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Creighton is among only 42 universities in the country recognized for undergraduate opportunities for research, according to U.S. News & World Report. Here’s a snapshot of one student’s research project.

Title of research

“Daggers to daisies: Understanding cultural contexts of power and gender within American society through the needle of a tattoo gun”

Student Researcher

Anna Schroer; senior, double-majoring in history and health administration and policy; Leawood, Kansas

Faculty Mentor

Heather Fryer, PhD, Fr. Henry W. Casper, SJ, Professor of History

What It Means

A Dean’s Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship is allowing Schroer to explore the mid-20th century American cultural context of power and gender through the lens of tattooing. She is analyzing traditional American tattooing during World War II, which portrayed patriotism and military brotherhood, and explores how this phenomenon is seen as contributing to the generational divide between those with “honor” tattoos and those with “vanity” tattoos. She is studying the influence of the 1960s women’s liberation movement, and how women changed the perception and artistry of tattooing, and, ultimately, the influence tattoos have in American gender expression.