Mentor: Dr. Laurie Gries
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"While studying in my program at UF, I have gained a heightened awareness for many social issues--such as sexism, colonialism, racism--that have roots in social customs dating back centuries. I have also realized that, in order to begin to change local and global perceptions, an essential step in attaining equitable treatment of all humans, within and across borders, a strong grasp of practical research concepts is needed to contribute to solutions for these issues, many of which are, inaccurately, assumed truths about society. I applied to USP in order to gain practical knowledge and experience in conducting research, and I intend for my project to become a jumping-off point for further research pursuits."
Gender and Identity Studies
Masculinity and Media Studies
Feminist and Rhetorical Theory
All-USA Academic Team
2009 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar
2009 President's Award Lake-Sumter Community College
2009 Academic Excellence Award - Social Science Lake-Sumter Community College, 2008
Hobbies and Interests
- Playing Guitar
Masculinity in Fishing Culture
Gender research has expanded considerably in recent decades, but relatively little research has considered gender in relation to recreational fishing. My project explores the intersection between recreational fishing and masculinity studies through media and discourse analysis of several popular Florida fishing Web sites. Research in this area is important not only to gain a deeper understanding of social issues of identity management and progression toward gender equity, but can also help to understand the social state of fishing, one of Florida's most environmentally and economically significant leisure activities, in in order to understand how local factors can resemble or differ from global trends.