Sidnie E. Howard

Sidnie E. Howard
Sociology and Spanish
Skaneateles, NY

As a senior, I reflect upon my academic and personal growth throughout the past four years, and am grateful for the experiences St. Lawrence has offered me. The coursework for my Spanish and Sociology double major has been both rewarding and compelling.

I decided to concentrate in Sociology my freshman year after volunteering at the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation. This experience initiated my dedication to study social, political, and economic mechanisms of injustice that face society today. I am currently working on an honors thesis with Dr. Abye Assefa, regarding the harmful effects of environmental pollution on the Akwesasne Reservation nearby industrial plants. The crux of my thesis is to the address concrete disposition of the reservation, which is rooted in ever-evolving historical dynamics and why its peculiar status is integral to the commoditization process of nature.

As sociology major, I have been most interested in studying World-Systems Analysis, political economy, cultural studies, and have been influenced by scholars such as Immanuel Wallerstein and Karl Polanyi. Additionally, my Spanish coursework has been equally impactful, particularly my semester abroad at the University of Costa Rica. I am currently enjoying working as a Spanish T.A.

It is my hope to continue my studies and achieve a Doctorate Degree in Sociology. For now, however, I am enjoying my remaining time here at St. Lawrence.