Q&A with Lindsay Pehmoeller '10

Where did the idea for your research project come from?
After taking Arabic classes at IC and spending a semester in Jordan my sophomore year, I started looking around and realizing that, though there were obviously Muslim students on campus, they didn't seem to have much of a visible presence. I was curious as to why that was. I wanted to investigate why Muslim students were not creating a visible identity on campus.

What were your findings?
I found that these students saw themselves as typical Ithaca College students. They tend to be very active and to identify more strongly with the groups they affiliated with -- sports teams, res life, their friends -- than with being Muslim.

How did your education at Ithaca College contribute to your success?
I think studying anthropology and politics really taught me how to approach people and ask questions well, how to interrogate a subject and look at it from all angles and to look at it critically, to ask tough questions and pursue the answers. I learned how to learn and how to listen. I came into college with some idea of that, but I have refined that even more. I'm very thankful for that. It's a great jumping off point for me.

You’ve just graduated. What’s next for you?
I will be moving on to grad school. I'm beginning a master's program in Middle East studies at George Washington University. IC really prepared me for what I will be doing in grad school. I'm very comfortable with taking initiative academically and studying what I want to study. There was always great support for whatever I was doing.

Originally published in KnowLedges, Volume 11, Number 1, Summer 2010: Q&A with Lindsay Pehmoeller '10
Lindsay Pehmoeller '10 in Washington, D.C.