Student Research

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

Past Honors Projects in Africana Studies

2017
Lydia Woodward '17: The politics of incorporation : refugees, asylum seekers, and the law. (with Professor David Gordon)

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

2013-2014
Tracey Shirey: Common Patterns in an Uncommon Place: The Civil Rights Movement and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in Waterloo, Iowa (with Professor Patrick Rael)

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

2012-2013
"Reilly" Hannah Lorastein: Who We Are: Incarcerated Students and the New Prison Literature, 1995-2010(with Professor Tess Chakkalakal)

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

2011-2012
Wyatt A. Littles: Change as Choice: College Basketball Recruiting and Black Male Participation in the NESCAC(with Professors Judith Casselerry and Brian Purnell)

2010-2011
Isa I. Abney: Queer Bedfellows: Reading the Collaboration Between the Black Panther Party and the Gay Liberation (with Professors Jen Scanlon and Brian Purnell)

2007-2008
Kai P. Parker: Porgy and Bess, Cold War Propaganda, and the Evolution of the Civil Rights Movement, 1952-1956

2005-2006
Jessica A. McCree: Spatial Distance, Social Distance: White Reactions to an Informal Settlement In Hout Bay, Cape Town

2001-2002
Rebecca G. Grauer: Neo-colonialism, Paternalism and AIDS in Kenya

1993-1994
Natasha J. Padilla: White Female Accountability in the Works of Alice Childress