• A street market in South London. Photo credit Kim Jones.
  • Students in a Qualitative Research Methods class and members of the APO Service Learning fraternity celebrate Halloween 2009 with children at the East Burlington Community Center. Photo credit Kim Jones.
  • Apple pressing in Cowee, NC 2008 as part of research conducting through PERCS. Photo credit Kirsten Rhodes.
  • NC potter Mark Hewitt with a clay coil for a large pot in Pittsboro, NC 2005. Photo credit Tom Mould.
  • A young woman getting her lip pierced at Kingpin Tattoo in Greensboro, NC 2002. Photo credit Lauren Vilis & Samiha Khanna.

PERCS Sponsored Projects

One of the primary goals of PERCS is to develop, launch and support ethnographic research and community studies and make this research available to students, faculty and the general public. Both completed projects as well as on-going work is described below. In many cases, the full project is accessible online by following the links below. In other cases, you will find a description of the project online with some photos and audio or video clips but the full documentation is housed in the PERCS archives in Lindner 207.

If you are interested in developing a project under the auspices of PERCS, or working on an on-going project, contact the current director of PERCS.

Completed Ethnographic Projects


  • Muggled
  • North Carolina pottery collecting (2005)
  • Undocumented Immigration at the U.S./Mexican Border (2005)
  • Parking Lot Culture in North Carolina (2004)
  • Elon Women’s Rugby Team (2003)
  • Tattoo parlor culture (2002)


  • The Best Feeling: Elon fire department (2006)
  • Body Ink: Tattoos and Piercing (2004)
  • Zack’s Hot Dogs: (2004)