We are proud of all nineteen graduating ENVS seniors this year: they were a great bunch of students to work with over the last four years, and grew tremendously during this time. We’d like to honor four graduating seniors in particular—Lex Shapiro, Jesse Simpson, Hannah Smay, and Drew Williamson—who successfully completed all requirements for honors […]
ENVS Senior Capstones Portal
The ENVX posts below summarize and point to recent environmental studies senior capstones, including thesis and non-thesis outcomes.
Drew Williamson’s 2017 ENVS honors thesis, “Constructing a World-Class Tramway System: Building Identity through Innovative Urbanism in the ‘Glocal’ City of Strasbourg, France,” is available as an ENVX publication here. Here is Drew’s thesis abstract: In this essay, I explore the city of Strasbourg, France and efforts the city has made to boost its standing on the […]
Hannah Smay’s 2017 ENVS honors thesis, “Unsettling Dreams: Investigating Crisis in Earthquake Fiction from Japan and the Pacific Northwest,” is available as an ENVX publication here. Here is Hannah’s thesis abstract: Like many scholars in the humanities, I ask what art and stories can offer a world unsettled by change. For the environmental studies, unsettling changes in […]
Jesse Simpson’s 2017 ENVS honors thesis, “Planning Gentrification: Municipal Policy & Price Effects of the Orange Line in Portland, OR,” is available as an ENVX publication here. Here is Jesse’s thesis abstract: The mission of creating more environmentally-friendly and socially-equitable cities is critical; recognition of this need has increasingly informed urban policy. Urban planning strategies for realizing […]
Lex Shapiro’s 2017 ENVS honors thesis, “Pluralizing Paradigms: Rights of Mother Earth in the Plurinational State of Bolivia,” is available as an ENVX publication here. Here is Lex’s thesis abstract: In this project, I examine the complex relationships between humans and the environment in a context where legal rights are extended to recognize pluralism within the […]
ENVS Program seniors take two semesters to complete a capstone project. The options for what students can study are limitless, as are their outcomes: some produce a thesis (see here for spring 2017 honors theses), while others produce alternative outcomes. As two examples of the latter, Marielle Bossio and Kara Scherer audaciously push the boundaries […]