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Senior Work and Theses 2015

Jackie Park

"Women of Color Trouble: The Problem and Promise of Identity Politics and Feminist Activism at Middlebury College"
Through an analysis of interviews of students involved in Women of Color and feminist activism at Middlebury College, this thesis explores how notions of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality get situated in a single organization. Furthermore, it will examine the role oppression plays in identity formation and understanding coalition and solidarity. In other words, this work seeks to tease out the good, the bad, and the ugly of identity-based cultural organizations in a predominately White institution and how all of this is not just specific to a small organization in a small school in a small state. This thesis will also locate how understanding complexities and acknowledging messiness can lead to a crucial starting point in redirecting political organizing in a way that can really transform the status quo as well as maintain women of color’s well-beings and health.​

Alexandra Strott

"Driving Myself Crazy: A Feminist Meditation on Panic and Embodiment"

This creative/critical hybrid thesis focuses on the relationship between the pathology and lived experiences of panic, Panic Disorder, and other mental illnesses. In addition, it will show how Panic is embodied and how this embodiment is gendered, classed, and raced.  Through a collection of critical analysis, poetry, prose, and personal journal entries from the author (which will be treated as primary documents), this thesis aims to make accessible an intimate look at Panic as a queer phenomenon." 

Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

Chellis House Women's Resource Center
56 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753