Student - Faculty Research & Presentations


Congratulations to all the 2007 graduating seniors. Here's an update on some of them: Miriam Goodman '07 will be pursuing her M.S.W. in the School of Social Work at New York University, joining Bernadette Jackson '06 who will be in her second year. Tan Huynh '07 is heading for New Orleans where he will be working for Teach for America. Daiana Beitler '07 will be studying Political Economy and Public Policy at the London School of Economics. Joanna Sullivan '07 will be pursuing her MPH at Boston University 's School of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Education. Abby Husk '07 will be enrolled in a Masters in Educational Psychology while also earning a certificate in School Psychology at the College of Saint Rose in Albany. Karen Powroznik '07, recipient of the 2007 Gaylord Memorial Sociology Prize will participate in the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Society, and Culture at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences at Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Katie Fox '07 will be doing environmental campaign organizing for the U.S. Public Interest Research Groups prior to going back to grad school. Jennifer Sharp '07 plans to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy; this summer and fall, she will be working at Kernan Physical Therapy in Timonium, MD while she is also coaching field hockey for her high school. Lauren Porter '06 will be starting a Ph.D. program in Sociology at SUNY at Albany in the fall; and Tara Russell '06 will be pursuing a Masters of Public Health at Tufts; James Moser '00 will be starting his M.A. program in Human Sexuality Studies under Gil Herdt at San Francisco State University, and working on a cross-generational oral history project with and of gay men. Jon Bader '05 is pursuing his MA in Sociology at the New School for Social Research. Maggie Murphy '05 is in her second year in the Peace Corps. Tara Slemmer '06 is at Penn State getting her Ed Psych Counseling degree. And Zoe Artz '06 is having "a great time" working with her kids at a Family Charter School in West Philadelphia, where Perry DiVirglio, aka Vision, an activist and poet is also working in the schools. Danielle Rosenau '06 is Project Manager for International Health Programs at the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine in Bethesda. I know we've not included everyone, so please contact us and let us know what you are doing! We love to hear from you!

Joel Usher '07

"I had never undertaken such a large project before and I knew it would be challenging," said Weiss Prize recipient Joel Usher '07 a few days before the April 27 concert that featured his composition The Future Becomes Much Closer.

The Emil R. and Tamar Weiss Prize in the Creative Arts, established in 1986, is awarded annually to a junior(s) majoring in English (with an emphasis on creative writing), art and art history, music or theatre and dance. The winner receives a $1,000 grant to present the project publicly during his or her senior year.

Usher wanted his creation to combine elements of his two majors, music composition and sociology, in a piece that also would fuse text and music.

Working at his laptop on stage, he synchronized recorded student interviews about their relationship to time and other universal human experiences with the music being played by an acoustic sextet that included a clarinet, tenor saxophone, violin, viola, cello and piano.

One challenge in composing his piece, he explained, was to combine the music and text into an indivisible whole-where every part reinforced the other parts and the synthesis evoked a more profound sensory experience than any part one heard separately.

"When I set out to compose the Weiss Prize piece, I wanted to learn a lot and grow artistically. And if people liked it, that's even better," said Usher.

Usher, a percussionist and pianist, has written at least one major composition every year he has been at Dickinson. He also plays in the college jazz band, which he says provides the "primary outlet for [his] drumming."

As for his post-graduation plans, he is considering several projects-including one that involves going to Ghana and recording music for MTV-University-before making any decisions about which of his twin loves of music or sociology he would study in graduate school. Eventually he knows he may have to choose between them. As his composition title suggests, "the future has just become closer."

Rosemary McGunnigle, '01 has been offered the prestigious Paul Lazarsfeld Fellowship at Columbia University and will begin her Ph.D. program in Sociology in the fall 2007. After graduating from Dickinson, Rosemary did a Research Fulbright in Germany interviewing young people about their involvement in neo-Nazi youth group and national identity. She has since been working in NYC at a law firm, continuing to take film and photography courses. A participant in the Patagonia Mosaic, Rosemary continues to pursue her interests in (im)migration, identity, visual sociology, and has been working on a video documentary, "My Daily Bread" with Salvadoran immigrants in NYC.


Alums Come Home

Chris Wildeman '02

Christopher Wildeman, a sociology, philosophy, and Spanish triple major who graduated from Dickinson in 2002, recently returned to campus to give a talk on "Mass Imprisonment and the Impact on Families" in the Deviance class and the Community Studies Center. Chris also had lunch with Sociology majors to talk about graduate school. Currently, Chris is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. His dissertation considers the consequences of mass imprisonment for the children of the imprisoned -- with a special emphasis on the intergenerational transmission of stigma and disadvantage. He has also conducted research on religion and sexuality, fatherhood and employment, and the effects of conservative Protestantism on paternal engagement in unmarried families. His research has appeared in the Sociology of Religion and Review of Religious Research, and he has a number of papers under review. He has received the Marvin Bressler Award for excellence in instruction by a graduate student and was also awarded in best graduate student paper by the ASA Children and Youth section.

Erin Bauer '04

Erin L. Bauer returned to campus to give a lecture in Prof. Schubert's Deviance class and a lunch talk to Sociology Majors. Erin is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from Dickinson in 2004, and her M.A. from the University of Maryland in '06. Congratulations to her as the new Managing Editor of Criminology starting fall 2007. She has conducted research with Dr. Denise Gottfredson on the relationship between time expenditure and delinquency, and is planning to work with Dr. Brian Johnson on a project examining the "juvenile penalty" for juvenile offenders in the adult criminal justice system. Gottfredson, Denise C. and Erin L. Bauer. (2006). "Youth Violence." In Doll, L., Bonzo, S., Mercy, J., and Sleet, D. Handbook on Injury and Violence Prevention Interventions. Kluwer Academic Publishers.


Publications & Presentations

Robert Shaw, '05, is a Masters of Arts candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  A participant in the 2003 Mexican Migration project in Adams County and Michoacán, Robert also studied in Querétaro, Mexico, and continued doing research in Michoacán with Prof. Rose during the summer 2004 on a Faculty-Student research grant. Their co-authored paper, "The Gamble: Mexican Circular Migration and the Return on Remittances", is forthcoming in the Summer 2007 Issue of Mexican Studies.


Sarah Hiller, '06, a participant in the 2003 Mexican Migration Project, has co-authored a paper with Professor Susan Rose, "From Migrant Work to Community Transformation: Families Forming Transnational Communities in Peribán and Pennsylvania that has been published in the Oral History Review. Vol. 34, No. 1. 2007: 95-142. Sarah will be pursuing a Masters of Pacific International Affairs, with a Latin American concentration on International Development and Public Adminstration UC San Diego starting fall 2007.


Maggie Murphy, '06. Schubert, J. Daniel and Margaret Murphy. 2005. "The Struggle to Breathe: Living at Life Expectancy With Cystic Fibrosis." Oral History Review. 32(1) 35-56.

Student and Faculty Research

Gabriela Uassouf, class of 2010, is a first year sociology student. She was a participant in the Venezuela: Democracy, Endogenous Development, and Bolivarian Revolution (Soc214/Econ214) course that included a winterim research trip to Venezuela. In March, she gave a multi-media presentation to the CPC Women's Studies Conference at Franklin and Marshall College on "Women in the Bolivarian Revolution." She also presented her research based on interviews with women in Caracas, Sanare, and Monte Carmelo, Venezuela to the Foreign Policy Association in Harrisburg. She will be continuing to do research in Venezuela this summer on a Faculty-Student research grant with Prof. Rose. Together they will be presenting a paper on Women in the Bolivarian Revolution and the Clothesline Project at the national oral History Meetings in Oakland, California. Manuel Saralegui '09, also a participant in the Venezuela course has produced a video documentary "Venezuela Engages Dickinson Students" and is continuing his research in Venezuela this summer with an Engage the World Fellowship.

February 2004

Dickinson professors and students participated in panels and a teaching workshop at the 74th annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in New York, February 19-22, 2004.

Assistant Women's Studies professor Julie Winterich organized a student paper session, "Women and the Body: Agency, Resistance, and Transformation," based on original research that was conducted in the fall in her Women's Studies senior seminar. Participating in this panel were Alison Egic, an anthropology and women's studies major, Emily Furthman, a psychology and women's studies major, Sara Schertenlieb, a sociology major, and Lindsey Wahlquist-Bontecou, a Spanish and women's studies major.

From left: Julie Winterich, Emily Furthman, Sara Schertenlieb,
Alison Egic and Lindsey Wahlquist-Bontecou

Assistant Sociology professors Pauline Cullen and Ashley Finley organized a student paper session, "Comparative Perspectives: Gender, Race, Ethnicity," based on original research that was conducted in the Fall in the Global Mosaic Project. Lisa M. Hohl, a sociology and Spanish major, and Johna Boulafentis, an anthropology major, presented papers in this session.

Professor Cullen presented her own research, as did Professor Finley. Professors Cullen and Susan Rose led a professional workshop, "Teaching as a Calling: Developing the Materials, Skills and Confidence to be a Master Teacher." The students and professors gave participants a range of Dickinson's original research as well as insights on developing innovative teaching programs.

Back row, from left: Ashley Finley, Pauline Cullen,
Alison Egic, Susan Rose, and Lisa Hohl
Front row: Julie Winterich, Emily Furthman, Sara Schertenlieb,
Johna Boulafentis and Lindsey Wahlquist-Bontecou

Dickinson Students Present at Eastern Sociology Society Meetings

 Philadelphia 2003

Dickinson College has created a number of opportunities for students through traditional research methods courses, innovative Mosaic semesters, and the Crossing Borders Program, to engage in empirical and collaborative research in communities both close to home and far away. This panel of undergraduate students and Fulbright scholars recently presented their ethnographic and oral history research on German Youth and National Identity; Women Workers in an Industrializing Town in Querétaro, Mexico; African-Americans and Education in the multi-ethnic steel mill town of Steelton Pennsylvania; and Encounters with Self and Other: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) in Cameroon and Carlisle, PA.

Community Studies and Ethnographic Research:

Engaging Students in the Field

Susan Rose, Professor of Sociology. Chair and Moderator of Panel

Puerto de Aguirre: The Impact of Industrialization on a Rural Community

Jasmin Sanchez ‘03 and David Stein ‘03 Participants in the Patagonia Mosaic and Querétaro Semester.

During the spring semester of 2002, we conducted field work in Puerto de Aguirre, Santa Rosa Jauregui, a delegation outside of the city of Queretaro, Mexico, intending to study the effects that the recent arrival of an industrial park had on the small rural community.  Through video-taped interviews, we documented the citizens’ points of view towards the park, their families,  their community, jobs, and education.  We were particularly interested in women’s points of views since they are often overlooked. Through the study of cultural characteristics and material conditions (water, electricity, transportation, schools), we learned how globalization impacted the community and the consequences for the residents as the town underwent the shift from a rural to increasingly urban environment. With the footage collected from the interviews. the industrial park, and the town,  our 15 minute video documentary will highlight the points of view discovered in Santa Rosa Jauregui from the individual to the family and community perspectives.

 Youth in Leipzig and German Identity

“Well, we were born here, but  - like you know - we are not fascist or anything.”

Rosemary McGunnigle, Fulbright Research Scholar in Germany 2001-2002. Former participant in the Adams County and Patagonia Mosaics, Dickinson ‘01.

On a Fulbright Research Fellowship, I spent the last thirteen months living in eastern Germany, conducting biographical interviews with young people between the ages of fourteen and twenty.  In carrying out both individual and group interviews with male and female youth in the city of Leipzig, and in the rural towns in the neighboring county of Delitzsch, I encountered narrators defining themselves as politically right, politically left, politically neutral, hip-hoppers, punk rockers, SHARP Skinheads, Oi! Skinheads. I learned much about how these young people defined themselves through conversations about free-time activities, friendships, experiences with violence, and concerns about unemployment.  Yet, I had not expected that these factors would have such a close connection to their identities as German and the positive and negative connotations associated with National Identity and group belonging.

“Crossing Borders” Aja Owens, Xavier University (03). The innovative Crossing Borders program brings students from two Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs: Spelman and Xavier) and a Primarily White Institution (PWI: Dickinson College) together to study in Cameroon, West Africa during the summer, and then return to Dickinson for the fall semester, and then Spelman or Xavier for the spring semester. The program focuses on Crossing Borders, the African diaspora and community building in the context of contemporary America - both North and South. As one of the participants, Aja Owens documented the group dynamics throughout the summer and fall, interviewing students and members of the African-American community in Carlisle. I will present my analysis and video documentary work.

“Racism and Education” Marie Gschwindt de Gyor, '03 - American Mosaic: Steelton, PA 2001. My research focuses on racism in education, and draws from the oral histories I and fellow students conducted within the multi-ethnic community of Steelton, PA, a steel mill town that lies just south of Harrisburg along the Susquehana River. By interviewing multi-generations of African Americans from the Steelton community who survived segregation, the early development of integration of schools, and the current school system, I was able to learn more about how racial divisions have affected individuals, and how racial relationships within the schools both persisted and changed over the last several decades. I will share some of my findings, web work, and video-taped interviews.

American and Global Mosaics