What They Learned

A series exploring the thesis work of recent graduates.


Where They're Headed

A blog series detailing the post-graduation plans of the Class of 2015.

The Club Life @ Haverford

The Club Life @ Haverford

A series exploring the many varied student clubs on campus.


Cool Classes

A series highlighting interesting, unusual, and unique courses that enrich the Haverford College experience.


WHAT THEY LEARNED: Jessica Poling ’15

A New York Times article on art therapy in prison sparked her interest in the intersection of mental health and the arts, which led to her thesis comparing art therapy with the Outsider Art movement.

A Summer Bounty at the HaverFarm

Growing interest from students in sustainable, local food has led to an on-campus, student-run farm, which supplies food to Dining Services and a weekly farm stand.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Abigail Sweeney ‘15

She combined her education and religion studies for her thesis, “Reading The Fire Next Time and The Autobiography of Malcolm X: Religion and Multicultural Education in the High School Classroom.”

History Lesson: John Coleman Goes Undercover

In 1974, then-President of Haverford College John Coleman went undercover as a garbageman, sandwich maker, and construction worker for his book Blue Collar Journal, which later became the movie The Secret Life of John Chapman.


The anthropology major began the ethnographic fieldwork for her thesis on how Valparaíso residents respond to the urban changes that tourism triggers during her semester abroad in Chile.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Asha Warner ’15

A course taken during her sophomore year inspired the political science major and Mandarin Chinese minor for her thesis on “Farm Fresh Foods: A Policy Analysis of Local Food Programs.”

Where They’re Headed: Sarah Eppler-Epstein ’15

Sarah Eppler-Epstein’s mix of academic interests—public policy and criminal justice—perfectly suited her for her soon-to-begin career as a research assistant at the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington D.C.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Alison Reynolds ’15

For most of us, mosquitos are a nuisance, but not for biology major Alison Reynolds whose thesis research created a probe to track the expression of a certain gene in a specific type of the pesky bloodsucker.

WHAT THEY LEARNED: Catherine Casem ’15

Catherine Casem is looking towards a career in film production, but for her senior thesis the comparative literature major approached movies from a different angle, comparing the Paul Thomas Anderson film Magnolia with Marcel Proust’s seven-volume In Search of Lost Time.