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Understanding Senegal's Successful Response to the AIDS Epidemic: A Detailed Look at the History of a Proactive Goverment

Anca Giurgiulescu : Development Studies Summer 2007

Within the AIDS public health crisis currently affecting the African continent, Senegal stands apart from its African counterparts throught its succcess in controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This relative success is attributed to the early and timely government response, as well as to the joint efforts of multiple actors of the Senegales society including... Read More

Buddhist Statues and Transformation Images: The Peacock King at Dazu

Ruiyao Gong : History of Art, Buddhist Studies (Minor) Summer 2015

The Dazu Rock Carving is the only Buddhist cave site in China representing the development of Buddhist teachings during the Song dynasty (960- 1279). My research mainly investigates the Buddhist statues of Dazu site, with a special focus on Mahamayuri Vidyaraja, or the Great Peacock King at Baodingshan, Dazu. The Great Peacock King, a deity who can cure all evils in... Read More

The Extension of the Log Periodic Power Law: How to Predict After the Crash

Kaiji Gong : Mathematics, Statistics & Economics Double Major Summer 2012

To judge whether an economic bubble would lead to a financial crash and to estimate the critical time of a crash are significant in financial areas. The Log-Periodic Power Law (LPPL) is an equation that describes how bubbles evolve and grow. By fitting the equation into a financial time series, it is possible to predict the event of a crash. The equation proves... 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

Boxed In: Precarity and Affect in Coupland and Wallace

Dylan Grant : English Summer 2014

My project explores the intersection of notions of precarious labor with the depictions of office culture in the work of Douglas Coupland and David Foster Wallace.  My approach focuses on the simultaneity of multiple conflicting forces as the driver of anxiety, an affliction that, at its root, results from uncertainty.  The "turn" from “the road” of an earlier... Read More

How organized sports organize femininity

Nisha Gurbuxani : Sociology Summer 2003

Na Kanaka'ai Kukae: The Archaeological Re-envisioning of the Ancient Hawaiian Commoner

Rose Guthrie : Anthropology Summer 2011

Through the course of my summer research, I will be looking at an assemblage of archaeological materials from pre-European contact commoner household sites in the southeastern region of the island of Maui, Hawaii. This assemblage includes materials such as lithics (stone tools), charred plant remains, and faunal remains. These materials will hopefully illuminate the... Read More

The Politics of Domestic Labor Amongst Ethiopian Women in Lebanon

Fikreselam Habebo : ISF: International Development and Gender Summer 2013

In 2009 the country witnessed a spate of suicides among foreign maids, and last year a 33-year-old Ethiopian woman [Dechesa] killed herself shortly after being filmed being beaten by a Lebanese man on a Beirut street. With increasing reports of immigrants and abuse of domestic workers in the Gulf countries, the conditions of these migrant women need to be closely... Read More

The Habitus of the Protestant Work Ethic: How Social Distance Is Mediated via Social Class versus Economic Status

Sharyn Hall : Psychology Summer 2008

“Habitus” is the acquired expression of personal taste in art, dialect, comportment, zip code, literature, entertainment, etc. established by the wealthy (unconsciously) as a means to set themselves apart from the working class. Yet mere expression of habitus by the lower economic strata changes their social class (Bourdieu, 1976). The Protestant Work Ethic (PWE... Read More

Finding Identity: Female Sexuality in Contemporary Korean and Korean American Women Poets

Soo Yeon Han : English, Creative Writing (minor) Summer 2013

In today’s culture, the east is often defined as archival and conservative, the west being its modern progressive counterpart. Nevertheless, the patriarchal dominance had significant influence in both hemispheres. Of the same nationality yet of contrasting environment, Korean and Korean American poets maintain similar yet different perspectives. How do contemporary... Read More

Land, body and the Jewish Settler in Times of Crisis

Assaf Harel : Anthropology Summer 2005

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

The Activist Mystique: Personal-Political Transformation in Israel

Itamar Haritan : Anthropology Summer 2008

I am interested in the personal and political transformations that occur at the beginning and throughout the process of mobilization for social change. In particular, I am interested in the activities of the Jerusalem Open House, a grassroots organization that is the politically active community center of the LGTBQ community in Jerusalem, a city deeply divided... Read More

Throwing Stones --A Palestinian Boy's Manhood: The Affects of Youth Imprisonment on Palestinian Males

Taqwa Hasan : Middle Eastern Studies Summer 2013

This research project studies the impact of imprisonment on men living in occupied territories in the Middle East. First, I will assess the systematic incarceration of male children in the Middle East. Second, I will study the current employed and education levels of men who were incarcerated in their youth. Finally I will investigate the family dynamics and shifting... Read More

Pragmatic Idealism? Assessing the Promise and Perils of the Decentralized NGO: A Case Study of a Social Enterprise for Textile Production in India

Graham Haught : Geography, English Summer 2012

Jhoole, a textile production NGO based in Madhya Pradesh, India, formed in 2008 through a dialogical need from sari weavers that were working under indentured conditions. Since its formation in 2008, Jhoole has provided collective ownership, secured creative freedom over design/production, implemented sustainable agricultural practices, and supplied... Read More

Creativity in Nietzsche and Heidegger: The Relation of Art and Artist

Justin Hauver : Philosophy, German Summer 2011

Friedrich Nietzsche spent much of his philosophy denying Being and replacing our conception of it with a notion of becoming. In sharp contrast Martin Heidegger produced a work titled Being and Time and saw the illumination of Being as the central task of philosophy. This tension is reproduced in the way each philosopher deals with the creation of art, yet there is a... Read More

San Francisco SRO Fires Analysis

Christina Heatherton : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2003

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

The Veil of Hushed Desires: Inscribing Silence onto the Female Body

Monica Susana Hidalgo : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2006

The religious and phantasmagorical realms of Dante’s Inferno and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales have fascinated generations of readers to enter into a phantasmagorical realm whereby magic and metaphor camouflage a rather fanatic quest for redemption. Through physical mutilations and psychological torture, these stories have condemned fictional female subjects to... 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

Legal Aspects of Korea-American Human Sex Trafficking

Jennifer Koun Hong : Legal Studies Summer 2007

According to the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 4, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” Complying with the U.N. mission, both South Korea and United States governments have made many efforts to combat this modern-day slavery both legally and socially through... Read More

Human influence on the carbon cycle of tropical forest

Francesca Hopkins : Environmental Sciences, Spanish Summer 2004

How have the drug wars affected the children of the incarcerated in California?

Mariana Horta-Cappelli : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2006

Since the 1980's our country has been fighting a "war on drugs" that is aimed at the supply side of the drug economy. Domestically this effort caused our incarcerated population to grow much faster in the past 30 years than the total population. Consequentially, a growing proportion of children experience the negative externalities of a parent's incarceration. My... Read More

The Mind in the Vulva: Androcentric Interpretations of Prehistoric Imagery

Nada Hosking : Anthropology, History of Art Summer 2013

Research related to prehistoric “image-making” is constructed around a patriarchal scientific tradition of discourse. In 2007, archaeologists once more imposed “vulva” symbolism on an abstract engraving on a rock at Abri Castanet, perpetuating the assumption that Upper Palaeolithic societies perceived the world through a similar cultural screen to our own. Using the so... Read More

Sichuan Earthquake: Civil Society or Participant Culture?

Ariel Hsian-Au Hsiung : Political Science Summer 2011

My project is a study of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China. I have chosen the Sichuan crisis to examine because the Chinese state's fast and transparent reaction to the earthquake was both surprising and contrary to traditional expectations. My research seeks to answer this fundamental question: has participating in the Sichuan relief efforts changed state-society... Read More

Communication of Power: Moral Education in Modern China

Jenny Hua : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2008

With the amazing economic transformations China has shown the world in the past several decades comes an expectation for the country to show signs of also transforming politically. What is the ideological glue that holds the country together after the obsolescence of Marxist-Leninism and Maoist thought? Nationalism seems to be the new official religion of China.... Read More

Common Ground: Co-habitation of Humans and Carnivorans in the Berkeley Hills

Gwendolyn Hubner : Anthropology Summer 2011

The area in and around Tilden Regional Park in North Berkeley is home to both a growing human population and a number of species of wild carnivorans. Little is known about the population densities and distributions of the latter and their interaction with human populations in this area. In this study, I will use camera traps to determine baseline densities of... Read More

Looking Outward: Awe Reduces Bias and Prejudice

Bradley Hughes : Psychology Summer 2015

Implicit bias refers to a prejudiced attitude or stereotype activated outside of conscious awareness. While there has been a great deal of research examining factors that affect implicit attitudes, there is a dearth of research on the effects of emotional states―particularly positive emotions―on implicit bias. I seek to address this gap by examining the... Read More

Marginalization and the American Comedic Voice

Bradley Allen Hunt : English Summer 2006

'Comedy'--as a genre, term, and concept--receives relatively little attention and academic exploration when juxtaposed with more 'central' fields of literary studies. Comedy is considered 'low art' by some, simply 'illegitimate' by others, and even believed to be derived from sin itself by a few literary critics. By examining the early travel writings and letters of... 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

History of Female Subjectivity in Kashmir: From 1947-Present

Samma Ishaq : History Summer 2007

My particular interest for this summer is to explore whether the ongoing violence in Kashmir have inspired women to lead movements or organize petitions against the government in the last decade. I wish to study specific examples of resistance that have been attempted in the past, and to analyze the types of initiatives organized particularly by females, who... Read More

Identity at the Fringes of Citizenship: Experiences of Afghan Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Turkey

Kamyar Jarahzadeh : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2013

Turkey is home to a population of 17,000 Afghan refugees—a number which is projected to double by the end of the year. Afghan refugees travel to Turkey fleeing violence and economic hardships, only to find themselves struggling to subsist while navigating a convoluted resettlement process. My project is an ethnographic study of their experiences and interactions within... Read More

Manifestations of the Blind Prophet: The Appearance of Tiresias in the Masterworks of Modernism

Jordan Kevin Jeffery : English Summer 2007

T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound, the three pillars of Modernism are bound in their use of allusions, an attempt to tie their works to those of the past. One particular element that finds itself repeatedly invoked in the works of these Modernists is the figure of the Theban soothsayer Tiresias. I hope to identify the importance Tiresias plays as character... Read More

Encoding and retrieval of emotional pictures in major depressive disorder

Amy Marie Jimenez : Psychology Summer 2006

For my senior thesis, I am studying potential neural abnormalities associated with dysfunctional emotion memory and regulation in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This study will help elucidate the role of emotion processing dysfunctions in the maintenance and expression of the disorder. I will be utilizing previously collected, un-analyzed data for this project. First... Read More

Negative Real Interest Rates in the 1940s

Matthew Johnson : Economics, Statistics Summer 2003

Corporealizing Identity: Competitive Eating and the Cultural Meaning of American Bodies

Adrienne Johnson : American Studies Summer 2008

Competitive eating is a vernacular form of cultural criticism masquerading as mass entertainment. My research into the significance of competitive eating in American culture will unveil collective but inarticulated perspectives on consumerism, gender roles and our economic climate. Competitive eating is at once a glorification of American excess and an indictment... Read More

Conspicuous Cuisine: Iron Chef and the 90s in Japan

Colin Philip Charles Jones : Asian Studies Summer 2007

1989 saw the collapse of the Japanese real estate market as well as the death of the Showa Emperor. As the 90s began, it was clear that the forces that had shaped the country for much of the postwar era were changing dramatically. I am going to Tokyo this summer to look into these changes by somewhat abstruse means. I plan to interview the cast and crew of Iron... Read More

At the Threshold: A Critical Race Perspective of the Filipino Identity

Sy Bocalbos Jordan : Gender & Women's Studies, Theater & Performance Studies Summer 2016

Filipinos living in the Philippines today are made of of more than 175 ethnic groups, and are an amalgamation of its indigenous populations, migrants from neighboring countries and the descendants of distant colonizers. For my research, I will use a critical race and gender lens to examine Filipino Identity. What was the process of racialization for the indigenous... Read More

The Quest for Meaning: Fairy Tales in Fantasy Literature

Jenna Jorgensen : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2003

Understanding Cultural Differences in Disclosure of Personal Problems and Help Seeking Propensity

Josephine Juanamarga : Psychology Summer 2012

In my research, I aim to explore the mechanisms behind why Asians experience more difficulty in disclosing personal problems and approaching others for help in various situations (especially emotionally) than when compared to Westerners. Do different styles of communication (indirect vs. direct) or differences in the implicit sense of power status (high vs. low)... 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

The Effects of Labor Market Deregulation on Human Capital: Evidence from Costa Rica

Jennifer Kampe : Development Studies and Economics Summer 2008

While economic consensus defined Development in terms of output growth, the Costa Rican state pursued human development both as an end in itself and as a means of achieving economic growth. Previous investments in human capital under a protective labor regime have ensured today’s Costa Rican employers a stable, high-skilled work force. Yet in the context of... Read More

The Effect of Extremist Parties on the European Welfare State

Josef Kannegaard : Political Science, English Summer 2003

Activism in the Context of Violations in Indian Conflict Zones: A Multi-Actor Approach

Dipin Kaur : Political Science, Public Policy (Minor) Summer 2015

While it is the largest democracy in the world, India’s human rights record with respect to conflict zones has been unsteady at best. In many areas of the country with past and ongoing conflicts, the commission of human rights violations of the government has been continuous and widespread. The failure of the Indian state to investigate these human rights abuses... 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

Fourth and Goal: A Comparative Analysis of Student-Athlete Educational Experiences

Sean Khalifehzadeh : Sociology Summer 2014

When student-athletes are in the midst of managing their athletic and academic obligations, what factors contribute to higher rates of graduation success? Looking at the academic readiness of student-athletes, the culture of the campus, and academic support, I will attempt to understand how student-athletes from two UCs navigate through the academic rigors of a... Read More

The Privilege of Right: African domestic workers and feminist consciousness in Lebanon

Yulia Khouri : Peace & Conflict Studies, Psychology Summer 2004