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PAGS Senior Presentations

The PAGS Senior Presentation tends to be one of the most challenging (and thus, also one of the most rewarding) experiences of the academic career of a PAGS student.  For the senior presentation, the entire group of PAGS seniors must reach consensus on a topic on which to perform a public presentation for the campus, and then they must reach consensus on how to divide up the research and other work in order to carry off this public presentation.  It is highly collaborative work, and conflicts almost always arise, which the students must figure out how to navigate.  They must also bring their previous years of study to the topic, while making the topic generally accessible for a wider audience.  Our students do an amazing job with this project, and they always choose topics that are highly salient to current debates of the moment.

PAGS Senior Presentation March 2015 - "(Sl)activism: Evaluating Social Media as a Platform for Social Change"

For this year’s senior presentation, nine seniors problematized the role of social media in current social movements. They utilized Foucault’s theory of panopticism to demonstrate how each internet or social media user operates within a self-contained digital network to both produce and consume knowledge. The group represented the Fourth Generation, Praxis, and Law/Justice areas of Peace Studies. Topics included: Gramsci and international norms and Foucault’s notion of power, the virality of hash-tags and images, and solidarity and appropriation among others. Examples of social movements discussed included Black Lives Matter, Libya, #Jesuischarlie, #Alllivesmatter, Boko Haram, #Podemos.

Check out the presentation in this video link: 

2015 Senior Presentation


PAGS Senior Thesis Project

The Senior Thesis project is a rigorous research project undertaken during the PAGS Senior Capstone experience. Students have the opportunity to delve deeply into a topic of their choice, conducting research while synthesizing themes and material drawn from their four years of study. 


Class of 2015 PAGS Senior Theses:

"Radical Forgetting: The Creative Moment Excellence" – Sofia Bustamante

"A Monopoly on Violence: The Law, Certainty, and the Northern Borderlands after 9/11"  Alex Cook 

"Podemos: From Outrage to Political Change - A Political Movement of Democratic Rupture in Spain Towards a Transrepresentative/Capitalist Politics" –  Jaime Sánchez Chico

"Northern Irish 1981 and Palestinian 2014 Hunger Strikes: Questions on the Politics of Death, State's Legitimacy, and the Power of Non-violent Resistance" –  Ana Leticia De León

"From Armalite to Ballot Box: A Materialist Analysis of Republicanism, Socialism, and Hegemony in Northern Ireland" –  Evan Malmgren

"The Universal Language of Music: A Study of the Effectiveness of Music as a Tool in Conflict Resolution through the Lens of the Conflict in Israel and Palestine" –  Katherine Simon

"Criminalizing Journalism: Edward Snowden's Prosecution as Manifestation of Lawmaking Violence Exercised by the Obama Administration" –  Anastasia Vladimirova

"'Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic': DREAMer Activism as a Politics of Deviance" –  Joaquina Weber-Shirk


Class of 2014 PAGS Senior Theses:

"Rhetoric of Pan-Arabism and its Consequences: Palestine and Kuwait through the Gulf Crisis" – Rawan AlOstath

"The Colonizing Principle within the Liberal Peace Project: The Case of the U.S. Invasion of Iraq" – Bilan Elmi

"Countering Hegemony with Hegemony, Searching for Radical Transformations Through the Hegemonic Discourse of Human Rights: the Case of BDS" – Basil Farraj

"Zapatistas: How to Learn from the 'Other’" – Greg Hagenbuch

"Transferred Sovereignty and International Law" – Nidzara Helja

"Assimilation, Criminalization, and Hospitality: U.S. Immigration Discourses on the National and Local Stage" – Virginia (Genna) House

"Beyond Liberal Individualism: A New Ethical Basis For Expanding Access To Healthcare" – Margarita (Maggie) Jesme

"Violence of the Name: How naming the M23 Rebel has Perpetuated Conflict in the Eastern Congo" – Leslie Massicotte

"The 'Local Turn,' Radical Hybridity, and Subaltern Resistance; An Analysis of Dialogue Processes and the Liberal Peace Project" – Emma McGrath

"Walter Benjamin and Emma Goldman's Violent Anarchist Revolutions" – Rachel Winsberg


Class of 2013:

"Righting Wrongs (Is Like Super Neocolonial) Why US Students and Volunteer Tourists Keep Going to the Island of Ometepe and Keep Talking About It" – Noor Balbaky 

"Contemporary Approaches to People in a Homeless Situation in São Paulo: the Recyclable Disposed Resources and Non-Citizens" – Stephanie Haapalainen Ambar

"The Necessity of Grassroots: A Case Study of the Pakistani Lawyers' Movement" – Kamil Hamid

"The Migration of Sovereignty to Corporations: The Growth of the Private Detention Industry from the Commodification and Immobilization of (Im)migrant Bodies" – Victoria (Tory) Johnson

"Hegemonic Zionist Discourse and the Reading of Palestinian Resistance through Existence and Liberation as Violence" – Lilly Lerner

"The Legacy of Franco in Las Fallas: Constructing a Valencian Identity of Resistance" – Molly McIntosh-Case

"Suppression by Another Name: Poll Taxes and Strict Voter ID Laws in the United States" - Virginia (Ginny) McNulty

"Nomadic Ethics: Addressing the Commodification and Dehumanization of Immigrants in the For Profit Immigrant Prison System" – Abbe Miller

"Mexican American Studies in TUSD: Challenging the Myth of White US Superiority and Forming an Identity of Pride" – Emily Pfleiderer

"Food Banks in Indiana: The Drive Towards Urban Agriculture and Green Design" – Ka Rodríguez

"'If You Educate a Woman, You Educate the Nation.'" - African Proverb – Mary Williams


Class of 2012:

"Meinhof in Post-War Germany" – Charlotte Bellm

"A Critique of Curative Health in Tanzania: The Colonial Impact" – Carolyn Brandt

"Agroecology and Food Sovereignty: Challenging Colonial & Neoliberal Structures within the Campos of Chiapas, Mexico" – Sophie Brinker

"The Current Global Decline in Biocultural Diversity and the Need for Conservation of Local Knowledge Systems for the Survival of Indigenous Peoples, the Preservation of Our Humanity and the Sustainability of Life on Earth" – Sarah Chalfin 

"Music as a Tool for Conflict Transformation" – Grant Collier

"Museums and Peace and Peace Museums" – Erin Crooks

"The Context and Potential of Community Based Urban Agriculture In Detroit" – Rosalyn Endlich

"Capital as Sovereign: The Economic and Discursive Structures that Underlie the Detention of Immigrants in Arizona" – Averyl Hall

"Literature as a Form of Peacemaking: Yeats and the 'Third Space'" – Joey Holloway

"The State's Approach to the Rehabilitation of Perpetrators of Sexual Assault and Alternatives in Early 21st Century United States" – Grace Huang

"Social Movement Theory and the Imperative of Hegemony: Counter-Hegemony, Potentiality and the Palestinian National Movement" – Rachel Malmborg

"The Diasporic Condition as a Mobilizing Force for Change: Palestinians in Jordan and the United States" – Sarah Mink

"The Transformative Character of Education: Redefining the South African 'Nation' Through Education Reform" – Gwen Pastel

"(Re)Interpreting Surrealism Towards a New Society" – Tyler Pry

"Is Crisis Necessary for Large-Scale Change?: Argentina as a Model for Examining Economic Crisis and the Consequences" – Alma Raymer

"Ten Years Later: To Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare. How 9/11 changed the United Kingdom's approach to Terrorism" – Yusra Saleh

"Human Trafficking in the United States: Conceptualizations of Abolitionist Movements and Examining Trafficking through a Structural Perspective" – Lisa Scarpelli

"Our Words. An Examination of the Political/Revolutionary Implications of Contemporary Academic Writing" – Tory Smith

"No Lessons Learnt: The Case of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Educational System" – Catalina Tudor


Class of 2011:

"Imagining Intangible Impacts of Neoliberal Policies: A Case for Reparations on the Grounds of 'Cultural Loss'" – Carmen Black

"The Revolution Will Not Be Signified" – Allison Boutin

"Adding Violence to Violence: a Discourse of Sexual Violence in the LGBTQI Communities" – Kirsten (Sally) Bunner

"Grounds for Change: Assessing the Position, Limitations and Potential of Fair Trade in the World's Coffee Sector" – Rachel Dana

"The Peace Corps Under a Cloud of Hegemony: One Student's Journey through the Fog" – Meredith Morgan

"The Hegemony of Governance Via the Profit-Motive" – Emily Swift

"The Unaffordable Social Cost of Worker Displacement in Appalachia: How Alternative Energy and the Declining Demand for Coal Endanger the Local Job Economy" – Kelsey Tackett

"The Gift: Pushing Against Hegemony" – Hannah Thanhauser

"Safe Space: Band-Aids, Not Stitches. An Examination of the Safe/Unsafe Binary in Relation to Physical and Conceptual Space" – Megan Totzke

"The Homestead Strike of 1892" – Jennifer Vekert


---All PAGS theses are accessible through the PAGS Office--- 

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