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    Pursuing Education as Liberating Practice
    (2023) Clayton, Magnolia; Cook-Sather, Alison, 1964-; Lindgren, Kristin A.
    This thesis explores the pursuit of my independent major titled Education: Accessibility and Equity. By first exploring how education has functioned as promise, oppression, hope, and liberation in my own life, I then evoke ideas from scholars who have influenced how I see education as a tool for liberating practice. Most importantly, this thesis explores how my independent major journey, not just the content I learned within it, has greatly prepared me for interdisciplinary, complex, growth-oriented work post-graduation.
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    "Land is Revolution": Unearthing the Transformative Power of Black Gardening in Washington, DC
    (2021) Samuels, Camille; West, Anna
    Black Americans have long been practicing geographies of self-reliance as a method for procuring food and establishing community in Washington, D.C. Because public policy and public health initiatives fall short, food apartheid often undergirds Black narratives of food access in the nation's capital. As Washington, D.C. continues to transition into a post chocolate-city, Black-led urban agriculture remains a pivotal component of equitable access in the regional food system. Drawing on scholarship within Black geographies, public health, and environmental justice, this thesis leverages Black feminist ecological frameworks as a method of exploring the intersections of race (Blackness), placemaking, and health in the DC metropolitan region. Using a mixed-methods approach, I conducted qualitative interviews with young Black food justice advocates coupled with autoethnographic reflections to examine the importance of Black-led urban farming projects. In this paper I argue that Black-led urban agriculture demonstrates (1) land reclamation as a subversive practice, (2) radical political education as a site for collective resilience, and (3) produce production as a means for health equity. This project highlights the ways in which young Black folks in the DC area are reconnecting with farming, navigating racist food systems, and sustaining Black health and Black futures.
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    Offshoring and Industry Wages in the U.S.
    (2017) Dorman, Evan; Jilani, Saleha
    It has become an increasingly prevalent strategy for U.S. firms to locate production offshore in order to minimize production costs and maximize profits. Although this may benefit the firm, it is unclear how offshoring production stands to impact the domestic labor market. In my thesis I explore the affect of offshoring on wages in the United States. Using industry-level data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis over the period 2009-2015, my thesis examines the effect of different proxies for offshoring, including foreign direct investment (FDI), on industry level wages. I also explore whether the destination of industry-level outward FDI plays a role in affecting domestic wages. Results indicate that offshoring is associated with an increase in wages in all industries, although statistical significance varies by the model. Regionally, I find that the FDI measure of offshoring into Latin American and the Middle East is associated with lower wages, while FDI outflows from the U.S. into Europe and Asia/Pacific are correlated with higher domestic wages.
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    Refining Our Approach to the Health of Women Affected by Drug Use and HIV: Feminist Applications of Harm Reduction in the U.S. in the 1990's
    (1999) McGrath, Moriah McSharry; Edwards, Kaye; Mohan, Rajeswari; Edwards, Kaye; Dalke, Anne French