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Thinking in Mirrors: The Divine Mirror in the Epic Poetry of Dante Alighieri

Megan Clement : English Summer 2011

The mirror literally and symbolically reflects opposites. In medieval times, it seems that the mirror symbolized a gateway to the divine; now the mirror is more often associated with the monstrous. Spending the summer studying Dante's Divine Comedy, I will begin my research into how the evolution of the meaning of the mirror perhaps parallels the move from a... Read More

Culture, Agency, and Free Will

Christopher Cochran : Psychology Summer 2006

A great deal of research has recently emerged regarding the concepts of agency, intentionality, and Free Will. In The Illusion of Conscious Will (2002), Dan Wegner asserts that people believe they cause their own actions in a way that is concurrent with the theory of Free Will (Wegner, 2002). I believe that a lay theory of agency varies by culture. I describe American’... Read More

Unraveling Bande Dessiné: an Exploration into French Alternative Autobiographical Graphic Novels

Anjelica Colliard : French, Art Practice Summer 2012

France is home to a sophisticated comic book culture that considers the genre as valuable literature. Its integration into French society is indicative of its influence in contemporary popular culture. My research project explores the role that the printed image plays in narrating French autobiographical comic books, and how the overall visual aspect of graphic... Read More

Regulatory Focus and Interethnic Interactions

Stefanie Stella Como : Psychology Summer 2006

Past research by Shelton, Richeson, and Salvatore (2005) has shown that minority group members feel less authentic interacting with people outside of their ethnic group than with their in-group. There are many reasons why people feel inauthentic during such interactions, but one likely part of the explanation is based on regulatory focus theory (Higgins, 1997). This... Read More

Asclepius at Epidaurus: Healing the Ills of Ancient Greece

Tweed Arden Conrad : Classic Civilization Summer 2007

Asclepius, Apollo's son, was an important healing deity in ancient Greece. Asclepian healing sanctuaries existed at Epidaurus, Kos, Pergamum, the Athenian Acropolis, and Corinth. The main vehicle for healing at these sanctuaries was dreaming, where one could converse and be healed directly by the god Asclepius himself. This summer I plan to explore the various... Read More

Decision-making structures and participation in heterogeneous worker cooperatives

Amanda Cook : Sociology Summer 2008

I am studying how decision-making structures affect participation in heterogeneous worker cooperatives. Worker cooperatives are businesses or organizations owned and democratically managed by their workers. Previous research on worker cooperatives indicates a tendency towards homogeneity, meaning that worker-owners in a given cooperative share very similar... Read More

Changing Views on Gun Control: The Effects of Moral Framing and Ingroup Conformity on Attitudes Towards Gun Laws

Edgar Cook : Political Science, Sociology Summer 2014

The debate over gun control has become an increasingly divisive political issue among Americans, so much so that both liberals and conservatives appear to be talking past each other. According to Moral Foundations Theory, such political schisms arise because liberals and conservatives hold different moral intuitions and respond to different forms of moral rhetoric.... Read More

Guest Worker Programs: A U.S.-Germany Comparison

Erin Michelle Cooper : English, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2006

Foundation Funding and the Effects of Donor-Driven Community Projects in the United States

Jenny Cooper : Geography Summer 2008

The U.S. government budget cuts of the 1980s and the international financial institutions’ economic policies of the late 1980s and 1990s crippled government-run social services in the U.S. and across the Third World. To fill the void left by the defunct government services there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of non-profit and community... Read More

The First Generation: West Indian Immigrant Contributions to African American Freedom Struggles

Chryl Corbin : African American Studies, Mass Communications Summer 2010

The Naturalization Act of 1870 ushered in a wave of immigration during the turn of the 20th century which included many from the West Indies. While they sought the same opportunities as their European counterparts they often suffered from, and organized against, discrimination and Jim Crow segregation. Thus as activists, intellectuals, and parents, these immigrants... Read More

Producto de La Ley: Immigrant Policy and Literature

Kiara Covarrubias : Spanish (Linguistics and Bilingual Issues) Summer 2013

The Chinese Exclusion Act is considered the most racist law in U.S. history; it entailed quarantining immigrants for up to two years on Angel Island, resulting in a collection of poetry carved by the detainees onto the walls of the detention barracks. Given the tumultuous history of immigration from south of the border, where is this poetry for Mexican and Central... Read More

Telling it Two Different Ways: TheInfluence of Culture on theTranslation of Goethe's Faust

Sarah Covington : English Summer 2012

From Homer’s Odyssey to Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, the average American high school graduate has at least encountered a work of foreign literature in translation. Yet those students have not likely read the same translations of the works. Where the original language text is fixed, translations can differ wildly. What’s more, there are both... Read More

A Culture of Support: The Practice Strengths of Mental Health Professionals and Social Workers Who Identify as Survivors of Interpersonal Violence.

T. Christopher Crandall : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2016

The purpose of my research is to examine the current status of trauma-informed mental health treatment and practices, and to explore emerging and best practices in the field. Of particular interest is the provision of services to victims and survivors of interpersonal violence (IPV) by mental health practitioners and social service providers who identify as survivors... Read More

Imitation, Emulation, and the Meaning of Originality in Painting Versus Cinema

Scarlet Cummings : History of Art, Film Studies Summer 2015

How do issues of authorship and originality function within fine art and cinema? What are the similarities between painting and film? What are the fundamental differences, especially those relating to the meaning and worth of emulation within the two mediums?  My research will attempt to answer these questions using two case studies – Orson Welles’ 1973 film F for... Read More

Developing Novel Readers: The Case of Jane Austen

Candance Cunard : English Summer 2010

My research explores three major works of Jane Austen—Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion—with an eye toward Austen’s development of ideological and formal features of the novel, as well as her attempts to coach her characters and, by implication, the reader, in how to understand these new features. By analyzing Austen’s... Read More

The Role of Dopamine in Working Memory, Decisions Making, and Self Control

Cathy Dai : Psychology Summer 2012

Dopaminergic projections from the midbrain to the striatum and prefrontal cortex are known to affect widespread brain processes, including reward, movement, cognitive control and working memory. Lower dopamine levels in the striatum are linked with higher body mass index, poorer decision making in relation to food choice and a skewed sense of healthiness of food items... Read More

Kudziletsa, Kukulupirika, Kudzipimba: Understanding the Link between Discourses on Sex and HIV transmission in Malawi

Yael Danovitch : Development Studies Summer 2008

HIV/AIDS remains a significant threat to many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In order to understand HIV transmission in this context, it is crucial to understand the practices and understandings that facilitate its spread. In Malawi, HIV is spread primarily through sex, and sex itself constitutes a deeply culturally embedded practice. With this in mind, I will... Read More

The Hacienda System during the Porfiriato

Jose Antonio de Loera : History Summer 2005

Artistic Bias and Class Restrictions: A History of Unknown Nineteenth-century Painter Marcelle Jullien

Alexandra Laure Courtois de Vicose : History of Art Summer 2007

My goal is to investigate how a pastor’s wife, my great-great-grandmother (1867-1947), found the financial and technical means to paint and the significance of her work in the greater scheme of late 19th century artistic tradition. I will begin by gathering biographical information from archives, religious institutions and surviving relatives to create a... Read More

On the Conceptualization of Space in the Work of 20th Century Latin American Author Julio Cortazar

Alice Lucille de Young : Spanish Summer 2007

The overall aim of the project is to provide a detailed analysis of the concept of space/place in the work of Argentinean writer Julio Cortázar, an overarching theme that echoes throughout his work and has been overlooked by both literary critics and scholars in the past. In preparation for my senior thesis for the Spanish department, I will analyze the concept... Read More

Charcoal Identification as Means of Central California Landscape Reconstruction

GeorgeAnn DeAntoni : Anthropology, Native American Studies Summer 2014

Paleoethnobotany is an archaeological research method which allows plant remains surviving from the archaeological past to be studied and identified. In doing so, researchers can analyze plants that were used by Native peoples and deposited in sites pre-European colonization. Utilizing this methodology, past landscapes can be reconstructed as means to determine how... Read More

Social Perception and Corresponding Linguistic Features of Mexican-Spanish Speakers

Shannon Dejong : Linguistics, Mass Communications Summer 2003

Quantifying stress defense in long-lived c. elegans

Daniel Dengrove : Molecular and Cell Biology, Philosophy Summer 2004

Intellectual Property and Processes of Musical Borrowing: Sound-Alike Composers and Their Work

Karlyn DeSteno : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2009

All musical compositions borrow some material. It is not always easy for the law to draw the line between theft and inspiration. Recent changes in copyright law point to new systems of valuation of musical elements, both cultural and legal. This summer I’ll be tracing these changes through a musical and legal analysis of... Read More

Following Changes: A Study of Botanical Illustrations Modeled After Jacques Le Moyne de Morgue

Olivia Dill : Physics, History of Art Summer 2014

I intend to look at three sets of botanical illustrations by three artists, all produced in Europe between 1585 and 1614 and all copied from the earliest of the three sets of illustrations, an album of watercolors by the French Artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. The realm of botanical illustration is one which straddles the lines between art and science and as such... Read More

Let survive the Khmer People: Khmer Transnational Activism and Survial in the Diaspora

Jude Paul Dizon : Development Studies Summer 2008

The majority of studies on Khmer refugees in the United States focus on their status as victims of war and displacement. I am undertaking a research project highlighting the transnational political movement of Khmer refugee communities in opposing and removing the Vietnamese occupation in Cambodia (1979-1993). Through examining the Hann So Collection on Cambodia... 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

Aspect in Matsigenka

Michael Dohn : Linguistics Summer 2016

Matsigenka is an Arawakan language spoken by about 10,000 people in and around southeastern Peru. The language is tenseless and utilizes a system of realis/irrealis contrast to encode temporal relations. In addition to this contrast, Matsigenka appears to employ the use of an aspectual system as another means of encoding temporality, though it is theorized to be void... Read More

Testing the Limits of Equality

Yehuda Donde : Economics Summer 2009

I am working in a field of public finance that aims to develop a model indicating the optimal level of redistributive taxation in a given community. Assuming that public preference to redistribute income is determined by some combination of self-interest and civic altruism, the model must take into account the community's... Read More

The Socialized Being: How the Words "As If" Operate within Selected Novels of Henry James

Emily Doyle : English, Rhetoric (minor) Summer 2013

I am currently exploring the question of the ways in which the phrase “as if” -- as it appears in novels by Henry James, particularly What Maisie Knew -- implicates integration into a social existence in which the curious and problematic acceptance of both reality and unreality is required of the self, particularly the... Read More

Healthy Corner Stores Movement

Alina Enoiu : Political Science, Media Studies Summer 2013

Many communities in the San Francisco Bay Area struggle with food insecurity or the lack of access to healthy and affordable food, making them more likely to suffer from diet-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Because these communities have a base of corner stores where people already shop, such as liquor stores or other smaller-scale stores, bringing... Read More

Emotions in a Gay Sex Club

Jason Euren : Anthropology Summer 2004

The Essive Suffix of Karuk

Kouros Falati : Linguistics Summer 2012

Karuk is an endangered language indigenous to Northern California. One of its most interesting features is its large variety of verbal prefixes and suffixes, expressing everything from person and tense to the direction of motion relative to the Klamath River. For my summer research project, I will be focusing on just one suffix, the “essive,” which roughly provides the... Read More

The Politics of Meat Regulation: An Examination of California’s Small-Scale Ranches

Andrew Feher : Politcal Science Summer 2009

In an era of globalization where food travels through tortuous production chains before arriving at its destination, too little attention has been given to government regulation. The question driving my research is how do small-scale California farmers involved in rearing animals respond to different forms of government... Read More

Social Differences in Taste: Investigating Romance Reading

Maleah Fekete : Interdisciplinary (ISF), German Summer 2016

Formula fiction is a literary structure in which narratives within a genre are predictable, varying only in details, and therefore, rather than reflecting the real world, reflect a reality constructed by the formula itself. This allows works within a formula to appeal to readers' emotional, as opposed to aesthetic, tastes.  I am investigating the relationship between... Read More

The Gospel of Nicodemus and Early English Drama

Alexander Flores : English Summer 2015

During the middle ages the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus was wildly popular throughout Europe, and was translated into nearly every vernacular language. This non-canonical religious text contained a piece of theology that has fallen into obscurity, Christ’s harrowing, or descent, into Hell. In Middle English the “Harrowing of Hell” occurs as a narrative poem in three... Read More

Christian Conservatives, American News Media and the 2004 Presidential Election

Caitlin Rose Fox-Hodess : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2005

Aeolic Words in Hesiod's Ionic Theogony

Douglas Fraleigh : Classical Languages Summer 2008

Hesiod's Theogony belongs to the genre of Classical Greek Epic Poetry, a genre most popularly exemplified by Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Every known epic poem was written almost entirely in the Ionic dialect of Classical Greek. Despite this fact, both Homer's and Hesiod's poems contain words unique to the Aeolic dialect. I will... Read More

Trials & Collective Memory in Post-Conflict Cambodia

Stephanie Fung : HIstory, French Summer 2013

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) was established in 2003 with the goal of trying those responsible for the horrors inflicted upon Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge between 1975-1979. Two of the original four Accused in Case 002 are currently being tried at this Khmer Rouge Tribunal, and as part of my research, I will be monitoring these trials... Read More

Skewed Perceptions: The Ethnic Relations of Tourists and Tour Guides in Costa Rica

Brittany Gabel : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2009

International tourism provides tourists with a physical space that allows them to encounter new experiences, exotic places, and unfamiliar cultures. For the most part, these experiences abroad stimulate inter-cultural contact, which results in the formation of an ethnic relation between strangers. My research aims to... Read More

Critical Reading and Skepticism in Anglo-Saxon England

Nickolas Gable : English Summer 2016

The common imagination casts Medieval Europeans as victims of an era without skepticism in which the average person accepted superstition as fact. My research looks into the Early Medieval period in England and analyzes how various kinds of readers approached, questioned, and subsequently either accepted or refuted incredible claims. By looking at textual evidence... Read More

From Pulp Fiction to Film Noir: Cinematic Translation of a Literary Style

Faith Gardner : English, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2009

This research explores three pulp novels by 20th century American writer James M. Cain and their subsequent film adaptations of the 1940&Mac226;s: The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce and Double Indemnity. These three movies are a few famous examples of film noir, an American cinematic style that reached its... Read More

Tour Guides in Angkor Wat: Narrativization, Licensing, and Discourse

Rose Gephart : Anthropology Summer 2012

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor War has become central to the Cambodian economy through the utilization of international tourism in the past few decades. My SURF project looks at local tour guides in Siem Reap, Cambodia and their discursive relationship to international tourists. I will address three issues: how does tour guide folklore relate to the cultural... Read More

From Home to Highway: Gender and the San Francisco Freeway Revolts

Justin Germain : History Summer 2016

As San Francisco transformed into a hub of social activism in the post-World War II era, the longest protest against freeway construction of the 1960’s exposed deep social tensions between the local government and its citizenry. While men notoriously controlled City Hall and local industry, housewives  launched housing associations and sparked popular sentiment to... Read More

Fervor: Iranian Cinema's Women Directors

Maryam Gharavi : Film Studies, English Summer 2002

Profane California and the Gilded Years

Kristopher Gibson : History Summer 2011

In his diary after the initial 1848 gold strike, the Scottish artist and writer J.D. Borthwick described the terribly violent bull & bear fights drawing crowds of as many as six thousand. Soon after, those fights would be banned, paving the way for new ventures like the Empire Casino in San Francisco. Finally, Jackson Lears describes the abolition of the casinos,... Read More

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