Every year, dozens of Stonehill students work with College faculty on research projects through the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. For students, the research experience provides a competitive advantage when pursuing a career or admission to graduate and professional school. The SURE program also provides assistance to faculty in research activities.
Recent SURE Anthropology projects:
Kamilia A. Drogosz ’12 worked with Erica Tucker, assistant professor of Anthropology, Sociology and Criminology, on a project titled “Exploring the Construction of Polish-American Identities.” They used ethnographic research methods to explore how Polish-Americans identify themselves with regard to their Polish heritage and how patterns of identification vary from one generation to the next.
Cultural Constructions of Frenchness
Hannah Rosen ’12 worked with Professor Tucker on a project titled “La Famille Étrangère: Cultural Constructions of Frenchness and the Home Stay Experience.” The project was an anthropological study of the home-stay experience conducted with host families and students studying abroad in Grenoble, France.
Based on her research, Hannah wrote an ethnographic research paper in which she examined how French host families utilized cuisine and mealtimes to convey French cultural values to American students and how students in turn incorporated these aspects of French culture into their lives both during their stays in France and upon their return to the United States. Rosen, an English and French double major, discovered her interest in anthropology during a 10-day Learning Community experience in Romania.
To Teach or Not Teach?
Kelli Brodbreck ’14, a North Attleboro native and Sociology major at Stonehill, worked with Professor Tucker on “To Teach or Not Teach? A Cross-Cultural Examination of Museum Representations of Violence Designed to Educate Young Children.”
Brodbreck and Tucker conducted an anthropological study of how Polish and American museums convey the facts and meaning of difficult historical incidents such as oppression, slavery and violence to young visitors.