Student Research

Senior Capstones

Omari Johnson ’21, is a native of Goose Creek, South Carolina. He is a sociology and anthropology major with a minor in computer science. During his time at Wofford Johnson has been a member of the Wofford football program and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Johnson’s research focuses on gender socialization and the factors that alter the way people perceive and understand gender. Johnson plans to attend law school after graduating from Wofford.

Ashlyn Fox ’21, a psychology and sociology and anthropology major from Boone, North Carolina, conducted research looking at childhood trauma and the value of play therapy. To get a better understanding of this topic she read literature and analyzed previous research focused on the long-term effects of childhood trauma. In addition to the effects of trauma, she examined past research on the use of play therapy with children who had suffered from trauma. Fox plans on attending graduate school after graduation to become a clinical counselor and a certified play therapist. She believes her research will help her understand how to work more effectively with children who have experienced trauma.

Alexandria Hill ’21, a government and sociology and anthropology double major from Augusta, Georgia, will attend law school after graduating from Wofford. During her time at Wofford, she was on Campus Union and was the president of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. Hill’s research focuses on underfunded schools and the short- and long-term impacts they have on the students that attend them.

Ben Zeigler ’21, is an anthropology and economics student. His studies specifically focus on the intersection of how changing technology affects the way people live and work, and additionally how non-traditional financial markets (crypto currency exchanges) affect access to capital. Most recently Zeigler has been an engaged student in the emergence of AI and is currently conducting research on how patterns of bias in human behavior are now being replicated in systems and everyday tools, including search engine algorithms (Google, Baidu, Bing, etc.). Prior to his time at Wofford College, Zeigler enjoyed athletics such as wrestling, lacrosse and football. He’s keenly interested in environmental issues and can frequently be found fly fishing and enjoying contemplative time outdoors. He values the leadership and technical skills he developed while completing experiential studies at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming. He is a certified scuba diver, active skier and rock climber. Zeigler was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, in a family of six who all shared many of his outdoor interests.

Samantha Wei ’21, is a psychology and sociology and anthropology major from Irmo, South Carolina. Her research this semester is focused on the increase in hate crimes toward Asian communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through interviews with Asian and Asian American students at Wofford, her research focused on the question, “In what ways has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted students?” After graduation, Wei plans to teach English abroad before potentially going to graduate school.

Louissa Pfundt ’21, is a sociology and anthropology major from Atlanta, Georgia. She has studied human trafficking throughout her time at Wofford and through study abroad with DIS in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research is focused on human trafficking in the United States and how our society needs to change to better address the issues that human trafficking causes, as well as ways to prevent it. After graduation Pfundt wants to work for a nonprofit combatting human trafficking and then move to a government path in Homeland Security or potentially the United Nations.

Jalen Carter ’21, is a psychology and sociology and anthropology double major with a minor in philosophy from Clinton, South Carolina. He was a student advocate within Wofford’s judicial system, a Gateway Scholar and former president of the Wofford Men of Color. Carter was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and is a recipient of the James E. Seegars Award for psychology. Upon graduation he plans to attend law school. His research concerns Black and African American college students’ mental health and use of hashtag activism after the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Channing Houser ’21, is a sociology and anthropology major from Bridgeport, Connecticut. While at Wofford he has worked two jobs, one as a coordinator for a nonprofit organization in the Northside community that fights for food security. His research pertains to the impact that local nonprofits, specifically Foodshare Spartanburg, has on the Northside community and the customers that they serve, primarily during the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon graduation, Houser plans to work at Foodshare Spartanburg full-time and within the next year attend graduate school.

Liz Dorn ’21, is a biology and sociology and anthropology double major from Greenwood, South Carolina. She will be working as a registered behavior technician after college with the hopes of pursuing a masters in ABA therapy. While at Wofford, Dorn has been involved with the yearbook committee and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Her research this semester is focused on mental health among students at Wofford College, with an emphasis on depressive symptoms.

Allie Griffeth ’21, is a sociology and anthropology major with a minor in history from Simpsonville, South Carolina. She is currently the new member educator in Mu Beta Psi, the music service fraternity on campus that she helped reinstall this past fall. She was an RA her sophomore and junior years, which taught her how to be a leader within her community. Her research is centered around the experiences that bisexuals have within the LGBTQ community, but also how they are discussed within research. This topic is important to Griffeth because she is a bisexual and she is passionate about people becoming more aware of the experiences those in the LGBTQ+ community face.

Jurnee Jones-Holcombe ’21, a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, is majoring in government and sociology and anthropology. She is a student representative on the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion steering committee. She served her peers in Campus Union through various elected positions and is a student advocate in the Judicial Commission. In the community, Jones-Holcombe works with the Spartanburg Clergy Initiative and the Spartanburg Police Department to promote positivity among young people and healthy relationships with law enforcement. She also is a mentor to local high schoolers in the iCan Mentor Program through the Spartanburg County Foundation. Most recently she became a consultant for cultural responsiveness for May River High School, her alma mater. Additionally, Jones-Holcombe is a member of Wofford Women of Color, the string ensemble and the Wofford Anti-Racism Coalition. After graduating she plans to attend law school. Her research is centered on the social factors influencing Black voter participation in Georgia.

Alycia Gould ’21, is a biology and sociology and anthropology double major from Spartanburg, South Carolina. She will attend Quinnipiac University’s pathology assistant program after graduation. Gould is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and numerous other clubs and organizations on campus. Her research focuses on the idea of female beauty and body image, specifically that of the United States and Southeast Asia.

Elizabeth Thomas ’21, is a sociology and anthropology major with a minor in music vocal performance. She is from Ninety Six, South Carolina. In May she will be commissioning into the U.S. Army Adjutant General Corps as a second lieutenant on active duty. Thomas is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority on campus and is the founding president of the Kappa chapter of Mu Beta Psi, a music service fraternity.

Brandy Barnes ’21, is a senior Sociology and Anthropology major with a minor in French from Jackson, MS. She currently serves her community as the Vice Chair of Wofford’s Judicial Commission and senior staff member of Wofford Residence Life. A former Wofford Rifle Team Member, Brandy now assists Wofford’s Athletic Training Program working as an Athletic Training Student for the Football Team. She is also a member of Wofford Women of Color, the Black Student Alliance, and recently served as a mentor to a local high schooler in the iCan Mentor Program. After graduating, Brandy hopes to attend Physician’s Assistant school and in the future specialize in Neonatology and in the field of Sports Medicine. Brandy’s research focuses on the differing rates of maternal mortality and low infantile birth weights in Black women and infants as opposed to white women and infants and what are other potential causes to higher rates other than pre-existing conditions.

Nefi Aguilar ’21, is a senior Sociology and Anthropology and Spanish double major from Elkin, NC. While at Wofford, Aguilar has actively participated in the Organization of Latin American Students, as a volunteer interpreter for the Spartanburg nonprofit AccessHealth Spartanburg, a volunteer tax preparer through SaveFirst SC, and has assisted with research which aims to measure the magnitude and durability of intercultural learning achieved through study abroad experiences. After graduation, Aguilar plans to take a gap year and work full-time within the nonprofit/human services sector.

Hana Barazi ’21, is a senior first generation Sociology and Anthropology major with a minor in Finance. At Wofford she has been involved with Wofford Companions, an organization bringing students and special needs adults together, all four years and served as President for two years. She also served as President of the Amnesty International student chapter for two years. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and has participated in community organizing projects during her time here. She has conducted research as a part of a NSF program regarding gentrification in Galveston Texas, representing Sociology as a STEM field in the program. Hana currently works as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist with autistic children and once she graduates she intends to continue this work to become a BCBA-D. Her end goal is to create a holistic resource program for autistic individuals with an emphasis on supporting their transition to adulthood as well as self advocacy groups.