The Global Identities Research Lab

The Global Identities Research Lab is a group of five students, mentored by Dr. Janelle Peifer, studying the many ways in which a person’s identity can affect their life. These students worked hard to get into this program, applying and interviewing, then creating their studies and putting them into action. The subjects of their studies cover a broad range of identities, including gender, sexuality, immigration status, schooling background, and political views. Many of the students’ samples come from the Agnes Scott campus, an ideal place due to the variety of people here. Dr. Peifer and her students are having fun learning about themselves and others in these engaging studies.

The Students

Amie Mbye is a 4th year undergraduate student in the Neuroscience department at Agnes Scott College.  Having grown up in a Gambian American household, she has experienced first hand how being grounded in a culture has the potential to shape a person's life. Amie’s current research in the Global Identities Lab explores parental influence on the mental health and career choice of first generation immigrant college students. Outside of the lab, Amie enjoys scribing at Emory, painting, and writing for her fashion blog.

Kristina Kimball is a sophomore majoring in political science at Agnes Scott College. Kristina engages in political and social activism through photography. Her current research was inspired by this activism, through which Kristina aims to examine the isolation that may be felt by religious individuals on a politically liberal college campus in order to spark the development of embracive social change.

Erika McDonnell is a Canadian student majoring in Psychology in her junior year at Agnes Scott College. Having completed high school at a United World College, lived in four different countries, and travelled to twelve more, internationalism is a major component of Erika’s personal identity. Erika’s current research explores transition from United World College into the real world and what that might mean for its graduates, in terms of mental healthy, social life, and academic and/or professional trajectory. When not studying or keeping in touch with friends around the world, Erika loves to swing dance, travel (her next destination is Colombia), and bake delicious food.

Anner Harris is a 4th year undergraduate student in the Neuroscience Department at Agnes Scott College. Her research interests include both molecular neuroscience and human perception in psychology. As a member of the Global Identities lab, her current research seeks to examine if a small, liberal arts campus, such as Agnes Scott, has an impact on the way in which students perceive their gender identification. Outside of lab, she enjoys listening to music and playing her violin.