Dylan Grubb '16
The Unauthorized Autobiography of Bethlehem Pennsylvania
Major/minor: Major in Sociology, Minor in Peace and Justice Studies
Hometown: Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Project mentors: Dr. Daniel Jasper and Dr. Kelly Denton Borhaug
- Briefly describe your SOAR project.
This project was the study of Bethlehem's socioeconomic history as a way to demonstrate how different economic systems work in small scale democracies. I used Memoirs found in the Moravian archives, the steelworkers' archives and other various resources as primary sources to provide a more personal look into Bethlehem's socioeconomic history.
- What motivated you to participate in SOAR?
I was intrigued by Bethlehem's History, and I believed from the start that Bethlehem was an important part of American history.
- What are the results of your work on this project?
An in-depth analysis proved that the pursuit of democracy does not coincide with American Capitalism; in fact, the two seem to work against one another.
- What are your personal takeaways from the project? And do you plan to continue work on this project after SOAR?
I took away a summer full of knowledge. I learned so much about America by researching Bethlehem's history, and I plan to continue my writing in this field.
- What clubs/sports/activities/community service are you involved in?
I am a brother and philanthropic chair of Omicron Gamma Omega, and I previously participated in the Impact Mentoring Program.
- Briefly, what are your future plans and career goals?
I hope to attend graduate school, pursue social work and teach sociology.