The Capstone Paper is written by students in the SIT Graduate Institute Master of Arts degree programs. Capstones reassess theoretical knowledge in light of professional experience in the form of a final research paper, incorporating both classroom knowledge and practicum based experience.

The full-text of papers written prior to July 2011 in the Capstone Collection are limited to SIT and other World Learning faculty, staff, students, and alumni. If you are not affiliated with SIT or World Learning and want access to these papers contact your local library and ask about requesting the hard copy on interlibrary loan. Full-text papers written after July 2011 are openly accessible to the public.

Due to copyright restrictions some papers are not available full-text electronically. World Learning affiliated students and staff can check these papers out of the library or, if you are off-campus, request them via interlibrary loan


Submissions from 2010


Communication and Conflict Resolution: An Introductory Workshop Series for the Residents of Morningside Shelter, W. Knowles Wentworth

Submissions from 2009

An Assessment Of The Effectiveness Of The National Reconciliation Commission: The Case Of Ghana, Peter Atta Kwami Agboso

Grow Local, Think Global: Applying Lederach’s Theory of Conflict Transformation to the Local Food Movement in Central Texas, Sthea L. Mason

Submissions from 2008

Moving Forward: A Youth Program For Cambodian-American Youth, Phoebe Connolly

Civil-Military Affairs And The African Command Center: How It Will Affect Somalia, Brehan Robert Doud

Interaction Between Track One And Track Two Actors In Georgia, Alexey N. Kumshatskiy

At The Other End Of The Global Assembly Line: Critical Literacy In The Export Processing Zones Of Ruaraka, Kenya, Abby MacPhail

Hitchhiking to ’48: Reflections on the Oral Histories of the 1948 War and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Eric Maddox

Kids Know What Peace Is: Urban Teacher Experiences with a Community Based Peace Learning Organization, Paul J. Moriarity

A Decade-Long Maoist Conflict In Nepal And A Successful Peace Process, Yogendra P. Paneru

In Search of Policy Options for Transforming Bhutanese Refugee Problem in Nepal, Deo D. Sharma

Submissions from 2007

Sport And Gender Roles: A Viewpoint From Liberian Adolescent Girls In Ghana, Lauren M. Brunner

The Power Of Pie: Food Centric Informal Social Relational Approaches For Transforming Rural Community Conflict, Janet M. Damon

Circles: An Ancient Practice Of Conversation In A Modern Day Setting How Have Peace Circles Impacted The Group Dynamics Of The Adult Community Of One Public High School In Western Massachusetts?, Kara McLaughlin

Perceptions of The Other: Creating a Community of Inclusion At a Christian Liberal Arts College, Amy E. Otis

Is Seeing Believing? An Inquiry Into How Political Reality Tourism Contributes To A Spirit Of Peacebuilding In Israel/Palestine, Rebecca Polivy

The Impact of Contact: An Impact Evaluation Of The Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (Contact) Summer Institute, Susan Michelle Van Schoonhoven

Challenges And Coping Mechanisms Of Hampshire College Students Whose Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Do Not Conform To The Dominant Norm, Erik Tančorov

Local and Global Peacebuilding: A Case Study of the Training Program Peace Leadership for Rwandan Women by Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, Maki Taniguchi

Ngo Interventions For Conflict Prevention And Resolution: The Case Of Agri-Service Ethiopia, Agerie Alehegne Tefera

Ngo Interventions For Conflict Prevention And Resolution: The Case Of Agri-Service Ethiopia, Agerie Alehegne Tefera

Submissions from 2006

Facing Christianity : evangelism or imperialism?, Clifton C. Fluker

Obeying the situation : exploring Somali refugee experiences in a Ugandan refugee settlement, Brent Elliot Freeman

What is Peacebuilding and Why Does it Matter? A case study of the Cypriot Youth Camps at the School for International Training, Diana E. Gonzalez

Cultural festivals : instrumentalizing the arts for peacebuilding and diplomacy, Sabrina Sadeghi

Submissions from 2005

resolution of land disputes : a study on appropriate approaches for indigenous communities in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, Veasna Chea

Resisting Israeli occupation to satisfy psychological needs : a case study of four nonviolent Palestinian freedom fighters, Lasse Schmidt

The politics of maps : how the political boundaries on maps affect movements for political autonomy of independence : the perceptions of a select group of people, Morgan Stone

Submissions from 2004

How Can an Association of Congo Players Survive in the Changing Environment of the 21st Century in the Dominican Republic? A Case Study on the Brotherhood of the Congos of the Holy Spirit of Villa Mella, Michelle Leah Cheltenham

Preventing violence at Lowell Middle School : strategies towards peace, Raveena Manhas

The Cycle of Violence and the Cycle of Reconciliation in Kosova, Leonora Visoka

Submissions from 2003

Post-Conflict Social Recovery towards Sustainable Development and Lasting Peace: A Case Study of a Local Peace Initiative in North Maluku, Indonesia, Menchita O. Caramat

Development of Thailand-based Burmese democracy-building organizations and their role in transforming the conflict in Burma, Tun Tun Than