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  • An exploration of the politics of assimilation, identity formation and ethnic ambiguity in relation to Mexican-American youth social movements from the 1930s to the present. PROJECT: A series of papers analyzing the development of assimilationism and the role of culture, identity and socialization in the formation of political ideologies among Mexican-American youth. SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Gerald Levy OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Mari Castaneda, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    2014: American Studies & Sociology

  • An exploration of how the national security state was created in American government and society in the decades following WW II, with an emphasis on how Cold War ideology and policy undermined democracy. PROJECT: Theory of the National Security State: The domestic side of the Cold War. SPONSORS: Kathryn Ratcliff, Gerald Levy OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Daniel Horowitz, Smith College
    2014: American Studies & Sociology

  • An exploration of how wilderness has been defined and approached as an educational resource in American culture. SPONSORS: Gerald E.Levy, Kathryn E. Ratcliff OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Tony Gengarelly, North Adams State College
    1998: American Studies & Sociology

  • An exploration of subcultural artistic expression in the comtemporary United States with a focus on graffiti. PROJECT: A paper analyzing emerging forms of graffiti in relationship to an evolving subculture. SPONSORS: Gerald E. Levy, Kathryn E. Ratcliff, Carol Hendrickson OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Joe Austin, University of Wisconsin
    2014: American Studies & Sociology

  • A study of interactive technology and contemporary American society. SPONSORS: Kathryn E. Ratcliff, Gerald E.Levy OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Charles Moran, UMASS Amherst
    1998: American Studies & Sociology/Communicatons

  • A study of the historical development of youth cultures in nineteenth and twentieth-century America, with an emphasis on the formative role of commercial amusements. SPONSORS: Kathryn E. Ratclliff OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Randall K. Knoper, UMASS Amherst
    1997: American Studies &Sociology

  • A historical and sociological study of social welfare in the United States. SPONSORS: Kathryn E. Ratcliff, Gerald E. Levy.
    2014: American Studies And Sociology

  • A study of American economic and social history focusing on the development of the American corporation as the dominant form of business organization, and on the effects which corporations have had upon social and economic changes in the United States.
    1978: American Studies, Sociology & Economics

  • A study of sexuality in nineteenth and twentieth century America focusing on values and practices in the middle class. PROJECT: A paper using the Oneida community as a focal point for examining sexuality in the Victorian era. SPONSORS: Kathryn E. Ratcliff, Gerald E. Levy OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Joyce Berkman, UMASS Amherst
    1994: American Studies/Sociology

  • An analysis of images in men’s magazines and the relationship of these images to the self-identity of young men today. PROJECT: An analysis of the visual and verbal content of men’s magazines with consideration of the decline in the men’s magazine industry. SPONSORS: Carol Hendrickson, Gerald E. Levy, Thomas L. Toleno OUTSIDE EVALUATOR: Sara L. Young, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    2014: Anthropology & Sociology