Vassar College Digital Library

Institutional Repository

Vassar College's institutional repository reflects the research and scholarly output of the Vassar College community.  It provides access to many collections, including a variety of senior theses and projects from disciplines ranging from American Culture to Urban Studies. 

In early 2022 Vassar College Libraries moved the institutional repository from Digital Window to the Vassar College Digital Library. This new method of access is a work in progress and will be officially launched in June 2022. The original Digital Window will remain accessible through July 1, 2022. 

Bicycle politics in New York City: Rights to the City on Bedford Avenue and Prospect Park West

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2013-January-01
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This thesis investigates how right to the city conflicts regarding the (de)construction of bicycle lanes in Brooklyn, New York affect the development of a more environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive city. Through an examination of two particular cases – those...

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Clay Mineralogy of the MH-2 Core, Snake River Plain, Idaho

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2013-January-01
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The MH-2B hole was one of three holes completed as a part of HOTSPOT: The Continental Scientific Drilling Project. MH-2B was drilled to a depth of 1821m on the Mountain Home Air Force Base southeast of Boise, Idaho to evaluate...

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Fault Dating in Rosendale, New York Using Clay Polytype Quantification

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2013-January-01
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The techniques of fault dating, though still underdeveloped on a wide scale, have been increasingly studied over the past decade. This study draws on these recent observations in relative literature and relates them to a fault in Rosendale, New York...

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From Nature Sanctuary to "National Dump": A Walk through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

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2013-January-01
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This paper is inspired by the literal intersection of two walking bodies, the hiker and the migrant, in the "Most Dangerous Park In America." In Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, located on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, while the National...

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Historical and Contemporary Modes of Racism in Baltimore, Maryland

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2013-January-01
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Baltimore is divided into spaces of luxury and wealth and spaces of poverty
and destitution. How did Baltimore come to be materially and spatially segregated by race, and how have those boundaries remained in a post‐Civil Rights era of purported...

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Hollaback!: Challenging Street Harassment and Gendered Access to Public Space in New York City

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2013-January-01
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Street harassment, or sexual harassment in public places, is widely experienced by women and queer individuals as they move through cities across the globe. As a form of gender-based violence, street harassment prevents those who experience it from full participation...

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Landscape Consequences of Pennsylvanian Natural Gas Development: Fragmentation effects of unconventional gas development upon the future of Pennsylvania's old growth forests.

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2013-January-01
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Pennsylvania's forests share a long and deep history that has been affected throughout the years by a number of external factors. The most recent threat to forest health is the development of unconventional shale gas production from the Marcellus Shale...

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Manual and landmark-based morphometric comparison of two populations of Campeloma, sp. across the K-Pg boundary

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2013-January-01
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Understanding how species survive mass extinction events allows scientists to more fully explore the effects of major biotic change in the fossil record. The Cretaceous-Paleogene (K- Pg) extinction 65.5 Ma was one of the largest extinction events in Earth's history...

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The Poughkeepsie Farmers Market: Whiteness and the Logic of Food Access

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2013-January-01
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The Poughkeepsie Farmers Market was the epitome of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project's mission to create a "just and sustainable food system in the Hudson Valley." While farm itself had been operating for many years prior to the program, it had...

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White Food, Black Spaces: Food, Privilege, And Gentrification In Crown Heights, Brooklyn

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2013-January-01
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This project seeks to investigate the intersections of race, class, and food: examining how access and acceptance to good quality food is shaped and changed through the process of gentrification. I ask why it is predominately upper-middle class whites that...

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Whose Destiny? The Rise and Development of Place Branding in Syracuse, New York.

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2013-January-01
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This thesis explores the structural and material dominance of the Destiny USA
regional mega-mall located in the city of Syracuse, New York. It explores the development of the 6th largest mall in the 167th largest city in the nation through...

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