The Contemporary College Student Podcast
Episode 17

Season 1: To Be a Man

Michelle Boettcher published on

This podcast seeks to understand masculinity in the collegiate culture and its implications for mental health. The aim of this podcast is to shift the paradigm of what it means to be a man and to have perspectives of different stakeholders on a college campus. With the rise of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation, we recognize the connection masculinity may have on these areas of wellness for men. We will seek to understand the underlying roots of masculinity, how different masculine behaviors are socialized, and what the implications may be for men on college campuses. 

Credits for Podcast: 

Podcast Host:

Michael Wallace 



Dr. Rachel Wagner

Hailey Palmer 

Sophomore Engineering Student



Connor Bradley 

Michael Wallace


Podcast References

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Harper, S.R. & Harris III, F. (Eds.) (2010). College men and masculinities: Theory, research, and implications for practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Kimmel, M. S. (2008). Guyland: The perilous world where boys become men. New York: Harper.

Laker, Jason A. and Davis, Tracy (2011). Masculinities in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Considerations. New York. Available at:

National College Health Assessment Data Results (Fall 2015).

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