JP Titles

Listed below are the titles of junior papers that Anthropology majors in recent years have researched and written for their junior independent work.  The list hopefully provides an idea of the breadth of topics that Anthropology majors can choose to study. Department concentrators have access to a full list of historical JP titles, including advisor information, as well as a dossier of sample Anthropology Junior Papers and the proposals written for those JPs. These resources are available to majors through the Junior Seminar.

JP Titles and Advisers

2015-16

  • The Sufism Paradox (Davis)
  • Anthropology and Abortion: Holistic Approach to Unexplored Grey Areas (Biehl)
  • The Celebration of the Ordinary: Exploring the Performances of the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company through an Anthropological Lens (Oushakine)
  • Debutant Balls: A Study in Ritual Evolution (Rouse)
  • Consumed with Consumption: The Distorted Perceptions of Everyday People and Ethical Capitalism in the United States (Purcell)
  • Language Ideologies and Esperanto: Identity, Neutrality, and Universalism in a Planned Language (Rouse)
  • The Power of Names: Personal Names in Cucaita, Colombia 1960-2015 (Greenhouse)
  • A Critique of Climatological Reason (Borneman)
  • Performing "Want" -- How Actors Create Physical and Cultural Realities on Stage (Oushakine)
  • "I Heard It's Like ...":  Women's Bodies, Femaleness, and the Lives of Women with Turner Syndrome (Sherouse)
  • The Existence of Race in an African Country as Compared to the U.S. (Borneman)
  • We Connect to Disconnect: Exploring the Implications of Social Media on our Culture (Greenhouse)
  • Gift, Commodity, Hero: A Reimagination of Organ Donation in the United States (Greenhouse)
  • A (Web)Site of Protest: Cyberspace and the Politics of Memory and Belonging (Sherouse)
  • Analyzing the Hong Kong Identity Crisis: What is a Hong Konger? (Oushakine)
  • On Criminalization and Activism in the Undocumented Immigrant Community (Greenhouse)
  • Locked Up, Textbook Out: Understanding Criminality and Prisons in the United States through Prison Education Initiatives (Biehl)
  • (Mis)Representation of the Ancient Inka: An Examination of Spanish Colonial Documents (Davis)
  • Citizen for the Greater Good: The Case of the Guatemalan Tuskegee (Biehl)
  • Ni Cristianos ni Moros: Constructing a European Spanish Identity in the Iberian Peninsula (Borneman)
  • Communicating Identity via Styles of Dress (Davis)

2014-15

  • A Dog Named Emma: An Anthropological Examination of the Use of Human Names for Dogs ( Ellison)
  • Migration: A Soninke Reading of the Soninke Experience (Rouse)
  • Between the Straight Line and the Tree: Hundertwasser's Philosophy of Nature, Architecture, and Boundaries of the Self (Greenhouse)
  • Riots in the Abbey: Cultural Performance and Social Memory in Modern Irish Theater (Lederman)
  • The Place and Function of Online Schooling in the American Educational System (Clark-Deces)
  • Decolonizing the [State/of] Mind: Exploring Emergent Trends in Women's Transnational Political Solidarity (Greenhouse)
  • The street children of Medellin, Colombia and the role of the concept of agency in childhood studies and children's rights (Lederman)
  • Can a Virtual World Feel the Heat? A Study of Climate Change Activism via Social Media (Ellison)
  • Brazilian Street Art: A study of graffiti and tagging in Rio de Janeiro and its social implications (Ellison)
  • The Last Nandan: The Popularity of Li Yugang in Pop Culture Analyzed through Chinese Cultural and Historical Notions of Gender (Lederman)
  • Indo-Caribbean Identities: Then and Now (Rouse)
  • The Performance of Brazilian National Identity through Professional Men's National Soccer (Biehl)
  • "If you have not been to the gaokao your life is not complete": Academic Pressure in China and a Refiguring of Student Suicides (Rouse)
  • Reimagining Disaster: Lessons Learned from Ethnographic Approaches to the Tsunami Aftermath in Sri Lanka (Biehl)
  • Powwow: Articulating Contemporary Identities in Native North America (Borneman)
  • Hindu Nationalist Women: Constructing Narratives, Forming Subjectivities (Clark-Deces)
  • The Female Ballet Body (Borneman)
  • Journeying into the Sunset of Our Lives: An Analysis of the Anthropological Discourse on Alzheimer's Disease (Biehl)
  • Fantasies of Reality: Locating the Person Brand through One Direction's This is Us as Ethnographic Film (Clark-Deces)
  • The Sport Ritual of Spanish Bullfighting (Greenhouse)

2013-14

  • Passing the Torch: Thich Quang Duc's self-immolation and American representation and viewership (Greenhouse, fall / Rouse, spring)
  • Toward New Frontiers of Naturecultural Perception: Representational Possibilities at the Intersection of Multispecies Ethnography and Bio Art (Rosen, fall / Mann, spring)
  • Glitter and Be Grey: The Power of Liminality in Theater and Sweeney Todd (Gottlieb, fall / Hammoudi, spring)
  • Anthropology and Empire: Early Israeli Anthropologists' Work on the Mizrahim (Rosen, fall / Hammoudi, spring)
  • Sierra Leone's Free Healthcare: At What Cost? (Greenhouse, fall / Hammoudi, spring)
  • Marks of Cain: Prison Tattooing in Film and Television (Gottlieb, fall / Rouse, spring)
  • J'ai Faim: Regional Cuisine and Its Significance in French Identity (Greenhouse, fall / Mann, spring)
  • Getting Our Heads out of the Clouds: Exploring an Embodied Practice of Climate Change through Religion (Greenhouse, fall / Hammoudi, spring)
  • Female Genital Mutilation: Rights, Relativism and Representation in a Global Context (Greenhouse, fall / Mann, spring)
  • Contested Identities: Models of Expertise and Labeling in Debates about Schizophrenia (Rosen, fall / Rouse, spring)
  • Stories that We Tell about Our Food: The Politics of Representation in the Case of Genetically Modified (GM) Food Crops (Gottlieb, fall / Mann, spring)
  • Portraying Pleasure: An Analysis of the Meaning of Female Sexuality in Hysterical Literature (Rosen, fall / Mann, spring)
  • The Multifaceted Approach to Conceptualization of the Human Body: A Guatemalan Case Study (Rosen, fall / Rouse, spring)

2012-13

  • Turkey, Peking Duck, and Kulfi. The ritual Thanksgiving feast and American identity (Greenhouse)
  • Fear by Facebook: FOMO, Performance Theory, and Voyeurism amongst American Youth (Hammoudi)
  • Le Goût Français: The Translation of French Cuisine to American Culture (Clark-Decès)
  • Formative, or Just Formality: A Study of Amish Rumspringa (Rosen)
  • Cultivating Community: Agricultural industrialization and social cohesion in America’s rural farming communities (Lederman)
  • There’s Only Room for One: An Anthropological Study of China’s One-Child Policy (Clark-Decès)
  • Anxious New York City: Political, Social and Architectural Manifestations of Post-9/11 Fear (Oushakine)
  • Constructing Regimes of Success: An Analysis of Microfinance’s Evaluation Indicators (Oushakine)
  • The Dark Side of Conservation: The Social Impacts and Implications in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania (Rouse)
  • Every Contact Leaves a Trace: A View of the Formative Years of Forensic Science (Monge)
  • The Re-estabishment of Law and Biology and the Persisting Asymmetry in Lesbian Kinship (Greenhouse)
  • Prostitution: Woman as Commodity. An analysis of the body on the market and the power of language to control its reputation (Lederman)
  • Ambivalently American: Formation of Ethnic Identity in the New Second Generation (Clark-Decès)
  • Welcome to the World: How Obstetric Evidence Constructs Risk, Safety, and Health in Childbirth (Rouse)
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among HIV/AIDS Patients: Challenges, Conflicts, and Considerations (Hammoudi)
  • The American abroad experience: Youth and boundary crossing in national identity formation of college exchange students (Hammoudi)
  • Revealing Ethnographic Prejudices through Classical Music: Manipulating Rite of Spring as an Artistic Exaggeration of ‘Primitiveness’ (Rosen)
  • The Filmmaker’s Lens (Davis)
  • The Moral Accountability of Mentally Ill Individuals Committing Crimes of Violence (Davis)
  • Self-Help Material in America (Rouse)
  • Recreating Procreation: An Examination of Assisted Reproductive Technologies’ Influence on the Field of American Kinship (Clark-Decès)
  • Fetishism and Economic Development (Lederman)
  • Disembodied Bodies: Anorexia Nervosa and Feminine “Embodiment” (Davis)
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: The Legacy of Rape on the Contemporary African-American Family(Rosen)
  • The Trajectory of Oromummaa: Cultural and Political Identity Formation of the Oromo (Hammoudi)
  • Examining and Deconstructing the Marginal Identities of Travestis in Brazil (Greenhouse)
  • Approaches to Global Health Interventions: A Move to Better Understand Illness in Local Contexts (Rouse)
  • Details of Daily Life: Improving the Efficiency of Obesity Policies in the United States through Anthropological Research (Lederman)
  • The Legitimacy of Acupuncture in a Biomedical Setting (Rouse)
  • Women’s Made-up Liberation: From Mao to the Market (Rouse)
  • South Asian Dowry Discourse: Exploring the Origins of Dowry and its Abuse (Clark-Decès)
  • “Don’t Fence Me In”: A Literary Ethnography on the Mythology of the American West (Rosen)  
  • The Effects of Electronic Health Records on the Doctor-Patient Relationship (Davis)
  • Dissonance and Decline: The Use, Function, and Meaning of Classical Music in America (Hammoudi)
  • The Origin of Culture (Lederman)
  • Media and its Role in the Processes of Cultural/Language Revitalization, Cultural Longevity, and the Formation of Communities (Rouse)
  • Indian Basketball: Portrayed Through Literature (Rosen)
  • An Anthropology of Care (Greenhouse)