Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

David I. Hanauer, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Curtis Porter, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Gloria Park, Ph.D.


Building on the work of many experts on research in bullying and research methods used by Hanauer in his 2012 and 2015 articles, this study explored the experiences of undergraduate university students with bullying through poetic ethnography. This study used the question, “What are undergraduate students’ experiences of bullying or being bullied?” to guide interviews with participants about their experiences as bullies, victims, or bystanders. Participants’ words in those interviews were then organized as poems and reviewed with them. Findings indicate that, though each experience with bullying is unique, all participants shared certain aspects of their experiences with bullying and had similar recommendations regarding bullying prevention for fellow students, teachers, schools, and communities. Finally, this study considers how participants’ experiences and the poems created from them can be used to prevent future bullying.

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