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CAMD Scholar Program

The CAMD Scholar Program is an opportunity for selected Phillips Academy students to pursue independent summer research projects related to diversity and multiculturalism.  Students work closely with a faculty advisor as well as the program coordinator during spring term to focus and shape projects that will be developed and completed during the summer. CAMD Scholars write a significant research paper in the summer and make a presentation to the PA community during the subsequent school year.

2017 - 2018 Scholars

John Moreland (Sept 29, 2017)
The Evolution of Community Within the Music Departments of Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paige Roberts

Kabir Nagral (Oct 27, 2017)
Blind Justice: A Model for the Socio-Economic Development of the Millions of Blind Students in India
Faculty Advisors: Ms. Susanne Torabi and Mr. Michael Barker

Young Ha “Sparky” Yoo (Dec 8, 2017)
“The New White Flight”: A Paradox of Ethnoracial Achievement
Faculty Advisor: Mr. Noah Rachlin

Abdu Donka (Barbara Landis Chase CAMD Scholar)* (Jan 15, 2018 - MLK Jr. Day)
Technology and the Civil Rights Movement: A Study of How Television influenced the CRM in 1954-1968
Faculty Advisor: Ms. Sarah Driscoll

Emily Ndiokho (Feb 2, 2018 - Black Arts Weekend: 2/16-17, 2018)
Super Black: An Analysis of the History and Evolution of Race in Black Superheroes in Comic Books
Advisor: Dr. Marisela Ramos

2016 - 2017 Scholars

in KEMPER @ 6:30 PM

October 7, 2016
Nadha Illikkal
The Clash of Faith and Education: Examining Muslim Student Experiences at New England Board Schools in the Post-911 World
(advisor: Mr. David Fricke)

December 2, 2016
Alexandria Ma
Fresh Off the Boat: The Effect of Acculturative Stress on the Mental Health of Asian International Students
(advisor: Dr. Sandra Lopez-Morales

January 16, 2017 (MLK Jr. Day)
Valerie Zhang (BLC CAMD Scholar)
Asian American Identity: The Context Provided by the Arts for Interracial Activism
(advisor: Dr. Onaje Woodbine)

2015 - 2016 Scholars

in KEMPER @ 6:30 PM

September 25, 2015
Claire Glover
Journeys Home, Echoes of Heritage
(advisor: John Palfrey)

October 30, 2015
Carson Wardell
The Rise of Islamophobia and the Integration of Muslims in France
(advisor: Claire Gallou)

January 18, 2016
Alexis Lefft (BLC CAMD Scholar)
The Predominantly White Institution and its Role in the Identity Formation of African American Students
(advisor: Onaje Woodbine)

February 12, 2016
Ashley Scott
Spirituals and the Inversion of the African American Church
(advisor: Anne Gardner)

February 19, 2016
Joon Ho “Jake” Kim
Addressing the Threats of the Hierarchy Culture to the Well-Being of Korean Teenagers
(advisor: Susanne Torabi)

2014 - 2015 Scholars

Tuesday, Sept. 30
Thea Rossman
A Race Apart: Discovering Whiteness in Appalachian America
(advisor: Christopher Jones)

Friday, Oct. 17
Devontae Freeland
The Unwanted: Comparing the Socio-Politics of African Americans and Spanish Gitanos in the post-Civil Rights and post-Franco Era
(advisor: LaShonda Long)

Monday, Jan. 19
Kailash Sundaram
Wealth, Knowledge, But Little Power: an Examination of the Lack of Indian-American Political Activism
(advisor: Theodore Parker)

Friday, Jan. 30
Carrie Ingerman - BLC Scholar
Impact of individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on Secondary School Education
(advisor: Susanne Torabi)

Friday, Feb. 13
Joyce (Xinyi) Wang
Unreachable Schools, Invisible Hope – An Examination of the Limited Educational Resources of Migrant Children in Mainland China
(advisor: Susanne Torabi)

2013 - 2014 CAMD Scholars

Friday, September 27
Djavaneh “DJ” Bierwirth
The Green Movement: An Examination of Online Media Censorship and its Implications on the Political Sphere of 21st Century Iran
(advisor: Susanne Torabi – International Student Coordinator)

Friday, January 31
Zoe Chazen
Taglit-Birthright Israel: Universalizing the Israel Experience
(advisor: Michael Swarttz – Jewish Chaplain)

Friday, February 14
Harshita Gaba
A Mother’s Worst Nightmare: The Examination of Gendercide in India
(advisor: Tracy Ainsworth – Instructor, History and Social Science)

The 2012 – 2013 CAMD Scholars

October 28, 2012
Sung Woo Hong ’13 —“North Korean Political Prisoner Camps: An Examination of Politics and Human Rights” (advisor: Susanne Torabi — International Student Coordinator)

January 11, 2013
Nikita Singareddy ’13 (BLC CAMD Scholar*) —“The Perversion of the American Dream: Deconstructing Media Portrayals of Immigrant Sex Workers Through Their Own Voices” (advisor: Carol Israel — Associate Director of Graham House Counseling Center and Instructor, Psychology)

* The BLC CAMD Scholar will research an aspect of race relations or human rights in the United States, with preference for a project that addresses the issue from an historical perspective.

January 21, 2013
Lazola Nyamakazi ’13 —“What Happened to the Rainbow Nation: Xenophobia in South Africa” (advisor: Temba Maqubela — Assistant Head of Academics; Dean of Faculty; Instructor, Chemistry)

February 15, 2013
Angela Leocata ‘13 —“The American Reality: The Effect of Socioeconomic Class on the Educational Process” (advisor: Lou Bernieri — Instructor, English; Director, Andover Bread Loaf)

CAMD SCHOLARS -- 2011-2012

Gabriele Fisher ’13The Real Within the Virtual: The Evolution of Social Media and its Effects on LGBTQ Youth (advisor: Frank Tipton, Instructor, History and Social Science)
Friday, October 14, 2011

Apsara Iyer ’12 — The Impact of Archaeological Tourism on Indigenous Communities (advisor: Malinda Blustain, Director of the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology)
Friday, January 6, 2012

Miranda Haymon ’12 — The Evolution of the Black Thespian: Depictions of Blacks in the Post Civil Rights Era (advisor: Rebecca Sykes, Associate Head of School)
Monday, January 16, 2012

Seyoung Lee ’12 — Third Culture Kids: Global Nomads in Search of a Home (advisor: Susanne Torabi, International Student Coordinator)
Friday, January 27, 2012

CAMD SCHOLARS -- 2010-2011

Aazim Jafarey ’11 – “The Rise of Militant Islam in the Afghanistan/Pakistan Region.” Advisor: Susanne Torabi, International Student Coordinator

Hector Kilgoe ‘11 – “The School Bus: The Vehicle of Boston’s Desegregation Legacy.” Advisor: Barbara Landis Chase, Head of School and Instructor in History and Social Science

Matt Lloyd-Thomas ’12 – “Atheism in America: An Analysis on Nonbelievers.” Advisor: Frank Tipton, Instructor in History and Social Science

Jenny Zhou ’11 – “A+ Because I'm Asian: An Examination of the Model Minority Myth.” Advisor: Emma Frey, Instructor in History and Social Science

CAMD SCHOLARS – 2009-2010

Mandisa Mjamba ‘10 – "A Glimpse of South Africa: Through the Eyes of Its Youth."  Advisor:  Vuyelwa Maqubela, Instructor in English

Alessandra Powell ‘11 – “Dreams:  Lost in Translation?  The Impact of Immigration on Childhood Aspirations."  Advisor: Susanne Torabi, International Student Coordinator

Lily Shaffer ‘10 – “The Changing Face of Judaism:  A Search for Jewish Identity in North America."  Advisor: Rabbi Michael Swarttz, Chaplain

Bijan Torabi ‘10 – “The Stigma of Class."  Advisor: Thomas Kane, Instructor in English

Jae-Hyuk You ‘10 – “Asian Americans in US Politics."  Advisor: Christopher Jones, Instructor in History and Social Science

CAMD SCHOLARS – 2008-2009

Courtnie Crutchfield ’09 - "The Multiethnic Dilemma: Identity formation for the Latina, Afro-Latina, and African American."  Advisor: Carlos Hoyt, Associate Dean of Students

Radka Dancikova ’09 - "Retaining Cultural Identities: A Look at the Rusyn Community."  Advisor, Victor Svec, Instructor in Russian

Kimberly Kuoch ’09 - "Cambodian Immigrants in America."  Advisor: Aya Murata, Advisor to Asian and Asian American Students

Jane Thomas ’10 - "The Next Step: The Chotaw a Century After the Trail of Tears."  Advisor: Malinda Blustain, Director of the Peabody Museum

Tori Wilmarth ’09 - "White Privilege: A History and Its Role in Contemporary Education."  Advisor: Stephanie Curci, Instructor in English

CAMD SCHOLARS – 2007-2008

Britney Achin ’08 - “I Am:  A Study of Self-Identification Among Biracial Teenagers."  Advisor:  Elwin Sykes, Instructor in English

Jessica Cole ’08 - “A New Direction in Self-Expression: The Poetry Revolution."  Advisor:  Lou Bernieri, Instructor in English

Simone Hill ’08 - “Adversity to Diversity:  Understanding the Southern Experience."  Advisor: Barbara Chase, Head of School and Instructor in History and Social Science

Mary Krome ’09 - “Government Sponsored Education Programs for Spanish-Speaking Migrant Children in Florida." Advisor: Mark Cutler, Instructor in Spanish

Daniah Missmar ’09 - “Why Do They Hate Us?” Advisor: Randy Peffer, Instructor in English

Thomas Smyth ’08 - “Racial Quotas at Davidson Fine Arts:  1981—Future." Advisor:  Marlys Edwards, Dean of Students and Residential Life, and Instructor in English