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Knighted: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

Knighted Journal issue 7
Issue 7

Welcome to Knighted: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research!


Welcome back to Knighted: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research! Our fifth annual edition brings together student scholarship from a variety of disciplines, including English, world history, natural science, and media studies. Knighted showcases the breadth and depth of undergraduate research at Middle Georgia State University. The Council for Undergraduate Research says that student research should make “an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” Our students’ scholarship, assembled in the pages that follow, unquestionably makes such a contribution as the scholars featured here engage with topics ranging from the criticism of the nineteenth century poetry of Emily Dickinson, to a historical review of Chinese Communist conversion tactics at the turn of the twentieth century, to a critical examination of twenty-first century video gaming. This year’s scholars have met the challenge of maintaining excellence in their field of studies while facing head-on the pressures that come with living in a post-COVID environment that has tested their ability to adapt and grow. We invite you to enjoy reading every article published in this issue of the journal.

Clay Morton, Professor of English

Lucia Palmer, Assistant Professor of Media and Communication

Managing Editors


Knighted: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research seeks to highlight the diverse array of fine undergraduate work being done across a wide variety of disciplines at Middle Georgia State University. The University's mission statement calls attention to “lifelong learners whose scholarship and careers enhance the region and the state,” and we believe that Knighted does precisely that by providing a public venue for students to demonstrate their research skills. Knighted is one among many initiatives at Middle Georgia State that fosters an academic environment and provides students opportunities to engage in exploration and application beyond the classroom. By going through the process of submission and peer review, students get an in-depth feel for the craft of scholarly research.

Editorial Board

  • Kathleen Burt (Department of English)
  • Mary Christian (Department of English)
  • Sharon Colley (Department of English)
  • Matthew Jennings (Department of History)
  • Claire Joa (Department of Media, Culture and the Arts)
  • Karmen Lenz (Department of English)
  • Bianca McBurse (Department of Nursing)
  • Charlotte Miller (Department of History)
  • LaRonda Sanders-Senu (Department of English)
  • John Trimboli (Department of Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Steven Wallace (Department of Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Pushpa Yadav (Department of Natural Sciences)

Submission Guidelines

The 2022-2023 call for papers is active. Students may submit original work that was completed during their undergraduate studies at Middle Georgia State University. Original research projects, including those developed in collaboration with faculty mentors, are welcome from all departments and disciplines. Faculty in the appropriate discipline will review all submissions. The best papers from the Undergraduate Conference are automatically accepted, and submissions to the conference are eligible for faculty review for possible inclusion. Typed manuscripts should be submitted as MSWord documents to They should be double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and in 12 point Times New Roman font. Illustrations, tables, and figure legends should be embedded within the text at the locations preferred by the authors. Citations should be formatted in the most recent editions of the citation style appropriate to their academic disciplines, e.g. MLA, Chicago, APA, etc. The chosen format must be used consistently throughout the manuscript. Each submission to the journal requires a faculty endorsement. The endorsing faculty member should email the managing editors at

EXTENDED DEADLINE: The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 17, 2023.