Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Degrees

Sophie Isabelle Ackerman
Bachelor of Arts
An ecological and cultural look at the challenges facing public lands in the American West.
Sponsors: Jennifer Ramstetter, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Laird Christensen, Green Mountain College

Samuel Dawson Amber
Bachelor of Arts
A reckoning with absence through the lenses of embodied memory in Beloved, loss in Housekeeping, and addiction in Infinite Jest, supported thematically with a collection of original poetry and site-specific sculpture.
Sponsors: John Sheehy, Gloria Biamonte, Bronwen Tate
Outside Evaluator: Mark Lamoreaux, Housatonic Community College

Salvatore Raymond Annunziato
Bachelor of Arts
Ceramic forms infl uenced by the aesthetic of Japanese folk wares.
Sponsors: Timothy Segar, Seth Harter
Outside Evaluator: Mary Berringer, former editor of Studio Potter

Trevor Charles Asbury
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER/Performance Studies and Indigenous Studies & ANTHROPOLOGY/Humanistic Anthropology
An exploration of decolonizing experiences through storytelling.
Sponsors: Nelli Sargsyan, Jean O’Hara
Outside Evaluator: Aram Jibilian, independent visual and performing artist

Christopher James Ashley
Bachelor of Arts
WRITING/Science Fiction and Fantasy & LITERATURE/Mythology
A collection of original short stories in the genres of science fi ction and fantasy, with supporting work in mythological literature and critical analysis of selected novels and short fiction.
Sponsors: John Sheehy, Bronwen Tate
Outside Evaluator: Brian Staveley, author

Bo Harris Brout
Bachelor of Arts
Surface and form through process and raw materials.
Sponsors: Timothy Segar, John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Mark Shapiro, Stonepool Pottery

Samuel Tatnall Bunker
Bachelor of Science
ASTRONOMY/Planetary Science
A study on the planets, planetary formation, dynamics, and the geochemistry and geophysics of planetary surfaces, with an additional focus on presenting these ideas to various audiences in an educational setting.
Sponsor: Sara Salimbeni
Outside Evaluator: F. Peter Schloerb, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Pat Burgess
Bachelor of Arts
LITERATURE/African-American Literature
Healing and articulation in African-American literature.
Sponsors: John Sheehy, Gloria Biamonte
Outside Evaluator: Patricia Kennedy, Holyoke Community College

Ren Cook
Bachelor of Arts
Practical mycology and patchwork: Fragmented ecology.
Sponsors: Jennifer Ramstetter, Timothy Segar
Outside Evaluator: Gina Siepel, Mount Holyoke College

Fiona Craig
Bachelor of Arts
An investigation of blame and punishment in the criminal justice system, and consideration of a restorative alternative.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, William Edelglass
Outside Evaluator: Valerie West, John Jay School of Criminal Justice

Willa Chandra Decker-Lee
Bachelor of Arts
From the red nowhere: An ethnographic inquiry into political resistance through radical otherness, (re)-inhabitations of differential consciousness, and the practice of care.
Sponsor: Nelli Sargsyan
Outside Evaluator: Gina Ulysse, Wesleyan University

Andrew Smith Domzal
Bachelor of Arts
“I am fully what I am”: Philosophy, literature, and the lived experience of race.
Sponsors: William Edelglass, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Lewis Gordon, University of Connecticut

Amelia Skye Houston Fanelli
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
“I am the system”: Power in North African regimes.
Sponsors: Lynette Rummel, Clare Gillis
Outside Evaluator: Gregory White, Smith College

Lucy Merla Hammond
Bachelor of Arts
ANTHROPOLOGY/Humanistic Anthropology & DANCE
(Re)Patterning: Intergenerational stories, memories, and somatic experiences as methodologies of healing.
Sponsors: Nelli Sargsyan, Kristin Horrigan
Outside Evaluator: Dana Walrath, medical anthropologist and writer

Iain Denver Haukka
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
PSYCHOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY/Transcultural Psychiatry
Biomedicine, psychotherapy, and YOU: Subjectivity in mental health.
Sponsors: Thomas Toleno, Nelli Sargsyan
Outside Evaluator: Dana Walrath, medical anthropologist and writer

Margaret Ann Hilliard
Bachelor of Arts
The human gut microbiome: Ecology, evolution, and development.
Sponsors: Jaime Tanner, Todd Smith
Outside Evaluator: David Sela, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Emma Pond Holtsinger
Bachelor of Arts
LIBERAL STUDIES/Classics & HISTORY/Roman History
An investigation of Roman Imperial history examining the Plague of Justinian and Virgil’s Aeneid.
Sponsor: Adam Franklin-Lyons
Outside Evaluator: Jesse Torgerson, Wesleyan University

Erin Huang-Schaffer
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER & DANCE/Gender Studies
An exploration of gender as embodiment, representation, and portrayal in theater and dance.
Sponsors: Jean O’Hara, Kristin Horrigan
Outside Evaluator: Colleen Daniher, Amherst College

Jennifer Tegan Hunt
Bachelor of Arts
A critical examination of gender’s role in achieving equality.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, Jennifer Girouard
Outside Evaluator: Heath Davis, Temple University

Michael Uk-Jae Jung
Bachelor of Arts
PHOTOGRAPHY/Visual Arts and Fine Art
An artistic articulation of beauty within movement, experimenting with the photographic medium’s capacity to alter the experience of time and visualization of movement through space.
Sponsor: John Willis
Outside Evaluator: Victoria Crayhon, Southeastern Massachusetts University

Griff Clarke Jurchak
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS/Drawing and Sculpture & WRITING
Drawing from life: Possibilities in cartooning.
Sponsors: Cathy Osman, Gloria Biamonte
Outside Evaluator: Mary Lum, Bennington College

Christopher Lamb
Bachelor of Arts
Being, place, resistance: Phenomenological and critical approaches.
Sponsors: William Edelglass, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Kristen Jacobson, University of Maine

Matteo Lennon Lanzarotta
Bachelor of Arts
THEATER/Scenic Design
Technical theater: Set design and script analysis.
Sponsors: Jean O’Hara, Timothy Segar
Outside Evaluator: Kathy Couch, Amherst College

Autumn Ann Mackin
Bachelor of Arts
Cultivating discomfort: An exploration of existentialism and horror.
Sponsors: John Sheehy, Gloria Biamonte
Outside Evaluator: Deb Gorlin, Hampshire College

Edward Joseph Manno
Bachelor of Science
BIOCHEMISTRY/Olfaction & PSYCHOLOGY/Perception and Sculpture
The chemistry of olfaction: how environment can infl uence perception.
Sponsors: Todd Smith, Timothy Segar, Thomas Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Harlan Fichtenholtz, Keene State College

Thomas Thurgood Marshall
Bachelor of Arts
Violence, racial difference, and historical memory: European colonists and indigenous peoples in the 17th century.
Sponsors: Kathryn Ratcliff, Jennifer Girouard
Outside Evaluator: Jean Forward, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Caitlin Jewell Mazzarella
Bachelor of Arts
What’s left: The effect of losing community and sense of self through poverty and displacement.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, Cathy Osman
Outside Evaluator: Miriam Dror, psychotherapist and human development educator

John Leslie McGough
Bachelor of Arts
HISTORY/European Political History
A study of the Italian experience during the time of the fascist state.
Sponsor: Adam Franklin-Lyons
Outside Evaluator: Elizabeth Krause, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hannah Kathleen McGowan
Bachelor of Arts
On closeness: Explorations of intimacy through narrative, sculpture, and translation.
Sponsors: Bronwen Tate, Timothy Segar, Gabriel Naughton
Outside Evaluator: Caroline Whitbeck, University of Pennsylvania

Emily Ewing Motter
Bachelor of Arts
Sustainable lifestyles and a comparison of farms across undergraduate institutions.
Sponsors: Jennifer Ramstetter, Jennifer Girouard
Outside Evaluator: Bonny White, University of Vermont Extension Agency

Sophia Katherine Naylor
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS/Political Theory and Visual Arts
Fashioning the self: Making and unmaking femininity in clothes.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, Cathy Osman
Outside Evaluator: Lise Sanders, Hampshire College

Ryan Douglas Newell
Bachelor of Arts
An investigation into the effects of trauma through the combined elements of visual and performative arts.
Sponsors: John Willis, Jean O’Hara
Outside Evaluator: Jen Morris, Landmark College

Charlotte Jane Nicholson
Bachelor of Arts
TESOL Certificate
LIBERAL STUDIES/Intercultural Studies, Critical Pedagogy, and Curriculum & LANGUAGES/French Language
Neoliberalism and the benefi ts of cultural fluency through language education.
Sponsors: Thomas Toleno, Frederique Marty, Nelli Sargsyan
Outside Evaluator: Maggie Cassidy, School for International Training

Hannah Sydney Noblewolf
Bachelor of Arts
SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY/Linguistic Anthropology
“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”: Themes and manifestations of pro-life rhetoric.
Sponsors: Nelli Sargsyan, Jennifer Girouard
Outside Evaluator: James Collins, State University of New York at Albany

Jonah William Nonomaque
Bachelor of Arts
An analysis of processes of religious change among ethnocultural minorities in upland Southeast Asia.
Sponsors: Seth Harter, Lynette Rummel
Outside Evaluator: Bradley Davis, Eastern Connecticut State University

Phoebe Okoomian
Bachelor of Arts
An exploration of gender and queerness within a structure of performative storytelling, with particular focus on dance and dance film.
Sponsors: Kristin Horrigan, Brad Heck
Outside Evaluator: Sara Smith, Amherst College

Bella Rose Ortiz-Wren
Bachelor of Arts
VISUAL ARTS/Ceramics, Illustration, and Mixed Media
An exploration of identity, internal thought, and personal narrative using ink, performance, and clay as tools through which one may redefi ne, create, or witness an experience of intimacy.
Sponsors: Timothy Segar, Gloria Biamonte, Cathy Osman
Outside Evaluator: K. Funmilayo Aileru, Rhode Island School of Design

Alessandro Takeshi Pane
Bachelor of Arts
MUSIC/Composition and Performance
The music of the wrong state of things.
Sponsor: Matan Rubinstein
Outside Evaluator: Nicholas Brooke, Bennington College

Helen Anita Pinch
Bachelor of Arts
MUSIC/Performance, Composition, and Improvisation & LITERATURE
The body alone listens.
Sponsors: Matan Rubinstein, Gloria Biamonte
Outside Evaluator: Andrew Greenwald, Bennington College

Benjamin Cameron Mustafavi Rejali
Bachelor of Arts
Literary markers of cultural anxiety in the works of Shakespeare and Ferdowsi.
Sponsor: Amer Latif
Outside Evaluator: Justine Landau, Harvard University

Elvin Rivera-Oliveira
Bachelor of Arts
A documentary film and research paper on social deviants.
Sponsors: Felicity Ratté, Brad Heck
Outside Evaluator: Michel Negraponte, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Joshua Charles Rudas
Bachelor of Arts
Written analysis of the heroic and the triumphs of ritualized practice, complimented by an applied study through painting and drawing.
Sponsors: Cathy Osman, Amer Latif
Outside Evaluator: Daniel Schrade, Hampshire College

Benjamin Rybisky
Bachelor of Arts
PHOTOGRAPHY & POLITICS/Native American Environmental Politics
An exploration of the signifi cance of oil pipelines to Native American liberation.
Sponsors: John Willis, Meg Mott
Outside Evaluator: Peter D’Errico, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lysha Andrew Blue Smith
Bachelor of Arts
Witness to change in Vipassana meditation and experiential sound.
Sponsors: Matan Rubinstein, Amer Latif, Timothy Segar
Outside Evaluator: Christopher Cox, Amherst College

Blake James Stanyon
Bachelor of Arts
An investigation into the nature of modernity and how it relates to Catholicism, specifically in 19th-century America.
Sponsors: Kathryn Ratcliff, Amer Latif
Outside Evaluator: Stephen Szolosi, independent scholar

Noah Strauss Jenkins
Bachelor of Arts
Tumbling: Existential experience through word, ink, image.
Sponsors: John Willis, John Sheehy, Bronwen Tate
Outside Evaluator: Claire Donato, Pratt Institute

Derek Tollefson
Bachelor of Arts
No clean hands: The politics of revenge using Nietzsche and storytelling.
Sponsors: Meg Mott, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Joseph Markowski, Castleton State University

Stefan Stanislaw Walcerz
Bachelor of Arts
Appropriate and effective usage of the Nudges method.
Sponsor: Thomas Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Travis Hellstrom, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies

Sarah Alison Kaitlyn Warner
Bachelor of Arts
The impact of trauma among Vermont’s emergency medical services.
Sponsor: Thomas Toleno
Outside Evaluator: Lisa Wolf, Institute of Emergency Nursing Research

Matthew Vernon Whalan
Bachelor of Arts
POLITICS/Corporatization and Social Movement
An exploration of the influence of corporate power on American society and contemporary social movement collaboration in America.
Sponsors: Jennifer Girouard, Clare Gillis
Outside Evaluator: Easha Williams, journalist

Lucas S. Wooden
Bachelor of Arts
An exploration of the nature and function of style and the fi ctive reality in storytelling, culminating in a long-form narrative prose work.
Sponsors: Bronwen Tate, John Sheehy
Outside Evaluator: Joanna Howard, Brown University

Saron Girma Zewdie
Bachelor of Arts
Racial and individual identity as it pertains to black women through the lenses of performance and painting.
Sponsors: Jean O’Hara, Cathy Osman
Outside Evaluator: Andrea Hairston, Smith College

Graduate & Professional Studies Degrees

Aaron Ackley
Bachelor of Science in Managing Information Systems


Francesca Orsini
Certificate in Project Management


Scott Jared Blasiman
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Beyond Content-based learning: Expanding content to promote engagement
Expanding the definition of content to include learning goals that go beyond language, in an effort to promote learner engagement and investment.

Matthew Schaefer
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Logodaedaly: Playing with words to make learning serious, meaningful, and fun
A theoretically-based framework for structuring and assessing “serious play” in the classroom, and strategies to integrate more meaningful play into adult learning contexts.

Courtney Varga
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Neutral texts? No way!: Doing critical literacy
Looking at how power, access, and identity are present in the texts that we hear and read, and using agency to examine and discuss texts in and out of the classroom.


Olivia Bregani
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
Who benefits from Vermont’s transferable skills?
Examining how Vermont’s Act 77 legislature, designed to increase graduation rates and prepare students for college and/or careers, affects students, teachers, schools, and society.

Zachary Brown
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
The dilemma of behavior management: The production of “good kids”
The Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) model: Where does it come from, what came before, and what makes a “good” student?

Erin Leigh Carlson
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
Why so toxic??? Exploring masculinity with adolescents
Discussing with middle schoolers the way patriarchy’s valuation of specific traits of masculinity establishes a culture of violence and emotional stunting among young men.

Regner Asís Castellanos Álvarez
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
Gramsci and the Politics of Education: Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandes
An exploration of key contributions of Antonio Gramsci in the field of school and education, including a discussion of the role of the Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandesin creating popular hegemony.

Mamadou Cisse
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
Pythagorean theorem
Investigating the so-called Pythagorean theorem and analyzing from historical perspectives the legitimacy of naming it after Pythagoras.

Brennan Ray Cofiell
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
A global study of self
Connecting with self and others through Out of Eden, an online learning tool retracing part of the human migratory footpath.

Hannah Brigid Cummins
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
The Oaxaca teacher’s struggle and people’s movement
A study of the Oaxaca teacher’s struggle and people’s movement from 2006 to present.

Jennifer Douglass
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
A unit plan for the book Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Benjamin Glatt
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
Once upon a time
Using the tools of storytelling to enhance classroom lectures.

Aaron Goodier
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
To talk about a massacre
Using Slaughterhouse Five as the basis for exploring how, and why, people attempt to discuss atrocities.

David Hurwitz
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
Power of song
How we can build a stronger sense of community and justice with students through singing together.

Amar Langsdorf
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
Collaboration, connections, and content: Teaching about the 1920s
Sharing the successes and challenges of teaching a unit on the 1920s in the United States, including collaboration with colleagues, connections that students learned to make, and content covered throughout the unit.

Jules Malango
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
Our work, our rubric, our benefi t: Collaboratively developing assessments with students
An investigation of the relationship between assessment and democracy in group projects, focusing on goal-setting, motivation, self-refl ection, and cooperation.

Nicholas Sung
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
Two way street
Learning to modify lessons for a child with Down Syndrome.

Keith Andrew Yergeau
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
Resistance to change
Why are people so resistant to new ideas? An investigation of how societal change has come about historically and what we might expect from our collective future in the post-truth era.

Nathan Zinn
Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice
Caste is in session
A look at the history of education in the United State and its role in perpetuating class division.


Michael Seth Auerbach
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Project Atlantic: Collaborative youth media production
Making the experience of students at Brattleboro Union High School, who created short documentary fi lms for their Environmental Science and Policy course, available to other communities.

Cynthia Ryle Cohen
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Facilitating online learning: The student loan law workshop
A four-week training course for attorneys using principles of constructivism and connectivism, with particular focus paid to creating a community of practice, through a blended learning model.

Jasmin Bey Cowin
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
PeoplePrep: The community emergency app
Addressing the problem of non-medical, non-EMR, non-law enforcement emergencies, including lay person preparedness and possible responses to help without causing harm or putting themselves in danger’s way.

David Dall
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Company F: An interactive guide to the peninsular campaign
An interactive, computer-driven story of an anonymous Civil War soldier in Company F, 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, and his experience on the Yorktown Peninsula during General McClellan’s campaign to capture Richmond, Virginia.

Andrew Davis
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
An introduction to financial institutions
A series of animations to introduce topics of financial literacy to high school students in an engaging, self-paced manner, supported by assessments that gauge understanding and engagement.

Jasmin Doty
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Lyme Crush: A gamifi cation of learning to raise awareness of Lyme disease
Building awareness, understanding, and prevention of Lyme disease using a game, Lyme Crush, a carefully designed instructional unit, infographic, and video on how to safely remove ticks.

Catherine Knight
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Getting Googly
The development of a G-suite training program for elementary school students.

Anne Horton Pius
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Infusing multiculturalism into the classroom
Addressing multiculturalism in the classroom by building a website with global resources and activities, connecting with classrooms around the world, and creating a rich four-week unit of study titled Culture, Continents, and Coding.

Joseph Baker Towle
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Social studies seminar: A student-centered class
Creating a student-centered class where students choose the topics to study, the learning standards to work toward, and deliverables to demonstrate their learning while becoming global collaborators.

Erica Zimmer
Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology
Creation of an online open education resource course
Partnering with the Vermont Agency of Education to create a self-enrolled, selfpaced e-learning course on Open Education Resources and using the platform OER Commons.


Allison Avent
Master of Business Administration
The road home: West Pawlet downtown complete streets proposal
A proposal for the redevelopment of the town center of West Pawlet, Vermont, taking a hard look at budgets, schedules, and needs, while attempting to tread the fine line between history and progress.

Lindsay Alicia Cox
Master of Business Administration
Leadership Fables
An experiment to teach leadership through entertaining animal stories that help managers approach the pitfalls of being human.

Katherine Golub
Master of Business Administration
The Clarity and Confidence course
Helping folks who are contemplating changing careers, or launching a business, get clear and confident on their path forward.

Saera Hanlon
Master of Business Administration
Sunflower Village: A model for modern communities
A business plan for an intentional community in southern Vermont that shares land, labor, income, and other resources among villagers to create economic stability, strong social networks, and working relationships with the place where we live.

Kathleen A. McGowan
Master of Business Administration
Keeping the “success” in succession planning
Synthesizing multi-sector best practices, including shared leadership and intentional inclusion strategies, to design a succession planning training and toolbox for nonprofit leaders.

Christine Meehan
Master of Business Administration
EASE (Elevate*Authentic*Self*and Emerge) women’s connection circles
Addressing the needs of professional working mothers by creating a prototype, launching an initial group, and developing a process through which women can network and build connections, resources, and social support.

Amanda Louise Mehegan
Master of Business Administration
Medication abortion usage in Rwanda
A research study to collect data of current usage of medication abortion in Rwanda, where there is no national protocol, to support ongoing community conversations.

Sarah Pidgeon
Master of Business Administration
Building communities of practice for climate change education
Supporting K-12 educators in New York City with the complex topic of climate change by building online communities of practice, which provide a space for educators to share resources, discuss best practices, and address challenges together.

Brian Edward Ross
Master of Business Administration
Integrated leadership model: The four sides of leadership
A cohesive systems tool that contains steps for leaders of all abilities to become more systems-dependent in working with the complex challenges that organizations face today.


Rachelle Ackerman
Master of Science in Management
A multifaceted approach to organizational sustainability
Developing a comprehensive plan for organizational sustainability, including a results-based accountability framework for program monitoring and evaluation.

Kristy Honeycutt
Master of Science in Management
Examining the importance of creative experience, including a method of addressing social issues through transdisciplinarity and creating value for art.

Kari Lisa Johnson
Master of Science in Management
Fun with funders: A metaphysical journey from scarcity to abundance
Addressing the process of applying for organizational and individual grants, using three applications as a point of entry to explore best practices.

Alden Ide Woodcock
Masters of Science in Management
Fostering accountability at Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op
Using results-based accountibility at a community bike shop in New Haven, Connecticut, to measure their social impact and compete for funding as they work toward getting more people on bikes.