Past Distinction Comps Papers

Copies of Older Comps Paper, pre-2008. 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 Eric Hillemann if you would like him to check for you,

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. Contact me at

Gould Library Comps Collection. The Carleton faculty would like to make all comps papers in every department accessible electronically. However, the Gould Library only has your e-comps if you sent it to them and submitted a permission form. See: click on the Archiving Student Work: Individual Submission Form (bottom right corner of page, top choice). For info, contact: Carol Eyler, Librarian,



2016-17 (current year tbd)
Advisers: Victoria Morse, Thabiti Willis

Advisers: Annette Igra, Susannah Ottaway, Seungjoo Yoon

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

Advisers: Andrew Fisher, Annette Igra

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

Advisers:  Annette Igra, Seungjoo Yoon

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

2012-13, Advisers: Thabiti Willis, Serena Zabin

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

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

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

2010-11, Advisers:  Annette Igra, Serena Zabin

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

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

  • Bradley, Julia T., Nationalism, Islam and the Algerian Future: Elite Conceptualizations of an Islamic Past, AK/CEC
  • Collins, Rory F., "What Culture?" Defining National Culture in Tanzania, 1961-1974, OM/AI
  • Donahue, Andrea N.,  We Once More Take the Liberty of Writing”: Ex-Slaves Negotiating  Freedom in Britain’s Sierra Leone Colony, 1791-1800, SO/AI
  • Finn, Samuel A., Blue on Black: A Study of the Oakland Police in the Context of the Black Panthers, HMW/VM
  • Huckestein, Erika M., “I’ll Never Change, I’ll Always Wear Green”: New Representations of Erin in Irish Nationalist Political Cartoons, 1900-1921, SO/AI
  • Nakamura, Lauren C.,  Incorporation, Rejection, and Re-Imagination: India’s Neo-Liberal Policies and Education Reforms, 1984-2004, BL/AI
  • O’Brien, Joshua M.,  Locating Authority in Carolingian Debates on Image Veneration c. 825: The Case of Agobard of Lyon’s De picturis et imaginibus, VM/WN
  • Reed, Katherine A., Toward a Standardized Communal Identity: The Muslim Women’s Reform Movement in Late Colonial India, BL/AI
  • Rutherford, Leslie A., The English Sweating Sickness and Henry VIII: How the King’s Personal Life Shaped Public Health Policy in England, SO/VM
  • Smith, Jordan B., “More Rude and Anticque than ‘ere was Sodom”: Piracy and the Tavern Community in Port Royal, Jamaica, 1680-1692”, SZ/AI
  • Smoak, Katherine L., Unproductive Women & Troubling Men: Humor and Republican Marriage in Women’s Magazines, 1792-1830, SZ/AI

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bergquist, Rawdon, Walking in the Forest of Knowledge: King Alfred‟s Soliloquies and the ninth-century West Saxon Literary Revival
  • Barale, Kelsey, “In all ages have not the Saints of God been persecuted?” Memory, History, and Reinterpretation of the Early Mormon Colonies in Mexico
  • Gurian, Mollie, 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
  • Hintzen, Amelia, No Stage Large Enough Josephine Baker and the Performance of Social Action
  • Lelic, Emin, The making of orthodoxy in early modern Islam using a case study of the Bosnian Hamzeviyya: Comparing Ottoman history, Sufism, and Islamic institutions,
  • Lowry, Sam, Rules of Illusion: Growth in the Study of Jean Renoir
  • Vongsathorn, Kathleen, 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

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