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Undergraduate Research

Kara Walker's (Re)Presentation of History in the Antebellum South

Author: Kris Harper et al.
Categories: American Art and Architecture, Arts and Humanities, History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

This project examines the beautiful and controversial artwork of Kara Walker. After close examination, we determined that the artist’s self perception and different power struggles with and relationships to race, emotion, sexuality, and history are all illustrated through the various silhouettes of Kara Walker's creation. In a historical context, Walker ... more

Race Re-Imaged: A Closer Look at the Photography of Ken Gonzales-Day

Author: Jasmine Tall et al.
Categories: Arts and Humanities, Contemporary Art, History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

Ken Gonzales-Day is a modern-day artist and historian who uses his fields of expertise to convey his message against ignorance, with an emphasis on past and present crimes against forgotten minority groups. Our portfolio covers three specific art forms through which Gonzales-Day expresses his opinions: the Erased Lynchings series, which ... more

A Period of Transition: Early Islamic and Umayyad Coinage

Author: Anna Tiner
Categories: Biblical Studies, History of Religion, Islamic World and Near East History, Other History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

A study of four coins from 620 to 680 AD provides a meager yet insightful glimpse into the coinage minted by Islamic rulers during their conquest over the Holy Land and the transition of rule from the Byzantine Empire to the Islamic Caliphate. With the help of an innovative technology ... more

Public Opinion towards Bicycle Lanes: The Case of New York

Author: Wil Fisher
Categories: Political Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences

As bicycles gradually become an established form of transportation in the United States, planners and policymakers need new evidence to determine how best to expand bicycle infrastructure. Using logistic regression analysis of 2012 public opinion data from New York City, this article explores the demographics behind support of bicycle lanes. ... more

Finding a Frame that Fits: Analyzing Rival Framing of American Gun Control Policy in 2013

Author: Alexander Booker
Categories: American Politics, Political Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences

This paper uses political framing theory to analyze the messages employed by different gun lobby groups during the early 2013 debate on gun control legislation proposed in the United States Congress. I asked two questions with my research. First, what type of political action frames did gun interest groups use ... more


Graduate Research

Determining the effects of employee trust on organizational commitment


An employee's trust in their leadership is an important antecedent to organizational commitment. It is commonly believed that committed employees will work harder to achieve organizational objectives, so organizations often try to foster commitment in their employees to achieve improved organizational performance. The purpose of this qualitative study was to ... more

Top ten effective community college board trustees self-perceived leadership attributes


This qualitative study was designed to discover what community college trustees believe are the most effective leadership attributes. Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees were asked to list in, order of importance, the most effective community college board of trustee leadership attributes. The research questions emphasized the importance ... more

The psychometric utility of the drug abuse screening test among treatment-seeking, homeless men


Homelessness in the United States is recognized as a grave societal problem with longstanding and pervasive implications. A substantial body of research has shown that substance use disorders occur at higher rates among homeless adults than among housed persons. Mental disorders, particularly depressive disorders, are also known to occur at ... more

Student perceptions of a mobile augmented reality game and willingness to communicate in Japanese


Communication is a key component in learning a second language (L2). As important as the ability to communicate in the L2 is the willingness to use the L2 or, what has been identified in the literature as Willingness to Communicate (WTC). Language is best learned when situated in, and based ... more

Massively multiplayer online games as a sandbox for leadership: the relationship between in and out of game leadership behaviors


Given society's increasingly technology centric play and workplace environment, Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOs) can be an excellent sandbox to develop future leaders of teams, which are the lifeblood of any organization. MMOs like World of WarCraft provide rich immersive experiences that allow leaders and followers the ability to create ... more