The Department of Anthropology provides motivated undergraduate majors with an opportunity to conduct research and/or independent study on a topic of their choice and to write an Undergraduate Thesis formally presenting the results. The option of writing an Undergraduate Thesis is available to any undergraduate Anthropology major. The Department of Anthropology encourages students to do original research for the Undergraduate Thesis, but a substantial library-based synthesis of an important theme in Anthropology is sufficient. Undergraduates have many opportunities to get hands-on experience in Anthropology courses, especially laboratory, field, computer, and Academically Based Community Service courses offered by the Department. Students also have opportunities to work on research projects directed by Anthropology faculty, curators at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum), researchers and staff, or advanced graduate students.

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Submissions from 2016

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"Pro-Poor" Tourism in Nicaragua: A Case Study of the Telica Rota Natural Reserve, Megan M. Bridges

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The Penn Face: Deconstructing Mental Health At Penn, Antonia Diener

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Precarious Fates: The Experiences of Migrant Workers in Singapore, Vanessa Koh

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Ritual and Subsistence: Paleobotany at the Smith Creek Site (22wk526), Alexandria T. Mitchem

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Epigenetic Traits, Computerized Tomography And Native American Identity, Jordi Rivera Prince

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Burmese Migrant Laborers in Bangkok: Assimilation Patterns and Their Indications for Global Movement, Enika Selby

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Credit Where Credit is Due: Looking Back at The Junior Archeological Society of Baton Rouge, 1958-1976, Ashley Lauren Terry

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Transnational Migration and Political Exile in Laos, Sharon Vongvanith

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Choice, Control and Childbirth: Cesarean Deliveries on Maternal Request in Shanghai, China, Eileen Wang

Submissions from 2015

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Thematic Analysis of the Culture of UNICEF in Response to Polio Eradication Efforts, Sarah Albala

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Gender Post-Mortem at Sitio Conte, Panama, Monica Fenton

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Philly Coalition for REAL Justice: Constructing a Collective Identity Out of Many for Black Liberation, Emanuel Martinez

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The Karen of Andaman Islands: Labor Migration, Indian Citizenship and Development of a Unique Cultural Identity, Tanvi Mittal

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Recasting Sustainability: A Case for the Reevaluation of a Sustainable Healthcare Model for HIV Programs in Botswana, Elizabeth Pecan

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"Constructing" Hepatitis C in Philadelphia, Amy Phillips

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A Taste of Brown: Alimentary Anthropology Between Michoacan and Washington, Jose A. Romero

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The Cost of Volunteering: Consequences of Voluntourism, Megan Smith

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Penn Masti: An Ethnography on Penn’s Premier Co-ed South Asian Fusion Dance Troupe, Mithin Thomas

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As Long as You’re a Black Wo/man You’re an African: Creole Diasporic Politics in the Age Of Mestizo Nationalism, Melanie Y. White

Submissions from 2014

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An Assessment of Philadelphia's Nutritional Programming, Julia Brownstein

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Disgust and the Human Ecology of Insect Consumption: Examining the Barriers to Anthropo-Entomophagy, Christen Jun-Li Chan

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Variation in Femoral Anteversion, Whitney Kite

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More Than Just A Diet: An Inquiry Into Veganism, Sarah E. Mann

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"A Rose By Any Other Name": An Exploration of the Importance of the Artist in Art Preferences, Marlena Mattei

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Liminality, Marginality, Futurity: Case Studies in Contemporary Science Fiction, Julie R. Sanchez

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Fingerprints and the Organization of the Ceramic Industry Over Time at Tell Leilan Gender and the State in Northern Mesopotamia during the Early and Middle Bronze Age, Akiva Sanders

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Anthropological Perspectives from Medical Professionals on the Affordable Care Act, Mikhaila Smith

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Social Contexts of the School Closures in West Philadelphia, Madeleine Tardiff

Submissions from 2013

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The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Laurel Caffee

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Labor Migration, Self-reliance, and Neoliberal Government Policy: Paint Factory Workers in Shenzhen and Zhuhai, China, Mike Chen

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The Dog in Roman Peasant Life, Kyle deSandes-Moyer

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Behind The Gates: The Wagner Free Institute of Science and its Neighborhood, 1865-today, Elizabeth C. Doi

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Bones And Base Pairs: A Look Inside American G.i.’s Missing in Action, Matthew Finnegan

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The Site Of Quirigua Through Time: The Use of Digital Reconstructions in the Context of a Comarative Photographic Project, William Gilbert

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HIV Risk Perception in High-­‐risk Populations: Drugs and Sex Work in North Philadelphia, Camille Heard

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In the Shadow of Glory: Olympic Pageantry and the Disruption of Rio’s Favelas, Elizabeth Jacobs

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Skeletal Study of the Hominins from Hotu and Belt Caves, Iran An Example of Conservation Gone Wrong, Jennifer McAuley

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Everyday Life in Kashmir: The Maintenance of Normalcy Amidst Political Violence, Divya Mishra

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Functional Perspectives On The Evolution Of The Hominin Pedal Arch And Obligate Bipedality: The Al 333-160 Fourth Metatarsal From Hadar, Ethiopia, Paul Mitchell

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Migrant Farm Communities: Culture, Education, Nutrition And Health Consequences, Paula Nessler

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The Milk Relationship: The Evolution And Significance Of Wet-­‐nurses, Natalie Rosen

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Uncontacted Peoples Of The Javari Valley, Brazil, Alex Tickle

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An Examination of the HBB Gene in Various African Populations, Charles Washington III

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Eliminating Food Noise: Using Anthropological Perspectives in an Out-of-the-Box Approach to Changing Schoolchildren’s Eating Choices, Grace Weaver

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The Genetic History Of The Otomi In The Central Mexican Valley, Haleigh Zillges

Submissions from 2012

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"Framing" The Polemics of the Intersection of Immigration and Health Care in the United States: an Ethnographic and Theoretical Contribution to a Discussion on the Biopolitics of Exclusion, Morgen M. Alden

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A Gender-Based Approach to Oral Health Changes Across the Lifespan, Dascher Branch-Elliman

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Diabetes and Food Access in Philadelphia, Caroline Carney

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Dubstep, Darwin, and the Prehistoric Invention of Music, Myles Karp

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Steppe, Seed, & Supper: An Ethnoarchaeological Approach to Plant Foodways in Kazakhstan, Julia E. McLean

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Women, Water, and Development in Santiago Atitlan: An ethnographic study of municipal interventions into women's lake washing practice, Sascha Murillo

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Harm Reduction, Biopower, and Micropolitical Resistance at the Syringe Exchange Program of Prevention Point Philadelphia, Alex Niculescu

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The Comadrona: A Dying Profession or Secret Society? The Effects of Modern Medicine on Traditional Practice, Vanessa Romero

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The Bioarchaeology of War, Katie Rubin

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When One's Child is Ill: Help-Seeking Behavior of Tz'utujil Maya Mothers in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, Janet Sung

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Quantifying Dominance: An analysis of humeral bilateral asymmetry and implications for behavioral reconstruction, Cassandra M. Turcotte

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Notions of health and manhood in a Guatemalan gym: Patterns contra to machismo, Ollin Venegas

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Linear Enamel Hypoplasias in Hasanlu: a Survey, Anne Wang

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An Anthropological Perspective on the Conflation of Health and Justice: the Case of Obstetric Fistula in Sub-Saharan Africa, Monika Wasik

Submissions from 2011

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Online and Offline Social Networks: Who's in Them, What' Not?, an Ethnographic Study, Rachel Bauer

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Understanding Duch and His Impact: Reaching Toward National Reconciliation in Cambodia, Kym Cole

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ADH Variation in Indigenous Altian Populations, Lydia Gau

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The Informal and Formal Economies of Indigeneity Among the Toba of Barrio Nam Qom, Formosa, Argentina, Lauren Kapsalakis

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Born Wrong: A Modern Fairy Tale and an Investigation Into the Place of the "Fairy Gifts" Tale Type in Contemporary Life, Talia Lev

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Scrutiny Modern Day Museums and the Legal and Social Structures That Criticize Them, Samantha Osborne

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Assessment of the Cortext Ration Model to an Epipaleolithic Assemblage From Jordan, Sarah Raffae MacIntosh

Submissions from 2010

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Burning Man: the Man and the Myth, Molly Hude

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Breast Feeding Beliefs and Behaviors: Evaluating Cultural Patterns Among Hispanic Women, Shelly Joseph

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The Relationship of the Proximal Femur to the Femoral Length in Subadults From Different Populations, Catalina I. Villamil

Submissions from 2009

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Beyond the "McGuggenheim": Museum Globalization and its Critics, Roland Betancourt

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Perceptions of and Receptivity to Dance/Movement Therapy, Julia Cuccaro

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A Little Off the Top: A Controlled Archaeological Experiment on Scalping in America, Caitlin Dardenne

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Hybrid Lives: The Sabbateans and the Search for Identity in Turkey, Lauren Davis

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Explanatory Models of Off-Label Prescription Stimulant Use at the University of Pennsylvania, Emilia Hermann

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"I'm Not an Addict. I'm a Recovering Addict": Clashing Discourse and Identity at an Addiction Research Clinic, Kelley Kampman

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Animal Management at Tell Leilan in the Fourth Millenia, BCE: Faunal Data from the Operation 1 Step Trench, Hannah Lau

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Apparent Altruism on Penn's Campus and It's Larger Implications, Christopher M. Meznaric

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The Roman Sense of Place: Movement, Space, and Mapping in the Roman Empire, Natalie Pitcher

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Against All Odds: Representing Native American Identity in the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Jocelyn Rosenwald

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Torsion, Platymeria, and Curvature of the Femur: Determining iological Affinity from the Postcranial Skeleton, Lauren Winkler

Submissions from 2008

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Youth Sexual Agency in Nairobu: at the Nexus of Three Ideological Practices, Zohra Ahmed

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Stock Spam Emails: Proliferation and Impact, Ernest Baskin

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Facebook Trends: Understanding Intagible Cultural Ties Through a Virtual Community, Jessica Palay

Submissions from 2007

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The Archaeology of Purity: Heterodoxy in Ritual Bathing in Early Judaism, Rachel Anne Adler

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An Evaluation of the Mathematical Approach to Bitemark Analysis: Do Teeth Really Tell It All?, Cara Bergamo

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Dental Attrition and the Third Molar, David DiPaola

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Of Theatre: Its Production and Reception, Robert Caleb Green

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Communication and Collaboration: How Relationships Between Local Populations and Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Could Be Improved, Katie Hawkes

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Between the Sword and the Wall: Inca and Modern Peruvian State Strategies of Control in Pomatambo-Vilcashuaman, Di Hu

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Towards World Citizenship: Ethnography of the World Culture Initiative and Multicultural Curricula, Elizabeth Leonard

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Political Economy and Depression in Older Adults, Jessica Lewis

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Recent Trends in the Knitting World: Impact of the Internet, Feminism and Other Social Forces, Gwen Elizabeth McEntee

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The Genetic History of the Saraswat Brahmins: Origins and Affinities With Indian Populations, Athma Anjali Pai

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Printing Fuck: Resistance and Commodification at an Urban Alt Weekly, Andrew L. Pederson

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The Culture of Haitian Medicine: Route 87, Nerlie Pierre

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The Genetic History of the Karachay, Aslihan Sen

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West Harlem on Their Minds: Mapping Power, Identity and Inclusion in a Changing Neighborhood, Shakirah Simley

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The Social Context of Legislating N.A.G.P.R.A., Barbara Clare Tarpey

Submissions from 2006

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Sport, Community, and the Ballgame at Yalbac, Belize, Joanne P. Baron

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Diqdiqqah, A Suburb of Ur, Justin Bracken