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Understanding Our Legacy: How the Free Speech Movement and Third World Liberation Front Affected Curricular Reform at UC Berkeley

Ziza Delgado, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : History

My research analyzes the education reform that took place at UC Berkeley at the end of the 1960s to determine whether social movements such as the Free Speech Movement and Third World Liberation Front affected University curricula and pedagogy. Imperative to the research is a critical discussion of the power dynamic between students and the UC administration. I analyze... Read More

“Effect of First Generation Immigrants’ Time Horizons on the Human Capital Acquisitions of Second Generation Immigrants”

Monica Deza, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Economics/Mathematics

Previous research in the Economic field has found that immigrants' social, economic, educational and family decisions differ depending on whether they come permanently or temporarily, with important effects on earnings and income. Other work has demonstrated the effects of immigrant parents' education and income on their children's future outcomes. However, there... Read More

Healthy Identities: Transgender Health Care Access and Social Disparity

Morty Diamond, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Sociology

Morty’s research begins by asking how access to public health care has changed social conditions for the transgender community in SanFrancisco within the last 10 years. He will explore how current medical and mental health access challenges affect the physical, social and mental gender transition of transgender individuals. Beyond the importance of this research study... Read More

"The Name of a Commonwealth", Theories of Statehood and 18th-Century Accounts of Piracy

Samuel Diener, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : English

Samuel will investigate ways in which English writers of the 18th century, particularly Daniel Defoe, used accounts of piracy to question standard presuppositions about the emerging nation-state and promote Enlightenment ideas about government. As stateless individuals who lived and worked together, pirates were forced to create their own independent... Read More

Uncoupling Pyroptosis from Cell Lysis

Lucian DiPeso, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Molecular & Cell Biology

Pyroptosis is a poorly understood mode of “cell suicide,” one that functions as an alarm bell for the body’s immune system in response to infection. Though beneficial when properly regulated, the rapid immune response triggered by pyroptosis can, itself, produce disease and dysfunction. Pyroptosis has been identified as a possible contributor to... Read More

Buying Black Back Then: Comparative Analysis of Black Economic Life in Compton and West Oakland.

Destiny Dixon, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : African American Studies

Destiny’s research aims to investigate the history of Black owned businesses in Compton, West Oakland, and West Berkeley. She will focus on the ways in which a strong Black economy influenced Black solidarity culturally, socially, and politically. While exploring the different types of businesses African Americans owned, Destiny’s research will reveal a new... Read More

The Politics of State-led Health Care Reform: 1974 to Present

Vi Do, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Political Science/Economics

Vi will investigate the nature of state led health care reform in America, focusing on the instrumental political actors that shape the debate. As federal level attempts to solve the problem of the uninsured have failed time and time again, policy innovations to address America's broken health care delivery system have emerged from the states. The two critical... Read More

Tortoises, Sunflowers, and Subsidies: Large-Scale Solar Energy Policy in California and Andalucía

Patrick Donnelly-Shores, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Conservation and Resource Studies

Solar energy is often proclaimed a solution to climate change, and perhaps its most visible incarnation has been the worldwide development of large-scale solar energy facilities in arid lands. These projects entail significant environmental and social externalities: endangered species loss, such as the desert tortoise in the California desert, and land use... Read More

Impossible Witnesses, Recording and Describing Slavery-An Exploration of Slave Letters

Alejandra Dubcovsky, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : History

Slave letters, a crucial source for understanding American slavery, have generally been disregarded. Alejandra's project seeks to analyze the letters in the Wilson Library at Chapel Hill in order to uncover a code/protocol for the slave's definition and discussion of slavery. Entirely conscious of the audience of his letter, the slave had to learn how to communicate,... Read More

Engineering Escherichia coli for Production of Alternative Fuels

Kyle Dunbar, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Chemical Biology

A renewable energy source is becoming a necessity as fossil fuel reserves dwindle. Using microbial fermentation processes, it is possible to harvest plant biomass and convert it into second-generation fuels. Current industrial focus has been placed on ethanol production. However, this compound is not ideally suited for a liquid fuel replacement. A biochemical... Read More

Role of Peripheral Participants and Staging in Platonic Dialogues

Amin Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Rhetoric

Platonic dialogues usually consist of an interrogative discourse between Socrates and his interlocutor, situated in a specific setting, much like a stage, with other people present and participating somehow. Amin will investigate the role of “peripheral” participants and the staging of the dialogue in some essential texts known to be mostly concerning modes of... Read More

The Political Economy of the Spectacle

James Gabriel Eckhouse, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Geography

The entertainment business dominates many people's lives. Theorists of different stripes have been eager to understand the role it plays in modern society. However, these inquiries rarely treat entertainment as an industry. No one has thoroughly pursued the question: what kind of value is produced by the entertainment industry? Emphasizing the creation of value this... Read More

Contemporary American Utopias: Diverse Intentional Communities from a Young Feminist Perspective

Kaci Faylee Elder, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Kaci's project creatively links a study of contemporary intentional communities with the rich history of nineteenth century utopian experiments in the United States. Kaci plans a road trip this summer that will take her to five very different cooperative living communities in Los Angeles, Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Oregon and the Bay Area. In order to... Read More

Regular Embeddings of Complete Graphs

Sophia Sage Elia, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Physics & Mathematics

Sophia is studying regular embeddings of complete graphs on powers of two vertices. A complete graph is one in which each vertex is connected to each other vertex. Loosely, if one starts with a prime power number of vertices, it is possible to symmetrically connect the vertices in such a way that none of the connecting lines cross on the surface of a torus (think... Read More

Targeted Spending for the Very Poor in Chile

Tammy Elwell, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Political Economy of Industrial Societies

During Pinochet’s dictatorship (1973-1989), Chile underwent extensive neoliberal economic reforms. The regime re-structured public social services and targeted them to the poorest sectors, while introducing private alternatives for those who could afford them. With the 1990 transition to democracy, the targeted approach of the previous regime was maintained, while... Read More

Neurally Inspired Self-Organizing Maps for Image Coding

S. Zayd Enam, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

In this project we plan on using parallelized computation to build realistic sparse coding models for neurons in the primary visual cortex (V1). Sparse coding is a stimulus encoding technique used by V1 neurons that aims to minimize the number active neurons required in encoding any input image. Due to computational constraints, previous sparse coding models have... Read More

Angels, Vixens, and Supermamas: American Television Action Heroines, 1965-1979

Daniel Faltz, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Film Studies

Between 1965 and 1979, action heroines appeared in over twelve different programs -- five of these with both black and white heroines -- a period of popularity not seen since. I am interested in the evolution of these early heroines, and their similarities and differences in character, story, and physical display of women’s bodies. I suggest that these programs include... Read More

Midwifery Practices in Afghanistan: The Influence of Purdah on Maternal Health

Muska Fazilat, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Public Health

Every thirty minutes an Afghan woman dies due to birth complications. Skilled providers attend only 5% of births. My research compares traditional cultural practices of midwifery with Western medical practices. I will explore the role that the cultural practice of Purdah—separation of women from men—plays in shaping maternal health. Since the U.S. occupation, USAID has... Read More

Resettlement Refugee Programs and Economic Empowerment: A Case Study of the International Rescue Committee in the United States

Jennifer Fei, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Political Economy

Jennifer’s research will explore the impact of current International Rescue Committee (IRC) Resettlement Programs on female economic empowerment. Her working hypothesis is that the empowerment effect of the IRC on refugee women will vary depending on cultural norms, resettlement program type, and resulting employment. She will study female refugee population... Read More

Women Playing Men: Cross-Gender Conditions in Shakespeare Performance

Crystal Finn, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : English

Crystal will be exploring female performance in Shakespeare, focusing on female actresses portraying male Shakespearean roles. The study will form her honors thesis in English, and will culminate in a creative project, for which she will stage a number of Shakespearean monologues and scenes using an all-female cast. The question Crystal wishes to explore in both these... Read More

A Specter Haunting South Africa': Cuba’s Symbolic Importance in the South African Anti-Apartheid Struggle, 1975-1991

Margaux Fitoussi, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : History

Revolutionary Cuba provided international support and financial assistance to the liberation movements throughout southern African. Cuba’s foreign policy of “international revolution” and its liberation discourse crossed boundaries erected by the apartheid state and influenced the South African emancipation movement. Despite a strong public rapport between Cuba and... Read More

Painting the Present as History: Gustave Courbet's ‘Burial at Ornans’ and the Revolution of 1848

Sonia Fleury, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : History of Art/History

Sonia Fleury’s project will primarily address notions of history and its construction in art and contemporary cultural media--newspapers, magazines, and political/popular prints--during the 1848 revolution in France. Receiving special attention will be the artwork of the 19th century realist painter Gustave Courbet, whose Burial at Ornans challenged traditional notions... Read More

Sentiments of (Be)longing: Queer Undocumented Immigrants in Search of Home

Marco A. Flores, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Gender and Women's Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (minor)

Though growing rapidly, the literature on the displacement of immigrants within the U.S. rarely addresses queer undocumented immigrants. By engaging with theories of affect, Marco's project will explore the experiences of displacement queer undocumented immigrants encounter in their search for home. Through qualitative interviews, Marco will bring together two... Read More

'I Hope I'm Dead Before They Come Down This Way': Political Xenophobia in Small Town USA

René Flores, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Program

Increasingly, Latino immigrants are steering away from large metropolitan areas, traditional immigration magnets, in favor of smaller, often rural communities. As Small Town USA is transformed by migration, the specter of xenophobia seems to lurk nearby. In recent months, dozens of towns have considered passing laws against undocumented immigrants ranging from... Read More

Genetic Analysis of PEST Sequences in the L. monocytogenes Protein Listeriolysin O

Simmie L. Foster, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Simmie's research project is situated at the intersection of cell biology, immunology and molecular biology in the important field of bacterial pathogenesis. Understanding the interaction of intracellular pathogens with mammalian systems is critical for preventing and treating a number of diseases that pose a major challenge to the biomedical community.... Read More

Tourism and Ethnic Identity: Creating the Long-Neck Karen of Northwest Thailand

Lorna Macmillan and Francisco Nanclares, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Anthropology

Lorna Macmillan and Francisco Nanclares propose to undertake ethnographic research that examines the shift in gender power relations among Padaung Karen refugees resulting from the influx of tourism to the Mae Hong Son province in northwestern Thailand. Their goal is to build on previous research to explore the ways in which the economic power that tourism has... Read More

The Consumption of Aloeswood and the Incense Culture of Japan

Krisa Fredrickson, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Individual Major

Krisa will travel this summer to Japan and Laos in order to explore the complex relationship between aesthetic and environmental practices through a case study of aloeswood, a highly valued ingredient in many Japanese incenses that is harvested in Southeast Asia. She plans to produce an ethnography of the incense culture of Japan and to explore the environmental... Read More

Is There Biological Evidence for Quantum Consciousness?

Oron Frenkel, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Individual Major

Pushed aside by a tradition of Cartesian dualism, the mystery of consciousness has recently resurfaced as a problem on the cutting edge of intellectual thought. My expanded honors thesis for Systems Biology will investigate if we can better understand what consciousness is, based on processes occurring throughout the whole organism, instead of just inside the... Read More

Meet Each Need with Dignity: Community and the Dynamics of Nonprofit Change in the Northeast San Fernando Valley

Michelle Gallarza, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Sociology

The Northeast section of the San Fernando Valley is home to one of the largest populations of Latinos in the United States, second only to East Los Angeles. In contrast to the more well-known and affluent suburbs of the west Valley, this region faces issues stemming from... Read More

The Managed Family: An Examination of the Role of the Military Family in the Institution

Mai-Ling Garcia, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Sociology

The family is often considered a primary source of emotional support and an institutional constant amidst every day challenges. For military personnel, the circumstances of every day life are more unpredictable, more dangerous, and further complicated by the intensive debate surrounding military duties and functions. Military families are intimately intertwined with... Read More

The Commodification of Place: Tourism in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Mary Gardner, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Geography

Tourism, as Jamaica’s largest and fastest growing industry, is vital to the country’s growth and development. Montego Bay, the second largest city in Jamaica, is the tourist capital of the island. The juxtaposition of a large local and tourist population in Montego Bay has created a unique form of physical and material segregation. Mary’s research project will explore... Read More

Secret Trials and Deportations

Faisal Ghori, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : History

Faisal will examine the changes made to Immigration and Naturalization Service statutes following September 11, 2001, focusing on the ways these changes targeted Pakistani immigrants, who were often detained for months and then were summarily deported. His project hopes to shed light upon the legalistic basis for this treatment of Pakistani immigrants, and its... Read More

Investigation of the Biophysical Origin of Proteolytic Resistance

Jacqueline Gilmore, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Proteases are a class of enzymes that cleave other proteins. Interestingly, the susceptibility of proteins to proteases differs, with some proteins being more resistant to proteolysis than others. The mechanism for this resistance is unclear. By studying model proteins that resist cleavage by the protease trypsin, Jacqueline hopes to determine the biophysical basis of... Read More

Rock Art in the Matopos: Interpretation, Impact and Identity

Rachel Faye Giraudo, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Anthropology

This summer, Rachel will travel to Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe to conduct a community-based study of rock art sites, dating from approximately 9,000 years ago when San hunter-gatherers painted images on rock shelters. Her goal is to develop a collaborative interpretation of the sites, through empirical research and qualitative interviews with local... Read More

Thioredoxin in Bioremediation

Natalia Oleg Glebova, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Natalia's Senior Honors Thesis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology evolves out of her passionate commitment to contribute to the restoration of the environment, a matter she believes should be a priority for modern society. She will be investigating the molecular mechanisms of selenite detoxification in the bacterium Bacillus subtilis, focusing on the function... Read More


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