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Discerning Anonymity: Characterizing Female Voice in Middle English Literature

Sarah Barnett : English Summer 2017

There is no doubt that finding a professed author in our surviving Middle English texts is both incredibly valuable and extremely difficult. An author, no matter his or her intentions, often cannot help but bring a rich array of individual complexities into their work. However, when an overwhelming majority of the surviving Middle English poetry we have today is... Read More

Reshaping Gender: Exploring Godard and Varda's Disruption of Traditional Cinematic Gender Representation during the French New Wave and Beyond

Jacob Bjorseth : Comparative Literature, French Summer 2017

The French New Wave, a cinematic movement which shifted the paradigm of narrative storytelling, was based on an engagement with radical social upheavals. By rejecting the literary, political, and societal standards and expectations of their era, New Wave directors were responsible for groundbreaking representations of modern social issues. In my research project, I am... Read More

Buscando Tun’ Tzaj Chbinchey Q’ey Jó: Comparing Perceptions of Access to and Experiences Within Healthcare Between Mayan and Latina Women in East Oakland

Dylan Bush : Latin American Studies Summer 2017

Woven into the intricate fabric of Oakland’s Latinx population is a community of Maya immigrants. Many arrived as refugees, escaping genocide during the Guatemalan Civil War, and in part because of this traumatic history and their indigenous identity, Maya individuals face unique challenges in accessing health care. While both Latinx and Mayan populations may perceive... Read More

Roman Amphoras of North Africa: Markers of a Pan-Mediterranean Economy

Amanda Dobrov : Anthropology, Classical Civilizations Summer 2017

The Crisis of the Third Century (AD 235-284) nearly saw the complete collapse of the Roman Empire due to a combination of foreign invaders, plague, civil war, and economic depression. While there is a considerable amount of scholarship on the 3rd Century, I am hoping to re-examine this scholarship with an archaeological lens. I am focusing my research on the study of... Read More

Selling Housing to Los Angeles: The FHA, Local Businesses, and the 1935 National Housing Exposition

Jeremy Goodwin : History Summer 2017

On May 18, 1935, amidst great fanfare, the National Housing Exposition opened at the newly constructed Pan Pacific Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Organized under the auspices of the nascent Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the exposition featured numerous exhibits, ranging from model homes to a so-called Fountain of Fabric. Historians have long been aware of... Read More

Characterizing the Relationship between Executive Function and Reinforcement Learning in Value Learning

Nora Harhen : Cognitive Science Summer 2017

In everyday life, seldom are the choices we’ve made reinforced by objective reward like food or water. Rather, we tend to set goals for ourselves, and actions leading to those goals are what are reinforced, even in the absence of reward. Theoretical work has suggested that treating goal achievement as a pseudo-reward is an effective means to learn complex behavior,... Read More

Education and Latina Motherhood: Resilience as a method of survival

Patricia Hernandez : Chicano Studies Summer 2017

The percentage of Latinas in higher education has increased over the last 20 years. Yet, this population is often viewed as a homogenous group, obscuring the diversity of experiences Latinas face.  In particular, experiences like those of young Latina mothers are often ignored or absent.  By erasing their experiences, we miss an opportunity to learn about the unique... Read More

“Pour les morts”: Tedium, Identity, and the Ethics of Representation in Les Bienveillantes

Beth Hightower : English, Psychology Summer 2017

The story of genocide has largely been taken up by its victims: their testimony takes on a reparative significance, counteracting their previous erasure. Jonathan Littell’s 2006 novel Les Bienveillantes, however, depicts World War II through the eyes of a Nazi official, who speaks to the reader as both an intellectual and historical actor. The narrator’s... Read More

Arturo Bandini the Viking: How Long Beach Junior College Transformed the Writing of John Fante

Danny Hutto : English Summer 2017

In the spring of 1932, while attending Long Beach Junior College (LBJC), John Fante published his short story “Eleven-Thirty” in the campus literary journal, Edda. The story, bursting with clichés, depicts a young man, disappointed in love, at the brink of suicide. Critic David L. Ulin dismisses it as “pure juvenilia” and “mostly overwrought.” A few months later The... Read More

Defamiliarizing El Lissitzky's Proun Artworks

Elizabeth Juster : History of Art Summer 2017

My research concerns El Lissitzky's Proun artworks produced in the 1920s. Lissitzky was working in a very politically charged time amidst the Russian Revolution, and hoped to use art as the foundation for a new and better society. Purely geometric, evoking three-dimensionality, and in some instances architecture, the Proun artworks represent Lissitzky's attempts to... Read More

Death in the Wild: How Women’s Views on Death Exposed Racial and Colonial Views during American Western Expansion

Lauren Kelly : History Summer 2017

My research project reimagines the overland journeys of pioneers in the 19th century United States. In our cultural memory, Western Expansion is often remembered as brave pioneers striking out West for adventure or livelihood; however, this view pushes Native Americans to the margins of the story. As pioneer families traveled and settled in the American West, they... Read More

Balancing Fan and Feminist Identities: Feminist Fans and their Connective Action on Twitter K-pop Fandom

Yena Lee : Media Studies, Journalism (minor) Summer 2017

The past two years have been a time of painful awakening for Korea as the country witnessed a deeply polemic gender war previously unprecedented in Korean society. Within K-pop fandom, a series of fan-initiated hashtags such as #WeWantBTSFeedback has started publicizing and demanding feedback for issues of misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia in K-pop industry,... Read More

The emotion of envy and social comparison

Kylie Li : Psychology Summer 2017

My research focuses on investigating the conditions that give rise to the emotion of envy both within individuals and within social groups. I am interested in how perceived social competition plays a role in determining the level of envy produced in both cases. As envy is a social comparative emotion that lies at the core of social hierarchy, I want to explore its... Read More

Signifying the Ghetto: WARs Over Contested Terrain in 1970s Los Angeles

Max Lopez : American Studies Summer 2017

This summer I aim to reconstruct and contextualize the career of the 1970s Afro-Latino funk band WAR, perhaps best known for enduring hits such as ""Lowrider,"" and ""Cisco Kid"", but in the peak of their fame, rebound for their album and title track ""The World is a Ghetto."" Like many American cities in the mid-1960's, the Watts neighborhood in LA went up in flames... Read More

Landing a Job: Occupational Mobility and the Homestead Act

Ross Mattheis : Applied Mathematics Summer 2017

Rising inequality and falling economic mobility may be the defining economic and social challenge of present-day developed economies—and the US in particular. Recently, many have observed that inequality is associated with social discontent, slowed growth, and the spread of far-right populism. But economic mobility in the US has not always been dismal; in the late... Read More

Intelligence as a Virtue: Peer Judgments Around Test Based Academic Performance

Megan Merrick : Interdisciplinary Studies Field (Child Development and Education) Summer 2017

How does the act of schooling impact children’s moral development? More specifically, do children equate academic intelligence to virtuous attributes? During my study, I will explore if and how 7 and 8 year olds associate high academic performance through test scores and effort level, to increased popularity, positive reviews from authority, and potential future... Read More

State and Statement: The Political Apology

Kevin Milyavskiy : Rhetoric Summer 2017

This study explores the form and purpose of a political apology. It includes analyses of French presidential speeches regarding crimes the French state committed throughout its history both domestically and internationally, and how the presidents speak of them. The speech former French president François Hollande gave during his visit to Algeria in 2012 is one of the... Read More

Representing Subsumed Culture: Gendered Representation on Kenyan Matatus 1990-2016

Franklyn Odhiambo : Political Science, African American Studies Summer 2017

Matatus (matatu singular) are privately owned minibuses and buses that navigate within Kenya’s major cities, mostly transporting passengers into, around, and out of towns such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. They are an integral sociocultural and economic mobilizer in Kenya, transporting thousands daily. The late 90s in Kenya saw a proliferation of graffiti writings... Read More

Liquid Connections: Water Management, Structures, and Community Identity at Abiquiú, NM

Moira Peckham : Anthropology Summer 2017

I am seeking to explore the intersection between water management techniques and structures (called acequias) and community identity in Abiquiú, New Mexico. I'm taking a multifaceted approach to engage with this question. I am looking at the physical irrigation structures (constructed during the Spanish occupation of New Mexico) and their connection to other structures... Read More

Community-Based Alternatives for Mental Health Crisis Response: Past, Present, & Imagined

Peyton Provenzano : Peace & Conflict Studies Summer 2017

The prevalence of mental health crises among individuals in the United States is steadily increasing, but state-funded resources are declining. The police are the only 24/hr emergency responders in most areas, which means that police are obligated to respond to mental health crisis situations. The US Department of Justice estimates that people with mental health... Read More

Corporate Tax Rate Differentials and Transfer Price Manipulation: Evidence from Bilateral Trade Data

William Sandholtz : Economics, Statistics Summer 2017

For the most part, individuals must break the law in order to escape paying U.S. individual income taxes.  However, corporations can legally avoid (or at least defer indefinitely) paying U.S. corporate income taxes by taking advantage of loopholes in the tax laws of various countries.  Major U.S. companies such as Google and Apple have made headlines with their... Read More

Whose Word Is It Anyway? The Rhetoric of [Re]Claiming Indigenous Language and Mixed Race [Dis]Identification

Kiana Schmitt : Rhetoric Summer 2017

The Native Hawaiian word "hapa" has undergone an extraordinary rhetorical and linguistic evolution. From signifying “half-foreigner" (colloquially, foreigner meaning "white,” due to influx of white Europeans and Americans forcibly entering Hawai‘i since the late 18th century), to "part Hawaiian, part white," then “part Hawaiian," to “half-Asian or Pacific Islander (API... Read More

Exploring the correlation between beta oscillations and MEPs during movement preparation

Claudia Tischler : Cognitive Science Summer 2017

Motor preparation can be probed using both electroencephalography (EEG) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive brain stimulation technique which evokes a response called the motor-evoked potential (MEP) from the targeted muscle. However, recording MEPs is problematic—the MEP is highly variable from trial to trial, and the sources of fluctuations in... Read More

Violence and Victimization among Older Homeless Adults: Results from the HOPE HOME Study

Michelle Tong : Public Health, Molecular and Cell Biology Summer 2017

Homeless individuals experience increased risk for violence and victimization on the streets and in shelters, as well as by spouses, partners and acquaintances. Older homeless adults suffer from even higher rates of violent attacks, although research is limited with regards to risk factors associated with violence and victimization. With half of single homeless adults... Read More

Effect of Speaker on Non-word Repetition Tasks in Bilingual Children

Claudia Valdivia : Linguistics, Spanish Summer 2017

Nearly one quarter of children in the United States now hear a language other than English at home (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011). This means that millions of children, upon entering school, start acquiring English as their second language. At the same time as they experience a shift in language input in their new school environments, they also come... Read More

Read It with Tears: The Poetics of Old Norse Marian Devotion

Celine Vezina : English, Scandinavian Summer 2017

Skaldic poetry, a genre of medieval Icelandic vernacular poetry characterized by its ornate poetics and highly inflexible meter, typically taking the form of royal encomia, was the preeminent poetic form in much of Scandinavia during its period of composition (mid-9th-mid-14th centuries). My research will focus on the latter end of this tradition, the rarely studied... Read More

Network of a Ninth Century Poet: Visualizing the Social Life of Bai Juyi

Emily Wang : History Summer 2017

Bai Juyi 白居易 (aka Bo Juyi, ca. 8th–9th century CE), one of the most renowned poets in Chinese history, was also a well-connected civil bureaucrat from a family based in the Tang capital. Past studies have focused principally on the deeds and accomplishments of the Tang aristocracy, but their social interactions remain largely unstudied. My project proposes to... Read More

Online Linguistic Violence in Contemporary China

Jiaqian Zhu : Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages & Cultures Summer 2017

Through this research, I want to find out how we should understand a social phenomenon of vehement linguistic violence on China’s main social media sites as well as a newly-emerging netizen group “keyboard warrior” in the society. How does keyboard warriors’ collective action of expressing aggression against others produce a new form of youth culture or pop culture in... Read More