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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A “UNIVERSAL VALUE”? PERCEPTIONS OF DEMOCRACY ACROSS RACE AMONG YOUNG VOTERS IN DURBAN, SA, Svati Pazhyanur, Cornell University

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Child Marriage: Addressing the Challenges and Obstacles in the Post-2015 Agenda, Valeria Pelayo, Williams College

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An Interactive Research Study on For-Profit Microfinance and its Continued Social Impact, Rachael Peroutky, Carleton College

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Nutrition and Education in an Urbanizing Nation, Molly Pritz, Bates College

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The impact of the Queensland Shark Control Program on local populations of threatened shark species, 1962-2014, Carolyn Pushaw, Harvard University

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The Struggle Overseas: Risk Factors for Suicide among Female Migrant Workers in Nepal, Dhara Puvar, Loyola University Chicago

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La vida es un conflicto, pero hay que llevar soluciones: La resolución de conflicto en comunidades rurales de San Ramón Nicaragua a través de facilitadores judiciales rurales y mediación, Marlee Raible, Whitman College

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Cus M! Let’s Go!: The Flourishing of Bali’s Komunitas Gay in the HIV/AIDS Crisis, Ikaika Ramonès, Harvard University

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Review or Rhetoric? An Analysis of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, Sameer Rana, Pomona College

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The Price on Our Practices: Motivation and Cultural Commodification in the Mongolian Tourism Industry, Joseph Recupero, Gettysburg College

Eating Out in Kathmandu: Restaurant Business and Nepal’s Urban Middle Class, Jessica Reid, Saint Michael’s College

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NGOS, Community Associations, and Corporations in Partnership: CrossSectoral Collaboration in Serviluz, FortalezaCE, Leila Reynolds, Univeristy of Washington

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“No todo se brilla” Tiempos de Espera: Reflejos de Estructuras Dominantes, Flora Richey, Carleton College

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An Investigation of the Integration of Education and Mental Health Treatment into the Care of Diabetes in Syrian Refugee Women, Miller Richmond, University of Mississippi

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Llama a tu abuela: mujeres cochabambinas en su tercera edad, Alexandra Ricks, Wesleyan University

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Jordanian Special Needs Children’s Access to Services: Parental Perspective, Selena Rincon, Harvard University

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Transnational Education Systems In Morocco: How Language Of Instruction Shapes Identity, Sarah Robertson, Scripps College

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Hurdles to Health: An Exploration of the Social Determinants that Affect Attitudes toward HPV Vaccination in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Megan Rogers, Seattle University

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Too Many Rented Rooms: Creative Expression in the Tibetan Community and the Foreign Artist, Imogen Rosenbluth, Brandeis University

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The Industrial Impact on Wetlands in Jinja and the Nexus of Industry, Wetlands, and Community (A Rights-Based Sustainable Development Approach), Ranger Ruffins, University of North Carolina

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Jóvenes en movimiento: los papeles de la danza folklórica y contemporánea en las vidas de los jóvenes Cochabambinos, Maya Salas, Scripps College

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Environmental Law in Madagascar: The Nagoya Protocol on Genetic Resource Use, Access and Benefit Sharing, Sarah Sanbar, Claremont Mckenna College

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“Seguimos Siendo Indígenas” Una investigación sobre el discurso de los derechos y necesidades de la Comunidad Shipiba de Cantagallo como pueblo indígena en el contexto urbano de Lima., Janet Sanchez, Occidental College

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Western Farmers’ Markets in Kathmandu: Vendor Perspectives, Caroline Saunders, Vanderbilt University

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The Lucrative Business of Children: A Study of Child Trafficking in Nepalese Orphanages, Mira Saxe-Smith, Muhlenberg College

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Women in Transition: Fighting Mentalities And Ensuring Political Participation in Post-revolutionary Tunisia, Hayley Schultz, Hope College

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Soil total organic carbon and farmers’ perceptions associated with bokashi application in Cerro Punta, Panama, Emma Searson, Washington University

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Social Responsibility and Enterprise: A Case Study of Les EauxMinéralesd’Oulmes Water Company in the Oulmes Region of Morocco, Kathryn Seibold, Colby College

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Child Nutrition and Fitness in Switzerland and the United Kingdom: Analyzing Preventative Solutions for the Developing Obesity and Diabetes Crises, Nicolas Selemon, Bowdoin College

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Inspiring Public Trust in the Domestic Legal System: The Impact of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), Jung Min Shin, Vanderbilt University

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The Role of Productive Uses of Electricity in Rural Development: A Case Study of Xẻo Trâm and Hòa Đức Hamlets of Hòa An village, Vietnam, Gabrielle Short, University of Vermont

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Conservation For Whom?: The Struggle for Indigenous Rights in Sagarmatha National Park, Jake Sivinski, Lewis and Clark College

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Internal Migration: The Women Behind Bali’s Tourism Industry, Stephanie Skinner, James Cook University

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Genocide in Northeast Brazil: Dismantling Colonial Legacies of Contemporary State Violence in Salvador, Kelsi Sleet, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Human impacts on water systems: Biological assessment of water quality in the Bosque Protector Río Guajalito (BPRG) using aquatic macroinvertebrates, Harrison Smith, University of Arkansas

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Seeds of Peace: Visible Cooperation Between Jews and Muslims in Morocco, Namratha Somayajula, Oregon State University

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Dasaran: A Medium for Grief in Bali, Anna Spencer, Colby College

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Documenting a Wild Reality: The Experiences, Perceived Issues and Proposed Solutions of Four Actors in Human Wildlife Conflict in Jangwani Corridor, Tanzania., Jessie Springer, Hamilton College

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Perceptions of Potable Water in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur and Barmer Districts, Melissa Spross, Texas A&M University

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The Circle of Empowerment: The Nzinga Group's Approach to Empowering Afro-Brazilian Adolescent Girls and Women Through the Cultural Tradition of Capoeira Angola, Sofia Stafford, Duke University

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The Pelagic Artisanal Fishing of Mangapwani, Northern Unguja, Shavonne Stanek, Oberlin College

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Taking Root: An Analysis of the Best Method for Active Forest Regeneration in the Cloud Forest, Charlotte Startin, Scripps College

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A Behavioral Analysis of the Pre-release Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) Currently at Devils@Cradle: An assessment of the impacts of captivity on the wild behaviors of Tasmanian devils that are important for their reintroduction, survival, and inclusion in wild populations, Anna Staudenmaier, Macalester College

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The Digital Gap: An Investigation into the Access and Use of Internet in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Kayla Steinberg, Macalester College

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The Role of Occupational Therapy in Implementing Inclusive Education in a Residential Care Facility: A Case Study, Erica Steinhoff, Ithaca College

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Perceptions of Safety Among Adolescents in Jordanian Host Communities: A Pilot Study Conducted In Housing Communities in Baqa’a and Ramtha, Katie Stevenson, Bates College

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The Himalayan Gold Rush The untold consequences of Yartsa gunbu in the Tarap valley, Noah Stone, Middlebury College

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Remnants of the American War: An Interactive Documentary, Jacob Sussman, Wesleyan University

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Victims of Poverty and Gender Roles: The Marriage Practices, Gender-based Violence, and Trafficking That Hmong Women Face in Their Daily Lives’, Willa Sweeney, University of Virginia

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An Avian Biological Gradient Across Tropical Dry Lowland Local Habitats at Playa Venao, Los Santos Province, Panama, Abigail Thomas, Stonehill College

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Las Luchadoras Inspiradoras: El papel de las mujeres en los movimientos estudiantiles chilenos, Arielle Ticho, University of Northwestern

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Marine Animalia Organism Diversity and Reef Condition on Two Reef Sites at Big Creek Beach and Boca del Drago, Bocas del Toro, Panamá, Bri Tiffany, Washington University

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“Doce Pasos” en la Dirección Correcta: la adaptación cultural de prácticas terapéuticas en un centro de rehabilitación para hombres ecuatorianos, Jason Tinero, Washington University in St. Louis

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Government and Private Primary Schooling in Rural Sikkim: Understanding Perceptions and Problems, Liam Toney, Pomona College

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Intercountry Adoption and Child Sponsorship in Vietnam: A Practicum-Based Exploration of a Complex Relationship, Rainah Umlauf, Vassar College

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PLACE REIMAGINED, Michelle Unger, Washington University

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Water Quality in the Río Pastaza Watershed A comparative study of Ríos Topo, Zuñag, and Pastaza and the impact of the Topo Hydroelectric Project using Macroinvertebrates as Bioindicators, Jesse Vega-Perkins, Northwestern University

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Habitat selection, behavior, and natural history of the newly described leaf chameleon Brookesia micra (Reptilia, Squamata, Chamaeleontidae; Glaw, Köhler, Townsend & Vences, 2012) on Nosy Hara, Madagascar, Andrew Villeneuve, Bowdoin College

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Casa de los Ningunos: un estudio de caso sobre la re-imaginando de “Sumak Qamaña” en un contexto urbano y contemporáneo, Vanessa Voller, Colorado College

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Assessment of Coral Health and Fish diversity in the Fringing Reefs of Porvenir Island and Korbisky Island, Guna Yala, Panama, Emily Waddell, Gettysburg College

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B-Boy and Buuz: A Study of Mongolian Hip-Hop Culture, Quinn Graham Wallace, Mount Holyoke College

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Sembrando el cambio: agroecología cuencana y paradigmas del desarrollo, Erin Walters, Whitman College

Contemporary Challenges of Urban Planning in Amman, Neena Wang, Washington University in St. Louis

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A Study on The Multidimensional Effects of Animal Rights and Tourism in Bandia Reserve, Lauren Watwood, Oregon State University

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God in Pre- and Post- Genocide Rwanda: Understanding People’s Perspectives, Ben Weinberg, Drake University

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Confronting Cultural Challenges for Migrant Healthcare in Switzerland, Rebecca Weiss, Washington University in Saint Louis

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The Restoration Process: Lessons from a Community-Based Conservation Initiative in Tunkhel, Mongolia, John Wendt, Colorado State University

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El parto humanizado: perspectivas de profesionales en las maternidades públicas de Buenos Aires, Lara Kaplan Westbrook, University of Washington-Seattle

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Sustainable Food Sourcing: Dayutang Village, Hani Rice Terraces, Nina Whittaker, Kenyon College

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Why?-abetes: Understanding Diabetes Management in Rural Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, Kyra Wicklund, Gustavus Adolphus College

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Marriage Culture in Tunisia: Post-Independence to Post-Revolution Shifts, Emma Wilder Conover-Crockett, Kenyon College

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“I’ve Taken My Own Power”: Insights into women’s empowerment and its effectiveness in different NGOs in Cape Town, Molly Willeford, Illinois Wesleyan University

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Magnetic Island marine park zones: Effects of fishing restrictions on predatory reef fish populations, Casey Wilson, Gettysburg College

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More Religious and Less Moral: The Changing Face of Religious Coexistence in Ladakh, Henry Wilson-Smith, Stanford University

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The Jordanian Attitude Towards the Women’s Quota System, Aida Woldegiorgis, Bucknell University

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La vida revivida: Una exploración de la salud, el medio ambiente y la cultura en los procesos de la producción ecológica de Cochabamba, Ethan Wood and Emily Wyler, University of Denver / Cornell College

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Historical Perspectives on a National Heroine: R.A. Kartini and the Politics of Memory, Amber Woodward, Macalester College

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Changes in Luoshui: How the Outside World Affects Luoshui Village and the Mosuo Culture, Lucy Woychuk-Mlinac, Macalester College

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Percepciones de la muerte y la espiritualidad cristiana-aymara entre los proveedores del cuidado a los adultos mayores en Putre, Emma Wright, Duke University

The Challenge of Representing Community: Designing Content in Radio Sagarmatha and Community Radio Madanpokhara, Wesley Wright, Hope College

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THE EFFECT OF PRIVILEGE ON STUDENTS’ CONSTRUCTIONS OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: A CASE STUDY AT WESTVILLE BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL, Carin Jin Xie, Washington University

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The Effect of Refugees on Jordanian Identity, Max Yenkin, George Washington University

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Mutually Assured Survival: An Analysis of Globalization’s Influence on Nuclear Disarmament, Ryan Zehner, University of Colorado at Boulder

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The Making and Re-making of Dolpo Identity: A Case Study of Do-Tarap, Lin Zhu, Sarah Lawrence College

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Ouch, That Hurts: Childbirth-Related Pain Management and the Inappropriate Replacement of Traditional Obstetrical Knowledge in Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India, Sabrina Zionts, Wellesley College

Submissions from 2014

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Comparison of Coral Reef Health: Lokobe National Park and Tanikely National Park, Northwest Madagascar, Kailani Acosta, Brown University

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Modern Portraits of Childbirth in Exile in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala: A Melding of Tradition and Innovation, Luna Adler, Barnard College

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Cape Town on The Eve of The 2014 Elections: 12 Narratives on Political Efficacy and The Post-Apartheid Presidency From Langa and Stellenbosch, Richard Ahne, Claremont Mckenna College

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New Study of Altitude and Butterfly Diversity Evaluation of butterfly diversity in La Hesperia and influence of altitude on diversity, Savannah Artusi, University of Virginia

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Fuera de la Casa En Búsqueda de Espacios para Mujeres Jóvenes en Matagalpa / Outside the House Search Spaces for Young Women in Matagalpa, Brenna Bailey, Whitman College

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A Strategic Alliance: An Exploration of Israeli-Russian Relations, Megan Bailey, DePauw University

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Government Efforts and Personal Opinion Explain the Medicalization of Pregnancy and Childbirth Through Time in Lower Mustang, Nepal, Ruth Baker, Bates College

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Don’t Diss the Reninjaza: A Case for Integrating Traditional Birthing Attendants into the Allopathic System to Improve Prenatal Health in Rural Madagascar, Shenna Bannish, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara: An Internal Pilgrimage to Universal Peace and Compassion, Meghan Barwick, Lehigh University

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La Brigada Ramona Parra; Muralismo y Cambio Social en Chile / La Brigada Ramona Parra ; Muralismo and Social Change in Chile, Sarah Baumann, Rhodes College

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How to Plan a Birthday Party: An Allopathy Enthusiast's Guide to Integrating the Values of Traditional Medicine into Childbirth, Emily Baumgaertner, George Washington University

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Mama Nyani: A Study of the Correlation of Behaviors and Habitat in Papio Anubis, Madison Beran, University of Colorado At Boulder

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Bioremediation of Polluted Zanzibar Seawater: The Nutrient and Bacterial Bioextraction Potential of Native Seaweeds and Bivalves, Katie Bergman, Wake Forest University

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A Mixed Bag: The Inter-Religious Marriage Experience in Bali, Chelsea Bhajan, Washington University in St. Louis

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Hip Hop Highways: Mapping Complex Identities through Moroccan Rap, Anisha Bhat, Pomona College