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This summer I worked with Professor Dawson who is a government and environmental studies professor at Connecticut College. She researches international policy, specifically how small environmental movements lead to larger international environmental policy changes. My guiding research question was “How did the changing understandings of whales and the emergence of environmentalism lead the International Whaling Commission (1946) to shift its focus from whale conservation to whale preservation in 1982 and what were the lasting impacts of this shift?” To answer this question I read articles and books, took extensive notes, and completed weekly write-ups with Prof. Dawson that updated her on my work.


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