Ph.D., Sociology Department

Rachel Wildfeuer’s planned dissertation will analyze the influence of place in the United States using the concept of the American Dream. Rachel plans to explore the extent to which place matters for the American Dream (confidence in it and achievement of it) because of the people that live there, because of the context of the place, and because of changes over time. Her digital project will include textual analysis of the concept of the American Dream and mapping geocoded data to visualize the influence of place.