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Jarell Lee

Sociology and African American Studies

Class of 2010

I am a senior from Cleveland, OH, pursuing a joint degree in Sociology and African American Studies. Currently, I am writing a senior thesis investigating the impact hip-hop had in influencing young Black men to support Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election. This project is important because most hip-hop research observes the cultural effects of hip-hop, but my thesis will study the effects it has on attitudes, particularly political attitudes. I have truly enjoyed my classes in the African and African American Studies Department, and I really appreciate the relationships I have made with faculty members. These relationships and the courses I have taken have not only contributed to my thesis topic selection, but also, to my personal growth.