Photography through the Social Lens: A Case of East Baltimore and Gentrification

Senior Capstone Experience by Danielle Lynch ’19 Submitted to the Department of Sociology Abstract: “The main aim for this Senior Capstone is to explore the visual method of Sociology through photography as a research method to study gentrification in East Baltimore and the social issue’s effects on the subculture of residents. With specific focus on…

The Effect of Gender on Animal Product Consumption Opinions and Behaviors

Senior Capstone Experience by Kelsey McNaul ’19 Submitted to the Department of Sociology and Department of Environmental Science and Studies Advised by Dr. Nicholas Garcia and Dr. Rebecca Fox Abstract: “The dietary and economic consumption of products derived from animals is influenced by various factors. Societal norms and traditions largely dictate the kinds of products…

Stress Granules Link the Environment and Genetics, Contributing to Adult-Onset Neurodegenerative Diseases like ALS

Senior Capstone Experience by Cole Craig Rineer ’19 Submitted to the Department of Biology Advised by Dr. Mala Misra Abstract: “Rapid progress has been made in identifying genetic underpinnings associated with neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In the past few years, there has been significant agreement of the idea of heterogeneous nuclear…

Aerobic Exercise: Potential Rose in the Treatment and Prevention of Depression

Senior Capstone Experience by Joshua D. Samuels ’19 Submitted to the Department of Biology Advised by Dr. Aaron Krochmal and Dr. Cindy Gibson Description: “Depression, one of the most common mental illnesses, is primarily treated with antidepressants that often fail to meet the expectations of the depressed individual for numerous reasons. Due to this, many…

Which Group has a More Sustainable Model of Terrorism, Al Qaeda or ISIS?

Senior Capstone Experience by Aziz Sbeih ’19 Submitted to the Department of International Studies and the Department of Economics Advised by Dr. Lisa Daniels Description: “The thesis compares Al Qaeda and ISIS models of terrorism through both international and economic focuses, and demonstrates that despite similar ideological beliefs the two groups markedly differ in terms…

“A Sea of Equilibrium:” Antoni Gaudí’s Political Undercurrent

Senior Capstone Experience by Lori Wysong ’19 Submitted to the Department of History Advised by Dr. Clayton Black Description: “Antoni Gaudí’s unique architecture draws tourists from all over the world for the sake of its aesthetic and structural qualities. While many art historians such as Joan Bassegoda Nonell and George Roseburgh Collins have examined Gaudí’s…

Volume XXVI, SCE Issue Contributors

Victoria Cline ’19 grew up in the state of Georgia and overseas in Latin America. She has a passion for making a difference in the world around her and hopes to continue doing so either in public service or law. During her time at Washington College as an English and Political Science Major, she was…

Faculty in Focus: Seriousness of Purpose and a Sense of Play

Heather Harvey, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art + Art History Professor Harvey creates site-specific installations and objects that straddle traditional boundaries between painting, drawing, and sculpture. She is interested in hidden infrastructures and invisible ordering mechanisms—things like gravity, quantum physics, and radio waves, but also the human body, memory, and contradictory emotions like…

Coming Out of the Vulcan Closet: The Queer Appeal of Star Trek

By: Will Cohn ’22, a Communication and Media Studies major. The following work was created for FYS 101: Queer Pop Culture. Brief description: This essay explores the uniquely conducive tropes of science fiction that create indirect representations of queer experiences and characters. It demonstrates this through a closed reading of the episode “Amok Time” from…

Combating Male Superiority Within Collegiate Hookup Culture

By: Katharine DeSantis ’22, a Political Science and Philosophy double major. The following work was created for FYS 101: Feminism and the #MeToo Movement Brief description: “Combating Male Superiority Within Collegiate Hookup Culture” is an analysis on the nature of romantic relationships as seen today on college campuses. This paper strives to define “hookup culture,”…

Imitation versus Emulation: The Emergence and Significance of Greek Art in Rome

By: Rebecca Kanaskie ’21, an English major. The following work was created for ANT/ENV 107: Introduction to Environmental Archaeology. Brief description: “This essay is an attempt to explain and highlight the emergence of Greek art in Roman society as a result of diffusion and emulation rather than appropriation. It draws on specific examples from Roman…

The Monster of the Mind

By: Sarah Kelly ’22, a Business Management and Psychology double major. The following work was created for ENG 101: Literature and Composition Brief description: “Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s novel Frankensteinhas had a lasting influence on the horror genre. While Shelley’s Creature is physically characterized by a frightening and gruesome appearance, it is the horrors of reality embodied…

Waste, Water

By: James Looper, an Environmental Studies and Anthropology double major. The following work was created for ENG 201: The Art of Rhetoric. Brief description: “Waste, Water is a short documentary film that questions the culture surrounding life’s most valuable resource.” Introduction For our final project of producing a short documentary film, as well as a…

Between the Lines: Race versus Gender in American Studies and Black Women’s Writing

By: Pauline Bewermeier ’19, an American Studies major. The following work was created for AMS 400: Race, Gender, and History of American Studies. Brief description: “Between the Lines: Race Versus Gender in American Studies and Black Women’s Writing” explores the interplay of race and gender throughout the politically charged and historically chauvinistic field of American…

Dismantling Performativity in The Country Wife and The Belle’s Stragatem

By: Erin Caine ’19, an English major. The following work was created for ENG 394: Restoration Comedy. Brief description: “Following the end of the Puritan regime in England in 1660, English theater experienced a renaissance, a restoration. This essay examines two Restoration Comedy plays and the ways in which female characters gain social knowledge and…

The Impact of Conservatism, Union Membership, Age, Urbanization, and Education on Statewide Voter Turnout

By: Mai Do, a Political Science major. The following work was created for POL 401: Empirical Research Methods. There are myriad influences on voter turnout: education, party identification, income. As American society changes over time, this list only grows. Decades of surveying Americans has revealed some patterns in Americans’ voting behaviors, but societal, cultural, economic,…

Thoreau’s Dilling?

By: Julia Manaraze, a Humanities major. The following work was created for ENG 347: American Environmental Writing. Brief description: “In this essay, I sought to rectify the common misconception that Annie Dillard’s book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is merely a “new-and-improved” Walden.  Though Dillard greatly admired Henry David Thoreau’s work and even wrote her senior…