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Self-Writing and James Baldwin: A reexamination of black autobiography

Samara Michaelson : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2018

My work will focus on the autobiographical tendencies of James Baldwin’s texts as they engage with the sociopolitical and philosophical problems inherent to black autobiography's genesis—slavery—with the larger task of reexamining understandings of autobiography as a genre. The research will explore the history of African American literature in order to find how... Read More

Mourning "Veils": Racialization through Gothic Tropes in the Writings of William Faulkner and Kazuo Ishiguro

Mieko Kurata Anders : English, Sociology Summer 2018

My project will explore the ideological implications of racialization through gothic tropes in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1929) and Kazuo Ishiguro’s first two novels, A Pale View of Hills (1982) and An Artist of the Floating World (1986). Specifically, I will reframe Faulkner’s use of the Southern Gothic genre to configure a postwar Asian Gothic through... Read More

Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too: Orange County's Backlash to "Communist" Textbooks (1945-1970)

Emma Paulina Bianco : History and American Studies Summer 2018

No area is perhaps more synonymous with conservatism than Orange County, California. This region fell victim to Cold War paranoia of imposing Soviet threats and possible communist subversion. From the end of World War II to the late 1960s, Orange County residents engaged in local battles to “protect” their most precious individuals from socialist leanings: children. In... Read More

The Council for Mutual Economic Ignorance: The Lack of Integration of Eastern Bloc Markets

Peter Birghoffer : History Summer 2018

It is convenient to see the failure of the Comecon (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance), the economic union of Eastern Bloc countries, as a verdict on command economies. Central planning is commonly understood to have reduced the competitiveness of these countries to the point where they could no longer provide themselves with the resources required to maintain a... Read More

The Effect of Gender, Education, and Area of Residency on Division of Household Labor in Punjab, India

Kiran Brar : Cognitive Science Summer 2018

While the unbalanced sex-based division of labor has been explored in various parts of the developing world, it remains largely unstudied in Punjab (Northwest India). Punjab is a predominantly agricultural society with diverse family organizational forms, including joint and extended families.

I will examine how the division of labor amongst heterosexual couples... Read More

Criminal Record, Education, and Employment in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Michael Cerda-Jara : Sociology Summer 2018

Recently, the U.S. has seen a growing increase in the number of programs advocating for more formerly incarcerated college students. In California, the Bay Area is home to a number of these programs. One prime example, the Underground Scholars Initiative (USI), is a pioneering program located at the University of California, Berkeley that focuses on creating a pathway... Read More

Think of the Children!: An Analysis of Queer Childhood

Sarah Elisabeth Coduto : English Summer 2018

My research project is an analysis of queer childhoods. Taking as a starting-point Lee Edelman’s notion of reproductive futurism, a term coined to refer to a cultural, political, and psychic investment in the figure of the Child who "remains the perpetual horizon of every acknowledged politics… as the emblem of futurity’s unquestioned value” (No Future 3... Read More

Inner Vision: The Role of Entoptics in the Artwork of Piet Mondrian

Mason Cummings : Art History Summer 2018

The visual field of the human eye is not limited to external objects, but instead includes visible effects which arise from within the optical system itself, otherwise known as entoptics. One may be familiar with entoptics in the form of floaters or migraine auras, as well as the field of changing colors and shapes borne of gentle pressure applied to the back of shut... Read More

Music and Mood: Tuning in to Music's Role in Emotion Regulation

Gregory Devine : Neurobiology and Music Summer 2018

Music’s ability to evoke and communicate emotion seems intuitive and universal, but the cognitive and psychological processes that underlie music’s emotive inductance still remain largely a mystery. Investigating how people perceive and engage with music ultimately reveals the complexities of emotion regulation. In this study, I compose music that targets various... Read More

The 'Three-Dimensional Woman': Exploring Gender and Representing Femininity in James Joyce's Ulysses

Taylor Follett : English Summer 2018

Upon first reading Ulysses by James Joyce, I developed a question: why does one of the most significant novels of the modernist canon, a literary movement associated with hyper-masculine authors, contain such a prominent focus on the feminine and end with a female narrator? Throughout Ulysses, Joyce investigates the trappings of normative gender, especially through... Read More

The Broken Clepsydra: Fascism as the Distortion of the Water-Gazer’s Perception of Time in Argentina and Japan

Hideyasu Kurose : Comparative Literature Summer 2018

Tragically, fascism has re-appeared in many forms and permutations throughout modern history.  Although Japan and Argentina represent only two nations which have suffered this political epidemic, through studying these nations perhaps deeper deductions can ultimately be drawn about a contemporary political phenomenon which Albert Camus rightfully labeled “an epidemic... Read More

Auditory Adaptations

Keren Lev : Anthropology & Cognitive Science Summer 2018

We propose to conduct research exploring potential cognitive adaptations in children who come from less wealthy and/or educated homes (low socioeconomic status, SES). Previous research indicates that lower-SES environments expose children to stressors including neighborhood crime and loud, crowded home environments. Such stress has been associated with academic... Read More

Specters Old and New: a Critical Study of Bernard Stiegler's Social Theory

Elliot Lewis : Interdisciplinary Studies Field: Critical Theories of Political Economy, Society, and Culture Summer 2018

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of speculation concerning the significance of new digital technologies on social relations, culture, and political economy. French philosopher and social theorist Bernard Stiegler is one of the more prominent of such ‘New Media’ theorists, who aims at a philosophical transformation in our understanding of the... Read More

Mixed-Orientation Marriage in Queer Modernity: Tongqi in China

Celine Liao : Sociology, Gender & Women's Studies Summer 2018

“Tongqi”, the abbreviation of “gay man (tong)’s wife (qi)”, is a term used in China to describe a self-identified straight woman who married to a self-identified gay man that both partners assume to maintain a heterosexual marriage. China’s interactions with its ancestral-familial ethics stressing on offspring, reactionary attitude toward the Western knowledge/power on... Read More

Basic Income: Theory and Practice in Neoliberal Aid

Elizabeth McCullough : Development Studies Summer 2018

Direct cash transfers, often termed 'basic income,' are an emerging trend in contemporary development interventions. This form of poverty alleviation depends upon a particular form of social contract between state, civil society, and citizen. While influential thinkers from across the political spectrum have long supported a basic income, including economists... Read More

Language Revitalization: Thinking By Design

Cecelia Di Mino : Linguistics Summer 2018

Indigenous language revitalization (LR) work comes from the heart. Whether done by a documentary linguist or an indigenous community member, LR is a labor of love, usually done in someone’s spare time, with little to no financial compensation. While their linguistic and/or cultural knowledge may be vast, such individuals usually lack pedagogy training and experience.... Read More

Social media meets Zimbabwe’s informal economy: How street vendors use social media to support income generation

Liona Muchenje : Political Economy Summer 2018

The uses of social media in developing countries particularly in Africa are generally under-researched. The few studies that have been conducted emphasized the impact of such digital tools on democracy, civic participation and other largely socio-political implications, leaving out the economic implications. After identifying this information gap, I formulated my... Read More

The Disappeared: An Integrated Look at Incarceration and Deportation

Pablo Paderes : Ethnic Studies Summer 2018

The rise of mass incarceration and punishment over the past 4 decades in the U.S. is largely understood as a black issue, while immigrant incarceration and punishment are largely understood as brown problems. These analytical borders segregate rich bodies of theory and analysis from each other. My research will use in-depth interviews of formerly incarcerated people... Read More

Gender stereotype knowledge and social causal attributions in young children

Verity Pinter : Psychology Summer 2018

Intuitive theories that young children have about others’ behavior develop through exposure to patterns of covariation – the degree to which two variables change together across time and situations – as a child develops, incorporating new empirical evidence with prior knowledge. Over time and cultural exposure, children's causal theories about other people's behavior... Read More

“Sin-Sheltering Grove”: The Implication of Nature and Female Sexuality in Rochester’s Poetry

Ariel Renner : English Summer 2018

Nature has so often been used as a vehicle to express femininity, sexuality, and eroticism throughout literary history. However, when we speak of “nature,” there is often an overlooked ambiguity to the term that necessitates further explanation as to the sort of nature a given work focuses on. My research pays close attention to this ambiguity, as I will use a... Read More

Politics of Care: Understanding an Embodied Ethnic Studies Pedagogy

China Ruiz : Ethnic Studies + Chicano Studies, Education Minor Summer 2018

In September 2016, Governor Jerry Brown passed a bill that called for the implementation of an Ethnic Studies program in California public high schools. This moment follows decades of student-led movements fighting for a culturally relevant education. The implementation of this bill necessitates an examination of the ways current Ethnic Studies curriculums are being... Read More

"A Matter of World Concern": Civil Rights and the UN Genocide Convention, 1949-1955

Harriet Steele : History Summer 2018

In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.  The Convention defines genocide— a term coined by Rafael Lemkin in 1944— as “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such…”  The United States Senate did not ratify the Convention until 1988... Read More

Deportation of American Veterans: Shifting the Responsibility of Deportation, Who's at Fault?

Zachery Valdez : History & American Studies Summer 2018

As paradoxical as it may sounds, the deportation of American Veterans is a phenomenon that continues to affect our non-Citizen Veterans. My research will analyze and document the deportation and United States Veterans, in order to understand why these Americans are getting deported. 

Examining Generalization and Flexibility in Structure Learning with EEG

Lucy Whitmore : Cognitive Science Summer 2018

With the incredible amount of information available in the world, humans have to form many different behavioral strategies in order to account for the variety of situations and information we could encounter. This makes the ability to flexibly adapt behavior to different contexts a critical component of human intelligence. For example, when we use computers, we know... Read More

Plurality in Southern Chinese Languages

Yvette Yi-Chi Wu : Linguistics Summer 2018

While languages like English use grammatical markers to signal plurality (like the -s in cat-s), languages like Chinese use separate words called classifiers. A classifier is a unit of measurement that allows the noun it describes to be countable, similar to saying ‘three pieces of furniture’ instead of ‘three furniture-s’ in English. Although Chinese has long been... Read More