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2016-2017 Honors Theses

Ellis Adler (Jewish Studies)
“Esther and Judith: Illuminating on the Complex Roles of Women in Jewish Texts”

Austin Adomitis (Music)
"Becoming Sweeney Todd"

Josephine Baldwin-Beneich (English)
""Artful Deceit": Societal and Stylistic Subversion in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood"

Natalie Barman (English)
“Unveiling Ideology: Aesthetic Innovation as Ideological Critique in Modernist Literature”

Anna Bauman (Political Science)
"Private Players and a Public Good: a Study of Charter School Boards in New Orleans"

Marie Blanchard (Psychology)
“Acknowledging Sexist Behavior: Reactions to Benevolent and Hostile Sexism”

Emma Boelter (English)
"Comedy Responds to Terror: Power Subversions, Political Criticism, and National Reflection in the Post 9/11 United States"

Ciaran Buckley (Economics)
"Modeling Stereotypes as Beliefs Under Bounded and Full Memory"

Julia Chimienti (Neuroscience)
“A Mechanistic Study of Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cell Death in Response to Cigarette Smoke Extract Treatment”

Sidonia Compton (Psychology)
"Stigmatized Groups: the Impact of Communication Goals on Aggression"

Jessica Conrad (Mathematics and Public Health)
“Mathematical Analysis for a Model to Control Chagas Disease: Fighting an Infection with an Infection”

Andrew Crawford (Germanic and Slavic Studies)
"Fairy Tales in the Soviet Context: How Children's Literature Shaped the Soviet Union"

Alyssa Cruse (Music and Neuroscience)
"The Effects of Musical Experience on Visual Spatial Selective Attention"

Audrey Davis (Sociology)
"A Discourse Analysis of Relationship Advice in Good Housekeeping: 1985-2016"

Hannah Dean (Latin American Studies and Political Science)
“An Equal Education for All? Assessing Language Access and Quality of English as a Second Language Programs in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes”

Layla Entrikin (Public Health)
"The Effects of the Doula Care Model on Perceptions of Birth"

Ryan Fishel (Biomedical Engineering)
"Evaluation of the Effect of Transforming Growth Factor-β on Perictye Differentiation of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Ex Vivo"

Taylor Fitzpatrick-Schmidt (Neuroscience)
"Monosaccharide Therapy as a Treatment for Dolichylphosphate Mannosyltransferase 2 Deficiency (DPM2-CDG)"

Marguerite Furlong (Public Health)
"Family Planning Use Among Women at Manos Abiertas in Guatemala"

Jolene George (Classical Studies and Philosophy)
"The Hawk & The Quarry: Finding Homeric Courage in Aristotle’s Teachings”

Madeline Goebel (History)
“American Women in French Relief, 1939-1952”

Magdalena Hecht (Cell and Molecular Biology)
“The Effect of Fox01 on Ret and Nanos2 Promoter Activity in the Context of Spermatogonial Stem Cell Self-Renewal and Differentiation”

Maeve Holler (English)
“Lush, In the Time Without Sorrow: Expressive Eroticism in Poetry”

Brad Honigberg (Political Science)
"Defining the Determinants of American Humanitarian Intervention"

Clara Howell (Neuroscience)
"Smart is Sexy: Female Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia Guttata) Prefer Songs of Males with Greater Cognitive Abilities"

Sara Kebede (Neuroscience)
"EMG: an Opportunity for Innovation in Treatment of Chronic Lumbar Facet Joint Pain"

Robert Kellner (Political Economy)
“Communist Regime Stability, The Special Period, and the Cuban Imperative of Managed Change”

Kathy Le (Neuroscience)
“Inhibitory Synaptic Inputs onto Pyramidal Tract-Type Versus Intratelencephalic Neurons in Layer V of the Mouse Somatosensory Cortex”

Rosie Li (Economics)
“The Impact of Graduation Rate Accountability on Graduation Rate and Dropout Rate”

John Paul Li (Physics)
“Genarris: Parallelized Configuration Space Screening of Molecular Crystals Aided by Harris Approximation”

Jamie Logan (English)
"Zion"

Michael Mahoney (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
"Preferential Selection of Fruiting Trees Based on Habitat Structure by Diurnal Avian Frugivores Across Successional Forests in the Chocó Rainforest, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador"

Chesley McCarty (Architecture)
"Gastronomic Architecture: Recipes for a New Architectural Cuisine”

Meredith McInturff (Public Health)
"Climate Change, Food Security and Children: the Role of Environmental Education in Promoting Behavior Change"

Tyler Michael (Anthropology)
“Resistance and Revitalization in the Native American Southeast”

Corley Miller (English)
"The Seventh Generation"

Nicholas Miller (Political Science and Philosophy)
"Practicing What We Preach: How Institutions Shape our Shared Rationality"

Peter Nguyen (Philosophy)
"Realism and Nominalism: a Comparative Study of Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham"

Prisha Patel (Sociology)
"Weight-Based Social Stigma: Body Image in Overweight and Obese Adolescents"

Liat Perlin (Environmental Studies)
“An Ecofeminist Analysis of Rural Agricultural Development: Alternatives From Thailand and India”

Harrison Rahn (Chemistry)
“Synthesis of Functionalized Luciferns for Applications in Supermolecular Chemistry: In Vivo Light Switches”

Tadeo Ramirez Parada (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
"Ecological Drivers of Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Flower and Fruit Production in a Tropical Palm (Oenocarpus Bataua)"

Jonathan Rizner (Music)
"Tracing the Path from the Cornet to the Trumpet through Jazz"

Kathryn Robison (Biomedical Engineering)
“Role of Elastin in Vaginal Wall Biaxial Mechanical Response with Experimental and Mathematical Approaches”

Gabriel Rodriguez (Psychology)
"Gender Differences in Racial Identity as a Buffer between Exposure to Race-Related Stressors and Aggressive Attitudes in African American Adolescents"

Ian Rohr (Germanic and Slavic Studies and Political Science)
“Russian Militarization of the Arctic: its Role in Russian Foreign Policy”

Emma Saltzberg (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
"The Impact of Lead Exposure on Reproductive Success and Nestling Viability in the Northern Mockingbird"

Nathan Sanders (Biological Chemistry)
"Interleukin (IL)-18 in the Differentiation and Maturation of Mast Cells and Its Implication in Mast Cell-Mediated Pathology"

Destine Scott (Philosophy)
"The Code of Time Travel"

Kidd Duhe Solomon (Political Science)
“From Clinic to Court: An Analysis of the Catalytic Power of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Movement”

Mikayla Stern-Ellis (Anthropology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
"The Effect of Drought on the Behavior and Survival of White-Faced Capuchin Monkeys in Santa Rosa National Park: Quantifying the Impact of Climate Change on Primate Populations"

Jessica Tran (Public Health)
"Inclusion of Limited English Proficient Individuals in Clinical Research”

Mia Tucker (Political Science)
"Ensuring Justice: Understanding Compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights"

Kripa Upadhyay (Art)
"Navigating the Door to Success: Portraits of the Diasporic Experiences of South Asian-American Women"

Annika White (Psychology)
"Creating and Maintaining Positive Teacher Attitudes Towards Trauma-Informed Approaches over Time: the Role of Foundational Professional Development"

Lilith Winkler-Schor (Political Science)
"The Power of Neighborhoods in Successful Housing Policy: an Analysis of Public Housing Policy, Using New Orleans as a Case Study"

Anne Wolff (Biomedical Engineering)
"Central Venous Catheterization Training: Engineering a Better Manikin"

Yue Ruth Yao (Economics)
"The Interaction of Household Debt and Consumption: in Times of Crisis"

Maggie Zhang (Economics and Public Health)
"A Comparison of the Health and Economic Impact of the Medicaid Expansion Component of the Affordable Care Act in Expansion States and Non-Expansion States"

Lily Zmachinski (Psychology)
"Exposure to Potentially Traumatic Events, Maternal Concern, and Help-Seeking Behavior"

Gina Zwicky (Environmental Biology)
“Diet and Distribution of Roundel and Clearnose Skates in the Northern Gulf of Mexico”