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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

Current Bio:  After graduation, Olivia completed an MPhil in Archaeology at the University of Oxford in 2017 and she is currently finishing up a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics at UCLA. This fall, she will begin her PhD in Classics at Cornell University. She continues to participate in archaeological excavations in Greece and... Read More

The Effect of Awe on Collective Creativity

Kristophe Green, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Psychology

Researchers have found that, in general, positive emotions lead to greater creativity (operationalized as increased cognitive fluency, flexibility, and divergent thinking) than do negative emotions. Increasingly, innovations and game­changing insights are the product of not one creative person, but teams of people working together to produce results. It is... Read More

New Monopolist For the New Economy: The Case of Microsoft

Morgan Greene, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Political Economy of Industrial Societies

Morgan's project will seek to address the timely question of whether the current body of antitrust law is adequate to ensure consumer welfare in the new technology-driven economy. Through extensive historical research, he will study how courts have interpreted the original antitrust statute through the decades focusing on representative cases. He will explore... Read More

Disability Studies, Disabled Student Services: Making the Link in Physical Education at UC Berkeley

Matthew Grigorieff, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Women's Studies/American Studies, Disability Studies (minor)

In the spring of 2009, UC Berkeley (UCB) offered 98 courses in their Physical Education Department-- none designed for disabled students. Forty years after UCB helped forge a civil rights movement for people with disabilities, neither Berkeley nor any UC has a plan or program for addressing the fitness needs of the disabled. Matthew hopes to address that deficiency. He... Read More

Emotion Narratives in Schizophrenia

June L. Gruber, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Psychology

The primary objective of this project will be to examine the way in which patients diagnosed with schizophrenia use language to describe their subjective emotional experiences. Using a clinical interview, the Schedule for Deficit Syndrome, patients with schizophrenia will be asked to provide a brief narrative of salient emotional experiences in their lives (e.g.... Read More

Lyric in Public: Exploring Lyric Subjectivity and the Outdoor Advertisement Through Ekphrastic Poetry

Shawna Gubera, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : English

Shawna will travel to New York and Los Angeles to collect her primary text, which will be an extensive photographic record of static advertisements displayed in public space. Using this index of images, along with personal interviews gathering individuals' responses to advertising, she will produce a collection of lyric poetry that investigates the boundary... Read More

L'Enfer en Soie

Sylvan Guerveno, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Music

Sylvan will compose a symphonic poem in two movements, titled "L'Enfer en Soie" (Hell in Silk), based on "L'Héautontimorouménos" (The Self-Tormenter)--a poem from the 1857 collection Les Fleurs du Mal, by Charles Baudelaire. The dualism that is present in the poem becomes, in this piece, an exploration of the pain of psychological torment, and the relief that may... Read More

Appraising the Role of the Hippocampus in Mediating Prosocial Behaviors

Jay Kumar Gupta, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Molecular and Cellular Biology & Psychology

Humans display an intrinsic capability for prosocial behaviors: behaviors undertaken to benefit others. Stress disrupts this capability but also induces neurogenesis in the hippocampus, a brain region that functions in social memory. Understanding the relationship between stress and prosociality allows better treatment of diseases such as Autism Spectrum Disorder... Read More

Surveillance of Permanent Workers in a Temporary Economy

Hector Gutiérrez, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Ethnic Studies

Current research on Latino masculinity is just beginning to address the rich diversity of gendered experiences found among Latino men, suggesting that Latino men, like all men, are gendered in and through various ways. Still unaddressed, however, are the various different ways in which jornaleros (day laborers) are gendered, disrupting the assertion of a monolithic “... Read More

Erasing Arizona: The Purging of Mexican-American Educational Rights

Salvador Gutierrez Peraza, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : History

In 2010, the Arizona legislature banned the teaching of Ethnic Studies in public schools (K-12) via House Bill 2281.  The bill specifically targeted Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American Studies program.  According to the proponents of this bill, the MAS program was “dangerous” because it promoted ethnic, racial, and class divisions among students. ... Read More

The Material Language of Elizabethan Artificers

Trevor Hadden, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : History of Art (minor: Rhetoric)

Although historians have studied Elizabethan England’s social and aesthetic transformations of the built environment, little attention has been paid to the labor of its craftspeople. Scholarship on Elizabethan architecture and decorative arts has privileged the study of stylistic trends, written records of patronage, and named surveyor-architects. This approach... Read More

An Analysis of Candidate Genes Involved in Neural Tube Closure during Xenopus Development

Saori Haigo, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Integrative Biology

The coordination of cell movement is an integral process in development, affecting morphological shape as well as cell fate specification. While the importance of this process has been long realized, the molecular regulation of cell movement remains poorly understood. Saori plans to investigate the roles of two genes, fuzzy (fy) and inturned (in), in establishing... Read More

Egyptian - American Novel in Progress

Zeina Halim, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : English

Zeina, an English major, will write a novel of literary fiction that narrates the lives of three generations of Egyptian-Americans. It explores social issues such as cultural and gender conflict between old world Egyptian-Muslim values and more modern Western values. Intergenerational conflict is examined within the three generations of this family with the first... Read More

Automation of Carbon Flux Explorers for the Study of the Ocean Biological Carbon Pump

Christina at Sea!

Christina Marie Hamilton, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Earth and Planetary Science; Marine Science

Marine-atmosphere gas exchange plays a major role in the global carbon cycle. A key parameter of oceanic CO2 uptake and sequestration is the biological carbon pump (BCP). The BCP is composed of planktonic organisms that fix CO2 in photosynthesis, converting it to food and tissue. The biomass of these organisms turns over about once every week, exporting the... Read More

Asian American Prisoners Oral History Project

Sora Yoon Han, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Sora's project promises to provide an important corrective to the stereotype of the "model minority" by giving voice to a generally silenced segment of the Asian American community. Through oral histories of incarcerated Asian Americans, Sora seeks to create a more complete and heterogeneous picture of the economic, social, political and cultural issues facing... Read More

Influences of Early Acoustic Experience on Sensory Perception

Yoon Han, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Computer Science

As part of Professor Shaowen Bao’s lab, Yoon will expand our understanding of the influence of sensory input on information processing during an epoch of early development known as the “critical period”. At the behavioral level, he will investigate how early experience of single-frequency tone pips influences frequency discrimination ability in rats. At the... Read More

The Irish-Mexican Connection: A Model for Coalition Building

Alison Joy Harrington, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Alison's Peace and Conflict Studies Senior Honors Thesis will examine the specific coalition-building efforts that have taken place historically and in the present between Irish and Mexican peoples. Alison will travel this summer both to Mexico and to Northern Ireland in order to meet with Irish nationals who are involved in the struggle for indigenous people's... Read More

The Association Between Combat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Self-Perception, and Worldview -- and its Social Ramifications

Malcolm Harvey, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Sociology

The vast majority of research associated with combat-related trauma and PTSD is conducted employing psychoanalytical and psychosocial models utilizing quantitative methodology that focuses primarily on the individual. Comparatively, little is known about the social impact of an illness that afflicts a great number of combat veterans and affects the lives of many... Read More

Food, Culture, and Peace in Israel

Voulette Hattar, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Ethnic Studies, Public Policy Minor


Glocal' Biomedicine: Reformulating Expertise and Epistemology in a Yemen Hospital

Ashwak Hauter, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Anthropology/Development Studies

In the last 20 years, Yemen experienced a civil war, discontinued aid from the gulf countries, and reforms that cut spending towards health care. Ashwak's project explores how Yemeni doctors and lay persons view foreign western medicine in comparison to Yemen's western medicine and how they use communicative practices (Hanks 1996) to explicitly and implicitly... Read More

Caged: The Rising Use of Prison and Jail for Women's Mental Health Care

Jamie Hein, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

 Between 1977 and 2016, the U.S. women’s imprisonment rate increased over 800%. In California, while the rate of men’s incarceration has decreased over the past decade, the number of prisoners who suffer from mental illness has risen... Read More

Ethnographic Investigation into the Factors Contributing to Variation of Academic Achievement Among Hmong Students in a Central Valley High School

Leena Her, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Anthropology/Psychology

The purpose of Leena's study is to identify factors which contribute to variation in the academic achievement of the Hmong, a relatively recent community of Asian American immigrants to California who first arrived in the mid-1970s as refugees from the Vietnam War. She will undertake a comparative ethnographic study of academically successful, college-bound Hmong... Read More

Cultural Memory through Cold War Relics in the Bay Area

Sebastian Herics, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : American Studies major

Elven anti-air Nike Missile Sites ringed San Francisco in a line of atomic protection, poised for launch at Soviet bombers that never came from 1950 to 1974. Only Nike Missile site SF-88 has been preserved in a coat of fresh paint that crowds of the curious have toured since 1974 in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Sebastian Herics will be tracing the... Read More

The Role of Cellular MicroRNAs in CMV Infection: Identification of MicroRNA Targets and Downstream Effects Using SILAC and Mass Spectrometry

Marissa Herrman, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Since their discovery in 1993, microRNAs (miRNAs) have become an area of active research and are currently believed to rival transcriptional regulation as a means of controlling messenger RNA levels and ultimately protein production within a cell. In response to viral infection, the cellular miRNA profile shifts to regulate specific protein levels and combat... Read More

Reactive Expressions: Deviance, Control & Erotic Desire in New York City, 1825-1875

Katherine Hijar, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : History

Current Bio:  Katherine received her Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University in 2009. After 11 years as a history professor at California State San Marcos, she is now a curator at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. Her scholarly experitise is in U.S. social and cultural history, with emphasis on women, race, gender, urban... Read More

Re-Identifying Big Butts and Hypersexuality: An Analysis of Choreographer Jawoloe Willa Jo Zollar's Batty Moves

Cherie Hill, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Dance and Performance Studies; African American Studies (minor)

Currently in modern dance there are few successful black female choreographers and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of the dance company Urban Bush Women, is one of them. In Zollar’s piece, Batty Moves, she combines theater and concert dance styles to create a work that invokes socio-political commentary on the stereotype that black women should have big butts,... Read More

Youth Reintegration in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone

Evarosa Holt-Rusmore, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Interdisciplinary Field Studies, Global Poverty and Practice (minor)

Throughout the Sierra Leone conflict, many girls and young women are abducted and sexually abused. The result of the abuse and suffering is often pregnancy. Especially after the end of civil war in 2002, young mothers who return to their communities confront social stigmatization. This has had marginalizing effects for both mothers and their children. Eva Holt-Rusmore'... Read More

Effects of Environmental Atrazine Contamination on Rana Pipiens Gonadal Development

Patricia Hom, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Integrative Biology

Atrazine is the most widely used herbicide in the U.S., with over 76 million pounds of the active ingredient applied annually. Recently, atrazine has been shown to cause endocrine disrupting effects in many vertebrates. When treated with atrazine in the lab, male Rana pipiens develop pseudohermaphrotidic testes which produce oocytes instead of sperm. This phenomenon... Read More

Ketwea Bea Nswa: Susu and Institutional Microfinance Models in Ghana

Ernest Honya, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Development Studies

Susu is a traditional microfinance scheme in Ghana that has been ignored by commercial banks and microfinance institutions in the country. Ernest’s research asks why Ghana does not have an institutionally acceptable microfinance model that is specifically designed to fit the socio-economic and cultural needs of Ghanaians. His project will first investigate the susu... Read More

Workin' Man Blues: Negotiating Class and Gender in a Downwardly Mobile Timber Community

Katherine Hood, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Sociology

While the recent economic downturn has brought national attention to the plight of the newly unemployed, downward mobility has been a steady feature of American society for generations. For Americans, however, downward mobility means facing not only declining economic prospects, but also the stigma of violating a cherished cultural norm: the pursuit of the American... Read More