Major Department

Journalism and Mass Communication


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Spring 2017

Honors Major Advisor

Travis Vogan

Thesis Mentor

Kevin Ripka


As the Spring 2017 semester rolled around, marking the time to begin my Departmental Honors Project, I couldn’t ignore what was happening in the world around me, begging to be captured: the political climate of the Midwest following the election of Donald Trump. I decided to use my camera to capture the political unrest and divide that was happening around me. Attending the Women’s March in Chicago is what really spurred this idea; as I walked along Michigan Avenue and State Street alongside citizens holding signs reading “Dump the Trump,” “No Human is Illegal,” “Black Lives Matter,” and more, I snapped candid photos of the largest protest in the city’s history; I realized that I was living in an important and pivotal moment in history – and that I wanted to help document it. From there, I expanded the project out to include portraits of people who live in the United States and their words about how they’ve reacted to the election of Donald Trump.


Political climate, Donald Trump, Photo Essay, Photojournalism

Total Pages

18 spreads


Copyright © 2017 Marissa Kelly

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