Honors Program

Students applying to the honors program must meet the minimum College requirements of a 3.0 grade point average and a 3.3 grade point average in the major. By the end of the third term preceding their graduation, applicants will ordinarily have completed, with a minimum grade of A-, a preparatory reading course (Anthropology 85) and will have submitted an Honors thesis proposal for work to be supervised by a primary faculty advisor. Admission to the program is by vote of the Department faculty, which may appoint one or more secondary advisors.

 

Honors Program

Students admitted to the honors program must enroll in Anthropology 88, in addition to the courses ordinarily required in the major. Anthropology 88 may be taken only once; honors students should consult with their advisor about taking Anthro 87, research course, and the appropriate sequence of courses for their thesis preparation and writing. The honors project, which culminates in a substantial independent thesis, will be submitted to the primary advisor at least four weeks prior to graduation. Those students completing the program with a grade of A- or higher in their honors course will receive honors recognition in the major. High honors may be awarded by faculty vote for truly exceptional work.

Please note that this does not count as your Senior Seminar/Culminating Experience.

Honors Cover Sheet.docx (Word document)

Honors Thesis

2012-13

  • Alexandra Aird: Selling Salem's Witches: An Ethnography of a New England Tourist Town (Kan)
  • Collin Burks: Fear, Isolation, and Resistance; The Impact of Immigration Enforcement on the Everyday Lives of Latino Migrants in Alamance County, North Carolina (Gutiérrez Nájera)
  • Sarah Cashdollar: Sex Babies and Identity: Hispanic Teen Pregnancy as Identity Negotiation in Doña Ana County, New Mexico (Gulbas, Eickelman)
  • Michelle Evans: Indications of Sociality in the Evolutioinary History of Pongo: A Possible Explanation of High Facial Mobility in a Solitary Primate (Dobson)
  • Sarah-Marie Hopf: Representation and Translation of Human-Centered Design: From San Francisco to Myanmar, Nepal, and Cambodia (Craig)
  • Vaidehi Mujumdar: Impacts of Social Identity & Multilingualism on Health and Illness: Khar and Nallasopara Communities in Mumbai (Craig)
  • Georgia Travers: Lenses of Truth: Iranian Mystical Poetry as Description and Creation of a Nation (Watanabe)
  • Jacqueline Waugh: Women are Our Leaders: The Role of Language, Persuasion, and Narratives in Iran (Eickelman)

2011-12

  • Manisha Apte: Authoritative Knowledge and Prenatal Care in Rural Southern Gujarat, India (Craig)
  • Arielle Cannon: Ancient Histories, New Identities: The (Re)Construction of Afro-­Venezuelan Identity Through Education (Watanabe)
  • Jennifer Koester: Voluntourism: Mediating Interactions with the "Other" (Igoe)
  • Stefanie Lazow: Communicative Complexity in the Gelada Facial Display Repertoire (Dobson)
  • Sanja Miklin: Cujo in the Family: Owning an Aggressive Dog in the Contemporary United States (Watanabe)
  • Alexandra Rahmann: Beauty, Fertility and Anxiety: Societal Roles of the Yemenite Jewish Women as Reflected in the Traditional Bride's Costume and Jewelry (Kan)

2010-11

  • Emily Baxter: Catherine's Daughters and Prophetic Women: An Ethnographic Study of the Lives of Women Religious (Igoe)
  • Liana Chase: Coping, Healing, and Resilience: A Case Study of Bhutanese Refugees Living in Vermont (Craig)
  • Aisling Galligan: Patterns of Dental Variation in Eocene Primates from Southwestern Wyoming (Muldoon)
  • Elizabeth Howland: For the Love of a Landscape (Igoe)
  • Connie Hu: The Embeddedness of "Microfinance": An Ethnographic Study of a Government Bank in Southwest China (Craig)
  • Cameron Nutt: Growing Up with HIV in Urban Tanzania: An Ethnographic Study of Children's Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy (Carpenter-Song)

2009-10

  • Rachael Kandath: Anatomy of the Facial Musculature in Two Diurnal Anthropoid Primates: Exploring the Relationship Between Facial Mobility and the Muscles of Facial Expression (Muldoon)
  • Sarah Klassen: El Antigual: A Test of Surface Collection Methods (Nichols)
  • Michelle Reyf: Gender Regimes and Reading Resistance: Female Suicide Attackers Between Iraq and a Hart Place (Watanabe)
  • Claire Wagner: Into the Street: Children’s agency, adaptation and survival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Craig and Kim)
  • Natalie Young: Maintaining Boundaries, Maintaining Inequality: The “Tulane Bubble” Experience of New Orleans (Gutiérrez Nájera)

2008-2009

  • Kyle Finnegan: Mediating Contradictory Ideals: The Cultural Dialogue of Male Body Image in Fiji (Kan)
  • Dylan Kane: Biloxi in the Wake of Katrina: The Search for Effective Disaster Relief (Igoe)
  • Kathleen Moriarty: The Impact of a Women's Cooperative on the Indigenous Cabécar community of Costa Rica (Watanabe)
  • Ryan Murphy: The Social Significance of Neolithic Court Tombs on Slievemore, Ireland (Nichols)
  • Robin Uhle: The Lantern Festival: Illuminating the Question of Japanese Religion (Watanabe/Ball)

2007-2008

  • Sheila Dunning: Kenyan Urban Youth Views on HIV and Aids (Endicott)
  • Emi Ito: Analysis of Oral Health in Portugal During the Transition to Agriculture (Dobson/Nichols)
  • Adam Levine: The Present of the Past: An Ethnography of Antiquities Collectors (Nichols/Welsch)
  • Molly Fales: Politics of Preservation in the New West: Land Ideology and Conservation Easements in Colorado (Ranco)
  • Megan Paradise: Quality in Sustenance:The Interaction between Global and Local (Craig)
  • AlexAnna Salmon: "Igyararmiunguunga": qallemciq nunaka man'i kuicaraami-llu (I belong to Igiugig : the story of my home on the Kvichak River) (Endicott)
  • Zaneta Thayer: Quantitative Variation in the Human Chin: Testing Adaptive Hypothesis (Dobson/Muldoon)

2006-2007

  • Jacob Aguiar: Qaurtzite Deposits and Folsom Lithics from Gunnison Basin, Colorado: Proveniencing Stone Tool Remains at the Mountaineer Site (Nichols)
  • Jake Appelbaum: Transforming Culture in a Modern World: Local Agency and Change in Tokelau (Welsch)
  • Kathleen Boyne: Cultural Factors Influencing High Childhood Obesity Rates in Chicago (Watanabe)
  • Karen Jorge: The Experience of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Rural Vermont and New Hampshire (Watanabe)

2005-2006

  • Jesse Blom: Urban Brujeria in Venezuela: A Religious Marketplace of Oppornity and Competition (Watanabe)
  • Aya Caldwell: Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (UPAVIM): A Case Study in Deconstructing the Complexities of Development in the Squatter Settlments of Guatemala City (Watanabe)
  • Eric Goodman: From Bodies to Beliefs: A Question in Medical Anthropology Using Ancient Egyptian Mummies (Welsch/Korey)
  • Alexandra Spielhagen: Reclaiming č'ixw'cәn: Contesting Burial Rights in the Pacific Northwest (Ranco/Nichols)
  • Akay Tuncak: Struggling to Find Their Identities: Dress and Female Interactions in the Identity Struggle of Turkish University Women (Kan)
  • Christopher Wilt: The Race-IQ Controversy: A Critical History (Korey/Welsch)
  • Marnie Wolfe: Coping With Cultural Loss: The Resurgent Spirituality of Native Hawaiians (Welsch/ Korey)

2004-2005

  • Kelsey Rush: "Narrative Writing Therapy" A Physcians's Tool for Understanding the Adolescent Illness Experience" (Alverson/Detzer/Welsch)
  • Jennifer Lanzer: "Campfires and Chronic Disease: Shaping the Experience of Chronic Illness" (Welsch)
  • Ayumi Rogers: "Clothing and Indentity in Contemporary Japan: What Young Japanese Women are Expressing by Dressing the Way They Do" (Watanabe/Cullinane)
  • Joseph Hanlon: "Creating a Marshallese Modernity: Generational Identities and Shifting Cultural Perspectives" (Welsch)
  • Molly Malone: "Ngai Tahu Maori and Jade: Sustainable Resource Management in a Small New Zealand Community" (Alverson)
  • Joanne Kim: "Recovery and Reintegration in Peer-Run Mental Health Organizations" (Welsch)
  • Clemetine James: "The Decline of the Chesapeake Watermen: A Localized Problem or a Larger Trend?" (Kan)
  • Eric Kravitz: "The Ocean is Getting Narrower: An In- Depth Study of the Cultural Fusion Occurring as American and Italian Cultural Values Interact Around the Sport of Basketball within the Italian Basketball Community" (Alverson)
  • M.Chloe Mulderig: "Redifining 'Tradition' as a Dynamic Force: Challenges Facing the Tourist Industry in the Medina of Fès, Morocco" (Eickelman/Welsch)

2003-2004

  • Andrew Hamilton: "An Island with an Island: Attempts by the European Union at Integrating an Irish Border Community" (Welsch)
  • Lauren Hendrickson: "Ancient Isolated Human Remains from Northern Black Mesa, Arizona" (Nichols)
  • Cat Mcmanus: "From Prospective to Recruit to Student-Athlete: Female Student-Athlete's Choice of Dartmouth College and their Post-Recruitment Relationship with Coaches" (Welsch)
  • David Eckels: Giant Steps: "Jazz and La Lucha in Contemporary Culture" (Alverson/Watanabe)
  • Christina Palmer: "The Future of Street Children: Transitioning Off the Streets in San José, Costa Rica" (Gutierrez/Kan/Nichols)
  • Benjamin Mustin: "The Paradox of "Indigenous Development:" Reconciling Cultures of Modernization in Bolivia" (Watanabe)
  • William Raynolds: "The Role of a Specialized Pastoral Economy in Early Political Developments in Yemen" (Abdi)

2002-2003

  • Lucas Schoen: "Charting Their Own Course: Changing Attitudes Toward Elder Respect and Individuality Among Elite University Students in Bejing" (Welsch)
  • Marina K. S. Ma: "Examining Prehispanic Ceramic Exchange in the Basin of Mexico: A Chemical Source Analysis from Azcapotzalco" (Nichols)
  • Adam Wilson: "Intentional Community as Cultural Critique and Creation" (Watanabe)
  • Richard Callahan: "Modeling the Exchange of AIDs Prevention and Treatment Strategies in Hong Kong" (Levine/Welsch)
  • Jocelyn Bernatchez: "The Modern Human Origins Debate: The Archaeological Evidence From South Africa" (Korey/Nichols)
  • D.Chong Hanssen: "Three Lulau: Hawaiian Feasting, Culture and "Culture"" (Watanabe)
  • Elise Berman: "Why Try to Change Others? Missionizing as an Act of Indentity Formation" (Welsch)

2001-2002

  • Laura Garzon: "A Global Village" (Watanabe)
  • Tim Moriarty: "Cultural Paradoxes in Modern Sauidi Society and the Appeals of "New Terrorism"" (Watanabe)
  • James Parker: "Homeless Youth in Hollywood" (Endicott)
  • Allison Schumitsch: "Learning to See: Objects in Greek National Indentity" (Eickelman)
  • Shannon Stoval: "Rethinking Occupational Stress Markers: A Case Study from Bronze Age Tell Abraq, United Arab Emirates" (Korey/Nichols)
  • Lauren Weldon: "An examination of the Pennsylvania legislator's role"

2000-2001

  • Elizabeth Carpenter: "A Culture of Caregiving: Traditionalism, Change, and Vision in Home Health Care" (Alverson/Welsch)
  • Megan Harrison: "Healthcare Decisions Among Semelai Women of Malaysia" (Endicott)
  • Jeffrey Kahn: "Pilgrimage and Vodou: Rituals of Renegotiation and Reaffirmation in Northern Haiti" (Watanabe)
  • Rohit Ricky Joshi: "The Effects of Modernization on Young Men in Jaluit, Marshall Islands" (Endicott)

1999-2000

  • Kathryn Wendell: ""The Beggars Who Sit on Benches of Gold:" Local Response to South America's Largest Gold Mine" (Kray)
  • Jaimie Paul: "The Anthropologist's Lens: Fifty Years of Medical Anthropology in Latin America" (Welsch/Kray)
  • Moly Lacy: "The Astronomical Orientation of the Ceremonial Center at Tula of the Toltecs" (Nichols)
  • Rachel Fleming: "The Future of "Tradition:" The Influence of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann on Traditional Music and Irish National Identity" (Endicott)

1998-1999

  • Rajat Soni: "Images of Sacrifice: Aztec State Ideology and the Household" (Nichols)
  • Rachel Derkits: "The Sinait Mortuary Rite: Death and the Ilocano Way of Life" (Endicott)

1997-1998

  • Kristin Sullivan: "Daily Life in the City of the Gods: Household Funerary Analysis of Two Site at Teotihuacan" (Nichols)
  • Sarah Boynton: "The Anthropology of Alternative Medicine: Forming a New American Medical Culture" (Welsch)
  • Courtney Jacobs: "The Rise and Fall of the Hunting Hypothesis: Empirical Evidence and Social Contingencies" (Korey)
  • Elizabeth Huamán: "Walking on Stones and Dirt: Wanka Storytelling in Changos Bajo" (Watnabe)

1996-1997

  • Georgina Garcia: "Divorce in the Philippines: Will it Ever Become Legal?" (Watanabe)
  • Jennifer Main: "Managing Medical Uncertainty: The Structure and Culture of a Surgical Residency Team" (Alverson)
  • Ty Tengan: "The Architecture of Canoes and Nations: A Case Study of Hawaiian Cultural Nationalism" (Watanabe)
  • Colin Grey: "The Jonestown Narrative" (Alverson)

1995-1996

  • Mieka Ritsema: "The American Value of Independence Among Eldery Residents of Assisted Living" (Alverson)
  • Ronald Covey: "Modeling Religious Evolution: The Development of Ritual Architecture Among the Formative Maya"
  • Marilyn Morano: "The Sine Qua Non of Women in Zinekan Society" (Watanabe)

1994-1995

  • Elisabeth Smith: "Illness Narrative Among Multiple Sclerosis Patients: The Cultural, Social, and Semiotic Phenomena of Diagnosis, Adaptation, and the Doctor Patient Relationship" (Alverson)
  • Sean Mažeika Sullivan: "An ethnic odyssey : portrait of Lithuanian-American identity" (Endicott)

1993-1994

  • Richard Fried: "The Wari Occupation at Cerro Mejia: Wari Expansion in Moquegua" (Endicott)

1992-1993

  • Susan Chimonas: "Patterns in Potsherds: The Occupational Settlement at Prehispanic Xaitocan, Mexico" (Nichols)
  • Severin Fowles: "Moving On: Pit Structure Abandonment on Northern Black Mesa" (Nichols)
  • Douglas Johnston: "Responses to Illness Among Tibetan Refugees in India: A Study in Medical Pluralism" (Endicott)
  • Gustav Peebles: "Religion and the Emerging State: An Invesitigation in the Makahiki Festival of Ancient Hawaii" (Watanabe)
  • Lynn Rainville: "Hanover Deathscapes: Attitudes Toward Death and Community as Reflected in Cemeteries and Gravestones: An Archaeological Investigation of Mortuary Variability" (Nichols)
  • Darren Ranco: "Penobscot Indian Ethnic Identity: Community and Family Values" (Watanabe)
  • Stephanie Rupp: "Missionary Education in Northern Tanzania: Changes in the Lives of Chagga, Warush, and Maasai Women, 1893-1936" (Alverson)

1991-1992

  • J. Parker Davis: "An Analysis of Selected Symbols Used within the Hopi Snake Dance Ritual and Snake Clan Myth" (Kan)
  • Sonja Olsen: "Molecular Evoution and Phylogenic Reconstruction of Hominoids" (Korey)
  • Kayla Ship: "From Ancient Israel to the Beta Israel: The Link Between Ancestry, Ethnic Identity, and Group Identity" (Endicott)

1990-1991

  • Manjari Wijenaike: "The Cultural Foundations of Nationalism in Post- Colonial South and Southeast Asia" (Eickelman)

1989-1990

  • Susan Moussa: "Non- Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus" (Korey)
  • Frederick Henry: "Anthropology Without Mirrors: Discourse and the Rhetoric of Culture" (Alverson)

1988-1989

  • Lucian Sulica: "The Place of Otumba in the Aztec Empire: A Provincial City- State in the Teotohuacan Valley" (Nichols)
  • Stuart Kaplan: "Dental Development and Hominid Evolution" (Korey)
  • Jonathan Burnham: "Pangnirtung: Working Forward from Dependency" (Alverson)

1985-1986

  • Margaret Taylor: "Understanding Paleolithic Rock Art: The Franco- Cantabrian Aristic Tradition as a Response to Social, Economic, and Ecological Changes in Upper Paleolithic Europe" (Nichols)

1984-1985

  • Stuart Chandler: "How Many Hakka Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb? A Study of Chinese Humor in Taiwan" (Endicott)

1983-1984

  • Huan CHang: "The Integration of Traditional Chinese Healing and Western Scientific Medicine in Two Contemporary Chinese Societies" (Endicott)

1980-1981

  • Susan Reed (McMillan)
  • B.G. Sykes: "An Inventory and Assessment of Anthropological, Archaeological, and Historical Significance of Shipwrecks off Cape Cod Within the 1750-1780 Time Period" (McMillan)
  • Danielle Schanz: "Miracle Making: A Critical Appraisal of Robin Horton's Essays" (Alverson)

1978-1979

  • Stephen Blackmer: "The foundations of adaptation : tradition, community and Agricultural change in Peru and Bolivia"
  • Cynthia Gimbers: "The Persistence of the Chatino Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico" (Gregory)
  • Ann Laquer