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 2010

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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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Impact of Microfinance and Remittances on the Livelihood of Nepali People, Bishal B. Kasu

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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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The Impact of Downtown Revitalization on Residential Home Prices: Evidence from Normal, Illinois, Craig T. Schlatter

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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 Value of Nonmaterial Wealth: A Critique of Microcredit in the United States and It's Ability to Empower Women, Melanie L. Parkhurst

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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 2004

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Community Development in Rural Illinois: Lessons Learned, Emily Intveld

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