Academic Writing

Media Freedom in Hungary, 1989 - 2017

With the fall of communism in 1989, the countries of East-Central Europe were faced with the complicated process of transitioning to democracy. In Hungary, a loosening of social control led to increased media independence in the final years of communism. However, maintaining this independence was difficult in addition to dealing with the other challenges of creating a democratic governmental system.

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poli sciSarah Burk
Explaining the Unexplainable: Voter Choice in the 2016 Election

There is plenty that is exceptional about the 2016 election—Donald Trump is the first individual elected president without having served in the military or government, Hillary Clinton and Trump were the least popular nominees in history, and there was notably high turnout. However, there is nothing particularly exceptional about the outcome of the election.

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poli sciSarah Burk
Representativeness and Public Perception in the United Kingdom Parliament

The conflict of diverse representativeness in Parliament plays out in a series of balancing acts between descriptive and substantive representation, demographic accuracy and party supremacy, and actual and perceived success. By looking at the history of quota programs in the UK Parliament, this paper will attempt to evaluate the successfulness of these programs to determine the extent to which representativeness actually matters.

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poli sciSarah Burk
Precarity in the Global Production System

The livelihoods of workers in the global production system depend on inherently precarious global socioeconomic policy. Knowles’ descriptions of precarity trend towards the individual examples of poverty or fear of future instability, but to gain a complete picture of how precarity is in fact built in to the global production system, it is necessary to consider the larger forces at work.

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poli sciSarah Burk
Performative Physicality in Eliza Haywood's "Fantomina"

One of Eliza Haywood’s earlier works, “Fantomina” is part of Haywood’s investigation into female sexuality and expression through her fiction. With physical descriptions limited to Fantomina’s disguises, the novella takes on a theatrical nature, emphasizing Fantomina’s performance of emotion; however, the physical nature of the plot suggests the danger of true female expression, no matter how performative.

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EnglishSarah Burk
The Empty Center: Custom and Virtue in Hamlet

In Hamlet, custom acts as a lens through which Hamlet judges the people around him, particularly Gertrude and Claudius, viewing traditions as empty habits that encourage vice. For Hamlet, customs are artificial and devoid of meaning; furthermore, as they are perpetuated habitually, they become a channel of vice.

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EnglishSarah Burk