Global Development Studies

An undergraduate interdisciplinary program with a focus on social justice, sustainable economic development, public health, global interconnection, and public service.

GDS Capstone Theses

Expand the accordions below for Capstone titles of GDS Alumni

CLASS OF 2020

Student Name Title of Capstone Thesis
Alex Spratley The Fundamentally American Project: Settler Colonial Violence Against Indian Women
Anna Brotman-Kras Domestic Fantasy, Disguised as Attainable Truth: Performance in Activism & Domestic Labor
April Corwin In Defense of Public Education:A Personal Reflection & Comparison of Social Movements Against Privatized Education in the United States and Chile
Ariana DeLaurentis Unearthing the Global Food Struggle Through a Place Based Politic: The Need for Food Sovereignty at Bellair Farm in Charlottesville, Virginia
Blake Hesson  Communities of Care: A Cross-Cultural Study of Indigenous 2SLGBTQ HIV/AIDS Health, Healing, and Community Prevention
Carlin Smith  Arts, Culture, and Transnational Solidarities as Vehicles of Change Collaborative Development between Makhanda, Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia
Chandler Collins Reclaiming Attention in the Attention Economy
Charlotte Brake  Exploring the Significances of Sexual Assault Across Cultural Contexts: Lessons for Engaging in International Development Work
Charlotte Scharfenberg Native Youth, Public Schools, and Trauma: Exploring the Potential of School to Heal
Clara Sophia Camber  Reviving the American Chestnut: Intersections of Ecological Intervention
George Moss Sustainability, viewed by a 21-year-old college student: how to proceed in a world where it is not a subject, yet essential to continue living as a species
George Perry  The New Wave: Healthcare Technologies and Their Impact On Development
Iqra Razzaq A modern pandemic, a global prison: Tracking the Geopolitical Life and Narrative of COVID-19 from China to the Rest of the World
Johntrell Bowles Myopic Planning: Assessing the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and Spaces for Community Action
Julia DiFabrizio Decolonizing Education: How We Can Begin to Reimagine and Subvert the Classroom to Include All Students
Kelvin Thukha A Case for Benevolent Dictatorships:  Installing Soft Authoritarianism & State-led Economy in South East Asia using the Singapore Model
Kristina Colevas STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE IN AID: A MULTIAXIAL APPROACH TO EXPLAINING THE CURRENT OCCUPATION OF HAITI
Maame Esi Eghan Change and Continuity: Assessing the Past, Present and Future Implications of Pre and Post Colonial Land Tenure Systems in Ghana
Madeline Walker  IMAGINING FUTURES: DECOLONIZING THEATRE PRACTICE AND THEATER BASED TECHNIQUES IN PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Mahlet Haile The Progression of Women’s Health and Safety In East Africa. A Comparative State Case Study Analysis: Evaluating Public Health Policy Proposals In The Region Over The Last 50 years.
Makayla Whitehurst Lessons on Education Quality, Access, and Equity: An Exploratory Look at Uruguay’s Schooling System
Marwah Shuaib Digital diasporas and desi identity: examining artistic explorations of bi-hemispheric belonging 
Mercer Craighill A Simple, Yet Wicked, Problem: Homelessness in Charlottesville
Natalie Romero Land, Deceit, and Development
Renae Meana Asian Americans in the Liberal Arts: Livelihood vs.Passion The Privileges, Sacrifices, and Compromises Behind Studying What One Wants to
Ruth Rosenfeld The Neoclassical Model of Immigration: A Battle between Capitalism and Nationalism in Immigration Policy
Sarah Carter Rojava, Radical Agriculture, and Anarcha-Feminism in the Middle East and North Africa: Women’s Role in Decolonizing Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change 
Veronica Sirotic GENDER DISCRIMINATION, LABOR, AND LAW: How judicial policymaking in the mid 20th century defined the body