Recent Honors Projects

Honors projects in Africana Studies are reserved for students with distinguished academic records.

Past Honors Projects


Eskedar Girmash: An Ode to the Birth Justice Movement: Battling, Birthing, Being Black (with Judith Casselberry)


Maurice Asare: Rendering the Invisible Visible: Narrating Black Women’s Struggle Against State Violence (with Judith Casselberry)


Lydia Woodward '17: The politics of incorporation : refugees, asylum seekers, and the law (with David Gordon)

Abby E. Motycka '17: White southerners respond to Brown v. Board of Education: why crisis erupted when Little Rock, Arkansas, desegregated Central High School (with Brian Purnell)


Tracey Shirey: Common Patterns in an Uncommon Place: The Civil Rights Movement and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in Waterloo, Iowa (with Patrick Rael)

Hannah Wurgaft: The Federal Disproportionate Minority Contact Mandate: An Examination of Its Effectiveness in Reducing Racial Disparities in Juvenile Justice (with Craig McEwen and Brian Purnell)


"Reilly" Hannah Lorastein: Who We Are: Incarcerated Students and the New Prison Literature, 1995-2010 (with Tess Chakkalakal)

Rami T. Stucky: Rhythm, Rage, and Restraint: The Music of Nina Simone and John Coltrane on the Birmingham Bombing (with Tracy McMullen)


Wyatt A. Littles: Change as Choice: College Basketball Recruiting and Black Male Participation in the NESCAC (with Professors Judith Casselberry and Brian Purnell)


Isa I. Abney: Queer Bedfellows: Reading the Collaboration Between the Black Panther Party and the Gay Liberation (with Jen Scanlon and Brian Purnell)


Kai P. Parker: Porgy and Bess, Cold War Propaganda, and the Evolution of the Civil Rights Movement, 1952-1956


Jessica A. McCree: Spatial Distance, Social Distance: White Reactions to an Informal Settlement In Hout Bay, Cape Town


Rebecca G. Grauer: Neo-colonialism, Paternalism and AIDS in Kenya


Natasha J. Padilla: White Female Accountability in the Works of Alice Childress