COVID-19 Update

Rutgers University has moved teaching online for the remainder of the semester. For all those enrolled in classes, all instructors should have provided you with information on how to best contact them during this period. If you have more general departmental inquiries, please contact one of us using the email addresses below. Take care, all.

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Recent Senior Honors Projects


The 2020 Honors presentations will be on April 29, 2020 in our department library.  Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to attend.



'Less from a Box, More from the Earth: Exploring Clean Eating in Everyday Life'
Julia Wasilewski
Advisor: Dr. Eviatar Zerubavel and Dr. Norah MacKendrick

Help Seeking Behavior: What Influences Undergraduates to Seek Medical Treatment?
Victoria Echevarria
Advisor: Dr. Sharon Bzostek and Dr. Eleanor LaPointe

Community-Based Organizations at the Forefront of Disaster Response
Miah Hagood
Advisor: Dr. Lee Clarke

Examining College Honors Identities and Intergroup Relations
Kristina Laya
Advisor: Dr. Kristen Springer



Rhythmic Patterns: Former Soviet Musicians as Immigrants in the United States 
Michelle Fradkin
Advisor: Dr. József Böröcz

The Impact of Social Interaction on the International Student Experience
Adesuwa E. Igbinovia
Advisor: Dr. Paul McLean

Representation of Gun Control in Cable News Media
Suchismita Lohani
Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Dowd

The Role of Stigma in the Perception of Mental Illness
Victoria Gonzalez
Advisor: Dr. Jorie Hofstra



Can you Keep It Down? The Impact of Public Transportation Courtesy Campaigns on Perceived Consensus
Aleksandra Wec
Advisors: Dr. Stephen Brechin and Dr. Hana Shepherd

Constructions of Identity Among Multilinguals: The Case of Turkish and Korean Speakers
Hayrunnisa Kalac
Advisor: Dr. Paul McLean

Social Capital: A Tool For Indian Immigrant Workers and Entrepreneurs in Co-ethnic Restaurants
Zachary L. Del Rosso
Advisors: Dr. Jozsef Borocz, Dr. Judith Gerson

Women, Politics and Power: Influences on the Decision to Run for Political Office
Arielle Mizrahi
Advisor: Dr. Patricia A. Roos 

Extrication from the Ex-Role
Frederick Cacace
Advisor:  Dr. Eviatar Zerubavel



Perceptions of Multiracial Identities
Sarah Castro
Advisor: Dr. Catherine Lee  and Dr. Julie Phillips

Social Influences on Disaster Risk Communication
Azdren Coma
Advisor: Dr. Lee Clarke

Leadership Types and Group Development
Sean Miralles
Advisor: Dr. Paul McLean

Student Perception of the College Athlete Experience
John Curtis
Advisor: Dr. Steven Brechin

Tipping the Scales: An Examination of Weight Bias in Introduction to Psychology Textbooks
Brianna Florovito
Advisor: Dr. Patricia Roos



Ability Threat and Choice of Academic Major
Tracy Ng
Advisor: Dr. Steven Brechin

Differences among Media Portrayals and Medical Definitions of OCD from 1980-2014
Nicholas Kiriakatos
Advisor: Dr. Allan Horwitz

How Class Background Conditions the Undergraduate Experience at Rutgers
Christopher Froberg
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Rudel

Cultural Representations of Gender in Literary Education
Kristen Ferris
Advisors: Dr. Hana Shepherd and Dr. Deborah Carr

Resistance to Social Change
Kathy Smith
Advisor: Dr. Paul McLean

Railroaded: The Examination of the Lives of the Innocent after Prison
Jacquelyn McFarland
Advisors: Dr. Patrick Carr and Dr. Julie Phillips



Segregation and Inequality in Non-Residential Movement Patterns
Kevin Dahaghi
Advisor: Lauren Krivo

Human-Animal Relationships and Social Media
Gina Giacobbe
Advisor: Hana Shepherd

Potential Correlations Between Rap/Hip-Hop and Neighborhood
Peter Habib
Advisor: Zaire Dinzey-Flores

Perceptions of and Patterns Found in Sorority and Fraternity Hazing
Alexandra Henninger
Advisor: Sarah Rosenfield

Gentrification as Segregation in Asbury Park, NJ
Alyssa Maio
Advisor: Richard Williams

Fair Discipline in NJ Public High Schools
Conrad Stepien
Advisor: Paul Hirschfield



The stigma of schizophrenia: Understanding the impact of race, gender, and labeling on stigmatizing attitudes toward people with schizophrenia
Megan Bolton
Advisor: Dr. Catherine Lee

Minority high school student preparation for four-year college acceptance
Laura Callejas
Advisor: Dr. D. Randall Smith

The impact of family structure and familial stability on problem behaviors among boys and girls
Kristen E. Hagemann
Advisors: Dr. Lauren Krivo and Dr. Sharon Bzostek

African-American women and the Leadership Scholars Program
Lizethe Martinez
Advisor: Dr. Kristen Springer

Growing up Druze: The role of religion in the construction and maintenance of identity among American-born Druze
Carol Sharrouf
Advisor: Dr. Judith Gerson

The impact of network topology and the navigation of norms on popularity on the social networking site, Reddit
Charles Tong
Advisor: Dr. Paul McLean



The Popularity of NFL Players in Social Media
David Einhorn
Advisor: Dr. Allan V. Horwitz

Drawing the Line: Racial Delineation and the U.S. Census
Rachel Moseson
Advisor: Dr. Eviatar Zerubavel

Effects of Support On First Motherhood
Dina Lippey
Advisor: Dr. Judith Friedman

Attitudes Toward American Culture
Nadia Rahi
Advisor: Dr. Richard Williams



Big Box Retailer: Harmless Chain or Community Pain?
Justine Abrams
Advisors: Dr. Robyn Rodriguez and Dr. Deborah Carr

From Corsets to Jumpers: School Uniform Policies and the Construction of Gender
Nicole Auffant
Advisor: Dr. Pat Roos

Measuring Food Access in New Brunswick
Rachel Kenselaar
Advisor: Dr. Julie Phillips

Green Dynamics and Decisions within Households
Victoria Nielsen
Advisor: Dr. Tom Rudel



Identifying Perceptions of School Safety Through Demographic, School, and Community Characteristics
Carolyn Nicodemo
Advisor: Dr. Patrick Carr

The Identity of Anorexia
Lyndsi Silberman
Advisors: Dr. Allan Horwitz and Dr. Joanna Kempner

Sex Trafficking in Thailand
Nicole Bassi
Advisor: Dr. Zakia Salime

The Role of Weight History in the Construction of Weight Confidence
Christopher Hedges
Advisor: Dr. Deborah Carr

Media Representations of Missing Person Cases
Nicole O'Connor
Advisor: Dr. Arlene Stein

Racial and Ethnic Identity Motivators for Joining Culturally Based Greek Organizations
Nandita Ghosh
Advisor: Dr. Richard Williams

What's in a label? Determinants of Stigmatizing Attitudes toward Delinquents
Samantha Kerwin
Advisor: Dr. Paul Hirschfield

Just Plain White: Shifting from Ethno-Racial Markedness to Unmarkedness in Italian Immigrants
Albert Yin
Advisor: Dr. Eviatar Zerubavel

The Trials of War: Lt. Ehren Watada and the Asian American Movement
Kohshi Itagaki
Advisor: Dr. Robyn Rodriguez

Everything In Its Right Place: The Sociocognitive Categorization of Music
Joshua Baker
Advisor: Dr. Eviatar Zerubavel



Gender in Elementary Education
Kate O'Malley
Advisor: Dr. Judith Gerson

Why Are Black Brides Less Happy?
Jennifer Vergeon
Advisor: Ellen Idler

Barriers to Healthcare: How the Lack of Insurance Damages General Health
Naomi Anacius
Advisor: Dr. Zaire Dinzey-Flores

How Does Hezbollah Use Rhetoric and Media to Gain Popular Support?
Derek Ludovici
Advisor: Dr. Paul McLean

Identity and Gender Depiction on Facebook
Grace Sang-Eun Hong
Advisor: Dr. Ethel Brooks