Recent Senior Theses

* denotes theses that were awarded honors


  • Seto Olayomi: Negotiation of Self-Identity for Women of Color at Predominantly White Institutions
  • Jessica Smith: Corruption as Status Quo: The US Justice System is Working Just Fine
  • Aleksandra Syniec: "Where are you really from?" Contextualizing Distance between Polish Immigrant Parents and Their Frist Generation American Students


  • 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?”