Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Arts in Communication
erin d. mcclellan, Ph.D.
Amy Arellano, Ph.D.
Christina L. Ivey, Ph.D.
The following thesis is an autoethnographic look at codeswitching and passing in the children of immigrants. Specifically, this thesis uses methods of poetry, frameworks of re-photography, and narrative to investigate my personal experiences with these cultural phenomena over a lifetime. Grounding my work in theories on identity, culture, and co-cultural understandings, I investigate the evolution of my name from Paola, Paula, to Poe, as a representation of the length at which I attempted to assimilate and accommodate to the dominant group (U.S). It is my hope that this thesis helps to create community amongst those who have shared similar experiences and to bring light to those who have not known this experience.
Joya, Paola Andrea, ""Just Call Me Poe": An Autoethnographic Look at Codeswitching and Passing" (2019). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 1566.