Past Distinction Comps Papers

Copies of pre-2008 Comps Papers. As many Comps papers as we could collect - whether or not they received distinction - are stored in the Carleton Gould Library Archives. Although our collection of comps is incomplete, it may be possible that we filed a copy of your Comps paper in the Library Archives. Please contact Tom Lamb if you would like him to check for you.

Comps papers, 2008-present, how to obtain a copy of your e-comps paper. I started our department's comps e-file in 2008-09. The e-copy you submitted to me Spring term of your senior year is kept for you, in case you ever need a copy of it in the future for grad school applications or other purposes. Please contact me in the History office.

Gould Library Comps Collection. The Carleton faculty would like to create an electronic repository of all comps papers, accessible on a limited basis. Gould Library will only have your e-comps if you send it to them and submitted a permission form. For more information, please click here. Questions? Please contact: Ann Zawistowski



2017-18 Advisers: Susannah Ottaway, Thabiti Willis

  • TBA, Spring 2018.

2016-17 Advisers: Victoria Morse, Thabiti Willis

  • Chloe Bash, “Popular Patients” and Threats to Colonial Hierarchies: The Representation of Colonial Troops in British Nurses’ First World War Writing
  • Lindsay Brandt, “Where the Church of Christ Would Eventually Flourish”: Isabella Graham and the Transatlantic Origins of American Religious Nationalism
  • Ellie Durling, Setting the Boundaries of Sodomy: Narratives of the Male Prostitute in the German Gay Rights Movement, 1927-1932
  • Nate Grein, From ‘The Valley of Death to Paradise’: The Romantic, Cultural, and Moral Underpinnings of Colonial India’s Medical Topography, 1820-1840
  • Elaine Sundberg, Staging an Archaeological Spectacle in Libya: Leptis Magna and the Establishment of Roman Empires

2015-16 Advisers: Annette Igra, Susannah Ottaway, Seungjoo Yoon

  • Devon Graham, How Do I Categorize Thee? Let Me Count the Ways: Indian Agency in the Creation and Politicization of Identity in the Colonial Census
  • Julia Lisi, Wearing the Robes: Gender Performance, Religion, and Power
  • Isaac Shapiro, Elevated Developments: The High Line and Soft Gentrification on Manhattan’s West Side
  • Tyler Spaeth, Speaking with Drawing, Sketching with Word: Defining Authorship and Knowledge in a Quattrocento Architectural Treatise,  Filarete’s Libro Architettonico (c. 1460-1464)
  • Lindsey Walters, Confronting the History of Slavery: Seeking Retrospective Justice at Harvard and Brown
  • Benjamin Weiss, Transcultural Categories or “Concrete Jungles?” Rethinking Beur Collective Identity and Action in Early 1980s France

2014-15 Advisers: Andrew Fisher, Annette Igra

  • Cory Georgopoulos, Seducible Bodies, Subversive Clothing: Immodest Women and Virtuous Society in Late 18th  and Early 19th Century America
  • Alex Klein, “A Higher Civilization”: The Written Resistance of the White Earth Reservation’s First Newspaper
  • Kaylin Land, Soviet Motherhood in the Gulag, Lived and Remembered
  • Celia Mattison, “No Flag but the Stars and Stripes”: Irish Catholic Schools in 19th c. Chicago
  • Quinn Radich, Mutual Obligation: Wartime Ethics in Theory and Chronicle in the Hundred Years War
  • Rebecca Spiro, “This far West and this far North”: Redefining Black Catholic identity in the Twin Cities

 2013-14 Advisers:  Annette Igra, Seungjoo Yoon

  • Jonathan Kagan-Kans, The 'Good’ Nazi: SS-Obergruppenführer Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski and the Role of Morality in the Holocaust

2012-13 Advisers: Thabiti Willis, Serena Zabin

  • Nora Cassidy, The Front Page Farm Workers: The Relationship Between the United Farm Workers and the Print Media During the Delano Grape Strike of 1965-1970
  • Anthony Stoeri, "Make him see that we are French!": Napoleonic French Soldiers and the Construction of National Identity
  • Stuart Urback, A Playful Evolution: The Transformation of Game Theory* in the United States from the 1970s through the 2000s
  • Herman Zheng, Contested Customs: The Legality of the Mui Tsai in Nineteenth Century Hong Kong

2011-12 Advisers:  Clifford Clark, Annette Igra, Thabiti Willis

  • Nicholas Bellos, Crowded Vehicles, Contested Turf: Race-Making and the Everyday on Chicago Public Transit During World War II
  • Isaiah Capel, Institutional and Intercommunalist Revolution: The post-1971 transformation of the BPP
  • Margaret Kanazawa, Resisting the Mantle of the Nabob: Constructing an Imperial Figure in the Gentleman’s Magazine
  • Laura Michel, “Unhappy Children of Iniquity”: The Invention of Juvenile in the Anglo-Atlantic World
  • Robin Reich, “There is no contagion, there is no evil portent”:  Arabic Responses to Plague and Contagion in the Fourteenth Century
  • Lily Sacharow, Contingent Liberty: Congressional Unanimity in the Making of the Declaration of Independence
  • Peter Schlesinger, The “Best Traditions of the Sea?” Contested Heroism in the Manchester Guardian’s Reporting on the RMS Titanic

2010-11 Advisers:  Annette Igra, Serena Zabin

  • Mira Alecci Oloffson, Botanic Diversions: Mary Somerset’s Plant Collecting in Enlightenment Science
  • Dustin Goldburger, “This Thing Will Give St. Louis a Black Eye!” The Cold War, Regional Identity, and the Fight to Integrate Jim Crow Schools in St. Louis, MO 1949-1952
  • Zoe Harris, Communities in the Ether: Depression Era Radio & the American Homemaker
  • Hunter Knight, “The Times Demand the Sacrifice of Our Convictions”: Childhood Changed in World War I France
  • Ross McIntire, With Saints on Our Side: Hagiography, Ecclesiastical Authority, & the Maintenance of Timor Sanctorum in Gregory of Tours’ Gaul
  • Logan Nash, Middle-class Castle: Modernism, Gentrification, & Urban Space at London’s Barbican Estate
  • Julio Rodriguez, Resistance under Franco (1959-1975): Exploring the Role of Basque Clergy & Their Involvement with Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA)
  • Kristina Taketomo, Home Is Where You Park It:  Cold War Caravans & the Mobile Domestic Space
  • Anna Wada, Imagining a Timeless Unity:  The Moment of Silence in 1930s Japan
  • Roger Yarett, Politics, Progress, & the End of Time: Evangelical Fundamentalism & the Making of a Political Movement

2009-10 Advisers: Clifford Clark, Annette Igra, Victoria Morse

  • Julia Bradley, Nationalism, Islam and the Algerian Future: Elite Conceptualizations of an Islamic Past
  • Collins, Rory F., "What Culture?" Defining National Culture in Tanzania, 1961-1974
  • Andrea Donahue, “We Once More Take the Liberty of Writing”: Ex-Slaves Negotiating  Freedom in Britain’s Sierra Leone Colony, 1791-1800
  • Finn, Samuel A., Blue on Black: A Study of the Oakland Police in the Context of the Black Panthers, HMW/VM
  • Erika Huckestein, “I’ll Never Change, I’ll Always Wear Green”: New Representations of Erin in Irish Nationalist Political Cartoons, 1900-1921
  • Nakamura, Lauren C.,  Incorporation, Rejection, and Re-Imagination: India’s Neo-Liberal Policies and Education Reforms, 1984-2004
  • Joshua O’Brien,  Locating Authority in Carolingian Debates on Image Veneration c. 825: The Case of Agobard of Lyon’s De picturis et imaginibus
  • Katherine Reed, Toward a Standardized Communal Identity: The Muslim Women’s Reform Movement in Late Colonial India
  • Leslie Rutherford, The English Sweating Sickness and Henry VIII: How the King’s Personal Life Shaped Public Health Policy in England
  • Jordan Smith, Jordan B., “More Rude and Anticque than ‘ere was Sodom”: Piracy and the Tavern Community in Port Royal, Jamaica, 1680-1692”
  • Katherine Smoak, Katherine L., Unproductive Women & Troubling Men: Humor and Republican Marriage in Women’s Magazines, 1792-1830

2008-09 Advisers: Clifford Clark, Annette Igra, Susannah Ottaway

  • Keith Carr-Lee, “The Rise and Fall of the Great Illusion”: A Study of the Role of E.H. Carr in the Formation of Modern Opinion about the Work of Sir Norman Angell
  • David Harrisville, Strategy and Survival: Commanders, Crewmen, and the Sherman Tank in World War II
  • David Hirsch, American Imperialists: The Supporters of American Actions in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, 1915-1925
  • Steve Landkamer, The Formation of the National Meiji Elementary School System in Aichi Prefecture, 1868-1879
  • Melissa Langer, The Architecture of Empire in Rabat: Reimagining the Colonial City Under Lyautey
  • Emily Litwin, Nationalism, Feminism, and the Women of Ireland‟s Revolutionary Period
  • Sara Lopez, Rebellion and Celebration in 18th c. Mexico: The Request for a Propaganda Fide Hospice in the Town of Uruapan
  • Wyatt Marshall, Leaving the Arena in Ruins: The Manipulation of Visuality in Early Christian Martyrdom Texts
  • John Olmsted, Poverty, the Pulpit, and the Polis: John Chrysostom‟s Sermons on Wealth & Poverty
  • Alexander Persaud, Rodney, History, and the Dialectic: Rethinking Walter Rodney‟s Marxist Methodology
  • Erica Prochaska, The Imperial World of Verrier Elwin
  • Lucy Robson,  “Reading Past the Label: Exploring Second World War Evacuation in Britain Through the Child‟s Perspective”
  • Emily Tragert, Emily, “Swearing, Roaring and Daming all the Night long”: Prostitution, Promiscuity and Social Order in England 1680-1750”
  • Dominic Vendell, “Feeding the Body, Feeding the Soul: Swami Vivekananda, Religious Universality, and Social Welfare in an Anglo-American Imperial World, 1893-1897”

2007-08 Advisers: Clifford Clark, Susannah Ottaway, Annette Igra

  • John Bardes, Dashikis or Bullets? False Oppositions between Organization US and the Black Panthers
  • Katie Bates, "With so much credit": The Iconicization of Common Sense
  • Yanging (Claire) Du, Gaitu Guiliu Reform on the Miao Frontier in High Qing Dynasty
  • Peter Fritz, Are You Qualified to be Abbot? A Culture of Leadership and Authority in the Case of Late 12th Century Bury St. Edmunds
  • Peter Lee, How the Fourth Estate Opened Its Doors to Longshoremen: Media and the San Francisco General Strike
  • Jason Perkins, May 1970 in New York City: Student Activists, Construction Workers and the Future of American Society
  • Heather LaChapelle, Museums and Memory: "Remembering Slavery" at the Slave Lodge
  • Yotaro Komatsu, Power and Money: Money Exchangers and Japanese Monetary Transformation, 1858-1879
  • Madelyn White, Soldiers of Liberty: Tirailleurs Sénégalais and French West African Independence
  • Wayne Soon, Subnationalism, Education, Wealth and Power in Fujian and Singapore: Tan Kah Kee and Chen Yi from the 1910s to 1940s
  • Megan Ward, The Queue and the Illustration of Chinese Men in American Pop Culture, 1838-1915

 2006-07 Advisers: Clifford Clark, Annette Igra, Serena Zabin

  • Rawdon Bergquist,  Walking in the Forest of Knowledge: King Alfred‟s Soliloquiesand the ninth-century West Saxon Literary Revival
  • Kelsey Barale, “In all ages have not the Saints of God been persecuted?” Memory, History, and Reinterpretation of the Early Mormon Colonies in Mexico
  • Mollie Gurian, Mother Knows Best? The Women‟s Co-Operative Alliance of Minneapolis Creates Professional Motherhood 1917-1932
  • Hanagan, Julia, Fighting the Last War Nationalist Memories in Serbian Americans
  • Amelia Hintzen, No Stage Large Enough. Josephine Baker and the Performance of Social Action
  • Emin Lelic, The making of orthodoxy in early modern Islam using a case study of the Bosnian Hamzeviyya: Comparing Ottoman history, Sufism, and Islamic institutions
  • Sam Lowry, Rules of Illusion: Growth in the Study of Jean Renoir
  • Kathleen Vongsathorn, Saved and Sinner: The Ambiguous Identity of the African Leper as Constructed by Christian Missionaries, 1900-1950

 2005-06 Advisers: Clifford Clark, Annette Igra, Serena Zabin

  • Antony Adler, Sailing in Uncharted Seas: European Encounters with Polynesians in the Age of Discovery
  • Emily Brimsek, “Pursue me at law, but I will not give up my property”: Honor, Property Crime, and the Middle Class in Eighteenth Century Scotland
  • Cara Chomski, No Place for Pastoralists: Land Laws and the Ideologies of Development in Tanzania, 1961-1991
  • Meredith Goddard, Paying Tribute to Piracy and Early American Nationalism
  • David Kamin, The Cohesion of the Crusading Army During the Fourth Crusade
  • Annaka Larson, Beyond Mountains and Office Walls: Revolutionary Reconceptions of the Guatemalan Indígena, 1944-1949
  • Ethan Mooar, Nature in the National Parks: Policy and Perception in the Late 20th Century
  • Andrew Tulloch, The Nanjing Massacre Memorial and the (Im)Possibility of Institutionalized Memory
  • Eric Wilson, Shrine, Patron, Icon, Sufferer, Martyr: Visibility in the Lives of the Simeon Stylites and Daniel the Stylite