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Heroes or Traitors: The Twisted History of a French Newspaper in the German Occupation and After

Paul Sager, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : History

La Petite Gironde, based in Bordeaux, France, was one of that country's top regional newspapers from the 1860s to World War II. When the Germans occupied the country in 1940, all of France's media fell under their control. Newspapers were the most visible expression of French collaboration with Nazi power.  La Petite Gironde was no exception. At the moment of... Read More

Understanding Land and Value: the Cost and Benefits of the Oxford Tract in an Ecological Economics Framework

Allegra Saggese, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Environmental Economics and Policy and Rhetoric

Land serves as the primary source of energy in the world. UC Berkeley’s Oxford Tract is currently under consideration for development from a student garden and research facility to a student housing project. Allegra will create and subsequently critique a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed project versus its current use, bringing forward underlying... Read More

Contemporary Lebanese Women's Novels

Lena A. Salaymeh, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :


Illuminating Social Landscapes: unearthing life of the Mayan non-elite through household excavation and catchment analysis

Kimberly Salyers, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Anthropology

Extensive work has been done on the civic centers of Classic Maya culture. However, archaeological study of Maya commoners has been scarce until recent years. Kimberly’s research will focus on the artifacts uncovered in an excavated household at Chinikihá, Mexico. Through a catchment analysis using GIS mapping, she will assess the economic resource basis for settlement... Read More

Rejection Sensitivity and Gratitude

A. Nicholas Santascoy, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Psychology

Research on rejection sensitivity, the anxious expectation of and hostility to perceived rejection, has focused on mapping its possible causes and negative consequences. Positive emotion research, though, has revealed gratitude's tendency to foster positive affect and pro-social behavior. Nicholas plans to examine the efficacy of gratitude in reducing negative... Read More

Modes of Production and Tactics of Resistance: a Study of the Philippine Left in the 1990s

Joseph Paul Scalice, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Joseph’s interest in the Philippines is the product of over 16 years of residency in Manila. Joseph will investigate the origin and ramifications of recent debates within the Philippine left over ‘modes of production’. Over the past 15 years, the left in the Philippines has fragmented into two broad camps: those that claim that the Philippine mode of production... Read More

Migrating Minors – Uncovering the Myths, the Facts, and the Figures: What Is Driving Central American Children to Travel Alone to the U.S.?

Judy Schafer, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major

My research will investigate the reported phenomenon of increasing numbers of unaccompanied Central American youth migrating to the United States from May 2011 to July 2013. I will examine these questions: Why are these children migrating alone? Will this overall trend continue? Or is there a push/pull factor that is influencing this recent surge? What can be... Read More

The Scarves of Choice: Headscarf Discrimination and Economic Development in Turkey

Mehmet Seflek, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Economics and Arabic

Legislation banning the Islamic headscarf in Turkish universities has caused a political and social uproar over the last two decades, but the effect of the spillover of politics into women's private lives has often been overlooked. Mehmet will research the extent of the discrimination against women who wear the Islamic headscarf in the Turkish labor-market and, if... Read More

The Effects of Masculinity in Professional Ballet

Sabrina Sellers, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Sociology

Ballet has largely been recognized not only as a women-dominated profession but one that is coded as feminine in which both men and women navigate. Men in ballet, however, occupy a unique position, one studied by researchers eager to understand how men negotiate and perform their masculinity.... Read More

Matriculating Down: Habitus and Transition for the Private School Elite

Miriam Sergent-Leventhal, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Sociology | Linguistics

Studies of educational outcomes have focused on what prevents disadvantaged students from succeeding, leaving reproduction of educational elites in a black box. Miriam’s research will focus on how students from elite private schools fare in a large public university, particularly the University of Michigan and Cal Berkeley. Relying on Bourdieu’s concept of... Read More

Perceived Fairness of Death-Eligible Court Rulings in Triadic Racial Conditions

Brandon Shalchi, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Interdisciplinary Studies

Empirically, when there is a black defendant and white victim, U.S. judges and jurors believe the defendant to be guiltier than he/she actually is. Brandon is exploring how we can manipulate the race of the defendant and victim in death-eligible cases to hinder the onset of racially charged, implicit biases within court rulings. The methodologies used are... Read More

Silent No More: Giving Voice to the Women of Etruria

Micaela Shonafelt Scholar in Action photo

Micaela Shonafelt, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Classical Civilizations major

The unique visibility of Etruscan women has garnered great interest among scholars of Etruscology. That said, the status of these women in the 4th -1st century BCE, a period that witnessed the waning of Etruscan identity in the shadow of the emerging Roman Empire, has not yet been a major focus of study. Working to enhance our conception of the changing roles of... Read More

Fictional Nonfiction: Examining Postmodernist Parody and Subjectivity in Mass Culture

Tyler Shores, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Rhetoric/English

Tyler’s project will examine postmodern parody as a model of discourse, and will seek to account for parody’s ubiquity in a specifically mass cultural context. Although parody is of course nothing new, there is something particularly of philosophical interest about postmodernist parody. By introducing the notion of subjectivity into the discussion, the focus will... Read More

Researching the Recycling Industry in Israel

Ori Adam Skloot, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Ori's project unites his interest in business with his strong commitment to environmental sustainability. Specifically, he will be focusing on the emerging recycling industry in Israel. Israel presents a particularly interesting case study, because it is a country in which industrialization and expansion continue to progress with only minimal consideration given... Read More

Molecular Characterization of a piRNA Biogenesis Protein

Alison Smith, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Chemical Biology, Dance & Performance Studies (minor)

RNA interference (RNAi) is a rapidly expanding field of research that promises to yield a better understanding of how cells regulate their environments through RNAi mediated gene silencing pathways. Harnessing RNAi’s transformative properties may prove to be a powerful methodology for developing effective, cell-specific drugs, thus reducing harm and unwanted side... Read More

Searching for Cultural Identity in the Worlds of Sounds and Signs: AStory of One Deaf Artist

Amber Rose Smock, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Amber will create a multimedia narrative—layering videos, performance, sound, and slides—and a written journal based on her experiences of culture shock as she explores her deaf identity as a young adult. Growing up, Amber was mainstreamed and considered herself hard-of-hearing, but had never met anyone from the Deaf community. This summer, Amber consciously... Read More

Women Sem Terra: Participation and Socio-Spatial Transformations

Miriam Solis, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Geography

The expansion of Brazil’s 1.5 million member Movimiento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) has provoked many changes. Two changes in particular occurred in the 1990s: the MST began to deviate from its traditional strategy of rural squatting by organizing urban land occupations; and the MST's leadership structures changed to include committees charged with... Read More

Indigenous Knowledge and Bio-efficacy of Medicinal Plant Use: An Ethnobotancial Study of Sindhupalchok, Nepal

Sikai Song, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Integrative Biology; Public Health

Ethnobotany is defined as “the scientific study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their medical, religious, and other uses.” Given that many active compounds used in pharmaceutical drugs today are extracted from plants, understanding indigenous knowledge regarding medicinal plant use is invaluable to deepen existing knowledge... Read More

Asian-Latin Writers in Modern Day Argentina

Anny Song, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Anny will investigate Asian-Latin literary production in Argentina, focusing particularly on a vibrant literary community of Chinese and Japanese immigrants and descendants in contemporary Buenos Aires. In order to understand how these Asian-Latin writers represent their multiple identities in a homogeneous culture lacking a multicultural vocabulary, she will... Read More

Fostering Pro-social Behavior: Emotional, Non-verbal, Vocal Cues and the Vagus Nerve

Gregg Sparkman, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Psychology/Anthropology

While navigating the world, we must discover if either we need to prioritize ourselves first, as others will, so that we may succeed, or if people will be there for us so that we may likewise be able to support others. Gregg's project will explore this decisive process by focusing on whether pro-social vocal bursts, like a compassionate 'aww,' will lead... Read More

Independent Cultual Production vs. the Culture Industry: Performance of Self and Creation of Value in an Eddy of the Mainstream

Matthew Wheelock Stahl, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Using a combination of participant-observation and interview methods, Matt will study a local subculture of "indie" rock musicians, in order to theorize this marginal subculture's relationship to the mainstream music industry. A community "insider" as both a performer and producer, Matt will be in an excellent position to analyze the community's unique features and to... Read More

The Social Stratification of Language: A Comparative Analysis of American Indian English Among the Wintun and Kumeyaay

Ariana-Bree Stamper-Gimbar , Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Linguistics/Native American Studies Major

A double major in Linguistics and Native American Studies, Bree will study the social stratification of American Indian English, a single dialect of English that is shared by Native Americans of very different backgrounds across the United States and Canada. Indian English shows parallels to Ebonics, but has been poorly researched by comparison. Bree proposes to... Read More

Portable Culture: Representations of Gypsy Identity and 19th Century Narratives of Nationalism

Miruna Andrea Stanica, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Miruna will research the representations of Gypsy identity in writings at two historical moments: first, the works produced by European non-Gypsy writers in the period from roughly 1770-1870, and second, the emerging work of Gypsy artists in Europe after 1989. Her study will examine how the nineteenth century development and current modifications of the concepts... Read More

'You Aren't the First and You Won't be the Last': Unmarried Motherhood in Contemporary Rural Ireland

China Star, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Anthropology

My research examines the changes in the prevalence of unmarried mothers in Ireland nearly a 20% between 1988 and 1999, the church and community response towards these women, and alternative interpretations of the lifestyles and demographics of single mothers. In recent years the response towards single parents has moved from one of social exclusion, condemnation... Read More

Shimmy, Shake, and Undulate: A History of Belly Dance in the United States and the Development of Its Many Fusion Forms

Abby Stein, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Dance and Performance Studies/Near Eastern Studies

Shrouded in mystique and controversy, the U.S. development of belly dance remains tied to appropriation, orientalism and popular entertainment. Abby Stein’s written thesis will examine the dance phenomenon within the context of 20th and 21st century American culture and values. Through a survey of existing scholarship, interviews with influential belly dance... Read More

Orientalist Exposures: Image, Authority, and Empire in Gertrude Bell’s Photographic Archive

Jessica Stevenson-Stewart, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : History of Art

Jessica will examine the travel writings and photographic works of Gertrude Bell, an Orientalist scholar who served British intelligence in the Middle East before and after World War I. Bell’s extensive imperialist project resulted in volumes of writings and photographs that document these archeological and diplomatic expeditions. Addressing how Bell used such... Read More

Evolution of the Rostrum in Stomatopod Crustaceans

Irene Steves, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Integrative Biology

Stomatopods, also known as “mantis shrimp,” are some of the coolest marine crustaceans. They are powerful predators (for their size, at least) and are concentrated in tropical waters all over the world. The stomatopod rostrum, a segment of exoskeleton near the eyes, ranges from a simple triangular shape to something that looks more like a crown or the curved top of a... Read More

Inspiring Experiment: The Poetics of Gender in Elizabeth Bishop's Work

Sarah Stone, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Rhetoric

My honors thesis in Rhetoric will explore the poetics of gender in the work of poet Elizabeth Bishop. While a number of critics began to address the effects of her gender on her poetry in the 1993 anthology Elizabeth Bishop: The Geography of Gender, scholarship on the subject has since waned. I will offer a reading of the techniques Bishop employs to communicate her... Read More

Motor Control in a Changing Environment

Alissa Stover, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Psychology

Elucidating how organisms are able to flexibly move about in dynamically changing environments is a fundamental problem in psychology and neuroscience. Imagine a ballerina practicing in front of warped mirrors: her brain must continually recalibrate the motor commands sent to move the body based on sensory feedback. In this context, there is a mismatch... Read More

Dispersal Behavior of the Bed Bug Cimex lectularus to Control-Related Exposures

James Suchy, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Public Health

Within the past decade, bed bugs have made a startling reemergence in major cities throughout the developed world. Some attribute this epidemic to increasing international travel and trade, evolved pesticide resistance among bed bugs, and the banning of highly lethal chemicals, such as DDT. Nevertheless, these current conditions necessitate the creation of new,... Read More

How English Literature Filtered through the Empire of Japan Influenced the Formation of Modern Korean Literature in the 1930s

Youn-Ju Suh, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Comparative Literature, English

In contrast to to nineteenth-century British India, which adopted English studies from the UK, and nineteenth-century Japan, which westernized itself with British and American assistance, Modern Korean authors in the 1930s learned English literature through a third, non-Anglophone country, Japan.... Read More

Construction of a Novel, Cryogen-free, Self-contained Dilution Refrigerator

Yu-Dong Sun, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Materials Science and Engineering

Technologies based on superconducting quantum systems have contributed significantly to the development of high precision magnetic sensors and quantum bits. These experiments require ultra-low temperatures which are achieved by dilution refrigerators. In contrast to conventional dilution refrigerators, which generally require a continuous supply of liquid helium and... Read More

Consensual Executions: Death Row Inmates Who ‘Volunteer’ to Die

Monica Swanson, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Social Welfare/Political Science

Monica will study the little understood phenomenon of "death row volunteers," inmates who give up the appeal process and "volunteer" to be executed. Seventy such "volunteers" have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. In order to test existing theories about this group and to propose her own, Monica will use a mixed research design,... Read More

The Interface of Epistemologies: Repatriation and Collaboration in Anthropological Inquiry

Niku T'arhechu T'arhesi, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Anthropology

The vintage anthropological enterprise typically derived from the researcher’s gaze on a non-Western society, in turn, producing the simultaneous exoticism and denigration of the so-called “primitive”. An anthropological production of knowledge relied on the holistic gathering of data—a process many times resulting in the researcher's, the museum's, or the university’s... Read More

Jane Austen Meets Hollywood: Narrative Authority in the Adaptation of Novel to Film

Sharon Tang-Quan, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : English

In 1995, 11 million British stayed home on six Sunday evenings to watch the BBC mini-series of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In the last decade, over a dozen adaptations of Austen’s novels have become films, and four more... Read More