Joanna Bomfim

Mentor: Dr. Clay, Richard, Trysh Calvert, Kernaghan, Travis
College of Journalism and Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"During my sophomore year I found out that undergraduates can get involved with research. After finding Dr. Calvert and approaching him with interest in his work, I began helping to review articles and finding materials. During my junior year I approached Dr. Calvert, Dr. Kernaghan, and Dr. Travis to create a super-group of thinkers and mentors to aid me in my current research on abortion speech."


Women's Studies



Research Interests

  • Ethnography
  • Political Speech
  • First Amendment

Academic Awards

  • N/A


  • Yes Means Yes: Positive Sexuality Seminar
  • UF YELS alumni


  • I.D.E.A.S.

Hobbies and Interests

  • Painting
  • Hiking
  • Dogs

Research Description

Differing Legal Understandings Inside the Courtroom and Outside of Abortion Providers
In the summer of 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided, unanimously, that the buffer zone outside of a Boston abortion provider is unconstitutional. The unanimity of this decision in an often split Court grabbed my attention. My project explores the motivations of protesters outside of abortion providers, and attempts to understand abortion speech in the nuance between the decisions of the Court, the thoughts of protesters, and how they work together to create the buffer zone on Commonwealth Ave. in Boston, Massachusetts.