Ilana Gershon


SURF Mentoring

Potential projects/topics: Have you ever wondered why so many American families have relatives who are estranged? What are the reasons that people decide never to talk to their kin again? I am at the early stages of a research project on when and how relatives become estranged, and I am looking for someone to do a literature review on estrangement, as well as collecting and analyzing media accounts of estrangement. I am looking for someone who has a high tolerance for reading advice columns, reddit feeds about family problems, Tiktok videos about parent/child conflicts, and is generally good at finding patterns in how people talk about social problems.

Potential skills gained: discourse analysis; narrative analysis; social behavioral pattern recognition

Required qualifications: None

Direct mentor: Faculty/P.I.

Student Project Titles List

Exploring Taxonomic Stereotypes: Unraveling their Daily Impact on Personality Analysis

Research Areas

employment; new media; work; breakups; neoliberalism