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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

Effects of deployment on committed relationships: relationship satisfaction of partners of regular and reservist Army soldiers


Having a partner as a part of the military induces a level of great stress. There is an absence of literature focusing on the unique circumstances that Reservist and National Guard soldiers and their families face with deployment. This project aimed to explore the unique challenges of part-time military families, ... more

Clinician conceptualizations of post-migration refugee youth previously exposed to political violence


Researchers have examined the experience of distress with refugee children and adolescents who have been exposed to political violence. Recognition has also been given to migration stress and traumatic grief as additional stressors in the lives of refugee youth. Studies in this area have established the fact that development appears ... more

Community opinion and satisfaction with the leadership at an urban community educational learning center during an organizational transformational process: a frontline perspective from community stakeholders


This study examined selected community stakeholders' perception of the current leadership at their local community educational learning center during an organizational transformation and cultural change process. The transition from a community college to an educational learning center, mandated in 2006 by the Accredition Commission and agreed on by the Chancellor's ... more

The relation between mindfulness and perceived self-efficacy towards coping with negative affect in recovering alcoholics


Negative affect can be a highly potent trigger for relapse among those in recovery for alcoholism, whereas self-efficacy has been identified as an important factor for relapse prevention. Much research has attempted to identify factors and interventions that can enhance self-efficacy and improve the coping ability of those in recovery ... more

The relationship between attachment theory and transformational leadership in California community college chief executive officers


This study examines a relatively new area of investigation: the relationship between attachment theory (Bowlby, 1973, 1980, 1982) and transformational leadership theory. Using self-report surveys and controlling for demographic variables, California community college chief executive officers' (CEOs) attachment styles and transformational leadership characteristics are measured and the potential relationship between ... more