Capstone projects entail original research papers in Urban Studies seminars; academically supervised video, artistic, or community service projects; and Honors Theses for eligible concentrators.

Seniors in Urban Studies who do not write a thesis have a range of other capstone options. For example, in fall '09-spring '10 two seniors made a video on the homeless tent cities in Providence.  Theresa O'Neill '10 and Corliss Gross '10 built on their summer UTRA experience to make a film together during their senior year.  Their capstone project is called "Displaced" (password: displaced2).  It tells the poignant story of homeless Rhode Islanders relocated after the demolition of the Welcome Arnold shelter in 2007 and again after the dismantling of two tent cities in 2009.

Theresa now works for a prefab green homebuilder called Blu Homes in Waltham, MA (see She considers it the future of the housing industry, striving for better design, faster construction, andhigher quality homes.

Alex Lipinsky '13 (center), "Municipal Approaches to Urban Agriculture"Alex Lipinsky '13 (center), "Municipal Approaches to Urban Agriculture"Designing a community program or producing a work of art under academic supervision might also serve as capstone projects. Most frequently concentrators write a seminar paper for their capstone project. Seniors should declare what their capstone will be by the beginning of their last semester.



2019 Senior Capstones

Anzia Anderson: "Stretching Sin City: Desert Sprawl and Water Use in Las Vegas, Nevada"

Sydney Anderson: "Criminal Injustices in Rhode Island: Court Debt and Bail Reform Efforts" 

Ruth Bamuwamye: "Dissensus as Dialogue: Perspectives from ERF81"

Jesse Barber: "Belonging in Berkeley: The history of structural inequality in a "liberal bubble."

Kyler Carlson: "Indigenous Resurgence in Urban Contexts: Pu'uhonua O Wai'anae" 

Julia Cerveira-Bianchi: "Neighborhood Stories" 

Thomas Chase: "Ink Block Boston: Reshaping the South End and What it Means for the Future of Boston" 

Benjamin Cole: "Complacency in Catastrophe: Prison Labor and Climate-Related Disaster Response"

Lydia Elias: "Our Nation’s Capital and Environmental Racism: The Anacostia River and its Negative Effects on the African-American Community"

Hana Estice: "Walking at the Water's Edge: Place Attachment and Climate Change in Rhode Island"

Andrew Friedman: "God Save Texas: fracking and the future"

Francesca Gallo: “(De)Spatializing Food Insecurity in Providence, RI”

Jenna Gosciak: "Community Research Partnership: Mapping Housing Ownership in Providence, RI"

Corey Hebert, Jr.: "Elevating New Orleans Healthcare”

Brandon Huang: “How Great is the Orange County Great Park?”

Emily Jones: "Design and Storytelling"

Colin Kent-Daggett: "Anatomy of a Block: Patterns of Pre-Industrial Life in the Jewelry District"

Nicole King: "The psychology of happiness in East Providence: a mood map" 

Amanda Lane: "Community Organizing and Presidential Politics" 

Marisela Martinez: "Metering California’s Drought: Residential Water Consumption and Conservation in the Central Valley"

Anna Messer: "Community Research Partnership: Mapping Housing Ownership in Providence, RI"

Julie Pham: "Rochester, NY’s Inner Loop Project- From Barrier to Connectivity"

Daniel Plaisance: "New Urbanism and Community Opposition: The Case of Tidewater"

Alexis Rodriguez-Camacho: "Strawberry Field Identities: Placemaking, Knowledge Production, and Identity Formation in Watsonville, CA"

Eden Stern-Rodriguez: "Analysis of 2nd Ave. Subway: Transit Equity in New York City"

Calvin Thompson: "Power Players: Greed, Positionality, and Amazon’s Failed Bid to Take New York City"

Yasmin Toney: "“The Future is Here”: Development Reaching New Heights in the Tampa Heights Area"

Delaney Williams: "From High-Rises to Housing Rights: Building Affordable and Equitable Communities" 

Audrey Wilson: "Live Maps: The Importance and Significance of Maintaining Accurate City Directories"