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 2021

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An evaluation of the organic carbon content found in Fucus vesiculosus and Ascophyllum nodosum from Skutulsfjörður and Eyjafjörður, Iceland, Sylvie Alexander, Scripps College

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Discontinuity Between Religion, Law, and Society through Animal Treatment in Morocco, Michael Altman, Hamilton College

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Constructed Memories: A Study of how the Arts and the National Museum Operate Within Power Structures and State Interests in Postcolonial Morocco, Evan Antonakes, Bates College

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Through the Eyes of Lawyers and Advocates: Navigating the Court System for Women Impacted by Domestic Violence in Morocco, Emily Atieh, Brandeis University

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An Analysis of the Role of Gender in Political News Media Coverage, Clare Atkinson, University of Virginia

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Narrativas de la autoconstrucción: posicionalidades e identidades en migrantes venezolanos en Quito, Ecuador, Vicente Bickel, Hope College

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Islam and Equality Through Symbolism, Nellie Bowers, Sewanee

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The Odyssean Dilemma: Homelessness as Home and the Search for Ithaka, Francesca Casarella, University of Notre Dame

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Helmintos transmitidos por el suelo en Ecuador; la respuesta comunitaria y las percepciones a ellos en Baños y Puyo, Audrey Chesney, Gettysburg College

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A Socio-Ecological Perspective on Integrating Biodiversity Conservation and the Security-Development Nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa, Lilyon Conroy, Tulane University

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The Memory of a Nation: How Spanish Political Parties and Their Electoral Manifestos Address Historical Memory, Aidan G. Coohill, University of Colorado Boulder

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The Role of Public and Private Sectors: How to Promote National Cybersecurity Strategies and Critical Infrastructure Protection in Southeastern Europe, Larry Cruz, Bates College

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Assessing the need for and access to migrant-sensitive rehabilitative healthcare: An analysis of current Swiss and German practices, Lauren Cuppy, University of South Carolina

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RETRATO DE UNA ECONOMÍA EN MOVIMIENTO: Retos de la economía sustentable en San Francisco de Borja, Quijos, Napo, Meghan Mary Edwards, Ohio Wesleyan University

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An Eventful Past Predicting a Bizarre Future: Assessing the Influence of Ocean Circulation on Key Fish Species in Icelandic Waters. An analysis of past circulation records in order to predict the state of demersal fish stocks in future climate scenarios, Matthew Engfer, The College of Wooster

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Development-Induced Displacement in Kiryandongo District: A Case Study of the Karuma Hydroelectric Power Plant, Remington Fritz, William & Mary

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Purple Shadows in Catalonia: Josep Pla, Great Questions of Literature, and the Bid for Catalan Independence, Caya Greenspan-Layman, Muhlenberg College

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A Hidden Emergency: Transgenerational Inheritance in the Next Generation of Rwandans, Neila Gross, University of Notre Dame

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The Gap Between Policy and the People: A Case Study of the Buikwe Fishing Communities, Capri Gutiérrez, Rollins College

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A Ladder of Endemicity: A pioneering study of anuran communities along an elevational gradient in the Eastern Andean Cloud Forests, Ecuador, Ella Halbert, Oberlin College

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The Hands that Weave Stories, Elanna Hawkins, Southwestern University

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The Multi-step Approach to Covid Prevention in the Casamance Region, Saraí Hernandez Salguero, Bowdoin College

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Landmine Removal in Post-Conflict Rwanda: The Connection Between Demining, Reconstruction, and Reconciliation, Riley Hinklin, Macalester College

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Land Use as a Predictor of Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) Presence on the Entebbe Coast of Lake Victoria, Uganda, Zachary Hoffman, Gettysburg College

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Los Efectos Psicosociales que Produce el Embarazo en las Vidas de Madres Adolescentes en Quito, Ecuador, Kaylee Howell, Wake Forest University

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Investigating The Impact of Land Use on Avian Diversity and Abundance in Areas Surrounding Mabamba Swamp, Uganda, Sydney Marie Jones, Carleton College

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An Assessment of the Traditional Botanical Usage of the Indigeneous People of the Bugungu Sub-Region of Western Uganda, Elena Kilber, Portland State University

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A biological assessment of water quality in El Placer, Ecuador: The effect of agriculture on stream health and the quality of historical versus current drinking water sources, Danielle Kleinberg, Gettysburg College

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Representation and Recommendations: Participation of People Who Use Drugs in UN-Level Policy-making, Lily Knudsen, Vanderbilt University

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Bird Diversity in the Ecuadorian Chocó: A Proposal for Avitourism in Villaflora and Manduriacu Reserve, Elizabeth Kroger, Middlebury College

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Alienation of Labor or Alienation of Self: Perceptions of Hospitality Labor and Economic Development in Morocco, Julian Madera, Brandeis University

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Cape Town Cartographies: Which spaces can the youth access? Mapping the mobilities of 11 University of Cape Town (UCT) students, Sokona Mangane, Bates College

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CBOs as a Tool for Sustainable Community Development: The Case in Kapchorwa, Annie Manges, Appalachian State University

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La autenticidad y el yo: Un análisis sobre la experiencia urbana de las mujeres indígenas en Ecuador, Madison L. McClellan, Northwestern University

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Burning in Purgatory: The Suffocation of Bisexuality and How the Match was Lit, Tricia Menzel, University of Colorado Boulder

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Indigenous conceptions of community organization and autonomy in Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte: Answers and resistance to State-sponsored practices of internal colonialism, Carter Minnick, The University of Virginia

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Taking the Waste out of Wastewater: Evaluation and Implementation of Sustainability Measures at Base Aérea N.°5’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, Abigail Monahan, Skidmore College

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Perceiving the Intangible: Introspective & Meditational Practices in Moroccan Sufism, Anna Gray Morales, University of South Carolina

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Draagmoederschap: Surrogacy in the Netherlands, Olivia Murray, Georgetown University

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Analysis of the Moroccan Government & NGOs Responses to Migrant Health Crisis, Jepchirchir Mutwol, Grinnell College

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Comparación entre las percepciones médicas y psicológicas de la diabetes tipo 2 y la tuberculosis en el Ecuador, Héctor Ortiz, Wofford College

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Man v.s. Wild: An Analysis of Language Used Regarding Human-Wildlife Conflict in the Kibale National Park Community, Western Region, Uganda, Sophie Perfetto, Carleton College

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Soil Not Oil: An Assessment of the Role of Earth Jurisprudence in Restoring Biodiversity Conservation in the Indigenous Bagungu Community, in Uganda, Joslyn Primicias, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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The Labyrinth of Data Collection for Humanitarian Project Funding and Implementation, Maria Alejandra Pulido, Hamilton College

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Public Perception of Forest and Fire Management Policy in Portugal, Jensen Rocha, Washington and Lee University

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Taxonomic Annotation of Near-Coral Seawater Microbiota in Kilifi, Kenya, Megan Ruoff, Swarthmore College

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Letters to a Glacier; An Experiment and Critique of M. Jackson’s Glacier-Ruins Narrative, Lily Fife Schaeufele, Smith College

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Evaluating the Pragmatic and Moralistic Approach to Drug Policy and Addiction in Opioid Epidemic Outcomes, Brielle Seidel, Syracuse University

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A Phenological Analysis of Páramo Vegetation Along an Altitudinal Gradient: The Influence of Camelids on Andean Flora in the Páramo of Chimborazo, Ecuador, Tessa Seifried, Northwestern University

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Disability and Healthcare Access in Morocco: Social and Cultural Influences, Christa Shipman, Oregon State University

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Pseudo-Democracy and Voter Absenteeism in the 2021 Moroccan General Elections, Ben Shipp, Sewanee

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Examining factors associated with BCG and Poliomyelitis vaccination coverage in Tanzanian and Kenyan children aged 12 to 23 months using DHS surveys, Ognyan Simeonov, Bates College

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Harvesting the Truth about Salt Mining: An Assessment of the Factors and Demographics that Influence Women to Become Salt Miners, Katwe Uganda, Amelia Simmonds, Vassar College

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COVID-19 Vaccine Diplomacy in West Africa: Empathetic Soft-Power or Neocolonial Intentions?, Mary Sperrazza, University of San Francisco

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The Modern-Day Sand War: A New Dimension of the Morocco-Algeria Conflict Explored Through Youth, Alec Stimac, Davidson College

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La educación alternativa y comunitaria y el rol de la minka en la comunidad de Chukidel Ayllu Llakta – Lagunas en Saraguro: Un enfoque intercultural y multilingüe, Kristin Lynn Vogel, The University of Iowa

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Political Processes of Displacement in Infrastructure Development: the Case of Aldeia da Luz and the Alqueva Dam, Cordelia Walz, Oberlin College

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Science is for Everybody: A resource for understanding glaciers, climate, and modeling, Emma Watson, Carleton College

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An Assessment of Terrestrial Decapoda Diversity Across Three Ecological Zones in Mida Creek, Kenya, Reese Yount, Hope College

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Assessing and Mapping the Spatial-Temporal Change in Forest Phenology of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest using Moderate Resolution Satellite, Bailey Ytterdahl, Gettysburg College

Submissions from 2020

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La integración de las necesidades especiales educativas en aulas convencionales chilenos: investigación y experiencias vividas, Julia Alfiere, Smith College

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El valor de la creatividad: Acceso, sentido, y potencial de las artes visuales en el sistema educativo en Valparaíso, Chile., Bianca Allende Boyd, Bowdoin College

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Found in the World: An Autoethnographic Exploration of how Place Influences the Growing Formation of One’s Identity, Sydney Atkins, Tulane University

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La importancia de los espacios: conociendo los espacios en línea creado por los haitianos y organizaciones haitianas en Chile, Juan Avilez, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The Current State of Migrant Health in Morocco: Pre-and Peri-COVID-19 Pandemic, Layla Babahaji, Tulane University

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Trace Metals and the Environment: Studying the Behaviour of Iceland’s Glacially Sourced Trace Metals, Owen Bailey, Bates College

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The Political Development of Capital Punishment in the Modern Moroccan State, Mia Barr, Skidmore College

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Changing Water Resources’ Effect on Livelihoods and Socio-Ecological Relationships in Himalayan Communities of Nepal, Luke Bazemore, Middlebury College

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The Public Secret and Private Pain of Wartime Sexual Violence: Comparing the Heroinat Memorial and the 2020 Newborn Monument from the Perspective of NGOs in Kosovo, Martha Beliveau, Grinell College

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Non-state Actors’ COVID-19 Response in Nepal, Jenna Mae Biedscheid, Colorado State University

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Shifting Landscapes: The Effects of Male Out-Migration on Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Rural Nepal, Emma Brown, Middlebury College

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The Increased Role of Pesantrens in Indonesia’s Modern-Day Approach to Deradicalization, Helen Bruckner, Bates College

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Alimentando a México: Los Movimientos Indígenas y Agrícolas Contra las Políticas Neoliberales, Sofia Buchler, Occidental College

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Macroinvertebrate Community and Temperature Changes in a Michigan Stream, Nyika Campbell, University of Colorado Boulder

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Indigenous Communities Versus Oil Companies: Identifying Trends in Tactics and Success of Indigenous-Led Anti-Petroleum Movements in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Ella V. H. Carlson, Smith College

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Catalonia: Independence in History, Rhetoric, and Symbolism, Natalie J. Cestone, Colgate University

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La inclusión de la mujer indígena y el conocimiento en la conservación biológica en el Perú, Ivyanna Colon-Greider, Temple University

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La Discapacidad en Valparaíso: La existencia de un (¿nuevo?) movimiento social, Julia Conti, Carnegie Mellon University

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Facebook’s Façade: Understanding The Disillusionment of Tunisian Youth, Adam Cooper, University of Virginia

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¿“La Familia Diversa”?: Una Investigación en Constructos de Familias en Ecuador en el Siglo XXI, Julia Cornick, Smith College

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Room to Grow: A Comparative Analysis of Cannabis Regulation Models in Europe, Amanda H. Cronin, Cornell University

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The current state of research on the global amphibian epidemic, chytridiomycosis: A systematic literature review and view into the future of the field, Emily DeAlto, Lehigh University

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If Watersheds Spoke: A condition analysis of the Rio Tomebamba watershed in southern Ecuador using GIS analysis, Lenka G. Doskocil, Colorado State University

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NGOs as Learning Organizations: Evaluating Female Sports Development in Jordan Through the Lens of Women’s Soccer, Saede Eifrig, Haverford College

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Finding A “True Morocco:” How Tourists Change Moroccan Economies, Infrastructure and Cultures, Emily Federico, Skidmore College

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Medical Trust in Pediatric Care in the United States, Talia Feldscher, Wesleyan University

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Los comedores populares argentinos en tiempos del COVID-19: El rol de los comedores durante la pandemia: el sistema alimentario y la acción del gobierno argentino, Katrina Frei-Herrmann, Claremont McKenna College

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An overview of supply-chain logistics in international humanitarian aid: finding challenges and solutions, Arjun Ganga, Brown University

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Ecological and Economic Benefits and Risks of Using Botanical Insecticides in Tanzanian Farms, Lilia Garcia, Illinois Wesleyan University

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El artista está en línea: E-performance en el tiempo de COVID-19, Ezequiel N. González, Columbia University

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Morocco’s Leadership: Assessing the Relationship Between the State and Non-Governmental Organizations Working on Migration Affairs, Adriana Nadyieli González Ortiz, Whitman College

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Gen Z Perspectives on Climate Change and the Future: Having the courage to imagine and fight for a better world, Isabelle Graj, Brandeis University

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The Motif of Children in War in Memorialization Practices in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ana Gvozdić, Macalester College

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United or Divided? The Politics of Euro-Mediterranean Regional Identity and Migration Governance, Sarah Hall, Brown University

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Conservation efforts concerning native bee species of Michigan, Thomas Hellman, Denison University

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Internship Paper: Completed at the Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo, Julia Herzfeld, Smith College

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Un análisis histórico de la respuesta de organizaciones sindicales a la pandemia de COVID-19, Rachel Hodes, Wellesley College

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Las perspectivas y experiencias de los profesionales del campo de la reproducción asistida en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires y Bahía Blanca en el año 2020. / The perspectives and experiences of the professionals in the field of assisted reproduction in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and Bahía Blanca in 2020., Calder Hollond, Pomona College

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El cuerpo en la poesía de mujeres ecuatorianas, Chloe Hood, Whitman College

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(Des)cuidando a quienes nos crían: Una exploración cualitativa del abordaje para el diagnóstico, la prevención y el tratamiento de la depresión posparto en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (2020) / (In)adequate care for those who raise us: A qualitative exploration of the approach to diagnosis, prevention and treatment of postpartum depression in the City of Buenos Aires (2020), April Hopcroft, Smith College