspan, Washington University

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Sufism as a Tool to De-radicalize, Depoliticize, Depolarize, and Reclaim Islam, with a Focus on Mitigating the Sunni Shi’a Split: Artist’s Statement, Sarah Hakani, Duke University

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Cross-Cultural Childbirth: Prioritizing the Healthcare Experiences of Migrant Women in Competent Models of Care, Emma Hall, Loyola University Chicago

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The Intersection of Diarrheal Disease and the WASH Sector: A Case Study of the Betafo area in the Vakinankaratra Region, Stephanie Hansen, George Washington University

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Juntos Ya Somos el Cambio que Buscamos: Por qué la CONFECH Debe Fusionar los Movimientos Sociales para Aumentar Participación Electoral y Desmantelar el Régimen Neoliberal, Nathaniel Harding, Davidson College

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Abejas silvestres (Himenóptera: Apoidea) en la neblina: Análisis de la diversidad, interacciones, y potencial para miel en un remanente de bosque nublado, Jen Hayes, University of Vermont

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Environmental Education in Vietnam: A Case Study at Le Loi Elementary School, Emily Heck Heck, Oberlin College

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Frog Diversity and Population Trends in Andasibe, Madagascar, Ryan Herman Herman and Alexandra Ulin, Bowdoin College / Bates College

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The Right of Return: International Representation of Palestinian Refugee Rights, Ariella Hohl, Columbia University

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The Justice-Seeking Power of Women who Experience Sexual Violence in Uganda, Caren Holmes, The College of Wooster

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Effect of Females in Leadership Roles on Menstrual Sanitation in Rural Jamkhed, India, Kirsten Hughes, Tulane University

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Bringing Flowers back to the Cité des Fleurs: A Geographical Study of the Sôma Beach Development Project in Mahajanga, Elizabeth Isaac-Herzog, Macalester College

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Post-Earthquake Relief Efforts: A Case Study in Foreign Aid and Development, Ella Israeli, Wesleyan University

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Dying for a Drink: How the Consumption of Home brews Affects Health within the Kibera Slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Teaka Jackson, University of Maine

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“Going Back Home”: The Mawale Movement and the Rediscovery of Minahasan Identity, Nathan Jacobson and Erica Larson, Drake University / Boston University

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Treatment of Drug Addiction Within Brazil’s Penitentiary System A Qualitative Investigation, Samantha Jain, University of Denver

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Fauna Census of Intertidal Cliffs, Mangapwani, Zanzibar, Emily Jankowski, Gettysburg College

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KENYA’S KONZA TECHNO CITY: UTOPIAN VISION MEETS SOCIAL REALITY, Amina Johari, George Washington University

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Un análisis del trabajo de equipos asistenciales de salud mental que acompañan a los hijos de desaparecidos en el proceso de restitución de su identidad en Buenos Aires / An analysis of mental health teams that work with the appropriated children of the desaparecidos throughout the judicial identity restitution process in Buenos Aires, Magdalena Jurczuk, Tulane University

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How Social Determinants of Health, Health-Seeking Behaviors, and Treatment Adherence Influence and Interact with Endemic Levels of Pulmonary TB and MDR-TB in Urban Rajasthan, Michelle Kagei, Emory University

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A Home In The Hills: Examining the Socioeconomic Benefits of Homestay Tourism on Rural Women and Their Communities in the Darjeeling District, Isabel Kannegieser, Middlebury College

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Narratives Towards Ending Stigma: HIV-Related Stigma in the Netherlands from the Standpoint of Those who Experience it First-Hand, Anya Katz, Oberlin College

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Engaging Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) in the ‘Fight’ Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Eastern Congo (DRC), Mackenzie Kennedy, Colby College

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Placeness: Mongolia A Call for the Creation of a Human Impact Assessment, C. Winston Kies, Middlebury College

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An Analysis of Biodiversity, Sustainability, and Ecotourism in the VO.I.M.MA Community Managed Forest, Andasibe, Madagascar, Catherine Knowlton and Charlotte Walton, Trinity College / Bucknell Univeristy

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Patagonia Con Poder: El Éxito de la Oposición frente el Proyecto HidroAysén, Nathaniel Korn, University of Northwestern

Sin derecho a respirar: una investigación audiovisual sobre los efectos de los agronegocios en el cordon industrial del rio Paraná / Without the Right to Breathe: An Audiovisual Investigation About the Effects of Agro-Business in the Industrial Belt of the Parana River, Emma Kraft and Nora Meyers Sackett, Brandeis University / Lewis and Clark College

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Behavior of Marmosets (Callithricidae) in Non-Traditional Exhibits, Jacob Krauss, Rice University

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An Assessment of the Impact of Sand Mining: Unguja, Zanzibar, Caroline Ladlow, Lafayette College

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Identity, Movement and Belonging In a Land of Tradition: A Critical Examination of the Nepali Workforce in Leh, Ladakh, Teresa Langseth-Depaolis, Occidental College

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Women’s Work in a Rural Village: Realities, Motivations, and Satisfaction, Sierra Larson, Colgate University

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Processes, practices and politics in the treatment centers for addictions and problematic consumptions: an analysis of the perspectives and practices of the professionals in a treatment center in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Chiara Lawrence, Middlebury College

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Community Owned Renewable Energy in North Coast NSW Social Housing, Kelly Leatherman, Drake University

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Prevalence of Depression among Active TB and TB/HIV Patients in Kisumu County, Esther Lee, Wellesley College

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Before The Chains Are Broken: Considering Spaces and Accessibility of Mental Healthcare in Java, Angela Leocata, Harvard University

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Medina: The Alternative and Hidden Sides of Fez el Bali, Jie Li, Skidmore College

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From Laws to Last Names: Examining Popular Opinions of Adoption in Morocco, Margaret Liston, Elon University

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Deconstructing Counselling: The Complexity of Psychosocial Support Services in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Emily Luba, Colgate University

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Assessing and managing animal welfare at Australian zoos: A case study of the Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) in Perth, WA, Gillian Mangan, Occidental College

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Non-compliance in marine reserves: measuring the drivers of behavior among recreational fishermen within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Nick Manning, Colby College

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Los Guardianes de Yaoska de Rancho Grande: Ocho pasos para detener una empresa minera transnacional, Joshua Marcus, Macalester College

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Tracing the Human Healthcare Roots of Antibiotic Resistance in India: Causes, Challenges, and Promising Solutions, Kelsey Matteson, Rollins College

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Branches Above and Roots Below: Mothers’ Hopes for their Children in Batoufam, Cameroon, Taylor Maxfield, Calvin College

Exploring the Passage to Adulthood in Masxha: A Narrative Inquiry, Sonia Max, Wesleyan University

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The Impact of Jordanian Health Care Policy on the Maternal and Reproductive Health Care Seeking Behavior of Syrian Refugee Women, Momina Mazhar, University of Maryland

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The History of US-Iran Relations and its Effect on the JCPOA Negotiations, Chase McCain, Occidental College

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EXISTENTIAL AVALANCHE THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN DOLPO AND MUSTANG, NEPAL, Keegan McChesney, Occidental College

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Peace Building through Education Reforms Case study: Objectives and Philosophy of Jordanian Educational System, Megan McKeown, Chapman University

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Characteristics of Geoffroy’s tamarin (Saguinus geoffroyi) population, demographics, and territory sizes in urban park habitat (Parque Natural Metropolitano, Panama City, Panama), Caitlin McNaughton, Ohio Wesleyan University

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Furendei Wama Garifuna Aprendemos En Garifuna, Emmanuel Melgoza-Alfaro, University of Colorado at Boulder

Huellas en la Historia: Educación y Derechos Humanos, Kimberly Méndez, DePauw University

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Las tomas en Liceos Emblemáticos: Herramientas para Cambio Social, Daniel Mendoza, Connecticut College

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Comparing Avian Diversity and Anthropogenic Disturbance at Sendero Los Quetzales Cerro Punta, Panamá, Sloane Merdinger, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Tracing the Human Right from Law to Policy to Reproductive Healthcare: Exploring the Strengths and Shortcomings of Undocumented Migrant Women’s Access to Reproductive Healthcare in Switzerland, Sabrina S. Merold, Swarthmore College

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El impacto de los lazos familiares en la salud física, emocional y espiritual en cuidados paliativos: Un estudio de la Clínica Familia, Max Meyerhoff, Macalester College

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Driving Away: A Macro and Micro View of the Prague Car Transit System, Danny Meyers, Skidmore College

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Facilitators of Empowerment Lead in Sustainable Rural Development: A Case Study of Thanda, Emma Milford, Washington University in St. Louis

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Afrochilenos en rumbo al reconocimiento como pueblo tribal Una investigación sobre los factores históricos y culturales de los Afrodecendientes en Arica, Sandy Milien, Sewanee University of the South

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TEORÍA Y PRÁCTICA: La educación liberadora y la disputa contrahegemónica en los Bachilleratos Populares Germán Abdala y Sergio Karakachoff / THEORY AND PRACTICE: Problem-Posing Education and Counterhegemonic Struggle in the Germán Abdala and Sergio Karakachoff Popular High Schools, Rebecca Millberg, Scripps College

“Forbidden Fruit”: Constructions and Representations of Eastern European Homosexuality in the Dutch Gay Paradise, Marty Miller, Rice University

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An Expanding Financial Sector: Continuity and Change Among Dhikur Groups in Lower Mustang, Anna Misenti, Occidental College

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Deterritorialización y resistencia en el sur de Buenos Aires: el qué, el por qué y el cómo de preservación de la identidad en el barrio de Barracas en una era del cambio y inversión por parte del gobierno. / Deterritorialization and resistance in the southern barrios of Buenos Aires: the what, why and how of identity preservation in the neighborhood of Barracas in an era of change and outside investment., Paige Moody, Macalester College

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The Cognitive Effects of Chronic Malnutrition and Environment on Working Memory and Executive Function in Children, Kristiana E. Morgan, Emory University

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Permanence and Picnic Tables Perceptions of Maji Safi Group’s Disease Prevention Center at Shirati KMT District Designated Hospital, Sarah Muskin, Vassar College

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This Is Not About Cows: Historic and Contemporary Challenges to South-Central Madagascar’s Cattle Systems, Dan Myers, University of Denver

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Assessing the Sustainability of Selective Logging in Ankarabolava-Agnakatrika New Protected Area, Eileen Nakahata, College of William and Mary

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The Beast Inside Your Head: A Look at Mental Health Issues in Samoa, Brandon Nelson, University of North Dakota

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Poner Fin a la Violencia Hacia la Mujer: Estrategias y Opiniones de Tres Organizaciones Feministas en Valparaíso, Chile, Hannah Neukrug, University of Virginia

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La santé maternelle à Antsiranana selon la médicine occidentale et la médicine traditionnelle : Une étude des traitements opposés pour les femmes enceintes, Lauren Nguyen, Bowdoin College

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El futuro ES la historia: El pasado doloroso y las generaciones futuros en los espacios de memoria en Buenos Aires / The future IS history: The painful past and future generations in memory sites in Buenos Aires, Leslie Niiro, Duke University

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Ficus sp. y la frugivoría: Una investigación sobre un recurso importante para las aves en el bosque nublado occidental del Ecuador, Hilary Niles, Middlebury College

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Not All Those That Are Buried Are Dead: An Analysis of Memorialization at the Prestwich Memorial, Anna Sumner Noonan, Sewanee University of the South

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La radio comunitaria: hacia un futuro más democrático para Bolivia, Katharine Norris, Smith College

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Lasrealidades y los desafíosde los padres adolescentes. Valparaíso, Chile, Kenechukwu Nwosu, Vassar College

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Exercising Agency in Medical Decision-Making Processes Conventional and Traditional Medicine -A Case Study of 67ha, Antananarivo-, Sakura Oyama, Washington University in St. Louis

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Killing to Save: Trophy Hunting and Conservation in Mongolia, Lucy Page, Williams College

Percepciones Sobre Las Aguas De La Cuenca Hidrográfica Del Valle De Lluta Y La Situación De Arsénico, Alec P. Pankow, University of Puget Sound

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The Power of Peace: A Reflection on the Shifting Methods, Strategies, and Philosophies of Peaceful Protest Within Dharamsala’s Community of Activists Post-2008, Christian Bormann Paris, Muhlenberg College