Recent Senior Theses

* denotes theses that were awarded honors


Isaiah Gibson: The Prison, the Man, and Society's Unwillingness to Forgive

Jessica Lizardo: No Longer Silenced: The Experiences of Students of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic's Educational System

Elizabeth Lowe: The Art of Collaboration: Improved Learning through Interdisciplinary Experiences

Chloe Morakis: Inside Jobs: How Corrections Officers and Prison Support Staff Interpret their Work

Paul-Anne Robb: The Same Old Song: Political Speech in Black Music during the Black Lives Matter Era



Sean Deveney:  Messages from the Underground: An Analysis of Album Covers and Skate Videos from the Punk Rock and Skateboarding Subcultures

Julie Foong:  Adjusting to the Second Home: Transnational Migration of Filipino Women to Singapore

Kimani Keaton:  Oppression and Empowerment: How Black Millennial Women Navigate the Gray Area in Contemporary Mainstream Gangsta Rap

Michele Metcalf:  Managing Microaggressions: The Effects of Raced and Gendered MicroAggressions on Black Student Experience at Dickinson College

*Sara Tyberg:  Entitlement and Anguish: An Analysis of Masculinity and Misogyny in American School Shootings



Sarah Archer-Days:  Chocolate Vanilla Swirl:  Exploring Race and Gender Representations on Orange is the New Black

Rebecca Feldman:  The Right Reason: Understanding the Roles of Altruism and Institutional Encouragement in Student Volunteerism

Jessica Libowitz:  Blog All About It:  Black Girl Nerd’s Use of Blogging to Combat Structural Oppression Online  

Catherin Turvey:  An Archipelago of Riches:  The Incompatibility of the Salmon Farming Industry with the Traditional Values and Culture of Chiloé, Chile



Noorjahan Akbar:  Out of the Margins: Afghan Women's Quest for Equality through Songs

Bairy Diakite: Expected Oppression: An Investigation Into the Practices and Policies of the DC Metropolitan Police

Chawin Reilly:   Stains of Stigma: Understanding Tattoos through the Lived Experiences of Students at Dickinson College

Kayla Reisman:  Jews By Choice: The Salience of Jewish Identity For Dickinson College

*Carrie Vereide:  A Student Body of Global Citizens?  International Students’ Perceptions and Experiences of Race on Dickinson’s Campus

*Michele St. Julien:  In Our Own Eyes, Through Our Own Voices:  Deconstructing the Silence surrounding Systemic Sexual Violence and Black/African American Women


 Mary Ann (Mae) Eggers, "The Success(?)ful Black Man: Depictions of Black Masculinity online through the humor of the 'Successful Black Man' Internet meme"

Jordan Haferbier, "Narratives of El Calaboz, Texas: Subjugated Histories and Personhoods in a Border Community"

Chantal Menashe, "Surviving in a Rigged Game: The Wire, Masculinity, and the American Dream"

Hector Meza, "The Posse Experience: A Qualitative Exploration of Posses Foundation Scholars's Experience on Dickinson College's Campus"

Oscar Monge, "An Empowering Student Community in the Environmental Studies and Environmental Science Department: Case Study in Dickinson College"

*Giovania (G) Tiarachristie, "Race, Class, and Food Justice in South Allison Hill: A Call for Cultural Competency and Conflict Mediation in Revitalization for Low-Income and Diverse Communities"


Megan Campos, “Bridging the Gap? : Examining the Accumulation of Cultural Capital and Identity Formation Process of Biracial Individuals at Dickinson College”

E.J. Duff, “Only Fags and Dykes Wear Leather: Conceptualizations of Masculinity and Femininity within Queer Identity”

*Colin Macfarlane, “The New Racial Wealth Chasm: Asian, Hispanic and African American Wealth Inequality in the Twenty-First Century”

Ana Rader, “Who's got the power? Analyzing women's agency & governmental agendas through a case study of Cuba, the United States, the Ladies in White and the Federation of Cuban Women”

Caitlin Ruggeri, “Chronic Oppression: The Lived Experience Of HIV/AIDS Stigma In a Racialized Society”

Katelyn Taylor, “Facebook Confessions: A Qualitative Analysis of Social Media”

Leslie Ward. “How Does One’s Race and Class Affect Their Likelihood of Suffering from Depression or Committing Suicide? A Contemporary Durkheimian Analysis on the ‘Moral Constitution of Society’”


Chelsea Cannon, “The Skinny on Social Class as a Determining Factor in the Body Image Debate: A Qualitative Study at Dickinson College”

Airlia Choyce, “Bisexual Burdens: Individuals with Nonexclusive Attractions Creating Authentic Identities”

*Hannah Farda, “Societies at War, the Sexes at Peace”

Sarah Hayes, “In Hope and in Resettlement: Iraqi Migration to the United States”

Bryn McNamee-Tweed, “Condemned to Act: How Understanding Sexuality And Inequality Can Enhance HIV Prevention Efforts In The United States And Uganda”

*Margaret O’Brien, “Elite Colleges or Colleges for the Elite? A Qualitative Analysis of Dickinson Students’ Perceptions of Privilege”

Ashley Kerri Peel, “Echoes of Herstory: Voices of Women of Color at Dickinson College”

Elizabeth Sick, “The New Sexual Revolution? How Women Navigate Hooking-up, Power, and Violence at Dickinson College”


Anthony Albanese, “The ‘Illegal’ and Deportable Migrant Farmworker: Analyzing the Role of Anti-immigrant Discourse in Maintaining Structures of Oppression”

*Hilary E. Collins, “Negotiating Identities Within Contemporary American Society: Women of the South Asian Indian Community of Central Pennsylvania”

*Melissa L. Moreland, “‘You Think You’re Better Than Me?’ Symbolic Violence and Upward Mobility: Working-Class Students at Dickinson College Go Back Home”

Katie N. Mosher, “Muslim Women in the Netherlands and the United States: Virginity and Identity Formation”

*Manuel Saralegui, “The Revolution Will Not Be Represented: From the Bolivarian Revolution to the Critique of Social Theory”

*Gabriela Uassouf, “Valuing their Voices: HIV/AIDS Activists in an Era of Professionalization and Public Apathy”

Anna Valiante, “Through the Lens of Liberation: The Successes of Paulo Freire’s Liberation Pedagogy in the Fight for Social Justice”

Kristen Walker, “Interweaving Practical and Strategic Interests: Women’s Empowerment through Social Movements in Latin America”

Katherine Wood, “Violence and Evil in Modern Musical Theater: ‘Who Says That Murder’s Not an Art?”