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 2018

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Re-Imagining the Theatre: Existence and Change, Andres Aguilar, Hamilton College

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The Paradox of the Financial Empowerment of Non-Western Artisan Women and their Dependency on Western Funding: A Case Study of Fondation Orient Occident, Au Grain de Sésame, and Association Darna, Sumya Akkas, Columbia University

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Demography and behavior of critically endangered Alouatta coibensis trabeata troops in forest fragments in and around Mata Oscura, Veraguas on the Azuero Peninsula of Panamá, Billy Allen, Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation

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Keyhole Gardens as the Key to Environmental Sustainability and Access to Fresh Produce in Samoa: A Case Study of an Organic Keyhole Farm, Madeline Allen, Vanderbilt University

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Restoring Eden: The Role of Christianity on Environmental Conservation: A Case of Karatu District, Arusha, Tanzania, Taylor Allen, Portland State University

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Defining the issue: Social movements' Framing Strategies in Neocolonial Senegal, Ezra M. Alltucker, The George Washington University

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Surveying Access to Healthcare in Kisumu and Siaya Counties, Kenya, Quinn Alsheimer, University of South Carolina

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Una Perspectiva Socio-legal de La Ley 348: La Ley Para Garantizar a las Mujeres Una Vida Libre de la Violencia / A Socio-legal Perspective of Law 348: The Law to Guarantee Women a Life Free of Violence, Maya Anthony, University of Denver

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The Root of Racism: How Slavery has led to the Condition of Discrimination Against Sub-Saharan Africans and Migrants in Morocco, James Artis III, University of Denver

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LA COMERCIALIZACIÓN DEL MURAL PORTEÑO / THE MARKETING OF THE PORTEUR MURAL, Alexandria Ashley, Brandeis University

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The Revolution Conundrum in Cameroon: A study of Relative Peace Under President Biya's Rule, Marianna Babboni, Occidental College

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Livelihoods of the People of Mazumbai: A Collection of Stories and Portraits, Tanga Region, Tanzania, Joseph Baldus, Macalester College

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Shaping our World for a Better Tomorrow: Sustainable Investing, ESG, and Industry Insight, Anna M. Ballate, Barnard College - Columbia University

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The Islam of Europe: Challenges of Governance, Erin Baranko, Claremont Mckenna College

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Uphill Struggle: Impediments and Facilitators to Porter Health in the Khumbu Region, Nate Barott, Cornell University

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Constructing Social Environments: The Evolving Relationship between Uses and Management of Urban Greenspace in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Mara Basich-Pease, Cornell University

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Coming in Hot: Motor Vehicles, Capitalism, and Modernization in Mongolia, Thea Bergen, University of Oregon

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“I hope whiteness means nothing”: A Narrative Exploration of Whiteness as Identity in South Africa, Mackenzie Berry

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“Solo está derrotado quien deja de soñar” Un estudio de la generación y apoyo de motivación estudiantil en escuelas de reingreso de Santiago, Chile y Buenos Aires, Argentina y su aplicación a un proyecto material / "Only those who stop dreaming are defeated" A study of the generation and support of student motivation in re-entry schools of Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina and their application to a material project, Emily Beyer, Kenyon College

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‘Defensoras de la Selva’: Mujeres Indígenas en Resistencia al Extractivismo en la Amazonía de Ecuador / 'Defenders of the Jungle': Indigenous Women in Resistance to Extractivism in the Amazon Ecuador, Tanmatra Bhanti

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Uso de la medicina tradicional y de la biomedicina por migrantes Q’ero en el distrito de San Sebastian, Cusco / Use of traditional medicine and biomedicine by Q'ero migrants in the district of San Sebastian, Cusco, Isabel Blaettler

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The value of chemical defense: the effects of toxin milking on the physical, physiological, and behavioral performance of cane toads (Rhinella marina), Ryann Blennerhassett, Rollins College

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Boys’ Sex Education in Rural Maharashtra: Context, Community, and Trust, Sierra Bradshaw-Kreimer, Bryn Mawr College

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Las perspectivas de los trabajadores sobre la accesibilidad a los recursos públicos para el tratamiento de depresión y ansiedad en la actualidad en el Área Metropolitana de Buenos Aires: Estudio cualitativo de tipo exploratorio-descriptivo. / Perspectives of workers on the accessibility of public resources for the treatment of depression and anxiety in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires: Qualitative exploratory-descriptive study., Ellen Broaddus, Claremont Mckenna College

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“We Are The Gap: Understanding the Inclusion of Immigrants in Moroccan Left-Wing Politics”, Sam Brown, Muhlenberg College

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“Karm Hi Pooja Hai (Work is Worship)” The Determinants that Influence the Subjective Health and Well-Being of Cycle Rickshaw Wallahs in Varanasi, India, Benjamin Bryer, University Of Maryland

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Causes and consequences of child marriage among Syrian refugee populations in Jordan: An investigation of perceptions., Alex Buckman, University of New Hampshire

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Medicina tradicional y la transmisión de conocimiento ancestral en la comunidad afroboliviana de Tocaña / Traditional medicine and the transmission of ancestral knowledge in the Afro-Bolivian community of Tocaña, Marvin Bynoe, Claremont McKenna College

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Sustainable Tourism Practices in Vietnam: The Influence of Institutions and Case Study of Sapa’s Growing Tourism Industry, Alexandria Cahill, George Washington University

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Ethically Sourced Vanilla: Certifications in the production of vanilla in the SAVA Region of Madagascar, Maisie Campbell, Bowdoin College

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Examinando la relación entre el ecoturismo y la migración en La Nevería, Pueblos Mancomunados, Oaxaca / Examining the relationship between ecotourism and migration in La Nevería, Pueblos Mancomunados, Oaxaca, Thomas Canny, University of Houston-Downtown

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The effects of seawater temperature on photosynthesis in Crustose Coralline Algae, Alexander Carlson, Brown University

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Comprehending Climate Change in the Himalayas: An exercise in digital storytelling, Emily Carlson, Gustavus Adolphus College

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Conservation Coverage: An assessment of the protection of highly threatened species of birds and mammals in Tanzania, Adolfo Castro Domínguez, Yale-NUS College - Singapore

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(Dis)locations: Dutch Disabled LGBTQ+ Subjects and Queer Social Space, Sarah Cavar, Mount Holyoke College

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Vivencias de jóvenes con autismo de la ciudad de Temuco, desde la percepción de sus familiares y educadores / Experiences of young people with autism in the city of Temuco, from the perception of their relatives and educators, Sophia Cerreta, Hamilton College

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Tibetan Perceptions of LGBTQ, Lauren Champagne, Lafayette College

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IMAGINANDO LA INCLUSIÓN: El uso de la escritura creativa para imaginar una educación superior inclusiva para personas con discapacidades en Bolivia / IMAGINING INCLUSION: The use of creative writing to imagine an inclusive higher education for people with disabilities in Bolivia, Beatrice Chihak, Macalester College

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EL IMPACTO DE LOS CENTROS DE INVESTIGACIÓN EN LA COMUNIDAD / THE IMPACT OF RESEARCH CENTERS IN THE COMMUNITY, Ciera Cockrell, Davidson College

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How Environmental Lawyers Cope with Challenges in Nonprofit Legal Centers, Rachel R. Cohen, University of Delaware

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Productivity, Competition, and Empowerment? The Experience of Pondicherry Fisherwomen in the Context of Neoliberal Development, Amelia Colliver, University of Puget Sound

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Who and What is Amazigh? Self-Assertion, Erasure, and Standardization, Alexis Colon, Bucknell University

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El Valor de Verde Neoliberalismo, Crisis Económica y Políticas Polarizadas: Cómo Afecta en la Vida Cotidiana de la Gente de Clase Media en Buenos Aires. / The Value of Green Neoliberalism, Economic Crisis and Polarized Politics: How They Affect the Everyday Life of the Citizens of the Middle Class in Buenos Aires., Sierra Conboy, Gettysburg College

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Art in Tunisian LGBTQI++ NGOs, Emma Cooney, Boston University

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An Exploratory Study on Mental Illness Perspectives in Hanoi, Margaret Cox, Vanderbilt University

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Binding Ideologies: An Investigation of Language Attitudes and Ideologies in the Moroccan Publishing and Book Sector, Ashley Coyne, University of Puget Sound

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MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN BALI: ON & OFF THE RECORD, Sara M. Crane, University of Rochester

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“Gracias a Dios, Gracias al Comandante”: El uso de la religión como una herramienta política en Nicaragua desde 2006 / "Thank God, Thanks to the Commander": The use of religion as a political tool in Nicaragua since 2006, Azani Creeks, University of Southern California

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The growing sustainable seaweed industry: A comparison of Australian state governance directing current and future seaweed cultivation, Meagan E. Currie, Swarthmore College

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Preserving Identity Through Discourse in a Changing Ladakh, Emma Cyr, Brandeis University

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PLANT POETICS AND POLITICS OF THE WEST USAMBARAS: Power and Memory of Narrative Botanical Science in Kizanda, Sagara, and the Mazumbai Forest Reserve, Cameron Daddis, Vassar College

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The Influence of Habitat Preference on Longitudinal Population Composition and Distribution of Groupers (Serranidae) in Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar Tanzania, Caroline Daley, Middlebury College

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Understanding the Mongolian Tourism Supply Chain: Advantages, Challenges and Improvements, Thomas D’Anieri, Claremont McKenna College

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Consciente o Inconsciente: El Rol de la Educación en la Formación de una Conciencia Social y Colectiva en la Juventud Chilena / Conscious or unconscious: the role of Education in Forming a Social and Collective Awareness in Chilean Youth, Samsara Davalos Reyes, Trinity University

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Women’s Divorce Rights in Jordan: Legal Rights and Cultural Challenges, Helen David, University of San Francisco

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A World Beyond the Nation-State, Luca DeAngelis, Bowdoin College

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Ontology of Personhood in Ayurveda from the Perspective of Patients and Physicians in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh: An Independent Study, Denise DeFelice, University of Pennsylvania

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Sediment deposition within two Thalassia testudinum seagrass sites in Boca del Drago, Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panamá, Alexander De Jesus, Yale University

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La relación de prácticas religiosas e la identidad: Los campesinos migrantes q’eros / The relationship of religious practices and identity: The migrant peasants q'eros, Autumn DeLong, Macalester College

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Exploring the Space Between Healers: A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Relationship Between Traditional Healers and Biomedical Practitioners in Kwazulu-natal, Marisa DelSignore, Washington University in St. Louis

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The Personal as the Political: The Everyday Resistance of LGBTQ+ WOC in the Netherlands, Sofia Del Valle, Mount Holyoke College

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Balance and Imbalance: The Necessity of Natural Disasters in Balinese Hinduism, Lorin Foster DeMuth, Whitman College

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Morocco: The Intersection Between Intercultural Mediation and Migration, Arianna Diaz, University of Connecticut

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The War Against Sex Trafficking: Who Is Fighting?, Elizabeth Dicus, Wake Forest University

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The Path to Mainstream Finance: Exploring Complementary Currencies and Interest-Free Lending, Ema Di Fruscia, Whitman College

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Stories from a Place Called Walung, Jenny Ding, Cornell University

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“Estamos aquí con nuestra propia fuerza” Las mujeres de AMUPAKIN y su lucha para preservar el parto ancestral en Napo, Ecuador. / "We are here with our own strength" The women of AMUPAKIN and their struggle to preserve the ancestral birth in Napo, Ecuador., Lilian Domenick, Haverford College

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HOW THE BALINESE SEE THE SEA: INTERPRETATIONS OF OCEANIC POWER, Margaret Dougherty, Rollins College

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Hablo Por Mi Disidengia / I Speak For My Dissidence, Lars Eddie, Gettysburg College

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Psychological Effects of Genocide Participation: The Perspective of Perpetrators, Sarah Etzel, Mount Holyoke College

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In the Balance: Pathways to Economic Integration for Migrants in Morocco, Kyla Fanning, Bryn Mawr College

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Tourism and Tensions: Shifting Dynamics of Tourism in Ubud and the Effects on Balinese Painting, Celia Feal-Staub

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Macro implications of microplastics: a comparative study of microplastic distribution in Bahía Almirante, Bocas del Toro, Panama, Bonnie Feldberg

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La tierra aquí es amable: Soil macrofauna density and producer perceptions of agricultural soil fertility in Cerro Punta, Chiriquí, Clara Fernandez Odell, Barnard College

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Corruption Devolved: People’s Perceptions on Devolutions Impact on Transparency, Accountability and Service Delivery by the Government of Kisumu County, Kenya, Julia Fonshell, University of South Carolina

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Large Mammals of the High Andes A Survey of Community Composition and Habitat Usage in the Highlands of Angochagua, Sage Fox, Oregon State University

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La influencia del neoliberalismo sobre las ideas de lo “natural”: un análisis de las ideas de la naturaleza en urbanizaciones cerradas y grupos subalternos en Tigre / The influence of neoliberalism on ideas of what is “natural”: an analysis of ideas of nature in closed-gated and marginalized communities in Tigre, Catherine Fraser, Colby College

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Herpetofauna of Sumak Allpa: A Baseline Assessment of an Unstudied Island Herpetofaunal Community, Sara Freimuth, Claremont McKenna College

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The Draw of Revolution: Returning to Tunisia, Stephen Garrett, Georgetown University

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Correlations Between Reef Health and Vertical Zonation on Ushongo Village Reef and Fungu Zinga Reef, Daniel Gates, Brown University

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Education: Developing Self Reliance for Female Syrian Refugees in Host Communities, Mathilde Geannopulos, University of Michigan

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Participatory Development and Menstrual Health Management in South Africa: A Case Study of Project Dignity, Natalie Geismar, Washington University in St. Louis

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“So What Are You?:” Nepali Third Gender Women’s Identities and Experiences Through the Lens of Human Rights Development Discourse, Amit Gerstein, George Washington University

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La implementación de la Ley de Educación Sexual Integral (ley 26.150): una comparación entre escuelas secundarias públicas y escuelas secundarias privadas católicas en CABA / The Implementacion of The Law of Comprehensive Sexual Education (Law 26.150): A Comparison Between Public and Private Catholic High Schools in CABA, Eve Gertzman, Skidmore College

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El Negocio del Desarrollo Internacional: Las Dinámicas Asimétricas de Poder entre Voluntariados Internacionales y Comunidades Locales / The Business of International Development: The Asymmetric Power Dynamics between International Volunteers and Local Communities, Ivana Giang, University of Southern California

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Woven Narratives from Tsum Valley: Reconfiguring Local, Erica Gibble, Williams College

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The Plastic Problem: Plastic Pollution in Bali, Kate Giesler, University of Virginia

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Violencia obstétrica: los derechos de autonomía reproductiva, tratamiento justo y accesibilidad en el ámbito de la salud maternal en San Carlos, Salta / Obstetric Violence: the Rights to Reproductive Autonomy, Fair Treatment, and Accessibility of Maternal Health Services in San Carlos, Salta, Emily Gleason, Argentina: Social Movements and Human Rights

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Integrated Mental Health Care in Education for Syrian Refugees: An Exploratory Study, Emily Goldstein, Tufts University

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"Les droits ne sont pas respectés": A Study of the Effectiveness of the Moroccan Law in Protecting the Human Rights of Sub-Saharan Female Migrants, Meghan Gragg, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Sueños del progreso: La migración juvenil desde Íntag / Dreams of progress: Youth migration from Íntag, Julia Gratton, Whitman College

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La intersección del afecto y el empleo: Los impactos del género y migración en las relaciones laborales de empleadas domésticas paraguayas en Argentina / The intersection of affect and employment: A gender and migration perspective on the complexities of the labor relationships of Paraguayan domestic workers in Argentina, Emily Gray, George Washington University

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Desde la Teoría a lo Cotidiano: Tensiones en Escuelas en Contextos de Encierro / From the Theory to the Daily: Tensions in Schools in Contexts of Encierro, Ethan Greenberg, Colorado College

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Sufis in a 'Foreign' Zawiya: Moroccan Perceptions of the Tijani Pilgrimage to Fes, Joel Green, Elon University

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A Disappearing Island: An Impact Assessment of Coastal Erosion on the Mnemba Island House Reef, Zanzibar, Kat Grellman

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Getting Sick Where Karma is Gravity: Disease in the Tibetan Perspective, Moreau Hadley

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Interacting with the Trail: A Comprehensive Approach to Developing an Environmental Education Program for Agnolakely Private Nature Reserve, Claire Hamilton, Luther College

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FROM ORGAN TO GAMELAN: JAVANESE CATHOLIC MUSICAL TRADITIONS IN YOGYAKARTA, CENTRAL JAVA, Elizabeth Hamilton, University of Denver

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The UN’s Political Engagement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Reconceptualized Strategies in Humanitarianism and Diplomacy in the Middle East Peace Process, Alara Hanci, Tufts University

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Andean condor nesting and behavior: A study of a free-living pair and chick as well as population behavior near Antisana Ecological Reserve, Ecuador, Ian Handler