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The 'Russian Geisha': Commodity of a Commodity

Ekaterina Moiseeva, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Political Science

Conventionally, the word “sex-worker” creates an image of an economically deprived, uneducated and socially isolated female who enters the sex market as a last resort to survive. The word “sex-work” is almost synonymous to “dirty” work. In her project, Ekaterina will examine Russian females who travel to Japan as hostesses and engage in the sex trade, to present a new... Read More

Undocumented, Unafraid and Unapologetic: Development of Inclusive Activism in the Immigrant Youth Movement

Gabriela Monico, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Ethnic Studies

An estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants live in the U.S. 2.1 million youth may attempt to legalize through the DREAM Act, if enacted. An activist movement led by eligible youth has mobilized around this legislation, which has given rise to a narrative that casts eligible youth as deserving, “othering” the 67% that would not qualify. Through interviews and... Read More

Richmond's "State of Emergency"

Dashal Moore, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Ethnic Studies

Dashal’s project will use a recent debate in the Richmond City Council over the proposal to declare a “State of Emergency” as a focus for questions dealing with violence and politics in the deindustrialized and racialized American... Read More

Latina Caregivers' Perceptions of the Impact They Have on Their Employers' Families, and Changes in Their Perspectives on the 'American Family'

Susana Evelyn Moreno, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Chicano Studies/Ethnic Studies, Education (minor)

Latina domestic workers have come to form a pivotal role in the United States service sector, yet very little is known about their social, political and economic impact on society. Susana’s research seeks to find out how some Bay Area Latina domestic workers perceive their employment and their relations with their employers. Differences between these women’s... Read More

First in Flight: A Comprehensive Study of Etruscan Winged Demons

Marvin Morris, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Classical Civilizations

The so-called “winged-demons” of Etruria appear most prominently in funerary art on painted tomb walls, as well as on clay and stone relief, vase painting and sculpture. Yet, there has been little attempt to comprehensively study and interpret their various forms and features, their religious function and funerary contexts. The Soprintendenza of Southern Etruria... Read More

HIV, Gender, Belonging, and the State: Reflections from Post-Conflict Northern Uganda

Minda Murphy, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Anthropology

Northern Uganda is in the early years of recovery following a twenty year civil war which devastated the region. For an entire decade of that war, nearly two million people from Acholiland were forcibly displaced from their homes and detained in internment camps, living as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees in their own country. With the vast majority... Read More

The Ottoman Empire's Religious and Political Relationship with Afghanistan during the Early 20th Century

Hakeem Naim, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Middle Eastern Studies

It is well known that the Ottoman Empire had deep influence in the Middle East and South East Europe for many centuries. However, the Ottoman impact on Afghanistan, especially in the late 19th and early 20th century, is less commonly acknowledged despite its relevance to our understanding of contemporary problems in the region. To fill this void, Hakeem will study the... Read More

Digital Government: The Next American Revolution?

Daniell Newman, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Political Science

Daniell's research in the burgeoning field of eGovernment will examine the structure, implementation, and deployment issues of the use of the Internet as a tool for governance in the United States. For his Senior Honors Thesis in Political Science, he will travel to Washington D.C. and Sacramento to conduct case studies of the eGovernment plans of the State of... Read More

A Glimpse of the Protein Motions in a Model Hydrogen Tunneling Enzyme

Andy Nguy, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Molecular and Cell Biology & English

Enzymes are highly efficient biological catalysts. Understanding how enzymes catalyze chemical reactions into physiological relevant rates is of great interest. Moreover, electron and proton transfers are ubiquitous in biological processes, yet it has now become clear that such electron and proton transfers may have quantum mechanical effects. Andy will be... Read More

Courting Rhetoric: The Poetics of Erotic Logos at the Platonic Origins of Philosophy

Valerie Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Philosophy / Rhetoric

Through an attempt to gain a sense of the significance of Plato's extensive discussions concerning the nature of language, this study undertakes to understand how the dialectical representation of rhetoric and the regulation of sophistic epistemologies specifically play into securing the institutionalization of philosophy. Foregrounding the particular role of the... Read More

Fictional Structures of Control: Rape in Roman Comedy

Mackhai Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Latin, Comparative Literature, English

Mackhai Nguyen's project focuses on Roman comic plays that end with a citizen man and woman being married, specifically those marriages that are generated by rape and similar forced sexual encounters. Previous commentators have examined how criticisms are expressed in these plays that resist the dominant structures of the genre and of the time:... Read More

V-Src Regulation of Protein Kinase C-Zeta

David H. Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Activation of the proto-oncogene c-Src, a tyrosine kinase, is evident in major cancers such as breast and colon. C-Src activates substrates that serve important roles in controlling growth, survival and motility of cells. Activation of c-Src is known to cause transformation, the process by which normal cells become cancerous. David seeks to elucidate how v-Src, a... Read More

Media Coverage of Media Concentration

Chau Nguyen Doan, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Media Communications

Chau’s research seeks an answer to this question: Do the business interests of an increasingly corporate media undermine the reporting of news on which the public depends? Media scholars have debated this key question for years (mostly answering affirmatively), but Chau hopes to introduce a novel approach to the analysis: using news coverage of media concentration as a... Read More

Further Computations on Maeda’s Conjecture

Xiaoyu Niu, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Mathematics

Yoshitaka Maeda made the conjecture in 1997: Let m be an integer greater than 1 and let F be the characteristic polynomial of the Hecke operator T_m acting on the space S_k of cusp forms of weight k and level one, then the polynomial F is irreducible... Read More

Microcredit and the Discourse of Empowerment: A Case Study in Jinotega, Nicaragua

Kristen Norman, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

In an effort to narrow the gap in gender equality and improve public health, microfinance institutions are increasingly creating products for women in developing countries. Experts caution against assuming that women’s empowerment is an automatic outcome of microfinance, and call for accompanying “soft services” such as health education, literacy training, and... Read More

Redefining Gender Roles After the Internal Conflict: Women in Ayacucho, Peru

Sandra Núñez Portocarrero, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Sociology

Vast academic attention characterized by a search for causality and consequences has been given to the internal conflict in Peru in the 1980s and 1990s. However, little attention has been given to women, the main victims of the conflict. Seeking to understand the redefinition of gender roles after the internal conflict, Sandra will travel to Ayacucho, a province in the... Read More

Uncovering the Genesis of Omagua: A Contact Language of Peruvian Amazonia

Zachary O'Hagan, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Linguistics

Most languages spoken today are of roughly direct descent from other, perhaps extinct, languages. Latin is the famous progenitor of the Romance languages. However, the pre-history of some languages is not one of direct descent, but rather of contact, or mixture. Omagua is a highly endangered, pre-Columbian contact language of Peruvian Amazonia, with only two remaining... Read More

The Illusion of Inclusion: A Proposal to Investigate How Citizenships and Legal Status Shape Community Perspectives on Prison Complexes within a Small California Town

Martín Olea, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

This project, which will be Martin’s senior honors thesis for Interdisciplinary Studies, will explore the process through which a small town, populated mostly by farmworkers, approved the construction of carceral facilities that are detrimental to a significant portion of its population. Prisons today are of significant importance to the communities of the... Read More

The Semiotics of Digital Storytelling

Marisa S. Olson, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Combining research with creative expression, Marisa will be exploring digital storytelling, a new multimedia narrative form that uses images, film, text and sounds that are electronically stored and retrieved via computers. She will be investigating the structural/narratological characteristics of this new medium in order to theorize the points of divergence between... Read More

Sculpting Memory: Reading Berlin's Book Burning Memorial

Isabella Oppen, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Comparative Literature/German Studies

What can a close reading of Berlin’s Book Burning Memorial offer to elucidate conflicts of remembering a turbulent past? Using libraries and archives in Berkeley and Berlin, Isabella will research the history and development of the current memorial; its public reception; and different uses of its location (Bebelplatz) over time. This research will also entail an in-... Read More

Bodies, Burials, and Black Cultural Politics: African American Funerals in the Civil Rights Movement

Keith Orejel, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : History

Keith will be traveling to Washington D.C. to do archival research at the Library of Congress and National Archives. He will be studying funerals in the Civil Rights-Black Power Era. Scholars of the Civil Rights and Black Power Eras often focus on the institutions and individuals who fueled the creation of these social movements, while ignoring the role of culture and... Read More

Abrasive Reconciliation: Negotiating El Salvador’s Transition to Democracy

Spencer Orey, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Anthropology

Spencer will travel to El Salvador this summer and conduct anthropological fieldwork focusing on the not-for-profit organization Pro-Búsqueda. Focusing primarily on reuniting children “disappeared” in the Salvadoran civil war with their biological families, workers at Pro-Búsqueda have not only helped to advocate processes of justice and repatriation but have also... Read More

“I’m Expected to get Married for Papers”: Latino/a Undocumented Young Adults and their Navigations of Intimate Relationships

Humberto Ortiz, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Sociology

Humberto’s project will examine how Latino/a undocumented migrant youth negotiate migrant ‚Äúillegality‚Äù in their everyday lives through relationships of love, kinship, and companionship. While a growing literature has examined how this population navigates “public” contexts of higher education and civic engagement, no scholarship has analyzed how these youth... Read More

In Fear of Difference: Dissent and Anti-Individualism in the former Yugoslavia

Tiasha Palikovic, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Political Science/Psychology

A double major in Political Science and Psychology, Tiasha will be studying how Yugoslavia's political transition out of communism has affected the region's stance toward individualism, seeking to determine whether the move toward liberal democracy has produced a genuine effort towards increasing freedom of expression. She will be testing her hypothesis that anti... Read More

Conceptual Metaphors in Describing Transgender Identities

Ayden Parish, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Linguistics (minor: LGBTQ Studies)

Ayden is exploring the metaphors used to describe transgender identities and experiences. Cognitive linguistics understands metaphor as central to language and human cognition, allowing us to grasp abstract concepts via physical sensations and everyday experiences. There has, however, been very little put forward for a cognitive linguistics of gender: How are the... Read More

Memory--True or False? Processing and Structure in False Memory

Lillian Park, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Lillian will be researching the phenomenon of false recall, in which a person confidently remembers something that did not occur. False memory has been a vexing problem in psychological theory and its clinical and forensic applications. A new paradigm suggests that people spontaneously generate associatively or thematically related material while they encode memories,... Read More

A Fundamental Study of Selective Catalysis in Heterogeneous Materials

Nicholas Parra-Vazquez, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Chemical Engineering

A Chemical Engineering & Material Science double major, Nicholas plans to investigate the significance of catalyst structure on a system exhibiting shape-selectivity. In the past, it has proven difficult to synthetically manipulate one catalyst feature without simultaneously altering other features. As a result, the relative importance of various structural... Read More

Genetic Diversity Among Populations of Phellinus Swieteniae in Mangroves

Jeri Lynn Parrent, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Through a combination of field-work and laboratory research, Jeri's project promises to make an important contribution to our understanding of-and our efforts to preserve-the planet's extraordinarily rich biological diversity. This summer, Jeri will travel to Panama to collect samples of Phellinus swieteniae, a fungal pathogen of black mangroves from six... Read More

A Study of Selective Catalysis in Water

Andrew Pascall, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Chemical Engineering

With costly Superfund cleanups making headlines recently, companies have realized that the most financially prudent solution to dispose of hazardous waste is not to produce it at all. In order to reach this goal, new heterogeneous catalysts will need to be developed that have high selectivity and activity in non-hazardous solvents. Andrew’s project will focus on... Read More

Functional Characterization of Met12-MTHFR in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Jessica Nichole Pasqua, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Chemical Biology

Methylenetetrahydrofolate-reductase (MTHFR) is an enzyme involved in the synthesis of methionine, an essential amino acid. Due to MTHFR importance for cellular health, Jessica studies MTHFRs in yeast species Saccharomyces cerevisiae through analysis of paralogous genes MET12 and MET13. The Met12 and Met13 proteins are both MTHFR enzymes, however based upon biochemical... Read More


Darci Pauser, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Anthropology

Darci will be traveling to New York City to conduct anthropological fieldwork on homelessness. Specifically, this work will be an exploration of the way in which the discourse of choice, freedom, and resistance is utilized in the lives of those who view their homeless condition as a choice-- those Darci terms "houseless." The data collected through interviews and... Read More

Wearable Virtual Keyboard: Acceleration Sensing Glove

John Perng, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

An Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major, John's research interests are in the rapidly exploding area of wearable computing, a rubric that includes palm pilots, pagers and cell phones. His goal is to design and improve a virtual keyboard for a personal electronic device called the Acceleration Sensing Glove. John has already designed a crude prototype... Read More

Ad Infinitum: Co-branded advertising for children's films, from Star Wars to The Incredibles

Andrew Peterson, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Film

Co-branded advertising is a movie marketing strategy allying films such as Star Wars and E.T., with brands like Burger Chef and Atari. Though film and advertising have always engaged in a mutually shameless relationship, there are many important distinctions between co-branded and conventional film advertising. In contrast to the prologue-like tone of movie... Read More

‘Their War’: The Perspectives of the South Vietnamese Military in American Literature and in Their Own Words

Hoai Nguyen (Julie) Pham, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : History

For her Senior Honors Thesis in History, Julie proposes to investigate an under-researched aspect of the Vietnam War: the perspective of former members of the lower and middle echelons of the South Vietnamese military. She proposes first to examine the written record of the war, including print media, scholarly works, fiction and memoirs, to examine how American... Read More

Differential Gene Expression in Old and Young Mice: Bridging Immune System and Muscle Regeneration

Novalia Pishesha, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Bioengineering

The slower muscle regeneration observed in older people is due to the less supportive extrinsic biochemical make-up, which constitutes the microenvironment of damaged muscle, in older people as compared to younger people. Muscle regeneration involves an inflammation phase during which the immune cells partly architect the microenvironment surrounding muscle injury.... Read More