Document Type



Master of Arts


American Studies

First Adviser

Krasas, Jacqueline

Other advisers/committee members

Peterson, James


The purpose of this research is to get an in depth pilot qualitiative study on how black women view their bodies in predominately white institutions. The case study will be at Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. It is to see if there are ways for black women in predominately white institutions to be able to talk about body image issues and feel as though there is a safe space for them. It is to hopefully debunk the myth that body image issues are a “white women’s” issue. This study is to give black women a voice because they are always being silenced by society. There is the hope that this study will help black women receive the necessary resources to help them overcome body image issues without the scruntity or stigma that comes with it. It is to educate people on this social issue that is generally not talked about