What’s So Funny? Andrew Cawley ’17 Investigates Social Criticism in Stand-up Comedy


Andrew Cawley ’17

Andrew Cawley had somewhat of a funny job this summer. He spent his days alternately laughing and taking notes as he watched videos of stand-up comedy.

Cawley, an English and environmental studies major, did independent research looking at identity and social criticism in stand-up comedy. He was supported by a Surdna Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship and advised by Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English Tess Chakkalakal.

Cawley is one of more than 200 students who lived on campus this summer. Many of these students received fellowships from Bowdoin to pursue in-depth research in their major. These projects often continue into the academic year as independent studies or honors projects. Read more about Cawley’s research.

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