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Sociology Student Researcher to be Published in “Streetnotes”


Riverdale, N.Y. – An article written by Mount senior Michelle Salas, along with LinDa Saphan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, has been accepted for publication in a Spring 2016 special edition of Streetnotes, entitled Public Space: Between Spectacle and Resistance.

Streetnotes is a biannual peer-reviewed journal for the interdisciplinary study of the City, its life-ways, and social relations, with a special concern for the cultural and aesthetic forms that arise through its traffic. Ms. Salas’ article, “Bryant Park, New York: Strangers in Public Spaces,” aims to observe and understand visitors to Bryant Park, their relationship to the space, and their use of technology—particularly their smartphones. Through direct observations conducted in the Spring and Summer of 2015, she collected data on a number of people who visited the park, the duration of their stay, and how they used personal technologies. The collaborative effort between Ms. Salas and Dr. Saphan helped to reveal new information about the diminishing role of face-to-face interaction with both people and the environment in urban spaces.

The Department of Sociology continually encourages student and faculty collaboration for research. Earlier this year, Ms. Salas had the opportunity to present her study at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference in November of 2015. Fellow senior Cathleen Rozario also collaborated with Dr. Saphan on research that was presented at MAPACA. Ms. Rozario’s study, “Nannies in New York City,” highlights the importance of the work that nannies do, their dedication, and their relationship with the mothers they assist, which offers a new perspective on urban childcare. Her research included interviews of 16 mothers and nannies, supplemented by 50 additional interviews conducted by classmates.

“Attending the MAPACA conference was a great opportunity for our Mount students,” said Dr. Saphan. “Our undergraduates were able to interact with scholars in the field of urban sociology, and they were able to promote and share the high-quality research conducted at the Mount. Many presenters, session chairs, and area chairs were impressed by the students’ serious fieldwork and deep analysis of data. I am thankful that the College supports opportunities for students to continue learning outside the classroom.”

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