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From Enlightenment to Romance: Adam Ferguson’s Philosophy of History in Scottish Romantic Literature

Dane Anderson, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : History, English Minor

In preparation for his senior honors thesis, Dane is studying the relationship between literatures of the Scottish Enlightenment and Romantic periods. Specifically, he is exploring how Adam Ferguson’s theory of history, described in the Essay on the History of Civil Society, colors major texts of Scottish Romanticism. The scholarship surrounding Ferguson’s... Read More

Punishing the Average? Access to Civil Justice for California's Self-Represented Litigants

Kara Anderson, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Sociology, Demography Minor

While extensive research explores inequalities in the criminal justice system, little sociological literature analyzes inequalities in the civil justice system. Whereas a constitutional right to counsel exists for criminal cases, litigants in civil cases must either pay enormous attorney fees or represent themselves in navigating complex issues such as divorce,... Read More

The Rise of the California Junior College Movement

Daniel Basurto, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : History, Public Policy Minor

Today, California educates 2.1 million students enrolled at 115 community colleges–making the California community college system the most extensive system of higher education in the United States. For Daniel Joseph Basurto’s history honors thesis, he will fill in the gaps of history that led to the first two junior colleges and ultimately sparked the California junior... Read More

Girlz in the Hood: How Black and Brown Women Navigate the Streets of South Central Los Angeles

Joanna Cardenas, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : African American Studies and Legal Studies

South Central Los Angeles has a long history of male-dominant gang affiliations, categorizing the city of Los Angeles as the gang capital of the nation. This led to excessive surveillance and sky-rocketing rates of male incarceration since the 1980’s, making L.A. men jails the face of mass incarceration. Research is lacking, however, around the social and... Read More

Dim Sum and Developments: Effects of Gentrification in Oakland Chinatown Beyond an Economic Understanding

Janie Chen, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Sociology and Ethnic Studies

Oakland Chinatown has historically existed as an immigrant enclave and now stands increasingly vulnerable to citywide redevelopment. Through an honor thesis and photo essay, Janie returns to her roots in Oakland Chinatown to understand the larger narrative of who claims, makes, loses, and occupies space. Her research centers the narratives of longtime residents,... Read More

Entrepreneurial Illegality: Legal and Cultural Exclusion of Undocumented Entrepreneurs

Saida Cornejo, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Legal Studies and Ethnic Studies

Saida’s research explores how some undocumented migrants generate their income through entrepreneurship. Undocumented entrepreneurs are part of high barrier and low barrier industries, but their undocumented status leaves them vulnerable to policing and wage theft. Their vulnerability as migrants places them outside the traditional image of who an American entrepreneur... Read More

Home is Where the Food is: Preserving Traditional, Filipino Cultural Practices

Justin Dela Cruz, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Public Policy Minor

Kamayan, which in Tagalog means “by hand”, is the traditional, communal style of eating Filipino food without plates or utensils. Tusok-tusok, which translates into “poke poke”, are heavily-fried, Filipino street foods, usually cut into bite-sized pieces and eaten off wooden skewers and dipped in sweet and sour sauces. For Filipino immigrants, these... Read More

The Role of Human Complement Factor H and its Interaction with Human Cytomegalovirus

Zoe Hsiao, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Molecular and Cell Biology, Asian American Studies Minor

Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is one of eight pathogenic herpesviruses known to infect humans. HCMV can be asymptomatic in those with sufficient immune systems, but lead to serious or fatal disease in immunodeficient persons. Because current medications to treat HCMV have a poor safety profile and risk the potential to select for drug resistance, vaccine development... Read More

Fried Chicken Under the Southern Cross: The Only Surviving Confederate Exile Colony in Americana, Brazil

Do Khym, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Geography

This research aims to examine the reasons why the Norris Colony in Americana, Brazil was the only surviving post-bellum Confederate exile colony, while all other Confederate colonies around the world failed. Through research in the archives of the city of Americana, especially its Immigration Museum, Do expects to find that small scale agriculture where settlers put in... Read More

The Population Genetics of the Serpentine Endemic, Leather Oak (Quercus durata)

Christopher McCarron, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Conservation and Resource Studies

Soils derived from serpentine rock host a unique flora while being distributed throughout California in scattered outcrops. Their insularity makes them ideal for examining the evolution and divergence of species restricted to them, such as the leather oak (Quercus durata var. durata). Chris McCarron’s honors thesis will use reduced genome DNA sequencing for 310 samples... Read More

Theming Cities: San Francisco and Twenty-First Century Urbanism

Calvin Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : American Studies, Education Minor

The San Francisco cityscape is changing rapidly, with large influxes of residents, buildings, and communities. This change must be understood with more than soaring rents or other quantified data; it’s evident between Salesforce Transit Center and Embarcadero, banners advertising the East Cut and Yerba Buena, the trash that’s picked up and the trash left behind.... Read More

Non-Methane Hydrocarbon Emissions from Bay Area Wetlands

Metta Nicholson, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Molecular Environmental Biology, Music Minor

Wetlands are habitats valued for their many ecosystem services but are also a huge source of methane emissions globally. Wetland managers should therefore consider the potential of wetlands to be a source of greenhouse gas emissions, and how these ecosystems impact the chemical composition of the troposphere. Although much investigation has delved into methane... Read More

Identity Formation and Affirmation in Autistic Individuals

Esperanza Padilla, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Sociology

Autism is typically understood as a disorder rather than an identity. However, the emergence of the autism self-advocacy movement and virtual spaces suggests that autism is more than a diagnosis for many individuals. Esperanza Padilla’s research seeks to delve beyond the medical model’s interpretation of autism to find out how autistic individuals develop their sense... Read More

“Why do you live with your tía/aunt?”: Making Sense of Cultural and Family Identities as a Latinx Foster Youth

Michael Papias, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Ethnic Studies and Film, Education Minor

In 2017, more than 690,000 children spent time in foster care, and on any given day in the US, more than 443,000 children are in foster care. One-third of all foster youth are children of color, with 93,507 children identifying as Hispanic/Latinx. People identifying as Latinx are the fastest growing group in the child welfare system. Michael will be interviewing Latinx... Read More

The Dynamics of Folding

Gabriel Perko-Engel, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Physics, Computer Science Minor


Largely unchanged for centuries, origami in the last hundred years has exploded with innovation! Beginning with the works of Akira Yoshizawa and his introduction of the first technical system for notating folds, paperfolding has transformed from a simple craft to a highly developed field of mathematics, engineering, and artistry. Yet, even as... Read More

“Dancing Girls”: Margaret Atwood’s Gothic and Ecofeminist Dialogic Through Landscapes and Shadow Selves

Arina Stadnyk, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : English, Creative Writing Minor

Arina’s project will examine how Margaret Atwood’s short fiction collection, Dancing Girls, uses the elements of landscape and the shadow self as sites of ideological conflict between traditional Gothic tropes and ecofeminist ideology. While scholarly literature has addressed, separately, ecofeminism and the Gothic convention in Atwood’s fiction, there has... Read More

Melancholy, Memory and the Millennial Experience in Digital Poetry

Jacqueline Vela, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : English, History Minor

Jacqueline Vela’s research project will focus on the writings of contemporary poets of the 2010’s that have emerged and performed their pieces via the Internet. Closely following this new genre of e-literature, Vela will observe both the bodies of work and digital platforms of poets such as Yesika Salgado, Danez Smith, Olivia Gatwood, and Ocean Vuong among others so to... Read More

Rapid Point-of-Care Diagnostic Assay for COVID-19

Candace Wang, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Molecular and Cellular Biology and Classical Civilizations, Education Minor

As of April 3rd, 2020, there are over a million coronavirus cases worldwide, with more people testing positive every day. With SARS-nCoV-2 being able to transmit from person to person without showing any symptoms, there is a high potential of the virus rapidly transmitting throughout a population undetected. A lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), rapid... Read More

Becoming the “First Free Town in the Americas”: Mobilizing Afro-Mexican Memory, Performance, and Local History in Yanga, Veracruz, 1932-1990

Duncan Wanless, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : History and Spanish

Today, the town of Yanga, Veracruz, Mexico identifies itself as the “First Free Town in the Americas” because of its origins in the first successful slave revolt in the Americas. Yanga is an anomaly in Mexican culture because it has actively embraced and even mythologized the role of Africans in Mexico’s past. Duncan's history honors thesis will combine archival... Read More

Faith and Apostasy: A Comparative Study of Conversion and De-Conversion to The Church of Latter-Day Saints and Jehovah's Witnesses

Emma Yataco, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Though the term religion is frequently used, it remains difficult to define. As a result, defining religious conversion or developing a unified theory of conversion has not yet been achieved. Emma’s research will explore religion and conversion from the perspective of the religious organizations themselves. She will examine the doctrine and organizational structure of... Read More