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Dan C

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Sociology, Education, Social Psychology

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Impact of K-Pop/Asian Media on Perceptions of Masculinity

This project explores how the popularization of K-Pop in western countries (i.e. BTS peaking at #1 on US Billboard in 2020) shapes perceptions of masculinity in the US. This is an increasingly interesting phenomenon as we explore how dominant ideas of masculinity are being challenged, especially at the college level (fraternities increasingly being disbanded by universities)! Even if you're not interested in K-pop specifically, this could be expanded to other forms of popular media like how Squid Game/Shang-Chi shapes masculinity. We can apply this to Asian American men specifically or compare other racial groups.

Race, Gender, or Sexuality in Schools

This project would examine how race, gender, or sexuality impact perceptions of different school processes. We could look at how these identities intersect to create different outcomes for different groups, or we could selectively look at how one identity becomes salient.

How do immigrants interact with one another? How do they shape the US?

Projects related to this question would examine how immigrants are shaping the US and how they are being shaped by the US. As immigrants continue to flow into the US and hail from increasingly diverse places, how do our understandings of diversity and interaction between immigrants change?

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