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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

'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

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

Exploring Opiate Abuse in Rural Communities

Rebecca Forbes, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : American Studies major

Rebecca grew up in a small town and watched the rural drug scourge destroy the young lives in her community. Now, she is using her Berkeley education to understand this phenomenon. This summer she will be traveling to rural Tuolumne County, California to do ethnographic fieldwork exploring how community attachment impacts rural youth opioid abuse. To explore this... 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 Experiences of Transfronterizo Students in the Tijuana/San Diego Region

Lissa Garcia, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Ethnic Studies major, Education minor

Lissa grew up in Chula Vista, California, where many are transfronterizos, students and workers who live in Mexico but commute to the U.S almost daily. Nancy Wonders advances the theory of border performativity where she argues borders are not only geographically constituted, but also socially constructed via the “performance of various state actors in an... 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

Not Just Words: Effects of Negative News Portrayals of Latinxs on Farmworker Stress

Sydney Garcia, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Psychology, Gender & Women's Studies Minor

Everyone experiences stress to varying degrees. Past scholarship has connected awareness of the news to stress while linking stress to adverse mental and physical health outcomes. Given that minority groups are significantly overrepresented in news relating to criminal activity, and news coverage... Read More

Programa Pueblos Mágicos: A Comparative Study of Equity and Social Inclusion in Talpa de Allende, Mexico

Adrián García Hernández, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Sustainable Environmental Design and Forestry and Natural Resource Management - Human Dimensions

Rural areas compose 86% of Mexico’s territory and account for 36% of the population while rural GDP per capita ranges between 27% and 43% of the national average. To address this urban/rural developmental divide, the Secretariat of Tourism created the Programa Pueblos Mágicos (PPM). Its goal was to raise local levels of wellbeing by promoting economic... 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

Characterization of DNA Damage Repair in Myogenic Precursors

Say Tar Goh, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Muscle stem cells, or satellite cells, are located in muscle fibers and are responsible for muscle repair in mammals throughout adult life. As individuals age, the capability of satellite cells to repair muscle dramatically declines. The loss of such capabilities can be related to the host environment, in that extracellular niches provided by old hosts hamper their... Read More

Building an Urban Wilderness

Benjamin Golder, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Architecture

The fact that wilderness can be literally built is a profound one, especially in this era of ecological crisis. Wild plants and animal species are rapidly being lost due to climate change and loss of habitat. What if wildlife were built into the fabric of the city? What if the city, often regarded as the antithesis of wilderness, nurtured a variety of plant and animal... Read More

Targeted Genome Modification Using Zinc Finger Nucleases

Michael Goldrich, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Public Health

Genetic work with model organisms, such as fruit flies, mice, and zebrafish, has provided invaluable insights into the mechanisms behind human disease and development. One tool for creating these models is direct modification of the genome. Michael is optimizing the use of reagents, called zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), in order to create specific and targeted... Read More

International Standards for Grassroots Democracy? A Case Study of a Guatemalan Fair Trade Coffee Cooperative.

Benjamin Goldstein, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

The recent growth of the Fair Trade coffee niche market in the United States suggests that consumers are beginning to concern themselves with the social conditions under which their coffee was produced. Fair Trade coffee consumers accept that the Generic Fairtrade Standards established by the International Fairtrade Labeling Organization (FLO) provide certain de... Read More

The Loneliest Brides in America: Japanese War Brides and African American Servicemen After WWII

Sonia Gomez, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : History

Immediately following the end of World War II, the United States stationed nearly 450,000 troops in Japan. The U.S. occupation of Japan led to intimate relationships between American Servicemen and Japanese women, resulting in a large number of marriages. Between 1947 and 1975, an estimated 45,000 Japanese women immigrated to the United States as wives of U.S.... Read More

Undocumented Latina/o Students' Struggle and Academic Resiliency in Higher Education

Geraldine Gomez, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Social Welfare, Education (minor)

An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from the nation’s high schools each year, and only 5-10% of those continue on to a two/four-year college or university (Passel, 2003 & Passel and Cohn, 2009). Their obstacles, beyond lack of federal financial aid, contribute to psychological stress and limited opportunities in higher education. Geraldine will... Read More

World-Making Potentiality in the Spatialization of the Quotidian

Rafael Yamir Gómez-Carrasco, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Cognitive Science, Ethnic Studies

Rafael extends José Muñoz’s queer utopian hermeneutic by synthesizing it with Henri Lefebvre’s theories of the quotidian and spatialization. Muñoz’s method of analysis provides a framework for understanding minoritarian performance of futurity— practices and embodiments of a world that should be.... Read More

"Framing" China: Congressional Commissions' Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy

Ana Cristina Gomez-Vidal, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field & Public Policy

The rise of China is arguably the single most important event to shape international politics in the 21st century. The United States’ understanding and response to China’s ascent will shape global political stability. The U.S. Government, through legislative mandate, created two commissions, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and the U.S... Read More

West Berkeley Shellmound, A New Perspective

Ariadna González Aguilera , Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Anthropology major

Ariadna’s research project will focus on the West Berkeley Shellmound, an ancient village site that was once situated on the San Francisco Bay shoreline in Berkeley, California. Her thesis is directed toward understanding how Native American societies interacted with their environment during the last 5000 years. Research will be conducted on animal remains from... Read More

The World Seen Without a Self: The Epistemology of Unoccupied Perspectives in To the Lighthouse

Zachary David Gordon, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : English/Philosophy

Located at the nexus of linguistics, philosophy and literary studies, Zach's Senior Honors Thesis in English will examine Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, specifically to illuminate the relationship between the theory of knowledge inherent in the novel's syntax and the epistemological issues the novel thematizes. In order to understand... Read More

The Architecture of the Invisible: Women, Workers, and Water in the New Argentine Cinema

Nicole Gordon, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Rhetoric/Film

The placement of a woman’s body attests to the gender dynamics of a film, so how do recurring spatial settings figure female characters into the collective national imagination? To address this question Nicole will conduct a survey of contemporary women’s roles in American and Argentine national cinemas. She will approach this project through a phenomenological lens... Read More

Geographies of Justice: Reconciliation, and the Role of Transitional Justice in Brazil

Rachel Gottfried-Clancy, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Geography

On November 18, 2011 federal law #12,528 created the National Truth Commission (Commisão Nacional da Verdade, CNV) in Brazil. The truth commission was created to examine the events carried out by the government, Forças Armadas, during the country’s military dictatorship and produce an official, truthful account of the period. The hope was that by embarking on a... Read More

From Steel Mills to Steel Bars: Historicizing the Carceral State in Deindustrialized Rust Belt America

Chance Grable, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : History

Since the 1970’s, two simultaneous processes of mass incarceration and deindustrialization have transformed the US into a postindustrial society with the largest incarceration system globally. Chance’s research will explore the intertwined history of these two processes through a close study of the prison siting in Youngstown, Ohio, an extreme example of... Read More

Palatial Architecture and the Mitanni Mode of Governance: a Cross-Comparative Analysis of Administrative Centers from Tell Brak, Alalakh, and Nuzi

Matthew Gracia, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Near Eastern Studies

Matthew hopes to contribute to discussion within scholarship of the Ancient Near East on the study of the Mitanni state, a polity in Upper Mesopotamia that attained international power during the second millennium BCE. He proposes to elucidate one, fairly restricted aspect of the larger question regarding the Mitannian system of governance by comparing recently... Read More

Making Synthetic Chemistry Greener: More Sustainable Processes via Catalysis with New Transition Metal Compounds

Lauren Grant, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Chemistry

Catalysis, a critical field in synthetic chemistry, reduces the release of hazardous chemicals into the environment by decreasing the amount of reagents needed for chemical synthesis on industrial scales. Lauren’s research will investigate more sustainable methods of conducting chemical synthesis via the study of a new class of transition metal complexes... Read More

An Archaeology of Food, Race, and Gender at Fort Davis, Texas

Leah Grant, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Anthropology; History

My project will investigate the foodways of three distinct populations who occupied Fort Davis, Texas, during the second phase of the fort’s active period from 1867-1891. While permitting issues will not allow for excavation this summer, there are alternatives to excavation. One collection of artifacts was previously excavated from the enlisted men’s barracks; I will... Read More

Decoding the “Fah Flor”: Archeological Discovery and the De-Mystification of a Lost Metaphor in Beowufl

Olivia Graves, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : English | Classical Civilizations

The dating and provenance of the Old English epic Beowulf have been topics of wide scholarly debate for the past two hundred years. Combining literary and archaeological research techniques constitutes one way of approaching this inquiry. Based on close readings, there is some evidence to suggest that the poet refers to a tessellated (mosaic) floor left over... Read More


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