CURRENT PROJECTS

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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. â€‹Now it is finally taking shape, and will contribute to discussions about interaction ritual theory, emotional energy, and solidarity. 

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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.