Undergraduate Research in Anthropology
Student Research in Anthropology
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Pomona is a community of daring minds. It is a place for students who are venturesome by choice, who have talent, passion, and independence of spirit, and who are prepared to dream big and work hard in order to make a difference in the world.
One way that Pomona College provides opportunities for students to excel is through research opportunities. Conducting research as an undergraduate not only gives students an advantage when applying for fellowships or graduate school; it also gives them a chance to tackle real-world problems and to find out what it’s like to be treated as colleagues by their professors, many of whom are the leading experts in their fields.
Hong Kong Parenting
Hannah Chasnov (2013); Mentor(s): Pardis Mahdavi
Abstract: This project is a study of parenting in HongKong. Its
purpose is to examine how parents from various cultural and social
economic backgrounds in this unique city differ in their parenting
methods and values.In order to focus my participants, I observed and
interviewed members of a single, diverse community inHong Kong – a
University campus. I interviewed members of the HKUST community:
faculty, spouse,staff and workers about their family lives and their
decisions regarding their children. Three main categories can be used to
summarize my findings: the importance of education and the large
selection available in Hong Kong, the importance of retaining Chinese
culture and language in an increasingly international community, and how
a difference in income and status largely affect the role in which
parents play in their children’s upbringing. Findings from this study on
parenting can serve as a window to examine cultural values of Hong Kong
residents, a culture often described as the intersection between the
east and the west.
Funding Provided by: Faucett Catalyst Fund
Trafficking Terror: Illicit Networks Forces in Opposition
Justin Gutzwa (2014); Mentor(s): Pardis Mahdavi
Abstract: My summer research was centered around helping Professor Mahdavi conduct research for her newRutledge book, Trafficking Terror: Illicit NetworksForces in Opposition.
The goal of the research was to discern the difference between
different forms of trafficking and the war on terror. Increasingly,
politicians, scholars, media outlets, and the general populous alike are
trying to find some form of connection between trafficking and
terrorism. AsProfessor Mahdavi writes in her work, the terms
“trafficking” and “terror” are thrown around so interchangeably and
attached that they have taken on their own hybrid combination of
“traficking and terror.”My research determined that generally, such
claims are centered around inconclusive evidence which are based on
correlations found in oftentimes faulty data. Through reading scholarly
articles and books, news outlets, and political documents, we were able
to determine there to be little to no connection between the two
concepts.Specifically, my readings were generally focused around three
different types of trafficking: human, drug, and weapons trafficking.
Each of these are connected to terrorism on varying degrees. As most of
my research concluded, however, none are directly related to terrorism.
In addition to researching and reading, I also proofread the written
chapters of Professor Mahdavi’swork and compiled reference lists for her
Funding Provided by: Pomona College SURP