Senior Honors Thesis (John V. Roach Honors College)
I am in my third semester of work on my thesis through TCU's John V. Roach Honors College. Through semi-structured interviews and secondary analysis, I am examining the unique group forming processes that transpire at summer camps. My initial interest came from my own experience with summer camps as a teenager. I observed intense levels of group cohesion and unity that developed between a group of strangers over less than 72 hours. How? Why? This thesis has taken lots of twists and turns as I went through the IRB process, interview process, and literature review. Now it is finally taking shape, and will contribute to discussions about interaction ritual theory, emotional energy, and solidarity.
Untitled Social Psychology Project (John V. Roach Honors College)
This semester, instead of taking an honors elective to fulfill my requirements to graduate with honors, I am undertaking a "course enrichment contract" through which I am working with the professor of my Social Psychology class, Dr. Michael Katovich. Through this project, I will be concretely exploring the relationship between theatre and sociology that has grown apparent to me as I've conducted coursework in both disciplines throughout my time as an undergraduate. I will be drawing on social theorists (mainly Erving Goffman) and a wide range of theatre theorists to analyze my process of building the character "Mitch" in A Streetcar Named Desire. Theatre is an inherently social art through which creators attempt to make a synthetic social world that is intended to portray truths about the actual social world. This, paired with the sociological themes in Streetcar, will allow for a "meta-analysis" of sorts of the sociological implications of making and viewing theatre art.