Faculty in Focus: Writing Community

Dr. John Boyd, Director of the Writing Center In addition to teaching a First-Year Seminar, Writing Communities, Dr. Boyd teaches Writing Center Theory and Practice: A Seminar in Peer Tutoring, the course students take in preparation for working in the Writing Center. There, students learn pedagogical principles related to tutoring and develop a critical framework…

Dehumanization’s Presence in America and Humanitarianism

By: Julianna Sterling ’23, an International Studies and Economics major, French minor. The following work was created for FYS 101: Ethics of Humanitarianism. Brief description: This literature is a call to action for increased recognition of dehumanization’s role in societal trends in order to prevent its negative, long-term effects which manifest in the forms of…

Misogyny and the Bias of the Male Christian in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King

By: Joshua Torrence ’24, an English and Psychology major, and Creative Writing and Medieval/Early Modern Studies minor. The following work was created for FYS 101: King Arthur: From Myth to Modernity. Brief description: Tennyson’s Idylls of the King is a classic. However, it was also written throughout the Victorian era in Britain, where notions of…

Labor Economics and the Minimum Wage (Video)

By: Emily Hurley ’22, an Economics and Philosophy major and Asian Studies minor. The following work was created for ECN 219: Labor Economics Brief description: The economic reality of the minimum wage is often misunderstood by both sides of the political aisle. By discussing both theoretical and empirical frameworks for understanding the minimum wage, it…

Did Neanderthals Love? Evidence and Implications of Compassion in Neanderthal Healthcare Practices

By: Alaina Perdon, an Environmental Studies major, and Anthropology & Chesapeake Regional Studies minor. The following was created for ANT 107: Introduction to Environmental Archaeology. Brief Description: As modern humans, we view ourselves as completely removed from earlier iterations of people, failing to dignify them with deeper anthropogenic traits like emotions. This essay examines the…

The Social Epidemic of HIV

By: William Reid, an Environmental Science and Theatre major. The following work was created for ENV 294: Special Topics: Disease Ecology. Brief description: This piece details the HIV epidemic in the late 20th century and the various stigmas that the LGBTQ+ community faced during it, specifically gay and trans individuals. As a queer individual, I…

Theories of the Relationship Between Economic Inequality and Conflict: A Review of the Literature

By: Julianna Sterling ’23, an International Studies and Economics major, and French minor. The following work was created for POL 201: Theories of Peace and Conflict. Brief description: Intranational and domestic policies are frequently formulated on assumptions of economic and political theories, especially using theories which claim causational relationships exist between economic inequality and conflict….

Mitigating Risk While Maintaining Community: An Examination of the Effect of the Rise in Antisemitism on the American Reform Jewish Community

By: Kat DeSantis ’22, a Political Science and Philosophy major. The following was created for the Roy Ans Research Fellowship on the Study of Jewish Life and Thought at Washington College. Brief description: “Mitigating Risk While Maintaining Community: An Examination of the Effect of the Rise in Antisemitism on the American Reform Jewish Community” examines…

STEM in Politics

By: Iyonna Young ’22, a Business Management and Political Science major, and Spanish minor. The following work was created for POL 390: Political Science Internship. Brief description: Have you ever noticed that your congressperson may not actually have a thorough or complete idea about the science behind much of the legislation they present? STEM and its…

Featured Artist: Aryanna Horan

By: Aryanna Horan, and Art & Art History major and Psychology minor. The following works were created for ART 271: Intermediate Painting. Artist Statement: This is a simple still life for my Intermediate Painting class. We had to choose a few objects to draw using chalk pastels, so I went into the kitchen and selected…

Editor’s Note: A Farewell

To the readers of the Washington College Review: After three years of working on this journal—two of them at its helm—my time with the Washington College Review has come to an end. I joined the staff as a freshman, working as Associate Editor for Media and Design under Caroline Harvey ’17, who spearheaded the revival of the journal…

Evolution of Privacy, Data Policy and Internet Advertising in the United States

Senior Capstone Experience by Tatiana Baughman ’20 Submitted to the Department of Business Management Advised by Dr. Caroline Le Bon Description: My research examines social media advertising in the context of social norms and government policies over the years. It serves to inform people about the history of data collection, and hopefully bring attention to the use of personal…

STEMI Treatment Analysis and Current Research

Senior Capstone Experience by Jameson Brown-Padien ’20 Submitted to the Department of Biology Advised by Dr. Aaron Krochmal Abstract: “S-T segment myocardial infarctions (STEMI) are a common root cause of cardiac arrest. The condition is characterized by its altered electrocardiographic recording in which the S and T waves of the heart’s composite rhythm are elevated; indicative of lower left…

Multi-Class Image Classification Using Machine Learning

Senior Capstone Experience by Robert Clark ’20 Submitted to the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science Advised by Dr. Kyle Wilson Short Description: Dr. Wilson and I created an image classifier to classify images of traffic signs, with a final validation accuracy of 94.1%. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the utility of image classifiers, help readers…

Ni pa’ Buitres, ni Corruptos: [Lack of] Democratic Legitimacy and the Anti-Austerity Social Movement of Puerto Rico

Senior Capstone Experience by Gaviota Del Mar Hernández Quiñones ’20 Submitted to the Department of Political Science Advised by Dr. Christine Wade Abstract: “Since 2006, the Puerto Rican debt crisis has severely crippled the local economy, causing politicians to implement austerity — or structural adjustment reforms — to the already outdated economic and development model of Puerto Rico. Nevertheless,…