CMC gives yearly awards for the best theses. Search on the award title in quotes will result in a list of the award winning theses:

  • Best Senior Thesis in Biological Sciences
  • Best Senior Thesis in Environment, Economics, and Politics
  • Best Senior Thesis in Gender Studies
  • Best Senior Thesis in Government
  • Best Senior Thesis in History
  • Best Senior Thesis in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Best Senior Thesis in International Relations
  • Best Senior Thesis in Literature
  • Best Senior Thesis in Mathematics
  • Best Senior Thesis in Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Best Senior Thesis in Neuroscience
  • Best Senior Thesis in Philosophy
  • Best Senior Thesis in Psychology
  • Best Senior Thesis in Physical Sciences
  • Best Senior Thesis in Religious Studies
  • Robert Day School Prize for Best Senior Thesis in Economics and Finance
  • Robert Day School Prize for Best Senior Thesis in Economics (Accounting) and Finance
  • Fulbright Fellowship

Please NOTE the theses in this collection are Undergraduate Senior Theses completed by Senior Undergraduate students who have received a bachelor's degree. Many are made Openly Accessible at the request of the Author. Some authors have chosen to keep their These closed to the current faculty, students, and staff of the Claremont Colleges. If you are not a current member and cannot download, note that we cannot provide you access to the Theses.

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Senior Theses from 2012

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Coffee, Culture, and Capital in America: Starbucks and the Commoditization of Urban Space, Angelica M. Quicksey

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Exhumándo La Memoria: La Memoria Histórica Español Tras El Cine y Los Periodicos, Jillian Kate Raftery

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The Psychology of Giving: Factors of Philanthropic Behavior, Jennifer Ringoen

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Mayoral Control of Public Schools: Governance as a Tool to Improve Student Achievement, Carlos A. Rivas Jr.

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Is There a Right to Healthcare? An Analysis from the Perspective of Liberty and Libertarianism, Sarah R. Robinson

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Measuring the Impact of a Comprehensive Health and Wellness Initiative, Patrick R. Rooney

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Asset Protection Through the Use of Premarital Agreements, Robert T. Rose

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Latinos en La Educación: El Nuevo Valor de La Cultura Latina, Yaneli M. Ruiz

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Did Consumers Really Change Their Consumption Habits After the 2008 Recession? A Look into Consumer Expenditure Using Milton Friedman's Permanent Income Hypothesis, Avantika Saisekar

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One People, One Nation, One Power? Re-Evaluating the Role of the Federal Plenary Power in Immigration, Alexandra R. Saslaw

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Management Accountants, Risk Management, and Effective Communication, Braxton Sato

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Estimating the Effect of Ownership Structure on Financial and On-the-Field Efficiency in Major League Baseball, Vincent O. Schiavoni

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Jürgen Habermas and the Third Reich, Max Schiller

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The Effects of the Media on the Discrepancy Between GAAP and Pro Forma Earnings, Peter Schock

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The War on Drugs in Latin America: How Misinterpretation Led to Failed Policy, Edward Webb Schooler

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The Efficiency of Credit Unions, Aisling M. Scott

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The High Cost and Value of Patents: Finding the Appropriate Balance Between the Rights of the Inventor and the Advancement of Society, Andy Segal

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The Federal Judicial Vacancy Crisis: Origins and Solutions, Ryan Shaffer

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A Bass Diffusion Model Analysis: Understanding Alternative Fuel Vehicle Sales, Michael H. Shoemaker

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Les Ambitions de Sarkozy et Le Leadership Francais dans L'Intervention en Libye de 2011, Heather Annette Siegel

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Determinants of Box Office Revenue: A Short-term vs. Long-term Comparison, Sean Simmons

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Assessing the Effect of Long-Term Growth Uncertainty on Stock Valuations, Nicholas Coady Smith

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The Confrontation Clause: Maryland v. Craig and the Judicial Philosophies of Scalia and O'Connor, Daniela Spencer

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Does the REIT Tale Wag the Dog? The Relationship Between Tenant Ownership and the Volatility of Retail REIT Stock Returns, Dana G. Staley

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The Fulbright Program's Contemporary Relevance, Julia Catherine Starr

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Case Study: Josh Hamilton - Finding a Long-Term Match at the Right Price, Jeff Steitz

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What We Have Reason to Do: Comparing Our Moral and Rational Requirements, Sara E. Stern

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Endorsing Solidarity: Root Causes of Riots & Viable Solutions, Jonathan Sutton-Day

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Arizona House Bill 2281 and the Politics of Knowledge in Public Schools, Alexa Teevens

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Maximizing the Productive Use of Mobile Phone Technologies for the Public Good, Chris Temple

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Judicial Campaigns and Expensive Litigation; The Evolution of the Civil Justice System, Riley Thomlison

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Two and a Half Lawyers: Coolidge, Wilson, and the Legacy of Lincoln, Corbin Tognoni

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In the Presence of Ghosts: A Series of Short Stories, Jessica M. Torres

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The Growth of Consumer Debt and its Effect on Economic Performance in Emerging Market Economies: Turkey, China, Brazil, Sunny Tsai

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A Study of Minor League Baseball Prospects and Their Expected Future Value, Jay Lyon Tymkovich

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Reason and Revelation: Averroes and the Evolution of Islamic Rationalism in Egypt, Olivia Michelle Uranga

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The Role of the King in the Democratic Transition in Thailand, Elizabeth A. Van Buskirk

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The Effects of Oil Supply Shocks on U.S. Stock Market Returns, Matthew Joseph Varghese

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What Are the Conditions Necessary to Promote the Ideal Relationship Amongst Petro State, State Oil Company and International Oil Company?, Micheline Viergutz

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In Pursuit of Justice: Strengthening the International Criminal Court, Kevin Wallentine

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El Acuerdo de Schengen y El Sistema de Dublín: Su Influencia en La Formación de La Política de Asilo en La Unión Europea, April F. Weathers

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A Study in Market Micromanagement: The Asymmetrical Effects of the 2008 Short Sale Ban on Stocks With and Without Traded Options, James W. Weyerhaeuser

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An Economic Analysis of Foreign Ownership in Professional Sports: Motivation, Success, and Implications for United States Market, Alex F. Wheatley

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U.S. Energy Security: Reducing Dependence on Foreign Oil, Seth D. Winterroth

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Idealism and Pragmatism in U.S. Foreign Policy: The 1950s and the Unraveling of a Paradigm, Thomas C. Winter

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The Case Against Redistribution: F.A. Hayek on Social Justice, Matthew T. Wissa

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The Effect of the Establishment of the Day Clearing Branch on Trading Costs: A Look at the NYSE In 1920, Samuel W. Wong

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A Historiographical Examination of Qin Shi Huang, Jonathan Wu

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The Potential Application of Weather Derivatives to Hedge Harvest Value Risk in the Champagne Region of France, Andrew W. Yandell

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Mental Accounting As a Mediator of Self-Control in Consumer Decision Making, Lauren E. Yeske

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Professional Sports and Congress: Steroid Abuse, Eric P. Yingling

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Individual vs. Aggregate Decision Making – Diversification Discount, Sze Wai Yuen

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Mood and Perceived Fairness: The Context Dependency of Empathy, Greg J. Zahner

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Tibetan Buddhism and the Chinese Communist Party: Moving Forward in the 21st Century, Evan Zwisler

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The Politics of Physical Education Reform, Ari Zyskind

Senior Theses from 2011

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A Philosophical Framework for Conditional Cash Transfers, Jaron Abelsohn

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Intellectual Property Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sope Adegoke

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The Impact of Terrorism on Foreign Direct Investment: Which Sectors are More Vulnerable?, Shivani Agrawal

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The Relationship of Leadership Styles, Context, and Outcomes, Max A. Anawalt

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An in Depth Look at Gonzales V. Raich: The History of Medical Marijuana and the Commerce Clause, Rory S. Baird

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F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Hollywood Tragedy, James J. Baker III

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iControl: International Relations and Information Manipulation in the Digital Age, Supallav Baksi-Lahiri

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Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles: Industrial Decentralization and the Rise and Fall of L.A.'s Periphery, Alexander Bargmann

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The Impact of Oil Prices on the U.S. Economy, Jacob H. Bauch

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Forgiveness: A Novel, Sarah A. Beattie

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Tie the Knot or You Tighten the Noose? The Current Effect of Pre-marital Cohabitation on Marriage Survival Rates, Matthew D. Beienburg

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Ganas and the Swan: American Materialism in Mathematics Education, Taylor Berliant

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Emotional Brand Attachment: Marketing Strategies for Successful Generation, Katie Bilotti

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The Great Indian Growth Puzzle: What Caused a Spike in 2003?, Aditya Bindal

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Running Backs in the NFL Draft and NFL Combine: Can Performance be Predicted?, Chris Blees

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A Ban on Performance - Enhancing Drugs? Harm, Nature of Sport and Dehumanization, Ethan J. Bond

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Work Attribute Importance and Loyalty Intention: Millennial Generation Psychological Contract, Laura M. Bottorff

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Changing Incentives: How Electoral Reform Can Help Remove an Ethnic Focus in Political Competitions in Kenya, Carliann Brashier

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How Other Drivers’ Vehicle Characteristics Influence Your Driving Speed, Russell Brockett

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Policy Recommendations for the Effective Distribution of Water in California's Central Valley, Leah Bross

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The Success of Long-Short Equity Strategies versus Traditional Equity Strategies & Market Returns, Lauren J. Buchanan

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Public Dollar Private Owners; Tax Subsidies for New Stadiums in Professional Sports, Grant J. Bunnage

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Twisted Virtual Biracks, Jessica Ceniceros

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The Gift that Keeps Giving: FDI Inflows in China, Joseph Chang

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The Regeneration of Hellas: Influences on the Greek War for Independence 1821-1832, Stefanie Chan

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Take Me Out of the Ball Game: The Efficacy of Public Subsidies in the Success of Professional Sports Stadiums, Jonah Chodosh

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Health Care Reform's Effect on Private Medical Practices, Spencer R. Clark

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Disputed Theory and Security Policy: Responding to the "Rise of China", Joseph K. Clifton

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An Evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives Implemented by Alcoa, Votorantim, and Vale as a Means to Aid in Poverty Alleviation in the Brazilian Regions These Mining Companies Operate, Emily A. Coleman

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The Mathematical Landscape, Antonio Collazo

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An Analysis of Future Curves and Returns of Oil ETFs, Andrew Cosentino

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Latino Political Power in California, Gustavo Adolfo Cubias II

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Sustainability Reporting of Eighteen Fortune 500 General Merchandising Companies: How These Companies Address World Environmental and Social Issues, Jaclyn D'Arcy

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The Next Catalyst for Change: How Corporate Shared Value is Reshaping Capitalism, Emily Davenport

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U.S. Monetary Policy and Emerging Market Interest Rate Spreads: Explaining the Risk, Caleb M. Davis

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Sustainable Supply Chain Management: A Positive Force for Environmental and Social Change, Whitney E. Dawson

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Qualitative and Quantitative Method Comparison in Animal-Assisted Therapy Research, Laura Denenholz

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Understanding Terrorism in the Horn of Africa: American Perceptions of Somalia, Kenya, and al Qaeda, Victoria L. Din

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Immigration and Identity Politics: The Senegalese in France, Justine Dodgen

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Confirming the Stereotype: How Stereotype Threat, Performance Feedback, and Academic Identification affect Identity and Future Performance, Tessa L. Dover

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Gender Inequality in the Law: Deficiencies of Battered Woman Syndrome and a New Solution to Closing the Gender Gap in Self-Defense Law, Meredith C. Doyle

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Soldier of Culture: A Literary Analysis of the Works of Kanye West, William P. Dudding

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Strategic Significance: A Model of G-20 Membership, Patrick Eagan-Van Meter

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IMF Conditionality, Fiscal Policy, and Income Inequality in Latin America, Nicholas Egger-Bovet

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The Stable American Mind: Understanding Attitudes Towards Government and Taxes, 1990-2011, Christopher P. Eldred