Stevenson Center students and faculty serve communities around the world. The Center supports three graduate programs: the Peace Corps Fellows Program, the Applied Community & Economic Development Fellows Program, and the Peace Corps Master’s International Program. Students earn master’s degrees in anthropology, applied economics, kinesiology and recreation, political science, or sociology, each with an interdisciplinary sequence in applied community/economic development. Students employ their research skills through a capstone project or a thesis, often related to their required field experience. Students also investigate important community issues during their year on campus.

Launched in 2013, this collection is a work in progress, with new students adding their latest research while staff members gradually fill in alumni contributions. If you would like to be included in the Stevenson Center collection, please contact ISUReD@ilstu.edu.

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Submissions from 2016

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Peace Meal: A Senior Citizen's Right to Food in East Central Illinois, Jessica Aceves and Chris Wellin

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Feeding Peace: An Investigation of the Relationship between Food Insecurity and Violence, Emily Blankenberger

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Strategic Housing and Vacant Land Development Plan for a More Viable Detroit, Ryan W. Hebert

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Measuring the Impact of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Melissa Johnston-Gross

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A Quantitative Analysis of Sex Trafficking Law on the Decriminalization of Youth Involved in Commercialized Sex, Nay Petrucelli

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A Formative Evaluation of the Bloomington-Normal Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Emily Rego

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Disparities In Moldovan Place-Identity A Product Of Systemic Stratification, Robyn Savacool

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Worker Cooperatives as an Innovative Strategy to Address Income Inequality?, Bryan Titzler

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Inter-Organizational Knowledge Transfer: A Case Study of Peace Corps Macedonia and YMCA Bitola, Dave Warren

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Policy Dissemination: Public Administration Theory and International Organizations | A Case Study on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Kingdom of Morocco, Rachelle Ann Wilson

Submissions from 2015

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The Determinants of the High School Graduation Rate in Mclean County, michael a. anstirman

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“Building Louder”: An Assessment of Habitat for Humanity, International’s Government Relations and Advocacy Efforts, Joanna A. Bossi

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Expect the Unexpected: An Autoethnography of Typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan), Ashley Conrad

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Factors Influencing Criminal Case Processing Time in McLean County Courts, Christina Davila

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Foreign Aid and Economic Growth: A Post-Soviet Analysis of Emerging Markets, Brett Michaelson

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Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration: Strategies for Successful Reentry Final Report for Labyrinth Outreach Services for Women, Carolyn Moe, Brian Titzler, Melissa Johnson-Gross, Darek Conley, Emily Blankenberger, Kirk Richardson, Bethan Owen, Caleb Griffen, Andrew Kuka, George Stanton, Lauren Troxtel, Eliud Uresti, John Thornburg, Nicholas Anthony Canfield, Patricia Longwood, Jessica Linder, and Amanda Britenstein

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Road to Recovery: Recidivism and the McLean County Drug Court, Julia Neaves

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A Formative Evaluation of Select Evidence-Based, Healthy Aging Programs for Seniors in East Central Illinois, Kathleen Raynor

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Life is Calling...How Far Will You Go...Back in the Closet? Identity Negotiation and Management Among Queer, Peace Corps Volunteers, Kate Elizabeth Slisz

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Building on Social Capital to Improve Health: The Interactional Approach to Community Development, Matthew Charles Tomlin Mr

Submissions from 2014

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Water Your Opinions: A Social Assessment of the Lake Bloomington and Lake Evergreen Watersheds, Jessica Aceves, Michael Anstirman, Jordan Backstrom, Ryan Herbert, Courtney Johnson, Julia Neaves, Alicia O'Hare, Erika Perez, Emily Rego, and Mark Spurgis

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A Call to Action: Examining the Experiences of American Red Cross Disaster Services Volunteers, Nichole M. Brants

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Social Forms and Culture WIthin Miller Park, Andrew Griffin

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Post-Development Theory and Food Security: A Case Study in Swaziland, Lauren Karplus

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Balancing Preservation and Promotion of Natural Resources: A Case Study of Newaygo County, Michigan, Jeffrey Koch

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Citizens Without a Nation: The Construction of Haitian Illegality and Deportability in The Dominican Republic, Saha Miranda

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Infant Mortality: Cross Section study of the United State, with Emphasis on Education, Daniel C. Sheets-Poling

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Positive Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility on Youth Development A Case Study of the Royal Swazi Sugar Corporation in Swaziland, Danielle V. Shtraus

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Social Capital and Relational Work: Uncertainty, Distrust, and Support in Azerbaijan, Dustin S. Stoltz

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El Salvador: The Case of CrediCampo, Alexandria J. Trimble

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Politics of Environmental Policy: A Case Study of Alamor and the Yasuní National Park, Katie Weber

Submissions from 2013

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The Past, Present and Future of Transnational Conflict in Jordan: A Study of Syrian Refugees in the Hashemite Kingdom, David F. Becker

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An Assessment of the Human Right to Safe and Sanitary Housing for Transitional Age Youth in Mendocino County, Jamie Boban

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Does a Weak Social Fabric Fuel the Predatory Lending Industry? The Link Between Payday Lending Activity and Community Trust, Alyssa H. Curran

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Gender Transformation at the Grassroots: A Gender and Development Program from the Practitioners' Perspective, Tyler Curtis

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Our town: a neighborhood assessment, Christina Davila, Ramya Kumaran, Calvin P. LeSueur, Brett Michaelson, Renee Petrucelli, Katie Raynor, Daniel Sheets-Poling, Katie Simpson, Matthew Tomlin, and Rachelle Ann Wilson

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The Role of Children in a Mixed-Socioeconomic Community Development Model: A Quantitative Study of Grand Rapids, Michigan Housing Projects, Phillip R. Dawson

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Building a Community-based Food System: Green Economic Development in Central Illinois, Tim Glaza

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Results of the 2013 Good To Go Commuter Challenge Impact Survey, Mike McCurdy and Tyler Curtis

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Come Together: Congregate Meal Participation in Illinois Planning and Service Area 05, Dane Myers

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Best Practices and Barriers of Government Performance Measures: A Fire/EMS Case Study of the City of Bloomington Fire Department, Nancy Ouedraogo

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Memory and Politics in El Salvador, Andrew Piotrowski

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Good Hair, Bad Hair, Dominican Hair, Hatian Hair, Katie E. Saunders

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Credit Building Program Evaluation & the Opportunity for Capacity Building, Carolyn Schulte

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Being a Change-Agent in the Context of International Cross-Cultural Community Development Work, Nicolette Slagle

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The Innocent Face of Rights: An Exploration of Children’s Rights and Its Influence on Community Development in the Dominican Republic, Hillary Anne Smith

Submissions from 2012

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Food Insecurity in Bloomington-Normal: How a Grocery Cooperative Might Help Meet the Needs of Low-Income Residents, Nichole Brants; Emma Healy; Raina Kirchner; Jeff Koch; Ben McNair; Aaron Tester; Ashley Toenjes,; Alex Trimble; and Dave Warren

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Uplift and Blame: Minority Parents in the Discourse of Professional Educators, Katie Mitchell

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Ethnic Diversity And Poverty: A Dynamic Panel Study Of Illinois Counties, Ambuj Neupane

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Closures and Consolidation: Schools, Farms, and Population Decline in Rural Illinois, Eric Porter

Submissions from 2011

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The Effect of Economic Freedom on Workers' Remittances to Labor Sending Countries, Lloyd Banwart

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Reducing Our Waste in Bloomington-Normal, IL, Ashley Conrad; Alyssa Curran; Phillip Dawson; Tim Glaza; Lauren Karplus; Greg King; Amber Madden; Dane Myers; Ambuj Neupane; Nancy Ouedraogo; Elizabeth Rardin; Katie Saunders; Robyn Savacool; Carolyn Schulte; Danielle Shtraus,; Kate Slisz; Andrew Smolski,; Luke Tervola,; and Jenna Williams

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Catching a Cold: A Look at the Expected Contagion Effect of Neighboring Income Inequality, Jared Dellinger

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Social Capital in Senegal: Bane or Boom?, Laura Livesay

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Neighborhood Capital: A multidisciplinary holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization through workforce and economic development, Dana Overman

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The Continuing Development of the NGO Sector in Kyrgyzstan: Experience from one NGO in Naryn KG, Brad Pribe

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Married and Cohabiting Men's Extra-Dyadic Relationships in Sub-Saharan Africa: Assessing Two Health Behavior Models, Jared L. Ulschmid

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Strong Ties and Strong Influences: Social Networks and HIV Prevention, Nicole M. Wengerd

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Darle El Pecho: A Qualitative Exploration of Mexican Immigrant Mothers' Experience With Breastfeeding, Tessa Zevallos

Submissions from 2010

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A Community in Bloom: An affordable housing needs assessment of West Bloomington, Margaret L. Anderson, Lloyd Banwart, David F. Becker, Dana Bulba, Jared Dellinger, Mimi duong, Julie Ornee, Katie Mitchell, Andrew Piotrowski, Hillary Smith, Dustin Stoltz, Mandy Swartzendruber, Niko Valaris, and Katie Weber

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State Versus Ethnic Identification in Tibati, Cameroon, Brian Hillery

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A Case Study: The assessment and evaluation of the inaugural Multicultural Leadership Program of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, Christine Holmes

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Economic Growth and Social Development, Janelle Jones

Submissions from 2009

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Making Partnerships Count: A Case Study: The Role of Social Capital in the 2009 Homeless Count in Suburban Cook County, Jessica Aleksy

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Measuring the Effectiveness of the Statewide Initiative: “The Maturing of Illinois”, Joseph Alustiza

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An African-American Resources and Needs Assessment of the West Bloomington Area, Phase 1, Karishma Amatya, Nicholas Beaty, Jamie Boban, Joanna Bossi, Tyler Curtis, Casandra Fritzsche, Andrew Griffin, David Johnson, Sasha Miranda, Dana Overman, Emily Putnam, Jared Ulschmid, and Tessa Zevallos

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With the Sweat of Our Brows: A Qualitative Interview Study on the Meaning of Work for Illinois and Nebraska Family Farming Couples With Long Careers, Sheri J. Hink

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Local Food Systems in Central Illinois: An Economic Impact Analysis, Joseph Lauchlan and Viktor Schrader

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Attitude, Money, or Administration? Barriers to Clean Energy Expansions in Kankakee, Illinois, Adrienne Martin

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The Role of Language and Politics: A Look at National-Identity Formation in Eastern Ukraine, Andrew Maxwell

Submissions from 2008

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Assets and Needs Assessment of Senior Residents in the West Bloomington Neighborhood, Case Bell, Melissa Busher, Amy Deal, Ted Fischer, Christine Holmes, Joseph Lauchlan, Shane Peterson, Janelle Jones, Eric Porter, Brad Pribe, and Viktor Shrader

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Mainstream and Alternative News in Seattle: A Comparative Media Frame Analysis of WTO Protest Coverage, Richard Feffer S.

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The Other Side of Metamorphosis: An Exploratory Study of How Partners of Transsexuals Experience Transition, Kara Harvey

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Differences Lead to Differences: Diversity and Income Inequality Across Countries, Michael Hotard

Submissions from 2007

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Income Growth in U.S. States: Is it Pro-Poor?, Brandon Curtis

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Financial Liberalization and Money Demand in Mauritius, Rebecca Hodel

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Making TIFWorks Work for Chicago: An examination of Illinois Workforce Development Programs, Amanda Hudson

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The Impact of HIV on Economic Development, Kate Jones-Smith

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Nuestros Niños: Child Care Needs Assessment for the Latino Population in Bloomington-Normal, Andrew Maxwell, Joseph Alustiza, Sean Moore, Mary Stephen, Sanjay Soman, Andrew Kasprzak, Brian Hillery, Kara Harvey, Michael Hotard, Rebecca Bliss, Brandon Curtis, Adrienne Martin, Bishal Kasu, and Jessica Aleksy

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Mikva Challenge: Are We Misleading Ourselves? A Long-Term Evaluation Framework for an Organization in Transition, Jeremy Richart

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ASPIRA Inc. of Illinois: A tale of educational success?, Christian Rivera-Perez

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An Analysis of the Application of Club Good Models to Determine Carrying Capacity of National Parks, Rachel Smith

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Minimum Wage as a Poverty Reducing Measure, Kevin Souza

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An Analysis of the Economic Impact of Biodiesel Production in Illinois, Kelly Uphoff

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Serving the Young: A Volunteer’s Assessment of Youth Development Non-Governmental Organizations in Northern Kazakhstan, Daniel Wienecke

Submissions from 2006

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Renewing the Community? Pork Barrelling? Maintaining the Status Quo? What's the Agenda?, K Lavon Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Where the Green Money Grows: Assessing the Prospects of Ecotourism in Gabon, Daniel Chand

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The ACCESS Miami Model-- Shifting the Paradigm A Case Study in Sustainable Community Development through Partnerships and Community Resource Maximization, Danny Santivasci

Submissions from 2003

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Feminist Consciousness and Social Capital: Bonds, Breaks, and Bridges, Beverly A. Beyer

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Experiencing Homelessness in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois: Resources and Needs for Shelter and Supportive Services, Beverly A. Beyer and Sharon M. Mills

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Organizational Accomplishments & Challenges of the Milwaukee Community Service Corps, Jay T. Brennan

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From Theory to Practice: Developing and Implementing an Asset-building Program for Milwaukee Public Housing Residents, Stephanie Montgomery

Submissions from 2001

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“ Do the Attitudes of Policy Implementers Affect the Implementation of the Community Service Policy at a Southern Illinois County Housing Authority?” A Case Study, Bernadette Zayas Lorenzo