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Students present at Southern Sociological Society


Updated: 04-30-2014


Five Sociology students, Benjamin Coke, Anais Hardon, Victoria Maddox, Meghan Marzullo and Joseph Morovich, along with mentor Bradley Koch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology recently presented a paper at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society.  Held in Charlotte, North Carolina, the conference is the largest regional academic gathering. The title of the joint paper was “Re-Appropriating the Devil’s Music: Christian Identities and Aggressive Musics.”  In their research, the authors seek to understand the seemingly contradictory identities of the performers and consumers of Christian aggressive music.  

According to Dr. Koch “the students had the opportunity to present some preliminary, exploratory findings from their multi-method study that was conceptualized and advanced during their Senior Capstone class.  There are three aims of the Capstone course.  First, the students get hands-on experience doing research with a faculty member.  Second, the students walk away from the course with the bones of a research project that they will refine the following semester in the Senior Seminar course.  Finally, the faculty member benefits from the labor of the students on a research project that, working at a teaching-oriented liberal arts college, he otherwise would not likely be able to pursue. It is mutually beneficial.”

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