Theses

Collection of Williams College student theses.


 Which Factors Drive NGO Strategy?
Which Factors Drive NGO Strategy?
"The main objective of my thesis paper is to determine which factors drive NGOs by examining how NGOs address human right abuses in China and Myanmar. Through review of a focused selection of literature and case studies, I seek to identify a pattern of characteristics and variables in the strategies of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. I will review the nature of NGOs themselves and the nature of their target states. I intend to conclude which variables affect the strategies of NGO and whether my analysis suggests anything new about the nature of NGOs and the role they play in human rights advocacy."
""Risking Oneself": Feminist Self-Authorship, White Flight, and the Urge Toward Coherence"
""Risking Oneself": Feminist Self-Authorship, White Flight, and the Urge Toward Coherence"
"My honor project considers the spatial poetics of literary whiteness, with a particular focus on white women's writing in the aftermath of the second-wave feminist movement."
""Under My Mother's House": An Analysis of Maternal Influence, Presence, and Queer Sexuality in Jamaica Kincaid's Coming-of-Age Narratives"
""Under My Mother's House": An Analysis of Maternal Influence, Presence, and Queer Sexuality in Jamaica Kincaid's Coming-of-Age Narratives"
"In this honors thesis, I want to build on previous readings of Kincaid, exploring the space where mother-daughter relationships intersect with the exploration of queer sexualities. I have chosen four texts—Annie John (1985), Autobiography of My Mother (1996), Lucy (1990), and My Brother (1997)—that present particularly rich mother-daughter themes, alongside the characters’ exploration of sexual experience. Ultimately, I have used this thesis to analyze the overarching influence of motherhood in Kincaid’s work, and, consequently, the desire and (im)possibility of escaping the mother (through queered spaces, distance, or death). "
"A Family, a City, a Church"
"A Family, a City, a Church"
This thesis approaches the construction of the Basilica di San Lorenzo through the lens of Medici patronage moving away from the traditional view of the church as disjointed and positing a thematic continuity throughout the project.