Savannah Mandel

Mentor: Dr. Richard Kernaghan
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"Problems with human objectification are prolific in american society. When I first had this realization I knew I had to do something about it. I wanted to dig deeper into the motives for public subservience and obedience and better understand how such a command-based society still exists to this day. I went to my Consumer Culture Professor, who directed me to the brilliant Dr. Richard Kernaghan, and the rest is history!"




History/ Theories and Politics of Gender and Sexuality

Research Interests

  • Ethnography
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Politics and Morality

Academic Awards

  • Florida Medallion Scholars Award
  • Palm Beach State College Presidential Honors Scholarship
  • Florida Stewart Honors Scholarship
  • University Scholars Program Scholarshop


  • The Berry Site- Archaeological Field School
  • The Kula House


  • FLMNH Environment Archaeology Department
  • Church in the Gardens

Hobbies and Interests

  • Painting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ceramic Arts
  • Reading

Research Description

Honor Thy Consumer
My research project is a presentation of the results of an ethnographic study on the commodification of workers in the Florida Food industry and their reactions to consensual servitude. This is the collected oral histories of employees and their experiences, in a system of uneven reciprocity that Food Industry employment is founded on.