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    Muñeca Limé: A two-part Analysis of Gendered Blackness in the Dominican Republic
    (2021) López-Bell, Aszana LilaRosa; Elamin, Nisrin; Allen, Michael H., 1952-
    Muñeca Limé is two-part exploration of gendered Blackness in the Dominican Republic, my senior thesis created in partial fulfillment for the International Studies degree. I started my project by focusing on conceptions of Dominicanidad, Blackness, and Womanhood throughout various eras in the history of the Dominican Republic (DR), including the Colonial Era, Occupational Era, and Trujillo Era. Ialso looked towards various forms of media and artwork– I watched Paris is Burning and Daughters of the Dust, looked back through Alexander McQueen's collections, and sorted through the artwork of Dominican Black women throughout the ages, among other things. After finishing the writing component of my thesis, I created a dress, to further analyze my research and to promote the legitimacy of non-traditional sources of knowledge. This dress is the summary of my findings and analysis, a physical embodiment of the Dominican Black Woman. In creating this embodiment I seek not to create a monolith of all Dominican Black women, but rather of possibility of what she could be, and how she could be viewed, as a Dominican Black woman myself.
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    Recognizing Oligarchic Structures of Power: A Comparison of the United States and South Korea
    (2017) Auer, Alexis; Allen, Michael H., 1952-
    In the United States we live under the common misconception that power is equally shared amongst citizens thanks to the democratic system that guides our political processes. In reality, this could not be farther from the truth: power is not equally shared among citizens, but is in fact concentrated among an oligarchic network of corporate executives. By comparing the patterns of power concentration in the United States to a well-known oligarchy, South Korea, I will show how Industrial policy and ideals have effectively enabled these patterns to form.
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    Let’s Clear the Air: Keys to Successful International Environmental Agreements
    (2017) Horwitz, Aaron; Allen, Michael H., 1952-
    Climate change poses a real threat to our future. Because climate change affects the globe regardless of borders, it requires more than the action of a single nation. Multilateral international environmental agreements thus have the greatest potential to impact climate change. Understanding elements to successful agreements should inform our future decisions. While the mainstream social sciences have been divided in their approach to the problem and solutions, the keys to successful agreements will need to be interdisciplinary. This work, through a research method of testing the current mainstream social sciences’ theories and finding their inaccuracies against the Montreal Protocol and Kyoto Protocol, seeks to find the keys to successful multilateral environmental agreements. These keys are participation, distinction of parties, funding, incentive mechanisms, specificity, transparency, reporting, and the definition of a social cost. This paper will add to and refine similar scholarship that has been done.
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    Finding Solidarity Across Diversity: An Examination of the Transnational Networks of the Solidarity Economy Movement
    (2016) Egilman, Alex; Borowiak, Craig Thomas, 1971-; Ngalamulume, Kalala J.
    The solidarity economy is an umbrella term that represents a wide range of solidarity-­‐based economic practices that have proliferated worldwide such as cooperatives, participatory budgeting, and community land trusts. These enterprises prioritize equity, social and ecological sustainability, cooperation, democratic decision-­‐making, and community-­‐based development as opposed to profit maximization and competition. The solidarity economy movement depends on both local and global linkages, networks, and alliances to advance the solidarity economy development paradigm. In this thesis, I examine the structure and strategies of the major transnational networks of the solidarity economy movement. I find that these networks promote a horizontal reproduction of local, grassroots solidarity-­‐based initiatives. Then, I examine the diffusion of ideas and models across the solidarity economy movement. I contend that most of the influential ideas, innovations, and inspirational movements in the solidarity economy over the past 30 years have origins in the Global South and eventually moved North through mediated diffusion. By orienting development around the economic initiatives of marginalized peoples in the Global South, the SSE offers a counterhegemonic development alternative to the dominant development paradigms that have largely been imposed on the South from the North.