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Manifestations of Native American Self-Determination in the 21st Century

Allene Cottier, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Program

Allene Cottier will conduct a comparative study of the various interpretations of the terms “Sovereignty”, “Self-determination” and “Indigenous” in discussions of American Indian politics. These are critical terms in current discussions of social justice. She anticipates that there will be a fundamental fracture in the use and understanding of these terms among... Read More

(De)Formation of Body Protocols: Dance's Changing Ontology in the Choreography of Meg Stuart and Sasha Waltz

Lauren Crow, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Dance and Performance Studies

Modernity is characterized by its inclination towards increased speed, production, and efficiency. In most commercially viable theater dance productions this manifests itself as the propensity for constant motion and the execution of virtuosic movement. However, Berlin based choreographers Meg Stuart and Sasha Waltz disrupt dance's ontology and escape the... Read More

Uptake of 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate and Folic Acid by Mature Red Blood Cells

Nika Cyrus, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Chemistry

Folate deficiency still remains as the primary culprit for childhood mortality, and a major cause of atherosclerosis and cancer. Yet, we lack a precise method for determination of the long-term folate status of patients. The objective of Nika’s project is to develop a more accurate method of quantifying long-term folate status through elucidation of Red Cell Folate... Read More

Emerging Discourses in California's Solitary Confinement Debate

Steven Czifra, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : English

How does California continue to find public support for the practice of permanent solitary confinement, particularly when confronted by sustained hunger strike activity against them? Steven will examine all sides of the relevant discourses in response to the hunger strikes, paying special attention to the written statements of strikers in letters to... Read More

How a DNA Repair Enzyme (DME) Controls Gene Transcription

Carolina Dallett, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Plant and Microbial Biology

The Arabidopsis thaliana genome has been sequenced, allowing use of sophisticated tools for genetic studies. It is known that DME controls gene transcription, encodes a DNA glycosylase, and has homologous proteins in the Arabidopsis genome as well as orthologs in rice, wheat, and maize. We do not know, however, how this is accomplished. Carolina will investigate the... Read More

Women with Disabilities: The Intersection of Disability and Domestic Violence Services

Anna Darzins, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Social Welfare

Many people assume that women with disabilities experience domestic violence to a lesser extent than women in general, yet research indicates that women with disabilities are up to four times more likely to be victimized than their non-disabled peers. Given that women with disabilities experience disproportionate rates of domestic violence; where do they go... Read More

'Your Hair Wet, I Could Not / Speak:' The Self-Elegizing of the Silent Muse in Eliot

Armen Davoudian, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : English

The Waste Land is a metapoem that doubts whether it is a poem: a paradoxical achievement of expression through expressing an inability to express. This antithetical way of writing poetry makes new relations among different tropes possible. For instance, iron--which normally either precludes or retrospectively denies pathos--can become elegy as Eliot complains that he... Read More

Across Three Oceans: Shipwrecks as Early Moden Globalism

Ramon de Santiago, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Art History and Art Practice

Objects in museums are typically categorized by chronology and geography and then further sorted into subcategories revolving around cultures, languages, and materials. Born of the legacies of imperialism and colonialism, these practices tend towards a flattening of categories and the fixing of objects into rigid structures of European and “Other.” But what... Read More

The Gravity of the Situation: Health Access for Transgender Women In Montréal and the Epistemology of Transgender Health Care

Emma Deboncoeur, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Anthropology

What began as an investigation into access to health care for transgender women in Montréal by way of an institutional ethnography has changed into a larger query of knowledge production, preservation and dissemination. This works seeks to clarify and problematize what is research, who is the researcher, how biomedicine and transgender women are... Read More

Women in a Landscape of Change

Louisa deCossy, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Art Practice

The recent influx of modernity and opportunity into Ireland has profoundly affected the country’s social, geographical and cultural framework. In response to growing social pressure and the relaxation of the power of the Catholic Church, Ireland has changed many repressive laws regarding divorce and homosexuality and has closed antiquated institutions, such as the... Read More

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

Labor Organization within the Stripping Industry

Raven Deverux, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Sociology major, Public Policy minor

Research suggests collective bargaining improves the unionized worker's wages and working conditions, in addition to those of non-union status in the same field. Despite the organizing successes of San Francisco's Lusty Lady, neither working conditions nor take home earnings for Bay Area strippers improved overall. How do these particular workers secure a better... 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

Reducing Institutional Violence: Environmental Risk Factors in Psychiatric Hospitals

Sara Ellis, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Psychology, Global Poverty and Practice minor

All too often, patients in psychiatric hospitals are involved in violent incidents with other patients and hospital staff. These incidents incur significant economic, social and human costs. Although most research has focused on identifying patient characteristics that contribute to violence (e.g., young age, past violence), there is growing recognition that... 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

“Sympathy for the Loss of a Comrade”: Black citizenship and the 1873 Fort Stockton “Mutiny”

Nicholas Eskow, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Anthropology

In 1873, more than 100 Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Stockton, Texas signed a petition requesting formal censure of the post surgeon for his racist refusal to treat a sick and dying man. The officers responded by putting the soldiers on trial for mutiny. Nick’s research will look at how these soldiers, most of whom were born into enslavement, came to understand... 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

Phase Coexistence in Multiferroic BiFeO3

Dan Ferenc Segedin, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Physics major

In many materials, the application of an electric field leads to a separation of positive and negative charges, inducing a “polarization” in the material. In ferroelectrics, such a polarization exists in the material without the application of an external field. Analogously, the alignment of electron spins in ferromagnetic materials results in a magnetic... 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