2019-2020 Honors Research Projects

The Honors Program is a senior-level experience in the student’s major department/program which culminates in a final scholarly paper or creative work. Honors projects provide opportunities for students to complete an independent and intensive research project or creative work, mentored by a professor with scholarly expertise in the discipline. Honors students hold at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, have a written honors proposal approved by a faculty committee, and present their final project to a public audience. A copy of the final project is added to the college archives.


Quinn Kendall
Dr. Courtenay Harter, Associate Professor of Music

A Critical Edition of La Figlia dell’Aria by Antonio Capuzzi

This paper seeks to use musical characteristics of a ballet reduction by Antonio Capuzzi titled La Figlia dell’Aria to gain a grasp of the ballet’s plot. In doing so, the analysis covers the background of Capuzzi, similarities between Capuzzi and other composers of his time, and how a well-known composer can so easily be forgotten by time.

Jordana R. Terrell
Dr. Judith Haas, Associate Professor English

Planting a Garden Dedicated to the Self: Indian Women and Autobiography

By comparing The Hussaini Alam House by Huma Kidwai and The Last Maharani of Gwalior by Vijaya Raje Scindia I critique the value and structure of the autobiographical genre. Both Scindia and Kidwai, in different ways, refuse the concept of a unified and fixed autobiographical self. By reading these texts through postcolonial, feminist scholarship, I challenge the idea of a fixed self and instead argue for a performative concept of the autobiographical self.

Chandler Hall
Dr. Vanessa Rogers, Associate Professor of Music

Tommaso Giordani, The Hermit a Favorite English Ballad

In the eighteenth century, the growth of the printing industry increased public access to arts; poetry and literature were made available in periodicals, newspapers advertised musical events and sensationalized stardom, and domestic amateur music-making reached new heights.This growth accompanied the major philosophical movement of the era:The Enlightenment. Scholars articulated their positions in essays and treatises and put these ideas into practice by writing poetry and literature.This thesis explores the ways in which Scottish philosopher James Beattie’s poem, “The Hermit,” (1766) and Tommaso Giordani’s musical setting of the text (1778) fit into the social culture of eighteenth-century Britain, embodied the philosophic and musical trends of the Enlightenment, and anticipated some characteristics of the Romantic Era. Accompanying this written material is a critical edition score of Giordani’s musical adaptation "The Hermit a Favourite English Ballad" and the first known recorded performance of the work.

Bella Harden
Dr. Jennifer Sciubba, Stanley J. Buckman Professor of International Studies

Non-Cooperation in the US-Russia Relationship Post-September 11th:  The Case of Miscommunication

Despite hope in the early 2000s that the U.S. and Russia could become partners, cooperation between the states is at its all time lowest since the cold war. In the field of International Relations some scholars blame this failure of cooperation on competing interests, while others argue that failure to incorporate Russia into international institutions has strained the relationship. This research takes a different approach by examining how miscommunication between the two countries has contributed to their failure to cooperate, finding that if greater cooperation between the U.S. and Russia is to occur, open dialogues and strong communication are essential.

Jackie Paiz
Dr. Eric Henager, Associate Professor of Spanish

Infancias perdidas: representaciones del trauma de posguerra en las protagonistas de Nada y Julia

Using the socio-interpersonal framework model for trauma developed by Andreas Maercker, I analyze episodes of trauma in two post-Spanish Civil War novels: Nada (1945) by Carmen Laforet and Julia (1970) by Ana María Moix. The protagonist of each novel suffers personal trauma while at the same time experiencing the societal, intergenerational trauma that is a residual of the war. Moving away from the critical tendency to diagnose Andrea and Julia, I employ recent psychological theory to develop a comparative reading focused on the narrative structures that advance the traumatized protagonists toward healing.

Joseph Angelillo
Dr. Tim Huebner, Irma O. Sternberg Professor of History

The Nomination of L.Q.C. Lamar to the Supreme Court: Popular Constitutionalism, the Reconstruction Amendments, and the End of Reconstruction

My project evaluates the 1888 Supreme Court nomination of former Confederate L.Q.C. Lamar through the lens of American Constitutional History. By evaluating the public’s response to Lamar’s opinions on constitutional issues, I conclude that the nomination is the point where the northern public abandoned the use of the Reconstruction Amendments to protect the rights of black Americans. Thus, it can be seen as the end of the Reconstruction era.