Student Research

Sociology Alum is the Lead Author on a Paper in the ASA Socius Journal

Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, one of the journals of the American Sociological Association, has published this paper by Morgan Matthews '15 and Professor Kathryn Lively: "Making Volunteer-based Democracy 'Work': Gendered Coping Strategies in a Citizen Legislature."  The paper focuses on how state legislators working in a volunteer political institution cope with work and family responsibilities.  Read the full article here.  Morgan initiated the research for this for her Honors Thesis which she completed upon her graduation in 2015.

See the sidebar to access another work by Morgan Matthews that she produced in her senior year on campus, as an independent study project, to guide future writers of Sociology Honors Theses.

Sociology Major Displays a Photo Installation Focusing on Sexual Assault

The piece by Jadyn Petterson-Rae '15 is called "One in Five," and illustrates the statistic that one in five women will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. The installation works to humanize the issue while presenting the statistic in a way that makes it a tangible reality. Twenty-one women have come forward and put a face to this issue. Although sexual assault is not limited to a single demographic, the national statistic she is working with specifically focuses on women. The photo installation with be up until May 3rd, 2016, in the Dartmouth Black Family Visual Arts Center.

Here is an article written by The D on the exhibit.


Student Research: Sociology of the Family

In Sociologyy 36, Sociology of the Family, students conduct primary research to gain insight into their parents’ experiences of balancing work and family. Students interview their parents, transcribe their stories, and analyze them. It is often hard to truly understand the sacrifices our parents made to raise children, the tradeoffs they experienced as they made decisions about whether to stay at home or return to work after the birth of a child, and the ways that these decisions affected their parenting, marriages, and relationships with their children. Engagement with this oral history project comes at a critical moment in the lives of Dartmouth students when understanding the factors surrounding their childhoods can enlighten their own work and family decisions going forward.

Student Research: Emi A. Weed '13

My thesis, entitled “Hookups, Romantic Relationships, and Companionate Love at Dartmouth” is an exploratory, qualitative study of intimacy norms and meaning-making among college students. My research addresses the question, “What are the ways in which undergraduates conceptualize intimate relationships in an environment where hookups are featured in some campus subcultures?” Although some aspects of intimate relationships have actually remained stable over time, relationships on college campuses today also take several different forms than in the past. My research finds that young people have correspondingly developed new ways of conceptualizing and making meaning around their relationships that are not fully encompassed by the hooking up vs. dating dichotomy.

I am currently pursuing my PhD in Sociology at Duke University, continuing my work in qualitative methods, sociology of emotion, and intimate relationships.  My webpage is here.

Student Research: Georgino E. Hyppolite '12

In his thesis, "More Black Ivy Leaguers, but There's a 'Kind'?  Oppositional Culture Theory and Group Attachment in High-Achieving Black Students", Georgino considered the observation that more Black students are enrolling in elite colleges and universities, and Black immigrants and the children of Black immigrants have largely bolstered the increasing numbers. The thesis focuses on the application of John Ogbu's Oppositional Culture Theory, which posits that the African American community underperforms academically because the group has developed an identity that opposes doing well in school — a context in which African Americans have historically lacked fair opportunities. Under the guidance of Professor Kathryn Lively, he examined Ogbu's assertions that academically successful African American students do not feel attached to their collective group identity after having to encounter peer pressure to avoid "acting white" by performing well in school and Black immigrant students can strive for scholastic success devoid of the same difficulties as their African American peers.

Student Research: Jaclyn Wypler '11

Jaclyn Wypler's senior thesis, The Future’s In the Dirt: Local Food, Community and Embeddedness in Hardwick, VT, examined an emerging local food system in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont using the theory of embeddedness. Through interviews, a website content analysis, and participant observation, she investigated the ways in which the local food producers actively constructed social and economically embedded relationships with three broad groups: 1) other local producers, 2) the surrounding working-class community, and 3) their online audiences. After graduation, she worked on the Dartmouth Organic Farm, served as a research assistant to a Dartmouth professor, and coordinated a sustainable agriculture exchange to Peru with a Berkley-based non-profit. She is currently a student in the Sociology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interests include agrofood systems, gender, and communities, specifically using ethnography to research female farmers networks. 

Student Research Symposium: Emi Weed '13

In an article on the Student Research Symposium, sponsored by the President's Office, The Dartmouth highlighted the work of sociology major Emi Weed '13:

The Dartmouth states:

Emi Weed '13, a sociology major, examined the nature of hookups, romantic relationships and companionate love at Dartmouth at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Defining hookups as any casual sexual interaction and citing data that only 35 percent of college students hook up, Weed concluded that Dartmouth students prefer companionate love, such as friendships, to passion and sex.

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