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Croft Institute for International Studies
May 12, 2012

Daniel Evan Akin**

East Asia & Global Economics and Business
Chinese Language Flagship Program

Taxing the Bubble: The Experimental Residential Property Tax on Trial in Shanghai and Chongqing and the Effect on Housing Prices

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Gang Guo

State Department Critical Language Program Scholarship

Emily Elizabeth Ambos

Latin America & International Governance and Politics
Spanish

The Draw of Mexican Immigrants to the United States

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Miguel Centellas

Tabitha Bandi**

East Asia & International Governance and Politics
Chinese Language Flagship Program

Ethnic Tourism's Effect on Bai Ethnic Minority's Identity in Dali, China

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Joshua Howard

Croft Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Kimberly Marie Biagini*

Europe & Global Economics and Business
Italian

"The Triple Bottom Line": Examining EU Support for Organic Agriculture with Examples from Italian Wine Producers

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Christian Sellar

Croft Scholar, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Frank Benton Butz*

East Asia & Global Economics and Business
Japanese

A Changing Landscape: The Implications of Japan's Response to the Kyoto Protocol in Twenty-First Century Japan

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Noell Wilson

JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) Scholar, Northwest Airlines Scholar

Joaquim Ferreira Coelho

Europe & International Governance and Politics
German

The Evolution of German Power: Case of Somalia

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Christian Sellar

Vihara Anjalee Dharmaratne

Europe & International Governance and Politics
Spanish

Oil Wells and Well-Oiled Guns: The Resource Curse and Government-Directed Violence During the Arab Spring Uprisings

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Timothy Nordstrom

Croft Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Taylor Medal

Evan James Extine**

East Asia & Global Economics and Business
Chinese Language Flagship Program

Intellectual Property and Culture: Differences and Origins

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Charles H. Brower II

Chinese Government Scholar, State Department Critical Languages Program Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Jonathan Blake Golden

East Asia & International Governance and Politics
Japanese

The Effect of the U.S. Occupation on Japanese Gender Roles and Sexuality: A Cultural and Literary Study

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Noell Wilson

Robert Finney Hamilton*

Latin America & International Governance and Politics
Spanish

Support for Democracy: An Explanation of Its Development Through Its Institutions

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Miguel Centellas

Lott Leadership Institute, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Robin Paige Helton*

East Asia & Social and Cultural Identity
Japanese

Faulkner in Japan: A Second Occupation

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Noell Wilson

Croft Scholar, Japanese Language Initiative, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Emily Katherine Hightower

Europe & Global Economics and Business
French

The World is Their Oyster: French Luxury Good Makers and Emerging Markets

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Alice Cooper

Croft Scholar, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

James Harris Hurst**

East Asia & Global Economics and Business
Chinese Language Flagship Program

The Causes and Effects of Chinese Investment in Africa

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Michael Harvey

Croft Scholar, Milden Language Award, Phi Beta Kappa, Taylor Medal

Kara Eileen Johnson

Europe & Social and Cultural Identity
German

German National Identity and Sport

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Joshua First

Croft Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Megan Barry Loria**

East Asia & International Governance and Politics
Chinese Language Flagship Program

Debunking the Myth of an Aggregate Minority: An Analysis of Educational Disparities among China's Fifty-Six Ethnic Groups

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Gang Guo

Croft Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Erin Rebeccah Mauffray**

Latin America & Social and Cultural Identity
Spanish

Disaster Community: La Cultura Sísmica of Chile

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Katherine McGurn Centellas

Croft Scholar, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Kappa Phi, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Elizabeth Ann McNair

Europe & Social and Cultural Identity
French

The Extreme Right's New Face: A Study of the Front National's Influence on Xenophobic Discourse in France

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Anne Quinney

Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Sara Lynn Pettersen**

East Asia & Social and Cultural Identity
Chinese Flagship Program

China's Ideal Woman: Mao Era to Present

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Joshua Howard

Deeneaus Dwayne Polk

Europe & International Governance and Politics
German


The Era of Reform: Hamburg's Pursuit, A Catalyst for Change?

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Ahmet Yukleyen

Croft Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, IIPP Fellow, Jack Kent Cooke Scholar

Gabriela Rangel**
Latin America & International Governance and Politics
Spanish

Currency Devaluation and Trade Imbalances: Chinese Export Growth and United States' Trade Deficit

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Susan Allen

NCAA Scholar-Athlete, Phi Beta Kappa, Taylor Medal

Sarah-Fey Elizabeth Rumbarger
Latin America & Social and Cultural Identity
Spanish

When Political Causes Become Trendy: A Study of Indigenous Party Formation in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Katherine McGurn Centellas

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Kira Jordan Thomas**
East Asia & International Governance and Politics
Japanese


Turning Japanese: How Will Japanese Identity Shift to Accommodate the Country's Growing Need for Foreign Workers?

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Noell Wilson

Croft Scholar, Gerald M. Abdalla Prize, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Taylor Medal

Shantala Fabiola Weiss
Latin America & Social and Cultural Identity
Spanish

Correlating Taxation and Income Inequality: An Interregional Study

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Miguel Centellas

Lott Leadership Institute, Phi Kappa Phi, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

Marie Elizabeth Wicks*
Europe & International Governance and Politics
French

Swing Into Action: The Political And Aesthetic Role Of Jazz In Nazi Germany And Occupied France

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Cornelis Gispen<