• Rethinking Academia: A Gramscian Analysis of Samuel Huntington

      Walker, Kathy Le Mons; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2007)
    • Before and After Photography: The Makeover Method to Discipline and Punish

      Swann, Paul; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2008)
    • Fenianism In Irish Catholic Philadelphia: The American Catholic Church's Battle for Acceptance

      Goedde, Petra; Varon, Elizabeth R.; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2008)
    • Setting The Agenda: The Effects of Administration Debates and The President's Personal Imperatives on Forming Foreign Policy During the Reagan Administration

      Krueger, Rita; Immerman, Richard H.; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2010)
    • Keystone of the Keystone: The Falls of the Delaware and Bucks County 1609-1692

      Krueger, Rita; Glasson, Travis (Temple University. Libraries, 2010)
    • Cracking Consensus: The Dominican Intervention, Public Opinion and Advocacy Organizations in the 1960s

      Goedde, Petra; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2011)
    • No Enemies to the Left: The Communist Party of the United States and Crises of International Communism, 1956-1968

      Goedde, Petra; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2012)
    • From Classroom to Battlefield: The Role of Students in the Closing of Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1918

      Isenberg, Andrew C. (Andrew Christian); Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2012)
    • A Crisis of Identity: Advertising & the British Ministry of Information's Propaganda Posters of World War II

      Immerman, Richard H.; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2012)
    • “¡Represión!”: Punk Resistance and the Culture of Silence in the Southern Cone, 1978-1990

      Bailey, Beth L.; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2013)
    • Ambiguous Attacks on Democracy in Europe and the Americas: What can intergovernmental organizations do?

      Pollack, Mark; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2014)
      Past the time of traditional coups, today’s would-be dictators are seeking out more ambiguous ways to undercut democracy. These norm violations are often difficult to identify, and sometimes are conceived of as less threatening to outsiders. So, what can an intergovernmental organization do if its member states begin to violate common democratic norms in an ambiguous way? While some have claimed IGO action is determined by the violating state’s power or the pressure of third parties, few have explored the influence of an IGO’s structure and design on its decision to enforce norms. This paper explores some ambiguous measures being taken to undermine democracy, and seeks to disaggregate the complex process of IGO norm enforcement and subject the moving parts to initial scrutiny. In this paper, I assess the impact of five IGO characteristics on its decision to enforce democratic norms in member states: IGO composition or democratic density, democratic norm legalization, enforcement provisions, voting rules in the IGO’s intergovernmental branches, and delegation to the IGO’s supranational bodies. I develop six, independent hypotheses, relating one IGO characteristic to one aspect of the decision-making process. Using a pattern matching research design, I conduct a comparative case-study analysis of the Peruvian autogolpe facing the Organization of American States in 1992 and the Hungarian constitutional crisis challenging the European Union today to test each variable’s predicted effect.
    • Pigs in the Promised Land

      Ratzman, Elliot; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2014)
    • 'Men of instinct, impetuousness, and action': chivalry and the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland

      Glasson, Travis; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2015)
    • 'Glory of Yet Another Kind': The Evolution & Politics of First-Wave Queer Activism, 1867-1924

      Lowe, Hilary I.; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2016)
    • From Civil Rights to Women's Liberation: Women's Rights in SDS and SNCC, 1960-1980

      Glasson, Travis; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2019)
    • Energy as a Hyperobject to Support Renewable Energy

      Craig, Lindsay; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2020)
    • An Examination in Social Engineering: The Susceptibility of Disclosing Private Security Information in College Students

      Rege, Aunshul; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2020)
      While security technology can be nearly impenetrable, the people behind the computer screens are often easily manipulated, which makes the human factor the biggest threat to cybersecurity. This study examined whether college students disclosed private information about themselves, and what type of information they shared. The study utilized pretexting, in which attackers impersonate individuals in certain roles and often involves extensive research to ensure credibility. The goal of pretexting is to create situations where individuals feel safe releasing information that they otherwise might not. The pretexts used for this study were based on the natural inclination to help, where people tend to want to help those in need, and reciprocity, where people tend to return favors given to them. Participants (N=51) answered survey questions that they thought were for a good cause or that would result in a reward. This survey asked for increasingly sensitive information that could be used maliciously to gain access to identification, passwords, or security questions. Upon completing the survey, participants were debriefed on the true nature of the study and were interviewed about why they were willing to share information via the survey. Some of the most commonly skipped questions included “Student ID number” and “What is your mother’s maiden name?”. General themes identified from the interviews included the importance of similarities between the researcher and the subject, the researcher’s adherence to the character role, the subject’s awareness of question sensitivity, and the overall differences between online and offline disclosure. Findings suggest that college students are more likely to disclose private information if the attacker shares a similar trait with the target or if the attacker adheres to the character role they are impersonating. Additionally, this study sheds light on the research limitations, emphasizes the relevance of the human factor in security and privacy, and offers recommendations for future research.
    • Development and Assessment of a Theater Group for People with Aphasia

      DeDe, Gayle; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2020)
      The Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple (PACT) utilizes a group therapy approach for people with aphasia (PWA) by providing opportunities for PWA to enhance communication skills in an interest-driven setting. Recent research demonstrates how theater can improve the communication of ideas through both non-verbal and verbal means and can offer a medium through which PWA can interact and share their experiences. The main goal of this project was to examine how theater has been used with PWA and how theater games and experiences can be adapted for PWA at PACT. Existing studies were reviewed in regard to the benefits of theater for people with communication disabilities and the theories underlying different theater games. These concepts were applied to a pilot theater group at PACT. Nine PWA attended six weekly sessions throughout Summer 2019, and eight PWA attended weekly sessions throughout the Fall 2019 semester. Sessions incorporated different theater games and activities to gauge interests and skills, with support from Physical Therapy. Pre-/post-group testing included the Communication Confidence Rating Scale for People with Aphasia and a theater survey examining participant’s interests, skills, and knowledge of theater. Results from pre-test and post-test were compared to determine changes in perception of theater, enjoyment, and overall benefits of a theater group for PWA.
    • Other Worlds: A Multi-Disciplinary Portfolio of Alternative Realities

      Winch, Gregory; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2020)
      This project explores the human tendency of fleeing the real world and constructing a more desirable other. While the notion of creating an alternate world—worldbuilding as it is referred—may seem extremely individualistic, and therefore insular, personal worlds always have political implications and can, therefore, serve to critique larger cultural structures and societies. This paper will particularly analyze worldbuilding as an intentional process of constructing a new space without socially prescribed constraints that is in some way better than a person’s current reality. While worldbuilding is at times a survival tactic, can it simultaneously promote isolation from others? Additionally, if worldbuilding is a strategy to achieve other-worldly transcendence, what are the consequences of losing earthly ties? These questions are addressed through an exploration of the alternative worlds within the works of authors, artists, and characters of various countries and time periods, presenting the universal and timeless need to create an otherwise.
    • Shi'a Political Thought: The History and Evolution of Wilayat-al-Faqih

      Blankinship, Khalid Yahya; Yom, Sean; Temple University. Honors Program (Temple University. Libraries, 2020)
      The standard teaching of the doctrine of Wilayat-al-Faqih (guardianship of the jurist) emphasizes Ayatollah Khomeini’s innovations as a jurist rather than the underlying theological or ideological applications of Shi’a political thought. In this paper, I ask what the historical roots are of this doctrine in Safavid Persia. I argue that this doctrine was practiced during the Safavids (1502-1736), the last and only Shi’a empire by incorporating the position of Shaykh-al-Islams, jurists who would exercise political power, into their political apparatus. This finding shows that the doctrine of Wilayat-al-Faqih is not new, but rather is updated and expanded to include Khomeini’s mystical and philosophical teachings.