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Ella McCalidaine

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Ella McCalidaine

Ella McCalidaine is an undergraduate student at Eastern Washington University, with a major focus in Sociology, and minor focuses in Criminology and Psychology. My Associate of Arts was obtained with a Presidential Honor Roll record and Phi Theta Kappa membership at Spokane Falls Community College, with an early emphasis on Social Sciences. Currently, I am working toward my Bachelor of Arts at EWU with enrollment on the Dean's List, and have been awarded the Ronald E. McNair Scholarship. I anticipate completion of my research project by next fall, which will analyze communication utilized to escape intimate partner violence situations, and how it may have evolved during IPV decline over the last two decades.

I am interested in the circular impact between collective behavior and stratification, shaped through race, class, and gender. My life-path has wound through moments that included both poverty and surviving domestic violence, and well as complex experiences involving class and gender conformity. These have given me a subjective insight for foreground-interpretive research arguments, to understand and explore the forces that shape our lives through reinforced social institutions. Cultural capital and its dramatic influence on higher education is a topic of academic curiosity as well, particularly with regard to concepts such as resource deprivation, authority difference and 'New World anxiety'. I also intend to engage in research analyzing intra-cultural conflict and contradictory motivations found in gender non-conforming social groups.

Other areas of interest include altruism, morality and social solidarity from a secular-humanist perspective, viewed through a lens informed by Durkheim's concepts such as social facts and Anomie. I have experienced a range of religious institutions throughout the entirety of my life, including Tibetan Buddhism, fundamentalist Evangelical Christianity, and Neo-Paganism. These experiences have manifested into a curiosity for how philosophies and religions inform seemingly contradictory views on others and self.

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